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The Dallas Empire has benched Cuyler “Huke” Garland for Tyler “FeLo” Johnson after their 3-1 win over the Paris Legion.

“The team has felt we are playing below our potential,” said Empire  head coach Raymond “Rambo” Lussier in a statement. “With FeLo playing so well in Challengers, he’s earn a shot to compete in the starting lineup.”

The Empire have performed quite well in the Call of Duty League this year. The team placed 2nd at the first Major, falling in the final to Atlanta FaZe, and then placed 3rd at the Stage 2 Major against Toronto Ultra. The close games may not be enough for the squad that won the championship crown last year.

Dallas Empire bench Huke for FeLo

EastR, the amateur team FeLo has played with recently, placed 2nd at the Stage 2 Playoffs and 5th at the Challengers Open. FeLo was brought up as a substitute in January of 2021 and has been playing competitively since 2014. He will be replaced by former Atlanta FaZe Academy player Daunte “Sib” Gray on EastR.

While FeLo has been performing well, the announcement that he would be replacing Huke caught many off guard. Huke was one of mainstay players on Dallas Empire during their dominance in Modern Warfare. Dallas then opted to keep Huke, Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal and season MVP Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas when the competition moved to 4v4. Huke was up for season MVP contention alongside his teammate Shotzzy and has continued to tear through opponents in Cold War.

“?????,” Sam “Octane” Larew, who plays for the Seattle Surge, tweeted in response to Rambo’s statement.

The Empire beat Paris Legion 3-1 in their most recent match of the Call of Duty League on April 22. Huke performed at the same level or above that of his teammates outside of game three on Checkmate Control. He went 13/17 with the worse score on their team. Despite having a negative K/D, Huke had the most tiers captured out of everyone in the lobby.

FeLo will be playing for the Dallas Empire in their match against Stage 2 Champions Toronto Ultra on Sunday.


Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, and Valorant. When Danny is not writing about all the latest news, he can be found on the 100 Thieves / Seattle Surge Discord or playing Call of Duty.


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