Ehome will be the first team to qualify for TI6 from the wildcards. This definitely comes as no surprise as it was predicted by the experts and also the fans. Ehome was easily the most experienced team amongst the 4 considering the amount of time players like Iceiceice and Lanm have been in the scene.
Series 1: Ehome vs Execration
Game 1 of this series began with a bizarre draft from Ehome which took Execration by surprise when they picked Warlock for Old.Chicken . They had respect banned Abed’s Meepo in the first phase showing that they had done their homework. Ehome crushed Execration’s early game, shutting the Abed’s Juggernaut completely and amassing a heavy 10k gold lead in 20 minutes. and Abed’s farm was below that of the enemy 3rd position player. But due to some individual misplays and Iceiceice dying a little too may times, coupled with the fact that Nando was being unchecked on his Weaver they had some hopes. And kimo’s (mirana) Aghs is when the turn of events commenced. A couple of bad fights and Execration were suddenly back in lead and it got to a point where killing the weaver became an impossible job. The entire lead of Ehome crumbled and they eventually lost the game.
Execration 1-0 Ehome
By now it was clear that Execration were not to be taken lightly at all and they had shown that they can take games from a big team like Ehome. In second game, Execration decided to mix things up a bit, and drafted a mid Phantom Lancer for Abed, which was very good against a single target oriented hero Lifestealer which was played by Iceiceice. But the lineup of Execration never really took off, and despite some of the skirmishes going their way, they never found a big enough opening to get major objectives. And the duo of Nyx from Old.Eleven and Lifestealer of Iceiceice was too much for Execration to handle. After a topsy-turby, full of throws game, Ehome won on the back of a strong Lifestealer gameplay from Iceiceice.
Execration 1-1 Ehome
Game 3 was a very close game. Ehome had more than a decent start with their aggressive offlane with iceiceice on the Naga Siren and fy on the undying. Execration had read this move and sent Nando’s Mophling top, but a solo batrider was no match to Naga Undying and Kotl lane as they completely crushed RR’s batrider. And Nando’s morph also got shutdown early game. However, Abed on Alchemist was getting all the space in the world to farm which he quickly and efficiently put to use as he started to get ahead of the Naga Siren. He beat Naga on the Radiance, Boots of Travel and Manta timing. But things took a turn for the bad when Alchemist was chasing after Fenrir’s Kotl and he over-commits to the kill and giving away a lot of gold into the enemy hands and stopping the Alchemist farm. Throughout the game, it was a war of illusions between Naga And the Alchemist along with Morphling. But Ehome with superior late game decision making beat Execration after a long and drawn out late mid-late game.
Execration 1-2 Ehome
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Series 2: Ehome vs Escape Gaming
With Execration dealt with, Ehome had one last hurdle, Escape gaming. Escape gaming had beaten Complexity and were looking very strong. In game 1, Ehome ran a Naga-Axe-Disruptor draft, the former 2 heroes had earlier found success when they ran it before. Escape gaming answered their draft with Void-Drow-Invoker draft. Ehome had a very good early game with iceiceice farming unchecked with other 4 heroes constantly creating space and finding better out of skirmishes. Era had very less farm and was ganked a lot and the drow strat did not pay off as well as they expected it to. Khezu had some good Chronospheres, but there were not any real follow up and Ehome just ran through Escape gaming and Naga illusions proved too much for them to handle.
Ehome 1-0 Escape Gaming
Second game draft of Escape gaming was a little better with Storm Spirit on Qojqva and Era playing slark, in response to that Ehome drafted Antimage for Iceiceice and Old.Chicken on Timbersaw. Just like first game, Iceiceice went unchecked and even got a double kill in early game ensuring a fast battlefury. Khezu played really good, finding 2-3 man Chronospheres and for a moment there it looked like Antimage was killable and Escape Gaming might have a chance, But iceiceice gets bkb and quickly follows it up with Abyssal and that sealed the game for them
Ehome 2-0 Escape Gaming
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