Jordan Kaplan 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Strong respawn game in win
March 15, 2018
JKap had a very strong performance in the respawn rounds of the 3-1 win over eUnited on Day 1 of Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Round 2 Search & Destroy was JKap's worst round. It was the only round Luminosity Gaming lost, as well. Luminosity were behind the eight-ball early, as Arcitys dominated and Prestinni had a huge run of first bloods. JKap struggled from the beginning to the end of the round. The rest of his performances were excellent, though. The preceding round, Round 1 Hardpoint, was excellent. He was consistent, providing 30 kills and a minute on the Hardpoint. He came up clutch at the end of the round, too, netting six kills to get Luminosity Gaming to the 250 mark. The final two rounds, Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint, were two very similar rounds. The Capture the Flag round was a 3-2 win, and JKap was strong on both ends of the map. He two flag caps, and sprung the other early in the first half. His 24 kills led the team. The final round was a 250-232 Hardpoint win, and JKap was strong throughout it. He had a hot, 12 kill start to help give them a 93-33 lead, and had a nice streak stopped the bleeding after the eUnited comeback. His 42 kills led the lobby, and help lead Luminosity to a win.
Can't control objective
March 11, 2018
JKap fell flat on his face in a devastating 3-0 stomp by Red Reserve at the losers' final of CWL Atlanta.
JKap, along with Slacked, had absolutely no presence this series. Normally a strong objective player, JKap got bodied by Red Reserve due to their stronger map control and smarter kills. He couldn't win slay against Red Reserve while they had nearby spawns, such as in Round 1 Hardpoint, but neither was he able to guard his team's spawns, such as in Round 3 Capture the Flag. For example, in Round 3 Capture the Flag, JKap scored an abysmal 12/22 KD because he didn't keep a lookout for his flanks. This allowed Red Reserve to easily harass the flag while destroying JKap's spawns with simple flanks.
Hot start and end to loss
March 11, 2018
JKap had great bookend rounds in the 3-1 loss to Rise Nation on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta, dropping them into the losers' bracket.
JKap and Luminosity Gaming could not ask for a better start to Round 1 Hardpoint. They dominated Rise Nation, winning by around 100 points, and never really worried about the result. It was Luminosity's round quickly, and they kept it that way. JKap was excellent, and was one of the leaders on the the team along with Octane. Those two led the team, as Slacked and John stayed in a more support-based role. His 28 kills led the lobby, providing Luminosity Gaming with a offensive punch that Rise Nation would not answer. Round 2 Search & Destroy was the opposite. He was rather invisible outside of a nice Game 6, as Rise Nation won easily in nine games. The result was never in doubt. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a frustrating round for Luminosity Gaming and JKap. He struggled to a 14/19 KD as Luminosity struggled to break through a stout Rise Nation defense. They lost 1-0, and hardly got close to a flag cap in a tense, technical, conservative round. Round 4 Hardpoint was a wild round, and JKap was a big reason why. He was good throughout the round, even when Rise Nation were leading big early on and looked prime to win easily. His strong play early left the door open for his teammates to wake up and make a splash -- and they did. They reached 240 points before falling to Rise.
Overcomes slow start
March 10, 2018
JKap battled through a rough first two rounds in the 3-2 reverse sweep win over Team Kaliber on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy were slogs for JKap, and they both resulted in losses for Luminosity Gaming. He got off to a 1/9 start in the first round, as Team Kaliber looked strong and took control of the map. This continued, with JKap finishing 23/33 and Team Kaliber using their superior map control to win the round. The second round was the same -- JKap had just one kill through five games, and Team Kaliber looked strong. JKap had a decent end to the round, but it was far from enough. Round 3 Capture the Flag is when the tides turned, as it started Luminosity's reverse sweep of Team Kaliber. JKap was their best player for long stretches of this round, and was a big part in why they only gave up two flag caps. He kept them close, and when his teammates woke it up the round was well within reach. It came to a head for JKap in Round 4 Hardpoint. He had 31 kills and over 1:30 on the objective in the round, helping lead his team through a wild Hardpoint map. There was rapid fire slaying, with the lowest individual kill total in the lobby at 27. His strong performance helped keep pace with Team Kaliber's hot start, and helped Luminosity run away with it late. His Round 5 Search & Destroy performance was poor like his other Search & Destroy showing, however. He ended a great middle rounds on a little bit of a sour note, individually.
