The LCS is off to a rocky start. Despite taking every precautionary measure and following the health guidelines, multiple players from CLG and Dignitas have tested positive for COVID.
CLG’s general manager Daniel “Tafokints” Lee explained that the team had been training at the facility for the past couple of weeks. Because of this arrangement, the organization scheduled frequent tests in order to keep everyone in the facility safe. As soon as the first individual tested positive, the organization went back to working remotely. Everyone who came in contact with the first positive is now under quarantine.
CLG is not the only team affected. According to Travis Gafford, multiple Dignitas members have also tested positive. The teams are yet to disclose which players were exposed and how will this affect their starting roster for the 2021 LCS Lock-In.
— Travis Gafford (@TravisGafford) January 13, 2021
The organization signed up emergency replacements, Colin “Solo” Earnest and Columbia College jungler Ryan “Keel” Keel. Solo and Keel will be starting for the team for as long as it’s necessary.
Team Liquid is also making a replacement for the 2021 LCS Lock-In. The organization is playing with Jonathan “Armao” Armao in the jungle. The decision came after some delays on the visa approval for Lucas “Santorin” Larsen.
There are 10 professional teams currently competing in the LCS. Each team owns a franchise slot, partnering directly with League of Legends developer Riot Games. These franchise slots are permanent, so participating teams can never be demoted from the league. The 10 teams are as follows:
The 2021 LCS Spring split starts on Friday, February 5 at 3 p.m. PT, 6 p.m. ET.
Each LCS team can have two imports on stage at a time. Organizations can sign multiple imports for the team, but only two can play simultaneously. Starting in 2021, players coming from Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) do not count towards import slots.