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OpTic Karma proves he’s just as good on PC with Battalion 1944 clutch

Published: 5/Jun/2019 10:27 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 11:46

by Calum Patterson


Three time Call of Duty World Champion Damon ‘Karma‘ Barlow is best known as a console gaming legend, but his biggest fans know he’s just as skilled with a keyboard and mouse too, as he demonstrated on rising shooter game Battalion 1944.

The OpTic Gaming star has been a professional Call of Duty player for almost a decade with 24 major championship wins to his name, but he hasn’t always been the “star” player on a roster.

Rather, Karma is known for his intelligent and creative play, smart decision-making and a level of consistency unparalleled by many of his fellow pros – and these skills easily transfer to any game he plays.

Bulkhead InteractiveBattalion 1944 draws inspiration from other popular first-person shooters, but still feels fresh.

Whether it’s CS:GO, PUBG or even Fortnite Battle Royale, Barlow has always proven himself adept at grasping a game’s fundamentals, and instantly perfecting them.

The newest viral shooter on Twitch in 2019 is WWII-themed FPS ‘Battalion 1944‘, which makes no attempts to hide the inspiration it took from Call of Duty and Counter-Strike’s gameplay.

Of course, this means it’s well suited to Karma’s skills, and it didn’t take long for his teammates to have their minds blown, as he clutched a slick 1v2 with an excellent prediction, and perfect reactions and accuracy.

It wasn’t Karma’s only insane play of the night either, as he showed off his sniping skills too. The CoD pro quickly worked out some sneaky lines of sight to line up the perfect shot to eliminate an opponent.

Battalion’s primary game mode is largely inspired by Call of Duty’s ‘Search & Destroy’ and Counter-Strike’s Bomb Defusal, so a veteran like Karma would have felt right at home.

Former CS:GO pro shroud explained that he thinks Battalion is the perfect mix of COD and CS, making it the “best FPS out right now” in his opinion.

Clearly, there is something about Battalion that is appealing to these skilled players, and shroud himself even complimented its difficulty, skill gap and competitiveness.

Karma is still competing full time in Call of Duty, so won’t be able to dedicate the time he might like to Battalion, but even just playing casually, his expertise is apparent for all to see.

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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.