Damon Barlow 
OpTic Gaming
Fails to find his shots
March 11, 2018
Karma didn't show up and got eliminated from CWL Atlanta in a 3-0 loss to Red Reserve.
Karma had a rough Sunday as his KD continued to drop all day. Not only that, the maneuverable triple-SMG stack from Red Reserve caught him off-guard. He was constantly flanked by either Joee, Joshh or Zer0, putting Karma in an awkward place where he could neither hold spawns or slay. This was seen in Round 3 Capture the Flag where Karma was in charge of spawns. Joee and Joshh were easily able to pin him mid-map in the second half as Karma's shaky shots failed to find their target.
Plays a slow but steady game
March 10, 2018
Karma didn't deliver a stand out performance in a 3-0 sweep of Lightning Pandaz on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
Karma was careful not to play aggressively even as Scump took over the series. However, this turned out to be a boon for OpTic Gaming. Not only was he able to secure important spawns in respawn, but he was able to pick off stragglers in Round 2 Seach & Destroy. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar, Karma played further back than his teammates early-on after his enemies pulled an early flank on them. His cautious playing secured spawns for nearly every hill to easily snowball the round. In Round 2 Search & Destroy on Saint Marie Du Mont, he stuck with FormaL to pick-off players by playing around cover instead of high ground.
Gets carried with an average performance
March 10, 2018
Karma wasn't the best member of OpTic Gaming, but his teammates easily picked up his slack as they won 3-1 against FaZe Clan on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
Karma didn't have as good of a time as his teammates in their match against FaZe Clan, but he did his role and his teammates were able to fill in where he couldn't. Round 1 Hardpoint was Karma's best round, as he got the most hardpoint control time of his team at 2:05 and a negative KD of 22/24. Karma matched Crimsix in KD at 5/6 during Round 2 Search & Destroy, but considering how FaZe Clan handily won that round, that wasn't saying much. Karma then helped his team tie up Round 3 Capture the Flag in the middle of the second half, scoring a flag capture and opening the way for Crimsix to score another flag capture to put OpTic in the lead, but his KD suffered at 20/23. Finally, Karma did get 1:59 of hardpoint control time in Round 4 Hardpoint, but it came at the cost of his KD, which took a nosedive at 17/28.
One decent round in loss
March 2, 2018
Karma really only made a dent in Search & Destroy, as OpTic Gaming were swept by Rise Nation on Thursday, during their Week Six, CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1 match.
Karma's best round was Round 2 Search & Destroy, and it was hardly a barn burner of a performance. He and Crimsix were the leaders for OpTic in the round, and their combined play helped grind out four game wins. However, they did not have the high end performances that Rise Nation did, and it cost them dearly. That was not only a problem in the second round, but in all three rounds. Rise Nation had a bevy of high-level performances, led by Gunless, and OpTic Gaming had no answer for that. Karma was part of the problem for OpTic, going 35/50 in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag combined. He simply could not slay with Rise Nation, a problem that was not unique to himself.
Gives his team solid slaying
February 28, 2018
Karma laid down consistent firepower in a 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1, Division A.
Karma may not have had any standout plays, but he certainly gave his team consistency against Red Reserve. The flex player was able to adapt to his team's strategies with ease thanks to some tight coordination. Scump, Crimsix and FormaL all played an absurdly aggressive game that forced Karma to stay behind and hold spawns. But it was also his firepower, combined with his spawn anchoring, that gave his team a distinct edge. In Round 4 Hardpoint on Gibraltar, his positioning was key in giving his teammates some "sticky" spawns in vital hills like Castle Road and Turret.
Up and down in upset loss
February 21, 2018
Karma never found consistency as OpTic Gaming were upset and reverse swept by eRa to finish off the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 matches on Tuesday.
Round 1 Hardpoint was a high moment for Karma. He had a strong two-way game, providing a solid supply of kills and a strong game on the objective (24/2:05). He continued his strong run of play into Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he dominated eRa. He had three kills in Game 1, and the final kill in Game 4, as they took an easy 2-0 lead and looked prime for a sweep. However, Karma and the rest of OpTic would limp to the finish line, and get reverse swept by eRa. Karma went a combined 40/57 in Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint, as they were dominated in the former and lost closely in the latter. Karma's strong Hardpoint time kept them close in Round 4 (1:11) but he did not do enough with his gun to make a meaningful impact outside of that. He continued to struggle into Round 5 Hardpoint, as Scump and FormaL were the only reason why they made it to 10 games in the round, before losing.
Drags down OpTic Gaming at key moments
February 2, 2018
OpTic Gaming counted on Karma to clutch, but Karma just couldn't do so in a 3-1 loss on Thursday during Week 2 of the CWL Pro League Stage 1.
After a successful two weeks in the Pro League, OpTic Gaming finally met their match in Red Reserve, as their teamwork crumbled in the face of Red Reserve's onslaught. Karma seemed to disintegrate the most, as he buckled under the pressure at key moments where he was expected to clutch. For instance, during Round 1 Hardpoint, Karma finished with the lowest KD of his team with 26/30 as Red Reserve defeated OpTic by less than 50 points. Karma was the last to die in a devastating defeat for OpTic in Round 2 Search & Destroy, scoring an 8/6 KD as he was swarmed upon from all sides in the last moments of Round 11 by Red Reserve. Karma attempted to redeem himself in Round 3 Capture the Flag, and he did to some extent by scoring a seven killstreak at the end to bring his KD to positive territory with 19/16. But Karma again buckled under pressure in Round 4 Hardpoint, as he again had the lowest KD at 26/28 and OpTic Gaming lost yet another Hardpoint round to the newly bombastic Red Reserve.
