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Two-time World Champion JKap retires from competitive Call of Duty

Published: 2/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 23:02

by Albert Petrosyan

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In an announcement that’s stunned the competitive Call of Duty scene, two-time World Champion and highly decorated pro player Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan has announced his retirement from the esport.

JKap’s announcement came seemingly out of nowhere on September 2, when the 10-year veteran tweeted out that he would be moving on to “another challenge.”

“I’m officially retiring from Call of Duty,” he wrote. “It was an incredible 10-year run that game me some of the best memories of my life, but it’s time to move on to another challenge. Thank you for all the support over the years.

This news comes just days after the Call of Duty League announced that the 2021 Black Ops Cold War season would be reverted back to the old 4v4 format.

This means that at least 12 players from the previous campaign will be losing their starting jobs, and with JKap already on the bench at OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he’d be looking for a new team.

However, he’s opted to take the alternate route – retirement, which makes sense since he’s achieved pretty much everything there is to accomplish in CoD esports and his legacy is firmly sealed as a top-10 pro player of all time.

CWLJKap won the second of his back-to-back World Championships with Team Envy, and almost won a third straight a year later.

JKap first broke onto the scene in 2010 before making his first big-move to OpTic Gaming a year later. He gained prominence throughout the years as a championship-caliber star before winning his first World Championship with Denial Esports in 2015.

He doubled up on that the following season, with Team Envy, joining the also recently-retired Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow as the only CoD pros with two rings. He made his third CoD Champs Grand Final in a row (a record that still stands) during the Infinite Warfare season in 2017, losing to Karma’s OpTic in two series.

After spells with Luminosity Gaming, eUnited, and Evil Geniuses, JKap returned to play for the Green Wall once franchising kicked off in 2020, but poor performances and results from the team led to his demotion in favor of Martin ‘Chino’ Chino.

He hasn’t featured in an official match since then; his final appearance as a professional player would be in the Chicago Home Series on April 26, where OGLA finished in last place.

OpTic Gaming LAJKap’s last professional appearance came as a member of OpTic Gaming LA.

All in all, Kaplan wraps up his stellar career with 10 major trophies and two World Championships. The only question that remains is, what’s next? In his announcement tweet, he hinted at “moving on to another challenge,” so there’s a strong possibility that he could continue to be involved in the pro scene as a coach, caster, or analyst.

Of course, he still has the option of investing all his time and resources into content creation. JKap already streams Warzone full-time on Twitch, and with the battle royale continuing to be one of the more popular games out there, he might find content creation as a suitable life in his retirement.


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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven

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Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.