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VCT LOCK//IN: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Jan 13, 2023

Get ready for an unforgettable showdown as the VALORANT Champions Tour debuts its next chapter with LOCK//IN! Today we're excited to announce the match-ups and schedule for the biggest VALORANT esports tournament of all time. From February 13th to March 4th, 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. If you want to be there in person to witness the action firsthand, you can grab your tickets here.

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PARTICIPATING TEAMS

LOCK//IN will see every team from the Americas, Pacific, EMEA leagues as well as two invited representatives from China! The team that secures victory at LOCK//IN will earn their region an extra slot at Masters 2023.

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VCT AMERICAS Teams

VCT EMEA Teams

VCT PACIFIC Teams

Invited Teams from China

100 Thieves

BBL Esports

DetonatioN FocusMe

EDG

Cloud9

Fnatic

DRX

FPX

Evil Geniuses

FUT Esports

Gen.G

FURIA

Giants

Global Esports

KRÜ Esports

Karmine Corp

Paper Rex

Leviatán

Koi

Rex Regum Qeon

LOUD

NAVI

T1

MiBR

Team Heretics

Talon Esports

NRG

Team Liquid

Team Secret

Sentinels

Team Vitality

ZETA Division


TOURNAMENT FORMAT

We wanted to kick off the next era of the VALORANT Champions Tour with an epic tournament that brought together the entire VALORANT community. With LOCK//IN our goal is to lay storytelling groundwork for the 2023 season while thrilling fans with high stakes competition. To build the largest tournament in the history of our sport, we had to consider different formats that could accommodate the largest number of teams we've ever had at a single event. After reviewing many options, it became clear that to be as globally inclusive as we wanted, a single elimination format was the direction we needed to take. While we think this is the best way to kick off the 2023 season, we plan to return to a double elimination format for future international events.

From past events, we know that at global tournaments fans want to see matches between teams from different regions. To maximize the number of inter-regional matches at LOCK//IN, we implemented a random draw process 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.

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TOURNAMENT 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.

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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

WHERE TO WATCH

The tournament will be broadcast in many languages and the full list of channels can be found below. Additional information on Drops, Watch Parties, and language specific channels will be shared in the coming weeks.

Twitch

YouTube


WHERE TO FOLLOW THE VCT

For additional details about LOCK//IN make sure to follow the official VALORANT Esports social channels: