John
Johnathan Perez 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Tries to win through brute stregnth
June 18, 2018
John tried to slay through Red Reserve in a 3-1 loss in the Losers Final of CWL Anaheim, landing in third place for the weekend.
ANALYSIS
John could outslay Red Reserve, but he couldn't break their map control to win map objectives. Round 1 Hardpoint set the tone of the series early as John scored an eight killstreak that landed the veteran full Scorestreaks, only to still lose this map. This was because John struggled to break Red Reserve's spawns, putting him in situations where he could break hills but struggled to find ways to reinforce his position as his teammates spawned across the map. Even his Scorestreaks struggled to find much value against a coordinated enemy in Round 1 Hardpoint. However, John's strong slaying found much more value in Round 2 Search & Destroy where Red Reserve couldn't subtly manipulate spawns.
Solid after slow start
June 17, 2018
John picked it up after a slow start in the 3-1 loss to Red Reserve on Day 3 of CWL Anaheim, as Luminosity Gaming fell into the loser's bracket.
ANALYSIS
John really got off to a slow start in Round 1 Hardpoint, but his late-round resurgence was key to winning the round. He joined FormaL and Slacked, and that trio helped turn the round into an intense back and forth, eventually won by Luminosity 250-248. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a painless win for Red Reserve, as Luminosity only mustered two wins in the 6-2 loss. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw John play rather well, going 20/18, but Luminosity as a whole was pretty overwhelmed by Red Reserve's offense, and could not penetrate their defense. Round 4 Hardpoint saw he, Slacked and FormaL dominate the early stages, both in terms of the score and the kill feed. The score would not last, though, as an impressive late-game performance by Red Reserve knocked Luminosity down into the loser's bracket.
Top performer in win
June 17, 2018
John dominated Enigma6 Group in their sweep win on Day 2 of CWL Anaheim, securing a spot in the winner's bracket for Luminosity Gaming.
ANALYSIS
John was absolutely immense in this win. Round 1 Hardpoint showed how key he was right from the get-go. He was their leader in the early portion of this round, helping keep them afloat during the times where Enigma6 ran wild, and helped lead when Luminosity came back. He was excellent in the closing stages of the round, as they won the hard-fought round. He went 37/24, leading the lobby in kills, and added 1:15 on the objective. He was excellent in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and he and JKap set the tone for the round for Luminosity. FormaL would be their third wheel, and the trio would fight off Enigma6 in the 6-5 win. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a tight 4-3 win, and Luminosity did not take the lead until the final 15 seconds of the round. John had that final flag cap to win it, and added a strong 23/18 KD to that - he also provided stalwart defense throughout the round.
Easily solves the OpTic strategy
June 17, 2018
John out-rotated OpTic Gaming in a 3-1 win on Saturday of CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
After a sloppy start, John was easily able to figure out the titanic OpTic Gaming, keeping the Green Wall bound to their standard playoff curse. Round 1 Hardpoint saw OpTic Gaming playing at furious pace, but John was able to nearly match them. However, a slow start doomed the map from the start. Going into Round 2 Search & Destroy, John was able to figure out his enemies' positions by shoulder-peeking corners. John was able to exploit the opportunity by organizing full team flanks, having all of Luminosity Gaming flood a single flank in order to out-trade OpTic Gaming. Grouping up would also prove vital in Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint as it secured spawns for his team.
Up and down performance in loss
June 16, 2018
John had highs and lows in the 3-1 loss to Rise Nation on Day 1 of CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
John had two really solid rounds in this loss - Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag. The former, their only win of the 3-1 loss, saw John dominate the field. He went 32/24 - leading the lobby in kills - and also added 1:00 on the objective to his performance. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him be the only player to do much of anything against the strong slaying performance from Rise Nation. Luminosity trailed 2-0 for nearly the entire match, as they could not run with Rise Nation. John went 26/23 (leading his team in kills by nine), and he was the only one to put up much of a fight. The rest of his performance was sub-par, as Luminosity were blown out in both Round 2 Search & Destroy (6-0) and Round 4 Hardpoint (250-100).
