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Karma weighs in on OpTic and eUnited social media dispute

Published: 1/Nov/2018 13:54 Updated: 1/Nov/2018 14:10

by Calum Patterson


OpTic Gaming’s Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow gave his response to the Twitter storm which brewed up on Halloween night, after a joke made by eUnited to troll the OpTic organization caused debate.

For eUnited’s Halloween ‘costume’, they gave their Twitter account a makeover, complete with new profile image and header, all inspired by the green color of OpTic Gaming.

 They posted a tweet explaining “Very spooky. We are dressing up as a Top 24 Champs team this year” – mocking OpTic’s top 17-24th placing at the 2018 CWL World Championship.

The majority of the community appreciated what they saw as light hearted poking fun, but OpTic’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner was the first OG member to respond – and wasn’t happy.

He called the troll a “pathetic roast for attention”, saying that while he was happy to take criticizm from other pro players and fans, he wouldn’t accept it from a professional organization “of people I don’t know.”

Later, during a live stream, Scump’s teammate Karma gave his review. He was more reserved than Scump, but made clear that he didn’t think much of the Twitter antics either.

Karma of course was not part of the OpTic team that placed top 24, but has won three world championships to eUnited’s zero, and points this out: “[eUnited] don’t get to have a lot of fun – I’ve had a lot of fun three times.”

He also says it was “uncalled for, really unnecessary”, before going on to belittle it to nothing more than a publicity stunt. “If you want some publicity, do something with OpTic,” he said, “it usually works – that’s how I got popular.”

eUnited have since changed back to their original colors, posting a new tweet saying ‘#NewProfilePic Much Better”.

They also asked their followers to decide for them whether they should continue ‘memes’ or not on their social media account, which sits at 70% in favor of memes at the time of writing.

The organization likely would have expected some vitriol from OpTic Gaming fans, but the general consensus was that it was a funny joke.

However, CoDGamepedia did point out that if they wanted to dress up as a top 24 Champs team, they needn’t have dressed up at all.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney


The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.