John
Johnathan Perez 
United States
Team EnVyUs
Wobbles his shots in championships
August 14, 2017
John disappears at a dramatic Grand Finals double series loss to OpTic Gaming at the 2017 CWL Championships, scoring a 56/71 KD in the first series and a 57/58 KD in the second series.
ANALYSIS
Almost everything seemed to go wrong for John. Playing anchor for his team, John had difficulty to make much presence in any round. It's true that supports don't usually make big plays, a Grand Finals at the CWL Championships demands the best out of everyone in order to win. John's main problem in both series was having to deal with OpTic Gaming's absurd aggression. At every moment, John was getting harassed by Scump and Crimsix. The only time John wasn't cut down was when Team EnVyUs slowed down the game, something they rarely did outside of the first series Round 2 Search & Destroy on Throwback. In Round 2, John had a much easier time thanks to the slow pace as Team EnVyUs held positions instead of trying to out-muscle OpTic Gaming.
Dominates the series
August 13, 2017
John makes his comeback with a 95/68 KD in a win over eUnited on Day 4 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
JKap lauded John as the up-and-coming carry for Team EnVyUs during a Stage 2 Hot Mic interview. John proved here that he was. His big moment came in Round 2 Search & Destroy on Throwback when he was able to take the map against eUnited. His most impressive moments came when he went head-to-head against Clayster in a sniper battle in Game 7 and won, and in Game 2 when he dropped a triple kill. He impressed once again in the second half of Round 3 Uplink when he was key in rallying a chain of dunks. Largely passing to JKap, he was fast on the trigger to back up Apathy and SlasheR at ball spawn when eUnited ever got remotely close.
Last-minute clutch seals the deal
August 12, 2017
John tallied a KD of 55/52 in Team EnVyUs' win over Ghost Gaming on Saturday to advance to the winners semifinals at Call of Duty Champs 2017.
ANALYSIS
John continues to show why he's one of the very best in the game. Not only is he able to slay with the best of them, but he manages to be an objective master all the while. He tallied the most time on the point in Round 1 Hardpoint before going off in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He went 6/1 in the first four games of the round to take a 4-0 lead, and finished with an 8/4 KD in what was a 6-2 win. He probably saved his best performance for Round 3 Uplink, however. He started slow in the first half, but managed to put together a nice showing in the second half that was capped off by a ridiculous throw-in with just under 10 second left in the half to seal the 3-0 sweep. EnVyUs will now face eUnited in the winners semifinals.
Adjusts his tactics in the face of chaos
August 11, 2017
John refocused his team in a 3-1 victory over Epsilon eSports on Day 3 of the 2017 CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
John's flexibility was what allowed him to pivot around Epsilon eSports' extensively prepared strategies. For Team EnVyUs, this meant shifting from focusing on slaying to focusing on objectives. John's leadership was best seen in two rounds, Round 2 Search & Destroy on Scorch and Round 3 Uplink on Frost. In Search & Destroy, John played his usual tactics of stacking his team together as one giant unit to take fights. Epsilon eSports countered this strategy by controlling mid-lane then flanking the site Team EnVyUs as one giant team. This took four games from John but he adjusted to instead hit mid-map instead of site, taking the fight directly to Epsilon eSports to split them. In Round 3 Uplink, an intense focus on points allowed Team EnVyUs to chip away points for a smooth victory.
Trails behind SlasheR, but still brings the kills
August 3, 2017
John's skills as a slayer, with an overall KD of 61/51, trailed a little bit behind teammate SlasheR in the Winner's Final match against eUnited in the Stage 2 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
John may be in SlasheR's shadow, but John's contribution to Team EnVyUs is still valuable. In Round 1 Hardpoint, he brought a 25/21 KD as well as 49 seconds of Hardpoint control time, his KD narrowly beaten by Apathy but his objective control time easily beating Apathy's total. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him rack up the kills to have a total second only to Slasher, getting an overall KD of 7/5. In Round 3 Uplink, John was the first to score a dunk in what would be a surprisingly low-scoring round of Uplink, and that dunk would enable Team EnVyUs to stay one step ahead of eUnited through much of the match, as John scored a KD of 29/25. The end result would be a defeated eUnited and Team EnVyUs advancing to the Grand Finals.