Coordinates a swift win
June 8, 2018
John opened up the map for his team in a 3-0 win against compLexity on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
After an underwhelming Stage 2, John seems to have finally hit his stride with the new Luminosity roster. John wasn't just a tactile leader, but also a strong slayer that opened up the map for his teammates to make plays. This was seen in both Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag. Round 2 Search & Destroy came down to a Game 11 that John was able to clutch up thanks to his positioning, looking over the map from the warehouse on the docks. Similarly, Round 3 Capture the Flag was won mostly thanks to John's smart positioning. He was able to organize his team to manipulate spawns, making sure to always push two lanes to force spawns into the third lane.
Poor performance in loss
June 1, 2018
John struggled mightily against OpTic Gaming in the sweep loss to them on Day 3, Week 3, of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
John, just like the rest of his teammates, had a hard time finding his footing in the sweep loss to OpTic Gaming. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him have the joint-highest kill mark on his team, but he went just 16/25 in the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him struggle under the strong play from Scump, Octane, and Methodz, and he limped to the finish line with a 15/20 Round 3 Capture the Flag performance. Overall, Luminosity were simply outplayed and outgunned in every facet of the loss.
Strong final round in loss
May 31, 2018
John had a strong end to the 3-1 loss to Rise Nation on Day 2, Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
John did not really wake up in this match until the final round. He struggled to kill with any consistency in Round 1 Hardpoint, finishing 29/33, and was invisible in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He led the lobby in kills in Round 3 Capture the Flag with 24, but he also died 25 times. Regardless of his death count, his slaying was key in keeping Rise Nation's offense stifled. He was hurt, again, by not being able to really string kills together. Round 4 Hardpoint was easily his best round, He started it slowly, but he woke up about halfway through and helped bring them to a lead. They would, however, lose the lead and the round. He ended up going 32/28, with 1:02 on the Hardpoint.
Two great rounds in loss
April 9, 2018
John had a couple of great rounds in the 3-1 loss to OpTic Gaming, as Luminosity Gaming fell down to the loser's bracket final of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
John had two great performances in this one, even if his final statline does not reflect that in one of them. Round 2 Search & Destroy is the first of the two, with he and JKap both netting double-digit kills in the eleven game loss. They were a dominant tandem, and but despite their strong slaying they were not able to stop OpTic from rattling off three-game wins to win the round. His second best performance came in Round 4 Hardpoint, though his 42/45 KD says otherwise. Despite the exorbitant amount of deaths in the round, John's performance was a big reason why they were not blown out in the round. With Luminosity down 110-40, John and Slacked stepped up to bring them all the way back to a 115-108 deficit and even a slight lead before they gave it back to OpTic. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him put together a support-based performance, going 34/35 with just 29 seconds on the hill. He was far from bad, though he was far from the top of his team. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him fall victim to OpTic Gaming's dominant defense, as he limped to an 18/22 KD, unable to do anything to break the shutout.
Stumbles in the second half
April 9, 2018
John lost his composure in a 3-2 loss to FaZe Clan at the Loser's Finals of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
John mounted an incredible first half and a miserable second half. FaZe Clan's flanks, while easy for John to spot at first, eventually wore down Luminosity's defenses. In Round 2 Search & Destroy on Valkyrie, John's map awareness allowed him to stomp FaZe Clan with a 12/6 KD in a nine-game round. Even when FaZe Clan turned up, such as in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 4 Hardpoint, John was able to keep the map close to his solid game plan. By constantly contesting hills with FaZe Clan, John was able to keep the score relatively close while also burning the clock, putting the pressure of objectives firmly on FaZe Clan's shoulders.
