As the popularity of competitive gaming grows, the League of Legends esports scene has seen a rise of great players, leaders, and personalities. Among the most notable is Zaqueri Black, who is better known as Aphromoo, a Support player for North American team 100 Thieves.
GameSpot Chronicle is our new series looking at the most interesting stories in gaming. In Episode 1, we dive into the story of Aphromoo, who has gone from streamer to one of the biggest-name players in the world of League of Legends. While there’s no definitive way to say who is truly No. 1, he’s regarded as being among the best Support players in the game’s storied history–which is really saying something.
In Episode 1, we speak with Aphromoo himself, who talks us through his humble beginnings and the moment when he realized he was a great competitor. Having learned the ropes as Doublelift’s support at CLG to being a star in his own right for 100 Thieves, Aphromoo has grown over the years, establishing himself as one of the top playmakers in the game.
You can watch the episode in full above. Episode 2 will explore the scientific side of competing at the professional level in games like League of Legends. We’ll talk with pros and analysts to find out what’s happening in the minds of the greats and what else separates the best from the rest.
It’s a big weekend for the game, as the North America League of Legends Champions Series–the NA LCS–will be hosting its Finals. Saturday, September 8 will see a match to determine third place between TSM and the aforementioned 100 Thieves. On Sunday, September 9, we’ll see Cloud9 and Team Liquid square off for the top prize. Both matchups are best-of-five affairs.
Whomever comes out on top of the Summer Split will automatically advance to the World Championship later this year. A points system is used to determine one other team that will also get to compete in Worlds. You can watch the action live through the League esports website.