Team Liquid acquire jdm64, trade koosta to CLG

by Dennis Gonzales Jun 13 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Helena Kristiansson / ESL

Team Liquid have traded Kenneth "koosta" Suen to Counter Logic Gaming and have acquired Josh "jdm64" Marzano, the organization announced Monday.

"It's an honor to have Josh play for our team and organization," Steve "LiQuiD112" Arhancet said in a press release. "He is hungry, motivated and talented, and wants to win above everything else. Failure is not an option. Time to move in the right direction."

The roster change comes a few weeks after Liquid’s disappointing ELEAGUE performance, where they finished last in their group and did not win a single map. They left Atlanta with an 0-8 record.

On June 6, Liquid announced that they were releasing adreN and that s1mple would temporarily be back on the roster to compete in the Esports Championship Series LAN Finals in London, as well as the Major at ESL One Cologne 2016.

The former-CLG AWPer jdm64 comes into the Liquid roster with a 1.02 HLTV player rating in 2016, notably lower than koosta’s rating of 1.07 in the same time period. They also bring a similar, passive style of AWPing.

Liquid have been placed into Group A of the ECS Finals, along with Luminosity Gaming, G2 Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas. While at the Cologne Major, Liquid were also drawn into Group A, but will face, mousesports and Team EnVyUs.

The ECS Finals take place on June 24-26 at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London, while the Cologne Major takes place on July 5-10 at the Lanxess-Arena in Cologne, Germany.

Team Liquid's roster looks as follows:

  • Nick "nitr0" Cannella
  • Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
  • Spencer "Hiko" Martin
  • Josh "jdm64" Marzano
  • Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu

Counter Logic Gaming's roster looks as follows:

  • Steve "reltuC" Cutler
  • James "hazed" Cobb
  • Tarik "tarik" Celik
  • Faruk "Pita" Pita
  • Kenneth "koosta" Suen

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev. You can follow him on Twitter.