Classic
Nicholas DiCostanzo 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Fades in eliminating loss
August 13, 2017
Classic faded into the background in the sweep loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 5 of the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship. The Losers Bracket Finals loss eliminated Luminosity Gaming from competition.
ANALYSIS
Classic had a solid first two rounds, but faltered greatly in Round 3 Uplink. Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Luminosity Gaming never really have a chance, losing 250-107 and 6-3, respectively. He was the best player on his team in both rounds. He managed to go 22/21 with 50 seconds in Hardpoint, despite his team getting blown out. He was the only member on his team above 17 kills, and had the only positive KD on Luminosity Gaming. He also led his team in Hardpoint time. He managed double digit kills in Search & Destroy, and got the final kill in Game 2. He simply got minimal support. Round 3 Uplink was an 11-2 blowout loss, and Classic faltered, going 20/25 with no points.
Does his thing in win
August 13, 2017
Classic put up a 79/84 KD when Luminosity Gaming took down Rise Nation to move on to the losers finals of Call of Duty Champs 2017.
ANALYSIS
Classic never managed to put himself in the forefront of this series, but he still was right there for his team with consistent kills to give LG the edge. He mainly played a more supportive role in this series, just chipping in kills here and there when his team needed them the most. He was especially strong in the late portions of rounds to outplay Rise in those key moments. Despite all the good that Rise Nation had done earlier in the losers bracket, LG was just too strong. With this win, LG is now onto the losers finals for a chance to get to the grand finals.
Good in win
August 12, 2017
Classic played well in the sweep win over eUnited on Day 4 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship. The win put Luminosity Gaming in the Loser's Bracket Semifinal.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was a back and forth, highly contested round. Luminosity got off to a fast 49-5 start, and ended up leading 142-100. However, eUnited came roaring back to take the lead. Luminosity Gaming ended up winning the round 250-213. Classic was solid, albeit unspectacular, in the round. He went 26/25 with 44 seconds on the objective -- it was solid, but nothing to write home about. Round 2 Search & Destroy was as perfect a round for Luminosity as there could be. They went a perfect 6-0, and eUnited could do nothing to stop them. Classic had the final kill in Game 3 and Game 5 in the round. Round 3 Uplink was a wild one. Classic gave Luminosity a 10-9 lead with less than a minute left -- however, a Prestinni throw in forced overtime. A Slacked dunk 42 seconds into overtime proved to be too much for eUnited, and Luminosity made the top four of the tournament. Classic had a Kd of 28/25 and six points in the final round.
Solid last round in win
August 12, 2017
Classic saved his best for last in the sweep win over Splyce on Day 4 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship. The win secured Luminosity Gaming a spot in the Loser's Bracket Quarterfinal.
ANALYSIS
Classic was solid on the objective in Round 1 Hardpoint, but lagged behind in terms of slaying. The round itself saw Luminosity run out to an early lead, until Splyce got it back, and then some. After that, Luminosity ran out to a 100-34 lead, and held onto it for the win. Splyce made it interesting, as the final score was 250-211, but the lead was just too much to overcome. Classic only had 17 kills (18 deaths), but buoyed his performance with a strong 1:33 on the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a very close round, won in Game 10 by a stealth defuse by Luminosity that was created by a smart use of smoke grenades by everyone. Classic was laid back in the round, and his teammates carried the load. Round 3 Uplink was his best round. He went 27/21 with three points in a 15-3 shellacking of Splyce. He played a strong two-way game in the round.
Rebounds from previous losses
August 12, 2017
Classic finds his stride in a 3-0 victory against Fnatic on Day 3 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Classic was fairly consistent this series thanks to a scattered and timid Fnatic. His best map was easily Round 1 Hardpoint on Scorch where he dominated the mid game. This was key in the second Turbine hill where Classic broke the hill and stole Fnatic's spawns thanks to his clean shots. Things only snowballed for him from then on as he tore through Hangar hill and Drill hill. With two rotations under his belt, Classic then left the hill to cut Fnatic's spawns mid map, splitting the team in two. Classic even cleaned the round with a decisive set of Trinity Rockets on the second Drill point.
