Call of Duty: Warzone’s Verdansk Stadium has a new look as of this afternoon, as Activision decided to add some color around the location by enshrining the winners of the 2020 CDL Championship: The Dallas Empire.
The enshrinement comes in the form of an in-game monument that declares the Empire as champs. However, Activision didn’t stop there, since there are also banners on the stadium with each player’s name and face on them. This is the biggest acknowledgment of a Call of Duty Champs winner in the franchise’s history.
Dallas Empire’s 2020 champs victory comes full circle
On display for the world to see 🏆
— Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) May 9, 2021
The Dallas Empire were one of the most dominant teams in Call of Duty history. They capped off their tremendous 2020 with a season victory but fell apart shortly after. James “Clayster” Eubanks was cut as the league moved to 4v4 play, and recently Cuyler “Huke” Garland was traded to the LA Thieves.
The remnants of the 2020 squad are still present with Ian “Crimsix” Porter, Indervir “iLLey” Dhaliwal and Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro. However, even with some of the 2020 squad in different places, their team is now immortalized in Warzone for all to see.
The monument itself was teased in prior tweets from the Call of Duty League. Some fans guessed that it would be the CDL Trophy, and those fans were correct in a way. The monument is the trophy that the Empire have in their possession at their Texas office.
On the bottom of the in-game trophy, it reads, “Dallas Empire: 2020 Champions.” This in and of itself would have been a nice gesture, but Activision went a step further and added player banners to the walls of Verdansk Stadium.
There’s currently no word if the trophy and banners will always be of the Empire. Although, it does make sense that the next winner of CDL Champs will replace them on the Warzone enshrinement.
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.