JKap

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JKap
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Background Information
Name: Jordan Kaplan
Country of Birth: United States USA
Birthday: April 15, 1994 (1994-04-15) (age 23)
Competitive
Team: Team EnVyUs
Role: AR Slayer
Nicknames: Kap
PSN ID: JKap415
XBL Gamertag: EnVy JKappa
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Team History
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Sep 2013 - Dec 2013OGlogo std.png OpTic Gaming
Dec 2013 - Apr 2014FaZelogo std.png FaZe Clan
Apr 2014 - Jun 2014FaZe Rlogo std.png FaZe Red
Jun 2014 - Jan 2015NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
Jan 2015 - Jun 2015DNLlogo std.png Denial eSports
Jun 2015 - PresentNVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
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Jordan "JKap" Kaplan is a veteran professional Call of Duty player, who currently plays for Team EnVyUs in the United States. He is a 2015 World Champion and 2016 World Champion.

Biography

Beginnings

JKap started playing the Call of Duty series back in 2008 on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. JKap is regarded as one of the best Call of Duty players of all time. JKap joined Xtravagant during Modern Warfare 2. During his time with them, he got 2nd at the MLG Online National Championship and 3rd place at the MLG National Championship 2010.

Black Ops

When Black Ops came out, JKap was on IGC Pro. He got 4th place with them at MLG $25K. After that, he joined OpTic Gaming. He found success with this team, alongside veteran players such as BigTymeR, MerK and Rambo, winning 2 championships during his run in Black Ops where he was regarded as one of the best overall players. At MLG Dallas, OpTic got 3rd place, then won MLG Columbus. At the next two tournaments, MLG Anaheim and MLG Raleigh, OpTic placed 3rd and 4th respectively. Then at MLG Orlando, OpTic took home another championship. In the final tournament of the year, MLG National Championship 2011, the team finished 3rd.

Black Ops 2

After his time on OpTic, JKap joined EnVyUs. His time on EnVyUs was to be very succesful. They consistently placed in the top 5, eventually taking home a championship at UGC Niagara. After Niagara, results decline somewhat, placing outside the top 8 at consecutive events. Following OpTic Gaming dropped MerK from their roster, JKap returned to the team, joining former teammates BigTymeR and NaDeSHoT, as well as Scump. The team performed well online but failed to deliver on LAN. They placed a disappointing 9th place at Gfinity 2. To finish the season, they placed 2nd at MLG Fall Invitational, which hosted only 4 teams.

Ghosts

At the first even of the Ghosts season, JKap and his team placed discouragingly in 13th at MLG Fall Championship. After the event, JKap was dropped and joined FaZe. His time on FaZe proved unsuccessful, failing to place in the top 5 at any event. When FaZe downsized to just one competitive team (following the dissolution of FaZe Black and FaZe Red]]), JKap was without a team. However though, it didn't take long for him to find another, rejoining his previous team EnVyUs. EnVyUs' new roster consisting of JKap, MerK, NameLeSs and FormaL was an exciting prospect in the community. They didn't disappoint, placing 1st at Gfinity 3, crushing the competition. With fans extremely eager to see how they would perform at UMG Dallas, EnVy had a lot of momentum heading into the tournament. However, they failed to take home 1st place, losing out to Denial in the finals.

Advanced Warfare

For the start of the Advanced Warfare season, FormaL was traded to OpTic, with Clayster going the other way and joining nV. However this team placed poorly at the first two events of the season, and Jkap and Clayster joined Denial eSports, teaming with Attach and Replays. This team was very successful, placing 2nd in the MLG Pro League Season 1 Regular Season, the MLG Pro League Season 1 Playoffs, and at the Call of Duty Championship 2015: NA Regional Finals, before eventually winning the Call of Duty Championship 2015. The team stayed together for another 3 months, but failed to win an event in this time. JKap returned to Team EnVyUs, where he would remain. However, with teammates Loony, AquA and Octane, the team only performed moderately for the rest of the Advanced Warfare season. JKap finished the year with nV with a 4th place finish at MLG World Finals 2015, with essentially pick up roster with Jurd and Goonjar being loaned in for AquA and Octane.

