When the Call of Duty League was announced with team locations being revealed, fans were given a glimpse of what would be the next chapter of professional Call of Duty. Locations included Los Angeles (x2), Seattle, Paris, London, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Minnesota, New York, Toronto and Florida. Fans would have a chance to root for their teams based in their city, country or state, but nothing was known about the players, logos and team names.
Once roster mania had settled down and teams unveiled their rosters, early favorites began to emerge. Some teams were able to secure some legendary players like Seattle and Chicago, but the one team that seems to be built to beat everyone who steps in their way are the Dallas Empire. After seeing the rosters, watching the players stream the new game while grouping up with their teammates over various tournaments and seeing teams begin scrimming against each other, it's safe to say that the Empire look to be the early favorites for the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League, at least for now.
The Dallas Empire made waves with their roster announcements after unveiling the legendary James "Clayster" Eubanks as the the first player for the team. Clayster is a reigning champion in Call of Duty and a veteran that has over ten years of experience playing professionally.
Building off of Clayster, the Empire revealed two players new to professional Call of Duty - Anthony "Shotzzy" Cuevas-Castro and Indervir "iLLeY" Dhaliwal. Shotzzy is a former Halo world champion and transitioned into CoD after turning 18 while iLLeY was a highly regarded talent ready to show his skills to the world. Adding a solid player like Cuyler "Huke" Garland doesn't hurt either.
The final player announced for the starting roster was Ian "Crimsix" Porter. Crimsix is the winningest player in Call of Duty history with 33 major tournament victories. His deep experience within the scene (alongside Clayster) will be integral to the success of an Empire squad banking on the talent of their rookies.
After announcing the starting roster, the Dallas Empire squad began participating in various tournaments, placing first in pretty much all of them. Once they began scrimming other Call of Duty League teams, the Dallas Empire were truly able to flex their Modern Warfare muscles and have been defeating teams throughout. One standout scrim was against the Chicago Huntsmen - another team many people believe will be one of the best. They dismantled Chicago with eight maps won and only losing one. The Dallas Empire seem to have gotten a grasp on the game better than most other teams and have been enjoying success because of it.
There are still a few months before the Call of Duty League officially starts and changes can happen at a moments notice, but the Dallas Empire look to be the early favorites heading into 2020. The Empire's approach of mixing legendary, proven winners with new professionals that have massive potential is a risky move that has a chance to pay off in major ways. As of now, the approach seems to be working and if they can continue to develop as a team, the Dallas Empire can be consider the best team in the Call of Duty League.