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VALORANT Announces Details on Upcoming Valorant Champions Tour LOCK//IN

09:25 PM January 18, 2023

The VALORANT 2023 circuit may have already started but the much-anticipated clash of all franchised teams will happen on this year’s first LAN tournament: Valorant Champions Tour LOCK//IN.

From February 13 to March 4, 2023, the 30 franchised teams from the VALORANT Regional Leagues, plus two invited Chinese teams, will battle it out in VCT LOCK//IN which is set to happen in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Here’s the complete list of participating teams from each region:

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Americas

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  • 100 Thieves
  • Cloud9
  • Evil Geniuses
  • FURIA
  • KRÜ Esports
  • Leviatán
  • LOUD
  • MiBR
  • NRG
  • Sentinels

Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

  • BBL Esports
  • Fnatic
  • FUT Esports
  • Giants
  • Karmine Corp
  • Koi
  • Team Heretics
  • NAVI
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Vitality

Pacific

  • DetonatioN FocusMe
  • DRX
  • Gen.G
  • Global Esports
  • Paper Rex
  • Rex Regum Qeon
  • T1
  • Talon Esports
  • Team Secret
  • ZETA Division

China

  • EDG
  • FPX

The VCT LOCK//IN will have a single-elimination format (but future LAN tournaments will revert back to double-elimination brackets). Regions were then paired into 16 first-round match-ups, with each match-up consisting of two team slots. Bellow is the respective distribution:

  • 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

Then, 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). Furthermore, according to Riot, teams from China were paired with team slots from the Americas and EMEA in order to ‘maximize geographically diverse competition’.

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Via Riot Games

The 16 match-ups were distributed across two sides (Alpha and Omega) of the single elimination bracket to maximize inter-regional matches for the first two rounds.

  • Alpha Matches – 13th to 19th February
    • Alpha Matches will play out until two teams remain.
    • Each match will be a Best-of-Three.
  • Omega Matches – 22nd to 27th February
    • 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.

VCT LOCK//IN SCHEDULE

With the teams locked in, here’s the schedule for each matchup:

Via Riot Games

 

Via Riot Games

Here’s a quick summary as well:

  • February 13- 15: Alpha Matches
  • February 16: Dark Day
  • February 17-19: Alpha Matches
  • February 20-21: Dark Day
  • February 22-27: Omega Matches
  • February 28 – March 1: Dark Day
  • March 2-3: Semifinals
  • March 4: Grand Final

For more information on the VCT LOCK//IN 2023, you can visit the official blog post by VALORANT Esports here.

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