Na’Vi has suffered a big blow ahead of the ONE Esports Singapore Major, as two of their Dota 2 players, midlaner, Bogdan "Iceberg" Vasilenko, and position five/captain, Andrii "ALWAYSWANNAFLY" Bondarenko, have tested positive for COVID-19. The two players will not be traveling to Singapore with the team. Even if Iceberg and ALWAYSWANNAFLY recover from the virus, the tournament rules would not allow them to participate in the tournament., the organization communicated. As a result of this unfortunate event, Na’Vi will be playing at the Major with two forced changes. Coach, Andrey "Mag" Chipenko and popular CIS player, Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev, will be the stand-in players for Na’Vi at the ONE Esports Singapore Major.
Na’Vi’s Dota 2 roster hurdled by health complications; to play with RAMZES666 and coach Mag at the Singapore Major.
The CIS organization announced this forced roster change through their social media handles and the official website. They thanked PGL (the tournament organizer behind the tournament) for understanding the situation and wished their midlaner, Iceberg, and support/captain, ALWAYSWANNAFLY, a speedy recovery.
- Alik "V-Tune" Vorobey
- Viktor "GeneRaL" Nigrini
- Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev
- Vladimir "RodjER" Nikogosyan
- Andrey "Mag" Chipenko
Mag only played for Na’Vi in the DotA 1 days but has been serving as the organization’s Dota 2 team’s coach since 2018. He went inactive for a brief period in 2020 but has been a staple part of the organization for the last three years.
On the other hand, RAMZES666, who is one of the most storied CIS players, last played for Dota Team alongside long term ally, Solo. The team disbanded soon after playing in just the single tournament, EPIC League S3, where they finished 7 - 8th in Division 1. This is the first time the former Virtus.pro carry is going to play for Na’Vi.
Na’Vi finished in the second spot in the recently concluded CIS 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division and hence, secured the Major group stage slot. The team’s updated roster will be seen in action from March 29 when the group stage kickstarts.
The ONE Esports Singapore Major is the first DPC Major in 14 months and is going to witness the top 18 teams in action from around the world. Scheduled for March 27 - April 4, 2021, the teams will be competing for a $500,000 USD prize pool and 2,700 DPC points.