LCS Lock In tournament will be played remotely instead of at LCS Studio in Los Angeles, official account confirmed last night. The news arrived just a few days later LEC has moved Spring Split to an online format.
COVID-19 cases have continued to soar in Los Angeles County, which has seen a 22.56 percent increase in positive tests since the new year begins. With the situation increasing and the LCS’s primary mission to keep its players and staff safe, it’s uncertain when the league will return to the studio.
However, the LCS still leaves the door open for parts of the LCS Lock In to take place live. Organizers “will reassess the situation going into the knockout stages of the tournament and get the teams back on set as soon as possible,” the statement read. The exact procedures to secure a return to the Los Angeles studio are still unknown.
Currently, 10 LCS teams will compete from their practice facilities, similar to the LEC. The 10 LCS teams have been divided into two groups, each with five teams, of which the top four teams in each group will advance to the knockout stages.
The Lock LCS in the tournament begins on January 14th and ends on January 30th. Soon after, on February 5th after the previous split festival, Spring Split 2022 LCS will begin, with 10 LCS teams competing for the title of Spring League Champion.
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https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/lcs-lock-in-tournament-group-stages-will-be-played-remotely-due-to-rise-in-covid-19-cases LCS Lock In Tournament group stages will be played remotely due to increase in COVID-19 cases