‘Crimsix’ sees your criticisms. The Dallas Empire star is either laughing with you or stoking his ‘extra fire’ within
Ian “Crimsix” Porter sees what you say about him online. Nothing beats being a three-time Call of Duty esports world champion. Porter has the most tournament wins of any player in history, but that never made him immune to criticism.
There’s a fine line between what he values and what will downright piss him off. But it’s not kind of anger that I’m mad at you, said Porter. It is directed into motivation. He’ll just want to win more.
“I saw a Reddit thread rating the top ARs from soft to hard,” Porter said. “I was the softest like number one and just laughed at it. I was like, ‘[expletive] Yes, I finally won something. ‘”
How does his answer make sense and eventually win? Crimsix has 37 CoD championships, including the world title he won with the Dallas Empire in the Call of Duty League’s inaugural season, which begins February 11th. The Empire has a date with the Seattle Surge watch at 3:30 a.m. that day
Porter noted that many CDL supporters are concerned about giving him full credit.
Well, his last ring was won in the online game, so that doesn’t count.
Players on teams that Crimsix defeated will tell him that he only won because of internal turmoil in opposing teams.
His answer? “That’s not my fault.”
“People have tried to discredit me throughout my career,” said Porter. “I think if I got what I did in another game, basically people would bow to me and there would be no argument. I honestly think if it were like that I would not have had any further success. “
Here’s the thing about Porter: he loves to joke. And he’ll be part of the online trolling of his CDL friends for Twitter fodder.
He’ll retweet the memes that were made to make fun of him and honor a good burn when it’s due.
But once you take away his victories, you awaken another side of Crimsix. It releases its competitiveness.
More recently, players and CDL supporters have sought to steal the Empire’s championship recognition.
It wasn’t a live LAN event in front of fans, so it’s not the same as any other title.
Porter notices all of these comments. His Empire teammates don’t take them to heart.
“I think people care a little,” said Cuyler “Huke” Garland. “I mean, it’s a good way to look at it one way or another. This way, we stay motivated regardless of the situation. I am motivated no matter what. “
The 19-year-old Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal felt similar.
“I’ll do this for myself. I’m doing this for my team, ”said Dhaliwal. “I will be motivated no matter what. I don’t really care about other people’s opinions. “
However, Porter likes it when people doubt him. It’s the added motivation. And if you ask him, there was always an endless supply. This can be a problem for other CDL teams because no one has won as well as Crimsix.
Porter admits he needs to focus more on the positive comments. He landed at the top of the “ranking of all major ARs based on how soft they are” list because he’s not afraid to block people who lack creativity on Twitter. But Porter goes out of his way to make sure he is a supportive teammate. The toxicity does not come with scrims.
He constantly remembers how he felt when his OpTic team took third place in the 2019 Champs and he felt like he was being blamed. His two OpTic teammates, Seth “Scump” Abner and Matthew “FormaL” Piper, played for Chicago while Porter had to find a new squad.
He will offer constructive criticism that could also match the Crimsix line. But even at 27 he is still improving as a manager.
“He understands that he comes off wrong at certain times,” said Empire head coach Ray “Rambo” Lussier. “He’s quick to try to fix these things and make himself a more valuable teammate by describing things he’d like to see better.”
Porter was a strong influence for his younger teammates in 2020. 19-year-old Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, who won an MVP for the Empire, said he was grateful to begin his CDL journey alongside Porter.
Cuevas-Castro also called Porter “unique”, referring to his ability to joke and motivate himself with anything.
“I don’t really know the fine line between Porter because you could joke whatever you want with him, but then there are times when he isn’t into it,” said Cuevas-Castro. “But Porter is himself and mostly tries to joke.”
Crimsix may be one of the few players who can turn an Empire title defense and pursuit of consecutive championships into a tour of revenge. But whether he laughs at his own expense or remembers every word used against him, a spark is ignited in him.
“That’s probably why he won most of the tournaments,” said Garland. “He still has that extra fire and he could take anything and turn it into motivation.”