Call of Duty World Champion Dallas Empire finishes CDL 2020
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August 31, 2020

Call of Duty World Champion Dallas Empire finishes CDL 2020

In a remarkable series, the 2020 inaugural season of Call of Duty League finished with Dallas Empire as the world champion yesterday. Exciting matches against Atlanta FaZe ended with Dallas taking home $1.5 million. Commonly known as CoD Champs, the 2020 Call of Duty World Championship ended with major records broken.

2020 CDL Champs

As one of twelve teams in the 2020 Call of Duty League franchise, Empire remained top four in CDL standings all season. On top of that, Empire beat Atlanta FaZe twice in a row this weekend. During Winners’ Finals on Saturday, Dallas Empire won 3-2. FaZe beat Chicago Huntsmen after that to come back to the best-of-nine Grand Finals for CDL Gameday. But the CDL 2020 season wrapped up with Dallas Empire demolishing Atlanta in a 5-1 victory.

Though the squad started out poorly, Empire quickly found their ground and found their stride. The team won multiple events throughout the year, including CDL London Home Series, placing second going into playoffs. Even when COVID-19 forced esports online, Dallas Empire remained strong.

Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, Call of Duty rookie and former Halo world champion, won Call of Duty League’s Regular Season MVP. This was well-deserved thanks to his strong performances after meeting with early criticism.

Ian “Crimsix” Porter, James “Clayster” Eubanks, Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, Cuyler “Huke” Garland, Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal, and Head Coach Ray “Rambo” Lussier made up the winning lineup. Through a mix of new talent and long-time veterans, Dallas Empire adopted one of the strongest teams.

Call of Duty World Champion Dallas Empire

Owned by Envy Gaming, the top esports organization in Texas, Envy couldn’t be happier with results. Entering into a new $25 million franchised league, Dallas Empire sets a precedent with this win. The brand recognition and new CoD title will quickly bring more value to the organization.

“Putting this team together last year, we knew we had something special,” Envy Gaming’s Chief Gaming Officer Mike Rufail said. “Bringing world championship winners Crimsix and Clayster, a reliable player like Huke we knew we could build around, and two promising young players like Shotzzy and Illey all together gave us an incredible team from day one. We never doubted they could take this all the way, and having a strategic expert like Ray as Head Coach sealed the deal.”

Call of Duty League 2020 tournaments.

Image credit to Dallas Empire/Envy Gaming.

Additionally, through winning the 2020 Call of Duty League season, Dallas Empire broke multiple records for its players and in esports.

  • Crimsix and Clayster are the first two esports players on a console game to eclipse $1 million in prize money earned thanks to previous earnings.
  • Crimsix and Clayster are now two of only three players to win three Call of Duty world championships. This is a back-to-back win for Clayster.
  • Shotzzy is the first player in esports history to win a world championship in two different esports (Halo and Call of Duty).
  • Envy Gaming is the first esports organization to hold teams winning multiple Call of Duty World Championships.

After making esports news last week with Post Malone joining the organization, Envy did it again. Through multiple esports teams making up the Team Envy, Dallas Fuel, and Dallas Empire names, Envy Gaming continues to make esports history as the new Call of Duty World Champion. Fans are excited to see what esports title Envy will next win.

Written by Justin Amin

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