Whiffs some key shots
August 11, 2017
Classic slipped into the lower brackets in a 3-1 loss to eUnited on Day 3 of the 2017 CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Like the rest of his team, Classic was hot in the first map but nowhere else. This was partly because Luminosity Gaming has become, in a way, all brawn with very few starts. Round 1 Hardpoint on Retaliation was a stomp thanks to Classic stomping, earning Scorestreaks early on to clutch the late game. But his shots only went so far in Round 2 Search & Destroy on Crusher. To put it simply, Classic was outplayed by eUnited. Most of these mistakes were a result of greedy or panicked attempts at kills, such as in Game 3 and Game 9 where Classic choked favorable fights with slow pushes.
Timeless performance in win
August 10, 2017
Classic tallied a KD of 78/70 in Luminosity Gaming's big win over Vitality in Pool D on Day 2 of Call of Duty Champs 2017 that catapulted them into the playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Classic started off a bit rough in Round 1 Hardpoint, as he barely had any time on the point early on to go along with very little kills as well. As the game progressed, he shored up his play to pick up the win still. Round 2 Search & Destroy is one that he and his teammates will soon want to forget, as they all managed to come up extremely short. Once the final two rounds hit, however, all of LG banded together to easily battle back for the win. With such a strong end to their pool play, they should be in great shape going into the playoffs.
Struggles late in loss
August 9, 2017
Classic struggled as Rise Nation piled it on in the sweep loss to them on Day 1 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was a close 250-241 loss for Luminosity Gaming that they never recovered from. Classic was solid, going 24/24 with 21 seconds on the hill, but he was far from spectacular. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw their whole offense run through Octane. The rest could not shape up in a 6-2 loss. Round 3 Uplink was a rather simple 22-9 rout of Luminosity Gaming. On top of that, most of their points were in garbage time. Classic had some of those, but went 19/29, and struggled a lot.
Not awful in loss
July 30, 2017
Classic did not play terribly, despite the crushing 3-0 loss to OpTic Gaming that eliminated Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of the Stage 2 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Luminosity Gaming were outgunned, and outplayed, right from the get go in this one. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Luminosity Gaming lose 250-132, and it was as big of a blowout as that sounds. Classic was far from terrible, however, going 20/19 with 47 seconds in the round, despite OpTic Gaming having a huge round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Luminosity lose in nine games, and Classic was quiet in the loss. Round 3 Uplink was another blowout where Luminosity lost 11-1, with Classic scoring the lone point for Luminosity Gaming. He also had a 24/29 KD in the round.
Strong start in loss
July 30, 2017
Classic came out swinging, but Luminosity Gaming still lost to Team EnVyUs 3-2, on Day 2 of the Stage 2 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Classic had an excellent Round 1 Hardpoint. He went 36/28, with 42 seconds on the objective. He was slaying Team EnVyUs players left and right -- but that did not prevent Team EnVyUs from mounting a failed comeback when Luminosity was leading 246-223. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a 6-3 loss for Luminosity, with Classic netting the final kill in Game 6. Round 3 Uplink and Round 4 Hardpoint were two excellent wins for Luminosity Gaming, as they forced a Round 5 Search & Destroy. The Uplink round saw Classic play well, going 25/22 with two points. Luminosity Gaming came froma 401 deficit to win 7-4. The Hardpoint round was a blow out, with Luminosity winning 250-89. Classic was not much of a slaying fator, going 15/17, but he had a strong 1:39 of Hardpoint time. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw Classic do not much of anything in a 6-3 loss.
A slayer in respawn games
July 29, 2017
Classic easily outslayed Splyce's top members in the respawn games, only faltering in Search & Destroy, and notching an overall KD of 65/42 on Day 1 of the Stage 2 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Classic expertly danced around Splyce's members as he racked up the kills. During Round 1 Hardpoint, it was clear near the end that Luminosity Gaming was the superior team as Luminosity not only won by over 100 points, but Classic himself went double-positive in KD with 27/13. Classic slipped up in several spots during Round 2 Search & Destroy as he only notched a KD of 3/7, but his teammates expertly picked up the slack as Luminosity came from behind a two game deficit to win the round. Finally, during a tense Round 3 Uplink, Classic put in the kills necessary to keep his team alive with a 35/22 KD, giving them just the edge they needed to outscore Splyce by one point.
