Team Virtus.pro, Na’Vi Dota 2 and Neon Esports undergo unavoidable changes in their team rosters.
ONE Esports Singapore Major will be held from March 27 to April 4 and there are certain major changes within the rosters of few teams. With only nine days away from the start of the Singapore Major, three teams have undergone roster changes due to certain unavoidable circumstances.
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) March 18, 2021
Virtus pro announced through a post on Twitter about a necessary change in their roster. The post described how its preparation for the Major is being affected because, recently, Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko who is also known as “epileptick1d”, has not been able to take part in practice sessions with the rest of the team as a result of his current health conditions.
The team quoted that a few days ago, Nightfall felt really sick, had a high body temperature and felt constantly tired. So the team started with immediate symptomatic treatment and a proper diagnosis began to find the cause of the symptoms that resulted in deterioration of his health.
A COVID-19 test was conducted on Nightfall and the rest of the team, which resulted in being negative. Still, Nightfall is isolated from the rest of the team and his condition is constantly being monitored as a safety measure. His health is stable now as he is on medication. The organization is doing everything for his speedy recovery.
Reserve player Igor “iLTW” Filatov has been added to the roster as a stand-in. The organization stated that iLTW’s candidacy did not appear by accident. The team discussed all possible options and the players unanimously voted for him. ILTW has already started training with the team and is doing his best to bring his A-game.
VP will depart for Singapore soon and the organization has expressed its gratitude towards iLTW for being a part of the roster at the last minute and helping them out in this situation. The team hopes for Nightfall’s fast recovery so that he can take part in the Major. The team will provide updates about the situation in future announcements.
Revealing the details about our forced roster changes for #SingaporeMajor 2021.
— NAVI (@natusvincere) March 20, 2021
Two players of Na’Vi, Andrii “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko and Bogdan “Iceberg” Vasilenko, have tested positive for COVID. According to the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021 rules, they cannot participate in the tournament. As a result, the team had to find replacements for the upcoming tournament. Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev and Andrey “Mag” Chipenko have decided to help the team.
RAMZES666 used to previously play for Virus.pro and has won five majors. His most recent gig came with Just Error, alongside a number of his former Virtus.pro teammates. But he is considered to be highly skilled. He will be playing as the mid laner for the team, a position he has minimal experience with after spending the bulk of his career as a carry and his last proper pro season as an offlaner. There are nine days left for the tournament, so there’s very little time for him to get familiar with the team. Mag has been Na`Vi’s coach since 2018 and hasn’t played professionally during that time, save for a pair of stand-in gigs. Thankfully, he is familiar with the team.
The new lineup of Na’Vi Dota 2 for Singapore Major:
- Alik “V-Tune” Vorobey
- Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev
- Viktor “GeneRaL” Nigrini
- Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan
- Andrey “Mag” Chipenko
- Sergey “AnahRoniX” Bikovskiy (manager)
— Neon Esports ?? (@NeonEsportsDota) March 21, 2021
Filipino Dota 2 organization Neon Esports is another team that has to replace one of its players. John Anthony “Natsumi” Vargas will be temporarily replaced by offlaner Rafael “Rappy” Palo. Neon Esports announced through its social media that Natsumi is unfit to travel to Singapore for the upcoming tournament.
Rappy has previously played over 1,000 games for Neon Esports. He first joined Neon in 2018 before being released by the team in July last year. Rappy is expected to play the position four support role for the tournament. Andrei “Skem” Ong, the team’s current position four player, will be taking over Natsumi’s spot as the carry player. Skem previously played the carry role for Neon before switching to support in order to make way for Natsumi, who joined the team last November.
While Neon did not officially disclose the reason as to why Natsumi was unfit to travel with the team to Singapore, their statement implies that the player has some sort of medical condition.
Teams participating in the Singapore Major are expected to depart for the event in the coming days, if they have not already departed. The foreign teams that come to the republic will not need to quarantine for 14 days. Instead, they’ll be required to take a COVID-19 test and undergo a 48-hour isolation period upon their arrival to the country. In addition, they have to follow a strictly-controlled itinerary during their stay.
This is the first offline Dota 2 tournament since March 2020. The last offline event for Dota 2 was the Los Angeles Major that was postponed midway due to the pandemic.
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