Gets the job done
January 31, 2018
Karma put in effort where it counted to help OpTic Gaming pick up a 3-1 win over Echo Fox on Tuesday during Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League.
Karma started off reliably against Echo Fox during Round 1 Hardpoint, where he notched up a solid positive KD of 27/23 and 51 seconds of hardpoint control time. During Round 2 Search & Destroy, however, Karma predictably suffered with the rest of OpTic Gaming, only scoring a 4/7 KD that round. Karma's dependability was unquestioned during Round 3 Capture the Flag, however, where he was the only member of his team to tally a positive KD at 22/19. Finally, despite Karma going negative in KD during Round 4 Hardpoint at 22/30, he still scored the most hardpoint control time of his team that round at 1:31, helping OpTic narrowly edge out Echo Fox for the 3-1 series victory.
Stomps across the map with confidence
January 30, 2018
Karma tore through Vitality in a swift 3-0 series on Day 4 of Stage 1 CWL Pro League.
Karma and Scump make a monster pair. The two SMGs barreled through Vitality's defenses, shredding any and all advantages they had before pushing even further to punish Vitality all over again. The slaughter was evident as early as Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks when both Scump and Karma could just melt Vitality in an instant. This allowed them to flip spawns at a whim, such as in a funny moment on third Main Street when Karma gave Vitality the best spawns possible due to his over-extension, only to immediately flip the spawns in the next fight with a smooth double kill.
Supports his more aggressive teammates
January 23, 2018
Karma coordinates in style with his team to beat Team Kaliber 3-1 on Tuesday during Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League.
Karma didn't have as strong a game as his teammates did, but he did still help secure the win for his team by being a steady anchor spawn. This was crucial on maps like London Docks and Gibraltar, especially against the spawn-focused techniques of Team Kaliber. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar, for example, Karma's strategic positioning in the last fight of the round allowed his team to spawn near the Castle Road Hardpoint, allowing his teammates to call in all their Scorestreaks to clutch the match.
Late contributions can't stop Echo Fox
January 13, 2018
Karma couldn't bring enough to the table to stave off a 1-3 loss against Echo Fox in the Winners Bracket of CWL New Orleans.
Karma tried to help FormaL drag OpTic Gaming over the finish line in this series, but they simply couldn't do so against a well-oiled Echo Fox machine. He started the series off with a negative KD, but as the series progressed, he started to come on a bit stronger. The only problem here was that FormaL was basically the only other player doing much of anything, which left the team powerless against Echo Fox. He had the most kills to start out the final Hardpoint to try and force a Game 5, but it simply wasn't enough.
Whiffs careful strategies
December 11, 2017
Karma's miscommunicated with his team during a loss to Splyce in the CWL Dallas losers' final loss.
Karma may have had a strategy going into this series but it got lost in the execution. Picking the same five maps and game modes as their previous match against Splyce, instead of pulling a new strategy, Karma and OpTic Gaming chose to stick to their same aggressive and overwhelming style. Unfortunately for the Green Wall, Splyce was prepared. Round 1 Hardpoint started well until Splyce turned around the mid-game with Scorestreaks. Karma would try to pivot his team in Round 3 Capture the Flag by organizing a scrappier style, but it was unsuccessful as it still used older strategies of long flanks and slow pushes.
Can't maintain early momentum
December 11, 2017
Karma started strong before falling to the losers' bracket in a 0-3 loss to Team Kaliber on Day 3 of CWL Dallas.
Karma seemed at a bit of a loss when Team Kaliber managed to keep up with their slaying. Karma started great on Round 1 Hardpoint by dropping two separate quad-kills before the second set of rotations. This allowed Karma to streak out early on, only he still couldn't clutch the map. Team Kaliber kept him on his toes with stun grenades and smoke grenades, eventually leading Karma to burn his early streaks in the second set just to break the Ruins Hardpoint. The panic Scorestreak gave Team Kaliber the space they needed to continually challenge OpTic Gaming.
A lot of struggles in win
December 10, 2017
Karma did not have his best day at the office in the 3-2 win over Splyce on Day 3 of CWL Dallas. The win secured OpTic Gaming's spot in the winner's bracket finals.
The first three rounds of this match were mired in struggled for Karma. Round 1 Hardpoint was bad for everything OpTic Gaming -- they lost 250-63, and were as outclassed as the score suggests they were. Karma was no exception. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him lag behind his teammates as they evened the series up, and Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him struggle yet again as Splyce dominated the round. Karma stepped his game up a bit in the final two rounds, providing key support in two wins that saw OpTic Gaming come back over Splyce.
Laid back in win
December 10, 2017
Karma was in the periphery of the 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Day 3 of CWL Dallas. The win put OpTIc Gaming into the winner's bracket semifinals.
Karma was hardly a driving force in this match, as he largely took a backseat to his teammates -- namely Crimsix -- in this one. After a tough Round 1 Hardpoint that saw OpTic Gaming lose, and struggle to put any kills together doing so, Karma had a great performance in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He and Crimsix had 10 kills between them through the first three games and were key reasons as to why they ran out to a 4-0 lead, which put the round basically in their pocket. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Karma play a more defensive game after OpTic Gaming got out to a quick lead -- he continued his low-key, support-based play in Round 4 Hardpoint. Karma was hardly on the top of his game, but he supported his teammates who were throughout the match.
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