Karma
Damon Barlow 
Canada
OpTic Gaming
Supports his more aggressive teammates
January 23, 2018
Karma coordinates in style with his team to beat Team Kaliber 3-1 on Day 1 of Week 1 of the Stage 1 CWL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
Karma didn't have as strong a game as his allies did, but he did still help secure the win for his team by being a steady anchor spawn. This was crucial on maps like London Docks and Gibraltar, especially against the spawn-focused techniques of Team Kaliber. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar, for example, Karma's strategic positioning in the last fight of the round allowed his team to spawn near the Castle Road Hardpoint, allowing his teammates to call in all their Scorestreaks to clutch the match.
Late contributions can't stop Echo Fox
January 13, 2018
Karma couldn't bring enough to the table to stave off a 1-3 loss against Echo Fox in the Winners Bracket of CWL New Orleans.
ANALYSIS
Karma tried to help FormaL drag OpTic Gaming over the finish line in this series, but they simply couldn't do so against a well-oiled Echo Fox machine. He started the series off with a negative KD, but as the series progressed, he started to come on a bit stronger. The only problem here was that FormaL was basically the only other player doing much of anything, which left the team powerless against Echo Fox. He had the most kills to start out the final Hardpoint to try and force a Game 5, but it simply wasn't enough.
Whiffs careful strategies
December 11, 2017
Karma's miscommunicated with his team during a loss to Splyce in the CWL Dallas losers' final loss.
ANALYSIS
Karma may have had a strategy going into this series but it got lost in the execution. Picking the same five maps and game modes as their previous match against Splyce, instead of pulling a new strategy, Karma and OpTic Gaming chose to stick to their same aggressive and overwhelming style. Unfortunately for the Green Wall, Splyce was prepared. Round 1 Hardpoint started well until Splyce turned around the mid-game with Scorestreaks. Karma would try to pivot his team in Round 3 Capture the Flag by organizing a scrappier style, but it was unsuccessful as it still used older strategies of long flanks and slow pushes.
Can't maintain early momentum
December 11, 2017
Karma started strong before falling to the losers' bracket in a 0-3 loss to Team Kaliber on Day 3 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Karma seemed at a bit of a loss when Team Kaliber managed to keep up with their slaying. Karma started great on Round 1 Hardpoint by dropping two separate quad-kills before the second set of rotations. This allowed Karma to streak out early on, only he still couldn't clutch the map. Team Kaliber kept him on his toes with stun grenades and smoke grenades, eventually leading Karma to burn his early streaks in the second set just to break the Ruins Hardpoint. The panic Scorestreak gave Team Kaliber the space they needed to continually challenge OpTic Gaming.
A lot of struggles in win
December 10, 2017
Karma did not have his best day at the office in the 3-2 win over Splyce on Day 3 of CWL Dallas. The win secured OpTic Gaming's spot in the winner's bracket finals.
ANALYSIS
The first three rounds of this match were mired in struggled for Karma. Round 1 Hardpoint was bad for everything OpTic Gaming -- they lost 250-63, and were as outclassed as the score suggests they were. Karma was no exception. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him lag behind his teammates as they evened the series up, and Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him struggle yet again as Splyce dominated the round. Karma stepped his game up a bit in the final two rounds, providing key support in two wins that saw OpTic Gaming come back over Splyce.
Laid back in win
December 10, 2017
Karma was in the periphery of the 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Day 3 of CWL Dallas. The win put OpTIc Gaming into the winner's bracket semifinals.
ANALYSIS
Karma was hardly a driving force in this match, as he largely took a backseat to his teammates -- namely Crimsix -- in this one. After a tough Round 1 Hardpoint that saw OpTic Gaming lose, and struggle to put any kills together doing so, Karma had a great performance in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He and Crimsix had 10 kills between them through the first three games and were key reasons as to why they ran out to a 4-0 lead, which put the round basically in their pocket. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Karma play a more defensive game after OpTic Gaming got out to a quick lead -- he continued his low-key, support-based play in Round 4 Hardpoint. Karma was hardly on the top of his game, but he supported his teammates who were throughout the match.
