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


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
BO4
Call of Duty World League Championship 2019
18-08-2019
3rd
$140,000
OpTic Gaming
BO4
CWL Pro League 2019 Playoffs
21-07-2019
7th-8th
$18,750
OpTic Gaming
BO4
CWL Pro League 2019
05-07-2019
1st-2nd
$84,375
OpTic Gaming
BO4
CWL Anaheim 2019
16-06-2019
3rd
$50,000
OpTic Gaming
BO4
CWL London 2019
05-05-2019
3rd
$50,000
OpTic Gaming
BO4
CWL Fort Worth 2019
17-03-2019
9th-12th
$0
OpTic Gaming
BO4
CWL Las Vegas Open 2019
09-12-2018
1st
$100,000
OpTic Gaming
WWII
CWL Seattle Open 2018
22-04-2018
13th-16th
$0
OpTic Gaming
WWII
CWL Pro League 2018 Stage 1 Playoffs
08-04-2018
2nd
$120,000
OpTic Gaming
WWII
CWL Birmingham Open 2018
01-04-2018
4th
$16,000
OpTic Gaming
WWII
CWL Pro League 2018 Stage 1
22-03-2018
3rd-4th
$12,500
OpTic Gaming
WWII
CWL Atlanta Open 2018
11-03-2018
5th-6th
$8,000
OpTic Gaming
WWII
CWL New Orleans Open 2018
14-01-2018
9th-12th
$0
OpTic Gaming
WWII
CWL Dallas Open 2018
10-12-2017
3rd
$32,000
OpTic Gaming
IW
Call of Duty World League Championship 2017
13-08-2017
1st
$200,000
OpTic Gaming
IW
CWL Global Pro League 2017 Stage 2 Playoffs
30-07-2017
1st
$12,500
OpTic Gaming
IW
CWL Global Pro League 2017 Stage 2
23-07-2017
1st-4th
$12,500
OpTic Gaming
IW
CWL Anaheim Open 2017
18-06-2017
7th-8th
$4,000
OpTic Gaming
IW
CWL Global Pro League 2017 Stage 1 Playoffs
28-05-2017
4th
$40,000
OpTic Gaming
IW
CWL Global Pro League 2017 Stage 1
14-05-2017
1st-4th
$12,500
OpTic Gaming
IW
CWL Dallas Open 2017
19-03-2017
1st
$80,000
OpTic Gaming
IW
CWL Paris Open 2017
19-02-2017
1st
$40,000
OpTic Gaming
IW
CWL Atlanta Open 2017
12-02-2017
2nd
$48,000
OpTic Gaming
IW
CWL Las Vegas Open 2017
18-12-2016
5th-6th
$4,000
OpTic Gaming
BO3
Call of Duty World League Championship 2016
04-09-2016
7th-8th
$50,000
OpTic Gaming
BO3
MLG Orlando Open 2016
07-08-2016
1st
$40,000
OpTic Gaming
BO3
NA CWL Pro Division 2016 Stage 2 Playoffs
17-07-2016
5th-8th
$16,000
OpTic Gaming
BO3
MLG Anaheim Open 2016
12-06-2016
1st
$40,000
OpTic Gaming
BO3
ESWC 2016
08-05-2016
1st
$20,000
OpTic Gaming
BO3
Crown Melbourne Invitational
06-03-2016
1st
A$30,000
OpTic Gaming
BO3
NA CWL Pro Division 2016 Stage 1 Playoffs
03-04-2016
1st
$66,000
OpTic Gaming
BO3
UMG South Carolina 2016 Champion Tournament
14-02-2016
5th-8th
$3,500
OpTic Gaming
AW
MLG World Finals 2015
18-10-2015
1st
$100,000
OpTic Gaming
AW
MLG Pro League 2015 Season 3 Playoffs
20-09-2015
2nd
$25,000
OpTic Gaming
AW
UMG Washington DC 2015
06-09-2015
1st
$24,000
OpTic Gaming
AW
Gfinity Summer Championship 2015
