The official pools:
Pool A: Shanghai, Bayi, Shandong, Zhejiang, Tianjin, Hubei, Hebei
Pool B: Beijing, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Henan, Fujian, Guangdong, Liaoning
The main rules:
1. The wide roster is still the list of 20 players.
2. the rule of foreigners: "2+n" (Top 6 of Season 16/17) "3+n" (the rest teams)
3. Round 1 to Round 12: Doudle Round-Robin in the same pool; Round 13 to Round 20 (Top 8 and Last 6): Doudle Round-Robin in the different pools
4. Top 4: Semifinals (Bo5, home-away-away-home-home) Finals (Bo7, home-away-away-home-away-home-home) 3rd Finals (Bo3, home-away-home)