Strong respawns in win
March 9, 2018
JKap had strong respawn rounds in the sweep win over Evil Geniuses on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
JKap got off to a hot start in this match, and was a big part of the Round 1 Hardpoint comeback win. Evil Geniuses led for a majority of the round, though not in blowout form; Luminosity Gaming were there the whole time, and JKap helped turn the competitive round in their favor. JKap had a whopping 42 kills in the round, and nearly clocked a minute on the objective. He was a strong player for Luminosity, and his slaying helped allow their late runaway. After leading 200-181, they won 250-188. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a tight 11-game win, but JKap did not lead like he did in the previous round. He was rather middling in the round, supporting an excellent Slacked performance. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Evil Geniuses come in depleted. They were gassed after coming up short in the first two rounds, and Luminosity absolutely dominated. They won 4-1, and it felt like it was worse than that. JKap had a great round, leading the lobby in kills with 29.
Thinks of his teammates
February 16, 2018
JKap played with his team in mind for a 3-0 win over Team EnVyUS on Day 6 of the CWL Pro League, Division B.
JKap is smart enough to know that Luminosity's best strategy is to set Octane up for streaks. And that's exactly what he did. JKap, the notorious team player, would bait and scout for his teammates to hand them easy kills. This was best seen in Game 3 of Round 2 Search & Destroy where JKap baited two players for Octane, giving him two kills to complete his suite of Scorestreaks. This also helped in Round 3 Capture the Flag where he mainly scouted for his team. On top of his scouting, JKap was also able to slay out, such as with a clutch quadruple kill with a Fighter Pilot in Round 1 Hardpoint that won his team the round.
Cannot turn tide
February 15, 2018
JKap was okay, but did not do enough to turn the tide as Luminosity Gaming fell 3-1 to FaZe Clan during Wednesday's CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1, match.
Outside of Round 4 Hardpoint, JKap was far from bad. He was not excellent either, though, as he trended towards the middle in each round. He had a 31/31 KD in the opening Round 1 Hardpoint, but FaZe dominated that round for nearly the entirety of it. Luminosity went on an excellent run late in the round, but FaZe was too close to victory for them to complete the comeback. Their sole win, Round 2 Search & Destroy, saw JKap hardly feature in the 11-game round. He was a support player, as Octane and John did the heavy lifting. The final two rounds were bad for Luminosity. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw them barely threaten FaZe at all, as their two flag caps were in the dying seconds of each half. JKap slayed well (25/21 KD) but it did not move the needle. The final round was rough. They had no business playing with FaZe in this round, as not one of Luminosity's players had over a 1.00 KD ratio. It was a disaster on a team level, and they wimpered out of the match.
Relaxes in breezy series
February 13, 2018
JKap sits back and watches his team stomp Splyce 3-0 on Day 4 of the CWL Pro League, Division B.
JKap simply didn't have much to do besides hold spawns. All of Luminosity Gaming was on fire, easily obliterating Splyce with little assistance from JKap's sights. Octane was beaming. And so was John. And so was Slacked. In Round 1 Hardpoint, JKap's anchor role did become vital as Splyce mounted a small comeback. By just falling back from a few fights, such as in the first Ruins fight, he was able to secure decent spawn rotations for his team and snowballing an already impressive lead.
Good Search & Destroy in easy win
February 7, 2018
JKap had a nice Search & Destroy showing in the sweep win over Evil Geniuses that moved Luminosity Gaming to 2-0 on Day 1 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1, play.
Round 2 Search & Destroy was JKap's banner round in this match. He got out to a hot start in the round, finishing off Game 1 with a kill. He showed up on the final kill cam a second time in Game 5. He was solid in the other games, too, getting early kills in Games 6 and 7. He was solid, but more supportive than in a leading role like he had in Search & Destroy. Round 1 Hardpoint saw JKap put in a solid 26/26 KD, with over a minute on the objective, but his middling performance did not stop Luminosity from absolutely crushing Evil Geniuses, 250-83. They were dominant from the get-go, as the score suggests. Round 3 Capture the Flag was much closer, with the only flag cap coming in the second half. It was not boring, however. There was a flurry of flag touches throughout the round, but none of them amounted to anything. It was a great display of defense by both teams. JKap did not interact with the game much, ending with a 17/17 KD, but his performance did not hurt anything, either. He was mostly a solid, behind-the-scenes player in the two respawn rounds.
