aphromoo

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aphromoo
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Background Information
Name: Zaqueri Black
Country of Birth: USA United States
Birthday: September 8, 1992 (1992-09-08) (age 25)
Residency: News Label - North America.png North America
Competitive
Team: 100 Thieves
Role: Support
Previous Role: AD
Favorite champions:     
Soloqueue IDs: FeaR Aphromoo, Veinzx, nJoy Drop, Neruma, TheycallmeZorro, LegitJJ, v8 Aphromoo, Daphro, Zebuum, Zeemeeandye, Illia, s0undw4v3 (KR)
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Team History
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??? 2011 - Oct 2011
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Oct 2011 - Apr 2012
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Apr 2012 - May 2012
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May 2012 - Jul 2012
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Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
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Aug 2012 - Oct 2012
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Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
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Dec 2012 - May 2013
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Oct 2013 - Oct 2013
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Team Curselogo std.png Team Curse
Jan 2014 - Nov 2017
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Dec 2017 - Present
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Zaqueri "aphromoo" Black is the support for 100 Thieves.

Biography

Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black hails from Whittier, California in the United States.

League of Legends Career

Aphromoo played on several teams starting in 2011. He began to gain recognition as the AD Carry player of v8 eSports, where he played with PhantomL0rd, Muffinqt, and Unstoppable, among others. He and Muffinqt were known as a strong duo lane and would play together again on mTw.NA, mMe Ferus, and Team FeaR. During this time, he gained huge popularity as a streamer. In December 2012, Aphromoo asked his viewers if they would still watch him play if he switched his role to support; he then joined Counter Logic Gaming as their support player.

Even after switching to support, Aphromoo's stream remained popular, and he became famous for his  Leona play[1]; Aphromoo's popularity is often credited as being part of the reason that support became a more popular role to play, along with the season 4 changes to support gold income and itemization. The CLG duo lane of Aphromoo and Doublelift gained huge popularity, and were nicknamed by fans as the "Rush Hour" duo. However, in May 2013 Aphromoo was removed from the CLG roster, as part of a large set of changes including Nientonsoh joining the team in the toplane, Chauster moving to support, HotshotGG stepping down, and bigfatlp moving into the jungle.

On October 7th, 2013 Team Curse announced a new lineup including Pobelter, Aphromoo, Zekent, and IWillDominate[2]; however, on October 13th Aphromoo was released from Team Curse[3]. He remained teamless until January 2014, when he was re-added to the CLG starting lineup as their starting support. Aphromoo has been CLG's support player since, and the botlane of Doublelift and Aphromoo are considered by many to be the strongest duo lane in North America.

2015 Season

For the first eight weeks of the spring split, CLG were never lower in the standings than tied for second place, and the only reason they didn't receive a playoff bye was that they lost a second-place tie breaker to Cloud9 and so ended up in third place. CLG fans called the split CLG's "golden age," but the question still remained whether CLG could perform in the playoffs, especially after a dramatic comeback loss to Team SoloMid the first time the two teams met in the round robin. Ultimately, CLG were unable to perform in playoffs, as they lost to Team Liquid in the quarterfinals and ended the split tied for fifth place with Gravity.

Echoing their spring split performance, CLG started the summer split strong, in first place at the end of each of the first four weeks and then lost four games in a row to finish tied for fifth after week six. This time, however, they rebounded and ended the season in second, behind Team Liquid and with a 13-5 record. They received a bye in the first round of the playoffs and then swept both Team Impulse and Team SoloMid 3-0, to win their first LAN event since MLG Raleigh in 2011 nearly four years prior and receive North America's top seed to Worlds. Despite having a relatively easy group draw with KOO Tigers, Flash Wolves, and paiN Gaming, CLG didn't advance from their Worlds group, ending with a 2-4 record including a loss to paiN.

2016 Season

After two major roster changes - Stixxay replacing long-time AD carry Doublelift and HuHi replacing Pobelter - CLG attended IEM San Jose in November 2015, where they defeated Unicorns of Love and Jin Air Green Wings before losing to Origen. Their performance earned them a seed into IEM Katowice, which they attended after the seventh week of the LCS. However, despite being in a strong position domestically, in second place behind only the almost-undefeated Immortals (to whom CLG had handed their only loss of the season the week before), CLG were eliminated immediately from Katowice, losing first to SK Telecom T1 and then to Fnatic.

CLG entered the LCS playoffs in second place, still behind Immortals, and still the only team to have beaten Immortals in the regular season. They won their semifinal series against Team Liquid in five games, winning the last game with a double teleport play to catch out Piglet and close out a win. Despite seeding expectations, their finals match was against TSM, who had 3-0'd Immortals the week before. This series also went to five games, and CLG once again won, qualifying for the Mid-Season Invitational.

