TML Champions - Execration

Execration takes their revenge on Fnatic and took down EHOME

The Major League (TML) by Celcom just finished over the weekend at EduCity Sports Complex,  Iskandar Puteri, where in a three day event, eight teams in Asia competed for RM300,000 and nothing more. The champions as you could guess from the title, Execration, stood on top of the pile of rubble that was the corpses of iG Vitality, WG.Unity, Fnatic, EVOS Esports, EHOME, Clutch Gamers, and Team Highground, the Malaysian qualifying team.

Execration TML Winners

Execration with the trophy and your winners of TML 2017.

The grand finals was a best of three, which to be completely honest, is starting to become a bad trend. Seriously… why can’t these multi-day tournaments with more than RM100K on the line with multiple nations involved hold a best of five for the grand finals? Seriously plan better please, it’s getting boring to watch these finals in esports.

Anyways we had a full three games as Execration was destroyed in the first match against EHOME. What was a great start for EHOME allowed their greedy draft of Terror Blade, Death Prophet, Pudge, Tidehunter, and Rubick to snowball together into the deathball that couldn’t be stopped when their abilities were on cooldown. It doesn’t help that Execration didn’t have enough lockdown to stop all those big spells from occurring and wiping them out.

Source: Steam Community Guide

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The second game looked to be much like the first, yet somehow Execration was able to get the vital farm for their Anti-Mage. As in most cases, with no late game heroes and the inability to close the game, EHOME couldn’t keep their base together despite the kill count.

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Source: WooDota2Pro – Top Dota 2 Highlights / Gameplay

The third game Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida’s Faceless Void might have just cost EHOME the game, especially around the 27th minute around the Roshan Pit when he Chrono’ed his own Shadow Fiend. Overall it felt like the Faceless Void was more of a detriment and didn’t fit EHOME’s seemingly non synergistic lineup. EHOME drafted Shadow Fiend, Enchantress, Faceless Void, Venomancer, Clock vs Execration’s Kunkka, Bane, Nyx Assassin, Queen of Pain, Mirana. With so much mobility, I see very little way for EHOME to pull things off unless they had a great aggressive start. Well that and Kunkka played such a key role with Kunkka’s The Admiral’s Rum buff and Ghostship.

It’s a shame that EHOME couldn’t have pulled off a Team Liquid-esque win, but Execration definitely deserved to win. Now if only a local team could win one of our local tournaments on their home ground when well known international teams are involved.

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