Gathers, Rules & Expectations

This page provides Frequently Asked Questions that define gathers and their role in the NSL community. After the FAQ, rules and expectations are stated, along with solutions and punishments that are relevant to player conduct during gathers. Our Code of Conduct and Sanctions and Appeal process (NS2) documents apply.


NS1 Gather rules

Can be found here.


NS2 Gather rules

Can be found here.




Q: So what are gathers?

A: Gathers are pick-up games where you can sign up to play a competitive 6v6 NS2 game with other players from the league.


Q: Does one need to be good to play in these gathers?

A: Anyone who understands basic English and is willing to listen is welcome to join. Sometimes experienced players can get a bit frustrated with beginners but it’s okay, we've all been through that path before, it’s nothing personal. :-)


Q: Why would I play these games instead of public games?

A: Because these games are much more demanding, and arguably more fun. You can get a taste of what NS2 used to be as a competitive game, pinnacle of FPS games. Nearly all players who play gathers regularly prefer them over public. Gather games tend to be more balanced, too, as captains pick the teams and admins might intervene to avoid boring walkovers.


Q: Why would I not play these games?

A: Possibly either of because of some personalities you'll come across or, you're not interested in playing this game as seriously as some players still do. Depending which kind of team you end up playing with, you'll have to put more or less effort into the game, more likely the former.


Q: What do I need before I join?

A: Discord voice chat and working copy of NS2. Also you might need some tolerance for extended waiting.


Q: So how do I join?

A: Click here and follow the instructions. It’s important you get yourself to our Discord voice channels and the game server, we can guide you through the rest of the stuff.


Q: I got banned from the server after I registered, WTF is this?

A: You need to sign up to a gather, and wait until it starts, not join a game in progress. Don't worry, it’s just a temporary ban (if there even was one).



Last updated 09.10.2020.

jiriki on 02 October 09 23:14




ok thx

11 March 2012, 20:22


Blank Ginjuo

How do i know which server to join?

6 November 2012, 16:44


Blank appLEjuice | No name yet :'(

Where can I find a link to this:
5. ENSL Rules section 6.3 is applied in the gather.

Can't seem to find the rules anywhere :S

(at least, no section 6.3 of the rules anyways)...

13 November 2012, 00:23


Blank a_lost_hero

6.3 Match Exploits

- Incorrect Rates: Plug-in will handle, no enforcement otherwise
- Excessive Warping: Referee jurisdiction only
- Joining wrong team: Immediate replay if asked by the team within 20 seconds
- Blocking weld-able vents: The other team can request suicide of the player(s) involved within a minute, and aliens are disallowed to use the vent or shooting projectiles through. This cannot be enforced afterwards.
- Disconnecting from onos belly: the player cannot join until 50s passed since devour, and must leave within 20s if asked, otherwise match forfeit loss. This cannot be enforced afterwards.
- Major map bugs: Match forfeit loss.
- Cheating: Match forfeit loss and player suspension.

13 November 2012, 12:13


Blank huhuh | Danny Est Gros

These will be updated soon when the NS2 Season 1 is launched :)

13 November 2012, 14:46


Blank appLEjuice | No name yet :'(

Ahh ok, not that I understand any of it :p *lol*

weld-able vents?! warping?! incorrect rates?! dc from Onos belly?! :s I'm such a nooob xD

15 November 2012, 23:13


Blank removed

give me my banhamer back!

18 March 2015, 03:46


Blank Mega | pubstars

added mephs rewrite might be easier to read compare here:

26 January 2017, 22:20


Blank Mephilles | Ctrl+Alt+Defeat

btw for those who are not permanently banned already, the Ban counter has been set to 0 for everyone and each ban happening after 01.01.2017 counts into the calculation.

The season ban can alternatively be a ban of 6 months. The ban after that can very well be a permanent ban.

31 January 2017, 21:47


Blank infamous | 3Port no Obs


Grant him amnesty

1 February 2017, 20:47


Blank Malware

infamous says

Grant him amnesty

2 February 2017, 15:06


Blank peerless | Deaß∞GÆme♂Eñthu¿iast

very interesting ty

22 October 2023, 21:12


Blank Gung-Ho | Saunabois

peerless did you get your gather license yet? Or did you fail the gather exam again?

22 October 2023, 22:17

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