Philippine team “Execration” put up a gallant stand when it reached the ROG Masters World Finals held recently in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia but was swept, 0-3, by highly touted “Team Secret” from Europe.
Team Secret, one of Europe’s finest DOTA2 team, won the tournament prize of $150,000 (roughly P7 million). It got a direct invite to ROG Masters 2016, touted as Southeast Asia’s biggest gaming event.
The team is composed of captain Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, Johan “pieliedie” Åström, Pyo “MP” No-a, and the latest addition to the team, Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann (formerly Escape Gaming’s offlaner), and Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng (formerly from Fnatic).
Team Secret lived up to the expectation of being the crowd favorite, dominating the finals against the Philippines. Though not part of the Boston Major qualifiers, Team Secret is expected to be back in Asia by next year for a series of DOTA2 tournaments.
Local pride Execration (XctN) is composed of key players from Cavite City with team captain Kimuel “Kim0” Rodis, along with Khim “Gabbi” Villafuerte, Djardel Jicko “DJ” Mampusti (formerly from Fnatic), Abed “Abed” Yusop, and Rafael Sicat “Rapy” Palo.
During the local qualifiers, Execration failed to make it to the finals, but was able to secure a spot at the ROG Masters World Finals by winning in the South East Asia game qualifiers.
The team showcased impressive performance in international DOTA2 tournaments such as MPGL in Malaysia in September where they became the grand champions.
Shortly after the tournament, the team was handpicked by Valve and got a direct invite to the Boston Major which is the first “Major” of the 2016-2017 DOTA2 championship series that will take place at the Boston, Massachusetts in December 2016. For this tournament, Execration will be substituting Rapy for Adam Erwann “343” Shah.