Dota 2

Cafe.GG is looking to help grow the Dota 2 community here  in Hawaii.  We hope that players will get a good vibe at our LAN Center and continue to build their teams as we help players interact with one another on a weekly basis.

Dota 2 players will enjoy a consistent schedule with our weekly tournaments starting at 6:30p for sign-ups and 7:00 – 7:30p start time each and every Friday.   Please see the official Dota 2 tournament rules below.



Administration & Announcements

Everybody who is authorized by Cafe.GG to administer the competition based on its rules and regulations will be called an “admin” or “referee” in the following, the collectivist of all admins will be called the “administration”.

Any news article posted on Cafe.GG and/or the official competition website serves as an official announcement for the competition.

Official announcements as well as statements of referees at any place (e.g. competition website, support ticket reply, skype, steam) can ignore or overrule the following rules in order to make the competition as fair as possible. In case of contradicting declarations, the most recent announcement or admin statement counts.

Participants & Teams

Every real person – unless officially banned – with a valid steam account is allowed to participate in the competition and will be called “participant” in the following. Participants joining a team in order to fulfill the minimum required amount of team members will be called a “team” in the following.


By attending the competition participants acknowledge without limitation to comply with the rules and regulations, official announcement, and with the statements and decisions made by the referees.

Every participant acknowledges the right for the administration to modify the rules and regulations for adjustments at any time without notice.

Every participant has to show the needed respect towards referees and other participants. Insults and unfair or disrespectful behavior towards anyone are not tolerated and will be punished.

Every team and participant has to try to win every game at every stage of the competition. Purposefully losing for any reason is strictly forbidden.


At least one member of each team has to be available as much as possible, and – if there is one – stay inside the official VOIP program (such as skype) group until the team gets eliminated from the competition.



Lobby Hosting

Every game gets hosted by a referee.  At least one member of each team has to be present at that time to communicate with the opponents and administration.


Only referees, official broadcasters, Cafe.GG staff members, anyone authorized by a referee, and the ten players are allowed to be inside the game. Team managers may join the lobby, but have to leave before the game starts. Everyone else has no permission to enter.

Server Location

The server location is chosen by a referee based on the server policy of the competition. The server policy is specified in the competition’s individual rules.

Sides & Drafting Order

Selection priority for the first game of a match is decided by a coin toss done by the match admin. If there is a second game, the other team will get selection priority. The same process is repeated with a new coin toss for game 3 (if existing) and so forth.

Before each game, the team with selection priority may either select a side or a draft order. The opposing team can choose the remaining factor.

Game Settings

Game Mode: Captain’s Mode


Picks & Bans

The hero pool always consists of all heroes the game mode allows and might therefore change several times during the competition. The game must not be paused during the draft, unless a drafter disconnects.


Each team has the right to pause the game for an acceptable duration, if a player announces it at least three seconds in advance and calls a coherent reason (exception: not necessary, if someone disconnects). The game must not be resumed before both teams agree with it. When the number or the duration of breaks becomes too high or long, the administration may force the continuation of the game.

Disconnects & Reconnects

If a player disconnects, the game is to be paused instantly. Everyone has up to ten minutes to reconnect to the game (if the same person disconnects more than once, all times get added up). If this time is passed, the opposing team may continue the game, unless an admin demands the opposite. The affected player is in this case still allowed to rejoin later on.


If any serious bugs occur, the game has to be paused immediately and the administration decides how to continue. Knowingly abusing a bug is strictly forbidden.

Tools / Hacks

The usage of any Dota-related tool aside from Steam and Dota 2 during a match is strictly forbidden.


A game is finished, when an Ancient Fortress is destroyed, when the majority of a team leaves on purpose, or when the administration decides on it. (note: A game is not forfeited, when a player types “gg” or “ff”. Always wait for the ancient to be destroyed!)

Breaking of the rules or ignoring the order of an admin may result in a punishment for a whole team or a specific player. Type and amount is chosen by a referee.