The Combine is not a sweepstakes or a contest. It is a showcase of player talent and skill, and therefore a strict set of rules must be adhered to in order to ensure a fair level of play for all participants.
All play results are independently verified to the best of our ability, and any evidence of cheating or hacking will result in a permanent ban from future events.
If you have any questions about participating in the event, please Contact Us
The Combine is designed to be an event that analyzes your skills and metrics based on your preferred methods of play. If you play solo queue, play solo queue. If you have a friend you play with, play with them. We do not force you to find full teams or play roles you are unfamiliar with in this event.
The end goal is to analyze your skill potential, and for that we want you to be comfortable in playing the game the way you know best how to play it. From there, we can analyze your current performance levels, give you suggestions for improvements, and begin tracking your improvement over time.
We also will match you with other players we deem compatible, so you may begin to form full squads.
The Combine Golden Rule: Whatever your game, whatever your role, whatever your champion/god/character.... know your job within the game, and do it well enough to give your team the best chance to succeed, even if your teammates are not doing the same.
The goal of the Combine is to collect statistics, data, and measurements that are often not focused on in-game. Therefore, it is important that players understand what we are looking for and what we are measuring.
In short, we look for player potential in a couple key categories: Raw ability, teamwork, and meta understanding.
We won't tell you exactly what we're looking at, because we know players will game the system. But we can give you some basic advice to help you succeed.
In a nutshell, here's the golden rule question: Did you play your role appropriately to give your team the best chance to win? If you did, then we'll be able to analyze that and showcase that even though your team lost.
No. The extended period of time is intended to allow the most possible participants to play without needing to disrupt their normal lives and schedules. You can play one day, or you can play all 10, and the only difference is the amount of data we'll have collected for you.
More data is better, yes, but only participating in a limited fashion will not prohibit your ability to participate or be scouted.
Do not compromise your job, health, or happiness to participate. Make sure you are comfortable and can play under your own parameters!
The more data we have, the better. But with that said, don't kill yourself to play 24-hour marathons.
At a minimum, we recommend all players complete at least 5 games that they feel good about. That doesn't mean you won or lost those games, it means you played a role that you enjoy playing, you played it capably, and you did your job.
If you can do more, then please do! The more data we have, the better we can analyze you.
No. In general, solo queue players are not treated any differently than players in teams, so do not feel forced to play with others if you are uncomfortable doing so.
If you have a friend group that you like playing with, then we do recommend you play with them, even if they themselves do not participate in the Combine. Why? Because you likely are comfortable and know each others roles, and you can instruct friends not to play the characters you want to highlight. In solo queue, someone else might pick your character or role, but if you know your team members, that's less likely to happen.
So invite your friends along, or join with new team mates at your local center who are also playing.
All gamers 18+ are welcome to participate. For gamers between the ages of 13-17, you are also able to participate but we do require parental consent prior to you being able to be contacted by college recruiters and/or pro scouts. Under 13 are not allowed to participate, sorry!
For those of you in the 13-17 range, this is a great opportunity to earn collegiate scholarship. If you need help convincing mom and dad, share this link with them.
Some games do not yet have automated processing features, and all console titles are not yet ready for automated processing.
If you wish to participate in the Combine on console or with these titles, we will manually record your statistics for you. However, we need you to send us recordings and/or pictures of your games.
Find out how the process works here: Manual Process
Find out what we need from specific titles: Manual Game Titles Screens
Questions? Comments? Contact Us
For this Combine, home play has been activated which allows you to participate from any location of your choosing, on the equipment of your choosing. This may be at home if you feel your gaming equipment is sufficient, or it may be a local LAN gaming center.
We highly recommend you prioritize a location where your equipment is sufficient to run the game on at least normal performance settings with a strong internet connection. If your home location is prone to lag or other connectivity issues, we recommend seeking a local LAN center.
When playing from home, you must declare your START TIME and your END TIME for your participation. Prior to beginning your Combine, visit your Combine Status page and declare your combine as having started. From that moment on, all games produced are submitted to the Combine for analysis.
During this time period, you should play to win with roles and champions you believe to be your best. Don't try new characters or techniques during this time period.
Once you have completed your play session, return to your Combine profile and END your Combine time. This will allow you to return to playing in your normal manner without games counting towards the Combine.
Venue play is not activated for this Combine.
You must play from your home systems for this Combine.
All games must be played on a public server using standard, default settings for the game type you wish to highlight your skills in. If there is a ranked mode in the game, we highly recommend you play in that game mode. While we can analyze results from non-ranked modes, our experience with scouts and recruiters shows us that they are primarily interested in ranked gameplay.
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Using the Overwolf app and the GYO plugin, you can join the Combine from the comfort of your favorite gaming station.