Clayster parts with Dallas Empire after winning 2020 CDL Champs
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September 2, 2020

Clayster parts with Dallas Empire after winning 2020 CDL Champs

After helping to Dallas Empire win the Call of Duty League World Championship this weekend, James “Clayster” Eubanks has been removed from the main roster. Specifically, Clayster is now a restricted free agent on the Call of Duty esports market.

Clayster to Leave Dallas Empire

This comes just two days after his team became the 2020 Call of Duty League champions. This isn’t the first Clayster was crowned a champion either. He previously won Call of Duty World League in 2019 with eUnited and in 2015 with Denial. The three-time world champion has certainly experienced enough in the scene to be considered a veteran.

Clayster stats for CDL 2020.

Image and stats credit to FaZe Easy Mac.

In a TwitLonger, Clayster spoke about his sentiments and feelings regarding his move. His disappointment with the shift is justified, especially because his gameplay was crucial to the Empire’s win. He mentions that he understands why he needs to be sold from a business perspective but still laments his lack of choice in the matter.

Call of Duty League Changes

Although his skill is not in question, the changes come from a new Call of Duty esports format. Yesterday, CDL announced that season 2 of the competition next year will transition from 5v5 to 4v4 format.

In the CoD scene, it’s known that esports players prefer a 4v4 format. Until late 2018, a 4v4 format was the norm. This changed to 5v5 in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The issue is that Call of Duty League announced this less than one year after 12 franchised teams signed five players. Now, every CDL team wonders what to do without a need for all five players.

Envy Gaming team owner Mike Rufail explained that he intends to work with Clayster and get him to any organization he wants. Considering his performance in CoD esports, Clayster may find his way to another strong team. But the same can’t be said for the other 11 teams unsure who to drop and move.

In an exciting flurry of games, Dallas Empire defeated Atlanta FaZe 5-1 in the 2020 Call of Duty League finals. Unfortunately, the excitement was short-lived when Dallas was the first team to announce its planned roster changes. Teams have until September 6 at 11:59 p.m. ET to extend player contracts. After September 13, unextended contracts for Call of Duty League players will end, marking them as free agents.

Right now, fans await what the next announcements will be from CDL, teams, or Call of Duty esports players. Dallas Empire and Clayster are only the first to make esports news about the new CDL format.

Written by Justin Amin

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