Bren Esports coach Francis “Duckeyyy” Glindro shared that he and captain Angelo Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel are now cleared of COVID-19 after yielding “false positive” results ahead of their campaign in the the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship (M2) slated to start on January 18 in Singapore.
Through a post on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon, the MPL Philippines Season 6 champion coach Duckeyyy narrated their “quite crazy” experience.
“With the pandemic around, we were required to undergo a battery of swab tests prior to departure. Unfortunately, me and Pheww tested positive along the way,” he said.
“Luckily, it was all false positive as we subsequently tested negative but we have to declare in the Singaporean immigration that we were suspected to have Covid.”
With their initial positive results, Duckeyyy and Pheww needed to be quarantined in the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) facility at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
There, the two did not have access to the outside world as a wifi connection was not available and they were not allowed to have a sim card.
Nonetheless, Duckeyyy said that the facility was conducive but joked that “they haven’t fully grasped the idea of salt (yet as) the food was bland.”
They got cleared on Monday and went straight to the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore where the $300,000 (over P14 million) M2, the first LAN tournament in the world this year, will take place.
“We’ll now be focusing on training for the tournament. Send us your words of encouragement and I’ll pass it along to the boys. I’m pretty sure they’ll appreciate it,” said Duckeyyy, whose post also contained a photo of yummy treats and a message of apology from Moonton.
Bren is set to take on new rival Alter Ego, the ONE Esports MPL Invitational champion and MPL Indonesia runner-up, and 10S Gaming Frost of Japan in Group C.
The group stage is slated on January 18 to 20 followed by the playoffs on 22 to 24.
Another Filipino team in Smart Omega will also play in M2. The MPL PH runner-up Omega is in Group A together with MPL Malaysia/Singapore champ Todak and Impunity KH of Cambodia.