Johnathan Perez 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Two good, two bad rounds
March 15, 2018
John had two good rounds and two bad rounds in the 3-1 win over eUnited on Day 1 of Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag were both subpar rounds for John. The first round was a quiet 25/28 KD round for John. His biggest contribution came on the objective. He often held back and lapped up Hardpoint time as his teammates got the kills. It was a solid strategy that paid off. Capture the Flag saw him struggle again to a 20/23 KD, but he did have some good moments. His biggest plays came in the second half. He had a few big kills to spring JKap for a game-tying flag cap, and was a very aggressive player and consistently pushed the play forward. It caused him to die often, but he did effect the map. Round 2 Search & Destroy was his first good round, despite it being their only round loss. He and Slacked staged a mini comeback, coming from down 5-2 to down 5-4. They would lose the 10th game, however. The last round, Round 4 Hardpoint, saw John go off on both ends. He went 39/35 KD, and 1:45 on the objective. His constant presence on the objective was a boon to their overall play, and was big in staving off the eUnited comeback.
Falls to simple flanks
March 11, 2018
John gets blindsided and knocked out of CWL Atlanta by Red Reserve in a 3-0 loss at the losers' final.
Red Reverse came into this match-up seasoned from a massive run in the losers' bracket, while Luminosity came into this series off of a loss. John couldn't counter Red Reserve's tightly coordinated flanks with his standard tactics. He continued to play an aggressive game, pushing forward to chain kills for Scorestreaks, which left his flanks vulnerable to his opponents. Because of his weak defense, John couldn't slay as his opponents always attacked him in his blindspots.
Late surge not enough
March 11, 2018
John had a late breakout, but Luminosity Gaming still fell 3-1 to Rise Nation on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta, relegating them to the losers' bracket of the tournament.
John, for the most part, was a quiet supporting player in this match. Even in their dominant round, Round 1 Hardpoint, he was the third wheel behind JKap and Octane. He was so-so, going 20/23, providing some kills to relieve JKap and Octane. The next two rounds were pure struggles from John. He was invisible in both Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag, both rounds that Rise Nation dominated, either with their slaying (Round 2) or their stingy defense (Round 3). Round 4 Hardpoint was his big round, and most of that came in the second half of the round. He really struggled early, as JKap and Slacked kept them afloat amidst a strong Rise Nation game. He exploded, however, and began to take over the game as Luminosity took over the lead. They looked like they would force a Round 5 on the back of John, but a late push by Rise Nation shut down any hope of a comeback.
Hardpoint star in win
March 10, 2018
John's best rounds were Hardpoint rounds in the reverse sweep win over Team Kaliber on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
Round 1 Hardpoint was a tough round for Luminosity Gaming. They largely had the kills to compete, but had poor map control despite that, and it cost them the round. John is a perfect example of their solid slaying, as he notched 41 kills in the round, but only had 18 seconds on the objective. That is a perfect representation of the map as a whole -- strong slaying, but no control of the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane force them to stay competitive, and John and the rest of Luminosity faltered behind him. John had the final kill in game two, but was quiet other than that. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a gritty win to start the reverse sweep. They scratched and clawed to keep the deficit at 2-0 into the second half, and that allowed them to complete the comeback. Round 4 Hardpoint was, again, a strong round for John. He notched 41 kills for the second Hardpoint in this match, but this time he paired it with a strong 1:22 on the objective. John was good throughout, but he really finished the round strong. He was excellent down the stretch, and got the final kills to secure the final points towards victory. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw John be on of their pillars in the eleven game win. He was consistently good, and let players like Octane go off and take risks. Overall, it was a strong match for John and an impressive win for Luminosity Gaming.
Focuses on the objective in win
March 9, 2018
John focused on the objective during their sweep win over Evil Geniuses on Day 1 of the CWL Atlanta Open.
