LOCK//IN Brazil format, first LAN of VCT 2023
This year, the VCT takes on a whole new format. The major novelty is the appearance of three franchised leagues. To mark the occasion, Riot Games has decided to start the year with the LOCK//IN Brazil. The tournament brings together the 30 selected teams, as well as 2 Chinese representatives. In this article, we give you all the details about the format. The competition starts on 13th February.
The Valorant Champions Tour is the official circuit of Valorant. After two editions, the VCT returns in 2023 with some new features, including the LOCK//IN Brazil. Fnatic, Karmine Corp, DRX, ZETA Division, Sentinels or Cloud9, all the franchised teams participate in this first event of the year. Please note that two Chinese structures were invited, Edward Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix.
The 32 structures are divided into 2 separate groups, so as to form a single elimination bracket which maximises inter-regional matches. For example, Karmine Corp (EMEA) will face FunPlus Phoenix (China) or Team Heretics (EMEA) will face Evil Geniuses (Americas). Each loss is a knockout. As a result, 16 teams will leave the tournament after the first round.
All matches are BO3, except for the finals, which will be played in BO5. Only 4 teams reach the playoffs, these are the two finalists from the Alpha group and the two finalists from the Omega group.
The Lock In Brazil starts on 13th February at 6pm, with the match between KOI vs NRG. To follow the results of this and all the other matches, please refer to our article dedicated to results and schedule.
If you want to watch the different matches live, go to VALORANT's Twitch channel.