Clayster defends Dallas Empire’s Call of Duty League performances


After being swept 0-3 in the final of the first Call of Duty League Home Series event of the season last weekend in London, and failing to win a series at Launch Weekend, Dallas Empire has been receiving a fair bit of stick from CoD fans.

However, one of the team’s older heads, James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, has spoken out against the negativity towards his team and has also defended the two players who have been taking most of the flak, youngsters Indervir ‘ILLeY’ Dhaliwal and Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro.

Clayster, who is a reigning Call of Duty World Champion after helping eUnited win the final championship of the pre-franchising era in 2019, took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the criticism. “Got damn, reading my mentions got me feeling like we shit the bed or something LMAO,” he says. “3-4 [in CDL series so far] with three losses to Chicago and one to FaZe, all while two of our players are playing their first pro CoD LANs and learning respawn. Progress takes time, y’all.”

He then says he is proud of how Shotzzy and ILLeY “handled the pressure” of having to play Chicago Hunstmen – who is now the top team in the CDL and Dallas’ fiercest rivals – twice at the Home Series event and dealt with a hostile reception from the London crowd.

His defence of his team provoked Chicago’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner – who was one of the standout players of the weekend and key to the Huntsmen’s victory – to dig out an old post from the Mike ‘Hastr0’ Ruffail, the CEO of Dallas’ owners, Team Envy. Scump accuses Dallas Empire of “backpedalling” after claiming in much of preseason that it was the team to beat after solid showings in online scrims.

Clayster again jumps to his team’s defence and challenges Scump’s take, provoking a debate about the two franchises’ beef and rivalry that has built since the rosters were announced some months ago.

While Chicago Huntsmen has quickly established itself as the strongest franchise so far, Dallas Empire has had to face some of the league’s toughest opposition in early fixtures. Both ILLeY – who is playing on his first ever top tier CoD roster – and Shotzzy – who was poached by Dallas from the competitive Halo scene – both struggled during Launch Weekend, but put in some big performances in London to reach the final.

While geographical rivalries – such as London Royal Ravens and Paris Legion or LA Guerillas and OpTic LA – will play a big part in the CDL, it seems as if Dallas and Chicago will have the fiercest of them all, with both teams having established names and big egos on both sides.

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