Legends of Runeterra
Discovering the Types of Legends of Runeterra Tournaments
In this article, I explain the Legends of Runeterra tournament formats and also present to you an amazing tool to help you build your line-up.
Riot LockThe most common lock today is "Riot Lock", which Riot itself introduced and other organizations followed suit. It's based on you picking 3 decks which can't have repeated champions, repeated region combinations and only 1 deck can be champion-less. Example: Lulu Jinx (Ionia and Piltover); Draven and Ezreal (Noxus and Piltover); Seju Teemo (Freljord and Piltover). Notice that I put 3 Piltover decks, but none of them repeat the other regions or the same champions. This lock was created precisely to be more accessible to everyone, because you wouldn't need to have a full collection. Just use the same base for all of them and switch the champions and the other region.
Region LockThe second option is "Region Lock", which, as the name tells us, it's not allowed to repeat regions. Without repeating regions, no champion can be repeated also. Example: Lulu Jinx (Ionia and Piltover); Elise (Noxus and Shadow Isles); Miss Fortune and Quinn (Bilgewater and Demacia). Usually this lock appears in tournaments with a double elimination format, but instead of 3 decks the organization only asks 2 decks and like so you and the opponent don't need to ban a deck.
Card LockLastly, we have "Card Lock". This one is a little more difficult for even organizations to check, because in all three decks you can't repeat a card. It is a little more complex and also not very used. But assuming you bring a Thresh Nasus deck where there is only one copy of Atrocity, any other deck can even have the same region combination (Shurima and Shadow Isles), but it can't bring Atrocity anymore, or even the champions, because they also count as cards. In case you don't know if your deck is following the requested lock, there is a tool made by a programming queen called Raquel, known as Tecna in the brazillian community: just click here. Now that we understand the types of locks there are, let's look at tournament types!
Seasonal Tournament, in which the qualifiers have 9 swiss rounds and the top 32 advance to the next phase, which is in single elimination. To those who aren't aware, the Seasonal Tournament is Riot's official tournament and it is separated by server region shards, such as Americas, Europe, Asia and SEA (SouthEast Asia). 700 players are qualified through ranked ladder and 324 through the final gauntlet.