Steady but fails to get ahead
July 31, 2017
John fails to make the impact needed, with a 91/91 KD and a 70/85 KD in the second series, in twin defeats to OpTic Gaming at the Stage 2 CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
John was the silent captain behind Team EnVyUs in a difficult set of games. There seemed to be a game plan for John going against OpTic Gaming: slow the game and force OpTic Gaming to make plays. While a sound decision, OpTic Gaming thrives in fast games and John couldn't clutch the moments that mattered while OpTic Gaming could. In particular, the weaker slaying of his teammates in all four Hardpoint rounds hurt Team EnVyUs dramatically. Team EnVyUs could never lay back heavily on defense since they were never far enough ahead to relax, such as in the first and second series Round 1 Hardpoint. In both, Team EnVyUs had only minor leads that OpTic Gaming easily broke with Payloads.
Fifth round heroics in win
July 30, 2017
John came up large in the fifth round of the 3-2 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 2 of the Stage 2 Playoffs to put them into the winner's final.
ANALYSIS
John struggled for a lot of this match, but he had a strong showing in the last round. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Team EnVyus pull a win out of their hat, coming back from a 246-223 deficit to win. John was most bad in the round, going 27/35, with just 46 seconds on the objective, but he came up large late in the round. He and SlasheR held the last hill, and pushed them to the win. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw SlasheR dominate, with John playing off of him. They won the round 6-3. Round 3 Uplink and Round 4 Hardpoint saw Team EnVyUs play poorly in two losses, and John was no exception. He scored half of his team's points in a 7-4 loss in Uplink, but he had a sub-par 20/28 KD. They blew a 4-1 lead in the round. The Hardpoint round saw them get crushed, to the tune of 250-89. John was awful, going 10/20 with 22 seconds on the objective. Round 5 Search & Destroy was a big one for John. He used his sniper rifle effectively, and altered the map on more than one occasion. He had the final two kills in Game 1, got the first blood in Game 8, and won the round in Game 9.
Some nice things in win
July 28, 2017
John did some good things in the 3-2 win over on Day 3 of the Stage 2 Playoffs. The win put Team EnVyUs into the Winner's Semifinals.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was a disaster start for Team EnVyUs, and John was no exception. John went 13/18 with 18 seconds on the objective in the 250-87 loss. As the score shows, they were never really in this round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw John play a background role to SlasheR and JKap in the 6-4 win. Round 3 Uplink and Round 4 Hardpoint were dueling blowouts, one for each team. The former saw Team EnVyUs go down 11-0 before they lost 13-4. John played rather well, going 27-24 with one point, but it was a moot point -- the round was long over. The latter saw Team EnVyUs lead by scores of 140-11 and 200-45, before forcing a fifth round with a 250-45 win. John went 14/9 in the round. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw John notch the final kill in Game 9, starting a string of three straight wins to win in 11 games. He often used his sniper to swing the map in their favor.
Clutches the tight rounds
July 24, 2017
John clutches leads with a 92/83 KD in a win over Cloud9 on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
John knew when to keep his head down and when to slay out. Round 1 Hardpoint on Breakout John survived. Cloud9 had a 40-point lead at 249-209 after a difficult hold on Cell Block hill. The break from Cloud9 cleared Graveyard for John to take the early rotation, easily racking up some points. But as Cloud9 burned all their streaks to desperately break the point, John somehow survived everything by hiding under the cliff edge while his team slayed out. This swung the entire map into EnVyUs' favor for the win. Later, John gave a strong slaying performance in Round 3 Uplink, slaying on SlasheR's high standard.
