Execration bid goodbye to TI6 dream, Escape to move on to main event.
Sadly, the Philippines will have to continue their TI6 journey one team short as Execration succumbs to the European contender.
Fresh from their victory against compLexity and after a near upset against EHOME, Execration‘s skill is still outplayed by experience as the first time TI contenders fall to the veteran core of Escape Gaming.
With Meepo already out of the way on the first round of the banning phase, Execration opts for a more teamfight AoE lineup of Abed‘s Invoker, Nando‘s Mirana and RR‘s Slardar while Escape had their draft centered around qoqjva‘s Juggernaut and Era‘s Tiny and bringing in the sustain throuh Synderen‘s Dazzle. Both Nando and Abed quickly showed off their capabilities against Escape, thanks to the early rotation by Tims, securing kills against Yapzor, KheZu and Synderen and grabbing a T1 Tower to sit at a 3500 Team Net Worth lead at minute 12. However, even with the pressure, KheZu‘s Blink Dagger on his Batrider was still on time as Escape prepares for a mid-game retaliation. Losing yet another tower, Escape forces a fight that dismantles Execration as both qoqjva and Era grab multiple kills and at the same time also removing Execration‘s Tier 1 towers. The game started to tilt in favor of Escape Gaming as the team with the heavier damage output kept the Filipinos busy trying to fight them off only to suffer heavy casualties. Execration was starting to lose their Tier 2s and Escape also managed to take the Aegis for Era in preparation for a Tier 3 push, a teamfight managed to keep the Filipino team’s hopes up as they waste the Aegis and take out 4 of Escape’s heroes with Nando getting a triple. The attempt to stage a comeback was heavily nullified however as KheZu, Era and Yapzor secures kill after kill and ultimately leading the march onto Execration‘s base, a final teamfight featured multiple buybacks from Execration, but it still was not enough to stop the Era siege and the Pinoys will call GG for Game 1.
Escape Gaming smells blood in the water and decides for a very aggressive approach on game 2 as they bring in the Huskar on Era supported by Synderen‘s Dazzle and Yapzor‘s Ogre Magi, Execration plans to punish their aggression however by drafting aoe heroes, RR‘s Sandking and Abed‘s Timbersaw. Sadly game 2 was purely Escape Gaming‘s story as qoqjva, KheZu and Yapzor lead the European march by securing kills against Nando, Kimo and Tims, with the Execration carry helplessly dying multiple times in the early stage. Execration seemed as if they are in panic as they scramble to try and react to Era‘s Huskar who is always protected by Synderen from the back line. While Execration was still able to secure towers of their own to keep their game afloat, Escape Gaming, now with the Aegis on the Huskar just went on to systematically take over the Execration base, surprisingly a little more careful when picking their fights and prioritizing the tower push. With the end alraeady in sight, Execration tries for a high ground defense one last time but the teamfight prowess of qoqjva‘s Invoker and Era‘s Huskar jumping around securing kill after kill is way too much to handle and the Filipinos finally concede their TI6 dreams, calling GG at 18 minutes.
Escape Gaming will complete the final 16 teams of the TI6 Main Event and will move on to Group A where they will join former TI Champions, Na’Vi, Alliance, and EG.