Jordan Kaplan 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Thinks of his teammates
February 16, 2018
JKap played with his team in mind for a 3-0 win over Team EnVyUS on Day 6 of the CWL Pro League, Division B.
JKap is smart enough to know that Luminosity's best strategy is to set Octane up for streaks. And that's exactly what he did. JKap, the notorious team player, would bait and scout for his teammates to hand them easy kills. This was best seen in Game 3 of Round 2 Search & Destroy where JKap baited two players for Octane, giving him two kills to complete his suite of Scorestreaks. This also helped in Round 3 Capture the Flag where he mainly scouted for his team. On top of his scouting, JKap was also able to slay out, such as with a clutch quadruple kill with a Fighter Pilot in Round 1 Hardpoint that won his team the round.
Cannot turn tide
February 15, 2018
JKap was okay, but did not do enough to turn the tide as Luminosity Gaming fell 3-1 to FaZe Clan during Wednesday's CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1, match.
Outside of Round 4 Hardpoint, JKap was far from bad. He was not excellent either, though, as he trended towards the middle in each round. He had a 31/31 KD in the opening Round 1 Hardpoint, but FaZe dominated that round for nearly the entirety of it. Luminosity went on an excellent run late in the round, but FaZe was too close to victory for them to complete the comeback. Their sole win, Round 2 Search & Destroy, saw JKap hardly feature in the 11-game round. He was a support player, as Octane and John did the heavy lifting. The final two rounds were bad for Luminosity. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw them barely threaten FaZe at all, as their two flag caps were in the dying seconds of each half. JKap slayed well (25/21 KD) but it did not move the needle. The final round was rough. They had no business playing with FaZe in this round, as not one of Luminosity's players had over a 1.00 KD ratio. It was a disaster on a team level, and they wimpered out of the match.
Relaxes in breezy series
February 13, 2018
JKap sits back and watches his team stomp Splyce 3-0 on Day 4 of the CWL Pro League, Division B.
JKap simply didn't have much to do besides hold spawns. All of Luminosity Gaming was on fire, easily obliterating Splyce with little assistance from JKap's sights. Octane was beaming. And so was John. And so was Slacked. In Round 1 Hardpoint, JKap's anchor role did become vital as Splyce mounted a small comeback. By just falling back from a few fights, such as in the first Ruins fight, he was able to secure decent spawn rotations for his team and snowballing an already impressive lead.
Good Search & Destroy in easy win
February 7, 2018
JKap had a nice Search & Destroy showing in the sweep win over Evil Geniuses that moved Luminosity Gaming to 2-0 on Day 1 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1, play.
Round 2 Search & Destroy was JKap's banner round in this match. He got out to a hot start in the round, finishing off Game 1 with a kill. He showed up on the final kill cam a second time in Game 5. He was solid in the other games, too, getting early kills in Games 6 and 7. He was solid, but more supportive than in a leading role like he had in Search & Destroy. Round 1 Hardpoint saw JKap put in a solid 26/26 KD, with over a minute on the objective, but his middling performance did not stop Luminosity from absolutely crushing Evil Geniuses, 250-83. They were dominant from the get-go, as the score suggests. Round 3 Capture the Flag was much closer, with the only flag cap coming in the second half. It was not boring, however. There was a flurry of flag touches throughout the round, but none of them amounted to anything. It was a great display of defense by both teams. JKap did not interact with the game much, ending with a 17/17 KD, but his performance did not hurt anything, either. He was mostly a solid, behind-the-scenes player in the two respawn rounds.
Runs out of steam in long set
January 15, 2018
JKap drilled through Team Kaliber in the first set victory, only to run out of steam in the second set in a loss to Team Kaliber at CWL New Orleans.
JKap continues to be the true powerhouse of Luminosity Gaming. The grueling set of games Team Kaliber delivered to JKap tested the limits of his abilities as a slayer. In the first series, JKap played confidently despite his early loss to Team Kaliber only hours before. JKap broke over 30 kills in Round 1 Hardpoint alongside John, allowing them to break the tenacious Team Kaliber with Scorestreaks. The trend continued into Round 3 Capture the Flag where JKap took control of the first half the series with killstreaks and building off that advantage in the second half. From there, Round 4 Hardpoint was an easy clutch for JKap to hand Team Kaliber their first LAN defeat. JKap only marginally slowed down in the second series, but that was enough space for Team Kaliber to make plays. Against all odds, Team Kaliber dropped huge multi-kills at important moments, negating JKap's consistent slaying.
Generates Luminosity's power
January 15, 2018
JKap decimated Rise Nation on his way to the grand finals in a 3-2 losers' final victory on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
If JKap was known as an Uplink king last season, he should be known as a Capture the Flag master this year. Not only that, but JKap was easily the powerhouse for Luminosity in this series. JKap utterly dominated Round 3 Capture the Flag by going 13/3 KD by the end of the first half, giving his team the opportunity to get two flag captures. The streaks opened up the map in the final moments of the second half as JKap secured a flag capture for himself. JKap then turned up in Round 5 Search & Destroy. Going 5/0 KD by Game 3, Rise Nation simply had no chance against a streaky JKap.
Pounds Team Kaliber's flexible defense
January 14, 2018
JKap softened the defenses of Team Kaliber in a 1-3 loss in the winners' final on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
JKap started strong and hot in Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar. The map's long sights and many vantage points meant JKap was having a field day with his assault rifle. But strong shots aren't enough to beat Team Kaliber. JKap struggled against the aggression Team Kaliber put forth as he was constantly slammed by the likes of KuavoKenny and Chino. This mean, despite his early hot streak, Team Kaliber kept the game close enough to steal despite Jkap's best efforts.
