Johnathon "John" Perez is an American Call of Duty player for Luminosity Gaming. He was named the MVP of the 2016 World Championship.
John has been playing video games since he was six years old on the PlayStation 1. John started playing games competitively with the release of Tom Clancy: Rainbow Six Vegas 2, from there he moved onto Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. John first started trying to become a professional MLG transferred over to the PlayStation 3 for the 2011 season.
Black Ops 1 and Black Ops 2
John spent the majority of the Black Ops 1 season on Team FeaR, alongside ASSASS1N, PHiZZURP and TwiZz. The players proved they could compete with the best, winning MLG Raleigh 2011, as well as 2nd and 3rd placings at Anaheim and Columbus respectively. John did compete at 1 major event for Modern Warfare 3, EGL Manchester, finishing 7-8th on Leverage with essentially a pick-up team of TeePee, ACHES and Nadeshot. Going into the Black Ops 2 season, John spent a short time on Fariko Impact, teaming with KiLLa, Karma and TuQuick for UMG Chicago 2012, where they placed 3rd. John returned to Fear a few months later, to compete at the MLG Winter Championship 2013 and Call of Duty Championship 2013. However, following disappointing placings at both events, John spent the rest of the Black Ops 2 season moving around teams, before ending the year strongly with a win at UMG Dallas 2013 on VanQuish Gaming with Dedo, PHiZZURP and Schillez.
John continued his struggles of finding a long term team throughout Ghosts, and only competed at 5 majors. It was an underwhelming year for John, but he did eventually sign for Strictly Business, and despite not finding success in Ghosts, he would remain with the organisation going into the new game.
John, alongside long time teammate PHiZZURP, played for SB for the start of the AW season, placing 9-12th at the Call of Duty Championship 2015 together with Dedo and Neslo. Given the lack of championships, John moved played for both vVv Gaming and E6 to finish the AW season. He and PHiZZURP did not team together with E6, and his last event with his long time partner was UMG Dallas 2015.
Black Ops 3
After another disappointing year for John, he was undoubtedly hungry for the championship that had alluded him for the past 2 years. Finally finding a long term team alongside other top pros Replays, Saints and SpaceLy on Luminosity Gaming, the outlook for the year looked bright. However this team struggled, and despite the talent of the members, failed to put together a strong enough performance to win an event. They did however qualify for Stage 1 of the league, and placed a respectable 5-8th at the Stage 1 Playoffs. Following the retirement of Replays, John moved to Team EnVyUs, where he would finally find more consistent top placings. Despite starting slow with a 7-8th finish at MLG Anaheim Open 2016,the team (consisting of the leadership of veteran JKap, as well as Apathy, John and the breakout player from Advanced Warfare SlasheR), were confident that with more time they would be able to improve. Their patience was vindicated when the 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, which netted John his largest cash prize ($16,500) since 2013 champs. 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. John 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, John 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, with John securing the match with a capture with only 22 seconds remaining. Apathy got both the other caps for the team. They now faced Elevate in winners finals. EnVy 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 John and his team fighting for their tournament life. John and Apathy performed very well on Stronghold CTF, going 24-13 and 26-13 (k/d) respectively, and Apathy secured 2 captures for the team. With the series now tied 2-2 going into Infection Search and Destroy, Apathy once again performed strongly finish with 10 kills and only 3 deaths, leading his team to 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. John was awarded MVP of the tournament, in recognition of his map winning plays and slaying support he provided.
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 John and EnVy in 5-6th for the event.
Despite their relatively poor placings at the first 4 events, EnVy were still high enough in the pro points rankings to qualify as the 5th seed for the 2017 CWL Global Pro League Stage 1. EnVy were placed into group red with the top EU team Splyce, the top APAC team Mindfreak, as well as fellow NA Squad Cloud 9, to compete in week 1. They began the weekend up against the overall 4th seed Splyce, and lost a close match 3-1. John was vocal on twitter about his poor performance in this opening series, and promised to improve. EnVy won the remainder of their matches over the weekend against Cloud 9 and Mindfreak, and John improved his performances significantly. For the final match against Splyce, EnVy would have to win the match 3-0 to top the group. EnVy surprised many to do just that, winning the Hardpoint and Search and Destroy narrowly, before completing the clean sweep in a more comfortable Uplink. Following their 1st place in the group stages, EnVy went to Stage 1 playoffs as a top seed. John and the squad were unable to play at their normal standard however, losing to both Luminosity and OpTic, placing 7-8th for the event.
