Dota 2 NaVi team officially withdrawn from the first Dota 2 Major of the year, due to issues related to COVID-2019, the organization announced today.
This comes just days after the first report of their players ALWAYSWANNAFLY and Iceberg being tested positive for coronavirus.
The organisation was quick to find substitutes, and Ramzes666 and Mag were selected as replacements for the event.
NaVi planned to participate with them as stand-ins, but just a few days before their flight to Singapore, Mag has tested positive for COVID-19 as well, which complicates things even further.
At this point, the fastest option to replace Mag was Serbian Dota 2 veteran Nikola "LeBronDota" PopoviÄ, but apparently, his flight got cancelled due to technical reasons.
After careful consideration, Natus Vincere has decided that it is best for everyone to skip the Major completely, as there is "a high chance of being left with four players".
This puts Ramzes666 in an interesting situation, as he is already on a plane to Singapore, and he will be left without a team there, but he is eligible to play for any team if some other organisation finds itself in a similar situation due to the ongoing outbreak.
We will update the article as more information becomes available.