Jordan Kaplan 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Pokes hole and find weaknesses
December 17, 2017
JKap out-muscles eUnited at the Northern Showdown Championships in a 3-2 win
JKap figured he could pummel eUnited into submission. He wasn't far off. The streaky Luminosity Gaming had every advantage in teamfights but had problems laying the final smackdown in respawn rounds. In typical eUnited fashion, their focus on spawns made it incredibly difficult for JKap to root them out of spawns and objectives, such as in Round 4 Hardpoint. This changed utterly in Search & Destroy rounds. JKap was able to dropkick eUnited in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy thanks to their superior firepower. Under Jkap's guidance, JKap had his team hit Bomb B over and over again, knowing they could win fights against a limp eUnited.
Big play in win
December 17, 2017
JKap played well in the sweep win over Team EnVyUs on the Northern Arena Showdown's Championship Sunday. The win put Luminosity in the top three of the tournament.
Jkap was integral to the sweep over Team EnVyUs on Sunday. Round 1 Hardpoint was a close affair between the two teams, with Luminosity edging out a 250-220 win over EnVyUs in which they had to make a concerted team effort to stage the comeback. Round 2 Search & Destroy was big for JKap. He and Octane held Luminosity Gaming together in the first four games, and he was key in swinging quite a few games in their favor. JKap saw his teammates (mostly notably John) take over the spotlight in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but he was a stable force in the round. He provided strong defensive play, as they capped off a sweep win in Montreal.
Trails off in final rounds
December 16, 2017
JKap started well but had a dip in performance towards the end of Luminosity Gaming's 3-1 win over Next Threat in the quarterfinals of the Northern Arena Showdown.
JKap was on fire in the opening round of this series, slaying out across the map to keep the pesky Next Threat at bay from start to finish. He also managed to put up a ton of time on the point to go along with his impressive late six killstreak that shut down Next Threat. For all the good he did to open the series, he had a pretty rough showing in the final few rounds of the game. It seemed like he couldn't seem to find his groove one bit. Fortunately for him, the rest of his team stepped up in a big way to come away with the 3-1 win. If LG can play like they did in their three wins, they can easily come away from Montreal with a big win.
Focuses too much on objective
December 10, 2017
JKap tunnel-visioned onto the objective in a 1-3 loss to eUnited on Day 3 of CWL Dallas.
While a singular focus on objective worked in last season, JKap's obsession wound up hurting his team in several ways. Mainly in Round 3 Capture the Flag on London Docks. JKap was determined to pull the flag from eUnited's flank but it was always poorly timed, often when eUnited was already shacked up in their base so he was easily caught. More than that, JKap didn't adjust to eUnited's strategies. JKap and Luminosity Gaming both focused on out-muscling their opponent rather than using tools, like smoke grenades, to make smarter pushes instead of blind blitzes.
Boxes Ground Zero into a corner
December 9, 2017
JKap ran right through Ground Zero in a 3-0 sweep on Day 2 of CWL Dallas.
JKap starts the year, and the tournament, with an extremely strong and practiced performance against Ground Zero. There was clear, deliberate movement to everything JKap which was showcased in several rounds. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Ardennes Forest, JKap and John knew exactly when and where Ground Zero would spawn on the map at any given time, allowing JKap to simply bounce Ground Zero all across the map and away from the objective. JKap went just as hard in Round 3 Capture the Flag on London Docks. His immense knowledge and control of spawn rotations allowed him to, again, box Ground Zero into difficult corners.
Does just enough for the win
December 8, 2017
JKap tallied a 36/45 KD in Luminosity Gaming's win over Epsilon on Day 1 of CWL Dallas.
JKap may not have put up the flashy stats in this series, but he managed just enough to help his team pick up the win. He finished with a negative KD in every round, including a 1/5 KD in Search & Destroy. What did help his team, however, was his aggression. While this aggression may have led to many untimely deaths, it always kept Epsilon on their toes and allowed his teammates to come up with some strong kills to lock up this easy win.
Teams with John on Luminosity Gaming
October 26, 2017
Jkap has joined Luminosity Gaming, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The multi-time world champion has found a new home, joining his former Team EnVyUs teammate, John, on what appears to be a loaded Luminosity Gaming roster. While Jkap's "restricted free agency" tweet still remains ambiguous as ever, it certainly appears inconsequential after helping put together one of the better rosters of the entire offseason.
Joins growing list of free agents
August 26, 2017
JKap is expected to be a free agent heading into the Call of Duty: World War II season, the player announced on Saturday.
While former CoD Champs MVP, John, has already announced his free agency, JKap's situation appears to be a bit murkier, with the two-time CoD champion suggesting he is a "restricted" free agent for the new campaign. Team EnVyUs owner Hastr0 provided a bit more details to the odd situation, suggesting EnVyUs may opt to keep JKap on their roster should the team want to expand to five or more players. At this point in his career, JKap has certainly lost a step in his slaying abilities, but what he has lost in reflexes, he more than makes up for with knowledge of the game. As a result, it would make sense to have a veteran presence around to guide what's expected to be a very young lineup featuring up-and-comers Huke and Temp, but more information should be available closer to the start of the new competitive season.
Limps through the finals
August 14, 2017
JKap rises and falls against OpTic Gaming in a double series loss at the 2017 CWL Championships Grand Finals, scoring a 64/71 KD in the first series and a 36/63 KD in the second series.
