jdm64 to attend IEM Katowice with Liquid

Josh "jdm64" Marzano will play for Liquid at IEM Katowice, the player has revealed on social media.

The 27-year-old will play for Liquid one last time at IEM Katowice, replacing their newest member, Keith "NAF" Markovic, who is seemingly ineligble to compete with the team after having qualified for the same event under Renegades.

Liquid completed the year on a rather tough note, with mixed results at IEM Oakland, the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals and the ECS Season 4 Finals, with the team being unable to field Lucas "steel" Lopes at the ESL event due to the league's roster lock.

To make matters worse, Liquid were also forced to use their coach, Wilton "zews" Prado, as a stand-in at ELEAGUE Major Boston, where the North Americans finished 12th-14th after losing to Vega Squadron in the fourth round of the New Legends Stage.

jdm64 will play for Liquid one last time in Katowice

Just two days ago, Liquid announced that they had signed NAF as their starter - a decision that came as a surprise to Josh "jdm64" Marzano, who did not think a roster change was needed since the team had had no real practice with their starting five.

"We had been going back and forth between practicing with zews and steel, and we were never able to consistently practice and grow as a set five, which is what frustrates me the most," he wrote in a Twitlonger post.

"When we got back from the Major (where we exceeded our expectations), it felt really good to finally start working towards improving as a team. Over the past three months, I have worked hard to develop into a more well-rounded player and think that I have made a lot of progress. I’ve never been more confident in myself and my game play.

"With that said, I know there have been plenty of moments with Liquid where I could have done better. I could sit here and give you a million reasons why I didn’t perform, but, in the end, it doesn’t matter.

"What really matters is that I’ve taken those moments and used them to become a better player and teammate. No regrets for me besides ever doubting myself. I have learned that doubting yourself only limits yourself, and that is definitely a mistake I will not make again.

"I will get back to streaming more often and prepping for IEM Katowice, which will be my last event with Liquid.," he wrote

"After we win Katowice (we probably will now), I plan on continuing to compete. I see myself improving daily, and am confident that I can add value to any team, if given the chance."

Liquid's squad looks as follows for IEM Katowice, which will run from February 27 through March 4:

United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
Brazil Lucas "steel" Lopes
United States Josh "jdm64" Marzano 
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella

Brazil Wilton "zews" Prado (coach)

Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1163
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
913
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1191
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1124
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
910
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
#1
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United Kingdom Tendies 
One final sendoff, good luck Josh, here's to the future
2018-02-08 02:43
#4
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Canada j0osy 
\_oungin
2018-02-08 02:43
"After we win Katowice (we probably will now), I plan on continuing to compete. I see myself improving daily, and am confident that I can add value to any team, if given the chance." wut
2018-02-08 03:29
\_ o \_
2018-02-08 09:21
#21
nEGRo | 
United States frightn 
gonna miss him even more than he missed his shots in qualifiers BibleThump
2018-02-08 02:45
#35
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Germany Youngnibba 
Lol
2018-02-08 02:57
n1
2018-02-08 05:15
#92
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Asia cpy9898 
I will miss his \_
2018-02-08 05:52
#92
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Asia cpy9898 
I will miss his \_
2018-02-08 05:52
#92
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Asia cpy9898 
I will miss his \_
2018-02-08 05:52
#92
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Asia cpy9898 
I will miss his \_
2018-02-08 05:52
#92
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Asia cpy9898 
I will miss his \_
2018-02-08 05:52
#92
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Asia cpy9898 
I will miss his \_
2018-02-08 05:52
kys
2018-02-08 23:36
#92
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Asia cpy9898 
I will miss his \_
2018-02-08 05:52
#92
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Asia cpy9898 
I will miss his \_
2018-02-08 05:52
#92
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Asia cpy9898 
Why I can spam this.. I lagged
2018-02-08 05:53
#112
REASTEN | 
Norway Noreg 
Lul
2018-02-08 07:07
I will miss his \_
2018-02-08 06:01
#131
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
\_o\_
2018-02-08 10:54
#137
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United States F0way 
I will miss him \_
2018-02-08 13:54
#71
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Colombia Necro_ 
I hope he can prove everyone wrong and shut their mouths, Go jdm!!!
2018-02-08 04:05
#2
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United States Sheenaynay 
The \_ast \_ounge.
2018-02-08 02:45
#33
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United States ImFat 
"After we win Katowice" I miss JDM already :(
2018-02-08 02:52
#55
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Germany JeanKanne 
+1 :(
2018-02-08 03:25
No.... its only the \_ast \_ounge for \_iquid
2018-02-08 06:47
#140
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Germany JeanKanne 
yes but who to support then? :(
2018-02-08 15:27
Right? Well even when Hiko left Team Liquid, I already became fans of the remaining team members so I decided to stick with it. And now I'm a huge fan of Twistzz!
2018-02-08 15:46
#146
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Germany JeanKanne 
ye pretty much same
2018-02-08 16:06
Lol my buddy heard of the new OpTic lineup and he was like "LETSGOLIQUID" and I just said "FUCK YEAH!!!" He was a huge OpTic fan, then Snakeislaw left (who actually blocked me on fucking twitter for some odd reason), then Tarik and RUSH left for opportunities for C9 so he felt even more betrayed, and didn't really have a CS team he felt to root for anymore lol. But he's a huge fan of NAF who kinda got screwed over period. Glad he's part of the TL family now
2018-02-08 16:25
#3
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
Jdm has one last chance to prove he belongs
2018-02-08 02:43
#38
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Australia d0ubl 
This isn't a last chance, it's just an inconvenience for team Liquid. A good performance here will improve his chances of getting onto another roster, but he isn't likely to be near the upper end of the NA scene for a while. NAF is clearly a superior and more well rounded player, in a way that jdm64 isn't anymore. I hope he is able to improve his level and represent on a high level again. If he gets good and Ska drops off, C9 is a future possibility.
2018-02-08 03:03
#44
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United States blinkoo21 
C9 wouldn’t take a chance on an older talent, at least from a CS perspective, like JDM. If something did change and they needed a new awper , they would likely look to buyout nifty (which they can easily do) or search for younger raw talent in the CS scene. There’s some pretty good players up and coming. I’m fairly certain JDM ends up on a Premier team
2018-02-08 03:14
Don't ever give up on Skadaddy. I waited 7 majors for him to get into the playoffs, and HE. FUCKING. WON.
2018-02-08 03:30
But what is there to achieve after skadaddy won the major? He has nothing to prove anymore, maybe he is now up to prove that he is the best daddy in the world and not just the best ska.
2018-02-08 07:49
Don't think C9 will drop Ska for jdm considering Ska has a very high upper limit and to C9 that's good enough.
2018-02-08 03:23
#75
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Australia d0ubl 
I didn't say they would, however if C9 fails to make much more impact and Ska has low ratings again, it wouldn't be unlikely for them to look for a more consistent option. Whether or not that's jdm is not very likely at the moment, as jdm's level has looked below average for a while now. I hope he reinvents himself and finds his way onto another premier team, but I don't see premier team looking for a slumping awper.
2018-02-08 04:17
he's already out of the team rather liquid win or lose it'll change nothing. but atleast i hope they win this tournament for jdm as the last match with him
2018-02-08 04:13
#141