Poor in loss
July 23, 2017
John mostly struggled in the sweep loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
John really struggled in Round 1 Hardpoint. OpTic Gaming were at the top of their game, and EnVyUs lagged behind them for all of the round. John was poor, going 20/32 with 40 seconds on the round -- in a poor round for Team EnVyUs, he was the worst. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a weird one for EnVyUs, as JKap carried them by himself in the first half of the round. John picked it up later, and forced a Game 11 with a 1-vs-1 clutch against Scump in Game 10, but they still lost the round. Round 3 Uplink saw John score none of his team's six points in the 10-6 loss, and go 23/25. Despite the somewhat close score, Team EnVyUs was far behind OpTic in this round.
Outslays the slayers
July 23, 2017
John drops a monster game with a 74/56 KD in a win over Epsilon eSports on Day 2 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Team EnVyUs fixed many of their Day 1 mistakes this series without sacrificing their strengths. John played more aggressively, supporting SlasheR and Apathy in their slaying. This was mostly prominent in Round 1 Hardpoint where the two slayers exploded. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a team win thanks to John four stacking with his teammates, making them next to impossible to cut down. John dominated Round 3 Uplink with an insane 32/19 KD. The huge KD allowed Team EnVyUs easily sweep the map with John constantly pressuring and letting JKap, the Uplink master, snowball points. Even with the high KD, John oddly never secured Scorestreaks.
An unremarkable performance outside of the Hardpoints
July 23, 2017
John phoned in his non-Hardpoint performances on Day 1 of Group Green, only notching an overall KD of 80/89.
ANALYSIS
John did get his time in the limelight during the Hardpoint games of Team EnVyUs's series against OpTic Gaming, but his heart just wasn't anywhere else. Round 1 Hardpoint saw John come out swinging, getting the most kills for his team with a KD of 31/28 along with 56 seconds of objective control time. Somehow John lost all his momentum in Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he only got a pitiful 2/7 KD. This fatigue plagued John and the rest of his team in Round 3 Uplink, where the whole team (save for SlasheR) couldn't score to save their lives, as John only notched a KD of 24/26. John was surprisingly weak in Round 4 Hardpoint, lagging behind the rest of his team that round with only a 20/22 KD. And finally, John would be put out of his misery in Round 5 Search & Destroy, lagging with the rest of his team at a KD of 3/6.
Good end in win
July 22, 2017
John ended the sweep win over Cloud9 strongly on Day 2 of Group Yellow.
ANALYSIS
John was a key part in the neck and neck Round 1 Hardpoint victory. The round was back and forth, with each team losing leads as quickly as they gained them. No one could stay on top for too long, but Team EnVyUs ended up on top to win the round, 250-237. John had a modest 23/24 KD in the round, but a robust 1:23 on the objective. He also followed up on SlasheR's strong run on the objective to get Team EnVyUs to the 250 mark. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw all four members of Team EnVyUs contribute well. John had the final kill in Game 5 in the round. Round 3 Uplink was John's best round. He paced Team EnVyUs in kills, notching a lobby-high 30 kills (alongside 25 deaths). He also added a point, opening up the scoring in the second half of the round. They went on to win 8-4.
Struggles in loss
June 16, 2017
John saw his fair share of struggles as Luminosity Gaming swept him and Team EnVyUs on Friday of CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
John had a rough go of it in this match, and it started from Round 1 Hardpoint. He only managed 45 seconds on the objective, and an 18/22 KD; he had a hard time keeping up with Luminosity Gaming. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw John get the final kill in Game 4 of the 11-game round. Every kill was big, and John helped them force a Game 11, although they would lose it. Round 3 Uplink saw John continue his struggles, going 23/29 with no points as Team EnVyUs were crushed 18-6.
Under the radar in loss
May 27, 2017
John did not move the needle much as Team EnVyUs were swept and eliminated by rivals OpTic Gaming on the second day of the Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
John had a rough Round 1 Hardpoint, and it definitely cost Team EnVyUs. He amassed 28 kills, 33 deaths, and a mere 39 seconds on the hill -- if he could have pushed that to around a minute, then the 250-231 loss may have been a win. He had issues slaying with OpTic Gaming and it showed. He was a complete non-factor in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but picked it up for Round3 Uplink. He had a 29/24 KD and his only point got Team EnVyUs on the board for the first time. Despite his solid last round, his first two round struggles were bad for Team EnVyUs.