CDL 2020: Karma Seattle Surge Player Profile For Call of Duty League 2020

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Damon "Karma" Barlow is a flex player for the Seattle Surge. The 26-year-old Canadian will feature as part of the Chicago franchise in the Call of Duty League (CDL) 2020 Season.

Karma is known for being the only three-time World Champion in Call of Duty esports, winning during Black Ops 2, Ghosts and Infinite Warfare.

He made his name back in 2013, winning the World Championship with Fariko Impact. Shortly after, he joined compLexity to be the first back-to-back World Champion. After being a part of the most dominant Call of Duty team in history, he moved to OpTic gaming to cement his name as an all-time great by winning multiple championships and his final World Championship. Karma has won over $800,000 in prize money.

Here's Karma's player profile for the CDL 2020 season.

CDL 2020 Season

For the debut season of the Call of Duty League, Karma will be a part of the Seattle Surge - the team consists of:

  • Ian "Enable" Wyatt
  • Bryan "Apathy" Zhelyazkov
  • Sam "Octane" Larew
  • Josiah "Slacked" Berry
  • Damon "Karma" Barlow

With the CDL 2020 season yet to start, no offline tournaments have taken place yet. However, Karma has competed in a few online tournaments.

With the Seattle Surge, they have played in two tournaments placing top four in the GameBattles Premium $4500 5v5 S&D Kickoff 2019-10-27.

He also placed second in the Subliners New York Open 2019.


Major Achievements

The following achievements feature all offline tournaments only.

Prize pool represents the total amount the team earned.

