jdm64 steps back from Counter-Strike
Former CLG and Liquid player Josh "jdm64" Marzano has announced his intention to quit competitive CS:GO and focus on VALORANT.
The 30-year-old AWPer has been inactive since his removal from Envy's active roster in June 2019, primarily spending his days streaming Rank S and FPL. The news hardly comes as a surprise as, despite being a free agent, jdm64 was unable to find a new team to call home after his release.
jdm64 has been a staple name in North America for many years. After competing in both CS: 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Source, he rose to prominence in CS:GO as a part of mouseSpaz and CLG from 2014 to 2016 with his laid-back AWPing style.
His performance on CLG led to an opportunity on Liquid, whom he joined in trade for Kenneth "koosta" Suen. There, jdm64 enjoyed the most successful period of his career, managing a runner-up finish at the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major alongside Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev as well as deep runs at a number of other international events, including the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals and the 2016 and 2017 editions of ESL One New York.
Besides ESL One Cologne 2016, he attended five Majors, also making the playoffs at MLG Columbus, where he put up a joint-team high 1.14 rating in CLG's quarter-final run.