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Karma reveals Crimsix split following OpTic roster drama

Published: 14/Sep/2019 9:28 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 12:27

by Connor Bennett


Three-time Call of Duty World Champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has confirmed that he won’t be teaming with longtime teammate Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter ahead of the CoD League franchising.

With the Black Ops 4 competitive season well and truly over following CoD Champs, a whole range of professional players have confirmed that their futures will be in for a shake-up as everyone looks forward to Modern Warfare.

We’ve already seen former world champions like Crimsix and Arcitys confirm their free agency, while a star like ZooMaa has confirmed he won’t be with FaZe Clan moving forward. However, after stating that he was in the dark over his future, Karma has finally given an insight as to what the future holds for him moving into the Call of Duty League.

MLGKarma and Crimsix won world championships together with OpTic and Complexity.

Karma and Crimsix have both seemingly been ousted from the roster featuring Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly, but fans are wondering if they will stick together as a duo.

During his September 13 stream, the three-time CoD World Champion was asked if he was going to be staying alongside Crimsix moving into franchising, as the “one man who stuck by your side.”

“Umm, no,” Karma replied after a few moments of silence. He expanded further, though, adding: “One thing I’ll tell you, we wanted to but it didn’t happen.” 

While neither Karma or Crimsix have confirmed where they will be headed in franchising, it does appear as if the OpTic Gaming squad from Black Ops 4 will definitely be going their separate ways. 

That, too, would include Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, who has been teaming with Crimsix since 2014. Scump has been rumored to be reuniting with Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, a move which Crimsix appeared to confirm during a CSGO game – and sparked a public spat between the former OpTic and Luminosity Gaming players. 

Where any of the former OpTic players will end up, however, remains to be seen as no franchised team has yet to announce a player – despite intensifying rumors about line-ups and contracts being signed. 

You can follow all the ins and out of the pre-franchising rostermania transfer period with our dedicated live tracker.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

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.