After daily reveals of new players and the branding, the Dallas Empire will be representing the city of Dallas, Texas for the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League (CDL); played on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. With five world championships spanning across two titles, Dallas is filled with a good mixture of experience and youth that has the potential to be contending for the championship in 2020.
Clayster & Crimsix: The Reunion
The focal point of the Dallas Empire is the returning partnership of James “Clayster” Eubanks and Ian “Crimsix” Porter. The former Complexity/Evil Geniuses teammates are back on the same roster, both with different points to prove after the Black Ops 4 season concluded with Clayster winning the event and Crimsix finishing third.
After beginning the Complexity dynasty together, Clayster and Crimsix reunite ahead of a new era of CoD esports
Fresh off winning CWL playoffs and the world championship on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Clayster has found a home on the Dallas team. As Call of Duty moves back to boots-on-the-ground, Clayster has the opportunity to consolidate his position as one of the greatest Call of Duty players in history alongside his new team.
Crimsix had a turbulent year on Black Ops 4 despite being one of the better players on that particular incarnation of OpTic Gaming. Back with Clayster, reforming one of the most formidable partnerships in the history of Call of Duty esports, Crimsix has a chip on his shoulder and is focussed on proving that he is still the crimbot.
Shotzzy & Huke: Cross-Title Superstars
Both Anthony “Shotzzy” Cueavas-Castro and Cuyler “Huke” Garland have seen championship glory on Halo in previous seasons. Making his debut in Call of Duty, Shotzzy is attempting to emulate the likes of teammate Crimsix, Ian “Enable” Wyatt and more recently Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom in making a transition from Halo into Call of Duty. At just 18, the former Halo world champion knows what it takes to win on the big stage and it with Crim and Clay guiding him, he is going to become a formidable talent over the coming season.
Huke returned to Call of Duty during the World War 2 season and it hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Yet to get anywhere near a championship, Huke has a lot of pressure to live up to after quickly rising to the upper echelons of Call of Duty back in 2015 during the Advanced Warfare season.
iLLeY: The Unknown Entity
Rounding out the Dallas Empre is Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal, a player that has sat at the top of the amateur Call of Duty scene for the past year. The former member of the eUnited Catets team won back-to-back local Canadian tournaments during the Black Ops 4 season but he has yet to compete on the professional circuit.
Like Shotzzy, the skill ceiling is immense for a young talent like iLLeY and with the support of the franchise and teammates, he has the potential to be one of the breakout stars on Modern Warfare.
Roster Wrap-Up: A Lot Of Potential
With all the young guns looking to make an impact against the Call of Duty esports elite, Dallas has the opportunity to contend near the top half of the table. With Clayster and Crimsix back on the same team accompanying some of the finest young talents in the CDL, the foundations of the Dallas Empire have been laid and it’s going to be very interesting to see what they build throughout the season.
Written byJon Nicholson@MrJonno_95