Hiko: "jdm64 reached out to me"

Spencer "Hiko" Martin gave us an exhausting interview about the entire change Liquid have undergone in the past two weeks, upsetting G2 in the opening round and taking Luminosity to a close result.

So far Liquid have lived up to expectations about their new, yet temporary lineup at ECS Season 1 Finals, as they defeated G2 one-sidedly in the first match and took Luminosity to a narrow Train.


Hiko gave us a detailed look into Liquid's lineup change

We spoke to Spencer "⁠Hiko⁠" Martin who gave us a detailed, behind-the-scenes look into the entire change and also talked about countering G2's strengths and how Liquid were able to make it close versus the Brazilians.

Let's start with the whole change that you went through, obviously jdm64 coming in with s1mple for the next two tournaments and then Pimp joining after the Major, how did it all come together?

So after ELEAGUE - we obviously had a very poor showing there, going 0-8 - it was pretty apparent that using peacemaker as the in-game leader, we didn't really have much of a role for adreN at the time. We always kept him on the team because he was in-game leading, then he had the Major where he wasn't leading and played amazingly, so we tried that for a little bit more and it seemed like he went back to his old self. So there was no room on the roster for adreN anymore. koosta also, at the last two events he just didn't play very well, he had a really hard time finding how to impact the rounds, really hard time getting kills in general. It was definitely a team decision, we all agreed we needed to get rid of both of them.

Then we were looking at who was available at the time, Pimp was definitely a free agent, I talked to him before he joined SK if he was interested and then it didn't seem like he wanted to move. And I reached out to him again and it seemed like he really wanted to, so that was a pretty easy pick for us. And jdm actually reached out to me, I actually don't think I said this in an interview yet, I respect him a lot, because he kind of realized, at least from what he said to me, that his team wasn't really going anywhere. He was tired of putting in the effort and not really having results, so he wanted to jump ship and to join a winning team. Obviously that's my mentality, so having another person on the team that's like that is really good to me. Liquid and CLG came to an agreement and then jdm joined our team.

Then the question was, since Pimp couldn't play the Major with us, who could we use? We could use adreN again or we could use koosta, but that really wouldn't have been a good environment, so it was kind of my decision or my idea "What if we just brought back s1mple? He'll play a couple more events with us and that'll be it." I think at the very beginning some people on my team were a little hesitant to do it, but it was pretty obvious that that would've been the best option and it would've been the best thing for us to at least make it out of groups at the Major and do well at ECS. 

So what are, realistically, the expectations for ECS and the Major, considering not having the eventual lineup?

At this event my expectations are probably lower than they will be for the Major, this is kind of like our first event, first official matches with this roster, first one with jdm even. So if we end up making it out of the groups and lose in the semi-finals, I wouldn't be too upset. Sure, making it to the finals would be amazing first time with this roster, but I think that might be unrealistic. And then obviously the Major is the important one for us. We all really want to make it out of groups, maybe make it to semi-finals, who knows, I think that'll be good.

Here you first faced off against G2 on quite a one-sided Cobblestone, did you put any special effort in shutting down ScreaM and shox, who have been their key to success?

I think my personal mentality, and my team and specifically peacemaker, was just like: "We need to shut down shox, if we shut down shox then G2 usually falls apart." That was my goal. I played drop on CT and T, so I knew I was always going to be against him. When we were on T side, it didn't seem like he was playing like he usually does, usually on their CT side shox plays really aggressively in drop and he tries to fight and get control, but he didn't really do that against me very often. So it was pretty easy to just take drop control and then split B, they didn't really have an answer for it. And then on CT side, we didn't play that many rounds, but I think one of the rounds we double-naded him and he died, another round we mollied him and he died, so he didn't really have anything he could do and the other players didn't really step up for his team. And we just overran them.


Liquid had a clear idea on how to counter G2 

I spoke to FalleN and he said your match was actually harder for them than the NiP one, even though the score was the same, how did it go from your perspective?

At one point they were winning like 12-5 and we came back. I don't think that score necessarily showed how close it was, I think it was much closer. We were getting a lot of early picks, a lot of clutch rounds and towards the end when we finally started catching up, we made a couple mistakes, s1mple died one round, the last round I didn't get the kill I should've got, so things happened that shouldn't have. I think the reason why he [FalleN] thinks it was so close is because we broke their economy over and over again. That's what got us back into the match itself, they would win a round and we won the next one, so they had no chance of building their economy. They caught us off-guard a couple of times by force-dropping AWPs and we got killed early. But yeah, overall I think it was a good showing from us, especially on a map like Train, where we've historically been pretty bad on. We're trying to widen our map pool, so we're not just a Dust2/Cache team, obviously.

