In the first major LAN event after TI6, Execration seized their first championship title of the season at MPGL SEA Championship 8. The team upset MVP.Phoenix with a 2:0 wipe in the grand finals. The Filipino based team played with their unconfirmed new roster including Djardel Jicko “Dj” Mampusti and Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte.
— Execration (@ExecrationGG) September 11, 2016
Held at Selangor Cyber Games September 9-11th at The Square, One City in Malaysia – ten teams competed in MPGL SEA Championship 8 for the $50,000 prize pool.
The thrilling series came to a conclusion today, crowing Execration as champions.
The SEA TI6 Wild Card team made a strong debut with their new, yet unconfirmed roster at the event. With a squad featuring Djardel Jicko “Dj” Mampusti and Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte, alongside famed young prodigy Abed “Abed” Yusop and Kimuel “Kim0” Rodis and Timothy “Tims” Randrup from last season’s roster the Filipino team plowed over White Fries Gaming, bested Fnatic and Mineski 2:1 before sweeping through MVP.Phoenix 2:0.
The team is off to a promising start, continuing to fuel hopes in the Philippines for another stellar season. Teams have until September 18th at 12:00AM PDT to lock in their official rosters for the Fall Major 2016 season.
MPGL SEA Championship 8 teams
- Fnatic – Direct Invite
- White Fries Gaming – Direct Invite
- EHOME.Keen – Direct Invite
- MVP.Phoenix – Direct Invite
- Execration – MPGL S8L2 Winner
- Mineski – MPGL S8L2 Runner-up
- WarriorsGaming.Unity – MPGL S8L2 Third place team
- Power Gaming – MPGL S8L2 Fourth place team
- Signature.Trust – MPGL S8L2 Fifth place team
- Tangerine – Malaysian Qualifier
MPGL SEA Championship 8 prize pool distribution
- 1st place: Execration – $30,000
- 2nd place: MVP Phoenix – $10,000
- 3rd place: Mineski – $3,000
- 4th place: Fnatic – $1,600
- 5th/6th place: Power Gaming, WarriorsGaming.Unity – $1,200
- 7th/8th place: Tangerine, Signature.Trust – $1,000
- 9th/10th place: White Fries Gaming, EHOME.Keen – $500
Execration had a rough start going into the SEA Regional Qualifiers – losing their first series against WG.Unity, 2-0, and ending up in the Lower Brackets. Luckily, their road to TI6 did not end there. They managed to win their match-up against White Fries Gaming and exacted their revenge on WG.Unity, knocking them out of contention after a 2:1 series. Their victory secured them at least a trip to Seattle for the TI6 Wild Card series – becoming part of Filipino and TI history as one of two teams from the Philippines to attend The International.
In the post TI6 shuffle Djardel “DJ” Mampusti left Fnatic only hours after the first phase of the new Fall Major team registration began.
Within the same 24 hours it was surprising for many to see Fernando “Nando” Mendoza and Ralph Richard “RR” Peñano were let go from Execration.
With DJ playing in ProDota Cup series against RRQ and one report, that the team recruited Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte Santos from Acion Arena – the team seems to be shaping up to be a new threat in the region.
Execration unconfirmed roster
Abed “Abed” Yusop
Rafael “Rapy” Sicat Palo
Kimuel “Kim0” Rodis
Djardel “DJ” Mampusti (tentative)
Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte (tentative)
Featured image courtesy of Mineski.net