The entire Call of Duty esports scene is in a state of flux at the moment after news Activision would be founding a franchised professional league from the beginning of 2020, with rumours and player movements flying thick and fast.
Team Envy’s Dallas team seems be taking similar steps, with organisation owner hastr0 taking to Twitter to tease “hot” new moves for the roster directly to the fans.
“Guys, it’s hot in here. Really hot, because it’s Call of Duty Rostermania. Let’s turn up the heat,” hastr0 said. “Just wanted to check in with you guys, I’ll keep you updated from my cellphone as this thing keeps moving along.”
Envy struggled to find their feet this year, despite boasting leading stars like Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price and a majority of the Evil Geniuses’ Championship-winning squad. Results didn’t flow, however, and it appears hastr0 and the players have decided to go down separate roads.
Hastr0’s short video didn’t reveal who would be staying or going in regards to the team’s current roster, but a host of players from the squad have already confirmed their restricted free agency earlier this week.
Squad captain ACHES was the first to reveal his future could lie away from Envy’s new Dallas team, and team stars Justin ‘SiLLY’ Fargo and Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia echoed the FA news last weekend. Former EG coach Embry ‘Bevils’ Bevil is also looking for a new team.
On August 25, Patrick Price tweeted: "With the 2019 season coming to an end, I am a restricted free agent for 2020. If any CDL Franchise would like to discuss opportunities, please contact me. Also interested in relocating full time."
With the 2019 season coming to an end, I am a restricted free agent for 2020. If any CDL Franchise would like to discuss opportunities, please contact me via email below. Also interested in relocating full time.— Patrick Price (@ACHES) August 25, 2019
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While the Envy trio, and their coach, are likely not to pull on Dallas colours in the new year, it’s not as simple as them simply leaving the organisation. New teams looking to sign the stars will have to buy out their contracts if they want to add them to their 2020 CDL rosters.
The news also confirms there are a chance hastr0 and Envy look to retain Jacob ‘Decemate’ Cato and substitute smg slayer Cuyler 'Huke' Garland. Neither have announced their plans for the upcoming franchise league as yet.
Stay tuned for more Team Envy/Dallas news. With hastr0 promising to keep the org’s fans updated as they continue their adventure through the wild Rostermania ahead of franchising, there’s sure to be more twists and turns for the squad before the end.
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