The Call of Duty League offseason simply refuses to take a day off.
According to a report by Jacob Wolf and Cory “CRONE” Davis of Dot Esports, Envy Gaming is currently in talks with NRG Esports and Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez about a deal that would result in the merging of the Dallas Empire and OpTic Gaming — which would free up the Chicago Call of Duty League slot for a third party to buy.
The report also says that the deal, if finalized, would likely spell the end for the Empire brand — as Dallas would adopt the OpTic name — and that Rodriguez would help run the team alongside Envy Gaming owner Mike Rufail.
This deal would also make it three cities for OpTic in as many seasons.
Both the Empire and OpTic have already cut two players from their rosters adding fuel to the speculative fire.
The Empire announced they’d be moving on from Ian “Crimsix” Porter and Reece “Vivid” Drost Friday evening. Porter spent two seasons with the Empire starting with the CDL inaugural season. Drost was brought on in late May.
Porter also became the second veteran and three-time champion to be dealt by the Empire in back-to-back offseasons. James “Clayster” Eubanks’ left to New York after the 2020 season.
The hypothetical lineup for the new team would include: Seth “Scump” Abner, Brandon “Dashy” Otell, Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, and Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal.