LCS Lock-In Preview

LCS Lock-In begins in a few hours and we bring you our LCS Lock-In preview including power rankings for the teams

LCS Lock-In is almost upon us and will add excitement to the start of another LCS year. This time around, the format for the LCS has changed to add more competition to the league. Let’s dive into the specifics of LCS Lock-In from what we know.

The biggest story out of the LCS going to the tournament has been visa issues faced by many teams. As a result, CLG will not be playing with Finn or Broxah. Also, TL will be without Santorin and Immortals will not have multiple players available. Simultaneously, there were 2 COVID cases reported from CLG and Dignitas. CLG has said that they have closed their facilities and players will be playing from home. Dignitas has not issued a statement regarding the situation.

Given these issues, some teams have signed temporary subs to the team. Immortals will be fielding their academy roster with Revenge and Insanity most likely. While, TL will be playing Armao (previously Grig) in the jungle and CLG will be playing Solo and Griffin (previously Wiggily). This does change some things regarding how LCS Lock-In shapes up and it will be more of an experimental tournament.

One thing to mention, LCS Lock-In has no bearings for the Spring Split or Worlds qualifications. It is more like the KeSPA Cup for the LCK and Demacia Cup for the LPL. Hence, we jump into our power rankings for LCS Lock-In.

Power Rankings

Here is our power rankings for LCs Lock-In

Group A:

  1. Team Liquid
  2. TSM
  3. 100 Thieves
  4. CLG
  5. Golden Guardians

Group B:

  1. Cloud9
  2. Evil Geniuses
  3. FlyQuest
  4. Immortals
  5. Dignitas

Despite Santorin will not be able to make it in Week 1 of LCS Lock-In, TL should still top their group. However, they will face good competition against TSM in the group. 100 Thieves will be very competitive in the group as well. CLG should be the 4th team in the group in our expectations however with the omissions of Broxah and Finn, Golden Guardians could make a push for 4th place.

In Group B, Cloud9 should be the prohibitive favorites to be the top team. Evil Geniuses and FlyQuest will be fighting for 2nd and 3rd. Also, Immortals should be 4th despite playing with their academy roster. Sadly, Dignitas is going to be last in the group in our projections.

Expectations for LCS Lock-In

LCS Lock-In should be more of an experimental tournament for many of these team. Most teams will try out different strategies and compositions for Spring Split 2021.

Given the tournament has no future consequences, it should be an all-out fight fiesta. It is also going to be a first look for many teams and also will curb or enhance expectations for these teams. However, given some omissions, it will be hard to tell how some teams shape up when Spring Split 2021 begins. LCS Lock-In is set to start at 5 pm Central Time on January 15th.

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