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Watch JKap’s Incredible 1 vs 3 Clutch Against OpTic Gaming in Round 11

Published: 20/Jul/2018 13:44 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Ross Deason

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Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan reclaimed a small amount of glory for Luminosity Gaming during the last regular season match in Stage 2 of the CWL Pro League.

Luminosity may have already been eliminated from playoff contention but that didn’t stop the players from wanting to show what they were made of in their last match against OpTic Gaming.

After an intense first four maps, map five on USS Texas was only ever going to end one way: round 11.

All seemed to be lost for Luminosity in that final round when JKap found himself in a seemingly impossible one versus three situation. However, the two time World Champion clearly did not receive that memo:

Having planted the bomb at the A bombsite, JKap desperately needed to prevent the OpTic players from defusing it while also avoiding taking damage in the process.

Somehow, the veteran player found the perfect timing to check the bomb as Sam ‘Octane’ Larew ran past the doorway to cover Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, who was in the process of defusing.

JKap jumped at the opportunity to take down the two players at the same time, killing them before they even knew what was happening and ducking back into the Control Room for cover.

A quick jiggle peek was all he needed to throw a quickly advancing Seth ‘Scump’ Abner off guard, and JKap completed the clutch as soon he popped back out.

Despite the map five heroics, Luminosity still finished in a disappointing sixth place in Division B, finishing with a record of 6-8. However, it will have felt good to get one over on their former teammate, Octane, while Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper will have enjoyed defeating his old team.

OpTic Gaming ended Division B with an identical record to eUnited and UNILAD (10-4) but still retained the top spot in the tie-breaker, giving them the number one seed heading into the Playoffs. Their first match will be against the Stage 1 champions, FaZe Clan.

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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.