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Hastr0 responds to ‘leaked’ name for Dallas CoD franchise

Published: 1/Oct/2019 15:53 Updated: 1/Oct/2019 16:54

by Jacob Hale


Team Envy, Dallas Fuel and Dallas CoD franchise owner Mike “Hastr0” Rufail has responded to a supposed leak giving away the name of their new Call of Duty franchise.

Envy is a brand that was born from Call of Duty esports, the two becoming synonymous with one another in much the same way as OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan.

That’s why it’s so important the Dallas CoD franchise gets a suitable name – so when a potential name was leaked, Hastr0 took to Twitter to respond to the claims.

Hastr0 has denied the legitimacy of the leak, but gives fans reason to be excited.

According to infamous leaker CDLIntel, the Dallas CoD franchise is going to be named “Dallas Empire”, with information received from an anonymous source linking to domain names owned by Envy Gaming Inc.

The tweet also mentions that the company owns the domain name www.dallasrepublic.com, a suggestion that the team could end up being named Dallas Republic.

However, Hastr0 has come out with a definitive statement responding to the leaks, saying: “We registered multiple team names, domains and branding assets for our Call of Duty esports team.

He concluded, “You guys can keep speculating. Just know that our launch will be pretty epic.”

While Hastr0 doesn’t outright deny the claims, he definitely suggests that while Dallas Empire (and Dallas Republic) are names that have been thought about, there is a multitude of brands, names, domains and assets that could end up being the final product.

This isn’t the first time Hastr0 has denied something to be true, but it seems it’s often just to keep fans on their toes.

On February 10, 2018, journalist and esports consultant Rod “Slasher” Breslau tweeted that his sources had shared with him that Woo-yeon “sowhat” Bong would be signing with the Dallas Fuel.

Hastr0 immediately refuted the claims, saying that Slasher should “get rid of that source”. Not a week later, on February 16, 2018, Hastr0 confirmed that Fuel had been in discussions over the signing of sowhat, although the acquisition didn’t end up occurring.

CDLIntel definitely has a habit of being right, and usually won’t report on something unless he’s confident in it, so we may have just found out who CoD fans in Dallas will be supporting come 2020.

For now though, it’s still unconfirmed, with no franchises in the new league having officially unveiled their brands yet.

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UnRationaL’s team wins Twitch Rivals $250K Warzone Doritos Bowl: final placements

Published: 22/Jan/2021 3:40 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 3:46

by Brad Norton


UnRationaL’s team came away with the win after a controversial day of action in the $250,000 Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl event. Here’s how the five rounds of private lobby competition unfolded throughout the Grand Finals on January 21.

  • Team UnRationaL took home the lion’s share of the $250K prize pool.
  • Team Iron led the charge for most of the event, only falling short in the final round.
  • Top competitors lashed out over cheating accusations. One team disqualified from the event.

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Grand Finals: Placements

$250,000 was on the line for the Twitch Rivals event, making it one of the biggest Warzone competitions of all time. After a month of delays, 49 teams were all set to drop in a fight for the best placement possible. Regardless of performance, each and every team was awarded in the end. The top Trio claimed a whopping $45,000 for their efforts while the team in last place still got $1,200.

Current Placement Team Points
1st UnRationaL, StayFinessen, Nickool 127
2nd aamerica, Med1cinee_, Royalize_ 94
3rd its_iron, OPMarked, yeet 89
4th Aydan, Blazt, Rated 83
5th zColorss, Frozone, aHTracTXII 78
6th PRAY3RS, NobuSpartan, bbreadman 75
7th BobbyPoffGaming, chun, Pieman 75
8th mrdaft, GalvanizeCOD, Enable 71
9th zSmittyTV, KriiNkz, mvriiooo 70
10th HusKerrs, JoeWo, Symfuhny 70

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl: Results & recap

The first custom match got off an intense start with many of the biggest names dropping out early. While a handful of fan-favorite teams made it to the top 10, it was Team Iron that took out the emphatic win. They knocked out HusKerr’s in the closing moments to secure the victory with 17 kills to their name. They immediately jumped into first place with 42 points in total.

Iron and his Trio continued their reign atop the standings through the next two rounds though the gap continued to close. UnRationaL’s team came just one point away from tying the leaders, with Frozone’s Trio falling close behind in third place.

A qualifying team closed out the victory in round four, however, things soon hit a bump in the road. The broadcast cut to a prolonged break as cheating accusations began making the rounds. Multiple players lashed out over alleged cheaters in the custom lobby.

After roughly an hour of investigations behind the scenes, METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, & Unifyz were disqualified from the event.

They would not be eligible for any prizing, the hosts soon confirmed. Therefore, the fifth and final map was played with one less team.

It all came down to a heated final battle though one Trio was able to cruise through to the top spot. UnRationaL, StayFinessen, and Nickool dominated in the final round, securing the first place prize and taking out the win with a 33 point lead over second place.

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Invited teams & qualifiers

25 teams were invited to compete in the Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl. From the most popular streamers to veteran competitors, all of the biggest names were dropped into the same lobby.

Alongside the invited Trios, 24 qualifying teams are also in the lobby. However, the lobby size soon shrank as one team was disqualified from the event.

Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Teams
Tfue, Destroy, ClutchBelk
Kalei, xcudi, Pz_Blue
IceManIsaac, exzachtt, Rallied
Swagg, GD_booya, SuperEvan
TeePee, DouisRaw, Merk
Tommey, AlmxndTV, newbz
HusKerrs, JoeWo, Symfuhny
LEGIQN, babydillster, x2Pac_ThuGLorD
p90princess, ReelMason, AngelWalks
LuckyChamu, Repullze, KuyaJay
BobbyPoffGaming, chun, Pieman
aamerica, Med1cinee_, Royalize_
its_iron, OPMarked, yeet
JaredFPS, Bartonologist, RussDaddy
UnRationaL, StayFinessen, Nickool
ProblemWright, Braxtvn, stukawaki
mrdaft, GalvanizeCOD, Enable
Pamaj, Dirty, JHaZeGV
SebasBeron, FadezIV, galex
Aydan, Blazt, Rated
jordy2d, Sallyisadog, LoochyTV
ItsMeRachelG, ukforty, mnavo
1Bibby, JoshuaAlfaro, AznBoi
(DISQUALIFIED) METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, Unifyz
PRAY3RS, NobuSpartan, bbreadman

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Format

For this major Warzone event, teams played in private lobbies, opposed to the usual kill-race format. There were 49 teams in total as every Trio battled it out in the same match.

Points were accumulated across five lobbies as placement and kills were all-important. Each elimination was worth one point and more points were awarded for a better finish. The full point structure can be seen below.

Placement Points
1st 25
2nd 20
3rd 15
4th 10
5th-7th 7
8th-10th 4
11th-15th 2
16th-20th 1