The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely taken a toll not just on DOTA 2’s competitive scene, but also to its players. It is really unfortunate that players who have invested so much of their skills and talent for the upcoming Singapore Major will fall short in attendance due to COVID-19 restrictions.
WHO ARE THE PLAYERS WHO WILL MISS THE SINGAPORE MAJOR?
NATUS VINCERE (NA’VI)
Andrii “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko and Bogdan “Iceberg” Vasilenko are both unfit to travel going to Singapore after both players tested positive of the coronavirus as the organization reported on March 20.
SUBSTITUTE: Both players will be replaced by the CIS protege RAMZES666 and the roster’s coach, Andrey “Mag” Chipenko.
After TNC failed to secure a slot in the Singapore Major, the Filipino pride is now left to the hands of Neon Esports. However, COVID-19 is now putting up a big challenge to the team even though the event has not started yet.
John Anthony “Natsumi” Vargas is reported to have caught the virus as announced by the organization on Sunday, March 21.
SUBSTITUTE: Massive changes are being worked on by the team as Rafael “Rappy” Palo will replace Natsumi and will play as support while Rolen Andrei Gabriel “Skem” Ong, team captain, will step up and play as the team’s carry.
Seems like Team Nigma lost sight of their north star after losing Mind_Control from the roster as the player tested positive of COVID-19, as reported by the organization on Wednesday, March 24.
SUBSTITUTE: Similar to Na’Vi, Nigma decided to have their coach Roman “rmN” Paley stand-in for the International Champion.
Pinoy pride died a little bit more after T1’s team captain Carlo “Kuku” Palad caught an undisclosed “health problem” early this morning, March 25, as reported by the organization. It is also assumed that the team’s offlaner may have also contracted the virus based on his social media accounts. Losing the team captain is definitely a major blow on the team’s strategies. However, a former T1 veteran will takeover the big void left by the Filipino pro.
SUBSTITUTE: Former T1 player Lee “Forev” Sang-don is said to stand-in for Kuku as the team wades through the Wild Card Stage.
Quincy Crew’s manager Jack “KBBQ” Chen announced on Tuesday, March 23, that MSS will be missing the Singapore Major after the player contracted the virus as reported on Monday, March 22 by KBBQ.
SUBSTITUTE: Despite being unfortunate as the team faces unwarranted changes, a high-probability bet is likely to happen for Quincy Crew as MiLAN will stand-in for MSS. MiLAN is a member of the 10K MMR club, and is the only player in the team who have played in the International at least twice and not reaching the main stage.
ALL IN ALL
The Singapore Major is now knocking at everyone’s doors as the event is scheduled to start over the weekend, and everyone’s hoping that the 6 PLAYERS FROM 5 DIFFERENT TEAMS who have contracted the virus will be the last ones prior the event. Fans are all raising their prayers up high for all the teams’ health on the Singapore Major.
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