Runs out of steam in long set
January 15, 2018
JKap drilled through Team Kaliber in the first set victory, only to run out of steam in the second set in a loss to Team Kaliber at CWL New Orleans.
JKap continues to be the true powerhouse of Luminosity Gaming. The grueling set of games Team Kaliber delivered to JKap tested the limits of his abilities as a slayer. In the first series, JKap played confidently despite his early loss to Team Kaliber only hours before. JKap broke over 30 kills in Round 1 Hardpoint alongside John, allowing them to break the tenacious Team Kaliber with Scorestreaks. The trend continued into Round 3 Capture the Flag where JKap took control of the first half the series with killstreaks and building off that advantage in the second half. From there, Round 4 Hardpoint was an easy clutch for JKap to hand Team Kaliber their first LAN defeat. JKap only marginally slowed down in the second series, but that was enough space for Team Kaliber to make plays. Against all odds, Team Kaliber dropped huge multi-kills at important moments, negating JKap's consistent slaying.
Generates Luminosity's power
January 15, 2018
JKap decimated Rise Nation on his way to the grand finals in a 3-2 losers' final victory on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
If JKap was known as an Uplink king last season, he should be known as a Capture the Flag master this year. Not only that, but JKap was easily the powerhouse for Luminosity in this series. JKap utterly dominated Round 3 Capture the Flag by going 13/3 KD by the end of the first half, giving his team the opportunity to get two flag captures. The streaks opened up the map in the final moments of the second half as JKap secured a flag capture for himself. JKap then turned up in Round 5 Search & Destroy. Going 5/0 KD by Game 3, Rise Nation simply had no chance against a streaky JKap.
Pounds Team Kaliber's flexible defense
January 14, 2018
JKap softened the defenses of Team Kaliber in a 1-3 loss in the winners' final on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
JKap started strong and hot in Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar. The map's long sights and many vantage points meant JKap was having a field day with his assault rifle. But strong shots aren't enough to beat Team Kaliber. JKap struggled against the aggression Team Kaliber put forth as he was constantly slammed by the likes of KuavoKenny and Chino. This mean, despite his early hot streak, Team Kaliber kept the game close enough to steal despite Jkap's best efforts.
Caps off uneven performance with brilliant performance in Round 5 Search and Destroy
January 14, 2018
JKap aided in a reverse sweep of Echo Fox during the upper bracket semifinals at CWL New Orleans, relying on a mix of smart laning and positive positioning to boost his team into the upper bracket finals.
While JKap struggled in the initial round losses, in particular, a disappointing performance during Round 2 Search and Destroy, a resurgent Round 3 Capture the Flag vaulted Luminosity Gaming back into the series. While JKap led the way with the highest kill numbers of any LG member in the pivotal round, in truth it was a total team performance, as each member was able to eclipse 10 kills and keep their opposition in check. JKap finished up his performance with the round-ending kill in Round 5 Search and Destroy, making a patient play near the bomb site to pick up the final two-piece.
Barrels in with momentum against Rise Nation
January 13, 2018
While JKap didn't do so hot during the first three rounds against Rise Nation, he picked up momentum just in time to help Luminosity Gaming clutch up the series in dramatic 3-2 fashion on Day 1 of CWL New Orleans.
Like the rest of Luminosity Gaming, JKap was not strong out of the gate, as in Round 1 Hardpoint, he only notched a paltry KD of 22/29 as Luminosity was easily put into the 100-point club. Luminosity answered back during Round 2 Search & Destroy, winning that particular round, although JKap wouldn't be able to catch up with a meager KD of 5/6. JKap showed some signs of life in Round 3 Capture the Flag but ultimately not enough life to prevent Rise Nation from winning that round, only scoring a 21/24 KD. The time for JKap to pop off was in Round 4 Hardpoint, where he scored an impactful KD of 34/28, claiming the last few seconds of the Hardpoint to secure Round 4 for Luminosity in extraordinary fashion. Finally, JKap broke even with an 8/8 KD in Round 5 Search & Destroy to help his team lock down the series win for Luminosity Gaming.
Pokes hole and find weaknesses
December 17, 2017
JKap out-muscled eUnited at the Northern Showdown Championships in a 3-2 win.
JKap figured he could pummel eUnited into submission and 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 then dropkicked eUnited in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy thanks to his team's superior firepower. Under Jkap's guidance, JKap had his team hit Bombsite B over and over again, knowing they could win fights against a limp eUnited.
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