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The Call of Duty League is still rolling after the Chicago Huntsmen took home the win in London. Though, things are rolling in a bit of a controversial way, as some of the Chicago players are calling out the Dallas Empire. Essentially, this is an age-old rivalry between the former OpTic Gaming and Team Envy squads. However, this goes beyond friendly banter, which is what it was in the past. There’s definite tension between these two teams, and it stems from an argument that took place months before the CDL began.
Chicago Huntsmen calling out the Dallas Empire
While this isn’t OpTic vs. Envy, many fans see it that way since Chicago features many former OpTic members. Of course, the Empire is owned by Team Envy, so this rivalry was set in stone when Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez took the reins of the Huntsmen.
Before the CDL began, the Dallas Empire were considered the favorites by many, including us. However, as time progressed, other teams like Atlanta FaZe and Chicago caught up to the Empire. Currently, we can see how far Dallas has fallen behind as Chicago has defeated them three times in as many matches.
However, during their time of perceived dominance, the Empire built themselves up as the best team in the CDL. Constantly talking badly about other teams, namely Chicago, Dallas went into Launch Weekend supremely confident. Although, we know where that confidence got them.
After being defeated by Chicago in the grand finals of London, the Huntsmen players were quick to respond to the trash talk that occurred months earlier.
Kids are so much better online hahahhahahaha
— OpTic FormaL (@FormaL) February 9, 2020
DaLLLas started this feud and now is backpedaling. Don’t dish it if you don’t want a negative response after. Victim role is weird! pic.twitter.com/UNZeSzikFt
— OpTic Scump (@scump) February 10, 2020
Both Seth “Scump” Abner and Matt “FormaL” Piper have a special beef with the Empire. This is due to the fact their former teammate, Ian “C6” Porter, was the main player talking negatively about Chicago. Also, as we can see from Scump’s tweet, Envy owner Mike “Hastr0” Rufail also got in on the action last year.
Of course, the Empire players and even Hastr0 responded to the tweets. Basically, Dallas is saying that the trash talk was all in good fun. Although, their intentions were pretty clear before the season began.
How is that backpedaling? Where exactly did I talk trash? I stated facts, and I’ve really stayed out of it for the most part. Alec is like a brother to me and I’m friends with you, I’ve got no beef and nothing to say, yet I’m getting dumpstered on the bird by the cult following
— NYSL Clayster (@Clayster) February 11, 2020
It seems as though Dallas can’t back up their talk from before the CDL started. However, there’s still a lot of games left to be played, so this could turn back around on the Huntsmen very quickly.
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Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.