Boombl4 to play Katowice groups from quarantine after positive COVID test
The Russian in-game leader will not be alongside the rest of the team for the first game in Poland.
Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov revealed that he tested positive for COVID after arriving in Katowice, Poland, which means that he will not be allowed to compete at IEM from the official tournament area. However, the Natus Vincere captain said that he is feeling well and will be able to participate in the group stage matches from a hotel room, just like Raphael "exit" Lacerda did during the play-in stage.
If Natus Vincere make playoffs, Boombl4 should be able to participate in the arena games. Poland's current regulation requires 7-day isolation for positive COVID cases, which could be enough for Boombl4's recovery. However, it is important to note that playing from a remote location isn't allowed for the playoffs according to ESL's safety protocols due to a "vast difference in the tournament environment (i.e. spectators, loud cheering, stage audio system, etc)".
The CIS team will be allowed to field a substitute for playoffs if needed. NAVI Junior's Daniil "headtr1ck" Valitov is currently listed as the team's substitute, but a different player could be signed up and used as an "emergency transfer".
Update: The original article stated that the required isolation in Poland is 10 days, but it was lowered to 7 days on February 15.
This is yet another COVID-related hit to the tournament which saw TYLOO pull out due to restrictions in China, Complexity unable to travel to Poland due to positive tests, and Robin "ropz" Kool and Aurimas "Bymas" Pipiras missing out for the same reason. Unlike Boombl4 and exit, the FaZe and MOUZ members were unable to participate in the tournament with their team as their positive tests came back at the bootcamp, before traveling to Katowice and checking in the official tournament hotel.