North American Counter-Strike team Envy are exploring potential replacements for Josh “jdm” Marzano on the active roster, according to multiple sources close to the team and player. Envy has already begun trying out new players, including Tyson "TenZ" Ngo yesterday evening.
jdm has been with Team Envy since late September last year, when the organization ventured into Counter-Strike once again after spending just over three months away after parting ways with their French roster. Joining with him, were: Noah “Nifty” Francis, Taylor “Drone” Johnson, Steven “reltuC” Cutler, and Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen.
If jdm is replaced, Nifty will be the only original member of the roster. It is expected that Nifty will take over the AWPing role while remaining in-game leader, a structure he used during a large part of his time with the Renegades organization.
Team Envy finished in last place of their group for Season 9 of ESL Pro League and will have to play the relegation stage of the tournament against INTZ Esports, Lazarus Esports, and the 2nd & 3rd place teams from Season 31 ESEA Premier Mountain Dew League.
Dates for the relegation stage have yet to be announced by ESL but have been confirmed to be taking place online. The top two of the five teams will join the 1st place Season 31 ESEA Premier Mountain Dew League team in ESL Pro League Season 10 later this year.
Season 9 was the first season to exist entirely on LAN and is currently in the second stage of play prior to the playoffs next month.
If jdm does depart Envy, the roster moving forward will consist of: