Kuku will not be a part of the T1’s five-man roster at the ONE Esports Singapore Major as he has encountered a health problem. As a result of this illness, offlaner Carlo "Kuku" Palad will miss the Singapore Major and be replaced by former T1 and HOYO player Lee "Forev" Sang-don. The organization announced this development through its social media handles. T1 will play its first wild card match at the Singapore Major, scheduled from March 27 to April 4, 2021, on March 27 against AS Monaco Gambit at 7:30 am IST (10 AM SGT). They will have a couple of more BO2 series to play on the same day.
T1 announced their Dota 2 squad for the tournament with Forev as a stand-in offlaner through a tweet.
Kuku had only joined the team at the start of this DPC season. The team had gone on to finish in the third spot in the SEA 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division after losing the tiebreakers to Neon Esports. After the event’s conclusion, the team had made a surprising move by parting ways with carry, JaCkky, to make way for 12K MMR player, 23savage.
With 23savage and Forev stepping into the roster in place of Jackky and Kuku, T1’s roster undergoes quite a bit of change from the iteration that played in the qualifiers. However, this is not the first time Forev will play for the South Korean organization as he has previously played for the team for nearly one year, from 2019-20.
While no team is happy to make a last-minute roster change, Forev, who possesses a ton of Dota 2 experience, can be considered a capable replacement to Kuku, considering what he brings to the table.
The team will be playing matches against AS Monaco Gambit, Vici Gaming and Team Liquid on the first day of the event's wild card, March 27, beginning at 10:00 AM SGT.
March 27 (Saturday)
|10:00 AM||Team Liquid vs Team Nigma||AS Monaco Gambit vs T1|
|12:00 PM||Team Liquid vs PSG.LGD||AS Monaco Gambit vs ViCi Gaming|
|02:00 PM||Team Nigma vs PSG.LGD||ViCi Gaming vs T1|
|04:00 PM||Team Nigma vs AS Monaco Gambit||T1 vs Team Liquid|
March 28 (Sunday)
|10:00 AM||ViCi Gaming vs Team Nigma||AS Monaco Gambit vs Team 5|
|12:00 PM||AS Monaco Gambit vs Team Liquid||T1 vs Team Nigma|
|02:00 PM||PSG.LGD vs T1||ViCi Gaming vs Team Liquid|
|04:00 PM||PSG.LGD vs ViCi Gaming||--|
While the revival of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) and the Major Championships had come in as exciting news for Dota 2 fans, the final days that lead to the first DPC Major in 14 months have not at all been merry.
Besides Kuku, Neon Natsumi-, Quincy MSS, Nigma MinD_ContRoL, Na’Vi Iceberg and ALWAYSWANNAFLY have all been hit with either the virus or some other physical illnesses which has forced them to miss the much-anticipated event.