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LoL: 100 Thieves’ Aphromoo explains why they’re suddenly so much better

Published: 26/Jun/2019 9:24 Updated: 26/Jun/2019 9:43

by Joe O'Brien


100 Thieves Support Zaqueri ‘aphromoo’ Black has explained how the team have pulled off their sudden improvement in performance in the LCS.

100 Thieves have had a difficult 2019 season so far. Having had an impressive debut year in 2018, making the LCS Spring finals and attending Worlds, the addition of former SK Telecom T1 star Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik only made for even higher expectations for the team.

In this year’s Spring split, however, they were never able to get going, finishing in last place. To help shore up their weaknesses they brought in veteran Jungler Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider for summer, but at the start of the split nothing seemed to have changed, with 100T going 0-5 to start the season.

The results prompted the team to take yet another look at the roster, experimenting with different combinations including players from their academy side.

They ultimately settled on bringing back Ryu ‘Ryu’ Sang-wook, the team’s 2018 LCS mid-laner who had been moved to the Academy team for 2019, as well as promoting Aaron ‘FakeGod’ Lee in the top lane, a necessary move as only two players out of Ryu, Bang, and previous LCS top-laner Kim ‘Ssumday’ Chan-ho can play at once due to being imports.

Riot Games100 Thieves have had a difficult 2019 season in the LCS so far.

In their last three matches, the team has seen a dramatic turn-around, with three consecutive wins including a victory over Cloud9, one of the strongest in the league. In the wake of their C9 victory, Aphromoo spoke to Travis Gafford about their sudden surge in performance.

“We’re just really aggressive to improve and play better. So our practices have been pretty insane for improvement, synergy, fluidity, for our macro, and stuff like that. So I’m pretty happy about that. I think we’ve just got to keep focusing on doing that, and everyone’s been putting in a lot of extra work.”

Aphromoo also touched on his personal performance, his relationship with the 100 Thieves coaches, and his response to the fans’ reactions during the team’s struggles.

100 Thieves will face perhaps their toughest tests yet in week five of the LCS, as they’re due to play TSM followed by Team Liquid. If they can pick up even a single win, however, it would be a hugely positive sign for the team and do wonders for their chances of eventually reaching the summer playoffs.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.