Comeback king NRX vows to bounce back after CGI playoff finish

Published April 5, 2021, 2:09 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from NRX Esports 

NRX Jeremiah 29:11 proved once again that it is the king of comebacks despite settling for a playoff finish in the just-concluded 2021 Call of Duty Mobile Garena Invitational (CGI) on Sunday, April 4. 

Bannered by JC “Jayzee” Rivera, Jerrold “Woopiiee” Regay, Benj “CRUSH” Trinidad, Kennedy “iDra” Mondoy and John Kenneth “KenDy” Pimentel under coach Michael “Kyaaah” Belaya, NRX landed fourth place in the eight-team invitational to seize $2,500 (over P120,000). 

The Garena kings pulled off an amazing come-from-behind 3-2 victory over their fellow Filipinos in Nifty Ultra Anarchy during the lower bracket first round last Saturday. 

Down 2-1 and staring straight at elimination, NRX came roaring back from a seemingly insurmountable 110-12 deficit in the fourth map (Hardpoint mode at Summit). 

Kyaaah’s crew even came agonizingly close to getting kicked out of the tourney when NU Anarchy took a 141-85 lead but NRX managed to stay alive with a 150-143 win. 

Once again, NRX fell on the verge of crashing out as NU.AA grabbed a 5-3 advantage in the deciding fifth map (Search and Destroy at Crash). 

But Jayzee and the crew displayed the never-say-die attitude they showed to rule the CODM World Championship Garena Qualifiers last year, winning three straight rounds to complete the jaw-dropping comeback. 

Screenshot from livestream 

However, NRX lost steam against its Singaporean rival ALMIGHTY (formerly Divinity.Uprising) as it fell 3-1 in the lower bracket second round the next day. 

Screenshots from livestream 

Kyaaah and his boys were nothing but grateful to their avid fans and vowed to come back stronger in their next tournament. 

NU.AA settled for 5th-6th place with Malaysia’s Resurgence for $1,000 (over P48,000). 

Thailand’s Astro.1S1K won the title and the grand prize of $20,000 after nipping Indonesia’s Dunia Games Esports, 3-2, in the finals. DG got $10,000. 

ALMIGHTY wound up third for $4,500 while Thailand’s SharpeR Esports and Taiwan’s Raptors.DNS ended dead last at 7th-8th for $500.