Dallas Empire

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Dallas Empire
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Team Information
Org Location
United States
Region
CDL
CDL Franchise
OwnerEnvy Gaming, Inc
SponsorJack In The Box
Corsair
Jack Link's
Affiliated Team(s)Team Envy
History
Created2019-05-02
Social Media & Links
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Current Roster
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Dallas Empire is the official Call of Duty League franchise team of Dallas, United States. It is owned by Envy Gaming, Inc and is the successor to Team Envy, which had competed continuously in Call of Duty between 2007 and 2019. They won the first ever Call of Duty League Championship in 2020.

History[edit]

Modern Warfare[edit]

Dallas was revealed as one of the first five Call of Duty League teams on May 2, 2019. On October 10, the team revealed they would be announcing one player a day, starting Monday October 14.[1] The first player to be announced was Clayster, followed by former Halo world champion Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY, and Crimsix in the four succeeding days. On October 19, the team branding was revealed as the Dallas Empire. Tommey joined as the team's first substitute on November 4 followed by MuTeX joining as the second substitute and Search and Destroy analyst the next day. Less than a month after joining, MuTeX was kicked from the team due to offensive language used by him on his stream. Tisch joined as the replacement substitute from top amateur team UYU on December 12.

After dominating the early preseason online tournaments, Dallas entered Launch Weekend as one of the top teams. Their dominance did not directly translate over to LAN as they were defeated by Chicago Huntsmen and Atlanta FaZe in their two matches. Despite those teams being two of the other top three teams, Dallas was already being nicknamed as "onliners". They silenced some of those doubters by defeating crowd favorites London Royal Ravens and making the grand finals of London in Week 2 but ultimately fell to Chicago Huntsmen again. In Week 4, they showed up and proved they were a top team. After losing to Atlanta, they beat Florida Mutineers to get out of groups, and then took down OGLA and Minnesota RØKKR to give Huke, iLLeY, and Shotzzy their first major Call of Duty championship. After an extended break due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Empire returned in Week 5 for their home series. They got out of groups easily but lost to Minnesota RØKKR in the rematch of the previous grand final. Week 6 would be the Empire's most impressive performance yet. They beat Chicago and Atlanta in the bracket to claim their second championship.

The team had nearly two months off before returning for Week 9, where they made it out of the losers bracket in their group following a loss to FaZe. In a game 5 round 11, they fell to eventual champions Florida Mutineers in the semifinal. Week 10, brought another semifinal appearance but as a second seed after losing to Florida Mutineers in the group stage. They lost to Atlanta FaZe 3-2. Dallas finally claimed the throne again with a victory in the London Home Series. It would be the most dominant win by any team to date as they finished with a 12-1 map count. In the final week, Dallas made another semifinal appearance but fell to home series hosts Toronto Ultra in the semifinal. That loss cemented their #2 finish in the season with 250 CDL Points.

Dallas started the Call of Duty League Championship 2020 in Winners Round 3 where they beat Toronto Ultra 3-2. The Empire then beat Atlanta FaZe 3-2 in the Winners Final. In the Grand Final, they beat Atlanta FaZe again, this time 5-1 to win the first ever Call of Duty League Championship. This win gave Clayster and C6 both three World Championship rings while Huke, iLLeY, and Shotzzy got their first.

Black Ops Cold War[edit]

Less than 24 after winning the Call of Duty League Championship 2020, the league announced the change back to 4v4 competition. Clayster was the odd man out and became a restricted free agent on September 1. Hastr0 confirmed soon after that the team would be trying to sign the other four players to long-term deals.

Timeline[edit]

  • 2019
  • 2020

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

Dates:Approx|Exact
PlayerNameRoleJoined
NA

ShotzzyAnthony Cuevas-CastroPlayer
Oct 20192019-10-15
NA

HukeCuyler GarlandPlayer
Oct 20192019-10-16
NA

iLLeYIndervir DhaliwalPlayer
Oct 20192019-10-17
NA

C6Ian PorterPlayer
Oct 20192019-10-18

Former[edit]

Players are shown for the entire duration of their tenure on the team, with the role and substitute/trainee status they had upon their departure.

Dates:Approx|Exact
PlayerNameRoleJoinedLeftNext Team
NA

TischPaul Tischler
Substitute
Dec 20192019-12-12Oct 20202020-10-16None
NA

ClaysterJames EubanksPlayer
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(–)
Allowed Offers
Oct 20192019-10-14Sep 20202020-09-18New York Sublinerslogo std.pngNY
NA

TommeyThomas Trewren
Substitute
Nov 20192019-11-04Sep 20202020-09-08None
NA

MuTeXCharlie Saouma
Substitute
Nov 20192019-11-05Nov 20192019-11-25None

Organization[edit]

Current[edit]

C ID Name Position
Hastr0 Mike Rufail 80Owner
Geoff Moore President
Rambo Raymond Lussier 80General Manager/Head Coach
TazMo Matthew Taylor Team Manager
Elumnite Marcus Lovejoy 80COD Team Manager
Shay Butler Vice President of Sales and Marketing
DuncanAndStuff Duncan Alexander Sr. Community Manager
hoIytoIedo Zack Elleer Social Media Coordinator
Post Malone Austin Post Co-Owner

Former[edit]

C ID Name Position Next Team
Lindsay Caudill Social Media Coordinator
None
Mixable Logan Threlkeld Community Manager
None
Jay Hairston Director of Social Media
None
MuTeX Charlie Saouma 80S&D Analyst
None

Trivia[edit]

  • "Crowned Victorious", one of the team's hashtags, is an homage to a team of the same name that Clayster and C6 played together on in 2008
  • Dallas won the first ever Call of Duty League Championship.
  • Dallas (via Team Envy) became the first org to ever win two World Championships.

