T1 Will Play Without Kuku at the ONE Esports Singapore Major


T1 Will Play Without Kuku at the ONE Esports Singapore Major

Rakshak Kathuria
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  • Kuku will miss the ONE Esports Singapore Major because of a health problem.
  • He has been replaced by former T1 and HOYO player, Forev, who will be the stand-in offlaner for T1 at the tournament.
  • T1 is scheuled to play its first Major wild card match against AS Monaco Gambit on March 27, 2021, at 10 am SGT. The team will play against Vici Gaming and Team Liquid as well on the same day.

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.

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T1 Kuku gets replaced by Forev at the Singapore Major due to health issues.

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. 

RELATED:  23savage Joins T1’s Dota 2 Roster

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)
Stream 1
Stream 2 
10:00 AMTeam Liquid vs Team Nigma AS Monaco Gambit vs T1
12:00 PMTeam Liquid vs PSG.LGD AS Monaco Gambit vs ViCi Gaming
02:00 PMTeam Nigma vs PSG.LGDViCi Gaming vs T1
04:00 PMTeam Nigma vs AS Monaco GambitT1 vs Team Liquid
March 28 (Sunday)
Stream 1
Stream 2 
10:00 AM
ViCi Gaming vs Team Nigma AS Monaco Gambit vs Team 5
12:00 PM
AS Monaco Gambit vs Team LiquidT1 vs Team Nigma
02:00 PM
PSG.LGD vs T1ViCi Gaming vs Team Liquid
04:00 PMPSG.LGD vs ViCi Gaming--

Which Dota 2 players are missing the Singapore Major due to health issues?

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. 

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As a passionate Dota 2 fan for eight years, Rakshak has indulged himself completely in its esports circuit for the past two years as a professional. In addition to covering major news developments, he takes a keen interest in understanding team strengths and player personalities.

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