Execration banks on “Double K Connection”, eliminates Onic in MPL-PH playoffs

Published May 27, 2021, 8:19 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from Execration 

Kiel VJ “Kielvj” Hernandez and Duane “Kelra” Pillas sparked the charge in the win-or-go home Game 5 as Execration downed Onic PH, 3-2, to keep its playoffs lower bracket run in the MPL Philippines Season 7 on Thursday night, May 27. 

The “Double K Connection” of star jungler Kielvj on Lancelot and super rookie gold laner Kelra on Harith dished out the perfect mix of physical and magic damage to prevail in team fights and secure objectives for an easy 11-4 victory in 14 minutes. 

Renz “Renzio” Cadua’s Gloo served as a pseudo tank by soaking up the Meteor Shower from Christian “Iy4knu” Manaog’s Chang’e and the Blazing Duet from ex-Execration jungler Jaylord “Hate” Gonzales’ Claude. 

Team veterans Joshua “Ch4knu” Mangilog and Patrick “E2MAX” Caidic got their comfort picks Khufra and Lunox, respectively, to contribute crowd control and magic burst abilities. 

Execration dictated the tempo right from the get-go with Kielvj securing the Turtle takes and Kelra getting early kills but Onic showed signs of life when it picked off Ch4knu and E2MAX in the midgame. 

But heavily-farmed Kielvj and Kelra swiftly slayed the Luminous Lord to seal the deal for Execration. 

Coach Jomie “Pakba1ts” Abalos and Billy “Z4pnu” Alfonso’s Execration will take on Smart Omega in the lower bracket second round. Omega lost 3-2 to Aura PH in the upper bracket opener on Wednesday night.

Onic suffered its first playoffs first-round exit since going runner-up to Sunsparks (now Aura PH) in Seasons 4 and 5 as well as finishing fourth in Season 6. 

Execration won Game 1 behind E2MAX’s Vale but Onic pulled even on the back of Hate’s Roger who came up with a clutch turnaround through the Killing Spree talent from the Assassin emblem. 

Ch4knu’s Khufra produced pivotal initiations via his Tyrant’s Revenge plus Flicker combo into Tyrant’s Rage ultimate to power Execraiton’s 14-minute triumph in Game 3. 

However, Onic leaned on its late-game prowess anchored on Hate’s Claude with the help of Jason “Jay” Torculas’ Gloo in Game 4 to bring the series to a do-or-die scenario only to fall at the hands of Execration’s “Double K connection” and Renzio.