eUnited’s decision to replace JKap after their disappointing Top 16 CWL Fort Worth finish has sparked controversy since its announcement on March 19, with many perceiving the two-time world champion as being too talented to drop.
JKap was moved to eUnited’s substitute role, replaced as a ‘starter’ by Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr, after the 18 year old won CWL Fort Worth’s amateur bracket playing for FC Black, FaZe Clan’s academy team.
Welcome @SimpTheSickJoke to #eUCoD.— eUnited (@eUnitedgg) March 19, 2019
Coming off an impressive Open Bracket Finals win, we are proud to announce that Simp will be in the starting lineup during next week’s pro league matches. With his addition, JKap will be moved into the substitute role. #StandUnited pic.twitter.com/xikXTAFIjr
There has been a lot of discussion in the CoD community regarding the move, with some arguing JKap is past his best and that Simp’s promotion represents a stellar opportunity for a young, up-and-coming player.
Regardless of the reasons behind it, the move was brought up in a chat with many prominent members of the CoD community, broadcast via Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter’s Twitch stream. The conversation prompted Scump to share his opinion on the matter, arguing “you can’t drop the GOAT bro”.
‘GOAT’ is a common abbreviation for ‘greatest of all time’, first being used as a term to refer to the NBA’s Michael Jordan. However, it is frequently used in the CoD community to refer to a player of high skill, as Scump is doing with JKap.
However, Scump was amusingly shut down just a few seconds later, as Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler, ex CoD pro turned CWL analyst, pointed out “but… you did.”
Wheeler’s remarks were in reference to OpTic Gaming’s decision to drop Karma in 2018, mid-way through the Call of Duty: WWII season. Thanks to his world championship titles in Black Ops 2, Ghosts and Infinite Warfare, Karma is generally considered the best Call of Duty player of all time.
However, a number of poor finishes for OpTic during WWII prompted Matthew 'FormaL' Piper to leave for Luminosity Gaming in place of Sam 'Octane' Larew, while Karma was dropped for Anthony 'Methodz' Zinni. The new OpTic line up struggled, placing 17th-24th at the 2018 CWL World Championships, breaking up soon after.
The remarks prompted considerable laughter among the chat, with Scump replying “I knew it was coming”.