How to watch the LCS 2021 Lock In: Format, schedule, and more

This is the opening act of a new competitive cycle.

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The Spring Split used to be the ultimate opening for each region. Though there’s nothing wrong with taking breaks, as the length of the off-season can feel like a never-ending cycle for the most diehard competitive League of Legends fans.

The LCS 2021 Spring Split will start on Feb. 5, but the fans will be able to see how their favorite team stack up against the rest of the competition in LCS 2021 Lock In. The pre-season event will start on Jan. 15 and conclude on the last day of the month.

Some could say the players may not showcase their full potential since this is an off-season event, but the tournament’s competitive prize pool will be enough to ignite the competitive fire inside each LCS player.

While $150,000 is on the line for the winning team, the rest of the leaderboard will be leaving with empty pockets. The winning team will also receive an additional $50,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

Considering the NA region had a rather busy transfer season, it’ll be quite exciting to watch some of the newly-formed teams witness overpowered strategies to try out in ranked games.

Here’s everything you need to know about the LCS 2021 Lock In event.

Schedule and format

Format

A total of 10 teams will be participating in LCS 2021 Lock-In, with the groups decided in an unorthodox way. 

The teams will be drafted into two groups, and each team will select a squad to be placed into the other group. The cycle will start with TSM from group A and continue with group B’s FlyQuest.

The groups will be played in a single round-robin format, and all group stage matches will be best-of-ones. The top four teams from each group will move onto the knockout stage. The bottom-two teams from each group will be eliminated from the competition.

Knockout stage matches will be played as best-of-threes until the semifinals. Starting with semifinals, the format will switch to best-of-fives.

Schedule

Day One – Jan. 15

  • 5pm CT – 100 Thieves vs. TSM
  • 6pm CT – CLG vs. Team Liquid
  • 7pm CT – C9 vs. Evil Geniuses
  • 8pm CT – Dignitas vs. FlyQuest
  • 9pm CT – Golden Guardians vs. CLG

Day Two – Jan. 16

  • 3pm CT – Immortals vs. Evil Geniuses
  • 4pm CT – Golden Guardians vs. TSM
  • 5pm CT – C9 vs. FlyQuest
  • 6pm CT – Immortals vs. Dignitas.
  • 7pm CT – CLG vs. 100 Thieves

Day Three – Jan. 17

  • 3pm CT – Immortals vs. C9
  • 4pm CT – Team Liquid vs. 100 Thieves
  • 5pm CT – Dignitas vs. Evil Geniuses
  • 6pm CT – CLG vs. TSM
  • 7pm CT – Golden Guardians vs. Team Liquid

Day Four – Jan. 22

  • 5pm CT – Dignitas vs. C9
  • 6pm CT – Golden Guardians vs. 100 Thieves
  • 7pm CT – Evil Geniuses vs. FlyQuest
  • 8pm CT – Team Liquid vs. TSM
  • 9pm CT – Immortals vs. FlyQuest

Quarterfinals – Jan. 23, 24

Jan. 23
  • 3pm CT – TBD vs. TBD
  • 7pm CT – TBD vs. TBD
Jan. 24
  • 3pm CT – TBD vs. TBD
  • 7pm CT – TBD vs. TBD

Semifinals – Jan. 29, 30

Jan. 29
  • 5pm CT – TBD vs. TBD
Jan. 30
  • 3pm CT – TBD vs. TBD

Finals – Jan. 31

  • 3pm CT – TBD vs. TBD

Where to watch the LCS 2021 Lock In tournament

You can tune into the LCS 2021 Lock In tournament through LCS’ official Twitch broadcast. Players looking to expand their cosmetics collection while watching the event can watch the matches on the LoL Esports hub as well.

Make sure to have your drops enabled, though, since you won’t be eligible for drops or completing quests if you don’t link your Riot account.

Teams participating in the LCS 2021 Lock In tournament

100 Thieves

  • Top: Ssumday
  • Jungle: Closer
  • Mid: Damonte
  • ADC: FBI
  • Support: huhi

Cloud9

  • Top: Fudge
  • Jungle: Blaber
  • Mid: Perkz
  • ADC: Zven
  • Support: Vulcan

CLG

  • Top: Finn
  • Jungle: Broxah
  • Mid: Pobelter
  • ADC: WildTurtle
  • Support: Smoothie

Dignitas

  • Top: FakeGod
  • Jungle: Dardoch
  • Mid: Soligo
  • ADC: Neo
  • Support: aphromoo

Evil Geniuses

  • Top: Impact
  • Jungle: Svenskeren
  • Mid: Jizuke
  • ADC: Defly
  • Support: IgNaR

FluQuest

  • Top: Licorice
  • Jungle: Josedeodo
  • Mid: Palafox
  • ADC: Johnsun
  • Support: Diamond

Golden Guardians

  • Top: Niles
  • Jungle: Iconic
  • Mid: Ablazeolive
  • ADC: Stixxay
  • Support: Newbie

Immortals

  • Top: Revenge
  • Jungle: Xerxe
  • Mid: Insanity
  • ADC: Raes
  • Support: Destiny

Team Liquid

  • Top: Alphari
  • Jungle: Santorin
  • Mid: Jensen
  • ADC: Tactical
  • Support: CoreJJ

TSM

  • Top: Huni
  • Jungle: Spica
  • Mid: PowerOfEvil
  • ADC: Lost
  • Support: SwordArt

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