Karma
Damon Barlow 
Canada
Free Agent
Free Agent
Rejoining OpTic Gaming
September 28, 2018
Karma will rejoin OpTic Gaming for the start of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 season, the organization confirmed on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
The prodigal son returns? Karma's departure in May was an odd choice by OpTic Gaming from the get go, with veiled attempts at fixing what appeared to be broken team chemistry as the only reasoning behind the move. When Octane and Methodz struggled under the intense scrutiny, OpTic Gaming were unable to respond with their characteristic gumption which resulted in the worst World Championships finish in organization history. Enter the return of Karma who will likely be tasked with building up TJHaLy and Dashy, two new additions to what figures be an ever-present OpTic Gaming. It's fair to say that Karma brings a sense of stability back to the organization, but with the likes of 100 Thieves and Luminosity Gaming posing credible threats to the Green Wall's rein of competitive CoD terror, it's not a formality that this new look roster is the best in CoD.
Free Agent
Leaving CoD scene for time being
May 7, 2018
Karma will leave OpTic Gaming, and is not expected to play for another team during Call of Duty: World War II.
ANALYSIS
Retirement might be a strong word, but it's fair to suggest Karma's days as a professional CoD player may be numbered after OpTic Gaming decided to make roster changes earlier last week. While his play wasn't that bad this season, Karma's erratic KD numbers drew the ire of OpTic fan's for much of this season, warranted or otherwise. With all the drama surrounding the organization recently, Karma might actually enjoy some time away from the scene. With an opportunity to grow his streaming platform under the OG banner, there's a realistic opportunity Karma could simply become too big of a name in the streaming community to return.
One poor round in loss
April 21, 2018
Karma had one poor round in the 3-1 loss to Ghost Gaming on Day 2 of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Karma had one sub-par round in this one, and that came in Round 3 Capture the Flag. A lot of his struggles in that round were due to Ghost Gaming - they were dominant, and no one on OpTic could do much of anything to stop it. The other three rounds were strong performances from Karma, in the win and the two other losses. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him put together a strong two-way showing in the win, going 28/20 with a 1:22 on the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him start strong, netting five kills through the first five rounds. He played well throughout as they fell in 11 rounds. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him and Crimsix steak OpTic out to an early lead. He kept up the good play as they lost their lead and eventually the round. Overall, Karma had three great rounds in this loss, and it is something to build upon for him going forward.
Inconsistent in loss
April 21, 2018
Karma struggled to find consistency in the 3-1 loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 1 of the CWL Seattle Open.
ANALYSIS
Karma had up and down performances in this match. His down performances - Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 4 Hardpoint - were quite poor. He was a non-factor in Round 2 Search & Destroy, struggling under the strong EnVyUs slaying, and limped to a 13/26 KD in the fourth round. He did, however, have strong showings in the other two rounds. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him play solidly on both sides, netting over a minute on the objective and 29 kills. He was not in the spotlight, but he was certainly a valuable piece of the puzzle for OpTic. They did lose the round despite that, however. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him do more damage with the flag in his hands than anything else. He went 16/17 but had three of his team's six flag caps in their sole round win.
Could not find consistency in win
April 9, 2018
Karma could never find a consistent setting in the 3-1 winner's bracket final win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Karma had an interesting performance in this match, as he struggled to be consistent in the match. He had a nice start in Round 1 Hardpoint, finishing 31/29 with less than 50 seconds on the objective - he was fine, and did a good job slaying, especially early on, but it was not enough to swing it in their favor. Round 2 Search & Destroy was an odd round for sure - he was awful through the first four games and did not net his first kill until the fifth game (which was the final kill in the round). He blew up after that, however, netting double-digit kills in the 11-game win. It was quite the performance from games five to eleven. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Karma play a strong two-way game, as he was one of their strongest defenders in both halves, and had their second flag cap. He had 21 kills in the round and was a huge thorn in the side of Luminosity Gaming. He did, however, limp to the finish in Round 4 Hardpoint. He went just 31/43 in the round and had less than 30 seconds on the objective. Despite the struggles overall, he had a big spot in the final break to put the game out of reach, and all but secure their spot in the Grand Final.
