Joshh
Joshua-Lee Sheppard 
United Kingdom
Red Reserve
Protects his teammates in fights
April 21, 2018
Joshh supported Joee on his flanks in a 3-0 win over Splyce on Friday of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Splyce turned out to be little trouble for the likes of Red Reserve. Playing a much more aggressive game thanks to the latest patch, Joshh simply had to rush Splyce as Joee attacked their backline to win. Both Joee and Joshh were able to easily pinch and punish the weak SMGs of their European rivals. This was best seen in their fairly dominant Round 2 Search & Destroy. Joshh would lead for his teammates, Rated and Zer0, while Joee rushed an off-lane. This heavy stacking allowed Red Reserve to easily overwhelm Splyce in seconds.
Tilts Rise Nation with bizarre play
April 8, 2018
Joshh clutched Round 4 Hardpoint in a dramatic 3-2 win against Rise Nation on Day 2 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Joshh practically single-handedly won this series for Red Reserve. After a tough Round 3 Capture the Flag, Rise Nation started Round 4 Hardpoint on Ardennes Forest very hot. After Rise Nation burned most of their Scorestreaks to secure their win, Joshh devastated Rise Nation with a flank on the second Ruins hill, picking up a quad-kill that gave him Scorestreaks and full map control. Immediately, Joshh began burning Scorestreaks to chain more kills and secure rotations into Bunker and East Road. Because of this, Joshh was able to win the map despite Rise Nation only being five points away from winning the map and series, absolutely tilting Rise Nation going into Round 5 Search & Destroy as the camera caught to Gunless yelling at his teammates after the map win.
Fails to slay
April 7, 2018
Joshh was unable to slay in a 3-2 loss to Luminosity Gaming on Day 1 of CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
While he was far from the only reason Red Reserve lost in a reverse sweep to Luminosity Gaming, Joshh's poor slaying skills still need to be pointed out. Joshh was able to make his poor KDs work at times, such as in Round 1 Hardpoint where Red Reserve won the map despite Joshh's double-negative KD. This was because Joshh simply aimed to pressure Luminosity Gaming instead of getting kills. But when his opponents began to slay out in Round 3 Capture the Flag, Joshh couldn't step up his slaying with them.
Posts team-best kill numbers despite loss
April 2, 2018
Joshh had an unusually nondescript performance Sunday against Enigma6, posting an 85/86 KD in a 3-1 lower bracket loss to Enigma6 at the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
Joshh led the team in total kills across all maps, but it didn't make much of a difference as Red Reserve was eliminated in four games at the home Open by Enigma6. Joshh certainly started the series on fire, earning a multi killstreak near Smokestacks on Valkyrie which helped his team remain even with Enigma6 for a moment. A nondescript Round 2 Search and Destroy was no issue for Red Reserve, as Joshh's teammates seemingly did not miss a shot throughout the entire round. However, it was Round 3 Capture the Flag where the Red wheels fell off, with the team almost immediately falling down 4-0 on London Docks. It's perhaps telling that Joshh's biggest moment in that round came at the start of the second half, in which he ripped off a two piece which stopped what would have been another flag capture. A similarly ineffective performance in Round 4 doomed the team to an early end to the tournament.
Falls apart on offense
March 30, 2018
Joshh got thrown down by Luminosity Gaming in a 3-0 loss on Friday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Joshh couldn't engage against Luminosity Gaming's SMGs, plain and simple. The forward player for Red Reserve struggled to find kills, but he was able to weaken his opponents for his teammates to finish off. However, this came at the cost of him losing fights or his teammates losing fights as Luminosity's stronger aim easily struck down Red Reserve. While Joshh attempted to adapt in Round 2 Search & Destroy, his skills continued to lag behind the rest of his team.
Just one good round in win
March 30, 2018
Joshh had a disappointing performance outside of a strong second round in the 3-1 loss to Splyce on Day 1 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
Round 2 Search & Destroy was excellent for Joshh. He had 10 kills, as they impressively and emphatically erased a 4-1 deficit to win in 10 games. He came up in the clutch too, getting the final kill in Game 10, finishing the round. He started off the round with the final kill in Game 1, too. The rest of his performance was subpar, however. He went 28/32 in Round 1 Hardpoint, really struggling to string his kills together. He could not get past the 18-kill mark in Round 3 Capture the Flag, or in Round 4 Hardpoint, as they bowed out against Splyce.
Finds small wins in loss
March 11, 2018
Joshh dominated in Search & Destroy but fell to Rise Nation's fury in a 3-1 loss in the CWL Atlanta grand finals.
ANALYSIS
Joshh stuck with Joee for the entire series as the duo tried to enact their well-planned flanks and pinches. But Rise Nation, having watched Red Reserve for several games backstage, was more than ready to cover their flanks. Not only that, Rise was on point with their shots this series. Joshh couldn't even win uneven gunfights, such as in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag where both Joshh and Joee would just get fried by Rise Nation even in 1-vs-2 fights. Because of Joshh's weaker, but still respectable gunplay, Red Reserve couldn't win.
Flanks to score a vital win
March 11, 2018
Joshh chewed through Luminosity Gaming's flanks in a 3-0 victory at the losers' finals of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Joshh, along with Zer0 and Joee, shredded Luminosity Gaming in a devastating and dramatic fashion. This was done by playing around the aggressive Luminosity's flanks to force retreats or fight uneven battles. His opponents never caught onto his strategies as Joshh found new and unpredictable ways to harass their flanks. For example, in the first half of Round 3 Capture the Flag on London Docks, Joshh was always ready mid map with his SMG, poking Luminosity as soon as they walked out of their base. This allowed him to call out their positions for his teammates. But in the second half, Joshh was able to steal a flag capture by going for a long-flank through the subway, stealing their flag just as they were dropping.