Game Event Date Place Prize Team
BO4Call of Duty World League Championship 201918-08-20193rd$140,000OpTic Gaming
BO4CWL Pro League 2019 Playoffs21-07-20197th-8th$18,750OpTic Gaming
BO4CWL Pro League 201905-07-20191st-2nd$84,375OpTic Gaming
BO4CWL Anaheim 201916-06-20193rd$50,000OpTic Gaming
BO4CWL London 201905-05-20193rd$50,000OpTic Gaming
BO4CWL Fort Worth 201917-03-20199th-12th$0OpTic Gaming
BO4CWL Las Vegas Open 201909-12-20181st$100,000OpTic Gaming
WWIICWL Seattle Open 201822-04-201813th-16th$0OpTic Gaming
WWIICWL Pro League 2018 Stage 1 Playoffs08-04-20182nd$120,000OpTic Gaming
WWIICWL Birmingham Open 201801-04-20184th$16,000OpTic Gaming
WWIICWL Pro League 2018 Stage 122-03-20183rd-4th$12,500OpTic Gaming
WWIICWL Atlanta Open 201811-03-20185th-6th$8,000OpTic Gaming
WWIICWL New Orleans Open 201814-01-20189th-12th$0OpTic Gaming
WWIICWL Dallas Open 201810-12-20173rd$32,000OpTic Gaming
IWCall of Duty World League Championship 201713-08-20171st$200,000OpTic Gaming
IWCWL Global Pro League 2017 Stage 2 Playoffs30-07-20171st$12,500OpTic Gaming
IWCWL Global Pro League 2017 Stage 223-07-20171st-4th$12,500OpTic Gaming
IWCWL Anaheim Open 201718-06-20177th-8th$4,000OpTic Gaming
IWCWL Global Pro League 2017 Stage 1 Playoffs28-05-20174th$40,000OpTic Gaming
IWCWL Global Pro League 2017 Stage 114-05-20171st-4th$12,500OpTic Gaming
IWCWL Dallas Open 201719-03-20171st$80,000OpTic Gaming
IWCWL Paris Open 201719-02-20171st$40,000OpTic Gaming
IWCWL Atlanta Open 201712-02-20172nd$48,000OpTic Gaming
IWCWL Las Vegas Open 201718-12-20165th-6th$4,000OpTic Gaming
BO3Call of Duty World League Championship 201604-09-20167th-8th$50,000OpTic Gaming
BO3MLG Orlando Open 201607-08-20161st$40,000OpTic Gaming
BO3NA CWL Pro Division 2016 Stage 2 Playoffs17-07-20165th-8th$16,000OpTic Gaming
BO3MLG Anaheim Open 201612-06-20161st$40,000OpTic Gaming
BO3ESWC 201608-05-20161st$20,000OpTic Gaming
BO3Crown Melbourne Invitational06-03-20161stA$30,000OpTic Gaming
BO3NA CWL Pro Division 2016 Stage 1 Playoffs03-04-20161st$66,000OpTic Gaming
BO3UMG South Carolina 2016 Champion Tournament14-02-20165th-8th$3,500OpTic Gaming
AWMLG World Finals 201518-10-20151st$100,000OpTic Gaming
AWMLG Pro League 2015 Season 3 Playoffs20-09-20152nd$25,000OpTic Gaming
AWUMG Washington DC 201506-09-20151st$24,000OpTic Gaming
AWGfinity Summer Championship 201502-08-20152nd$25,000OpTic Gaming
AWUMG Dallas 201502-07-20152nd$10,000OpTic Gaming
AWMLG Pro League 2015 Season 2 Playoffs07-06-20151st$30,000OpTic Gaming
AWUMG California 201517-05-20151st$16,000OpTic Gaming
AWCall of Duty Championship 201529-03-201513th-16th$0OpTic Nation
AWCall of Duty Championship 2015 North America Regional Final08-03-20154th$1,000OpTic Nation
AWUMG Orlando 201504-01-20159th-12th$0OpTic Nation
AWMLG Columbus Open 201430-11-20147th-8th$500OpTic Nation
GhostsMLG CoD League Season 3 Playoffs26-10-20147th-8th$3,000FaZe Clan
GhostsUMG Nashville 201412-10-20141st$15,000FaZe Clan
GhostsGfinity 303-08-20145th-8th$0Evil Geniuses
GhostsMLG Anaheim 2014 International Playoffs22-06-20141st$25,000Evil Geniuses
GhostsMLG X Games Invitational 201408-06-20143rd$0Evil Geniuses
GhostsUGC Niagara 201404-05-20141st$10,000compLexity
GhostsMLG CoD League 2014 Season 1 Playoffs13-04-20141st$7,000compLexity
GhostsCall of Duty Championship 201430-03-20143rd$400,000compLexity
GhostsCall of Duty Championship 2014 US Regional Final09-03-20142nd$0compLexity
GhostsUMG Philadelphia 201405-01-20141st$10,000compLexity
GhostsMLG Fall Championship 201324-11-20135th-6th$2,000Team Envy
BO2UMG Dallas 201324-11-20135th$1,000Team Envy
BO2Gfinity 213-10-20134th$5,000Team Envy
BO2MLG PAX Prime Invitational 201314-08-20136th$0Team Envy
BO2UMG Atlanta 201311-08-201313th-16th$7,500Team Envy
BO2Dreamhack Valencia 201320-07-20132nd€1,500TCM-Gaming
BO2Gfinity London 201314-07-20134th$5,000Impact
BO2MLG Spring Championship 201330-06-20132nd$12,000Impact
BO2UMG St. Louis 201321-04-20131st$7,500Fariko Impact
BO2Call of Duty Championship 201307-04-20131st$400,000Fariko Impact
BO2EGL 9 Blackpool31-03-20131st£2,700Fariko Impact
BO2MLG Winter Championship 201317-03-20131st$20,000Fariko Impact
BO2UMG Chicago 201230-12-20123rd$1,000Fariko Impact
MW3360icons Virginia Beach LAN Showcase08-04-20121st$160Team Eny
BO1MLG National Championship 201120-11-20115th$10,000Xtravagant
BO1MLG Orlando 201119-11-20116th$1,400Xtravagant
BO1MLG Raleigh 201128-08-201117th-20th$0yunGunZ
BO1MLG Anaheim 201131-07-20116th$1,400yunGunZ
BO1MLG Columbus 201105-06-20119th-12th$0yunGunZ



Team History

  • Seattle Surge - Enable, Apathy, Octane, Slacked (October 2019 - Present)
  • OpTic Gaming -  Scump, FormaL, Crimsix, Karma, Dashy, TJHaLy (October 2019 - April 2015)
  • OpTic Nation - MBoZe, TeePee, ProoFy (November 2014 - April 2015)
  • FaZe Clan - Censor, Apathy, Parasite (September - October 2014)
  • Evil Geniuses - ACHES, TeePee, Crimsix (May - November 2014)
  • compLexity -  ACHES, TeePee, Crimsix (November 2013 - May 2014)
  • Team Envy - JKap, ProoFy, Rambo, MerK (July - November 2013)
  • Impact - KiLLa, MiRx, Parasite (April - July 2013)
  • Fariko Impact - KiLLa, TuQuick, John, MiRx, Parasite (November 2012 - April 2013)
  • Team Envy - ProoFy, Rambo, PHiZZURP, MerK, TuQuick, TwiZz (May - June 2012)
  • apeX.Collapse - Parasite, Apathy, TuQuick (April 2012)
  • Xtravagant - Rambo, Revan, Bobby (August - November 2011)
  • yunGunZ - Regrets, Felonies, Fhast (2010-2011)


Karma's History

Black Ops 1

Despite being a talent since COD4, there were limited opportunities for him to put his name on the map.

