The first major international even is right around the corner, featuring all 30 franchised teams plus two Chinese organizations.
While we have had some amazing matches in the Challengers Open Qualifiers, the first major international event is very close! Of course, we're talking about LOCK//IN, a tournament that will not only feature the 30 franchised teams, but two Chinese organizations invited to play in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The winner of the event will give their region an extra spot for Valorant Masters set to be held in Tokyo, Japan, so while many teams won't show their big strategies just yet, there's still something to play for other than pride.
There's a lot of information to cover so let's not waste any more time.
VCT LOCK//IN - Schedule & Format
VCT LOCK//IN will kick off on February 13th, ending on March 4th. The event will be held at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo.
To accommodate 32 teams without making the tournament too long, it will be a grueling single-elimination event. It's going to be a Best-of-Three affair until the final four, where it'll transition into a Best-of-Five series.
Now, to avoid a lot of interregional matches to happen early and to give fans a taste of what future international events could nurture multiregional rivalries, a system has been put in place to let teams from different Leagues play against each other early on.
Essentially, the 32 teams have been broken down into two groups, which are segmented even further. They are called the Alpha and Omega sides of the bracket.
All you need to care about as a fan is in the matchups, which you can see down below:
Alpha Bracket Schedule
Omega Bracket Schedule
VCT LOCK//IN - Teams
As we mentioned, a total of 32 teams will participate in the event. These are:
- 100 Thieves
- Evil Geniuses
- KRU Esports
- Team Liquid
- Team Vitality
- Karmine Corp
- Team Heretics
- FUT Esports
- BBL Esports
- ZETA DIVISION
- Detonation Gaming
- Team Secret
- Paper Rex
- Rex Regum Qeon
- Talon Esports
- Global Esports
Plus, two more Chinese organizations were invited, these are:
VCT LOCK//IN - 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.
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