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Karma explains what went wrong for OpTic Gaming at CWL Finals

Published: 28/Jul/2019 15:06 Updated: 28/Jul/2019 16:22

by Joe Craven


Call of Duty veteran Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has provided his thoughts on what went wrong for the Greenwall at CWL Finals, after they crashed out of the tournament without winning a map. 

Since OpTic Gaming were on the receiving end of a 6-0 map count at Call of Duty’s biggest tournament of the year so far, many theories have emerged as to why they struggled so badly. Gen.G AR Maux has suggested that they play for “a bunch of 1v1s”.

TJHaLy has also revealed that the team has reverted to a number of their old roles, after they made adjustments to try and improve on back to back third place finishes. Now though, Karma, the only 3 time CoD World Champion, has revealed what he thinks went wrong. 

CWLMembers of OpTic Gaming were visibly despondent after losing to Luminosity.

“Honestly I kinda wish I’d have streamed right after [the tournament],” he started. “Because I was losing fucking full reading Reddit and Twitter. Like, we played so well at pre-LAN. Before the pre-LAN we were 50-50 [win ratio]. And then when we were all together, we got so much better.”

“I legit thought no ICR could touch me,” he continued. “Honestly, that’s how I felt, and then we played horribly wrong at the event.” 

Many voices on Twitter and Reddit immediately criticized OpTic Gaming for their performance, but Karma does not think that practice (or a lack thereof) is to blame.

He continued to explain their struggles with one particular game mode and map, suggesting it was more than just a lack of delivering at the right time. “Like SnD whatever, Hacienda, when we actually play in a tournament – I don’t know what we do. SnDs, like that was just chalked.”

MLGAfter their loss to Luminosity, OpTic were eliminated 3-0 by 100 Thieves.

OpTic struggling with Search and Destroy will be nothing new to long time fans of the organization: their loss at Black Ops III’s Call of Duty Championships in 2016 was largely put down to struggles in SnD.

Similarly, the team’s struggles during WWII, even after bringing in Octane and Methodz, still revolved around an inability to win Search and Destroys. 

The acquisition of TJHaLy and Dashy for Black Ops 4 alleviated some of these issues, but it’s clear that Karma thinks the game mode is still a problem area, not to mention the need to replicate scrim success in the big tournaments. 

This year’s CoD Champs takes place from August 14-18, and represents OpTic’s last chance at some more silverware.

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Nadeshot calls for major SBMM change in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:48

by Jacob Hale


Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.