FaZe Clan Rifleman Rain produced a positive antigen self-test for COVID-19 today at IEM Katowice after experiencing some symptoms. The Norwegian has been isolated and will play the matches from a separate hotel room due to ESL’s security protocols.
The news is a blow to FaZe, who have just been granted permission to play with star Robin “ropz” Kool after missing the play-in stage and the first round of the main event. He tested positive for COVID-19 in Warsaw, Poland on February 9, and had been in quarantine there ever since. The international team used jks as an emergency substitute in all three matches played at IEM Katowice.
Rain informed that jks is on standby in case he is needed. FaZe will play an important game against Fnatic at 9am CT and if they win, they will secure a spot in the playoffs, scheduled for February 25-27.
The situation with the rain is alarming for FaZe. Even if he can play the group stage from the hotel room, he probably won’t be allowed to do the same in the playoffs if he doesn’t produce a negative test by then. The playoffs will take place in the Spodek Arena in front of a live audience, and ESL does not allow players to play the playoffs outside of the arena as there is a difference in the competitive environment.
The tournament organizer’s regulations state that the team must make an emergency transfer or use a substitute if so, but ESL told Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte on February 15 that they may review this. rule at any time, depending on the situation. The playoffs will take place from February 25-27.