League system
The QuakeWorld Duel League is a division round robin system that you are familiar with in other sport leagues. After each season players move up/down or stay in their current division. All new players who enter the league must start at the bottom division. If you are in the league and decide to skip a season you must also start at the bottom. Each division will consist of 20 players. The lower divisions might have some adjustments depending on signups, but division 1 will be 20 players. For the first season we aim for 60+ players; 3 divisions and it is played on European servers. Any requests on divisions from other continents can happen after we see that this league is working.

If numbers of players per division is changed, then some players might be forced to go up/down a division, depending on the setup. As all players are seeded after the end of a season, admins can move players up/down as they see fit. But the default number of players for all divisions are 20.

All games are best of 3 maps; BO3.

Playoff games are best of 3 BO3’s (a BO3 BO3).

No players are seeded, all new players start at the bottom division.

Seeding Season 1
However, the very first season needs seeding and the admins will seed the players and setup the divisions. If a player disagrees with the seed they will have the right to play a playoff game vs any player they want in the higher division. This will be a standard playoff game, which is a BO3 BO3. If a player thinks he is seeded too high he needs to contact the admins.

Game Settings
– Timelimit 10 minutes
– Overtime 3 minutes
– Deathmatchmode 3 (weaponstay)
– Powerups OFF
– Discharge ON
– Fairpacks OFF
– Fallbunny ON
– Berzerk OFF
– Midair OFF
– Instagib OFF

In other words normal settings for a 10 minute duel game.

ezQuake 3.2.x or higher (3.5x must be Alpha 18 or higher). Also the upcoming ezQuake 3.6-quakecon will be allowed. unezQuake will be accepted as long as it answers to the same checks and restrictions as ezQuake’s f_modified.

Remember to check with f_modified and f_version.

Ruleset: smackdown.

Servers / Pings
At the moment European servers will be used. Players from other continents are welcome but will get higher pings. Try to get a server that are OK for both players. If you cant sort it out yourselves (gentlemen do) then admins can help. If we get NA/SA players into the league then be nice and use servers in Ireland and UK, or wherever in Europe that is best for them.

Every division got 7 maps. With a BO3 system that means each player pick one map each and if a decider is needed each player throws 2 maps each and last map is decider map. If you can not agree on map/throw order then do random draw. The player who did not chose 1st map throws first if it is 1-1 in maps.

Maps are TB5: dm2, dm4, dm6, aerowalk, ztndm3 + 2 voted maps.

Each division have their own vote on what the 2 voted maps are.

You vote on the 2 additional maps when you sign up.

If players agree they can really play any map/setting they like as long as they play a best of 3 match. QWDUEL is about dueling and fun and everyone got different taste. The rules are here for you if u do not agree. When you type “ready” you have agreed that this is ok to play.

Favorite map / Voting on maps
When voting on the additional 2 maps, remember to also specify your favorite map (not needed if its among TB5). This map you will be able to play even if it is not voted in as one of the 2 additional maps. Each players favorite map is displayed at the players page. This is the map that the player is bringing in to the map pool.

YOU GET A FAVORITE MAP IF IT IS NOT AMONG TB5 OR NOT AMONG THE 2 VOTED MAPS (clearly you do not need to list your favorite map if it is already in the map pool).

If you face a player that got a favorite map (not in the map pool of 7), then you throw one of the voted maps out of the map pool to make place for the favorite map, so the map pool of 7 is intact. If both players got a favorite map then both voted maps gets thrown out of the map pool. If both players got the same favorite map the rule is that this map must be played first and the loser of that map gets to throw out 1 of the voted maps. The loser also choose map #2.

You can also vote blank if you are a master of all maps. Admins must approve maps so we don’t end up with e4m7, hippo, hohoho or povdmm4. But any map can be voted on and most maps will probably be accepted. Any map with reasonable size and layout/design is allowed.

