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How Karma Reinvented Himself to Win 3 CoD World Championships

Published: 17/Apr/2020 16:00 Updated: 1/May/2020 13:55

by Joe Craven

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With OpTic Gaming’s win over Team Envy at the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare World Championships, one member of the Greenwall made history, that still stands to this day.

When Call of Duty fans discuss the best CoD player of all time, there is one name that crops up more than all the rest. Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow is the only player to have won three world championships, doing so in three separate Call of Duty titles.

The first came in 2013 on Call of Duty: Black Ops II, when Karma played on Fariko Impact alongside Killa, MiRx and Parasite. The squad were seriously impressive in Treyarch’s acclaimed title, but disbanded just weeks after winning their world title.

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The Fariko squad celebrate their world championship.

After leaving Fariko, Karma found himself on Impact and Team Envy, before joining CompLexity Gaming. Here, Barlow became the only two-time CoD world champion, winning on CoD Ghosts alongside Crimsix, TeePee and ACHES.

He would reunite with Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter on OpTic Gaming a year later, when Nadeshot stepping back left a spot on the famous Greenwall. Despite disappointment at Black Ops III’s World Champs, OpTic regrouped and won Infinite Warfare’s CoD Champs, beating the Envy roster that knocked them into the Losers’ Bracket in Black Ops III.

But how has one man become such a stalwart of Call of Duty? Here, we take a look at the adaptability, talent and desire that has made Karma the best of all time.

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Streamer frags out in Black Ops Cold War with Rockband guitar controller

Published: 30/Nov/2020 20:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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Call of Duty players have been known to whip out some pretty outlandish controllers in years past, and now that trend has continued with Black Ops Cold War with one streaming using a Rockband guitar.

Twitch streamer TheStevieP decided to play the game’s zombies and even multiplayer mode with the absurd controller, but was actually seeing some success with it despite its obvious limitations.

While playing with a guitar may sound impossible, especially with a game as fast-paced as COD, TheStevieP found a button layout setup that gets the job done.

“Walk is down on the strum bar, walking backward is up on the strum bar,” he explained. “To look around, red is to the left, yellow is to the right, blue is up, orange is down. And green shoots.”

However, some of the drawbacks of playing with the guitar are that he doesn’t have a reload button or a grenade button that could get him into some serious trouble in the heat of a firefight.

“If I get a kill in multiplayer I’m going to laugh,” he chuckled. “The person who dies to me deserves to be laughed at.”

As it turns out, his remark was spot on, because just a little bit later, the streamer hopped into multiplayer to partake in some TDM on the infamous Miami map.

After struggling with four deaths to his name, TheStevieP ended up getting into an extremely awkward firefight on a stairway. After missing his first few shots and taking some damage, he managed to finally land a direct hit, eliminating his opponent.

“Yo!” he jumped up with his arms raised in victory.

As he let out a hardy belly laugh, the streamer did end up falling himself, but it was perfectly fine by him, who still couldn’t believe he managed to pull off the frag.

“Let’s go!” he beamed again with glee.

The clip taking from the stream ended up being posted to Reddit where it received a whopping 3.8K upvotes by users on the platform who were impressed with the play.

Black Ops Cold War is still very young so there is no telling what else streamers and content creators will try to up the ante in the bizarre controller department. As it stands though, this was one heck of a way to kick off the entertainment.