Caps off uneven performance with brilliant performance in Round 5 Search and Destroy
January 14, 2018
JKap aided in a reverse sweep of Echo Fox during the upper bracket semifinals at CWL New Orleans, relying on a mix of smart laning and positive positioning to boost his team into the upper bracket finals.
While JKap struggled in the initial round losses, in particular, a disappointing performance during Round 2 Search and Destroy, a resurgent Round 3 Capture the Flag vaulted Luminosity Gaming back into the series. While JKap led the way with the highest kill numbers of any LG member in the pivotal round, in truth it was a total team performance, as each member was able to eclipse 10 kills and keep their opposition in check. JKap finished up his performance with the round-ending kill in Round 5 Search and Destroy, making a patient play near the bomb site to pick up the final two-piece.
Barrels in with momentum against Rise Nation
January 13, 2018
While JKap didn't do so hot during the first three rounds against Rise Nation, he picked up momentum just in time to help Luminosity Gaming clutch up the series in dramatic 3-2 fashion on Day 1 of CWL New Orleans.
Like the rest of Luminosity Gaming, JKap was not strong out of the gate, as in Round 1 Hardpoint, he only notched a paltry KD of 22/29 as Luminosity was easily put into the 100-point club. Luminosity answered back during Round 2 Search & Destroy, winning that particular round, although JKap wouldn't be able to catch up with a meager KD of 5/6. JKap showed some signs of life in Round 3 Capture the Flag but ultimately not enough life to prevent Rise Nation from winning that round, only scoring a 21/24 KD. The time for JKap to pop off was in Round 4 Hardpoint, where he scored an impactful KD of 34/28, claiming the last few seconds of the Hardpoint to secure Round 4 for Luminosity in extraordinary fashion. Finally, JKap broke even with an 8/8 KD in Round 5 Search & Destroy to help his team lock down the series win for Luminosity Gaming.
Pokes hole and find weaknesses
December 17, 2017
JKap out-muscled eUnited at the Northern Showdown Championships in a 3-2 win.
JKap figured he could pummel eUnited into submission and he wasn't far off. The streaky Luminosity Gaming had every advantage in teamfights but had problems laying the final smackdown in respawn rounds. In typical eUnited fashion, their focus on spawns made it incredibly difficult for JKap to root them out of spawns and objectives, such as in Round 4 Hardpoint. This changed utterly in Search & Destroy rounds. JKap then dropkicked eUnited in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy thanks to his team's superior firepower. Under Jkap's guidance, JKap had his team hit Bombsite B over and over again, knowing they could win fights against a limp eUnited.
Big play in win
December 17, 2017
JKap played well in the sweep win over Team EnVyUs on the Northern Arena Showdown's Championship Sunday. The win put Luminosity in the top three of the tournament.
Jkap was integral to the sweep over Team EnVyUs on Sunday. Round 1 Hardpoint was a close affair between the two teams, with Luminosity edging out a 250-220 win over EnVyUs in which they had to make a concerted team effort to stage the comeback. Round 2 Search & Destroy was big for JKap. He and Octane held Luminosity Gaming together in the first four games, and he was key in swinging quite a few games in their favor. JKap saw his teammates (mostly notably John) take over the spotlight in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but he was a stable force in the round. He provided strong defensive play, as they capped off a sweep win in Montreal.
Trails off in final rounds
December 16, 2017
JKap started well but had a dip in performance towards the end of Luminosity Gaming's 3-1 win over Next Threat in the quarterfinals of the Northern Arena Showdown.
JKap was on fire in the opening round of this series, slaying out across the map to keep the pesky Next Threat at bay from start to finish. He also managed to put up a ton of time on the point to go along with his impressive late six killstreak that shut down Next Threat. For all the good he did to open the series, he had a pretty rough showing in the final few rounds of the game. It seemed like he couldn't seem to find his groove one bit. Fortunately for him, the rest of his team stepped up in a big way to come away with the 3-1 win. If LG can play like they did in their three wins, they can easily come away from Montreal with a big win.
Focuses too much on objective
December 10, 2017
JKap tunnel-visioned onto the objective in a 1-3 loss to eUnited on Day 3 of CWL Dallas.
While a singular focus on objective worked in last season, JKap's obsession wound up hurting his team in several ways. Mainly in Round 3 Capture the Flag on London Docks. JKap was determined to pull the flag from eUnited's flank but it was always poorly timed, often when eUnited was already shacked up in their base so he was easily caught. More than that, JKap didn't adjust to eUnited's strategies. JKap and Luminosity Gaming both focused on out-muscling their opponent rather than using tools, like smoke grenades, to make smarter pushes instead of blind blitzes.
Boxes Ground Zero into a corner
December 9, 2017
JKap ran right through Ground Zero in a 3-0 sweep on Day 2 of CWL Dallas.
JKap starts the year, and the tournament, with an extremely strong and practiced performance against Ground Zero. There was clear, deliberate movement to everything JKap which was showcased in several rounds. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Ardennes Forest, JKap and John knew exactly when and where Ground Zero would spawn on the map at any given time, allowing JKap to simply bounce Ground Zero all across the map and away from the objective. JKap went just as hard in Round 3 Capture the Flag on London Docks. His immense knowledge and control of spawn rotations allowed him to, again, box Ground Zero into difficult corners.
Does just enough for the win
December 8, 2017
JKap tallied a 36/45 KD in Luminosity Gaming's win over Epsilon on Day 1 of CWL Dallas.
JKap may not have put up the flashy stats in this series, but he managed just enough to help his team pick up the win. He finished with a negative KD in every round, including a 1/5 KD in Search & Destroy. What did help his team, however, was his aggression. While this aggression may have led to many untimely deaths, it always kept Epsilon on their toes and allowed his teammates to come up with some strong kills to lock up this easy win.
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