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Karma Shares More Details About How He Was Dropped from OpTic Gaming, His Relationship With Scump, and His Offer to Join FaZe Clan

Published: 8/May/2018 11:12 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 14:45

by Ross Deason


Former OpTic Gaming Call of Duty star Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has revealed more information about his removal from the team and one of the options that he turned down.

After weeks of speculation about the future of the OpTic Gaming Call of Duty team, an official announcement was made during an episode of Vision on May 6th.


As many people had predicted, the players leaving the team were Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow but they have both found themselves in very different situations.

FormaL has joined one of the best teams of the Call of Duty: WWII season so far, Luminosity Gaming, while Karma has decided to take a break from competing as he did not get any offers that he wanted to pursue.


During a recent Twitch stream the three time World Champion revealed some more details about how he was dropped from the team and even talked about an offer that he received from FaZe Clan.

According to Karma, he was under the impression that he could be sticking with Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner under the OpTic Gaming banner along with Sam ‘Octane’ Larew but eventually Scump changed his mind:


“I thought it was going to be me, Sam, Seth, and Ian but somewhere down the road I guess Seth just didn’t wanna play with me. That’s pretty much why I’m not playing on the team. That’s one thing I wanted to talk about.

It was pretty much kinda like the EG situation – when I figured out that people just didn’t wanna play with me I was just like fuck it, not playing now.”

During the same stream the Canadian revealed that he had actually received an offer to go to FaZe Clan as a trade for Thomas ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto, which seems to confirm the rumors about OpTic showing interest in SMG player.


However, Karma made it clear that the only way he would join FaZe Clan was if he was replacing James ‘Replays’ Crowder, perhaps due to the fact that he has expressed an interest in taking up the AR role.


Unfortunately, the chances of seeing Karma competing again during the Call of Duty: WWII season seem to be rather slim.

However, he does seem to be holding on to the hope returning for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 which will be released in October of 2018.