Johnathan Perez 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
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.
Better Respawn in Win
December 17, 2017
John struggled in Search & Destroy, but fared better elsewhere in the sweep win over Team EnVyUs to open Championship Sunday at the Northern Arena Showdown.
John and his teammates had an excellent comeback in Round 1 Hardpoint -- they trailed Team EnVyUs early on and had to claw their way to a 250-220 win. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw them fare a bit better from the get-go, but John trailed behind his teammates. He went 0/4 through the first four games and kept up that below-average showing despite Luminosity winning the round. He was key to the Round 3 Capture the Flag win, however. He was a slaying machine from start to finish and was key in owning mid-map and being a nuisance in Team EnVyUs' base. He played excellent defense in the second half, as well, including some key kills to secure the sweep.
Comes alive to secure win
December 16, 2017
John showed up when it counted most in Luminosity Gaming's 3-1 win over Next Threat in the quarterfinals of the Northern Arena Showdown.
John may have gotten out the gate on the wrong foot in this series, but he surely made his mark in the final two rounds to lock up the win. They faltered as a team during Search & Destroy, but it was his presence in Capture the Flag that set LG on the path to victory. After Next Threat came out with two quick flag captures, John came alive with some strong slaying to help his team to an 8-1 run for the massive win. He was essentially playing the role of a run blocker in the second half as he cleared the way expertly to allow his team the space to pick up capture after capture. LG then took this momentum into the final Hardpoint round to end their opening series with a 3-1 win.
Loses steam in confusing series
December 10, 2017
John started hot in a 1-3 loss to eUnited on Day 3 of CWL Dallas.
John clutched Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks with an absurd ten killstreak that shut out eUnited from the final points. Unfortunately, John couldn't replicate this in other rounds. John was far from bad this series, but a surprising lack of coordination from Luminosity Gaming cost John the series. This is best seen from John in Round 3 Capture the Flag. In the second half of the round, there several opportunities for John the capture the flag thanks to his suite of Scorestreaks. But in his final two pushes, John would whiff his Artillery Strike on eUnited's base, locking him and eUnited from getting near the flag. This favored eUnited since they had a long-range defense while John was playing with an SMG.
Leads the charge
December 9, 2017
John led his teamto a 3-0 sweep against Ground Zero on Day 2 of CWL Dallas.
Brawn and smarts is Luminosity Gaming's strategy for CWL Dallas, and John showed it off in incredible fashion this series. Filling the role of scout, John sat firmly on the frontlines of the fight, attempting to spot out and punish every member of Ground Zero. The aggressive positioning was best seen in Round 1 Hardpoint on Ardennes Forest. There, John constantly slammed Ground Zero's spawns with extreme precision. Ground Zero couldn't get a foot off the spawn before John predicted their rotation and cut them down, giving Luminosity Gaming full map control.
Fits right in with LG
December 8, 2017
John finished Luminosity Gaming's win over Epsilon on Day 1 of CWL Dallas with a 50/49 KD.
While LG was one of the best teams during Infinite Warfare, they look even better now that John and JKap are on the squad. John opened his LG career with a nice showing in their first match against Epsilon. His Search & Destroy game was especially strong, finishing with a 10/4 KD in the round. There was simply no stopping him and this team all game long as they walked away with the sweep.
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