Stumbles in breaking FaZe Clan in the CWL Stage 1 Championships
April 9, 2018
Karma fell apart in a double Grand Finals loss to FaZe Clan at CWL Stage 1 Playoffs, losing both series 3-2.
ANALYSIS
Karma hasn't dropped the massive numbers he has been known for since switching to the SMG role after CWL Las Vegas. Despite this, Karma has always at least been able to pressure and corner his opponents. He was able to do this at times in this double Grand Finals, but FaZe Clan were too slippery to ever be fully pinned down. This was due to FaZe Clan's tactics of flanking, which allowed them mobility against OpTic Gaming. Like FormaL, Karma performed best during Round 3 Capture the Flag, a game mode that essentially forces consistent spawning, as he could easily pin FaZe Clan down to an area. But when it came down to individual performances like in Search & Destroy, Karma's weak slaying allowed FaZe Clan to get away with a 1-vs-3's.
Counted on to deliver the positive KDs for OpTic Gaming
April 8, 2018
While kills aren't everything in competitive Call of Duty, they sure help as Karma slayed out in a 3-1 victory over Team EnVyUs on Day 1 of the CWL Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
While Karma didn't have any standout moments as a slayer for OpTic Gaming, his contribution was nonetheless essential for their victory over Team EnVyUs. Round 1 Hardpoint had Karma notch a positive KD of 26/19, as OpTic Gaming defeated Team EnVyUs by a significant margin. Crimsix was the star slayer in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but Karma did his best to keep up with his own KD of 5/4. Even in Round 3 Capture the Flag, which OpTic Gaming lost in overtime, Karma still kept his KD up and positive with 22/21 and a flag capture. Karma lagged behind his team a little in Round 4 Hardpoint but was still able to keep things positive and going well for OpTic with a KD of 23/22.
Lags behind as SMG
April 2, 2018
Karma stumbled slightly on SMG duties in a 3-2 loss to Splyce in the Loser's Bracket Semifinal at CWL Birmingham, slotting into 4th place for the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Karma's new SMG role still has some rough patches he needs to work out. Largely, he's only able to slay out if his teammates Crimsix and Scump pave the way for him, which is a far cry from his AR role. While this did find success in Round 3 Capture the Flag, as Karma found ways to harass Splyce's spawns and base with cheeky flanks, he struggled in maps like Round 1 Hardpoint. Often, Karma was failing to engage his enemy as he got caught out with weak positioning and slow flanks.
Godlike performance in Search & Destroy
April 2, 2018
Karma slayed in Search & Destroy for OpTic's 3-1 victory over Team EnVyUs in the Losers Semifinals of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Karma had an incredible series against Team EnVyUs at CWL Birmingham, but you wouldn't know it from Round 1 Hardpoint, where Karma got the worst KD of his team at 13/28 and also the least hardpoint control time at a mere 21 seconds. Clearly, Karma went into Round 2 Search & Destroy hungry for revenge, and he achieved just that as he became the nemesis to Team EnVyUs, tallying an unspeakable KD of 11/2. From there, it was smooth sailing for Karma, as subsequent rounds allowed him to keep putting on the hurt. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Karma break even in KD with 15/15 while he scored a flag capture. In Round 4 Hardpoint, Karma drove nails in Team EnVyUs's coffin by scoring the most kills of OpTic Gaming that round at a KD 35/23.
Up and down in close loss
April 2, 2018
Karma had his low rounds, but also had great ones in the 3-2 upper bracket semifinal loss to Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Karma lagged behind his teammates in Round 1 Hardpoint, but he was far from bad. He finished the round with a 29/29 KD, and a minute on the objective. He was a fine support-player behind his teammates. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Karma step up from his support role in the previous round, and was one of their leaders. He did not get any final kills, but he put them in position to win quite often. While they lost the round, Karma had a good performance individually. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a blowout 5-0 loss, and Karma limped to a 13/22 KD - it was bad all around for OpTic Gaming, and for him. They picked it up in Round 4 Hardpoint, winning 250-103, and putting together an incredibly balanced attack. Every member of OpTic Gaming finished between 22 and 26 kills, Karma included (22). Karma was a big piece of their dominant four player performance. He faltered in Round 5 Search & Destroy, as OpTic Gaming won just one game in the decisive final round.
