‘Rambo’, Dallas Empire know ’there’s going to be some bumps’ after 3-2 loss to Minnesota
The Dallas Empire lost their first Call of Duty League game in 203 days, but there was nothing to worry about. That run included a world championship, a new game, and a long off-season.
The Empire’s reaction to the 3-1 loss to Minnesota Rokkr on Sunday night was “good entertainment,” said Cuyler “Huke” Garland. Also very good conversations.
“It is very important to correct these mistakes early, learn from them and grow from them,” added Garland, the main shot caller for the reigning world champions. “We can either grow from a loss or we can sit there and be angry. But I think overall there is a lot to learn so all is well. “
@ROKKR played really well today. It’s hard to go down 2-3 like that but I know the guys will fix these little bugs. Enjoy the Faze v OpTic matchup tonight! GGs only. @CODLeague
– Mike Rufail (@ hastr0) February 15, 2021
Dallas started 2021 in a rage, sweeping a Seattle Surge team that struggled at the bottom of the ladder throughout the inaugural season. Before that, it was a 3-0 preseason against New York. The Empire looked like the best team in professional Call of Duty again.
But they didn’t start the second CDL season as an invincible team.
The Minnesota Rokkr uncovered some weaknesses in the Empire’s early season game. Dallas is still a long way from pressing a panic button, head coach Ray “Rambo” Lussier told the Dallas Morning News on Sunday night.
“Everyone understands that our main goal is to repeat the championship by the end of the year,” said Lussier. “This doesn’t mean to our fans or the people who are invested in us that we don’t look at every game that leads to it, but there will be some bumps in the road.”
The Empire, who lost their first game since July 26 against Toronto, remain confident. Lussier said they still feel like one of the best teams in the league, if not one. But her own mistakes were clear after the Minnesota defeat.
Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi and the Rokkr particularly dominated the two search and destroy maps, one of which secured the team’s first win of the season.
Minnesota and Dallas had opposite season openings on Thursday. The Empire defeated Seattle, while the Los Angeles Thieves lost the Rokkr 3-1.
“Our heads were high and confident. After a defeat like against LA Thieves, you can’t let yourself go, ”Abedi said on the CDL YouTube broadcast after the game. We knew the show looked a lot worse than it really was. We only went through a few Vods and fixed some bugs to find out more about other situations on the same page.
“We knew if we came in and did our best we could beat them.”
The Empire has until February 20th to work on their game against London’s Royal Ravens, specifically to fix search errors and destroy maps.
Lussier felt that six days wasn’t enough time to change a whole lot, but that was none of his business. Small corrections can happen, but Dallas will find out even more about themselves next weekend against London, regardless of the result.
GGs Rokkr. Badly played, team badly played. Terrible gameplay across the board.
– Empire C6 (@Crimsix) February 15, 2021
Pro CoD can be hot and cold this early in the season. Two of the league’s top 2020 competitors, OpTic Chicago and Atlanta FaZe, traded blows after the Empire. OpTic looked strong on a hardpoint win before being blown out in the search.
No team looked perfect on the opening weekend. That included the reigning champions.
“Every game is a new game and we didn’t fully show up today. That’s fine, ”said Garland. “We will continue to work towards our goal as before and there is nothing else to say than that.”
More Empire coverage from the Dallas Morning News can be found here.