PGL has changed the format of the Singapore Major after teams withdrew from the tournament due to COVID-19 positive tests or contact tracing.
“After @natusvincere announcement that their team won’t be able to participate at the Major, the format will change…” the tweet said. As of this announcement, three teams from Wild Card will advance to the groups.
Navi’s withdrawal from the Singapore Major came due to two of its players testing positive for COVID-19. Now, with Navi’s coach, Andrey “Mag” Chipenko, also testing positive, Navi has decided not to participate in the Major.
beastcoast has also withdrawn from the Singapore Major following some of their members testing positive. The team decided to play it safe and not participate in the tournament altogether. It announced its withdrawal from the tournament Thursday.
Even if both the teams traveled to Singapore, they would have to self-quarantine the whole tome and acquiring substitute players and stand-ins on such short notice is nearly impossible. Both teams are at risk of being stranded without a full squad, making their participation in the major highly unlikely if not impossible.
Originally, 18 teams were participating in the major. Recently, a lot of teams had COVID-19 issues, forcing them to look for substitutions. beastcoast, Team Nigma, Quincy Crew and T1 are only some of the teams that faced similar issues. It might very well be the case that there are complications once teams land in Singapore.
The Singapore Major is set to begin on March 27, 2021 and will last till April 4, 2021. As of now, there are 17 teams competing for the major vying for a $500,000 prize pool and 2,700 Dota Pro Circuit points. The advancing Wild Card teams have not been announced yet.