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Karma casts doubt over current CoD team’s future with OpTic Gaming

Published: 15/Aug/2019 13:38 Updated: 15/Aug/2019 15:24

by Calum Patterson


Three time Call of Duty World Champion Damon ‘Karma‘ Barlow has suggested that the ongoing 2019 CWL Championship could be the last time the fan favorite roster ever wear the OpTic Gaming jersey.

OpTic Gaming‘s Call of Duty team has suffered a turbulent year both in and out of the game. A strong start with a win at the first event CWL Vegas has been followed by diminishing performances, and a complicated organizational situation.

On June 12, Immortals Gaming Club officially announced the acquisition of Infinite Esports & Entertainment, the parent company of OpTic Gaming, and took over the OpTic brand.

OpTic are looking to make up for their top 24 at 2018 champs – when Karma wasn’t on the team.

With the exception of the Call of Duty team, all other OpTic rosters are to be sold, renamed or released, with OpTic’s iconic status in CoD esports likely the saving grace for the brand.

However, the role of long-time CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is unclear under the new ownership, and although OpTic has secured the LA spot for the 2020 Call of Duty franchised league, rumors suggest that it will be an all new roster.

Speaking to Dexerto, Karma explained that he hopes fans will come out to support the OpTic roster one last time, explaining “It’s our last weekend. Not sure if we’ll ever be in these (OpTic) jerseys again, so come out, be loud, hopefully we make it there for you.”

Karma also revealed why it would be extra special to win this world championship and secure his fourth ring, as it is likely the last ‘CoD Champs’ as it has been known: “It’d be pretty wild (to win the event). I didn’t get to play last year, so to be here this year, and it’s the last one, it’d be pretty sweet.”

The roster is certainly in with a shot – despite shaky performances at previous events, particularly the CWL Finals in Miami, the team is stacked with individual talent that need only stay organized and focused to make a deep run.

And Karma is not the only OpTic member becoming wistful over the end of an era, as H3CZ himself sent a special message to fans on the final ‘OpTic Day’ – 10 years since he left his office job to run the organization.

The team is also wearing a special one-off jersey for the event, emblazoned with the names of every Call of Duty player who represented the GreenWall.

The CoD team started well with a victory over TrainHard Esport, although admittedly a team they would have been expected to get past comfortably. You can keep up with all the action at the 2019 CWL Championship on our coverage hub.

OpTic will face a tougher challenge in their final pool play match against Evil Geniuses, but a win over Carnage in their second match should secure their spot in bracket play.

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When will Warzone solos return?

Published: 18/Jan/2021 11:53

by Connor Bennett


The normal BR Solos are not available in Warzone, with Buy Back Solos and Mini Royale Solos taking its place. When will the normal solo mode come back? Well, here’s what we know.

Ever since Warzone released back in March, a number of different modes have been added alongside the normal quads, trios, and duos modes.

You’ve had things like Juggernaut Royale, Buy Back Quads, and even Zombies Royale to celebrate the spooky Halloween period. However, some players just want the normal battle royale mode that they know and love to be available.

Currently, if you just want to play the normal BR mode – where you hop in, loot, use the gulag if you die, and try to be the last player standing – you can only do so in quads, trios, and duos. It’s not available for solos, and players are asking when it’ll be coming back.

Squad of Warzone characters standing together
Warzone is full of different modes, not just the normal BR formula.

When will BR Solos return to Warzone?

Well, the answer to that question is… it’s up to Raven Software and Activision. They make the call on when the playlists get updated and when things are rotated in and out.

Currently, solo players can only play Buy Back solos – which takes place in Verdansk – and Mini Royale Solos – which takes place on Rebirth Island. The latter of which was rumored to only be lasting until early January, but we’ve blown past that now.

The next big update that looks to be coming to Black Ops Cold War will drop on February 4 – bringing a new Zombies map with it. That could also see major changes come to Warzone, too. However, if enough players kick up a stink about BR solos still being missing, that could push the devs to change whatever plans they’ve got and bring it back sooner rather than later.

Warzone character running away from an explosion
Warzone’s solo mode has become incredibly popular since it was added.

Are Warzone solos gone for good?

Whenever something exits the playlist, some fans immediately ask if it’s been scrapped altogether. And no, that’s rarely ever the case.

While modes like Buy Back and Mini Royale add a nice change of pace, sometimes, you just have to stick with the classic battle royale formula. So, don’t worry too much about it possibly being removed forever. That’s really unlikely to be the case.

So, everything points to us seeing normal solos mode return in the near future, it’s just a matter of when Raven and Activision decide to flip the switch and bring it back.

If anything changes, we’ll keep this post updated so you’ll know when you’ll be getting your fix of normal Warzone solos next.