JKap calls his former teammates "cowards" and explains how Luminosity "mishandled" roster trade - Dexerto
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JKap calls his former teammates “cowards” and explains how Luminosity “mishandled” roster trade

Published: 13/Oct/2018 11:16 Updated: 13/Oct/2018 13:26

by Calum Patterson

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Former Luminosity player Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan has cleared the air surrounding the supposed ‘mishandling’ of his roster move to eUnited, after LG CEO & founder Steve Maida refuted accusations from Nadeshot.

The controversy around JKap’s move to eUnited began when 100 Thieves owner Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag accused Luminosity of “ignoring [JKap] for months]” as 100 Thieves showed interest in signing him.

Nadeshot said during a live stream that LG “did JKap dirty”, which quickly made the rounds in the community, as fans believed JKap had been left out in the cold by his former organization.

However, in a Reddit thread discussing the situation, Maida claimed that what Nadeshot had said was “factually untrue” and a deliberate attempt to smear his organization’s good reputation.

Maida claims that the org was only told by the other LG players that they did not want to play with JKap any longer one week ago, and up to that point had presumed he was staying with them.

Maida then says that when JKap was informed of his teammates wishes, he asked for a move to eUnited, which LG granted.

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JKap responded to Maida, and while he did not dispute his version of events, he says that parts of the story have been left out in an attempt to “save face”.

He explains that he told Luminosity immediately following the 2018 World Championship that he wanted a move to 100 Thieves, but “it became clear that wasn’t going to happen” and gave up – under the impression he was staying with the LG roster.

Unable to get an answer either from the organization or “the cowards on the new roster”, JKap eventually asked for the trade to eUnited.

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Maida responded once more, following up to JKap’s retort, explaining that the entirety of rostermania was “dragged out”, and that LG did not act “maliciously” to screw him over, rather it was just an unfortunate circumstance.

Once the rest of the LG roster informed him that they no longer wanted to play with JKap, Maida’s options were “slim”, but believes he handled it in the best way he could.

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JKap is now officially a member of eUnited, playing with Clayster, Arcitys, Prestinni and aBeZy, while it is believed Luminosity will recruit Classic to round out their roster.

It appears there is some definite bad blood between JKap and his former teammates, calling them ‘cowards’, which will certainly make the first event of the season, CWL Vegas, in December, more interesting – should the teams match up.


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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale

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Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.