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SEA Games: PH Hearthstone bets stumble as esports gets going in

/ 10:29 PM December 05, 2019

FILE – Team Philippines competes in the eSport event of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan. INQUIRER PHOTO/ JAM STA ROSA

MANILA, Philippines–The Philippines’ bets for Hearthstone in the inaugural staging of esports in the Southeast Asian games bowed out of contention Thursday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Sibol’s lone female athlete, Jia Dee, and Dustin Mangulabnan came up short in the qualification phase of the turn-based PC videogame.

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Dee finished with two wins and three losses, the pair of victories coming against Thailand’s Aukit Kittikrairit, and Vietnam’s Hoang Long Nguyen.

“Still thankful to be part of a historic event, and the fact SEA Games has eSports at all is awesome for our community,” she wrote on Twitter.

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Mangulabnan, ended his stint with an identical record, tabbing his two triumphs over Singapore’s Khai Kiat Chew and Vietnam’s Hong Phat Le.

Dee fell to Malaysia’s Weng Kean Yew, 2-1, in a made-for-television match that ended her bid.

Mangulabnan was blanked by Thai foe Werit Popan in his final match in Group B.

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