Strong game in win
December 9, 2017
Karma was good throughout the 3-1 group play win over Team EnVyUs on day 2 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Karma was a key reason why OpTic Gaming dispatched their rivals in this match. He carried OpTic Gaming early in the match, getting them out to an early lead when the rest of the team was getting into the match. Crimsix ended up putting it together and leading OpTic Gaming, but he would not have gotten there without Karma's hot start. He was the only player to show up to Round 2 Search & Destroy, as the rest of OpTic Gaming struggled. Karma was good, but he alone could not overcome a very potent Team EnVyUs offense. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Karma play more of a support role, as he also did in Round 4 Hardpoint -- the latter saw his slaying slow down while his objective time shot up. Whether it was by slaying or on the objective, Karma was integral for OpTic in this match.
Makes an epic clutch at the end against Splyce
August 19, 2017
Karma may have had a lackluster series on Day 4 of the 2017 CWL Championships against Splyce, scoring an overall KD of 64/79, but his ability to make his effort count is undeniable.
ANALYSIS
Karma is like an action movie sidekick - mostly a background character, but shows up at just the right time to save the day. He didn't start out so hot in Round 1 Hardpoint, scoring a 14/21 KD despite getting the most Hardpoint control time of his team that round at 1:33. Like the rest of OpTic Gaming, he'd falter during Round 2 Search & Destroy, which the team collectively lost, but it was hardest on Karma, who only managed a 3/8 KD. Karma tossed in a point during Round 3 Uplink, but his KD wound up at a less-than-stellar 18/23. Karma broke even during Round 4 Hardpoint with a 20/20 KD and, surprisingly, only 57 seconds. But Karma's time to shine came at the very end of Round 5 Search & Destroy, where an effective use of Active Camo helped seal the victory deal for OpTic Gaming, as they won 3-2 against Splyce.
Triumphs in finals
August 14, 2017
Karma rips apart Team EnVyUs to win the 2017 CWL Championships, scoring a 76/70 KD in the first series and a 74/48 KD in the second series.
ANALYSIS
Karma was a beast this series, scoring a positive KD in a nearly every round in a double series Grand Finals to claim his third Championship ring. This was thanks to OpTic Gaming's general gameplan of coordinated aggression, similar to Splyce from Stage 1 or eUnited pre-Clayster. This meant that Crimsix and Scump were charging Team EnVyUs with SMGs while Karma hung back with FormaL to pick off the stragglers. It also helped that Karma was beaming. Karma utterly stomped Team EnVyUs in the second series Round 1 Hardpoint on Throwback with a 38/24 KD. Here, Karma flipped his strategies slightly, challenging with Scump and Crimsix at every fight and point. This hyper-aggression is also what helped FormaL streamroll in the second series Round 2 Search & Destroy on Crusher. FormaL took every fight possible, even fights where he was outnumbered. It was a bold and mean strategy that took Team EnVyUs off guard every time.
Diverse effort in Losers Bracket winning match
August 13, 2017
Karma was a versatile member of OpTic Gaming as they swept Luminosity Gaming on Day 5 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship. The win won the Losers Bracket Final for OpTic Gaming, and secured their spot in the Grand Finals against Team EnVyUs.
ANALYSIS
Karma did it all in the match against Luminosity Gaming, altering from a strong slayer in Round 1 Hardpoint to a objective-based player in Round 3 Uplink. Hardpoint was an easy round for OpTic Gaming. They got out to a quick lead, and coasted to a win, without being threatened much at all. They suffocated Luminosity and prevented their offense from doing much in the 250-107 win. Karma did not do much on the objective, netting just 43 seconds there, but he was a strong slayer, going 25/15 in the round. Round 3 Uplink was the complete opposite. He had a laid back slaying performance, going 19/18, but had five points in the 11-2 win. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him net the final kill in Game 1 of the 6-3 win. He was a very valuable and versatile member of OpTic Gaming in the win.
