According to the official Fnatic twitter feed, two of their key players, Upset and Hylissang, have just tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, their travel has been delayed, and they could potentially miss this year’s highly anticipated League of Legends Worlds tournament. Here’s the full statement:
Hopefully, these two skilled players will recuperate soon, and fans quickly replied with support. Fnatic has been one of the most commanding orgs in any eSports scene, through remarkable player acquisition and brand franchising that is staggeringly expansive.
They’ve also gotten a lot of support as the front runners to win it all. So, missing two of their star players this way would be truly damaging in the tournament. League of Legends announced the Worlds 2022 tournament a couple of weeks ago, scheduled for September 29th:
This leaves the two affected players with very little time to recover, but there’s still hope. Both of them have been very consistent players. They also happen to work well together, generally improving each other’s game overall.
Elias “Upset” Lipp is probably best known for their performances in the League of Legends European Championship, where they reached 1,000 kills earlier this year. He’s a bot laner. Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev, from Sofia, Bulgaria, is a classic player who first joined League of Legends back in 2011. He is well-known for crucial assists, and plays support, currently under contract through 2023.
Many fans were disappointed by the call, oddly unwilling to take COVID-19 seriously. There’s also a lot of drama going around online because Upset missed last year’s League of Legends Worlds tournament. But player health should always come first, so Fnatic has surely taken the right approach.
All of this news also comes shortly after Fnatic marketed their League of Legends Worlds-themed Jersey, where you can show your support for the beloved org:
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