Lags behind in win
March 30, 2018
Karma did not have his best match, but OpTic Gaming still won 3-1 over Evil Geniuses on Day 1 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
Karma, despite the strong showing from OpTic Gaming in this win, had a hard time getting into any rhythm. His best round was Round 2 Search & Destroy, which was a 6-0 win for OpTic. As one would expect, they dominated, and Karma did his part in that. He was a big reason why they got out to a hot start. The rest of his performance lagged behind his teammates' performances, however. He had a sub-1.00 KD in each of the three respawn rounds, including a lowly 9/17 in Round 3 Capture the Flag, their only loss. While OpTic had an impressive showing as a whole, Karma saw his fair share of struggles.
Anchors his team's spawns
March 30, 2018
Karma sat back and watched the carnage in a 3-1 win over Team EnVyUs on Friday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
With the rest of the team controlling the map, Karma was set into the role of anchor in order to hold his team's flanks and spawns. Because of this, Karma was away from the action as Scump and Crimsix took firm control of their enemies' spawns in respawn rounds. The only questionable performance was in Round 2 Search & Destroy where Karma struggled to cover his teammates in the first half of the round. This was because Karma struggled to scout out positions, with the biggest mistake coming in Game 10, when Karma didn't peek the bombsite as Team EnVyUs disarmed the objective.
Fails to find his shots
March 11, 2018
Karma didn't show up and got eliminated from CWL Atlanta in a 3-0 loss to Red Reserve.
ANALYSIS
Karma had a rough Sunday as his KD continued to drop all day. Not only that, the maneuverable triple-SMG stack from Red Reserve caught him off-guard. He was constantly flanked by either Joee, Joshh or Zer0, putting Karma in an awkward place where he could neither hold spawns or slay. This was seen in Round 3 Capture the Flag where Karma was in charge of spawns. Joee and Joshh were easily able to pin him mid-map in the second half as Karma's shaky shots failed to find their target.
Plays a slow but steady game
March 10, 2018
Karma didn't deliver a stand out performance in a 3-0 sweep of Lightning Pandaz on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Karma was careful not to play aggressively even as Scump took over the series. However, this turned out to be a boon for OpTic Gaming. Not only was he able to secure important spawns in respawn, but he was able to pick off stragglers in Round 2 Seach & Destroy. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar, Karma played further back than his teammates early-on after his enemies pulled an early flank on them. His cautious playing secured spawns for nearly every hill to easily snowball the round. In Round 2 Search & Destroy on Saint Marie Du Mont, he stuck with FormaL to pick-off players by playing around cover instead of high ground.
Gets carried with an average performance
March 10, 2018
Karma wasn't the best member of OpTic Gaming, but his teammates easily picked up his slack as they won 3-1 against FaZe Clan on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Karma didn't have as good of a time as his teammates in their match against FaZe Clan, but he did his role and his teammates were able to fill in where he couldn't. Round 1 Hardpoint was Karma's best round, as he got the most hardpoint control time of his team at 2:05 and a negative KD of 22/24. Karma matched Crimsix in KD at 5/6 during Round 2 Search & Destroy, but considering how FaZe Clan handily won that round, that wasn't saying much. Karma then helped his team tie up Round 3 Capture the Flag in the middle of the second half, scoring a flag capture and opening the way for Crimsix to score another flag capture to put OpTic in the lead, but his KD suffered at 20/23. Finally, Karma did get 1:59 of hardpoint control time in Round 4 Hardpoint, but it came at the cost of his KD, which took a nosedive at 17/28.
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