Today, Dallas Empire announced the acquisition of Vivid from the Los Angeles Guerrillas. Vivid is expected to start for the defending champions in place of FeLo, who was benched yesterday.
Over the past month, Vivid has been inactive on the bench at Los Angeles Guerrillas. He was benched for Chino, and SiLLY was swapped to an SMG role. The team cited pacing issues as the reason for Vivid’s benching. Vivid has been one of the most polarizing players in CDL. He is known for being a fast, aggressive SMG with a high level of raw talent and slaying power.
However, the Guerrillas were unable to find success with Vivid. In the 2020 season, the Guerrillas finished in last place at Champs and in the season standings. Currently, the Guerrillas are in 9th place in the CDL standings with 90 points, and would not qualify for Champs. The top eight teams at the end of Stage 5 would qualify for Champs this season.
While FeLo’s SnD has been stellar, Dallas has struggled mightily since benching Huke for FeLo.
At the Major, 3 out of the bottom 6 players by K/D were Dallas Empire players (iLLeY: 0.64, FeLo: 0.69, Crimsix: 0.78). The team went 1-6 in Control in Stage 3, and outside of Shotzzy, rarely got anything going.
The bigger question is whether the addition of Vivid will help to iLLeY improve in the latter half of the season. After a phenomenal debut rookie season, iLLeY has struggled considerably this season. On both SnD and Control, his output puts him in the bottom ten CDL players.
His Hardpoint has also been inconsistent. After switching to an SMG in Stage 3, iLLeY had the third worst K/D of any CDL player, with a 0.84 K/D (ahead of only Classic and Loony). If the addition of Vivid allows iLLeY to find rhythm in the flex role, Dallas can regain form and once again be a contender at Champs.