Unfortunately, COVID-19 has once again affected the esports world. Recently one of the DRX players has been quarantined.
Quarantine by COVID-19 in VALORANT Champions 2023
The start of the 2023 VALORANT Champions was off to a great start. However, this year’s last major VALORANT tournament has been affected by a player catching COVID-19. Just before starting the second day of the playoffs, a DRX player tested positive for COVID.
According to information disclosed by the DRX team, a staff member has tested positive for COVID. It is important to note that the player was not feeling well and requested the test himself. Fortunately, the player is stable and can continue playing in the tournament. For this reason, the tournament organizers have isolated him from the rest of the players and have installed a PC in the room so that he can compete and also complete the isolation period.
The player’s name was not revealed in the information the team disclosed. However, in the last DRX match, the team went on stage without Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan. This implies that this is the player who is currently in quarantine.
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DRX lineup for the VALORANT Champions 2023
It is important to note that the DRX squad has a sixth player. In the group stage, DRX left Foxy9 and Zest sitting on the bench as part of the starting lineup. DRX’s results with this squad configuration were excellent, as the team won both group-stage matches.
However, with MaKo quarantined, the team could have left him on the bench and had him replaced by Foxy9. However, the team opted to play with MaKo, one of the best controllers in VALORANT. Fortunately, MaKo’s health is good enough for him to continue competing.
VALORANT Champions 2023 joins the list of tournaments with positive tests for COVID
The VALORANT Champions 2023 international competition joins the list of tournaments where at least one player has tested positive for COVID. The organizers hoped this major tournament would follow the Tokyo Masters and be the second COVID-free competition. However, this was not possible, but the organizers have the necessary measures to treat players with COVID.
Recall that during LOCK//IN, the tournament held in Brazil earlier this year, Fnatic was forced to compete with a quarantined player in its matchup with Sentinels. The quarantined player was superstar Derke, who fortunately recovered quickly and could return to the stage with his team. Hopefully, MaKo will recover quickly and return to the stage with his team, as Derke did a few months ago.