Execration was finally able to force out a GG from Clutch Gamers in what has to be the longest game of the SEA Qualifier Playoffs to earn the right to play at The International 2017.
Fnatic Is Back
Fnatic had already secured the second qualifier spot from SEA earlier yesterday by sweeping both their matches against Execration and Clutch Gamers.
After the win, Fnatic couldn’t help but celebrate. Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti, in particular, couldn’t help but cry after the team secured the second spot.
WE'RE GOING TO #Ti7! ✊✊✊ Awesome work from the team to secure the second spot – time to do the SEA region proud!
Posted by Fnatic Dota on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Fnatic has seen many changes over the past twelve months. The most notable of which was Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung, the former face of the organisation, leaving the team in February to join Mineski. The surprising move left Chong Xin ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo as the last remaining member of the lineup that finished fourth at TI6.
Following Mushi’s departure, Fnatic began to shape their new roster. Lai Jay ‘Ah Jit’ was the last to come aboard and fill out the current roster just this May.
As a team, Fnatic’s current roster hasn’t exactly competed prior to the qualifiers. In fact, the team had only attended one LAN tournament, coming in 3rd-4th against a relatively weak field at the ZOTAC Cup Masters.
As it turns out, however, the team made good use of their downtime.
You could see Fnatic’s chemistry as a team from the start. The team played so well that they had a chance to take the #1 seed from TNC Pro Team during the group stages.
Fnatic is definitely looking like a dark horse contender to make a surprise run at The International 2017.
Execration Shows Tenacity and Grit
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the TI7 SEA Qualifier Playoffs has been Execration.
While the team is quite well-known within the SEA DOTA 2 scene, they haven’t exactly had much success in recent months. Much like Fnatic, the Filipino team also went through numerous roster changes throughout the course of the year.
Because of their lack of notable performances as a team, Execration had to fight through the open qualifiers to earn a slot at the regional qualifiers. Even after qualifying, nobody, including us in our TI7 Regional Qualifier Predictions for SEA, really expected much from them.
We Have Just Qualified for The International 7!Huge Shoutout to our Big Boss Behoand thanks to all who supported our team until now.
Posted by Execration on Thursday, June 29, 2017
Execration finished the group stages as the 5th and final team to move on to the TI7 SEA Qualifier Playoffs only to be sent immediately to the lower bracket by Fnatic.
Both their lower bracket matchups against Mineski and Clutch Gamers all went to a decisive third game. Their last match against Clutch Gamers, in particular, was an instant classic and lasted well over 70 minutes.
All throughout, Execration showed the kind of tenacity and grit that will serve them well at their second consecutive TI appearance.
TI7 SEA Qualifier Playoffs Recap
This year’s regional qualifiers has certainly been full of surprises and exciting matches. However, we still have a long day ahead of us.
The North American and South American Qualifier Playoffs have yet to finish. The same goes for the European, CIS, and Chinese Qualifier Playoffs.