With the esports season beginning to ramp up once more as we move through early 2021, there’s plenty to look out for in the competitive LoL scene. With such a huge roster of professional talent, there’s plenty of players to watch. Here, we let you know exactly who to keep an eye on in the LCS Lock In.
The LCS Lock In kicks off on January 15, where North America’s finest will go head-to-head for bragging rights heading into the 2021 season.
But after a hectic off-season (filled with plenty of roster shuffles), the new-look Championship Series is ready to make its debut to the world. So who are the players to watch during the event? We take a look at the stars you should be keeping an eye on!
The last 12 months have been absolutely monumental for North American League of Legends, with the retirement of Yiliang ‘Peter’ ‘Doublelift’ Peng and Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg shaking up the community going forward. Alongside that, the LCS’ rebrand featuring a new purple color scheme, new logos, and mottos, sets up 2021 to be an interesting year for the esport.
The LCS’s new lock-in stage gives the fresh new teams a chance to showcase and hone their talent, establishing some early dominance within 2021’s scene.
The top players we recommend checking out during the event are:
Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković
Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh
Brandon Joel ‘Josedeodo’ Villegas
Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris
Quin ‘Raes’ Korebrits
Mitchell ‘Destiny’ Shaw
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The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.
100 Thieves smash TSM to open up their 2021 campaign at LCS Lock In.
Liquid do the same against CLG to sit atop Group A.
Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses kick off Group B next at 5pm PT / 8pm ET.
LCS Lock In: Stream
The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.
They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.
LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups
As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.
Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.