Liquid roll over undefeated Evil Geniuses in LCS Lock In final: results, placements

LCS Lock In 2022 announcement poster.Riot Games

Team Liquid have dethroned fast-growing North American darlings Evil Geniuses, delivering breakout star Joseph “jojopyun” Pyun and his team a quick-fire 3-0 defeat in the LCS Lock In grand final. The Sunday victory nets them $150k and early 2022 silverware.

  • Team Liquid claim their second Lock In title
  • Preseason champs hand Evil Geniuses first 2022 loss
  • Cloud9, Dignitas round out top four

The LCS 2022 Lock In preseason tournament certainly delivered the action as the 2022 League of Legends season gets underway in earnest in North America.

Team Liquid have emerged as eventual victors, defending their 2021 preseason title with a three-game win over Evil Geniuses. The EG roster, led by breakout starlet Jojopyun, quickly became the must-watch roster of the tournament, but couldn’t get the job done against TL’s veteran squad in the decider.

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Despite their 0-3 loss, however, Evil Geniuses had a strong start to their year, topping Group B undefeated and smashing Cloud9 — albeit without their full roster — in a three-game landslide in the semifinals.

Earlier in the event, Dignitas stunned reigning champs 100 Thieves in the quarterfinals, and TSM disappointed with a group stage exit.

Here’s all the action from the LCS 2022 Lock In preseason event, including all the group stage and elimination game results, final placements, team rosters, and plenty more.

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LCS 2022 Lock In final placements

Placement Team Prize Money (USD)
1 Team Liquid $150,000
2 Evil Geniuses $0
3-4 Cloud9
5-8 100 Thieves
Golden Guardians
9-10 TSM

LCS 2022 Lock In groups

The North American preseason Lock In tournament saw the league’s ten franchised teams split into two five-org groups. They then plaedy a single round-robin to eliminate one team from each group and determined knockout seedings.

Group A standings

Placement Team Record
1 100 Thieves 3-1
2 Cloud9 3-1
3 FlyQuest 2-2
4 Golden Guardians 1-3
5 TSM 1-3

Group B standings

Placement Team Record
1 Evil Geniuses 4-0
2 Team Liquid 3-1
3 CLG 2-2
4 Dignitas 1-3
5 Immortals 0-4

LCS 2022 Lock In results

Group Stage results: January 14-22

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 14 TSM 0-1 100 Thieves 12:30PM 3:30PM 8:30PM
Golden Guardians 0-1 Cloud9 1:30PM 4:30PM 9:30PM
TSM 1-0 FlyQuest 2:30PM 5:30PM 10:30PM
Golden Guardians 0-1 100 Thieves 3:30PM 6:30PM 11:30PM
FlyQuest 0-1 Cloud9 4:30PM 7:30PM 12:30AM
January 15 Liquid 1-0 Dignitas 11:30AM 2:30PM 7:30PM
Immortals 0-1 CLG 12:30PM 3:30PM 8:30PM
Evil Geniuses 1-0 Liquid 1:30PM 4:30PM 9:30PM
Immortals 0-1 Dignitas 2:30PM 5:30PM 10:30PM
Evil Geniuses 1-0 CLG 3:30PM 6:30PM 11:30PM
January 16 FlyQuest 1-0 100 Thieves 10:30AM 1:30PM 6:30PM
Liquid 1-0 CLG 11:30AM 2:30PM 7:30PM
TSM 0-1 Cloud9 12:30PM 3:30PM 8:30PM
Evil Geniuses 1-0 Immortals 1:30PM 4:30PM 9:30PM
Golden Guardians 0-1 FlyQuest 2:30PM 5:30PM 10:30PM
January 21 CLG 1-0 Dignitas 12:30PM 3:30PM 8:30PM
Cloud9 0-1 100 Thieves 1:30PM 4:30PM 9:30PM
Liquid 1-0 Immortals 2:30PM 5:30PM 10:30PM
TSM 0-1 Golden Guardians 3:30PM 6:30PM 11:30PM
Evil Geniuses 1-0 Dignitas 4:30PM 7:30PM 12:30AM

Quarterfinals: January 22-23

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 22 100 Thieves 0-2 Dignitas 11:30AM 2:30PM 7:30PM
Liquid 2-0 FlyQuest 2:30PM 5:30PM 10:30PM
January 23 Evil Geniuses 2-0 Golden Guardians 11:30AM 2:30PM 7:30PM
Cloud9 2-1 CLG 2:30PM 5:30PM 10:30PM

Semifinals: January 28-29

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 28 Dignitas 1-3 Liquid 12:30PM 3:30PM 8:30PM
January 29 Evil Geniuses 3-0 Cloud9 12:30PM 3:30PM 8:30PM

Grand Final: January 30

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 30 Liquid 3-0 Evil Geniuses 10:30AM 1:30PM 6:30PM

Visa issues plague Lock In rosters

All ten competing LCS teams played with varying degress of their starting lineups at Lock In. TSM and Golden Guardians fielded their academy rosters for the duration of the tournament, as Visa issues and the ongoing global health crisis have meant certain international players had been unable to reach LA on time for the start of the Lock In.

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Cloud9 coach Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare confirmed on a Twitch stream multiple members of Cloud9’s official LCS roster would be unable to attend the tournament. Darshan, Zven, and Isles played the event as starters instead.

Dignitas replaced jungler Kim ‘River’ Dong-woo with academy jungler Lawrence ‘eXyu’ Xu for their earliest games. River returned for quarterfinals.

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CoreJJ is yet to secure his green card for NA residency, putting Liquid in a tight spot for LCS 2022 Lock In.

Team Liquid also had Visa issues, with support CoreJJ unable to acquire a green card in time to gain resident status for the Lock In, according to a report by Upcomer. Without CoreJJ’s residency, the team currently has three imports in top laner Gabriël ‘Bwipo’ Rau, AD Carry Steven ‘Hans sama’ Liv, and CoreJJ.

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Rather than simply using their academy bot lane, the team played Hans sama and CoreJJ on a rotational basis. Hans sama played with academy support Bill ‘Eyla’ Nguyen, and CoreJJ was partnered with academy ADC Sean ‘Yeon’ Sung.

LCS 2022 Lock In teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
100 Thieves Ssumday/Tenacity Closer Abbedagge FBI Huhi
Cloud9 Summit Blaber Fudge Berserker Winsome/Isles
CLG Jenkins Contractz Palafox Luger Poome
Dignitas FakeGod eXyu Blue Neo Biofrost
Evil Geniuses Impact Inspired Jojopyun Danny Vulcan
FlyQuest Kumo Josedeodo Toucouille Johnsun Aphromoo
Golden Guardians Tony Top Iconic ry0ma Stixxay Chime
Immortals Revenge Xerxe PowerOfEvil WildTurtle Destiny
Team Liquid Bwipo Santorin Bjergsen Hans Sama/Yeon CoreJJ/Eyla
TSM V1per Hyper Takeover Instinct Yursan

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