Johnathan Perez 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two good, two bad rounds
March 15, 2018
John had two good rounds and two bad rounds in the 3-1 win over eUnited on Day 1 of Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag were both subpar rounds for John. The first round was a quiet 25/28 KD round for John. His biggest contribution came on the objective. He often held back and lapped up Hardpoint time as his teammates got the kills. It was a solid strategy that paid off. Capture the Flag saw him struggle again to a 20/23 KD, but he did have some good moments. His biggest plays came in the second half. He had a few big kills to spring JKap for a game-tying flag cap, and was a very aggressive player and consistently pushed the play forward. It caused him to die often, but he did effect the map. Round 2 Search & Destroy was his first good round, despite it being their only round loss. He and Slacked staged a mini comeback, coming from down 5-2 to down 5-4. They would lose the 10th game, however. The last round, Round 4 Hardpoint, saw John go off on both ends. He went 39/35 KD, and 1:45 on the objective. His constant presence on the objective was a boon to their overall play, and was big in staving off the eUnited comeback.
Falls to simple flanks
March 11, 2018
John gets blindsided and knocked out of CWL Atlanta by Red Reserve in a 3-0 loss at the losers' final.
Red Reverse came into this match-up seasoned from a massive run in the losers' bracket, while Luminosity came into this series off of a loss. John couldn't counter Red Reserve's tightly coordinated flanks with his standard tactics. He continued to play an aggressive game, pushing forward to chain kills for Scorestreaks, which left his flanks vulnerable to his opponents. Because of his weak defense, John couldn't slay as his opponents always attacked him in his blindspots.
Late surge not enough
March 11, 2018
John had a late breakout, but Luminosity Gaming still fell 3-1 to Rise Nation on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta, relegating them to the losers' bracket of the tournament.
John, for the most part, was a quiet supporting player in this match. Even in their dominant round, Round 1 Hardpoint, he was the third wheel behind JKap and Octane. He was so-so, going 20/23, providing some kills to relieve JKap and Octane. The next two rounds were pure struggles from John. He was invisible in both Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag, both rounds that Rise Nation dominated, either with their slaying (Round 2) or their stingy defense (Round 3). Round 4 Hardpoint was his big round, and most of that came in the second half of the round. He really struggled early, as JKap and Slacked kept them afloat amidst a strong Rise Nation game. He exploded, however, and began to take over the game as Luminosity took over the lead. They looked like they would force a Round 5 on the back of John, but a late push by Rise Nation shut down any hope of a comeback.
Hardpoint star in win
March 10, 2018
John's best rounds were Hardpoint rounds in the reverse sweep win over Team Kaliber on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
Round 1 Hardpoint was a tough round for Luminosity Gaming. They largely had the kills to compete, but had poor map control despite that, and it cost them the round. John is a perfect example of their solid slaying, as he notched 41 kills in the round, but only had 18 seconds on the objective. That is a perfect representation of the map as a whole -- strong slaying, but no control of the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane force them to stay competitive, and John and the rest of Luminosity faltered behind him. John had the final kill in game two, but was quiet other than that. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a gritty win to start the reverse sweep. They scratched and clawed to keep the deficit at 2-0 into the second half, and that allowed them to complete the comeback. Round 4 Hardpoint was, again, a strong round for John. He notched 41 kills for the second Hardpoint in this match, but this time he paired it with a strong 1:22 on the objective. John was good throughout, but he really finished the round strong. He was excellent down the stretch, and got the final kills to secure the final points towards victory. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw John be on of their pillars in the eleven game win. He was consistently good, and let players like Octane go off and take risks. Overall, it was a strong match for John and an impressive win for Luminosity Gaming.
Focuses on the objective in win
March 9, 2018
John focused on the objective during their sweep win over Evil Geniuses on Day 1 of the CWL Atlanta Open.
John was hardly at the frontlines of this match. He did not rack up the highlights, or even finish with a positive KD ratio in either respawn round. Despite that, he did some good things, especially in Round 1 Hardpoint. He was pretty ineffective in the beginning of Round 1 Hardpoint, with the majority of his impact coming in the later portion of the round. He did a great job of holding the objective and getting them to the 250 mark. Round 2 Search & Destroy was forgettable, as John was up and down behind Slacked. His uneventful performance was capped with a Round 3 Capture the Flag that saw him coast through. He finished 16/17, basically going through the motions as they completely obliterated a demoralized Evil Geniuses, after losing two close rounds. While the score was only 4-1, it was over within a minute of it starting. It could have easily been worse.
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.
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