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Clash Beta Launches in North America

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The beta for Clash, the upcoming competitive tournament mode in League of Legends has gone live on the North American server. Check out the new Competitive tab in the LoL game client to form your team and test out League's newest feature!

Schedule:
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Date Friday, April 13, 2018 Saturday, April 14, 2018 Sunday, April 15, 2018
Lock in phase 5:00 pm or 8:00 pm (PDT*) 5:00 pm (PDT) 5:00 pm (PDT)
Games begin 5:30 pm or 8:30 pm (PDT*) 5:30 pm (PDT) 5:30 pm (PDT)

* There are two "flights" for Friday's games. Pick the start time that suits your team! You can only participate in one flight on Day 1.

Riot has set up an official Discord server for Clash that will be used for announcements, to help players find and join teams, and to offer feedback and bug reporting on the new feature. Join the official Clash Discord here.


What is the Clash Beta?

The Clash Beta is a weekend of tournament play for players of all skill levels, taking place between Friday, April 13 and Sunday, April 15.

When you enter, your team will start in a 4-team bracket with players of your skill level. If you win both matches, you will be promoted into an 8-team bracket with all the other winners, held the following day. Coming out on top here will put you into a 16-team bracket for a shot at taking home the top prizes on the last day.

You can start your Clash journey in a 4-team bracket on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, but only teams that enter on Friday and play each day can win the entire tournament. If your team is eliminated, you’ll receive your rewards and drop out, but you can re-enter the next day (with a new ticket) to play in a new bracket with its own rewards.


On each day, there’s also a consolation (lower) bracket so teams who lose the first match can continue playing. Those teams won’t progress to the next day’s play, but they’ll face off against other teams that lost in the first match to earn more/better prizes.

To participate, every member of your team will need to lock in, during a 30 minute window before the first match begins. If any members of your team do not lock in, your team won’t enter into the tournament.

You are guaranteed to play a minimum of two matches each time you enter.

If you’d like to read the ins-and-outs about the format of Clash, check out the support article.


Creating Your Team

To join or create a Clash team, you need to have:
  • Reached level 30
  • Completed placements in at least one Summoner’s Rift ranked queue
  • Attained at least Honor level 2
  • Verified your League account by SMS (this is a new Clash-specific feature)

Each team has a captain who is responsible for adding or removing members, and setting up their team for Clash. Captains can start inviting their squad from Monday April 9, and in the Team screen, they’ll pick a team logo, tag and name to represent their team for the weekend.

We know some of you will be looking for players to complete your roster, so Riot is partnering with op.gg to launch the play.op.gg Beta for Clash. This is an optional team building service that should make it easier for players to find teams that fit their playstyle! Play.op.gg will launch their beta site later this week.


Clash has a unique Tier matchmaking system, meaning you’ll always face teams that are around your skill level. There aren’t any restrictions on rank within your team, but if you group up as four bronzies and one diamond, prepare for the big leagues. You can read about how it works here.

When you enter into a bracket, you will compete with your team for the whole weekend, win, lose or re-entry, so make your best squad!

There is a substitute system in Clash, but you can only substitute one player per day, and they are only with your team for that day’s play. You can read more about substitutes here.


SMS Verification and Smurfing

When signing up for Clash, we need you to register your account to a cell phone number through the SMS Verification process. By tying your account to a cell phone number, there’s an extra layer of difficulty for players who might want to bring their smurfs to a Clash tournament. This is one of a few ways Riot is trying to keep matchmaking fair for everyone. You’ll only need to go through this process one time, and after that point your account will be linked to that cell phone number.

The SMS verification process is basically:
  1. You open the SMS Verification dialogue Clash in the Competitive tab of the client or through Settings.
  2. You'll be prompted to enter your account password, just so we can make sure it’s really you attaching this phone number.
  3. You'll be prompted to enter your Country Code, followed by your ten digit phone number. The country code for the US and America’s BFF, Canada is “1,” and you can find codes for other countries HERE.
  4. You'll be sent a text message to your phone with a secret code - enter that, and your account is now SMS verified. If you try the Konami code, nothing happens. Womp-womp.

For more info on SMS verification and smurfing check out the support article.


Game Day

Before the match begins, you’ll encounter several features that should help you figure out the best strategy to claim victory. First up is the scouting page, where you can check out stats and info about your opponents to help your pick/ban strategy.


Next up, in champ select, you’ll be using the draft format you may have seen from the LCS - two ban phases, and two pick phases. Don’t get caught off guard!

Oh, and all champions are unlocked in Clash, so don’t worry about figuring out that complicated three-person trade from solo queue.

Clash also features a “sudden death” mode to keep matches at a fixed length. Read more about it over here.


Tickets

To keep Clash a high-stakes tournament, you’ll need a ticket to enter. You can get tickets a few ways: They’re available in the store for 990 BE or 215 RP, and you can also earn one from completing a mission this week (by winning four games of Ranked Flex).

You can choose 1 ticket or 5 tickets each time you enter. The overall Clash experience is the same, but with 5 tickets you’ll earn much better prizes. Ticket purchases with BE are limited to three this week (so you can still enter every day if you lose out). You can find more of a breakdown of tickets here.

In the future, Riot will likely be changing the way you can earn or purchase tickets based on your feedback, so stay tuned.


Prizes

Rewards in Clash come in three main forms: Victory Points, capsules and icons.

Victory Points and Banners

Every time you win, you’ll earn Victory Points which are used to unlock Banners, a new item which shows up on Summoner’s Rift! Find out more about Banners and Victory Points here.


Win or lose, you’re always going to take home a Clash Capsule. In each capsule, you’ll find an XP boost and a new logo for your next Clash team, as well as rewards that scale based on your performance and however many tickets you entered with. If you’d like to know roughly what you can expect out of every capsule, check out our handy Capsule Guide.

Icons

Finally, winning a (winner’s) bracket will net you an exclusive Clash Beta summoner icon:



And That's About It

Offer your feedback in the official Clash Discord channel and start getting your team together for the NA beta from April 9 to 15!
Thanks to Xiaowiriamu for the sig!
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