Filipinos Kent “Banned” Nerves and coach Carl “Image” Butalid powered the North American team Tribe Gaming to a spot in Call of Duty Mobile: World Championship West Finals playoffs after a blistering showing in the group stage.

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Tribe was dominant in the fiery run that saw them win all of their five games and only dropped a single map throughout that stretch to top the Group B.

Tribe swept Zygnus Esports, GODSENT, NYSL Mayhem and Natus Vincere in their best-of-five games while it needed four games to dispatch Asylium, 3-1.

With the win, Tribe set a semifinals showdown against STMN Esports which finished second in the Group A with a 4-1 record.

Should Tribe advance, it will face the winner between Asylium which finished second in Group B and ARP Gaming which topped Group A in the upper bracket finals. Losers of the semifinal matches will still have a second chance in the lower bracket.

All games will be in a best-of-five series with the best team emerging after the playoffs taking the top purse of $300,000. Second placers and third placers will bag $180,000 and $125,000 while the fourth placed team will get $75,000 consolation.

Fellow Filipinos Geneil “Neil” Rae Dacanay of Nova Esports EU and Lasperhey “Miney” Lorenzo of Natus Vincere were not as fortunate as their respective teams bow out of the tournament at the end of the group stage.

Source: Manila Bulletin (