02-08-2015
2nd
$25,000
OpTic Gaming
AW
UMG Dallas 2015
02-07-2015
2nd
$10,000
OpTic Gaming
AW
MLG Pro League 2015 Season 2 Playoffs
07-06-2015
1st
$30,000
OpTic Gaming
AW
UMG California 2015
17-05-2015
1st
$16,000
OpTic Gaming
AW
Call of Duty Championship 2015
29-03-2015
13th-16th
$0
OpTic Nation
AW
Call of Duty Championship 2015 North America Regional Final
08-03-2015
4th
$1,000
OpTic Nation
AW
UMG Orlando 2015
04-01-2015
9th-12th
$0
OpTic Nation
AW
MLG Columbus Open 2014
30-11-2014
7th-8th
$500
OpTic Nation
Ghosts
MLG CoD League Season 3 Playoffs
26-10-2014
7th-8th
$3,000
FaZe Clan
Ghosts
UMG Nashville 2014
12-10-2014
1st
$15,000
FaZe Clan
Ghosts
Gfinity 3
03-08-2014
5th-8th
$0
Evil Geniuses
Ghosts
MLG Anaheim 2014 International Playoffs
22-06-2014
1st
$25,000
Evil Geniuses
Ghosts
MLG X Games Invitational 2014
08-06-2014
3rd
$0
Evil Geniuses
Ghosts
UGC Niagara 2014
04-05-2014
1st
$10,000
compLexity
Ghosts
MLG CoD League 2014 Season 1 Playoffs
13-04-2014
1st
$7,000
compLexity
Ghosts
Call of Duty Championship 2014
30-03-2014
3rd
$400,000
compLexity
Ghosts
Call of Duty Championship 2014 US Regional Final
09-03-2014
2nd
$0
compLexity
Ghosts
UMG Philadelphia 2014
05-01-2014
1st
$10,000
compLexity
Ghosts
MLG Fall Championship 2013
24-11-2013
5th-6th
$2,000
Team Envy
BO2
UMG Dallas 2013
24-11-2013
5th
$1,000
Team Envy
BO2
Gfinity 2
13-10-2013
4th
$5,000
Team Envy
BO2
MLG PAX Prime Invitational 2013
14-08-2013
6th
$0
Team Envy
BO2
UMG Atlanta 2013
11-08-2013
13th-16th
$7,500
Team Envy
BO2
Dreamhack Valencia 2013
20-07-2013
2nd
€1,500
TCM-Gaming
BO2
Gfinity London 2013
14-07-2013
4th
$5,000
Impact
BO2
MLG Spring Championship 2013
30-06-2013
2nd
$12,000
Impact
BO2
UMG St. Louis 2013
21-04-2013
1st
$7,500
Fariko Impact
BO2
Call of Duty Championship 2013
07-04-2013
1st
$400,000
Fariko Impact
BO2
EGL 9 Blackpool
31-03-2013
1st
£2,700
Fariko Impact
BO2
MLG Winter Championship 2013
17-03-2013
1st
$20,000
Fariko Impact
BO2
UMG Chicago 2012
30-12-2012
3rd
$1,000
Fariko Impact
MW3
360icons Virginia Beach LAN Showcase
08-04-2012
1st
$160
Team Eny
BO1
MLG National Championship 2011
20-11-2011
5th
$10,000
Xtravagant
BO1
MLG Orlando 2011
19-11-2011
6th
$1,400
Xtravagant
BO1
MLG Raleigh 2011
28-08-2011
17th-20th
$0
yunGunZ
BO1
MLG Anaheim 2011
31-07-2011
6th
$1,400
yunGunZ
BO1
MLG Columbus 2011
05-06-2011
9th-12th
$0
yunGunZ

 

 

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.

 

Ghosts

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.

WWII

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

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