Why did you really go with Train in the end then as opposed to Dust2, is it because Luminosity started playing it more or you not being as confident on it?

During practice we had worse results on Dust2 than we did on Train, so we felt like if our Train goes the same way as it did on practice, hey we can win this. Also, a couple of the guys don't really feel comfortable right now on Dust2, so it's definitely something we'll work on before the Major, because Dust2 and Cache have always been our top two maps. We'll see what happens and maybe even the other maps will start being stronger for us, which we can only hope.

Your next match will be the decider against either NiP or G2, do you think NiP would be as easy to shut down? Do you have such a specific plan against them too or would you rather face G2 again?

If I had to pick I'd rather play G2. NiP has always been the team, for the past four years, where it's just like "Oh, GeT_RiGhT is going off, you're gonna lose" or "f0rest is going off, you're gonna lose" or "pyth is going off, you're gonna lose". NiP have more explosive players and if they all come with their A day, I think their playstyle is a lot similar to ours, they might not be the most strategic team, but they have so much firepower that even without the best strategies they're gonna just bruteforce into a site and GeT_RiGhT always has the best timing, f0rest is always hitting his shots. I think I personally feel more comfortable against G2.

How about going into best-of-three's, obviously best-of-one's favor you, or you're more comfortable on it rather, how do you see your chances in a series?

It's definitely harder than a Bo1, but as I said, the main thing we really worked on at our bootcamp was to widen our map pool, so now that we're not just a Dust2 and Cache team, we can play Train or maybe play whatever other maps, so I think that's gonna be a big benefit for us going into the Bo3's. If they ban one of our maps then we don't just have one other map we're good at. 

Shoutouts to my mom!

We have also conducted a video interview with one of the first semi-finalists of ECS Season 1 Finals, Luminosity's Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo.