John was hardly at the frontlines of this match. He did not rack up the highlights, or even finish with a positive KD ratio in either respawn round. Despite that, he did some good things, especially in Round 1 Hardpoint. He was pretty ineffective in the beginning of Round 1 Hardpoint, with the majority of his impact coming in the later portion of the round. He did a great job of holding the objective and getting them to the 250 mark. Round 2 Search & Destroy was forgettable, as John was up and down behind Slacked. His uneventful performance was capped with a Round 3 Capture the Flag that saw him coast through. He finished 16/17, basically going through the motions as they completely obliterated a demoralized Evil Geniuses, after losing two close rounds. While the score was only 4-1, it was over within a minute of it starting. It could have easily been worse.
Leads his team clear of pitfalls
February 16, 2018
John guided his team through a close 3-0 win over Team EnVyUs on Day 6 of the CWL Pro League, Division B
The mastermind behind Luminosity Gaming continued to snowball his team's win streak in the first half of Division B. Despite the scoreline, this was a hard fought win as Team EnVyUs started nearly every map hot. It was only in the late-game of every map that John found the space he would need to make plays. For example, Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar was an extremely narrow victory. John was only able to swing this round thanks to him and his team's clever positioning on the fourth Castle Road Hardpoint. By taking the top rafters of the Pit Center, John was able to pin down Team EnVyUs in their spawns with superior firepower.
Big in sole round win
February 15, 2018
John was key in their only win of the 3-1 loss to FaZe Clan, a match during Wednesday's section of Stage 1 of the CWL Global Pro League.
Round 2 Search & Destroy was the only round that Luminosity walked away from victorious, and John was a key reason why. He and Octane did the heavy lifting, with John sprinkling kills throughout all 11 games. He had the final kill in Game 3, and also the final kill in Game 11, mopping up the leftovers after Octane used his Fighter Pilot. John kept up his slaying ability in the other three rounds, but he also died a lot. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him go 32/34, Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him go 21/22, and Round 4 Hardpoint saw him go 29/36. While he did not play terribly, he was not at the level that ZooMa and company were at, and it caused him to get outslayed. In each of their three round losses, they needed someone to match FaZe's level, and John was just a tick below that.
Burns and tears in fast series
February 13, 2018
John blitzes through Splyce in a 3-0 sweep on Day 4 of the CWL Pro League, Division B.
Taking up the role of SMG, John pulled out his best TJHaLy and Kenny impersonation and rushing Splyce at every turn. This strategy, though uncharacteristic of John, worked in spades in Round 3 Capture the Flag on Ardennes Forest. John dominated mid-map with his SMG, blasting Splyce from around corners, stopping their pushes and slowly grinding away their defense. The aggressive engagement style, made famous by Team Kaliber and Rise Nation, has now been skillfully adopted by John and Luminosity.
Consistently good throughout win
February 7, 2018
John was good from the beginning to the end of the sweep win over Evil Geniuses.
John was a strong slayer from the get-go, notching 30 kills in Round 1 Hardpoint. He was the best slayer in the lobby, and was a big reason why Luminosity got great positioning and were able to run out to a 106-12 lead, and parlay that into a 250-83 win. He kept up his good play in Round 2 Search & Destroy, despite not waking up until the latter stages of the round. He first made his big contributions in Game 7, getting the last two kills in the round. His biggest moment was winning a 1-vs-1 against Aches in Game 11 to win them the round. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a very exciting 1-0 game, with plenty of flag touches resulting in nothing. John was better in the second half than the first, and his strong defensive play was a big reason why Evil Geniuses were shut out.
High IQ can't beat clutches
January 15, 2018
John narrowly missed the mark in a devastating loss to Team Kaliber at the CWL New Orleans.
John was so very close to winning the title of champion. But, once again, Team Kaliber came up huge. However, John still did one thing no other team could do, and that was hand Team Kaliber their first LAN loss. Learning from his earlier series against Team Kaliber, John tried to slow down the game to a crawl, taking up power positions while also engaging from afar. This worked perfectly in the first series in Round 1 Hardpoint, Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint. The second half of Round 3 Capture the Flag, in particular, saw John just sit in the base with a suite of Scorestreaks and a score advantage, letting Team Kaliber lineup for his sights. But in the second series, Team Kaliber just continually clutched up. In the second Round 3 Capture the Flag, Theory found an impossible kill onto John, who was carrying Kaliber's flag, in the last moment to secure his team a flag capture.