A few events under his belt gave a good account for himself, placing sixth at MLG Anaheim 2011 helped get the call up by Rambo to join Xtravagant.

The team placed sixth at MLG Orlando and fifth at MLG National Championship 2011.


Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 3 has a severe lack of support in the competitive scene, resulting in his only LAN event being at the 360icons Virginia Beach LAN showcase under Team Envy - himself, ProoFy, TuQuick and TwiZz placed first.

Online, he placed third in the Machinima Frag Cup III under apeX.Collapse.

Black Ops 2

With a return to the Black Ops franchise, Karma got his first opportunity at stability under Fariko Impact. His teammates Killa, TuQuick and John exceeded expectations as they placed third.

A change was made quick, MiRx replaced John, leading to the reign of Impact. The squad won four championships in a row winning COD Champs 2013 in the process.

The good times soon ended after leaving Fariko, they placed second at MLG Spring Championship 2013 and fourth at Gfinity London 2013 - Karma soon left to join Envy.


Apart from a brief cameo appearance for TCM-Gaming at Dreamhack Valencia, he remained on the roster until the end of the season producing some good performances.



After compLexity let Clayster go, despite winning the first event of the season, they brought in Karma to continue their dynasty.

With him joining the squad they won five events during Call of Duty Ghosts including COD Champs 2014.

The team were bought by Evil Geniuses, where their form could not be replicated; only winning one title.

For the last few months of the game, due to internal conflict within the team, Karma left for FaZe Clan - winning UMG Nashville in his first event.


Advanced Warfare

OpTic Nation was the next destination for Karma as he joined MBoZe, TeePee and ProoFy.

The team were fan favourites but did not bring the performances you would expect. Karma's talent was well recognised and with NaDeSHoT standing down from competitive Call of Duty, he took his place on OpTic Gaming.

The OpTic dynasty was now in full swing, winning four championships and placing second in three more tournaments.

Black Ops 3

The team made no roster changes and continued to dominate in Black Ops 3. Again they acquired five titles in various regions including North America, Europe and Australia.

Karma took home the MVP award at MLG Orlando 2016.

Despite another dominant year and coming into COD Champs 2016 as favourites, they again fell short, placing in the top 8.


Infinite Warfare

Despite plenty of rumours about roster changes, the team continued to squad up heading into the final jetpack Call of Duty.

It wasn't a glorious start, finishing top 6 at Las Vegas and 2nd at Atlanta, they went on to win back-to-back championships at Dallas and Paris; with Scump being awarded the MVP of Dallas.

It was a rocky road after that, a fourth place in the Pro League Stage 1 playoffs and a top 8 at Anaheim left many wondering if their time had come.

Nevertheless, the team continued on as they placed first at the Stage 2 playoffs. But the real tournament began two weeks later at COD Champs 2017.

OpTic entered as the favourites, sweeping their group 3-0. It was looking like their year until the eClassico arrived in the winners final against Envy; they were sent to the lower bracket.

A quick 3-0 on Luminosity meant they were back for revenge in the Grand Final, beating Envy 3-1 and 3-0 to win COD Champs.



After such a high, it was no surprise that the team would stick together for the next iteration of COD, as the franchise returned to boots on the ground.

A promising 3rd place at the first event in Dallas gave the impression that another successful year was ahead. However, it wasn't meant to be and the best the team could manage was second at the Pro League Stage 1 playoffs.

Seattle was the final nail in the coffin, their top 16 placement spelt time for change - Karma was benched and FormaL left for Luminosity to make way for Octane and Methodz.

Despite the change, it didn't work out overall as they fell to an all-time low with a top 24 placing at COD Champs 2018.

Black Ops 4

The fourth instalment of the Black Ops franchise looked to be a return to form for OpTic. Karma was brought back into the team, as well as replacing Octane and Methodz with Dashy and TJHaly.


The first place at Las Vegas looked like the jump start OpTic needed to get back to winning ways. However, they were quickly brought back down to earth as the team lacked practice and became overconfident - finishing top 12 at Fort Worth.

It was third place for the Greenwall at both London and Anaheim and finished up the regular season top of their pro league group.

Top 8 was all that they could manage at the Pro League playoffs, but it didn't hinder their spirits as they looked unstoppable at COD Champs 2019. Unfortunately, two quickfire losses to eUnited and 100 Thieves in the final stages of the competition left them with a third-place finish once again.

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Written ByChris Trout@TheTrout91