MnM Gaming’s Ben “xl3en” Chapman made Britain proud on the weekend after putting in an exceptional performance at DreamHack Valencia.
The Hearthstone player made it all the way to the grand final, where he was up against Spain’s Hariseldon.
After going 1-0 down, xl3en fought back to level the score after a mage vs mage battle.
He kept playing as mage in the third game and beat Hariseldon’s warrior to take the lead 2-1.
Mage wasn’t enough in the fourth game, however, as Hariseldon’s Paladin was enough to even the scores 2-2, and eventually seal the match 3-2.
But while xl3en may have been disappointed to lose out in the final, just getting there was some achievement in itself.
It was the biggest DreamHack Hearthstone tournament so far with almost 300 players taking part, according to a Reddit post by Paragleiber.
xl3en shared his deck lists following the event:
— Ben Chapman (@MnM_xl3en) July 16, 2017
xl3en joined rising and respected UK esports organisation MnM Gaming last month.
MnM co-founder Kalvin “KalKal” Chung said at the time: “It is difficult to find the right players to represent you in competitions but I am confident in Ben’s ability and mentality to continue progressing in the Hearthstone scene.”
The tournament clearly left an impression on MnM’s new Hearthstone player.
Goodbye Valencia, it’s been an incredible journey with great friends. You’ve left behind memories that I will never forget ??pic.twitter.com/KO4iQTKPHV
— Ben Chapman (@MnM_xl3en) July 17, 2017
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