The global pandemic is not letting up, and protective measures are being increased by the day. The world of esports has been no exception in this situation, even though all events have been played online for the most part. Fnatic has just quarantined their LEC team, including some of the staff, after two members tested positive for Covid-19 at the Berlin Fnatic facility. The organisation released a statement where they clarified the situation in an effort to stay transparent with their fans.
Fnatic addresses the situation
Fnatic released a Twitter post where they shared more details regarding the recent situation. The two members who were tested positive for Covid-19 have since been in quarantine, and the organisation asked everyone who was in contact with them to get tested and work remotely.
The two members in question are Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov, the Fnatic League of Legends support, and coach Gary “Tolki” Mialaret. Both of them are doing well, but have quarantined immediately upon realizing the first symptoms.
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) March 15, 2021
Fnatic has been competing in the LEC Spring 2021, and the team managed to qualify for the Playoffs even though their support was feeling a bit under the weather. The organisation decided to finish the LEC Spring Group Stage and secure a spot at the next stage of the event, before revealing the news to their fans.
This was most likely a difficult decision to make, and they had to put a lot of effort behind the scenes and work with Riot in order to implement all of the necessary health procedures without impacting their position in the current LEC event.
The organisation stated the following:
“On receiving the result, our first priority was to set up our team safely, and in a way which ensured we could complete our fixtures. We collaborated with Riot to ensure we could compete in our LEC games as scheduled. We wanted to protect confidentiality and focus on the competition.”
This move paid off, and Fnatic managed to stay in the LEC Spring while also successfully placing the crew under quarantine. They are confident in the speedy recovery of their players and are looking forward to the Playoffs ahead.
“Now the weekend has completed, and we can look forward to a playoff place, we’re able to update the fans with the facts. We are aiming to return to the Berlin facility as soon as we can. We’re confident that all our members will soon be fully recovered and ready for an amazing playoffs run.”, Fnatic further stated.
Surviving the LEC Spring Playoff
Fnatic finished the Group Stage in the 5th place, securing a spot in the Loser’s Round 1 of the Playoffs. They still have a chance to climb all the way to the Grand Finals, but the road ahead will be tough. The first obstacle they have to overcome is SK Gaming. Fnatic managed to beat SK in a Bo1 match, but this time the stakes are higher as the match format is Bo5, and SK could potentially cause an upset and eliminate Fnatic right there in the first round. Whatever happens, it’s good to know that Fnatic has the situation under control and will be able to continue participating in the upcoming events.