OpTic Gaming’s Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has openly discussed his recent behind the scenes roster decisions, and why he turned down 100 Thieves to return to the OpTic roster.
It was believed initially that Karma would be joining Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams and co. on 100 Thieves, with his position as a veteran and a leader seemingly the perfect fit for the roster.
So, when Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt were confirmed on the roster, it came as a suprise to many that Karma wouldn’t be under Nadeshot’s organization after all.
It was even hinted that he had ‘screwed over’ 100 Thieves by changing his mind at the last minute, which had led to a very disgruntled sounding tweet from Nadeshot himself.
And Karma has now somewhat confirmed these rumors, explaining that he was in fact set on joining 100T, but that things didn’t work out as expected.
“I was first approached, and I was pretty damn close to going with 100 Thieves. But, initially it just wasn’t exactly what I wanted with the team. I really wanted to play with Kenny, but nothing against Fero, I really wanted someone like John.
That was the other thing, I really wanted to play with John. But I would have had to wait a little longer to see if anything was possible, and I really just wasn’t 100 percent sure.”
This is a major piece of behind the scenes roster talk which fans are not used to hearing so candidly from a pro player, and it all but confirms numerous rumors that were floated about Karma.
The main one being that he was trying to team with John, which of course he confirms, as well as not being entirely satisfied with the prospect of teaming with Fero.
Now back on OpTic with Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly, greenwall fans will be overjoyed that things didn’t work out Karma with 100 Thieves.