Damon “Karma” Barlow is back. As the first player to win three world titles, it was only a matter of time before the GOAT returned. Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez announced the player’s return via Twitter. While Karma won’t act as a player on the organization’s Call of Duty roster, he’ll play a vital role in the team’s progress as an analyst. In addition, he’ll serve as a content creator for the organization.

OpTic Gaming, from left to right: Matthew “FormaL” Piper, Damon “Karma” Barlow, Ian “Crimsix” Porter, and Seth “Scump” Abner

Karma spent nearly five years with OpTic as a vital part of the team’s famous dynasty run. Overall, he has obtained countless wins throughout his career, including his three world championship victories in 2013, 2014, and 2017. In 2020, he began the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League with the Seattle Surge. Unfortunately, it was a lackluster run for the team, and he ended the season announcing his retirement. He cited a lack of enjoyment with Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare, stating that the game “wasn’t really catered” to him.

“[I] didn’t enjoy running around with an mp5 and just had zero desire to get on and play the game,” he stated. “I was pretty bad, to be honest, and I think [Seattle Surge] could do better without me.”

When asked if he would ever return to a competitive spot, Karma said that he “would not be back.”

“I think I can play new CoDs for about a month before I get over playing the game,” he added on Twitter. “Played since ‘Call of Duty 3’ (2006), never seen anything like [Modern Warfare]. It was my choice this time and I’m happy with it.”

Now as an analyst for OpTic Gaming’s CDL team, Karma can finally use his skills without fearing the burnout that comes with competing. OpTic Chicago’s first match of the Call of Duty League will begin on Feb. 12 against the Paris Legion.