Returning to North America for the Summer Split, CLG were expected to be at the top of the league after their MSI performance. However, not only did they fail to achieve that, but they weren't even in the top half of the standings until week 6. From there, they climbed to a fourth place regular season finish. In the playoffs, CLG first faced off against Team Liquid, whom they beat 3-1, before falling to TSM 3-0 in the semifinals. Crucially, one of Huhi's signature mid lane champions Aurelion Sol was found to have a bug partway through their first game, and the game was remade with Aurelion Sol disabled for the rest of the playoffs (though it was generally accepted that TSM would have won regardless).[4] CLG lost the third-place to Immortals but automatically qualified for the World Championship based on Championship Points due to TSM's finals win over Cloud9.

CLG were seeded into Group A at Worlds, alongside the ROX Tigers, G2 Esports, and wildcard Albus NoX Luna. Going into the group, CLG and G2 were seen as contenders for the second seed, while Tigers and Albus NoX were expected to finish first and last, respectively. Instead, CLG dropped both of their games to the wildcard team, and ANX skyrocketed to a second-place group stage finish while G2 collapsed into last place; CLG ended their Worlds run in third with a 3-3 record.

2017 Season

Transitioning into the spring split of the 2017 LCS season, CLG was the only North American team to not make any changes to its roster. They were inconsistent to begin the split, fluctuating between 5th and 7th place over the first half of the season before stabilizing with a 2-0 week 5. CLG remained in the playoffs after that, and a 3-1 record down the stretch put them in fourth behind TSM, Cloud9 and a much improved Phoenix1. In the playoffs, CLG faced off against 5th seed FlyQuest. Although they started off strong with 2 wins, they were ultimately reverse swept and lost 2-3 which knocked them out of playoffs.

In the mideason, CLG swapped junglers with Immortals, sending Xmithie, one of their longest tenured players, to the team for Dardoch. This change seemed to work out for both sides, as CLG began the season in a three way race for first with Immortals and TSM. As the season went on however, CLG's performance started to drop and eventually Dardoch left the team and was replaced by LCS rookie OmarGod. This stabilized CLG's play to some extent and they finished the regular season in 3rd place with a 12-6 record. In the playoffs CLG managed to defeat Team EnVyUs 3-2 in a hard fought series. They however lost 0-3 to Immortals in the Semifinals. In the third place match CLG swept Team Dignitas 3-0 to end their playoff run on a high note.

Their third place finish gave CLG the second seed in the Regional Finals. There, they defeated FlyQuest 3-1, setting up a match with Cloud9 to make Worlds. After they dropped the first two games, CLG managed to win the third and make it a series, but dropped the fourth and lost the series which in turn ended their 2017 season. After spending 4 years with CLG, Aphromoo left the team in November of 2017 and the next month he would join the newly formed 100 Thieves.

Trivia

  • Favorite AD carries are  Draven and  Tristana.
  • Played as a Tauren Druid during his World of Warcraft career, hence his in-game name.
  • Favorite PS2 game is Gauntlet Dark Legacy.
  • Has partnered with Dyrus to play a dunking combo of "Kareem Abdul Jabbar" ( Jarvan IV, and  Leona).
  • Known to favor less-popular AD carries in the past, such as  Draven,  Miss Fortune, Twitch,  Varus and  Quinn. He was one of the original pioneers of these champions.
  • Reached rank one on the North American server on November 3rd, 2012, playing  Draven.
  • His bot lane with Doublelift had many nicknames, including "Aphrolift," "Doublemoo, and "Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan AKA Rush Hour."
  • Favorite movie is 5 Centimeters per Second.[5]
  • Loves to play  Blitzcrank and  Leona.[6]
  • Known to have an extremely entertaining stream.
  • Donated $2000 for the "Siv HD MASSIVE CHARITY EVENT".[7]
  • Was temporarily banned for Elo boosting in March 2013 along with several other pro players including Rhux, Xmithie, Meteos, DontMashMe, Nyjacky, and Chuuper.[8]
  • Did not like supporting in Season 3, but as the Season 4 changes came by, he started to enjoy support much more.

Achievements

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
2017
Date Event Result
2017-09-02 2017 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Bronze.png Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png 3 : 0 Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
2015
Date Event Result
2015-12-12 All-Star Los Angeles 2015 5v5 Copper.png NA LCS Allstars NA LCS Allstarslogo std.png 1 : 2 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2015-11-22 IEM Season X - San Jose Silver.png Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png 0 : 3 Origen ESPlogo std.png Origen
2015-08-23 2015 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Gold.png Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png 3 : 0 Team SoloMidlogo std.png Team SoloMid

Video Blogs

Interviews

  • 2017
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  • 2012

Articles & Videos

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