The Road to The International was long and difficult, but Execration made it through.
Starting from the, somehow, never-ending best-of-ones at the Open Qualifiers, then to being almost eliminated from the Regional Qualifiers, up to crawling their way from the Lower Bracket of Phase 2, Execration finally filled the last slot for SEA for The International 2017.
After a series of glib sweeps in the first day of The International 2017 SEA Qualifiers Phase 2, the last day got all six games being played.
It was the latest episode of Execration and Mineski-Dota's El Clasico which commenced the final bouts. The classic Filipino rivals met at a crucial, and arguably most important, elimination match for the last slot for TI. However, the story gets better as the once face of Mineski-Dota was found fighting on the other side.
Ryan Jay "raging-_-potato" Qui and Mineski-Dota parted ways to earlier this year to recruit Russian pubstar Egor ".Ark" Zhabotinskii. After fighting under Mineski-Dota's banner since 2014, many dubbed the storied organization's move as an end of an era. Nevertheless, raging-_-potato had the last laugh as he became the best tool to kick Mineski-Dota out of The International 2017 SEA Qualifiers race.
The resurgence continued for the squad as they faced Clutch Gamers, their final challenge. Like the most of their matches in the Regional Qualifiers, Execration was always in the brink of elimination. Clutch Gamers was able to draw first blood on top of former Execration carry's, Khim "Gabbi" Villafuerte, Lycan pick.
While the Kimuel "Kim0" Rodis' squad was able to retaliate in the second game, Clutch Gamers made them work hard for the last ticket to Seattle. The 70-minute clash of Filipino teams was a stale mate until Ralph Richard "RR" Peñano, on his Aganihm's Scepter-equipped Rubick, stole a crucial Guardian Angel off Rafael "Rapy" Sicat Palo's Omniknight, allowing Execration to withstand Clutch Gamers' onslaught and force the GG-call out of them.
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Minus their roster, Execration's qualification to this year's The International directly replicates last year's qualifiers. In addition, Execration also joins TNC Pro-Team in representing the Filipinos in the biggest annual Dota 2 tournament, alongside Fnatic-Dota.