In a region known for its incredible raw talent and incredible landing prowess, one player has shown up to the party as arguably the best of them all. Zhuo ‘knight’ Ding, The Golden Left Hand of League.
Knight started out playing in a small internet cafe in his hometown getting Challenger at just the age of 15, but there is every chance he wasn’t even the best player in the building as another future LPL star Zeng ‘Yagao’ Qi was also getting started in the same cafe.
The young star, then known as knight9, would rise through the LSPL and eventually get his chance in the top leagues but unfortunately, he would never get to show what he was truly capable of except for some crazy plays where he would leave fans drooling wanting more.
He would finally get his chance on TOP esports with a roster worthy of challenging for the title. The team has stars such as Hung ‘Karsa’ Hao-Hsuan and Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo. The team would, unfortunately, fall at the final hurdle in Spring 2020 to a familiar face for Knight as Yagao’s rising team JDG took them down.
After a successful run in the Mid Season Cup where the Chinese superstar would get his first taste of international success TOP are ready to take down LPL Summer and make a run for the World Championship. This is the story of how knight has broken his championship curse and is now coming for Worlds.
The LCS is kicking 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.
LCS Lock In 2021 is a new pre-season tournament for all 10 teams.
$150,000 in prize money is up for grabs for the winner.
Games start on January 15.
What is LCS Lock In?
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. The action kicks off on January 15 over on the LCS Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded below.
LCS Lock In 2021 teams and 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.