Execration has outplayed Fnatic in the SEA 2021 DPC Season 2: Upper Division to become the third and final team from the region to secure a spot at the upcoming WePlay AniMajor. Execration put together one heck of a performance in this momentous series, completely outplaying Fnatic in the teamfights. Even though they had a weaker draft on paper in game two, their execution was top-notch with Nikko going ham on his offlane Doom. A third-place finish means that the Filipinos also take home a sum of $27,000 USD and 200 DPC points. This will be the first Dota 2 Major appearance for Execration. On the other hand, Fnatic’s performances have been underwhelming this season and their fans will be disappointed considering they had topped the table in the previous one.
Game 1 saw Fnatic leading the networth chart in the initial phases but Execration began to play teamfights incredibly well later on. Execration kited Raven’s Medusa and other Fnatic heroes with Nikko performing out of his mind on the offlane Doom. Execration, with superior decision-making, won the first game in 47 minutes.
Game 2 looked like an out draft by Fnatic as they had decent hero counters against Execration’s heroes. Fnatic was cruising to victory at one stage but Execration gradually turned the tide after with a couple of clutch teamfight wins. Nikko was once again the MVP on his offlane Doom as he guided Execration to a spectacular game 2 comeback, winning the game in 39 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
Execration has pulled off an incredible underdog story. After barely surviving relegation in the previous season, they have considerably improved in the second season to outrank teams like Fnatic and OB.Neon. In the WePlay AniMajor, the Filipinos will be up against some of the best teams in the world like Team Nigma, Secret and Invictus Gaming.
Fnatic’s performances were substandard and they completely look to be out of shape. Their form has continued to dwindle down ever since they bowed out of the Singapore Major. DJ and his teammates will want to rediscover their plans and strategy before they return to action in the TI10 regional qualifiers.
Execration’s support player, Don Carlo "BDz" Manalo, hilariously talked about the role of the Filipino player, Abeng "Abeng" Dicdican, who has recently been acting as a casual coach for the team.
“He (Abeng) came back just last week because our boss told him to come back since he is our lucky charm as well, not just our coach. He had been giving speeches since last night until we slept. When we woke up, he was still giving speeches. (laughs)”