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Karma vs. Crimsix: Who is Call of Duty’s greatest player?

Published: 12/Mar/2019 12:28 Updated: 12/Mar/2019 12:39

by Matt Porter

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For Call of Duty fans, the debate regarding who is the game’s greatest ever player is a tough one, as fans agonize over which OpTic Gaming member – Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow or Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter – is the undisputed king of the console esport. 

The pair’s careers have been intertwined since 2012, when Karma replaced James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks on a compLexity team which also featured Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price, Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow and of course, Crimsix.

The lineup would continue the incredible dominance that compLexity had over the Call of Duty esports scene, climbing to the very top of the mountain with a victory at the Ghosts World Championships.

Crimsix and Karma as part of compLexity.

After a move to Evil Geniuses, cracks appeared to form in the legendary roster, resulting in the loan of Barlow to FaZe Clan, putting the final nail in the coffin of one of Call of Duty’s greatest runs.

However, the demise of one era led to the creation of the second, with Karma and Crimsix eventually reuniting on OpTic Gaming, spearheading a second era of championship victories for the duo which culminated at the Infinite Warfare Call of Duty Championships, with Porter adding a second championship ring to his collection, while Barlow got his hands on a third.

The pair split again briefly during the World War 2 season, but a
reconcillation between Karma and OpTic Gaming saw Barlow make a return
to the starting roster, and saw immediate success by claiming victory at
the CWL Las Vegas Open back in December.

Now, Dexerto have taken an in-depth look at the two players’ careers
and the legacy they have forged in Call of Duty esports in our latest
documentary.

No matter who you ask, it’s unlikely you will ever receive a definitive answer to the question of who the GOAT is. Many look at Karma’s in-game selflessness and three World Championships as a clear sign of his greatness, while others contest that Porter’s incredible consistency as a top slayer sets him apart, while also holding the record for most overall tournament wins.

No matter your allegiance, one thing is for certain though – they are, without question, two of the greatest players to ever pick up the controller and play Call of Duty.

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How to watch $25K Mutineers Pro-Am Warzone event: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 27/Oct/2020 20:44 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 20:45

by Albert Petrosyan

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Call of Duty League franchise, Florida Mutineers, are hosting the Elite Gamer Pro-Am Warzone tournament featuring big-name pros and content creators battling it out for a slice of the $25,000 prize pool.

With the dog days of the Call of Duty League offseason very much upon us, more and more teams are entering the business of hosting Warzone competitions, with the Florida Mutineers being the latest example.

Along with one of their leading sponsors, Cox, the Mutineers have organized the Elite Gamer event, a series of Warzone tournaments that, today, culminates with a $25,000 championship featuring a lot of popular figures in and out of the gaming world.

Before that players in the United States got the chance to compete in several smaller play-in competitions, which featured their own prizes as well as qualifier spots for today’s main event.

Warzone Florida Mutineers
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Warzone tournaments have been all the rage in CoD since the CDL’s offseason began.

When is the Mutineers’ Elite Gamer Championship?

The competition is taking place on Tuesday, October 27, starting at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 9 PM UK and expected to last at least several hours.

It’s being streamed live on the Florida Mutineers’ official Twitch channel, which we’ve included below for your convenience.

Elite Gamer Warzone tourney teams & bracket

There are a total of 18 teams competing in this competition – ten that were invited and another eight that qualified via that four qualifier tournaments held throughout October.

The ten invited teams feature a mix of Warzone “pros” and high-profile amateur players, including the likes of athletes, musicians, and other celebrity figures.

Invited teams:

  • Antwuan Woods & Splack (play-in)
  • Seth Curry & LGTN (play-in)
  • LEGIQN & ZLaner (play-in)
  • MerK & Maven (play-in)
  • Symfuhny & Tfue
  • FaZe Bloo & Clutchbelk
  • Pamaj & Skyz
  • Karma & Stukawaki
  • Super Duper Kyle & ScummN
  • Might Mouse & BigDaddyRyyy

Qualified teams:

  • Tommey & Aydan (Qualifier #1)
  • aHTracT- & Dezmond (Qualifier #2)
  • GunsWorld & Djmas23(Qualifier #3)
  • PaceSetter & GangstazSalute88(Qualifier #4)
  • Kekoa & RussDaddy (Qualifier #5)
  • SloppyHarry & Unifyz(Qualifier #6)
  • Immude & Cinco (Qualifier #7)
  • Falnets & Shmelt (Qualifier #8)

Bracket:

Mutineers Warzone bracket
Florida Mutineers
The starting bracket for the Florida Mutineer’s Pro-Am Warzone tournament.

Format, rules, prizing

This is a single-elimination duos tournament that uses the popular bot-race format, meaning that teams matched up in the bracket must queue into a public quads lobby together. So, while they’re technically teammates in-game, they’re opponents for the purposes of the event.

All matches are best-of-three, with the combined number of kills between each pair of players counting as their score. The duo that gets more eliminations in a single game of Warzone is considered the victor of that game, and the first to win two of those advances in the bracket.

As for the prizing, $15,000 of the $25,000 goes to the champion team, $5,000 to the second-place duo, and another $5,000 will be donated to the Call of Duty Endowment.