MPL PH Season 7 Preview: Execration closing in on its dream championship

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Lineup:Joshua "Ch4knu" Mangilog Patrick "E2MAX" Caidic Kiel VJ "Kielvj" Hernandez Renz "Renzio" Cadua Mark "Kelra" Pillas Billy "Z4pnu" Alfonso 

Coach: Jomie "Pakba1ts" Abalos

Season 6 finish: 3rd place 

Holdovers: Ch4knu, Z4pnu, E2MAX

Departures: Benedict "Bennyqt" Gonzales, Jaylord "Hate" Gonzales, Jeff "S4gitnu" Subang 

Additions: Kielvj, Renzio, Kelra, Pakba1ts (returning) 

After getting closer to the MPL Philippines championship in the previous seasons, Execration is now primed for a legitimate coronation this upcoming Season 7. 

Coming off a dismal 7th-8th place finish in Season 3, Exe came through with fourth place performances in the next two editions before taking the third place in Season 6 with a victory over Onic PH. 

Execration, dubbed as "uncrowned kings" by some, is bent on winning its first MPL title along with veteran player Billy "Z4pnu" Alfonso as it now boasts of championship caliber players and a promising rookie. 

Back-to-back MPL winners from Sunsparks (Aura PH), Kiel VJ "KielVJ" Hernandez (jungler/core) and Renz "Renzio" Cadua (EXP laner) are now playing for one of the crowd favorites in Moonton's professional league. 

Execration also promoted promising rookie Mark "Kelra" Pillas (gold laner) to its starting lineup. 

Kielvj, Renzio and Kelra join forces with steady tank Joshua "Ch4knu" Mangilog, captain-mage/support Patrick "E2MAX" Caidic and veteran sixth man Z4pnu in their bid to hand the renowned esports organization its first MPL crown. 

The three also replaced Benedict "Bennyqt" Gonzales (who moved to Aura), Jaylord "Hate" Gonzales (Onic) and Jeff "S4gitnu" Subang (Aether Main). 

"For me we are stronger now," said Z4pnu in Filipino during the Bootcamp Raid hosted by casters Manjean Faldas and Rob Luna. 

"We're gonna be better than being top 3. We'll be champions this time." 
Execration is in Group B with powerhouse Smart Omega, Blacklist International, Nexplay Esports and qualifier Laus Playbook Esports. 

Z4pnu and his crew are set to take on Omega in the season-opening game on March 19, Friday, at 4 p.m.