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Karma responds to criticism, explains why he hasn’t been playing Black Ops 4 with the rest of OpTic

Published: 23/Oct/2018 9:17 Updated: 23/Oct/2018 9:19

by Ross Deason


OpTic Gaming’s Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has responded to criticism from fans about the amount of time that he has been spending practicing with the Call of Duty team, listing three key reasons.

The three-time Call of Duty world champion was brought back into the OpTic roster for the start of the Black Ops 4 season after being benched for the last few events of World War II.


However, the Canadian has also been getting ready for the $250,000 Call of Duty: Blackout Doritos Bowl tournament at TwitchCon 2018, so his practice time between the two modes has been split.

While most fans seem to be understanding, a vocal minority have already voiced concerns about Karma potentially falling behind the rest of the team, underperforming at CWL Vegas, or losing the good vibes that the roster currently seems to have.


“I’ve played every day. I’m playing Blackout for 3 days,” the 25-year-old said on Reddit, addressing these concerns.

He then went on to list the exact reasons for his time spent on Blackout: “1. Because I have a contract saying I have to. 2. I’m playing for $300k 3. There’s no rule set, they’re playing PUB maps in these S&D tournaments that WON’T be played (Waste of time), there’s no equipment, no specialists. I’m better off playing pubs.”

The veteran player’s point about wasting his time competing in online tournaments that will be far removed from the official CWL ruleset is a valid one.


With no word one when the rules will be announced, the competitive CoD community are currently playing a variety of different maps, modes and more in an attempt to prepare for every eventuality.

Add in the fact that most online tournaments, especially Search and Destroy ones, are currently banning all Specialist weapons and equipment, and there’s a good chance that the professional players are currently playing a completely different game to what will be played for the rest of the year.

“Every person who brings up this ‘me not playing’ statement is honestly just killing my vibe and legitimately making me not want to play,” he said in conclusion.


Karma will be competing as part of ‘Team CouRage’ at Doritos Bowl 2018, the first official Blackout battle royale event. You can find out more about the tournament here.

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David Vonderhaar appears to confirm Black Ops Cold War ranked play

Published: 9/Oct/2020 14:04

by Jacob Hale


Treyarch studio design director David Vonderhaar has dropped a major hint about ranked play in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, and it could be great news for competitive players.

Throughout the Modern Warfare season, one of the main gripes for players was the non-existence of ranked play, where players could compete against equal opponents to try and grind their way to the top rankings and have the chance to prove their mettle against top opponents.


Instead, Infinity Ward introduced the CDL playlist, which featured a CDL ruleset and maps but without the ELO or MMR tiers commonly associated with ranked systems.

Without some kind of level, emblem or something else to grind for, a lot of players felt like the CDL playlist didn’t provide the competitive edge they were looking for, but the story could be completely different when Black Ops Cold War drops.

Black Ops Cold War gunfight beta
Black Ops Cold War is due to release November 13.

The game is currently in beta testing, but fans are already looking forward to the full game dropping and getting involved, and one of the main questions competitive players have asked about is ranked play — with Vonderhaar providing a very promising answer.

After the question was posed to him, Vahn didn’t give a straight answer, but the hint was enough to get fans excited.

“Let me give you this,” he started, after explaining that it won’t be in the beta. “Do you know a Black Ops game without a hardcore competitive agenda? Can you think of one? I can not. There’s your answer, without telling you anything.”


There is some accuracy to Vonderhaar’s statement, too. While Black Ops 1 lacked a ranked system when it released back in 2010, each game since has had an iteration of competitive play in some way, be it League Play in Black Ops 2 and 4, or Arena in Black Ops 3, all of which were used to serve the esports community.

It will be interesting to see what ranked play looks like in Black Ops Cold War, assuming there will be one, as a feature of Call of Duty titles that players are always asking for more from. Needless to say, competitive players should be a little more excited now than they were before.