Execration drop Nando; reacquire Gabbi

Posted by Muhammad "TheHague" Ammar at 16 August 2017 11:00

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After a dismal performance at The International 2017 where they placed 13-16th, Execration have decided to reunite with Kim 'Gabbi' Villafuerte, releasing Fernando 'Nando' Mendoza from the team.

Struggling at The International 2017's Main Stage against the European powerhouse Team Secret, Execration have decided to make some roster changes for the new competitive season. Nando, who has been playing for Execration since 2015, has been released in favour of former midlaner Gabbi, who led them to victory in the ASUS ROG SEA Cup and the MPGL South east Asian Championship, as well as second place in the ROG Masters 2016, securing also for them a direct invite to the Boston Major (which they, unfortunately, couldn't attend, owing to visa issues).

Due to roster changes after the lock period for The International 2017, Execration had to fight all the way through the Open Qualifiers. The road was rough for them, facing teams of the likes of WG.Unity along the way, but Execration were able to make it through. While they struggled in the Round Robin stage, they were able to barely make it to the playoffs after winning a tiebreaker against Team Faceless. They went on to produce more upsets in the Playoffs, eliminating Chai 'Mushi' Yee Fung's Mineski and Gabbi's Clutch Gamers to secure a ticket to Seattle. The Group Stage for the International did not go too well for Execration but they were able to save themselves from elimination and were able to advance to the Main Stage. Their matchup at the Main Stage was very tough, with Team Secret looking very strong ever since the addition of Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat, and as expected by many, Team Secret were able to easily take a game off Execration, sending them home with a prize of $123,440

Execration Lineup:

Philippines Kim 'Gabbi' Villafuerte
Philippines James 'James' John
Philippines Jay 'Bimbo' Qui
Philippines Kimuel 'LeumiK' Rodis
Philippines Ralph 'RR' Penano

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