Keeps calm and carries on
April 7, 2018
John kept calm and focused in a tense 3-2 reverse-sweep of Red Reserve on Day 1 of CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Even when Red Reserve pushed Luminosity Gaming into a corner, John just kept calm and guided his team to victory. John's focus was especially impressive since Red Reserve blew out Luminosity in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy before he organized the comeback in Round 3 Capture the Flag on Ardennes Forest. John encouraged pushes in the second half to force Red Reserve onto defense since Luminosity had their base trench side. This allowed John to squeak out a final flag capture in the last seconds of the map, giving Luminosity the momentum they needed to win.
Slays out in second series to win CWL Birmingham Championships
April 2, 2018
John broke out a late-game carry in a double Grand Finals win at CWL Birmingham, losing the first series 3-1 and winning the second series 3-1.
ANALYSIS
John adapted quickly to a streaky Splyce, hot off a win over Rise Nation and backed by their hometown crowd. This was especially impressive since Splyce smashed Luminosity in the first series. John and his team just couldn't slay against Splyce, who were finally playing aggressively by forcing fights at spawns with constant harassment and by playing oddball maps, such as Gibraltar and Valkyrie. But John countered in the second series by playing London Docks, Sainte Marie, and Flak Tower, all three maps widely practiced in the meta. John would also get his teammates to run more SMGs in order to counter Splcye's quadruple SMGs, which worked marvelously on the second Round 1 Hardpoint. But it was John's individual performance in Round 4 Hardpoint, dropping a 35/21 KD, that truly helped his team clutch the title of Champions.
Settled into support in win
April 2, 2018
John was largely a support-based player in the 3-2 upper bracket semifinal win over OpTic Gaming on Day 3 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
John was very involved in this match - his Round 1 Hardpoint performance is a perfect microcosm of that. He had 29 kills in the round, but paired that with 41 kills. He was a very aggressive player, pushing the envelope on many occasions - the strong slaying of OpTic Gaming hurt him in the round. The next two rounds saw him play an important support role behind his teammates. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him play third wheel behind Slacked and Octane. He played a key role - the round went ten games, and without a strong third slayer, they may have fell to OpTic Gaming. He was the main support player behind JKap in their dominating Round 3 Capture the Flag 5-0 win. He contributed 19 kills (17 deaths) behind JKap's ridiculous 32 kill performance in the round. The two of them combined to completely stifle OpTic Gaming. He led his team in kills with 19 in Round 4 Hardpoint, but they were crushed 250-103. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw them dominate 6-1, and he played a solid support role behind an excellent Octane performance.
Picks his opponents apart
March 30, 2018
John quickly ran through Red Reserve in a 3-0 win on Friday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
John played Red Reserve against itself. Red Reserve has a tendency to spread apart in order to steal spawns and get picks. John counted on this and allowed his team to roam the map, betting on his player's stronger gunskills to win 1-vs-1 fights. The strategy worked remarkably well as John himself was able to dominate Red Reserve in Round 1 Hardpoint. However, John would make a questionable decision by not using his Scorestreaks in Round 1 Hardpoint despite being able to earn them again.
Solid Hardpoint rounds in loss
March 26, 2018
John established himself as a solid hardpoint slayer in Luminosity Gaming's series against FaZe Clan on Thursday of Week 8 of the CWL Pro League Division B, but his weak rounds quickly sealed his team's fate as they lost 3-1.
ANALYSIS
John's strength this series was clearly in the Hardpoint rounds, as Round 1 Hardpoint quickly established John as the slayer to beat, where he chalked up a beastly KD of 38/26. From there, however, his performance quickly slipped. Octane attempted to pick up John's slack in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but John was unable to find footing as he fell with a 5/9 KD by round's end. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a humiliating round for LG, and it was no exception for John as he went negative in KD with 18/20 and no flag captures to his name. John attempted to save face in Round 4 Hardpoint by earning himself another solid KD with 28/26, but by this time it was too little, too late to save LG from a 3-1 loss to FaZe Clan.
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