The quarterfinals of the 2022 LCS Lock In have concluded and the bracket for the semifinals have been set. On one side of the bracket, Dignitas QNTMPAY will face off against Team Liquid on one side of the bracket while Evil Geniuses and Cloud9 will go toe-to-toe on the other side of the bracket. The winners of the two best-of-five series' will advance to the finals of the Lock In.
DIG QNTMPAY is the surprise semifinals appearance of the bunch, upsetting defending LCS champion 100 Thieves 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Team Liquid took an expected win 2-0 against FlyQuest, and the very next day, Evil Geniuses followed suit against the Golden Guardians Academy roster, who played in place of the organization's LCS roster due to visa issues delaying the arrival of some of their players.
The only series to go all three games was the last quarterfinals match between Cloud9 and Counter Logic Gaming. C9 took the first game with a poke-heavy composition, but lost game 2 after failing to execute on an entirely different draft strategy that placed far more emphasis on the early game. C9 took the series in game 3 with a return to a more conventional draft in context of the current competitive meta.
One team on both sides of the semifinals bracket is without their full roster in the 2022 LCS Lock In. Cloud9 is starting three C9 Academy players due to visa issues for multiple members of the organization delaying arrivals until February, and in lieu of delays on support Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in's green card acquisition, Team Liquid have utilized a rotating eight-man roster with three member sof TL Academy.
Should TL and C9 triumph in their respective semifinals matches, the finals of the 2022 LCS Lock In will be a repeat of the tournament's inaugural edition last year. In the finals of the 2021 LCS Lock In, Team Liquid faced off against Cloud9 and won the series in a 3-2 epic.