OpTic Gaming star Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has revealed one of the methods teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner used to convince him to return to the organization’s roster for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 season.
Barlow joined the OpTic Gaming roster in April 2015, and remained on the team for over three years until a disappointing run of results during the World War 2 season saw the Canadian replaced by Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni.
With Karma benched for the entirety of the summer, the three-time World Champion seemed set to leave the Greenwall until an announcement during an episode of OpTic’s documentary series ‘Vision’ confirmed he would be returning to the starting squad for the Black Ops 4 season.
While streaming the CWL 2K on Sunday, November 11, Karma began to sing along to ‘All of Me’ by John Legend, when he changed the lyrics to describe his relationship with Scump, giving fans of OpTic a glimpse into one of the ways Abner attempted to bring him back into the squad.
“All of me, Seth, loves all of you,” sang Barlow. “Even though you begged me at Champs, in the hotel lobby!”
Scump immediately began to laugh, saying: “It wasn’t a beg dude,” to which Karma responded: “You actually were so annoying.”
It seems like Barlow’s return to OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty lineup has gotten off to a successful start, with the squad winning the first CWL 2K tournament of the season without losing a single map throughout the whole competition.
The squad are hoping to win the tournament for a second consecutive week when they play in the quarter-finals of the second CWL 2K on Monday, November 12.
Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.
To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.
As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.
Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.
With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.
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NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.
Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”
Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.
Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.
That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.
Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”
Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.