Black Ops 3

Remaining on EnVyUs, had 3 new teammates for the start of the Black Ops 3 season, SlasheR, and the most successful partnership in CoD, ACHES and TeePee. However the team fell short, after qualifying for the 2016 NA CWL Stage 1 Regular Season, the team finished a disappointing 5th, and 5-8th at the 2016 NA CWL Stage 1 Playoffs. Following the retirement of TeePee, ACHES was traded to new organisation 100 Thieves, and nV picked up Apathy and John. Despite a slow start, finishing 7-8th at MLG Anaheim Open 2016, this team found consistency, coming 1st in both the 2016 NA CWL Stage 2 Regular Season (although this was only due to OpTic Gaming forfeiting 4 series due to CWL rulings and suspensions), and the 2016 NA CWL Stage 2 Playoffs. At MLG Orlando Open 2016, the final event before champs, the team finished 2nd to OpTic Gaming.

Winning CoD Champs 2016

EnVyUs were placed in Group G with fellow NA team Cloud 9, EU squad Team Vitality and the Australian arm of Orbit - Team Orbit ANZ. JKap and his team won the group finishing 3-0 series count, and 9-3 map count. Due to OpTic finishing 2nd in group H, the teams met in winner's bracket round 1. nV took the match 3-1, winning the final map (Fringe CTF) 1-0, after Karma made a notoriously questionable play with a dart, taking him out of the action while SlasheR made the only flag cap of the game. In winner's bracket round 2, JKap and nV faced FaZe, and won the series convincingly 3-0, scoring 18 points to 8 in the Uplink on Evac. In the 3rd round of winners, they came up against the surprise package of the tournament, FAB Games eSports, in what was a closer contest than the FaZe match. nV won the Hardpoint and Uplink comfortably, but dropped the Search and Destroy 5-6. However they closed out to win the series 3-1 in the end, winning the Game 4 CTF 3-2, after John secured the match with a capture with only 22 seconds remaining. They now faced Elevate in winners finals. nV took the first map comfortably, winning Evac Hardpoint 250-100, notably all players on the team had over 1 minute in the Hardpoint. Elevate won the Search and Destroy and the Uplink though, leaving JKap and his team fighting for their tournament life. Following strong performances from Apathy and John in the Game 4 Stronghold CTF, they won the map 4-2. With the series now tied 2-2 going into Infection Search and Destroy, despite JKap only getting 2 kills, his teammates played well and the team won the map with a 6-2 victory against a team renowned for Search and Destroy. Now in Grand Finals, they faced EU team Splyce. Surprisingly, nV lost the hardpoint, a mode they had only lost twice previously in the tournament. However they won the next 3 maps with reasonable ease, and won the series 3-1, crowning them Champions for 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship.

Infinite Warfare

Due to Apathy's marriage and JKap's and SlasheR's school commitments, the team were less practiced than normal and placed uncharacteristically poorly at the first event of the season 2017 CWL Las Vegas Open, finishing in 17-32nd place. As a result of this, and poor placing's in the the online MLG GameBattles 2K Series tournaments, nV's place in pools at the next event, 2017 CWL Atlanta Open was far from secure. However, winning a 2k tournament, the team just managed to have enough pro points to make pool play. They played well at the event, but fell just short, finishing 3rd. The team then flew to Paris to compete at the 2017 CWL Paris Open. Surprisingly, the team finished as poorly as they had done back in Vegas, placing 9-12th, following back to back 3-0 losses to OpTic Gaming and Splyce. The team practiced heavily after the event, knowing that their placing in Paris was well below their expected standard, and placed top 4 at both of the subsequent online 2K series. The next event for the squad was the Dallas Open, and the team did fair slightly better. Losses in pool play to OpTic, and the surprisingly strong GosuCrew who came from the Open Bracket, meant EnVy had to play through losers bracket. The team made an admirable run, beating SetToDestroyX, Cloud 9 and Luminosity, before eventually being beating in a map 5 by eventual runners up eUnited, placing JKap and EnVy in 5-6th for the event.

Trivia

  • JKap is one of only two players to win back-to-back Call of Duty World Championships (2015 and 2016). The other is Karma (2013 and 2014).
  • He is known for his constant "YY'ing"
  • JKap used marathon on his Famas during Call of Duty: Black Ops, redefining the support role, allowing him to slay and run objectives.
  • JKap has won the most prize money in Call of Duty history.
  • JKap made a cameo appearance in an eSports focused episode of CBS television show 'Elementary'[1]

Interviews

JKap Interview at CWL Atlanta

Articles

  • 2017

References

  1. https://gamurs.com/call-of-duty/jkap-to-appear-in-tv-show-elementary-7093