Aphromoo Domestic Career
Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black began his career in season 1. Back then, he was an AD carry main playing for Team Rez. Rez didn’t have any notable showings, though, and it was only on v8 eSports that Aphromoo finally made his presence known. His team attended the IPL 4, but its run was cut short after a quick 0-2 loss to TSM. Even so, Aphromoo was one of the standout points of this lineup, and together with Muffinqt, he formed a formidable bot lane.
Afterward, Aphromoo played for the likes of Team SoloMid Evo, mTw North America, Monomaniac Ferus, and Team FeaR. Despite the fact that Aphromoo was a very capable AD carry, he switched to support to join Counter Logic Gaming. He clicked with the team’s marksman—Doublelift—and the duo became known for its lane dominance relentless aggression. At the time, fans gave them the nickname Rush Hour.
Even so, CLG went through a very hectic 2013 NA LCS Spring Split. And while their 13-15 record was enough to qualify for the playoffs, they fell in the Quarterfinals against Team Vulcan. With that, they were forced to play in the Promotion Tournament. Fortunately, CLG scored a confident victory over Azure Cats and kept their LCS spot. Still, the organization decided to overhaul its roster, and Aphromoo was cut from the team. At the end of the year, Aphromoo briefly joined Team Curse. The organization announced him as its new starting AD carry, but inexplicably, he was released from the team six days later.
He came back to CLG in the 2014 NA LCS Spring Split. With his help, CLG had a massive resurgence. They secured an impressive 18-10 record over the regular season and qualified for the playoffs. There, CLG bested Team Coast before falling short against TSM. Still, they bounced back in the third place match against Curse and secured the bronze medal.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep this momentum going in summer. Their regular season was underwhelming, and the playoffs ended with back-to-back losses to Team Curse and Team Dignitas. With this, they were knocked down to another Promotion Tournament. CLG clashed with Team Curse Academy, and the series came down to the wire. It was largely because of Aphromoo and Doublelift that they squeezed out a 3-2 victory.
After making several roster changes, CLG had a lot of momentum coming into the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split. But they were ultimately unable to keep up the pace in the playoffs, suffering a crushing 0-3 loss at the hand of Team Liquid. That didn’t stop CLG from coming back even stronger for the 2015 Summer Split. They ended the regular season in first place and 3-0’d Team Impulse and TSM to claim the NA LCS trophy. With this win, they earned an invitation to the 2015 World Championship.
The off-season brought many roster changes to CLG’s lineup. In particular, Aphromoo went to the team’s management and made them choose between keeping him or Doublelift. CLG chose the former, and Doublelift was cut from the starting roster. As a result Aphromoo was paired with a rookie AD carry in Stixxay.
But in spite of that fact, CLG crushed the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split with a 13-5 record. In the playoffs, they defeated Team Liquid with a 3-2 score and went on to play a back-and-forth series against TSM. In the end, CLG came out on top and took their second NA LCS victory. The new bot lane became a force to be reckoned with, and even though Stixxay’s mechanics weren’t on Doublelift’s level, the duo consistently showed up in lane and out of it.
Following their 2016 MSI run, CLG entered the 2016 Summer Split with high hopes. But suddenly, the entire team fell apart and barely secured a fourth-place finish in the regular season. CLG’s Quarterfinals victory against Team Liquid showed a glimmer of hope, but the following losses to TSM and Immortals knocked CLG out of the competition. Fortunately, their success in spring accumulated enough Circuit Points for them to qualify for the 2016 World Championship.
Aphromoo’s play deteriorated in 2017. His laning was riddled with holes, and his playmaking became unreliable. As a result, CLG’s 2017 Spring Split ended with a disappointing loss to FlyQuest in the Quarterfinals.
They managed to bounce back in summer by recruiting Dardoch to the jungle. But internal conflicts forced CLG to replace him with a player from their Academy team, OmarGod. And despite the fact that they’ve defeated Team EnVyUs in the first round of the playoffs, their subsequent series against Immortals ended with a 0-3 loss. In the third place match, CLG picked up the slack and dismantled Team Dignitas, but it wasn’t enough to earn another Worlds ticket.
Of course, CLG could bounce back in the Regional Finals. Their first match against FlyQuest ended with a confident 3-1 victory, But in the following series, Cloud9 turned the tables and took down CLG with a 3-1 score.
In the off-season, Aphromoo parted ways with CLG and joined 100 Thieves.
Aphromoo International Tournaments
On Team FeaR, Aphromoo took part in his first major international tournament, the IPL 5. His team went 1-2 in the group stage and ended up in the loser’s bracket. Unfortunately, FeaR faltered suffered a crushing defeat at the hand of Meat Playground.
On CLG, Aphromoo went to IEM Season 8 Cologne. CLG showed a lot of promise with a one-sided victory over Team Turquality BLUE, but the following 1-2 loss to Fnatic eliminated them from the tournament. A month later, they attended the 2013 Battle of the Atlantic. There, CLG fell 0-2 to Team ALTERNATE.
Aphromoo took part in the IEM Season 9 Cologne tournament. CLG had a strong start with a 2-1 victory over Team ROCCAT. However, their finals series against Gambit Gaming ended with a disappointing 1-3 loss.
Then, CLG qualified for the 2015 World Championship. They showed a lot of promise with back-to-back victories against Flash Wolves and paiN Gaming, but they quickly ran out of steam and couldn’t find any more wins. In the end, their 2-4 record wasn’t enough to make it out of the group stage.
Afterward, CLG attended IEM Season 10 San Jose. They breezed through the first rounds with crushing victories against Unicorns of Love and Jin Air Green Wings. But in the finals, they lost 0-3 to Origen.
However, they still earned an invitation to the IEM Season 10 World Championship. Unfortunately, they had a rough start and fell to SKT T1 in the group stage. The following 1-2 loss to Fnatic sealed their fate, and CLG were out of the competition.
They came back stronger for the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. CLG put on a clinic in the group stage, winning most of their games and qualifying for the knockout stage. There, they defeated Flash Wolves 3-1 and went on to face SKT T1 in the finals. And even though they couldn’t overcome this last hurdle, this was still one of the best international showings for the NA LCS.
At the 2016 World Championship, CLG proved their worth by defeating ROX Tigers and G2 Esports in the group stage. This made their losses to Albus Nox Luna even more surprising, and a wildcard team outmuscled CLG in a fight for the final playoffs spot.