Three-time Call of Duty World Champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow discussed the struggles of the current OpTic Gaming roster following an early exit at the CWL Stage Two Playoffs.
After joining OpTic Gaming during the Advanced Warfare season in 2015, Karma and the remainder of the squad went on to win an unprecedented number of events and major tournaments in the subsequent years.
However, after a major roster shuffle saw Sam ‘Octane’ Larew and Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni take the place of Karma and Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper mid-way through the CoD: WWII season, OpTic has yet to see any real success with the new roster.
Although the new roster managed to qualify for the CWL Pro League Stage Two Playoffs following an impressive run during the regular season, OpTic fell to FaZe in a five-game series during the first round, and were eventually sent home with a 7th-8th placing by UNILAD after a 0-3 loss.
While streaming PUBG, Karma shared his thoughts on why OpTic continues to struggle down the road, mentioning that they have the ‘same issues’ they had prior to any roster changes.
“But for real, I don’t know, they just have the same issues, man. I said it in a chat one time I think when they first started playing. They were losing CTF’s and it would fuck them.
I’m pretty sure the last time we played FaZe – I think it was at Season One FInals. We legit played London Docks, and all I did, even though it was totally wrong to do, I just played the ‘gate side,’ the OE, because that’s all that [ZooMaa] did. That’s all they did at Stage Two, was play the OE on them and grab flags, and they just kept doing it. And no one [from OpTic] was constantly watching it.”
Although Karma has taken a step back from the competition, for the time being, it is unknown if he is planning to return for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 season.
OpTic Gaming will be gearing up for the $1.5 million CWL Championship in Columbus, Ohio between August 15 and August 19.