Goes deathless in Search & Destroy
August 13, 2017
Karma chews up FaZe Clan with a 48/36 KD on Day 4 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Karma was truly on top of his game in this series. Scoring a 10/0 KD in a six-game Round 2 Search & Destroy victory on Throwback, FaZe Clan had absolutely no chance. The domination began early in Game 1 where he clutched a 1-vs.-1 only to steamroll form there. Key to Karma's success were smoke grenades. The short amount of cover the grenades provided were exactly what Karma needed to dive in and out of cover. In Game 1, this was seen with Karma actually cutting into FaZe Clan's spawns through Bike Path. In Game 4, the smoke allowed Karma to snap ZooMa and escape from middle map despite three members of FaZe Clan hunting him down.
Posts only negative KD in lopsided win
August 11, 2017
Karma put together a somewhat lackluster 47/51 KD in OpTic's win over Mindfreak Black in the Round of 16 at Call of Duty Champs 2017.
ANALYSIS
While the rest of OpTic was playing on another level, Karma was limping behind them a bit throughout the series. This could have been a bit more acceptable if his objective game had been strong, but that wasn't the case either. He had the least amount of time on the point in Round 1 Hardpoint, and had the lowest points in Round 3 Uplink. He did manage four plants i n Round 2 Search & Destroy, but his KD was again the only negative. To his credit, kills were a bit hard to come by, as FormaL and Scump were playing ridiculously well. Still, you'd hope that he'd manage to keep up a bit more.
Slays clean but doesn't play smart
August 10, 2017
Karma played a steady game in a messy win over Echo Fox in Group A on Day 2 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Karma may have found himself occasionally tricked by Echo Fox, he still secured a solid win to place into the playoff brackets. Round 1 Hardpoint on Scorch saw Karma go off early where he dropped a dominant 7/2 KD by the first Turbine hill, a score line that gave him a set of Trinity Rocket that helped clean out the second Drill point. But the more worrying play was how Echo Fox took Round 2 Search & Destroy on Breakout, a round OpTic Gaming is notorious for losing. Karma still dropped kills, such as in Game 6 where he scored a triple kill, but he also let himself easily fall into ambushes over bomb sites, such as in Game 7 and Game 8.
Good game in win
August 9, 2017
Karma played well in the sweep over Epsilon eSports. The match was on Day 1 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.
ANALYSIS
Karam had a good game right from Round 1 Hardpoint. While Crimsix paced OpTic Gaming, and really led them to a 250-96 win, the rest of the team provided solid play behind him. Karma was no exception. He went 16/14 with a gaudy 1:22 on the objective -- he lived on the objective, which always is a positive. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw OpTic edge out Epsilon in 11 games. Karma had the final kill in Game 5, and in the decisive Game 11. Round 3 Uplink was another blowout for OpTic Gaming, this time 11-2. Karma had a solid 26/24 KD, and two points, in the round. He was solid behind Crimsix's strong objective play (seven points) and FormaL's insane slaying performance (43 kills).
Only player on OpTic to post negative KD in big win
August 9, 2017
Karma posted a 43/48 in OpTic Gaming's win over 3sUP on Day 1 of Call of Duty Champs 2017.
ANALYSIS
Karma was perhaps the weakest member on OpTic in this series, but with the rest of his team playing at such a high level, it didn't even matter in the end. It actually took him all the way until Round 3 Uplink for him to even go positive, as his teammates took all the kills early on. It seemed like he was always trailing the action and couldn't keep up with the blistering pace OpTic was on all throughout this series. His 28/25 KD in that Uplink round was nothing to scoff at, however, as he finally helped his team rotate well and pick up the easy win to open their Champs campaign.
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