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Karma Makes It Clear That He Won’t Be Returning to OpTic Gaming

Published: 20/Aug/2018 12:31 Updated: 20/Aug/2018 12:33

by Ross Deason


It looks like Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow fans that are hoping to see him wear an OpTic Gaming jersey again in Black Ops 4 will be left disappointed.

The three time world champion took to Twitter during the 2018 CWL Championship grand final to say “sitting here WATCHING game 5 of the COD Champs finals. My dms are open btw”.

Naturally this statement drew a lot of attention as Karma has been inactive since being dropped by OpTic Gaming in May.

Any dreams of seeing him return to the organization were quickly squashed when a fan asked him to “save OpTic please” – the Canadian’s response was a quick “That’s the past.”


While Karma has made it clear that he isn’t done with competing in Call of Duty, he has also shown that he is content to sit back and wait for the right opportunity to present itself.

CWL Champs 2018 was the first world championship that the 2013, 2014 and 2017 winner had missed out on and his statement about his Twitter direct messages being open certainly seems to suggest that he doesn’t intend on doing so again in 2019.

Although a return to OpTic Gaming would make a lot of fans very happy, another potential destination that has got people excited is 100 Thieves – the organization owned by former OpTic star Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag.

Nadeshot has stated on a number of occasions that 100 Thieves will be entering the competitive CoD scene for Black Ops 4 (which is due to be released on October 12) and has also expressed interest in OpTic players past and present.

Wherever Karma ends up, expect to see him with a controller in his hand at the next Call of Duty event, not behind the analysis desk.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney


The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.