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Karma hits back at CDL’s coverage of Seattle Surge

Published: 12/Apr/2020 15:00 Updated: 12/Apr/2020 16:02

by Joe Craven


Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, three-time Call of Duty world champion and player for Seattle Surge, has criticized some of the broadcasting of CDL Dallas, accusing it of overly focusing on his team’s struggles. 

On paper, Seattle Surge’s lineup is strong enough to be mixing with the likes of Chicago Huntsmen and Atlanta FaZe. Slacked, Octane, Karma, Enable and Apathy all in the same place should be enough to guarantee some high placements.

However, they have struggled massively since the inaugural CDL kicked off back in January of 2020. Their struggles led them to swapping out Enable for Pandur, but the issues have continued online. In the ongoing CDL Dallas, they lost 3-2 to Minnesota ROKKR in the Losers’ Bracket and were swiftly eliminated.

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Seattle’s new lineup hasn’t fixed their issues.

It is during the ongoing Texan competition that Karma has spoken out, arguing the CDL has focused disproportionately on his team’s failings.

The incident began with JoeyNubzy, Seattle’s Head Coach, commenting that it must be a “super slow day” because the CDL’s commentators were talking about Seattle during the Paris/Minnesota matchup. He went on to say: “I just feel like I’ve heard the same thing for 6 hours and it’s not even our series anymore.”

The comments prompted replies from casters Ben ‘Benson’ Bowe and Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler, both of whom argued that Seattle’s struggles were a major talking point.

While some CDL fans agreed with Benson and Nameless, Karma wasn’t satisfied with the explanation. He swiftly replied: “2 game 5s [and] teammate just had a kid. Kiss my ass”.

Karma is arguing that his team’s struggles are being blown out of proportion, and are far more understandable when considering that Apathy has just welcomed his newborn daughter into the world. This will obviously restrict the amount of practice time he has been able to attend.

In a second tweet, Karma highlighted the internet issues Seattle have had to overcome as part of the online event, arguing that they were even struggling to move during some games.

He even sarcastically commented: “That’s something you can talk about.”

Fans were split over the discussion, with some siding with the three-time world champion, while others argued that Seattle’s continued struggles were certainly worth extensive conversation.

Either way, Seattle will be hoping to see a drastic turnaround in results as we get further into the CDL campaign.

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 Invitational: Teams, schedule, more

Published: 28/Oct/2020 5:49 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 5:50

by Brad Norton


Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups will be going live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES

Not much else is known regarding a specific schedule or format just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when brackets are available.

Keep your eyes peeled for highlights and final results as the Black Ops 2 Invitational gets underway.