Damon 'Karma' Barlow has addressed speculation that he demanded Thomas "TJHaLy" Haly be dropped from the OpTic Gaming CoD lineup for the upcoming Black Ops 4 season.
Currently, the OpTic roster is still (officially) Ian 'Crimsix' Porter, Seth 'Scump' Abner and Anthony 'Methodz' Zinni. However, the latter is almost certain to be dropped, especially after comments made about him by Crimsix.
The long standing rumor is that Crimsix and Scump will be joined on the roster by both Brandon 'Dashy' Otell and TJHaLy, plus a fifth member - potentially Karma.
The infamous CoD Burner recently stated that if Karma was not the fifth player, then it would be any of these players; Gunless, Methodz or Arcitys (in order of likeliness).
The confusion around Karma's return to OpTic is two-fold. Firstly, he previously seemed to dismiss the idea, by saying "that's the past", and secondly, it is rumored that he is being somewhat picky as to who else he wants on the roster.
One suggestion is that Karma is refusing to rejoin his old teammates under the OpTic banner - unless the rumored move for TJHaLy is shut down. But Karma has refuted this claim in no uncertain terms.
lol that is not true. Burner is pic.twitter.com/0j5OJDwJh5
— Damon B (@OpTic_DKarma) September 24, 2018
So it sounds as though Karma is open to playing alongside the young star TJHaLy, who won three major events in his first year returning to competition, after having to sit out the Black Ops 3 and IW seasons due to age restrictions.
With Black Ops 4 on the horizon, TJHaLy, still officially signed to Rise Nation, is one of the top prospects heading into the season, and most top teams would be happy to acquire his signature - and it seems Karma is too.
Watch our video below on the original CoD Burner and his activity that made him famous: