The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) season will begin with the LCS Lock In 2022, a tournament that’s similar to China’s Demacia Cup, and South Korea’s KeSPA Cup.
It’s a chance for North American teams to test out their rosters and get a feel for where they stand.
Team Liquid return as the defending champions after they defeated 100 Thieve in a five-game series at the LCS Lock In tournament final in 2021.
Several teams, including TSM and Cloud9, will be playing with substitutes due to visa issues with their players. TSM announced that it’ll use its entire academy roster.
What is LCS Lock In 2022?
The LCS Lock In 2022 is a kick-off tournament that takes place before the start of the LCS Spring Split 2022.
Teams will be playing for the Lock In trophy, US$150,000, and bragging rights.
The 2021 LCS Championship finalists, 100 Thieves and Team Liquid, drafted teams into their respective groups on December 15, 2021.
LCS Lock In 2022 schedule and results
The LCS Lock In 2022 tournament begins January 15, GMT+8, and will conclude on January 31.
Due to the Omicron situation, the group stage will be played online instead of at the LCS Studios in Los Angeles.
Riot Games stated that they will reassess the situation towards the knockout stage, so there’s a chance that teams may return to the studio.
LCS Lock In 2022 standings
|3rd||Counter Logic Gaming||2-2|
Day 1 (January 15)
|TSM||0 — 1||100 Thieves|
|Golden Guardians||0 — 1||Cloud9|
|TSM||1 — 0||FlyQuest|
|Golden Guardians||0 — 1||100 Thieves|
|FlyQuest||0 — 1||Cloud9|
Day 2 (January 16)
|Team Liquid||1 — 0||Dignitas|
|Immortals||0 — 1||Counter Logic Gaming|
|Evil Geniuses||1 — 0||Team Liquid|
|Immortals||0 — 1||Dignitas|
|Evil Geniuses||1 — 0||Counter Logic Gaming|
Day 3 (January 17)
|FlyQuest||1 — 0||100 Thieves|
|Team Liquid||1 — 0||Counter Logic Gaming|
|TSM||0 — 1||Cloud9|
|Evil Geniuses||1 — 0||Immortals|
|Golden Guardians||0 — 1||FlyQuest|
Day 4 (January 22)
|Counter Logic Gaming||1 — 0||Dignitas|
|Cloud9||0 — 1||100 Thieves|
|Team Liquid||1 — 0||Immortals|
|TSM||0 — 1||Golden Guardians|
|Evil Geniuses||1 — 0||Dignitas|
January 23 (Sunday)
|100 Thieves||0 — 2||Dignitas|
|Team Liquid||2 — 0||FlyQuest|
January 24 (Monday)
|Evil Geniuses||2 — 0||Golden Guardians|
|Cloud9||2 — 1||Counter Logic Gaming|
January 29 (Saturday)
|Dignitas||1 — 3||Team Liquid|
January 30 (Sunday)
|Evil Geniuses||3 — 0||Cloud9|
January 31 (Monday)
|Evil Geniuses||0 — 3||Team Liquid|
Format of LCS Lock In 2022
10 teams were drafted into two groups of five and they will play a single round robin best-of-one.
The top four teams from each group will then advance to the knockout stage.
In the knockout stage, eight teams will be placed in a single elimination bracket. All quarterfinals matches will be best-of-threes, while subsequent rounds will be best-of-fives.
Where to watch LCS Lock In 2022?
Watch the LCS Lock In 2022 games live on the following platforms: