Everything you need to know about North America’s signature kickoff tournament for the 2022 season
LCS Lock In is back! Over the next three weeks, all ten LCS teams will battle through this exciting winner-take-all tournament with prize money, bragging rights and early season momentum on the line. Reigning LCS Champions 100 Thieves must defend its throne from revamped challengers eager to showcase new talent. Can 100T live up to its first-seed billing, or will a new team wear the crown?
Ahead of this weekend’s action, here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 LCS Lock In Tournament.
Like last year, the 2022 LCS Lock In Tournament format will include a Group Stage and a Knockout Stage. During the Group Stage, each of the two groups of five will participate in a single round robin, plus any potential tiebreakers. The top four teams of each group will advance to the Knockout Stage, eliminating the last place teams. The Knockout Stage is an eight-team, single-elimination bracket with best-of-three quarterfinals and best-of-five semifinals and finals. The Lock In Champion will receive $150K in prize money.
Tournament Dates and Times:
- Day 1 — 2 pm PT Friday, January 14
- Day 2 — 1 pm PT Saturday, January 15
- Day 3 — 12 pm PT Sunday, January 16
- Day 4 — 2 pm PT Friday, January 21
Knockout Stage Quarterfinals:
- Day 1 — 1 pm PT Saturday, January 22
- Day 2 — 12 pm PT Sunday, January 23
- Day 1 — 2 pm PT Friday, January 28
- Day 2 — 1 pm PT Saturday, January 29
- 12 pm PT Sunday, January 30
WHERE TO WATCH
Additionally, we’re adjusting Watch Parties for 2022, beginning with the Lock In tournament. The LCS will allow Watch Parties for specific parts of the season — such as Lock In, Super Weeks, and Playoffs. These Watch Parties will remain invite only, however we’ll look to ramp up the level of access we provide streamers by giving them access to pro players for interviews, or enabling drops on their stream during special moments.
Don’t miss the final weekend of Lock In, Jan 28-30, where we’ll be enabling Drops on www.twitch.tv/LCS along with all official Watch Parties channels. Any fan that watches the Lock In finals weekend for an hour will unlock a new 2022 LCS Spring Split icon. Be sure to connect your Twitch account here to be eligible for the drop.