Path of Exile Rules for League Events
One of the major things about Path of Exile is the existence of leagues, which is mostly added by Grinding Gear Games to keep the game fresh and interesting for players. The leagues are indeed great in adding more dimension to the game, but it can also confuse a lot of people with little to no experience with them. Path of Exile is already pretty thick is it is, and the inclusion of leagues only deepens the mystery thus far.
If you happen to be one of those people who may be perplexed when hearing of leagues in this game, perhaps you may want to get a crash course of sorts on what they are and what you're supposed to do and not do in them. Basically, there are various ways to play Path of Exile, and a lot of them are contained within leagues. Different leagues have different parameters attached to them and you may want to learn how each one works.
Race leagues are special events that are run periodically in short durations to let players compete for prizes (PoE items)—including a coveted Path of Exile item - in a clean economy with a fresh start. The objective is to level up as quickly and extensively as they can within that time frame, making them play entirely new characters from scratch so they are made to exercise the fullest extent of their game knowledge to the best of their abilities.
Such a league opens for character creation 30 minutes before the official start, which means that you have to be right on time to join. Remember to join the right league of choice in order to be eligible for prizes. Once you're in, you'll have to move fast since others will be doing the same. If you manage to do a certain number of the challenges, you may receive prizes that correspond to that.
Hardcore race leagues are what they usually are in most other action role-playing games, which is that characters are only allowed to die once. But in the case of this game, dying doesn't make the character inaccessible, but it does get moved to the Standard league immediately. At the end of the league, characters that manage to stay alive will be moved to the normal Hardcore league—a process that may take up to an hour.
It's not recommended to create multiple characters to receive multiple level-threshold prizes. The first reason why you shouldn't is because you can't really get away with it for long; the second reason is that you may not really have the time to do so and expect to actually win the really good stuff. It's already hard enough with one character, and you are really planning to scum it with multiple characters?
Once winners are decided after each league event, that's pretty much final. If you ever get screwed over by a bug or glitch, you better tell the admins immediately so they can sort it out as soon as possible, not to mention that it helps the game in the long run. Other than that, if you didn't win, you can always join another league and try harder. Whether it's a boss kill, burst event, a Descent, or so on, you have plenty of ways to enjoy the game and have fun in Path of Exile.