JKap isn't normally a high-slaying player, but the scores he dropped this series were largely inexcusable especially for Grand Finals championship match. On the first series Round 1 Hardpoint on Retaliation, he came out of the gate gunning with a four killstreak that gave his team full map control. But things quickly fell apart when OpTic Gaming found their groove by the second rotation, warming up slowly across the match. After that, JKap struggled to make his presence felt outside of Uplink, a game mode he's become infamous for. The main problem in both series, outside of dropping poor KDs, was that JKap knew how to rotate maps, but not how to defend. This was clearly seen in the first series Round 4 Hardpoint on Scorch (12/23 KD), the second series Round 1 Hardpoint on Throwback (17/29 KD), and the second series Round 3 Uplink on Precinct (13/27 KD). JKap was able to move his team across the map as a unit, but Crimsix had an uncanny ability of flanking the team constantly, a problem JKap couldn't shut down due to his weak shots.
Flies through the map
August 13, 2017
JKap rebounds the impossible with a 57/70 KD in a win over eUnited on Day 4 of the CWL Championships.
JKap reached the heights he was previously known for thanks to his cool and calm attitude. Never amassing a huge amount of kills, this didn't matter for JKap or Team EnVyUs since their strength relied in teamwork. This was best seen in not only Round 3 Uplink, but in Round 2 Search & Destroy. Up until Game 6, JKap had a 0/5 KD, but the team was still ahead in points. This was thanks to his anchor position where he was quick to spot eUnited's positions before fights started. In the second half of Round 3 Uplink, JKap was a rock-solid as he planted himself under eUnited's goal for nearly two minutes. His streak of kills and dunks landed him key Scorestreaks, allowing him to clutch out the map with a Bombardment that cleared eUnited's base for JKap to score one final map winning point.
Not much to give in big win
August 12, 2017
JKap helped Team EnVyUs move onto to the winners semifinals with a 43/52 KD during a 3-0 sweep of Ghost Gaming on Saturday at Call of Duty Champs 2017.
JKap didn't really stand out individually in this series, but that was quite alright. The rest of his team was playing at such a high level that all he had to do was pitch in here and there to help EnVyUs secure the win. That's exactly what he did. While he did have some subpar rounds, such as Round 2 Search & Destroy where he started off 0/3 after four games, he was solid overall. His best round was Round 3 Uplink where he picked up two points, including a throw-in that tied things up in the late game. If this is how EnVyUs is going to play, eUnited will need to watch out in the winners semifinals.
Jogs to a smooth win
August 11, 2017
JKap started to steady out in a 3-1 victory over Epsilon eSports on Day 3 of the CWL Championships.
JKap may not have been the best slayer, but he worked well with his team. Round 1 Hardpoint on Retaliation was a bit of a stomp against JKap and his team as Epsilon eSports got streaks very early. This was worsened by Epsilon eSports having a clear strategy in Round 2 Search & Destroy. However, JKap was able to quickly steady himself in Round 3 Uplink on Frost, one of his best maps. His decisive playstyle allowed him to force points where most couldn't, such as when he popped his Overdrive to clutch a dunk as his teammates dropped on a push. But that's not to say he couldn't slay. JKap was able to assist his teammates in stacking kills on Round 4 Hardpoint on Throwback.
Plays the objectives to expert ability
August 3, 2017
A focus on objectives doesn't bring the kills, as JKap's overall KD of 48/46 demonstrates, but it helps win the series over eUnited in the Winner's Final of the Stage 2 Playoffs.
JKap wasn't the star slayer, but he didn't have to be as his contributions to objective handling were invaluable. During Round 1 Hardpoint, for example, he spent the most time at the Hardpoint with 2:02, contributing the most points towards his team that round as he scored a respectable KD of 19/17. In Round 2 Search & Destroy, JKap was the one who planted the bomb, and he managed to do so twice during the round, scoring a 3/5 KD for his trouble. Perhaps his most valuable contribution was during Round 3 Uplink, for while his 26/24 KD is notable, he did put a toss on the board for Team EnVyUs, and that one-point lead would prove to be the nail that kept eUnited's coffin firmly shut, even as SlasheR scored a dunk near the end that would seal the series 3-0 in Team EnVyUs's favor.
Blunders a minor but important play
July 31, 2017
JKap whiffs small plays, with a 58/81 KD and a 79/86 KD in a set of losses to OpTic Gaming at the Stage 2 CWL Championships.
A single throw will haunt JKap for the rest of his competitive career. But before that one play, JKap stepped up for his team in a big way. He slayed consistently, but at a slighty negative level. However, Team EnVyUs made his slow slaying work. Digging their heels into the dirt, Team EnvyUs formed an iron-clad defense that OpTic Gaming struggled to break. The problem was that JKap could never break far ahead of OpTic Gaming for the stalling to work for long. The key example was in the second series of Round 3 Uplink of Frost. Team EnVyUs was ahead by two points until the last minute where OpTic Gaming tied it up. JKap had a clean one-point throw to break the tie in the final seconds... only to miss the shot. The whiff tilted the whole team going into Round 4 Hardpoint where they were stomped.
Poor middle in win
July 30, 2017
JKap struggled at some points of the 3-2 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 2 of the Stage 2 Playoffs to put Team EnVyUs in the winner's final.
JKap was not all over the score sheet in this match, but he did enough to get the win. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Team EnVyUs stay close enough for the entire round, and eventually come back from down 246-223 to win the round. JKap had a solid 1:24 on the objective, but went 22/30 -- he largely struggled to slay with Luminosity. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw JKap notch the final kill in Game 7, to start a run of three straight wins to win the round. Round 3 Uplink and Round 4 Hardpoint were two tough losses that forced a round five. The third round saw Team EnVyUs go up 4-1 early, quickly lose the lead and end up losing 7-4. JKap was non-existent, going 14/29 with zero points. The fourth round was a blow out, with Team EnVyUs going 250-89. It was as big of a blow out as the scoreboard shows. JKap went 11/20, with 33 seconds on the objective. He had two truly terrible rounds in a row. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw JKap play better, but not get any of the final kills in the 6-3 win.
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