As we near the ONE Esports Singapore Major, several teams have announced that they will be competing with stand-ins due to medical issues and other reasons. It is very unfortunate that some players must miss this huge event, especially after a year without LANs. Here is the complete list of teams scheduled to attend the Major, with more information for those with compromised rosters:
On March 24, Nigma announced that MinD_ContRoL had tested positive for COVID-19. He thankfully is feeling much better but will not be joining the team at the Major. Coach rmN- will be standing in. rmN- stood in for quite a few tournaments in 2020 when Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi was unfit to play, though rmN- stood in as a position five rather than a position three. A central part of the team, losing MinD_ContRoL this close to the Wild Card could be detrimental for Nigma.
AS Monaco Gambit arrived in Singapore safely on March 23.
On March 20, Na’Vi announced that both Iceberg and ALWAYSWANNAFLY tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the major. Iceberg will be replaced by RAMZES666, who has been absent from the DPC season this year. A renowned player, RAMZES666 is known mostly for his time as a carry on Virtus.pro and more recently offlane on EG. However, he will be standing in as Na’Vi’s mid player. Mag has been coaching Na’Vi and will be filling in for ALWAYSWANNAFLY as position five. Though Mag is their coach, two stand-ins is a very dramatic change for any team.
VP previously stated on March 18 that their carry player, Egor "Nightfall" Grigorenko
, fell ill and was unable to practice with the team. Though the entire squad tested negative for COVID-19, it has not been confirmed if he will participate. In the event he cannot, Igor "iLTW" Filatov will stand in for Nightfall and has been practicing with the team. iLTW has played for VP, Team Spirit, and OG in the past.
As of March 23, VP has implied Nightfall should be able to attend the Major.
Neon announced on March 20 that carry player Natsumi is unfit to travel and will miss the Major. Natsumi’s replacement is Rappy. Rappy has played over 1,000 games under the Neon banner and is an experienced SEA player. Rappy will be filling in at position four, while Rolen Andrei Gabriel "skem" Ong
, team captain and position four, will fill into the carry position. skem most recently took on the support role to make room for Natsumi when he originally joined, but has been known for playing carry in the past.
T1 (Wild Card)
Carlo "Kuku" Palad --replaced by --> Lee "Forev" Sang-don
On March 21, Jack “KBBQ” Chen, manager for Quincy Crew, announced that MSS has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to make the Major. MSS has been a strong position four player on Quincy Crew for quite some time and is certainly one of the team’s largest assets.
MiLAN will stand in for MSS. MiLAN is an experienced position four player who has most recently found success on mudgolems. He hasn’t played with the QC boys in the past, so let’s hope they’re able to adjust quickly for the Major.
Not only is it important for all of the players to arrive in Singapore safely and in good health, but the talent as well.
Unfortunately, Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas posted on March 23 that he is very ill and his girlfriend’s PCR test came back positive. Fogged was previously unable to travel to Sweden to join the DreamLeague and ESL panelists for the DPC. So far, Fogged is the only talent to announce that they are unable to travel to Singapore.
Hopefully, this is the last of these announcements that will be made. Some teams heading into the playoffs may not have completed their required COVID-19 at this point in time. The playoff teams are not scheduled to arrive in Singapore until after the Wild Card and Group Stage teams, so there may be additional announcements forthcoming.