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FormaL and Karma joke about OpTic reunion after they dominate Black Ops 4 match

Published: 2/Jun/2019 14:47 Updated: 2/Jun/2019 19:13

by Joe Craven

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Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow shared a nostalgic joke about teaming together, as they dominated together in a practice match on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

FormaL and Karma are best known as two integral cogs of the OpTic Gaming dynasty; the CoD team that dominated the competitive scene from the middle of the Advanced Warfare season, when Karma was bumped up from OpTic Nation, replacing Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag.

From that point on, the OpTic roster consisting of FormaL, Karma, Crimsix and Scump, won numerous tournaments over a dominant three year stint. They finally cemented their place as the winningest CoD roster of all time after they won the Call of Duty World Championship in 2017, during Infinite Warfare.

CharlieIntelThe roster cemented their dynasty with the World Championship win in Infinite Warfare.

Despite not teaming together in over a year, the once unstoppable duo shared a nostalgic moment as they, once again, dominated a number of pros while playing Black Ops 4 on June 1.

The two were playing on the same team on Seaside Hardpoint, when Karma and FormaL quickly combined for five kills – entirely wiping the enemy team, and protecting the fountain hardpoint spawn. “Good fucking hold, me and Damon, let’s go!” said FormaL.

The clutch caused one of FormaL’s party to say he got “nostalgia” watching that, to which FormaL joked, “I know dude, holy shit. Please team with me.”

Both players left OpTic during the turbulent WW2 season, with FormaL being traded to Luminosity Gaming for Sam ‘Octane’ Larew, while Karma was benched as Anthony ‘MethodZ’ Zinni joined OpTic. Karma returned to OpTic for Black Ops 4, and has found moderate success since, as they took home the 2019 CWL Las Vegas Open.

FormaL still plays for Luminosity, the team which won the CWL Fort Worth Open 2019, but have struggled since then – placing 7-8 at CWL London and finishing Stage 1 Playoffs with a 5-13 record, causing them to finish dead last in Division A.

The struggles they have endured saw them replace Pierce ‘Gunless’ Hillman with coach Richard ‘Ricky’ Stacy, and this is probably the basis for FormaL’s joke, as him and Karma show their incredible talent once again.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney

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The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.