Although disappointed with their placing at playoffs, having lost to arguably the top 2 teams in Infinite Warfare, John was still hopeful of improvement at the 2017 CWL Anaheim Open. However the event was to be EnVy's worst of the year so far. After a poor performance in pool play, where they lost to Epsilon eSports, Luminosity and even the team from open bracket, Rogue. Despite winning their match against Red Reserve EU, EnVy still finished last in the group as Rogue and a superior map count. Falling immediately to loser's bracket round 1, they faced Team Allegiance. Given that the Allegiance squad was up and coming players, veterans John and his teammates were heavy favourites to win the match up. In a shock defeat though, John's weekend hit its lowest point, as they fell 3-2, losing the game 5 Retaliation Search and Destroy in a crushing round 11, 5-6. EnVyUs placed 21st-24th, John's worst placing since the Call of Duty: Ghosts season.
As a result of the poor placing, it was expected by many that a roster change was imminent. Numerous rumours involving a number of players were linked with moves to the nV roster, but ultimately, no deals were struck. The roster, that had now been together over a year, decided to bootcamp for 2 weeks prior to their group weekend at Stage 2 of the Global Pro League. The consensus in the community was that EnVy had been drawn into the toughest pool, with OpTic Gaming, Epsilon eSports, and Cloud 9, and many polls suggested fans didn't expect them to qualify for playoffs. However, the team proved the doubters wrong, beating all the opposition except OpTic, to manage 2nd place in the group, and qualify for Playoffs, which took place only a week later. Again EnVy surprised, and went unbeaten all the way to the Grand Final's, taking out top opposition in FaZe Clan, Luminosity Gaming and eUnited on their way. Meeting them in the final was the squad they had failed to overcome in the group stage, OpTic Gaming. Coming from the losers bracket however, OpTic had to win 2 best of 5 series. To EnVy's disappointment, they did just that, winning both series 3-1. Despite missing out on the trophy, John's improvement from the top 24 placing at Anaheim was impressive on all counts, looking more like the top level player he was known as, and hoped to continue this going into the final event of the year.
2017 World Championship
Despite the rollercoaster year, Team EnVyUs had a very impressive resume at previous Call of Duty Championships, reaching the Grand Finals 3 out of 4 years. They were also the only squad to return with the same roster to two Championships in an attempt to defend their title. Placed in a pool with Team eLevate, Mindfreak.Black and Projekt Evil, the team expected to, and ultimately did, cruise through to bracket play. Dropping only one map in pool play, EnVy went in as 1st seed in their group, to face against the second place team from Group A, Epsilon eSports. A familiar match up from Stage 2 of the Pro League, EnVy overcame this first hurdle with relative ease, despite dropping first map, winning 3-1. Moving on to Saturday, the team came up against one of the suggested dark horses for the tournament in Ghost Gaming. Again however, EnVy proved too experienced for this newly composed squad, and won a tight match 3-0. In one of the most incredible series, John and the squad made a hugely impressive comeback over eUnited in the Winners semi's. With John providing crucial kills (including two potentially game saving 3 pieces), as well as contributing full killstreaks, the team overcame a 0-10 deficit in Uplink, winning 12-10. The team then went on to complete the series with a 3-1 victory.
The team would face their so far unbeatable foe in OpTic Gaming in the Winners final, for a spot in the Grand Final. They dropped the first map once again, however, John, along with Apathy, played outstandingly well in the next maps. Surprising many to win 3-1, they secured a place in the Grand Final - John's 2nd in as many years. It was once again OpTic Gaming who EnVy would face in the final. Like Stage 2 Playoffs, OpTic would again have to beat EnVy in 2 best of 5 series. EnVy suffered a heart breaking defeat however, dropping the first series 3-1, before completely running out of momentum and being swept 3-0 by OpTic in the second. It was a case of OpTic being at their very best while on the hunt for their first World Championship, and Team EnVyUs simply seeming devoid of the spark which they had shown throughout the tournament. John was unable to replicate his performance from the earlier match, and seemed to have run out of steam. Despite the loss, once again John had shown great resilience and remained regarded as one of the best Flex/Objective players in Call of Duty.