Falls further in SMG meta
March 9, 2018
Joshh struggled to consistently win engagements in a 3-2 loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Along with Joee, Joshh was the core engagement duo for Red Reserve. When they slayed, so did the rest of Red Reserve, but when Joshh couldn't land a shot, all of his team suffered. This was best seen in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 4 Hardpoint. In Round 1 Hardpoint, Joshh obliterated Team EnVyUs' SMG frontline by getting snappy two-pieces with simple face-to-face aggression. However, in Round 4 Hardpoint Joshh' shots fell limp as he struggled to watch his flanks or even land shots. He scored an abysmal 15/31 KD by the last hill, a second Dock Crane hill.
Can't find his footing anymore
March 1, 2018
Joshh continued to adapt poorly to the new meta in a 3-0 stomp by Team Kaliber on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Joshh just isn't playing aggressively enough in the SMG-heavy meta. Similar to his series against OpTic Gaming yesterday, Joshh continued to be overwhelmed by fast and aggressive strategies. Instead of either matching the aggression, or falling back behind cover to find picks, Joshh tried a little of both only to fall on his face. Both Team Kaliber's SMGs utterly overwhelmed Joshh in every encounter, causing Red Reserve to play uneven teamfights despite being a teamfight-focused team.
Matches the Green Wall's fury
February 28, 2018
Joshh tried to counter OpTic Gaming's aggression in a 3-1 loss on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Joshh was the only member of Red Reserve who consistently stood up to OpTic Gaming's relentless assault. This was mainly because of the new meta changes that lowered sprint cooldowns, allowing for more aggressive SMG plays. Joshh would get trampled at first by OpTic Gaming, scoring a double-negative KD in Round 1 Hardpoint and a negative KD in Round 2 Search & Destroy. But Joshh found a way to bruise OpTic in Round 2: rushing them. Joshh capitalized on this small weakness to start a stunning three minutes of flag captures in Round 3 Capture the Flag off of only three kills mid-map.
Not a key playmaker in Red Reserve win
February 28, 2018
Joshh was more of a footnote in Red Reserve's 3-2 reverse sweep win over Vitality on Tuesday in the CWL Pro League Division A.
ANALYSIS
Joshh's lackluster performance in Round 1 Hardpoint was indicative of just average performance across the board for the series, as he went negative in KD at 21/35 and had the least hardpoint control time of his team at 36 seconds. While Joshh wasn't exactly the worst of his team during Round 2 Search & Destroy, he certainly wasn't the best either, with a paltry KD of 4/7. Joshh did pick up the pace a bit in Round 3 Capture the Flag, finally tallying a positive KD at18/17, but had no flag captures to his name. At least Joshh was able to contribute some solid hardpoint control time during Round 4 Hardpoint, where he tallied the most time on his team at 2:14, even as his KD suffered at just16/27. Joshh did have a few seconds of fame in Round 5 Search & Destroy with his impressive KD of 10/7, but this would be eclipsed by his teammate Rated. Still, his team picked up the win and they are now through to the playoffs.
Skates through easy win
February 23, 2018
Joshh and Red Reserve swept eRa with ease in the Thursday match of the third week of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Joshh had solid performances in this match, but he hardly put the pedal to the metal in this one, mostly because he did not mean to. Red Reserve won each round with very little push back from eRa, and simply looked like the superior team in this one. In the first two rounds, Joshh hung back in a support role, as Zer0 and Rated led Red Reserve in Round 1 Hardpoint, and Zer0 and Joee led the team in Round 2 Search & Destroy. His best round on an individual level came in Round 3 Capture the Flag. He did not have either of his team's two flag caps, but he led his team in kills with 19, which helped his team both on the offensive and defensive end. It was a breezy round for Red Reserve and for Joshh.
Inconsistent in loss
February 22, 2018
Joshh struggled with inconsistency in the 3-2 loss to Rise Nation on Wednesday, during the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1's third week.
ANALYSIS
Joshh had struggles with consistency right from the beginning. He went 27/30 in Round 1 Hardpoint, and was inconsistent in the round itself. He struggled to put together any string of kills, and that lack of consistent slaying really hurt Red Reserve's map control, and therefore made the round incredibly hard for them. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Joshh pick it up late, as he had the final kill in Games 8 and 10 of the 10-game win. Without his late push, they may have went down 2-0. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a easy one for Rise Nation, as they totally stopped every offensive push Red Reserve made. Their offense was listless as they were shut out, and Joshh was poor throughout it. He did not even play particularly well in Round 4 Hardpoint, which was a thrashing in Red Reserves direction. They held Rise Nation under 85 points, and basically won the round stress free. Joshh had a sub-1.00 KD ratio in the round, as his slaying struggles continued. His best round was Round 5 Search & Destroy, but he was the only member of Red Reserve to play well, as they won just one game. It was a frustrating loss for Joshh, and for Red Reserve.
Somehow outslays OpTic Gaming
February 2, 2018
During key rounds, Joshh of Red Reserve managed to outslay OpTic Gaming to help his team pick up a 3-1 a series victory on Thursday during Week 2 of the CWL Pro League Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Joshh pulled off the seemingly impossible against OpTic Gaming during Round 1 Hardpoint and had the most kills of all players that round, finishing with a KD of 35/26. It also didn't hurt that he had the most hardpoint control time at over two minutes. Joshh didn't do so well during Round 2 Search & Destroy, only earning a 6/7 KD as his teammates carried his weight that round. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Joshh's woes increase as he suffered his sole loss against OpTic Gaming this series, going negative in KD at 15/21. Joshh continued to slow down in the final round with a 27/30 KD, but his team still managed to pick up the win.
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