OpTic Texas announce the return of a Call of Duty Legend

OpTic Texas announce the return of a Call of Duty Legend

Written by 

Jack Marsh


26th May 2023 13:34

OpTic Gaming has hosted pretty much every Call of Duty legend under their banner at one point or another throughout their careers. Only a few World Champions have evaded the Green Wall, as their catalyst of talent has made them the most recognisable organisation in the world.

Whether it be Seth "Scump" Abner, Ian "Crimsix" Porter, James "Clayster" Eubanks, Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag, or Matthew "FormaL" Piper, the Mount Rushmore of Call of Duty esports have all played for OpTic at one point in their careers. 

But now one of their most esteemed champions has returned to the organisation and worked their way back into the esports team, as OpTic Texas has now announced coach Damon "Karma" Barlow.

Karma returns to the Call of Duty League as OpTic Texas Head Coach


Three-time World Champion and arguably the most effective player of all time, Karma has now officially joined the OpTic Texas management staff, taking over as Head Coach following the departure of Raymond "Rambo" Lussier. 

Karma was revealed as Head Coach through the OpTic Call of Duty esports show "The Process", just moments before he took to the stage at the CDL Major V behind the roster.

It's understood that OpTic have also kept their pivotal analyst JohnPaul "JP Krez" Krez too, with Karma bolstering the guys for morale and offering insights into key individual nuances.

Karma won 24 major championships throughout his career, including three rings, 13 of which were won under the OpTic banner during the Dynasty run. He returned to OpTic as a content creator back in 2021 and has now taken a step back into the CDL scene.

OpTic Texas could do with more Karma leadership

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Having seen Karma walk out on stage with the OpTic Texas lineup at Major V, his first stint as Head Coach has not been too successful, as the roster fell in what should have been a routine match against Florida Mutineers.

But as the Mutineers play their last-ever matches under the brand, amid an all-Spanish Miami Heretics takeover, they've proven once again to be OpTic's kryptonite, beating them in a convincing 3-0 manner, which is the Green Wall's first loss this split.

Karma and the roster now face an uphill battle through the lower bracket, where his leadership will be pivotal to overcome games such as LA Thieves, Boston Breach/London Royal Ravens, and FaZe/Ultra to at least make a top-four finish.

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