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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[]

Modern Warfare[]

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[]

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. FeLo joined as substitute on January 22, 2021.

The world champions entered the season as Top 2 favorites alongside Atlanta FaZe, and fans would get that matchup in the first Major of the season. Dallas finished atop their group, won their Winners Round 2 series against OpTic Chicago, and met Atlanta in the Winners Final where they were promptly 3-0'd. Dallas fought back into the Grand Finals with a win over New York but FaZe was too strong and beat Dallas 5-2. Stage 2 saw Dallas drop down to the third place in Group B, after losing out on the three way tiebreaker between them, Minnesota, and OpTic. After beating New York 3-0 and edging out a 3-2 victory over Minnesota, they found themselves in another Winners Final against Atlanta FaZe. The result would be the same as they lost 3-1, and were then subsequently defeated 3-1 by Toronto Ultra in the Losers Final.

After winning their first series of Stage 3 against Paris Legion, the Empire shocked the community late on that same day by benching Huke for FeLo, who had been performing well in the Challengers events so during the season. The split the remainder of their matches 2-2 to finish in third place in Group A. Huke was sold to the LA Thieves on May 4, ending his nearly five year tenure with the Team Envy organization. Major 3 went as bad as it could. Dallas lost to both Atlanta FaZe and OpTic Chicago without winning a single map - eliminated at Top 8. FeLo was then moved back to the bench in favor of Vivid, who joined from LA Guerrillas after getting benched there.

Timeline[]

  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021

Player Roster[]

Active[]

Dates:Approx|Exact
PlayerNameRoleJoined
NA

ShotzzyAnthony Cuevas-CastroPlayer
Oct 20192019-10-15
NA

iLLeYIndervir DhaliwalPlayer
Oct 20192019-10-17
NA

C6Ian PorterPlayer
Oct 20192019-10-18
NA

VividReece DrostPlayer
May 20212021-05-21
NA

FeLoTyler Johnson
Substitute
Jan 20212021-01-19

Former[]

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

HukeCuyler Garland
Substitute
Oct 20192019-10-16May 20212021-05-04Los Angeles Thieveslogo std.pngLAT
NA

TischPaul Tischler
Substitute
Dec 20192019-12-12Oct 20202020-10-16UYUlogo std.pngUYU
NA

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

TommeyThomas Trewren
Substitute
Nov 20192019-11-04Sep 20202020-09-08100 Thieveslogo std.png100T
NA

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

Organization[]

Current[]

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
JustRojas Justin Rojas Vice President of Events
Shay Butler Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Handiicat Lindsay Caudill Social Media Manager
hoIytoIedo Zach Eller Social Media Manager
Post Malone Austin Post Co-Owner
MrJPistachio Justin Palacios Social Media Intern
Jung Hunter Jungling Social Content Intern
Erictigerawr Eric Aaberg Social Media Intern

Former[]

C ID Name Position Next Team
DuncanAndStuff Duncan Alexander Sr. Community Manager
None
Mixable Logan Threlkeld Community Manager
None
Jay Hairston Director of Social Media
None
MuTeX Charlie Saouma 80S&D Analyst
None

Trivia[]

  • "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[]

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

Minimum place
Tournament tier
Dallas Empire Tournament Results - Show Prize as (LocalUSDEuros)
GameDatePlPrizeEventRoster
2021-06-202$ 120,000$ 120,000$ 120,000 Call of Duty League 2021 - Stage 4 Major Shotzzy •  iLLeY •  C6 •  Vivid Rambo
2021-06-135 - 6 Call of Duty League 2021 - Stage 4 Shotzzy •  iLLeY •  C6 •  Vivid Rambo
2021-05-235 - 8 Call of Duty League 2021 - All-Star Weekend Pro Skills 1v1 Shotzzy
2021-05-167 - 8$ 10,000$ 10,000$ 10,000 Call of Duty League 2021 - Stage 3 Major Shotzzy •  iLLeY •  C6 •  FeLo Rambo
2021-05-095 - 6 Call of Duty League 2021 - Stage 3 Shotzzy •  iLLeY •  C6 •  FeLo Rambo
2021-04-113$ 80,000$ 80,000$ 80,000 Call of Duty League 2021 - Stage 2 Major Shotzzy •  Huke •  iLLeY •  C6 Rambo
2021-04-045 - 6 Call of Duty League 2021 - Stage 2 Shotzzy •  Huke •  iLLeY •  C6 Rambo
2021-03-072$ 120,000$ 120,000$ 120,000 Call of Duty League 2021 - Stage 1 Major Shotzzy •  Huke •  iLLeY •  C6 Rambo
2021-02-281 - 2 Call of Duty League 2021 - Stage 1 Shotzzy •  Huke •  ILLeY •  C6 Rambo
2021-01-24W Call of Duty League 2021 - Kickoff Classic Shotzzy •  Huke •  iLLeY •  C6 Rambo
Total Prize:USD 330,000

Media[]

  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021

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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[]

Rosters[]

External links[]

References[]

  1. Hastr0's Tweet - twitter.com
  2. Five cities have purchased a spot in the upcoming franchised Call of Duty league charlieintel.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 James "Clayster" Eubanks first player confirmed to Dallas Call of Duty team envy.gg
  4. 4.0 4.1 Anthony "Shotzzy" Cuevas-Castro to join Dallas Call of Duty envy.gg
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dallas Call of Duty signs Cuyler "Huke" Garland envy.gg
  6. 6.0 6.1 17-year-old Indervir "iLLeY" Dhaliwal signs with Dallas Call of Duty franchise envy.gg
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dallas Call of Duty signs Ian "Crimsix" Porter envy.gg
  8. Hastr0's Tweet twitter.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dallas Empire Signs Thomas "Tommey" Trewren envy.gg
  10. 10.0 10.1 Dallas Empire Signs Charlie "MuTeX" Saouma envy.gg
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dallas Empire's Tweet twitter.com
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dallas Empire Signs Paul Tisch Tischler envy.gg
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dallas Empire's Tweet twitter.com
  14. 14.0 14.1 Hast0's Tweet twitter.com
  15. Post Malone Takes Equity Stake in Envy Gaming (Exclusive) hollywoodreporter.com
  16. Clayster's Tweet twitter.com
  17. Hastr0 confirms roster for next season twitch.tv
  18. 18.0 18.1 Tommey's Tweet twitter.com
  19. Call of Duty League Player Tracker callofdutyleague.com
  20. 20.0 20.1 Subliner's Tweet twitter.com
  21. 21.0 21.1 Tisch's Tweet twitter.com
  22. 22.0 22.1 Dallas Empire's Tweet twitter.com
  23. FeLo's Tweet twitter.com
  24. Empire's Tweet twitter.com
  25. Empire's Tweet twitter.com
  26. 26.0 26.1 Dallas Empire's Tweet twitter.com
  27. Dallas Empire's Tweet twitter.com
  28. 28.0 28.1 Dallas Empire's Tweet twitter.com
  29. EastR's Tweet twitter.com