What does instalock mean?

Quickly lock in your character selection

Instalock is a gaming term that means to quickly lock in your character choice during character selection. Typically, instalocking is a means of preventing an opponent (or in some cases, teammate) from selecting the character you want to play as.

For example, League of Legends (LoL) players who are good with only one champion often instalock their character choice, to ensure they don't get stuck playing an alt. However, in LoL, instalocking is usually frowned upon, as teams like to discuss their preferred character choices and in-game roles before selecting champions.


I try to instalock Kog’Maw whenever I'm playing with a PUG
... that's kinda selfish?
Sometimes, you just wanna instalock
Sometimes, you just wanna instalock

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Updated April 5, 2022

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