Former OpTic Gaming Call of Duty star Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow believes that he could improve every team in the CWL Pro League except for his former team and Rise Nation.
As a three time World Champion, Karma is widely, and rightly, regarded as one of the best competitive Call of Duty players in history.
However, the Canadian veteran saw his stock drop somewhat toward the end of his tenure with OpTic Gaming as he struggled to shine playing the more supportive role in the star studded team.
Following CWL Seattle, Karma and Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper were replaced on OpTic by Sam ‘Octane’ Larew and Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni. FormaL quickly found a new home with Luminosity but Karma didn’t get any offers that he saw worthy of pursuing.
With he still has a drive to compete at the highest level, Karma has decided to take a step back from the competitive scene, wait for a potential offer from a top team, and reassess his options.
However, the legendary player is still supremely confident and on May 30th he lamented the fact that he is sat on the sidelines watching when he believes that he could improve every team in the CWL Pro League, besides Rise Nation and OpTic, if he played the main assault rifle role.
TBH if I'm Main AR on any team beside Rise / OG they get better but I'm watching.
— Damon B (@OpTic_DKarma) May 30, 2018
The statement is a controversial one, and has sparked a great deal of debate within the competitive Call of Duty community, but doubting Karma has rarely ended well for fans or fellow competitors over the years.
OpTic and Rise Nation have looked dominant so far in Stage 2 of the CWL Pro League, confirming the rumors about their online form, but won’t face each other until June 7th at the end of Week 2 for Division B.
One player that disagrees with Karma’s assertion about improving teams is eUnited’s James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks. The 2015 World Champion responded on Twitter, saying that his team has not one, but two players that are better in the AR role.
Wait, what? We have two better AR’s on our team than you. Not saying you wouldn’t make an impact but that’s pretty ignorant to say
— eU Clayster (@Clayster) May 31, 2018