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
No he doesn't. He had his last chance on his last game before the org decided it was time to let him go and sign NAF. No matter how well he does its already way too late.
2018-02-08 15:42
#5
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Brazil Eneas56 
Lol, liquid never has full roster
2018-02-08 02:43
#6
boltz | 
Brazil naikeen 
oh god.
2018-02-08 02:43
forever w/ a standin
2018-02-08 02:44
#8
kissmyass | 
Denmark raaVz 
ok
2018-02-08 02:43
Remember when AdreN got kicked and played final tournament with Liquid? I remember PogChamp
2018-02-08 02:44
#65
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Spain Silber_ 
A JUMPING DOUBLE FROM COLD! HOW DOES HE DO THIS? FeelsBadMan
2018-02-08 03:35
you missed the "what is it going on right now?"
2018-02-08 03:59
#127
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
I could be wrong but i think it was like "WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW ?!"
2018-02-08 09:59
nope, there's an it after the is, I've seen that clip too many times
2018-02-08 10:02
#139
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
Oh yeah i forgot about" it". What i meant was he was yelling and not saying it calmly :D
2018-02-08 15:24
#10
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Brazil FaelEz 
And the NAF?
2018-02-08 02:43
#11
Jesus | 
Czech Republic Jurys 
the last stand
2018-02-08 02:43
The chaos continues
2018-02-08 02:43
#13
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Spain loviac 
lul
2018-02-08 02:43
#14
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United States chickabob 
So long my friend.
2018-02-08 02:43
#15
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North America noahB_ 
BibleThump
2018-02-08 02:43
"After we win Katowice (we probably will now)" LOL
2018-02-08 02:44
#17
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United States OrangeTM 
One last chance to prove everyone wrong... Good Luck
2018-02-08 02:44
"After we win Katowice (we probably will now)" Okay :)
2018-02-08 02:45
Steelega will carry the team to victory with _/dm
2018-02-08 02:50
Inb4 jdm 2.1 rating wins tourney MVP carries TL and replaces Guardian on Faze. YUS IM READY
2018-02-08 03:24
#70
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United States Festive_ 
LMAO PLEASE
2018-02-08 04:05
that's even less probable than replace skadoodle on c9.
2018-02-08 04:14
I think you went ahead of yourself there, buddy
2018-02-08 07:02
#125
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Denmark Xipingu 
If that happens, I will go to church. Because that will be a miracle.
2018-02-08 09:52
it is a joke saying that the one time it doesn't matter if he plays well because hes already out, he ends up winning a joke ik you're stupid and can't understand jokes but that's the intention
2018-02-08 03:18
hes an sk fan dude, you shouldnt be expecting them to think properly
2018-02-08 03:27
I put the quote, you interpreted it as you wanted.
2018-02-08 04:22
#130
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Poland Millka 
salty burgers, NA has won first (and last) major and every thread is full of these coxcombs...
2018-02-08 10:48
Nice move trashquid
2018-02-08 02:45
#77
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Canada SummerClassic 
What?
2018-02-08 04:28
Dropping jdm was a stupid move
2018-02-08 04:50
#82
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Canada SummerClassic 
Why is that? They dropped an inconsistent player and replaced him with a consistent player
2018-02-08 04:57
#90
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Canada _Dark__ 
more consistent player* FTFY
2018-02-08 05:32
You're right
2018-02-08 06:01
#20
nEGRo | 
United States frightn 
BibleThump
2018-02-08 02:45
You me and the stand-in... Liquid part 400000
2018-02-08 02:45
Playing with the same guys that dropped him
2018-02-08 02:46
#24
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Brazil nodjey 
_/dm will be rutheless
2018-02-08 02:46
#25
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United Kingdom nimmyjeutron 
Liquid just need to keep 5 players so they can practice with each other and get to know each other's playstyle. They can't keep doing roster changes just because they perform poorly at one event. If they want to become a really good team they have to stick with the same people
2018-02-08 02:47
#78
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Canada SummerClassic 
You know it takes a while to acquire players right? I'm sure they've been planning for these roster moves for a while
2018-02-08 04:29
#26
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Sri Lanka kvezee 
Cumback
2018-02-08 02:48
imagine if they win and jdm mvp
2018-02-08 02:49
Would be a great way to end off his tenure under the roster
2018-02-08 02:49
#129
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
I'd support this if I wasn't rooting for C9's momentum.
2018-02-08 10:37
_/dm's \_ast \_ounge BibleThump
2018-02-08 02:49
ba\_\_in
2018-02-08 02:49
final moment before takeoff
2018-02-08 02:51
#34
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Portugal RKO23 
nice joke jdm.
2018-02-08 02:54
expected
2018-02-08 02:58
#37
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Brazil Heus 
will win katowice? or will he stay with negative frags?
2018-02-08 03:00
Don't hurt ma boy. He's gonna MVP with a 2.1 rating and get recruited by Faze replacing Guardian. :>
2018-02-08 03:25
#104
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Brazil Heus 
ROFL
2018-02-08 06:14
i will miss u jdm
2018-02-08 03:03
jdm > NAF
2018-02-08 03:04
#41
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
GL jdm
2018-02-08 03:04
\_oungin
2018-02-08 03:04
What about Starseries? Didn’t JDM also qualify with Liquid and NAF with Renegades?
2018-02-08 03:14
maybe we seeing even more of jdm
2018-02-08 03:22
maybe ss has different rules about rosters
2018-02-08 03:22
ESL and ELEAGUE are the only tournament organizers that are really strict about roster locks
2018-02-08 05:28
GL jdm go smack the win son
2018-02-08 03:17
