This weekend, we'll see the first Major international LAN for Dota 2 since the COVID lockdown started over a year ago. It's meant to be a celebration and the start of a careful return to normalcy. However, with most of the teams now having arrived in Singapore, we'll be missing some big names.
Singapore Major COVID-list
NaViUpdated 25/3: NaVi has withdrawn from the tournament after Mag also tested positive for COVID.
NaVi is back. Or they were, at least. The old FTM roster has continuously grown under the NaVi brand and this DPC season they managed to snag a 2nd place finish in the CIS DPC league. They were only outdone by the resurgence of Virtus Pro and its new roster.
Needless to say, hopes were high for NaVi coming into Singapore. However, it has since been announced that both Iceberg and ALWAYSWANNAFLY will be unable to attend the Major, throwing a major spanner in the works for the Ukrainian org.
Quincy CrewFor a good portion of the NA DPC it looked like QC would be able to de-throne EG. They were sitting on a perfect record until they surprisingly lost to Undying in the very last week or the season, and then falling to EG in the tiebreakers.
Similar to NaVi, this has caused some hype around the team and while QC won't be missing two players in the Major, MSS has been diagnosed with COVID and will not make it to Singapore.
Update 25/3: MiLAN will not stand in for QC after having been in contact with COVID. New standin TBD.
Team NigmaBeing one of the European teams at the Major automatically puts you in the spotlight and with a roster like Nigma's, no one can blame fans for having high hopes. However, the bar for what counts as a success has to be lowered as it has been announced that Mind_Control has contracted the virus and will not be joining his team for the Major.
Neon EsportsWhile it's not clear that this is COVID related, Neon has announced that Natsumi-, their position 1 player, is "unfit to travel". The team wished him a speedy recovery, implying that the absence is COVID related but that has not been confirmed at this point in time.
beastcoastWith just a few days to go until the start of the Singapore Major, beastcoast has withdrawn from the Major due to COVID. Stinger, the teams position 5 player, was exposed to the virus earlier this week but due to the incubation period the team cannot guarantee that all their players are healthy before flying to Singapore.