United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
463
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
338
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.60
wow
2016-06-24 20:46
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United States donaldjae
youre always first. i dont fucking get it. you have got to have a comment hltv bot.
2016-06-24 20:47
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plot twist: nepal have good internet
2016-06-24 20:48
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Tunisia mason~
n1
2016-06-24 20:46
3rd
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#4
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CIS sergioff
2
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fuck
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wow
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woow
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woow
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Where is video Striker kamarade jeden
2016-06-24 20:46
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2016-06-24 20:46
n1
2016-06-24 20:46
Hiko loves drama...
2016-06-24 20:47
Yeah
2016-06-24 20:47
awesome! congratz to the team!
2016-06-24 20:47
HIKOS ROUGHNECKS!
2016-06-24 20:47
Idk why jdm plays like that
2016-06-24 20:49
SK's Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo.*
2016-06-24 20:51
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Incorrect, he will become SK Fallen on the 1st of July!
2016-06-24 23:51
"Shoutouts to my mom" LOL
2016-06-24 20:52
#25
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United States bravodog5
"he had a really hard time finding how to impact the roumnds" roumnds lol
2016-06-24 20:53
ECS EZ4TEAMCHOKEQUID Kappa
2016-06-24 20:55
jdm actually reached out to me, I actually don't think I said this in an interview yet, I respect him a lot, because he kind of realized, at least from what he said to me, that his team wasn't really going anywhere. He was tired of putting in the effort and not really having results, so he wanted to jump ship and to join a winning team. Obviously that's my mentality, so having another person on the team that's like that is really good to me. Liquid and CLG came to an agreement and then jdm joined our team. DAAAAMN RiP CLG
2016-06-24 21:01
he gave him a reach around?
2016-06-24 21:05
Damn Hiko just throwing jdm under the bus like that. Always causing drama, needs to just keep his mouth shut and play.
2016-06-24 21:13
reading this you picture a tier1 LMAO
2016-06-24 21:14
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PRETTY SURE THEY WILL BE TIER 1 VERY SOON BUT S1MPLE STNADING IN OBVIOUSLY SO DONT BE BRAINLESS
2016-06-24 22:12
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they can become top na, tier1? thats different history =p
2016-06-24 22:14
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WELL THEY SMASHED G2 THEY ARE LEARNING I HAVENT SEEN NA SMASH EU IN A WHILE THERES POTENTIAL
2016-06-24 22:15
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yeah for sure there's potential, i back liquid 100%, but lets be honest... if s1mple stay maybe they can be very good... he's imature but if he stick with them he can learn how to play more for the team... he plays like pug lmao, but the skill is there
2016-06-24 22:16
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yeah thats why peacemaker is there :D
2016-06-24 22:20
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yeah man, peacemaker is very good... and s1mple is being such a waste man, lets hopé for the best hahaha
2016-06-24 22:22
Shoutouts to my mom!
2016-06-24 21:15
Does Hiko not understand how terrible he comes across in these interviews? Jesus Christ, no wonder noone wants to play with him.
2016-06-24 21:16
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my thoughts too "It was definitely a team decision, we all agreed we needed to get rid of both of them."
2016-06-24 21:39
#42
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Libya Ayudaaa
It's called having a hunger to win, he's not afraid to do the right thing (unlike NiP) and that's a winners mentality
2016-06-24 21:52
u must not know hiko he doesnt give a fuck about his teammates hes in it for the business side of things, in it to win it thats how it is in serious sports... just look at lebron james..
2016-06-24 22:14
Yeah he seems so blunt. I like it though. =D
2016-06-24 22:47
stop crying
2016-06-24 23:21
#36
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Ireland Intrilo
TLDR ANYONE SINCE FKING HLTV DONT PROVIDE US WITH ONE?!!!!!!!!
2016-06-24 21:17
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TL;DR = JDM came to him, his team kicked both players cause they were trash, Hiko suggested s1mple again, expect to get out of groups in major go to semis/final
2016-06-24 22:38
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also the joke in the article is jdm wanted to join a winning team said Hiko
2016-06-24 22:39
good read
2016-06-24 21:43
FAIR ENOUGH
2016-06-24 22:12
gotta love HIKO!!!! he plays hard and loves his MOTHER!! you all must be jealous!!!!
2016-06-24 22:25
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fuck yeah they jealous #HIKO2016 Make CS Great Again!
2016-06-24 22:41
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United Kingdom Wessywes
haha hikoMom hikoW
2016-06-24 22:48
hiko is such a scumbag, even the way he words his answers...He makes himself and others sound like assholes. He pretty much shits on adren and koosta in this and makes jdmlook like a team deserting dick
2016-06-24 23:04
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I loved the interview. He was honest about the process, and I don't think he was insulting the other players or teams, except insofar as he was conveying what appeared to him to be fact. The only thing he truly brutalizes is CLG.
2016-06-24 23:59
You are what's wrong with this country. Did mommy hold your hand to your first day in high school? Holy hell. Saying 2 shit players are shit and saying 1 player wanted to leave a shit team to improve is not being a "scumbag"... it's called "logic". How sensitive can you possibly be? I bet you're a feminist, too.
2016-06-25 00:18
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Yet another 12yr old enters the thread...yes i am whats wrong with this country, you are correct sir. The way he words things makes him sound like a scumbag. He could be nicer about players that he has played with and will play with in the future. You dont call a "shit" player shit in an interview. That is not how you do things in the adult world. Maybe ur parents didnt raise u properly but most parents raise their children to show respect to others. Especially when those others did nothing wrong to u. I dont need u to respond to this, I already taught u the lesson that needed to be learned...
2016-06-25 03:16
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"I dont need u to respond to this" LOL coward ostrich with his head in the sand. I bet when a teacher criticizes you, you stuff your fingers in your ears and go "LA LA LA LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU". When YOU get in the real world, you'll realize HR will fire you and say you're "unsuitable for the company" AKA "you're shit". That's what Hiko said. adreN is shit koosta is shit CLG is shit He said it in a nice HR way. He was being "blunt", which if you look up in a thesaurus, isn't there with "scumbag" Grow a pair, kid.
2016-06-25 04:41
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you're comparing apples to oranges, theres no HR in cs interviews, its called etiquette....and YOU and hiko have 0.
2016-06-25 12:55
If a player is shit, it's perfectly fine to say this player isn't good...
2016-06-26 11:32
#60
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Finland Slyp3
"We made mistakes, s1mple died one round" Yeah so if simple dies liauid loses kk x)
2016-06-24 23:18
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s1mple is overrated
2016-06-24 23:52
"It was definitely a team decision, we all agreed we needed to get rid of both of them." Always wondered how that expression works. They all discussed and the one whos going to be kicked was like ehh, definetly agree, I cant get any better, lets kick me.
2016-06-25 00:55
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to be fair they probably took the "kick me" sign on koosta's back as complacency with this roster change
2016-06-25 03:50
I find it very interesting that JDM reached out, when IMO CLG Pays more thay Liquid. But not all players care about salaries
2016-06-25 06:05
"It was definitely a team decision, we all agreed we needed to get rid of both of them." lmao
2016-06-25 12:16
#74
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Finland jUPPE!
pyth going off, rofl
2016-06-25 12:21
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