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Los Angeles Thieves has announced that Jordan “JKap” Kaplan will be their head coach for the 2021 season. JKap has been in the Call of Duty scene since early 2011 when he bounced around between different teams. He became a World Champion in 2015 on Denial with teammates James “Clayster” Eubanks, James “Crowder” Crowder, and Dillion “Attach” Price. In 2016, he became one of the first to win back-to-back World Championships on Team Envy.
After winning back-to-back World Championships, JKap bounced between several different teams with varied results. It seemed like he could never keep his place as a starter and frequently jumped from bench to bench. However, in 2020, he landed a spot on Optic Gaming Los Angeles, where he played for three months before being benched. Optic Gaming Los Angeles continued to struggle even without JKap until they made a reassurance at the Championship that year.
When the 2020 Call of Duty League season finished, JKap announced his official retirement from professional Call of Duty. He was the third player from Modern Warfare that retired after Damon “Karma” Barlow and Ian “Enable” Wyatt. Despite his retirement, he assured fans that he would be looking for other opportunities next year.
JKap becomes LA Thieves coach
Los Angeles Thieves announced their partial roster last month that consisted of Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat, Kenny “Kenny” Williams, Thomas “TJHaly” Haly. They also announced their substitute Zack “Drazah” Jordan, but they have yet to announce their starting fourth. JKap now joins the team as the head coach for the roster after his retirement. While some believed that JKap was washed up in recent years, he brings almost 10 years of Call of Duty experience as a coach.
The world’s best kept secret…
— LA Thieves (@LAThieves) December 10, 2020
100 Thieves last had Crowder as their Call of Duty coach, Crowder having teamed alongside JKap in previous years. Crowder is widely accepted as one of the best coaches in the Call of Duty scene after his time on 100 Thieves. JKap could now rival his spot as a top coach.
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Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.