In the Becoming Elite series, the Daily Dot travels to the Pacific Rumble in Japan to get an inside look at what it's really like to play esports on the global stage.

Welcome to the World of Tanks Pacific Rumble

Elite World of Tanks players spend countless hours competing with teammates from across the Globe. Many of them have never met, but have already fostered lifelong friendships.

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Kevin Mahoney lives in rural Ontario and has just taken his second flight ever to participate in the Pacific Rumble in Japan.

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Dakota Kunz is still a high-schooler, but he’s competing at the top level of World of Tanks. His family is there every step of the way cheering on his every battle.