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Clayster responds to Dallas Empire “onliner” criticism after CDL Chicago

Published: 30/Apr/2020 18:00 Updated: 1/May/2020 23:12

by Albert Petrosyan


Following the Dallas Empire’s victory at the Chicago Home Series in the Call of Duty League, veteran star James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks responded to some claiming that the team was only successful online.

The Call of Duty League’s inaugural season has been stained by the necessary change to an online format, as teams’ successes or failures now have the “online” asterisk next to them.

Dallas Empire just became the first-ever franchise with two tournament victories, but their latest one, coming at CDL Chicago, is being discredited by some fans since it wasn’t played on LAN.

Call of Duty LeagueDallas Empire’s victory at the Chicago Home Series was their second tournament win this CDL season.

“People are saying it doesn’t count because it’s online; you can have that opinion, that’s fine, but it doesn’t diminish what we did and it doesn’t diminish the fact that we won the tournament,” Clayster said in response to the criticisms.

The two-time World Champion was also quick to remind fans that Empire also won a LAN tournament earlier this season at CDL Los Angeles.

“People seem to think ‘oh wow, Dallas the onliners,’ but we won the last LAN tournament there is, we’re the defending LAN champions, and we’ll be the defending LAN champions until the next event.”

Call of Duty LeagueDallas Empire also won CDL Los Angeles earlier this season, the final Home Series played on LAN before the switch to an online format.

With the entire 2020 CDL season set to be played online, it would appear that the Empire will indeed hold that distinction until the next campaign.

Until then, Clayster and the rest of his star-studded team will be focused on winning as many online tournaments as they can, including the Championship at the end of the season.

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CDL Challengers Cup #4 final placements: WestR’s reign continues

Published: 18/Jan/2021 3:01 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 3:02

by Brad Norton


WestR, House Tarth, and Renegades have all come away as champions in their respective regions as the fourth Black Ops Cold War Challengers Cup event is now in the books. 

  • WestR continues to be the most dominant force in NA, taking home their fourth consecutive Challengers Cup victory.
  • House Tarth finally get back atop the EU region with an impressive upper bracket run over former champions.
  • Renegades reclaim the throne in APAC, taking down VOID Collective in the Grand Finals.

Final placements

Just under 1,000 teams competed around the world as the weekend-long event offered up pro points alongside the standard prize pool. No different from earlier Challengers Cups, $2,500 was on the line across NA and EU while APAC battled it out for a share in $1,500. 

Placement Team Prize
1st WestR $2,000
2nd NYSL Academy $500
3rd Built By Gamers
4th Triumph
Top 6 Slammed Strikes Back
Bean Squad
Top 8 wambyyyybambyy
Placement Team Prize
1st House Tarth $2,000
2nd Connect 4 $500
3rd RAMS
4th Gangsterz
Top 6 Obtained Esports
Team Singularity
Top 8 Orgless
Team Sween
Placement Team Prize
1st Renegades $1,000
2nd VOID Collective $500
3rd Chiefs Esports Club
4th Vertex Gaming
Top 6 Next Up
Top 8 Team Handsome

Challengers Cup #4 Results & Recap

The fourth Challengers Cup event kicked off on January 16 and came to a close just one day later. Hundreds of teams duked it out though a number of familiar names topped the pack once again across all three regions.

WestR once again proved to be an unstoppable force in NA. The reigning champs cruised through this week’s upper bracket without much difficulty. Despite a remarkable showing from NSYL Academy on their way through the lower bracket, they couldn’t quite matchup in the Grand Finals.

On the EU side, House Tarth climbed their way back to the top spot after two weeks of finishing in the Top 6. They took down Connect 4 in back to back matchups, winning 3-2 in the Winner’s Finals and then 3-1 in the Grand Finals.

Similarly, Renegades pushed back to the top of the APAC region after their extraordinary winning streak came to an end in Challengers Cup 3. They took down VOID Collective 3-1 in the final series.