OpTic Karma reveals his pick for Call of Duty's GOAT

Matt Porter

OpTic Gaming star Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow appeared on Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez’s 600 Seconds podcast to discuss his best and worst moments as a professional player, his three World Championship wins and his thoughts on who Call of Duty’s all-time greatest player is.

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Karma is widely recognized as one of, if not the greatest Call of Duty players of all time, with his three World Championship rings setting him apart from anyone who has ever played the game at a professional level.

The Canadian has starred on a number of legendary rosters throughout his career, playing a major role in Fariko Impact’s Black Ops 2 success, while also being a member of two of CoD’s greatest dynasties, compLexity and OpTic Gaming.

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What were Karma’s best and worst moments in Call of Duty?

During his experience on 600 Seconds, Karma briefly broke down some of the highlights and lowlights from his time as a professional CoD player.

“Playing with Doug [‘Censor’ Martin], I was really mad,” stated the OpTic star when asked about tough moments. “The only other time was sad, but it opened my eyes. Playing in Raleigh in Black Ops 1, got my worst placing ever. It really opened my eyes.”

Karma has had plenty of highlights in his illustrious career though, mentioning Black Ops 2 and Infinite Warfare World Championship wins as the best periods he has experienced in the game, ranking them above his Call of Duty: Ghosts Champs win, which he says: “felt like just another tournament.”

Karma says his Infinite Warfare World Championship ranks as one of his greatest moments.
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Who is Karma’s all-time favorite teammate?

The Canadian has no shortage of incredible teammates to list off when discussing his favorite ever teammate, but it will come as little surprise that Karma named the player he has teamed with longer than anyone as the best.

“That’s easy,” Karma told H3CZ. “Ian [‘Crimsix’ Porter]. I don’t even know how many years we’ve played together. We’ve got to be the longest team of two people in Call of Duty.”

Crimsix is Karma’s favorite ever teammate.

Who is the greatest Call of Duty player of all time?

With Karma disqualified from choosing himself as the answer to this question – although many would argue he is the undisputed best – Karma stayed in-house for his answer, going back to the well and selecting Crimsix as the greatest of all time.

Karma said: “I’m picking Ian. He’s smart. That’s all I care about playing CoD. In my opinion, everybody can shoot straight, some might shoot are a little better. In the end though, it comes down to the decisions you make and that’s how I rate Call of Duty players.”

Karma also touched on the prospect of franchising in Call of Duty, stating that he was unaware of the details regarding the prospect, but revealed that his biggest concern was that he hoped he didn’t have to move. 

Disclaimer: Hector Rodriguez is a minority shareholder of Dexerto LTD. 

About The Author

Matt is a former Dexerto writer. Hailing from Northern Ireland, he is games journalist who specializes in Call of Duty. Matt joined Dexerto in August 2018, covering a variety of games as a Senior Writer before moving to CharlieINTEL in 2020.