Decodes Rise Nation's strategies
January 15, 2018
John outsmarted an impatient Rise Nation in a 3-2 losers' final win that sends him to the grand finals on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
After an extremely rough game against Team Kaliber, John found his mojo again. While John struggled to clutch Hardpoint rounds, he was more than able to outplay Rise Nation in Search & Destroy. In Round 2 Search & Destroy on Ardennes Forest, for example, John always prioritized positions in Ruins to give his team high-ground and cover, such as in Game 4. This was key as Rise Nation spread themselves thin just trying to scout out Luminosity. Or, like in Game 11, John played the map extremely slow in order to bait out an impatient Rise Nation from cover.
Tries to out-meta Team Kaliber
January 14, 2018
John tried to play smart only to be beaten down by Team Kaliber in a 1-3 loss in the winners final on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
John really did his research this series as he carefully tailored a strategy just for Team Kaliber. The series truly started in the draft/ban map phase when Luminosity Gaming, likely under the direction of John, banned Ardennes Forest in every round. John knew Ardennes Forest was Team Kaliber's best map and wanted to avoid it at all costs. But his lackluster shots in Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 1 Hardpoint, and the bizarre luck of Team Kaliber, sunk any chances of John using his "4000 IQ plays" this series. Even in Round 4 Hardpoint, where John streaked heavily, Team Kaliber did the impossible and clutched several 1-vs.-2 and dodge a suite of Scoresteaks to clutch a ten-point round.
Massive performance in Round 5 helps LG claim win
January 14, 2018
John made short work of Echo Fox in the team's reverse sweep of Echo Fox in the upper bracket semifinals at CWL New Orleans.
While John's performance was tempered during the first four rounds of the series, it was his Round 5 play that may have single-handily helped Luminosity advanced into the next round. By Game 5 of Round 5 Search and Destroy, John was fully streaked out, amassing a 9/2 KD with multiple-game-ending kills. One of the better Search and Destroy players in the game, John has been an instrumental member in LG's run through CWL New Orleans to this point.
A Round 5 destroyer
January 13, 2018
John's performance against Rise Nation may have been inconsistent during Day 1 of CWL New Orleans, but he clutched up just in time to get his team Luminosity Gaming a 3-2 win.
Luminosity Gaming flopped at the start of their series against Rise Nation, and John was no exception, going negative in KD with 27/34 in Round 1 Hardpoint as Luminosity Gaming were put into the 100-point club. Luminosity Gaming made a reprisal against Rise Nation in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but John ultimately was not an integral part of it, only notching a 6/7 KD and almost no interaction with the bomb. John made a valiant effort in Round 3 Capture the Flag to help his team secure a victory that round, but it was to no avail despite a positive 24/21 KD and two flag captures. Round 4 Hardpoint saw John go negative in KD once more with 22/27, but he was instrumental in a last-second clutch push to secure the final few seconds of the final hardpoint for that round. John's time in the spotlight was clearly Round 5 Search & Destroy, where he'd chalk up a devastating KD of 12/7, as he was instrumental in Luminosity Gaming's victory that round and in the overall 3-2 series win against Rise Nation.
Holds and supports the defense of his team
December 17, 2017
John nudged his team to win the Northern Showdown Championships in a 3-2 win over eUnited.
John wasn't as streaky as his teammates, but that didn't matter in this series. With both Octane and Slacked dropping heavy numbers, all John needed to do was to give them the support they needed. This mainly involved holding their flanks and preventing sneaky plays from eUnited. Unfortunately, eUnited rarely flanks. However, John's positioning was crucial in securing spawns for his team in Round 3 Capture the Flag. The round turned into a grueling match as both halves went into overtime before the whole round into overtime. John's positioning near base allowed his team to spawn nearby while also allowing him to poke at eUnited.
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