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FaZe Clan on Twitter have announced the addition of Josh “JDM” Marzano as the head coach for their Valorant division while Thomas “Trippy” Schappy now transitions to the role of assistant coach. . This marks the veteran’ return to competition after a break of two years, having played last for Team Envy.
Earlier in May 2020, Marzano revealed his plans to pursue a career in Valorant and retired from playing Counter Strike, professionally. He quickly rose through the ranks in Counter Strike: Global Offensive after a brief stint with Counter Logic Gaming only to culminate his success which saw Team Liquid sign the American Sniper to the team alongside Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski, Spencer “Hiko” Martin and Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev. Under JDM, Liquid notably finished second at the ESL One: Cologne major in 2016 despite suffering a defeat at the hands of Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo led SK Gaming.
As said above, JDM returns to competition after almost two years of inactivity but in a different game and role. This would be the first time we would see him anchor his team on the mic from the booth and not on the server.
JDM will debut with FaZe Clan at the upcoming VCT North America Last Chance Qualifier as they still bear a shot towards the Valorant Champions, to take place later in 2021. FaZe Clan currently sit on the 7th position after Version1 with 120 points in their bag. The VCT: NA LCQ starts on October 12.
FaZe Clan are now:
- Andrej “babybay” Francisty
- Corey “corey” Nigra
- Zachary “Zacharee” Lombardo
- Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty
- Hunter “babyJ” Schline
- Joshua “jdm64” Marzano (Head Coach)
- Thomas “Trippy” Schappy (Assistant Coach)
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