In short: Favorite map is the map you get to play even if its not voted in. If your favorite map is voted in you will not have a favorite map listed at your player page.

Players who are currently in the league and want to change favorite map for next season needs to notify the admins.

A player who got a favorite map listed don’t have to bring that map in to the fight and change the map pool, but if he/she does, that map must be played. You cannot force your favorite map into the map pool and not choose it as your map to play.

League Table
The ranking order in the league are as follows:

1. Wins
2. Map Difference (Map Wins – Map Loss)
3. Head to Head (Internal fight)
4. Rematches (if 3 players or more are tied on all of the above)

Frags do not count but will be displayed on the game pages.

Playoff / Promotion / Relegation
After all league games have been played the season ends with playoffs. The top 8 players in each division goes to playoff. The bottom 4 players in each division gets relegated to the division below.

The season champion is crowned.

The semifinalists gets promoted to division 1.

The semifinalists gets promoted to division 2.

Rematches for players tied in the table (if needed; playoff/relegation spot)

Quarterfinals: 1vs8 – 2vs7 – 3vs6 – 4vs5.
Semifinals: 1vs8 VS 4vs5 – 2vs7 VS 3vs6.


Timeframe / Fixtures
Each player will have to play 2 games a week. All games are BO3 so finding the time to make that happen should not be a problem. If it is a problem, don’t enter the league. One season should then take 10 weeks (19 games) + playoffs. So 11 weeks per season is the goal. Then we reset, adjust/change divisions, make a signup window for new players (signups are open all the time, you enter the league when the new season starts), confirm that the current players are still in and we start a new season.

Walkovers (WO)
Walkovers are allowed, but exploiting it will lead to disqualification. For instance if a map is going only one way and the outcome is clear, then you can break and give the opponent the map win. But this is not how its supposed to be, everyone needs to show sportsmanship and respect for each other. The option is there but exploiting it will lead to warnings and in the end disqualification.

The schedule will be set before the season starts and you must play your scheduled opponents within each week; 2 games a week. Failing to do so will end in a WO. If a game must be postponed you must inform admins about it. With no communication with your opponent and admins you got no case. Also we understand that sometimes you just can not get a game played and you must leave a WO. That is allowed. You are allowed to give away 5 WO’s during a season. Anything more than that and you are disqualified and all your games are set to default 0-2 loss, which means you get rock bottom place in your division.

A WO is set to 2-0.

If players are separated in the table only by Map Difference, and WO’s are involved in this matter, admins can take a look at this and adjust games. Example: Player A is in front of Player B by +1 in Map Score, but player A got 2 x WO’s in his favor: +4 in Map Score in those games. Player B did not get WO’s vs the same players and ended up with a total of +2 in Map Score. If the spots Player A and Player B are fighting for are vital spots (playoff, promotion/relegation), admins need to look at it. Of course it is not Player A’s fault he got WO’s, but we still like it to be as fair as possible. Circumstances can also be different for every situation and the involved players can have a say. This rule is up for debate and any input from players/community are welcome.

Scheduling / Reporting
Players will get contact info to all players in their division. On our discord server we have set up scheduling and reporting channels for each division. Go to our discord here:


Remember that you need to play 2 games a week and play the opponents that are set up on your weekly fixtures. All games got a date and that date is the deadline date for your games. Walkovers will be forced. If you need to postpone a game you got 1 extra week to do that. All players should try their best to sort their schedule.

The winner of each game report with screenshots in the correct discord channel. REMEMBER THE CORRECT ORDER as admins are not mind readers.

If you wish to upload demos we got a channel for that on our discord.

Go to the signup page to sign up for the league. Signups are open all the time and you enter the league when a new season starts. You enter the league at the bottom division. New divisions are made when the amount of players force it.

Changing Rules
Admins can change rules during a season if they decide to do so. Normally this will not happen but if special circumstances occur it can happen. Admins will however do anything that is best for the league at all times. Everyone will of course be informed of any changes mid-season.