jdm64: "A bigger map pool was our goal"

After Liquid placed third in Group B with three wins and two losses, Josh "jdm64" Marzano gave us an interview where he goes over his team's improvement ahead of Pro League Finals, their results in the group, and the upcoming quarter-final against EnVyUs.

In Group B at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, Liquid managed to overcome both of their North American opponents, OpTic and NRG, while losing to Natus Vincere and mousesports.

With a win over North in the last round, Josh "jdm64" Marzano's squad placed third in the group to earn a place in the quarter-finals, where they'll meet Envy in the second series. 

jdm64's Liquid are set to play EnVyUs in the second quarter-final

In our next interview from Dallas, Liquid's AWPer gave us his thoughts on his team's improvement with Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken ahead of the event, their results in the group as well as tomorrow's match against the Frenchmen:

Going back a couple of weeks before the tournament, you weren't able to translate your lineup changes into results at your first two LANs, how have you progressed since then ahead of Pro League?

Well, we just went through a roster change with Twistzz, adding him was a huge deal. Once we added him, it was about fitting him in, which he did really well and fast, because all the spots we needed him for, he was perfect, and he was willing to do whatever we needed, too. But it was just more of developing a bigger map pool, because we've just been going through roster changes a lot lately, so now that we're actually set, it was developing that map pool.

That was something that really hurt us at Summit and Austin, and during that time we didn't really have that much time with him for chemistry and stuff like that. That was our small goal right there, just getting a bigger map pool, having like three strong maps that we always know we can go to. That's just been our short term goal that we've been trying to develop, which I think we're at that point right now.

Talking about the map pool, Cobblestone is one of those three maps you mentioned as you've been hugely successful on it online, what about the other ones, which maps do you think you've improved the most on?

Nuke, definitely, I think even though we lost today on Inferno, that was just individual mistakes, like myself, I didn't play that well. But I would say Inferno has gone up there, our Train, so those are like our strong maps. We can play any map, it's just those are like our go-to's if BO3 comes around.

Talking about your group, how did you feel going up against teams like North, Na`Vi, and mouz?

The state of CS right now is really competitive, we're missing VP and Astralis here, so that tells you right there that anyone can win games. Our group was I would say the easier one, so our goal was just to make it out of groups, and thankfully we did. Like I said, any team win, they're BO1's, so anything can happen on one map.

We started off pretty slow on Train against Na`Vi, we just did not look good as a team. Something we're trying to get better at is just to set the pace, us starting slow hurt us but we knew we had to bounce back. And we had NRG and OpTic, getting those two wins was big, going into today.

We knew that mousesports was gonna be the big match, because we didn't know what was gonna happen, we just knew if we beat mousesports we would have a really good chance. Unfortunately we lost that, so we didn't start off today well either, but we were able to bounce back again and play well against North, who I think already qualified, so who knows if they're all in, playing seriously and everything. But we really wanted it and thankfully OpTic won their match.

Going back to the North American teams, is playing those scarier than playing the European teams, who might not necessarily know you that much?

I would say so, sometimes because we play them so much in practices and online matches, we know each other so well...

Is that a good thing or not?

I think it's more of a bad thing, because you don't have that surprise factor, especially if you're an underdog. If you're facing a European team and we're the underdog, we have that surprise factor that we can pull out against them, whereas against an NA team you can't really do that.

Tomorrow it's playoffs time and for you it means EnVyUs in the quarter-finals, how much do you know about them?

I know all the players on the team, they're all great individuals. I haven't really watched too many of their games. It's kinda hard, because they don't really have an AWPer. Usually, when I watch demos, I watch a lot of the people that have a star AWPer, like kennyS, GuardiaN, or FalleN, I kind of focus on those teams a little bit more.

I think SIXER's AWPing for them and he's been doing pretty well, and I know Happy likes to pick up the AWP sometimes, too. So I don't really know too much about them and what they do, but I'm gonna do my homework tonight.

You've already mentioned the expectations before, wanting to pass groups, now that you have, how have the goals changed?

Yeah. We just wanted to take it one step at a time and our first goal was to make it out of groups, and the next one is just gonna be let's make it to the semis, and the next one to the finals, and the next one is to win it.

Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
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United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
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Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
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gl in quarters \_ounge Nation
2017-06-01 05:57
2017-06-01 05:57
whats wrong with it they have both t side cobble and ct side cobble
2017-06-01 05:57
United States ViKaLiBuR 
2017-06-01 05:58
United States ViKaLiBuR 
Honestly though, Team Liquid is looking really good. Even though they were beaten by Natus Vincere, and Mousesports(respectively), they still managed to show us why they're one of the best teams in North America by humiliating North, and OpTic Gaming. I hope Team Liquid can keep the momentum rolling for their BO3 tomorrow against Team EnVyUS, and continuing on against either SK Gaming or North(again). Best of luck Team Liquid! #ALLINLIQUID
2017-06-01 06:01
Lol humiliated north...he even said it was likely they weren't trying their hardest and why would they north had nothing to gain from beating liquid but quite a bit to gain by losing to them
2017-06-01 06:20
You mean against mouz
2017-06-01 06:30
Brazil luisss 
I think imt is good. But doesent matter, i allways gonna say brazilians teams are the best. So a american opinion about liquid, its so irrelevant!! Nobody cares
2017-06-01 16:56
Brazil nastylles 
" It's kinda hard, because they don't really have an AWPer."
2017-06-01 06:08
Tunisia wotup_newfag 
"I watch a lot of the people that have a star AWPer, like kennyS, GuardiaN" he made my day
2017-06-01 06:50
Brazil nastylles 
and Fallen
2017-06-01 07:39
Europe w1ntermu7e 
He probably thinks like that because happy and sixer didn't awp before the French shuffle so they are not like kennys or fallen who used to play almost only awp
2017-06-01 08:30
EliGE | 
United States mehrfth 
jdm is a good guy +1
2017-06-01 06:17
\__ I love you jdm. And also nitr0. I love him too. Eh, why not spice it up a little. I love Elige too. And let's add some young spice into the mix. I love twistzz too. No love for Stanislaw though. I do lime him though. \__ \__
2017-06-01 06:42
jdm64 | 
United States aveng3 
2017-06-01 17:02
I could use a good bowl of soup right about now. Nothing fancy, maybe something kinda basic. Like broccoli cheese soup. Do you think jdm likes soup?
2017-06-01 18:37
jdm64 | 
United States aveng3 
i bet jdm loves soup
2017-06-05 04:05
For sure man, for sure. Soup makes you good at counter strike. That's why he had a pretty decent time at EPL finals. He was drinking soup. But clearly, he did not drink enough soup, and nobody else had nearly enough soup. Ya know what would make them all absolutely insane though? If they had Soup with Sandwiches. Just sayin
2017-06-05 18:23
Liquid is going to make the Finals. JDM64 is going to be shaky a map or 2, but really show up when it counts. No chokes! #1 NA team is liquid!
2017-06-01 06:54
Dw nv will crush them
2017-06-01 09:26
Finally Liquid managed to get into playoffs. I've been waiting for this day
2017-06-01 09:38
Snax | 
Poland Mikkyy 
Liquid would have a chance if they play with simple :(
2017-06-01 09:48
More like simple would have made it out of groups with liquid /:
2017-06-01 12:01
More like the team with s1mple didn't even qualify for the playoffs LUL
2017-06-01 13:50
United States n3p 
gl Liquid!
2017-06-01 16:31
\_ounge Nation for life! Liquid Supremacy!
2017-06-01 19:13
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