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TI 7 profile: Execration, the reshuffle kings

Execration are going to Seattle for the second time in a row, but, much like last year, when they played for their lives in the Wild Card last qualifier step for a spot into the main event, this time around they have to survive the group stage if they want to make their dream truly come true. It’s really tempting to call Execration the ultimate underdog of The International 2017; however a closer look at their current roster, especially if compared with other qualified teams from other regions, should change this perception. In the end, the team captain, Kimuel 'Kim0' Rodis is a SEA scene veteran and under his command Execration are happy to send their squad for the second time to The International. And interestingly enough, despite countless roster shuffles, the squad that qualified for TI7 has three players from the old 2016 team that fought in the Wildcards.



When discussing Southeast Asia roster instability, Execration’s past year is the perfect example. Immediately after the big disappointment from the TI6 Wild Card, where they finished third and therefore were sent home before the main event actually began, Execration dropped three players and built one of the strongest SEA rosters at that time. Djardel 'DJ' Mampusti returned to Philippines and joined Kim0 and Abed 'Abed' Yusop at Execration despite finishing on the 4th place at TI 6 with Fnatic. The post TI6 Execration team also introduced one extremely talented youngster, Khim 'Gabbi' Villafuerte who would later on become a true star under the Clutch Gamers flag. Nearly one month after TI6, this new Execration team went to MPGL Southeast Asian Championship and looked like the one to beat as they ravaged through Fnatic, Mineski and MVP Phoenix (top 6 at TI6) to win the tournament. Their dominance through the entire event made them a target for everyone in the region and with not too many LAN events happening ahead of the Boston Major, Valve decided that they deserve a direct invite at the first Major leading up to TI7. Execration’s Boston Major story is, unfortunately, one of the "saddest in Dota 2 history" as Kim0 himself described what happened to his team in November last year. Due to one missing paper that would have confirmed their invitation to the event, Execration weren’t able to sort out their US visas in time and were forced to wave goodbye to their first Valve main event.

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