Aphromoo

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Aphromoo
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Background Information
Name: Zaqueri Black
Country of Birth: United States USA
Birthday: September 8, 1992 (1992-09-08) (age 25)
Residency: News Label - North America.png North America
Competitive
Team: Counter Logic Gaming
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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V8logo std.png v8 eSports
Apr 2012 - May 2012
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Epiklogo std.png Epik Gamer
May 2012 - Jul 2012
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Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid Evo
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
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Mtwlogo std.png mTw North America
Aug 2012 - Oct 2012
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Monomaniaclogo std.png Monomaniac Ferus
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
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Dec 2012 - May 2013
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Clglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
Oct 2013 - Oct 2013
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Crslogo std.png Team Curse
Jan 2014 - Present
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Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black is the support for Counter Logic Gaming.

Biography

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

League of Legends Career

Aphromoo played on several League of Legends 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.

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

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
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 Clglogo std.png 0 : 3 Origenlogo std.png Origen
2015-08-23 2015 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Gold.png Counter Logic Gaming Clglogo std.png 3 : 0 Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid

Video Blogs

Interviews

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

Articles & Videos

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

Gallery

External Links

References

  1. Aphromoo - Best Support NA (video) youtube.com
  2. Team Curse Roster Changes teamcurse.net
  3. Aphromoo's Twitter Post twitter.com
  4. Exit the Dragon: On Competitive Integrity and Aurelion Sol thescoreesports.com
  5. CLG Profile clgaming.net
  6. An Interview with CLG's New Support, Aphromoo team-dignitas.net
  7. SIVHD is streaming right now for charity. Tune in/donate to support "Save the Children" reddit.com
  8. LCS Competition Rulings: NA Elo-Boosters forums.na.leagueoflegends.com