Everything You Need to Know About VCT23 LOCK//IN

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January 23, 2023

Riot Games has announced the official tournament details for LOCK//IN, the largest event in the history of the VALORANT Champions Tour. From February 13 to March 4, 32 of the best teams in the world will battle it out at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo for three weeks of intense competition.

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

LOCK//IN will see every team from the Americas, Pacific, EMEA leagues as well as two invited representatives from China.

 

AMERICAS Teams PACIFIC Teams EMEA Teams Invited Teams from China
100 Thieves DetonatioN FocusMe BBL Esports EDG
Cloud9 DRX Fnatic FPX
Evil Geniuses Gen.G FUT Esports  
FURIA Global Esports Giants  
Kru Esports Paper Rex Karmine Corp  
Leviatán Rex Regum Qeon KOI  
LOUD T1 NAVI  
MiBR Talon Esports Team Heretics  
NRG Team Secret Team Liquid  
Sentinels ZETA Division Team Vitality  

 

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

 

To accommodate the largest number of teams Riot Games has hosted at a single event, the tournament will use a single elimination format. Subsequent events will return to a double-elimination format.

To maximize the number of inter-regional matches at LOCK//IN, a random draw process was implemented that paired teams from different regions in the first round, while also maximizing the possibility of inter-regional matches for the second round.

First, regions were paired into 16 first-round match-ups, with each match-up consisting of two team slots.

  • EMEA vs PACIFIC – 5 match-ups
  • AMERICAS vs PACIFIC – 5 match-ups
  • AMERICAS vs EMEA – 4 match-ups
  • CHINA vs AMERICAS – 1 match-up
  • CHINA vs EMEA – 1 match-up

 

Each team slot was assigned a random number from 1-10 to account for the 32 teams in attendance. (Americas 1-10, EMEA 1-10, PACIFIC 1-10, China 1-2). In line with our goal to maximize geographically diverse competition, teams from China were paired with team slots from the AMERICAS and EMEA.

Second, the 16 match-ups were distributed across two sides of the single elimination bracket to maximize inter-regional matches for the first two rounds. For this event, the two sides of the bracket will be referenced as Alpha & Omega:

Alpha Matches Omega Matches
AMERICAS vs PACIFIC – 3 AMERICAS vs PACIFIC – 2
EMEA vs PACIFIC – 2 EMEA vs PACIFIC – 3
EMEA vs AMERICAS – 2 EMEA vs AMERICAS – 2
CHINA vs EMEA -1 CHINA vs AMERICAS – 1

 

Finally, a random draw assigned each of the 32 teams a number from 1-10 that corresponded to their region and an already placed team slot, giving us our final bracket.

SCHEDULE

LOCK//IN will consist of three stages of competition:

  • Alpha Matches – February 13 -19
    • Alpha Matches will play out until two teams remain.
    • Each match will be a Best-of-Three.
  • Omega Matches – February 22 – 27
    • Omega Matches will play out until two teams remain.
    • Each match will be a Best-of-Three.
  • Finals Stage
    • The remaining four teams play through the Semifinals and Finals until a champion is crowned.
    • Matches in this stage will be Best-of-Five.

 

Live Event Schedule:

  • Monday, Feb 13 – Alpha Matches
  • Tuesday, Feb 14 – Alpha Matches
  • Wednesday, Feb 15 – Alpha Matches
  • Thursday, Feb 16 – Dark Day
  • Friday, Feb 17- Alpha Matches
  • Saturday, Feb 18  – Alpha Matches
  • Sunday, Feb 19 – Alpha Matches
  • Monday, Feb 20 – Dark Day
  • Tuesday, Feb 21 – Dark Day
  • Wednesday, Feb 22 – Omega Matches
  • Thursday, Feb 23 – Omega Matches
  • Friday, Feb 24 – Omega Matches
  • Saturday, Feb 25 – Omega Matches
  • Sunday, Feb 26- Omega Matches
  • Monday, Feb 27- Omega Matches
  • Tuesday, Feb 28 – Dark Day
  • Wednesday, Mar 1 – Dark Day
  • Thursday, Mar 2 – Semifinals
  • Friday, Mar 3 – Semifinals
  • Saturday, Mar 4 – Finals

 

Additional information on Drops, Watch Parties, and more will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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