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Karma Discusses Gunless and Unfair Criticism During His Tenure With OpTic Gaming

Published: 4/May/2018 14:25 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:48

by Ross Deason


OpTic Gaming’s Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has let the competitive Call of Duty scene know exactly how he feels about the criticism that he has received in recent months.

For the first time since the Advanced Warfare season, OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty team looks set to make some roster changes and it is widely assumed that Karma will be at least one of the players that is removed from the roster.


The most popular candidate to replace him has been Rise Nation’s Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman – a player that many other pros view as the current best in the game.

But Karma is a three time World Champion for a reason and the Canadian has often received an unfair amount of criticism during his tenure with OpTic Gaming due to roles that he has assumed – concentrating more on the objective than getting kills.


During a recent Twitch stream he talked about the CWL Pro League Season 1 playoffs, an event where OpTic lost to FaZe in the Grand Finals, and pointed out that he was one of the standout performers at the event but still received little praise and the team still lost.

Karma was right at the top of the statistics for flex players at the event along with Gunless and Martin ‘Chino’ Chino, but he got very little credit for his performance due to the fact that the team crumbled in the Grand Final.

Karma says “I played better than every person. Every flex person in the game”.


While Gunless did have slightly better statistics at the event, he only played eight maps and was eliminated in last place as opposed to Karma’s 21 maps played and second place finish.

The veteran doesn’t seem to be taking shots at Gunless, or any other flex player in the game, but is instead using his Season 1 performance as evidence that he could rarely win with OpTic fans, even when he was playing better than his teammates.

It now seems like only a matter of time before an official announcement is made regarding the future of OpTic Gaming and Karma.

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“Broken” Warzone skin is too hard to see & players aren’t happy about it

Published: 18/Oct/2020 22:48

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone’s Season 5 Roze “Rook” operator is maddening players, as the small, dark silhouette is sometimes impossible to detect before getting killed.

Verdansk is a diverse environment and Modern Warfare’s operators are fittingly blessed with a varied assortment of camouflages. With the map spanning green, forested areas, dry, muted plains, and dark, indoor rooms, there is a lot of different scenery to keep track of.


Within the map’s obscured nooks and crannies, one Season 5 operator skin has become a particular nuisance for players. Upon hitting Tier 100 on the preceding season’s Battle Pass, the Roze “Rook” skin was unlocked, offering fans a jet-black, sleek character to rock across Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and accompanying battle royale.

With the prevalence of close-quarters combat in dimly lit indoor spaces, players have begun pointing out just how impossible it is to see Roze in the game. 

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Roze’s Rook skin is easy to see in the light, but practically invisible in the dark.

In a screenshot shown by ‘bleedblue_knetic’ on Reddit, there appears to be an empty cell in the subterranean jails located below the Prison POI. But their teammate, ‘Deadalus,’ is highlighted as being right behind the cell’s bars. 

Even knowing someone is technically there, it is practically impossible to discern a character model behind the partial obstructions.

I’ve never really seen anyone talk about it, but does anyone else think Roze skin is not okay? from CODWarzone

As such, bleedblue_knetic’s post is titled simply: “I’ve never really seen anyone talk about it, but does anyone else think Roze skin is not okay?” In response, the vast majority of commenters agreed that this skin is an issue and is getting widely used by sweaty players because of how difficult it is to see in Warzone’s darker environments.


One commenter summed it up succinctly: “It’s one of the most broken skins in the game.”

Another Redditor, ‘OJbeforethebadstuff,’ also replied with his own example of the Rook skin’s seeming invisibility. While their video settings appear to lack more brightness than necessary, it still demonstrates just how deadly Roze’s camouflage can be.


As seen in the video, the screen is darker than most players’ displays, but, nonetheless, the Roze that kills him is frankly invisible. It isn’t until you watch the kill cam that you realize there was a person actually standing there amongst the tables, waiting to secure an easy elimination.


Usually, hacking is raised as a possibility when you’re killed by someone you can’t see. But, in this case, it appears that the Rook skin is simply svelte and dark enough to blend into indoor backgrounds perfectly.

Her hitbox isn’t technically smaller than others’ and she does appear in an obvious contrast when in bright environments, but so much of Warzone is played in dimmed locations that this is as meta a skin as the game has seen. Infinity Ward has yet to respond to complaints and it remains to be seen if some of the game’s niche visibility issues can be resolved.