Nothing happened for the Dallas Empire in the Call of Duty League Third Major.
Poor team play, shootout losses and technical issues led to the franchise’s first CDL outing as Empire was knocked out by OpTic Chicago in a 3-0 loss. Saturday afternoon.
Dallas won the third major tournament without a win on the map, as it was also swept by Atlanta on Thursday. The Empire is tasked with solving the mystery of its own struggles, and that has been its obstacle all season.
Placing seventh or eighth is not what the team expected, but time is running out in the season. The Empire has two other majors before the Champs and cannot inhabit.
“You just have to move on,” said Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, 2020 CDL MVP. “The past is the past and you have to look forward to the next step, the next group game and becoming best as a team. We have to keep our heads up. “
Empire veteran Ian “Crimsix” Porter spoke of technical issues following the loss of the Empire. He admitted Dallas hadn’t played well, but the team were unhappy with the first map requiring a restart and second map pause because teammate Tyler “FeLo” Johnson was stuck in the map.
Also, in Round 11 we were offended no matter what because Tyler’s murders reset when he returned. I don’t know which side we would have had but still. We played round 10 for the win and not because of wins because of it. Fucking crazy scenes. We still played like ass.
– Empire C6 (@Crimsix) May 15, 2021
Empire head coach Ray “Rambo” Lussier has already done the math. Johnson had three kills before his game crashed, and OpTic got two free kills against him in rounds where he was not available.
These are “ifs and buts,” Lussier said, but those details could have made a difference in what was the closest card to the series for the Empire.
It was not an isolated event for recent technical incidents. Chicago was itself a victim when it was swept away by Atlanta FaZe on May 9 in a game that was played on the wrong server.
Just told myself that the CDL host selected the wrong server in our match due to a typo in an email. 1000% not why we lost, but that is not acceptable.
– OpTic Envoy (@DylanEnvoy) May 9, 2021
But Dallas doesn’t have time to worry about these issues as the Empire has little time to shape its gameplay.
The Empire is still No. 2 in the league with 210 CDL points, behind only Atlanta. The Empire’s position for the Champs is always favorable, but it doesn’t matter if they don’t solve their problems.
“Our practice was really good today,” Cuevas-Castro said. “We had a really good practice against Toronto and I thought it was going to be a good day.
The Dallas Mistakes have been on the rotation this year. The Empire didn’t have all three game modes in a healthy enough place to consistently win matches. Dallas was better in hard point and control against Atlanta on Thursday, but the Empire was disjointed in those modes against Chicago.
The roster change that put Johnson in the starting lineup and sent Cuyler “Huke” Garland to Los Angeles was supposed to be a spark, but the Empire hasn’t changed much. Still explosive in moments, but not connected enough to take down strong opponents.
The Empire was also hooked at the start of the season. Late card heroics and improbable control card returns put the Empire at the top of the board. This is not enough now.
“What we’re going through right now is not meant to be a testing phase,” Lussier said. “It’s supposed to be a time when we’re trying to improve and it’s clearly not working right now… Our goal is to earn Champs, and if we make any changes or whatever we’re trying to improve, it will be trying to achieve it. goal.
Dallas is not in gear at the moment and is at times unlucky. The reigning world champions have to adapt.
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