Though his brief spell back in the AD Carry hot seat may have ended in defeat, the opportunity to relive some of Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black’s finest ADC moments is too good to ignore. Before signing with Counter Logic Gaming in January 2014, Aphro was a feared AD Carry playing for Team Curse, having previously developed his reputation as a notorious Draven main in the bot lane.
With their spot in the playoffs already secured, Counter Logic Gaming’s final fixtures of the Spring Split were little more than an opportunity to improve their regional seeding. Yet ahead of the team’s first game of the weekend against Immortals, it was announced that starting AD Carry Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes would miss the match after being hospitalised. In his place, the former AD Carry legend himself Aphromoo would step in as the team’s AD, with Mid lane substitute Joseph “Joey” Haslemann as Support:
“Due to a medical emergency last night, Stixxay will sadly not be able to compete in today’s games.
“Aphromoo will be the starting AD carry with substitute player Joseph “Joey” Haslemann playing as support.
“Please wish Stixxay well and a speedy recovery!”
Counter Logic Gaming Official Announcement
Having never played as duo in a single match before taking to the stage, Aphromoo and Joey were understandably overpowered in each game of the 0-2 series loss to Immortals. Given the amount of attention that Jungler Jake “Xmithie” Puchero was required to dedicate to the bottom lane, CLG fell behind on objective and vision control elsewhere on the map.
Though Aphromoo’s return to the AD Carry role wasn’t the glorious homecoming many fans were hoping for, it did at least provide an opportunity to enjoy the CLG captain’s immortalised highlight reels once more:
Regardless of position, Aphromoo remains amongst the greatest and most iconic North American League of Legends players in history, certainly one of of the most decorated players the region has ever produced. With the return of Stixxay for the final series of the split, Aphro captained his side to a dramatic victory over Team EnVyUs to close out a chaotic ending to the NA LCS Spring Split.
A History Of Team Curse/Liquid AD Carries
The ADCs of Curse and Liquid
With Team Liquid announcing the arrival of Peter "Doublelift" Peng, we take a look back at the ADCS of Team Curse and Team Liquid.
One of the original Curse members, Brandon “DontMashMe” Phan’s stint only lasted on Curse for a few months. Unimpressive in his time with Curse, he would later join teams such as Complexity, Team Coast, and Team Impulse. He currently plays for Gold Coin United in the NACS.
Peter “Doublelift” got his start to his professional career playing with Team Curse alongside current Team Liquid co-owner Steve “Liquid112” Arhancet. He would eventually move on to play for Counter Logic Gaming, where his reputation as one of NA’s best ADCs would take root.
There were few players more consistent in their play than David "Cop" Roberson. A longtime member of Curse, Cop would move on to a coaching career and is currently the Head Coach for Team Dignitas.
The shortest stint with Team Curse, Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black was on Team Curse for barely a week. He would move on to Counter Logic Gaming to form the famous Rush Hour duo with Doublelift.
A former World Champion with SK Telecom, Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin joined Team Liquid amidst much fanfare. A few years later, he is now the team's starting mid laner.
Yuri "Keith" Jew first filled in for Piglet when he had visa issues, but would resume a brief starting role for Liquid a few weeks later as well. He is now the starting ADC for Echo Fox.
With internal issues plagueing Team Liquid, Jovani "Fabbbyyy" Guillen would step in near the end of last season to replace Piglet. Fabbbyyy is currently the starting ADC for Big Gods Jackals of the NACS.
After playing the last two games of their playoff series against CLG, Phil “Jynthe” Vu would start for Team Liquid one more series before the main roster. He is currently not on the roster of an LCS or NACS team.
WIth ADC Piglet moving to the mid lane, Young-bin "Youngbin" Jung stepped in to replace him as the starter. A former mid laner for Team Liquid Academy, Youngbin remains a sub for the team.
Team Liquid's newest ADC, Doublelift's arrival is a bit of a homecoming to the organization. Fans hope he will be the key to push Team Liquid back toward the top of the standings.