After the high comes the low and after the national pride NA fans felt watching Counter Logic Gaming’s performance at the Mid-Season Invitaional, the summer split has certainly been a disappointment. After any faint hopes of a playoffs resurgence evaporated at the hands of a significantly superior Team SoloMid, CLG and Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black’s chances of reaching the World Championships now rest entirely with their old rivals, prompting some remarkable mind games from CLG’s star support.
Speaking after his team’s crushing 3-0 loss in the semi-final, Aphromoo’s saltiness was palatable – knowing that any hopes you have of competing at the World Championship now rest with your biggest rivals and conquerers is bound to be a hard pill to swallow.
“I think it’s gonna be a toss up, most likely a five game series between C9 and TSM, but I think C9 has a little bit of an edge – based on us playing against them and when they went up against Immortals.
“They have been firing on all cylinders, so unless TSM can pull something out of the bag…
“I’m thinking 3-2, my heart wants me to go with TSM, because if TSM wins we automatically qualify for Worlds… but my brain is telling me it’s gonna be C9.”
Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black
Over the years, Aphromoo has developed into quite the contrarian, never one to shy away from a controversial statement in an interview, opting to rub against the grain of public opinion. Baring in mind, this is the same guy that boldly claimed Stixxay had already surpassed Doublelift after a single split.
CLG must’ve been getting decimated by Cloud9 in scrims, particularly if he thinks they are going to top the team that just comfortably 3-0’d them in Semi’s. It’s quite likely that CLG wouldn’t have scrimmed TSM ahead of their semi-final. Both C9 and CLG faced tough opponents in the quarters, so it would make sense for them to scrim each other.
Aphromoo’s latest comments are all part of his genius master plan. CLG require Cloud9 to lose in the final, in order to automatically qualify for worlds based on their banked spring split points. Setting the expectations high now only increases the pressure on C9’s shoulders.