OB Esports x Neon announced today that Rafael Sicat "Rappy" Palo, who was competing with them at the Singapore Major as a stand-in has been benched due to COVID-19 exposure.
In the announcement, the team clarified that Rappy's COVID-19 tests have all come back negative and that he traveled to the Major separately from the team. However, due to exposure at some stage with an individual who has since tested positive for the virus, Rappy is being removed from the competition as a reaction.
Yang "Deth" Wu Heng will now compete with the team for their remaining matches. They currently sit in last place in the Group Stage, with a record of 1-7. They will face Alliance, Thunder Predator, and Team Liquid and need some wins to move themselves up the rankings to acquire a playoff spot.
OB.Neon qualified for the Singapore Major after a strong start to their DPC season, which dropped off and saw them place second in Southeast Asia. The squad had Rappy standing in for John Anthony "Natsumi-" Vargas, who was unable to attend the Major due to being "unfit to travel."
This had resulted in some role-shifting, and may account for some of the team's struggles at the event.