jdm64: "It's going to be hard to get out of Group B, but I know we can"

Our first interview from EPICENTER 2017 is with Josh "jdm64" Marzano, whose Liquid made it into Group B via the wild card qualifier after besting Vega Squadron with ease.

Liquid made short work of Vega Squadron in the wild card qualifier, winning 2-0 (Inferno 16-9, Cache 16-8) after one-sided CT halves. 

With the win, Liquid earned the last spot in Group B, also featuring three of the current top-five teams, Astralis, North, and G2.

Liquid's addition gives Group B an extra flare

After the match, we had a quick chat with Josh "jdm64" Marzano, who shared his thoughts on the group and how they generally manage their expectations:

The wild card match against Vega Squadron ended up being quite straight-forward, did you have any idea of what to expect in what was your first encounter with them?

Nick and some other people studied them on their Inferno, so we actually did have an idea on what they do on Inferno. Cache, we had no clue, we didn't study them on Cache and we just played our own game. We've been practising Cache, so it was more of our game versus what they do and going off tendencies there. It was pretty much just that we went over what we knew we were going to pick, and on the second map just playing our own game.

I imagine you went into it expecting to qualify for the main tournament, how much of a preparation did you put into teams of Group B where you'll end up?

To be honest with you, our mindset nowadays is just that we don't set expectations, anything can happen. We expected us to get out of the Major qualifier last time and we didn't, so it was more of we needed to get this done.

We can't expect anything, but we know we are the better team, the more experienced team and everything, and we just wanted to focus on this match-up and get this done first.

Do you just try to prepare on the fly then, like the night before?

That's what we normally do, yeah.

How do you feel about your group, Astralis, North, and G2?

A lot of good teams. It's going to be really competitive, it's going to be hard to get out, but I know we can do it. We've just got to stay mentally in it, because it's Bo3s, so if we lose map one, we've got to keep our head up going into map two and stay composed. That's our biggest thing right now.

I've previously talked to some of your teammates about your recent uprise, do you account that to the change of leadership and roles, or where do you see that improvement?

I think it has a lot to do with a lot of things. I think our sports psychologist helped a lot, I think it's Nick calling but also Peter being there to be the second caller, and he does a really good job at lurking.

That's his specialty, he gets intel and information when he lurks around the map and he makes plays. When he feels like he can sneak through something he does, so he does a really goob job at lurking. And I think it's just everyone playing well together and keeping a positive mindset through every single match that we play, every round. That's pretty much what we worked on a lot.

United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
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Germany VeryGuyGay 
They cant make it outta groups
2017-10-23 22:56
United States Koosh34 
have fun with your aizy LUL.
2017-10-23 23:22
Germany VeryGuyGay 
Have fun with your shit scene
2017-10-23 23:23
ahhahahaha but liquid and c9 are tier1 kappaHD
2017-10-24 00:04
France kleps0 
Get wreked
2017-10-24 02:08
NA is better than danish scene ntl
2017-10-24 13:00
Australia Tekker07 
-jdm +any silver
2017-10-24 02:03
2017-10-23 22:56
2017-10-23 22:56
Netherlands Ye_I_Yeet 
2017-10-23 22:56
United Kingdom iMarbot 
ez for tl, hopefully xd
2017-10-23 23:00
SpawN | 
Bulgaria Sickzz_ 
2017-10-24 13:08
Brazil d1rk 
this nutella generation just came and post any 2 word to be in the first page.. retards..
2017-10-23 22:57
can you tho?
2017-10-23 22:56
Portugal ACK1 
They wont
2017-10-23 22:57
Liquid best NA roster
2017-10-23 22:57
good but not best
2017-10-24 01:15
Not best roster. But best team in terms of result.
2017-10-24 03:08
Netherlands staticNL 
gl liquid
2017-10-23 22:58
Hungary SelevenX 
2017-10-23 22:58
I think G2 and ASTRALIS are going home
2017-10-23 22:58
Nah VP and G2 are the defs lel
2017-10-23 23:02
FNS | 
United States _plaZma 
They spelled "practicing" like "practising" XD Look St the part where jdm says they played they're own game on Cache and had no idea what to expect.
2017-10-23 23:05
It's not incorrect, although it is British English and I use American English
2017-10-24 12:55
And you used "they're" instead of "their"..
2017-10-25 10:49
2017-10-23 23:08
fer | 
Brazil Drezim1 
fool boy
2017-10-23 23:53
good luck liquiddo
2017-10-24 00:49
Canada PwnNewb 
Group A would have been much easier
2017-10-24 02:06
Group A much easier FaZe and SK Nah fam
2017-10-24 03:09
Canada PwnNewb 
sorry I did not put /s that is my point...he is lucky to even be in group B and no he will not make it out unless jdm stops sucking...twistzz and elige to go ham on LAN tho
2017-10-24 04:25
Of course you can. Go get it Liquid! Prove the world NA is still growing! #TLWIN #TLGO #LETSGOLIQUID
2017-10-24 03:10
United States SunnyChoppers 
2017-10-24 03:16
Brazil mathf 
Liquid has much more to grow with zews. He's a fantastic coach and they have good players too. Their victories against SK prove that.
2017-10-24 05:55
World euqin 
I am the only one getting triggered by the way he sits on his chair? I sit like that when I don't give a shit
2017-10-24 07:12
Netherlands EJVN 
liquid vs north should be sick tho.
2017-10-24 10:11
Finland ginbay 
2017-10-24 10:18
mimi | 
They have chance lul
2017-10-24 12:37
Netherlands Deji 
jdm i hate him for some reason
2017-10-24 19:55
Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
2017-10-25 16:21
Netherlands EJVN 
nothing wrong with what he said though. they can do it, but unless they continue to make brainless plays as they did both today and yesterday, they will neverl win anything.
2017-10-25 16:23
fnx | 
Poland redfinka 
he knew
2017-10-25 16:23
u can
2017-10-25 16:23
u cant
2017-10-25 16:23
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