Team Achievements[edit]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

Dallas Empire Tournament Results - Show Prize as (LocalUSDEuros)
GameDatePlPrizeEventRoster
2020-10-252$ 7,500$ 7,500$ 7,500 Atlanta FaZe Black Ops 4 Invitational Huke •  iLLeY •  Shotzzy •  Crixical
2020-09-132$ 10,000$ 10,000$ 10,000 Call of Duty League 2020 - All-Star Weekend 1v1 Clayster
2020-09-139 - 16 Call of Duty League 2020 - All-Star Weekend 1v1 iLLeY
2020-09-139 - 16 Call of Duty League 2020 - All-Star Weekend 1v1 Shotzzy
2020-09-1317 - 32 Call of Duty League 2020 - All-Star Weekend 1v1 Huke
2020-08-301$ 1,500,000$ 1,500,000$ 1,500,000 Call of Duty League Championship 2020 Clayster •  Shotzzy •  Huke •  iLLeY •  C6 Rambo
2020-08-293 - 4$ 10,000$ 10,000$ 10,000 CDL City Circuit 2020 Championship Slay •  KayGee
2020-07-263 - 4$ 10,000$ 10,000$ 10,000 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 13 - Toronto Clayster •  Shotzzy •  Huke •  iLLeY •  C6 Rambo
2020-07-261$ 8,000$ 8,000$ 8,000 CDL Warzone Weekend: Week 6 Clayster •  Shotzzy •  C6 •  Tisch
2020-07-191$ 50,000$ 50,000$ 50,000 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 12 - London Clayster •  Shotzzy •  Huke •  iLLeY •  C6 Rambo
Total Prize:USD 1,595,500

Media[edit]

  • 2019
  • 2020

[edit]

Reveal 2019-10-19
Colors #000000, #B4A269, #011E41, #FFFFFF
Meaning The logo features an imposing crown resting atop the Dallas Empire mark, symbolic of the championships we intend to bring to Texas. The crown components include an N and V shape as a nod to Envy Gaming’s history in Call of Duty.
Dallas Empire: Our Story
The Dallas Empire start a new chapter in Call of Duty history.

The team is owned and operated by Envy Gaming, which has fielded one of the most elite Call of Duty teams in the world for more than a decade. The Dallas Empire name and branding are a nod to our past, our future, and the great State of Texas.

Born and raised in Texas, Dallas Empire owner Mike Rufail grew up reciting the Texas State Song. History buffs may recognize the symbolism in the team’s name derived from the lyrics, “O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.”

Empire also embodies the legacy that its parent organization Envy has built since entering the competitive Call of Duty scene in 2007. Envy achieved phenomenal success, including the most World Championship Grand Finals appearances of any Call of Duty esports team.

Finally, the name Empire evokes the spirit of entrepreneurialism. This organization started from humble beginnings and clawed its way to the top. Launching the Dallas Empire brand to fans around the world is a dream realized. And a story we hope inspires the community and next wave of gaming pioneers.

The primary team colors are black and gold, with a secondary color of standard blue. The logo features an imposing crown resting atop the Dallas Empire mark, symbolic of the championships we intend to bring to Texas. The crown components include an N and V shape as a nod to Envy Gaming’s history in Call of Duty.

This team is hardworking, focused, and confident. And one we expect Dallas will be proud to call its own.

Gallery[edit]

Tournaments Hosted[edit]

Game Start End Tournament Location Teams Prize Winner Second
2020-06-26 2020-06-26 CDL City Circuit 2020 DAL North America Logo std.pngKayGeeNJ & Shlayboii
2020-04-10 2020-04-12 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 5 - Dallas Dallas 8 $ 100,000 Florida Mutineerslogo std.pngFLA Mutineers Minnesota RØKKRlogo std.pngMIN RØKKR
2020-04-11 2020-04-12 CDC Dallas Open 2020 Asia Pacific Asia Pacific 48 $ 1,500 Renegadeslogo std.pngRenegades Mindfreaklogo std.pngMindfreak
2020-04-11 2020-04-12 CDC Dallas Open 2020 Europe Europe 285 $ 6,000 Logo std.pngHarry Potters Cape London Royal Ravenslogo std.pngRoyal Ravens Academy
2020-04-11 2020-04-12 CDC Dallas Open 2020 North America North America 336 $ 7,500 Triumphlogo std.pngTriumph UYUlogo std.pngUYU

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