Even though I've been spreading a lot of unnessary hate towards jdm. I'm kinda sad that he got kicked... Yes, hes been underperforming. Yes, it was prob the best due to him not improving fast enough. But I'm still not sure about this NAF thing... nitr0 AWPing/IGLing, and NAF and steel literally play the same role. Unless steel can go to a support role which I think we can all agree NAF indivdualy > steel. I'm still asumming that with time nitr0 will still end up being an IGL/entry T side, giving the AWP to Twistzz/NAF. And he can awp on ct side. nitr0-Entry IGL T / IGL AWP CT NAF-lurk/ AWP T / Rotator CT/ Sec AWP steel-support/Rifle T and CT EliGE- Second Entry Twistzz-Rifle/Sec AWP
2018-02-08 03:19
#68
bodyy | 
Europe Culcat 
NAF and steel play different roles man NAD is a solid anchor and fragger while steel is more of a suport player im okay with naf joining he was constantly improving since he got kicked 2? Years ago
2018-02-08 03:53
#52
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
Gl in the future
2018-02-08 03:25
jdm <33333
2018-02-08 03:25
He was looking better and I agree these roster moves seem so rushed But let's see what happens
2018-02-08 03:25
#58
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Germany JeanKanne 
gl jdm <3
2018-02-08 03:29
#59
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
jdm to drop 40 bomb everymap and win the tournament <3 \_
2018-02-08 03:29
What the hell is that white text
2018-02-08 03:30
#63
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Australia JingleBells 
So are RNG forced to play with NAF too
2018-02-08 03:31
yep
2018-02-08 05:27
#64
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United States Will767 
They should kick JDM and Steel sooner they are so bad
2018-02-08 03:34
The \_ast \_ounge
2018-02-08 03:35
RIP JDM. I think Liquid Mixwell would have been really sick. Nitr0 is a really good awper but mixwell is better. That would have been insane. Mixwell, Nitr0, Elige, steel, and twistzz. SO NUTTY. I hope they do well in Kato and hopefully JDM finds success elsewhere. I would say optic but they havev cajun. ex-clg reunion??
2018-02-08 03:51
mixwell ::::D jdm is way better than that whiny bitch
2018-02-08 04:49
When JDM is playing his best he is better than mixwell but JDM i s way more inconsistent and not as good with rifle. I think they should have picked up mixwell to replace JDM although I wish he had stayed in liquid
2018-02-08 05:39
#101
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Denmark FeNoM_XD 
I heard mixwell doesnt want to play in NA
2018-02-08 05:55
#73
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United States WallehZz^v^ 
gonna remind me of MLG Columbus, adreN's last event with liquid, HE WENT OFF
2018-02-08 04:13
+1
2018-02-08 07:21
Good luck JDM64! I hope you bounce back quick. At least they released you before deadlines! Your a pleasure to watch! Hurry back....!
2018-02-08 04:43
Running out of popcorn for today's news...
2018-02-08 05:06
#84
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Brazil augusJ 
THE LAST BREATHE OF THE HORSE
2018-02-08 05:14
#86
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North America djibrilyatrib 
gl JDM <3
2018-02-08 05:19
"After we win Katowice (we probably will now)" I 100% agree with this. Weird shit like that always happens in CS
2018-02-08 05:27
jdm to torqued or optic jdm > shazam
2018-02-08 06:18
Jdm didn't deserve for rekt
2018-02-08 06:23
#107
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Greece knk74 
I like liquids
2018-02-08 06:38
Lounge baby one more time
2018-02-08 06:48
#110
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Poland ramones1 
liquid without jdm is not liquid :(
2018-02-08 07:00
#113
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Turkey Mustafa- 
liquid trying to be tier 1 team and spending so much money on players. they are rich
2018-02-08 07:08
#115
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Sweden Akoulad 
Why the steel in the roster? He is useless
2018-02-08 07:24
yea thats what im thinking about. they should use carbon fibre or magnesium or something. such a weight-waste.....
2018-02-08 11:19
#117
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Bangladesh thug_doctor 
Wtf is Liquid doing? They need to give the players some time to spend together and practicing instead of replacing one with another every month
2018-02-08 07:52
But jdm have sucked for a few years now
2018-02-08 07:59
Wtf how is jdm 27 years old lul, Maybe he wont even get a new team or Smth cuz that boiiiiiii have zero potential then
2018-02-08 07:58
#136
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Namibia banned_so 
smithz brother from another mother
2018-02-08 12:55
\_O\_
2018-02-08 07:59
#121
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Malaysia byaIi 
and taz not gonna play last time for VP :D
2018-02-08 08:14
#122
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Germany Xantennn 
I hope jdm rekts the shit out of the enemies. He is really a strong AWPer imho and just needs to gain his confidence back. Maybe this kick will be the best for him to re-focus on his strengths.
2018-02-08 08:25
last big stage for him
2018-02-08 09:22
#126
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Denmark Xipingu 
Lol
2018-02-08 09:56
#132
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Israel xpicyyy 
liquid with jdm is much better with naf not even an awper
2018-02-08 10:58
_/ D M
2018-02-08 11:17
#135
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Namibia banned_so 
LIQUID = QUICK 0-3
2018-02-08 12:55
Last lounging tournament, shame
2018-02-08 14:59
Good luck Liquid, _/DM for president
2018-02-08 15:51
#144
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Estonia imyasu 
welp rip fucking NAF, come on bro
2018-02-08 16:04
#145
vberg | 
North America Mang0 
Makes more sense to cut steel, replace him with Naf, and keep JDM
2018-02-08 16:05
lol
2018-02-08 23:36
#150
AZR | 
Australia maarket 
naf should stand in for RNG lel
2018-02-09 04:20
RIP
2018-02-11 17:12
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