Darkmago and Pandaboo From NoPing e-sports Yet to Arrive in Kyiv For the WePlay AniMajor
A pair of NoPing e-sports players, Gonzalo “Darkmago” Herrera and Jose Leonardo “Pandaboo” Padilla Hernandez are yet to arrive in Kyiv for the WePlay AniMajor. NoPing e-sports’ head manager, Leonardo Manulli, communicated this via his Twitter handle, also stating that the other three players of the team, William “hFn” Medeiros, Oscar David “Oscar” Chavez, and Farith “Matthew” Puente, had fortunately arrived safely in Kyiv. As for Darkmago and Pandaboo, they were expected to depart for Kyiv earlier today and will now likely reach the location by May 30, Leonardo said. Even if there are further delays, the situation is not as concerning for NoPing e-sports since they had directly qualified for the playoffs and are only expected to play their first series on June 9, when the playoffs begin.
Half of NoPing e-sports’ contingent touches down in Kyiv; Darkmago and Pandaboo expected by May 30
Late last night, Leonardo stated that he, hFn, Oscar, and Matthew had finally arrived in Kyiv after 30 hours of traveling. The team underwent an RT-PCR test soon afterward which eventually turned negative. The manager, however, stated that Darkmago and Pandaboo were still not with them and they were expected to leave for Kyiv on the previous day if all went well.
NoPing e-sports’ players are likely arriving a little late to the venue not only because of the distance between South America and Ukraine but also because of their recent passport issues. Fans had claimed that some of NoPing e-sports’ players did not have a passport and the organization also hinted towards travel issues in a recent tweet.
Additionally, the other SA team, Beastcoast, has also arrived in full force with its Dota 2 roster. Beastcoast had qualified for the group stage of the WePlay AniMajor.
WePlay AniMajor, the second Dota 2 Major of the 2021 DPC, is scheduled for June 2-13 at the WePlay Esports Arena Kyiv in Kyiv, Ukraine. The wild card will take place on June 2-3, the group stage on June 4-7, and the playoffs from June 9-13. Although the games will be played on LAN, the pandemic still prohibits spectators from attending in person, similar to the Singapore Major. A total of 18 teams are going to compete in the WePlay AniMajor with a total prize pool of $500,00 USD and 2700 DPC points on the line.