Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail has revealed that passing on an opportunity to sign Call of Duty stars Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow is the one of the biggest regrets he has had as Owner and CEO of Team Envy.
Rufail made the statement on an episode of The Eavesdrop Podcast with OpTic Gaming CEO Hector H3CZ’ Rodriguez.
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A viewer of the podcast asked what team Rufail could have signed and ended up regretting not signing, and it didn’t take long for the Team Envy owner to mention Crimsix and Karma.
“There’s an obvious answer there,” laughed Rufail. “Crim was going to come join our team. Formal was on our team, and Crim and Damon were going to come and play for our team.
“We had JKap, and we were going to take Crim and Damon. They were going to play for us with Formal and one other person. Basically, Kap threw a fit about it, really threw a fit about it,we deserved it.
“We ended up not doing it. We stayed loyal to JKap, I didn’t do it to him. Of course, the next year they didn’t do so well, but that could have changed everything. It would be crazy to see where OpTic and Envy would be if it happened,” concluded Hastr0.
Unfortunately for Hastr0 and Team Envy, Crimsix, Formal and Karma all ended up on OpTic Gaming, and have become known as one of the greatest Call of Duty teams of all time, culminating in their 2017 CWL Championships victory.
Things are looking good for Team Envy however, as they recently signed the former Evil Geniuses squad who secured the 2018 CWL Championship.
Still, it’s fascinating to wonder what the landscape of Call of Duty esports would look like now, had Team Envy picked up the legendary squad!
Disclaimer: OpTic CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd