Karma

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Karma
Karma.jpg
Background information
Name KarmaEmote.png Damon Barlow
Team Optic.png OpTic Gaming
Alternate IDs
Country Canada.png Canada
Birthday
Role
Youtube
Livestream MLG
Facebook [ Facebook Fanpage]
Twitter <followbutton count="0">http://twitter.com/OpTic_DKarma</followbutton>
Reddit
Team History
YG.png yunGunZ
IXI.png Xtravagant
Impact.png Impact
NV.jpg EnVyUs
Complexity.png compLexity
EvilGeniuses.png Evil Geniuses
Faze.png FaZe
Optic.png OpTic Nation
Current Optic.png OpTic Gaming
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Damon "Karma" Barlow is a professional Call of Duty player for Optic.png OpTic Gaming in the USA.png United States.

Biography

Beginnings

Damon "Karma" Barlow first started playing Call of Duty during COD4.png Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. He started showcasing what he was truly capable of with the release of Call of Duty: World at War, however, his skill went largely unnoticed due to the lack of support in the community of the game.

His first real chance to shine came with the release of BOPS.png Call of Duty: Black Ops. His first major event was MLG.png MLG Columbus where he placed a decent 10th with his team YG.png yunGunZ. Going into the next event the team showed signs of improvement finishing 6th at MLG.png MLG Anaheim. However, looking for more than just an average showing, he joined forces with the legendary Rambo under the IXI.png Xtravagant name. Expecting to replicate the success the IXI name saw in the past, Karma and his teammates went into the rest of the season confident. However, it turned out to be much of the same with another 6th place finish at MLG.png MLG Orlando and a 5th place finish at the season end MLG.png MLG National Championship 2011..

Achieving Greatness

After a brief spurt on OpTic nation in MW3.png Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with TuQuick and NaDeSHoT, he stopped competing due to the lack of support. With the release of BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, he joined the newly formed team Impact.png Impact coming in with great expectations. Following solid performances at the first two events, but not what the team was expecting, the roster got reshuffled. Going into the MLG.png MLG Winter Championship in Dallas, Impact's roster consisted of Karma, ParasiteEmote.png Parasite,KillaEmote.png Killa, and MiRxEmote.png Mirx. This is where both the team and Karma himself started reaching new levels. They ran through the competition and took the tournament win. This success continued into the next 3 events with the highlight being the COD-Champs.png Call of Duty Championship where Impact.png Impact won the grand prize of $400,000. During this streak of wins, Karma became known as the best player in the game. However, like all good things, the success came to a stop at the MLG.png MLG Spring Championship where Impact.png Impact finished 2nd. Hoping they could bring back the success they had previously seen, the team stuck together for another go during Gfinity.png Gfinity 1. Unfortunately it got worse, as the team finished a disappointing 4th. Before the team arrived back in the states, Karma left Impact.png Impact and joined EnVyUs.png EnVyUs. Expectations skyrocketed immediately for the team with people expecting them to be capable of knocking Complexity.png CompLexity off of their historic run. Unfortunately, this never happened as EnvyUs.png EnVyUs never achieved even a top 3 finish the Black Ops 2 season.

New Game, New Team

Going into the release of Ghosts.png Call of Duty: Ghosts, EnVyUs.png EnVyUs still had high expectations of winning championships. At the first event of the season at MLG.png MLG Fall Championship, the team once again came up well short of what was expected, finishing 6th. This was the last straw for Karma as he decided to make another team change. He left Envy and joined Complexity.png CompLexity. The roster change by Complexity.png CompLexity following a tournament win at the MLG.png MLG Fall Championship was met with lots of criticism, however Karma quickly proved why he is still considered one of the best in the game as the team won their first two events together at UMG.png UMG Philadelphia and COD-Champs.png Call of Duty Championship 2014.

Trivia

  • Plays by the motto of "Hate losing more than you love winning"
  • Former gamertag was SallyNoNose
  • Karma was the first player to win back-to-back Call of Duty Championships which was recently followed by Jkap's wins in the 2015 and 2016 Call of Duty Championships
  • Karma is Married to his wife Holly whom he has a daughter with

Achievements

Date Game Event Team Placing Prize
07/31/2011 BOPS.png Call of Duty: Black Ops MLG.png MLG Anaheim YG.png yunGunZ T8.png 6th $350
10/16/2011 BOPS.png Call of Duty: Black Ops MLG.png MLG Orlando IXI.png Xtravagant T8.png 6th $350
11/20/2011 BOPS.png Call of Duty: Black Ops MLG.png MLG National Championship 2011 IXI.png Xtravagant T8.png 5th $2,500
12/16/2012 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Machinima.png Frag Cup IV Impact.png Impact Bronze.png 3rd $250
12/30/2012 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 UMG.png UMG Chicago Impact.png Impact Bronze.png 3rd $250
03/17/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 MLG.png MLG Winter Championship Impact.png Impact Gold.png 1st $5,000
03/31/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 EGL.png EGL 9 Impact.png Impact Gold.png 1st £731 // $1200
04/07/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 COD-Champs.png Call of Duty Championship Impact.png Impact Gold.png 1st $100,000
04/21/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 UMG.png UMG St. Louis Impact.png Impact Gold.png 1st $1,875
06/30/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 MLG.png MLG Spring Championship Impact.png Impact Silver.png 2nd $3,000
07/14/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Gfinity.png Gfinity 1 Impact.png Impact T8.png 4th $1,250
07/18/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DH.png DreamHack Valencia 2013 TCM.png TCM 022nd 2nd €375 // $515
09/02/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 MLG.png MLG PAX Prime Invitational EnvyUs.png EnVyUs T8.png 6th $0
10/13/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Gfinity.png Gfinity 2 EnvyUs.png EnVyUs T8.png 4th $1,250
10/20/2013 BOPS2.png Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 UMG.png UMG Dallas EnvyUs.png EnVyUs T8.png 5th $250
11/24/2013 Ghosts.png Call of Duty: Ghosts MLG.png MLG Fall Championship EnvyUs.png EnVyUs T8.png 6th $500
01/05/2014 Ghosts.png Call of Duty: Ghosts UMG.png UMG Philadelphia Complexity.png compLexity 011st 1st $2,500
03/30/2014 Ghosts.png Call of Duty: Ghosts COD-Champs.png Call of Duty Championship 2014 Complexity.png compLexity 011st 1st $100,000
04/13/2014 Ghosts.png Call of Duty: Ghosts MLG.png MLG Season 1 Playoffs Complexity.png compLexity 011st 1st $1,750
05/04/2014 Ghosts.png Call of Duty: Ghosts UGC Niagara.png UGC Niagara Complexity.png compLexity 011st 1st $2,500
06/08/2014 Ghosts.png Call of Duty: Ghosts MLG.png X Games Austin.png MLG X Games Invitational EvilGeniuses.png Evil Geniuses 033rd 3rd Bronze Medal
06/22/2014 Ghosts.png Call of Duty: Ghosts MLG.png MLG Championship Anaheim EvilGeniuses.png Evil Geniuses 011st 1st $6,250