With so many stand-ins and pandemic concerns swirling around the Singapore Major, the latest team impacted is beastcoast. The South American top seed squad has just announced they are pulling out of the Singapore Major.
In the announcement, beastcoast explains that captain and position five support player, Steven "StingeR" Vargas was exposed COVID-19, potentially resulting in the rest of the team being exposed.
Due to the incubation period and the travel timeline for the Singapore Major making it impossible to reliably test for positivity prior to departure, beastcoast have made the responsible, though heartbreaking, choice to withdraw from the event.
This ensures the players can isolate themselves at home and will not risk infecting any other competitors or support staff at the event, should they become ill.
The South American team were slated to advance directly into the Playoff stage of the Major. The Singapore Major is the first international LAN to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down such events in March 2020.
The decision to withdraw is especially difficult given that the DPC points awarded at the Singapore Major are how teams will earn direct invitations to The International 10, which will allegedly take place later this year.
With beastcoast making the decision not go to the Major, will any other teams follow suit?