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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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Scump explains why new CDL “bubble” in Texas is a big advantage

Published: 28/Jan/2021 5:55 Updated: 28/Jan/2021 6:01

by Brad Norton

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All of OpTic Chicago, along with a majority of other pro teams, have relocated to Texas for the Call of Duty League 2021 season, and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner believes it’s going to give them a huge “advantage” over their CDL rivals.

With the switch to online play in 2020, teams were scattered across the United States. Players could be competing from the other side of the country with a significant network disadvantage.

Given LAN events are still a ways off due to the ongoing global crisis, a majority of CDL pros have established a makeshift “bubble” in Texas to combat the issue. With all players in one location, Scump argues that it only benefits teams for the year ahead.

“I absolutely love it,” he said on January 27. With his teammates all training out the H3CZQUARTERS facility, there appear to be no excuses for the upcoming season.

Being in the one location affords a degree of team bonding that you just can’t get online, according to Scump.“I think it has tremendously improved our team chemistry. Every single night [the team] is always hanging out after scrims.”

“You can just tell. It feels like we trust each other a lot more inside of the game. We trust each other to make good decisions and do the right things on the map.”

From OpTic’s standpoint, it’s not just the team chemistry that’s proving valuable. “On top of that, you have the sheer connection advantage,” Scump added.

“I believe 31 of 48 players are in Texas right now and it might even be more than that. Clearly, Texas has some sort of connection advantage for people to want to pick up their lives and move down here to compete.”

We’ve already seen the move pay dividends for OpTic as they recently blitzed through the LA Thieves 3-0 in the Kickoff Classic. “We’ve been playing super good. I can’t even remember the last time we lost a scrim set. It’s been amazing to have the whole team here and I think it’s only going to benefit us moving forward.”

With other teams having followed suit with a move to Texas, it should help establish a more even playing field for a majority of matchups this year.