Monstrous on the Hardpoints, needs work everywhere else
July 5, 2017
Although Classic would bring home the kills, especially in the Hardpoint rounds to go 102/70, it still wouldn't stop Fnatic from snatching victory from their hands on Day 3 of Group Red.
ANALYSIS
Classic must be angry at the events of Luminosity Gaming's series against Fnatic on Day 3 of Group Red, because even though his slaying techniques were on point and he was practically laser beaming opponents, Luminosity still lost. Classic certainly started off well enough in Round 1 Hardpoint where he notched a cool 33/23 KD, but his Round 2 Search & Destroy performance left much to be desired, since Luminosity gave up their early lead allowing Fnatic to win four straight games in a row. In Round 3 Uplink, he would attempt to redeem himself with a dunk and a toss scoring a total of three of Luminosity's five points, but his lackluster KD of 25/23 indicated a failure to put a stop to Fnatic's late game momentum. Classic would later put in monstrous KD totals in Round 4 Hardpoint (23/11 KD) and Round 5 Search & Destroy (15/6 KD), but slaying alone is not enough to pull in the wins for Luminosity Gaming.
Obliterates in respawn
July 2, 2017
Classic dominates the respawn rounds with a 50/40 KD in a win over Mindfreak on Day 3 of Group Red.
ANALYSIS
Despite fighting an illness, Classic closes his weekend in dominant fashion. He took full advantage of his game play to blow through Mindfreak in the respawn rounds. Round 1 Hardpoint on Breakout fully favored Luminosity Gaming. Classic just had full control of the map at all times. He picked up a seven killstreak that gave him Trinity Rockets and let him break the second Graveyard Hardpoint with ease. Round 3 Uplink on Frost saw Classic get three dunks as Octane and Saints blocked for him. While he didn't slay on Uplink, his dunks more than made up for it. Classic closed the map with a 26/22 KD.
Solid in close win
July 2, 2017
Classic played well in the 3-2 victory over Evil Geniuses to cap off Day 2 of Group Red.
ANALYSIS
Classic was key in the come from behind win for Luminosity Gaming. Round 1 Hardpoint was dominated by Luminosity early, as they ran out to a 100-33 lead. They kept a healthy lead for nearly the entire time, until a big Evil Geniuses push made it a close game, but Luminosity still took the win. Classic went off in the round, providing 33 kills and 1:13 on the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy was all Evil Geniuses, and Classic did not do much to prevent them from tying the match at one. Everyone not named Octane struggled for Luminosity in Round 3 Uplink, in a tight defensive game. Classic scored their only point in the round, but he had a 21/27 KD in a round that saw Evil Geniuses outslay Luminosity easily. Round 4 Hardpoint was utter domination by Luminosity Gaming. They flew out of the gates, and simply ran away with it, winning 250-57. Classic went 18/9 (one of three Luminosity members with single digit deaths), and 1:25 on the objective. Classic opened up Round 5 Search & Destroy with a final kill in Game 1, as Luminosity easily completed the comeback, winning 6-1.
Brings his team back from the brink
July 1, 2017
Classic shores his team's shortcomings with an 80/64 KD in a win over Fnatic on Day 2 of Group Red.
ANALYSIS
Classic may have been the player to save his team a lot of heartache. Round 1 Hardpoint on Retaliation was a nearly embarrassing stomp with Fnatic getting two perfect holds by first Cathedral. However, with the chips down, Classic was able to step up and pull a five killstreak and break Cathedral. The break was not only important for morale, but it helped stagger Fnatic's control of the game so his team could make a comeback. Later, in Round 3 Uplink on Frost, Classic was on fire with Octane as the two of them rallied seven points nearly back-to-back. Classic was able to lock down Fnatic's base with a ten killstreak, letting Octane score two dunks and a throw before the first half ended. Then, in beginning of the second half, Octane used his Bombardment to clear the way for Classic to get a dunk.