The Mid-Season Invitational has thrown the talents of Gigabyte Marines jungler Duy Khanh “Levi” Do into the western spotlight. On an international stage, the promising young talent for Southeast Asia has basked in the opportunity to introduce himself to fans around the world. As the Taiwanese outfit faced off against the North American favourites Team SoloMid, Levi seized his moment to highlight the weakness in TSM’s jungle and teach Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen a lesson in the process.
Levi’s career began in 2015 as a mid laner for fellow Vietnamese squad SkyRed, before later switching roles to the jungle. Aggressive in both his mid lane and jungle play style, Levi has always demonstrated an affinity for playing assassins, punishing his opposing number at even given opportunity. His expertise on Kha’Zix was known from his play at the 2016 International Wildcard All-Star Event, showcasing the potency of the newly-reworked Voidreaver.
With carry junglers taking a prominent role in the current meta, Levi’s match up with renowned Lee Sin player Svenskeren made for a tantalising prospect. Within minutes of Game 1 the battle of the junglers came to a head, in typical “opening-game-TSM” fashion, the NA favourites pushed the boundaries of what can be considered acceptable early game behaviour. Wandering greedily into the jungle of the Gigabyte Marines, Svenskeren sought to steal away a camp but instead found himself at the mercy of Levi who mercilessly punished TSM’s disrespectful play:
The early game set the tone for the rest of the game, with Levi dictating the pace on Kha’Zix. Snowballing from his early advantage, Levi shared the wealth across the rest of the map, pocketing towers and drakes whilst remaining as a question mark on the Team SoloMid radar with some ingenious pathing.
Levi ultimately sealed GAM’s Game 1 victory with a coy baron around the half hour mark, quickly followed by a convincing team fight. Within three minutes the game was over, Levi rested with an impressive 9/1/7 KDA.
man Levi is so solid, he pressures objectives, ganks, and keeps up in farm as a top tier jungler
Game 2 told an eerily similar story, on this occasion Levi invading the enemy jungle and bagging himself both the buff and first blood on a shell-shocked Svenskeren. Though Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg was around to save his jungler from complete embarrassment, Sven once again found himself strategically one step behind Levi.
The Gigabyte Marines closed out the game in under 30 minutes after a number of cutting teamfights, Levi’s Kha’Zix remorselessly culling isolated enemy targets. The highlight play of the game demonstrated the Vietnamese junglers confidence, jumping into five members of TSM and escaping with both his life and a dragon secured for GAM:
“Levi is a miracle worker!”
Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines
Though unable to close out the series, conceding ultimately to the strength of Team SoloMid’s solo laners, Levi announced his talents to the North American region with aplomb. With the jungle role currently considered so valuable, many impressed parties from the western region may be eyeing Levi’s talents as a possible means by which to strengthen their rosters.
For now at least, Levi will be hoping to qualify through to the group stages of the Mid-Season Invitational, where he will no doubt provide a strong account of himself against the best jungle talent the world has to offer.
The Defining Moments From The 2016 Mid-Season Invitational
The Mid-Season Invitational 2016: Shanghai
The electric venue, in the heart of one of China's most iconic cities, provided a stunning backdrop for what would prove to be one of the most dramatic League of Legends events in history...
Shanghai Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony for the Mid-Season Invitational in Shanghai once again raised the benchmark for eSports production quality.
Day 1: Scumbag G2 Kikis
The tournament got off to a disastrous start for European Spring Split champions G2 eSports. With a number of almost comedic errors from top laner Kikis, G2 found themselves down 0-2 after the opening day of play.
Day1: RNG Delight The Chinese Crowd
China's representative Royal Never Give Up delighted fans with two convincing displays on Day 1, defeating both Counter Logic Gaming and the wildcard entree, SuperMassive eSports.
Day 2: CLG Defeat G2
The NA vs EU rivalry provided the first fixture of MSI's second day of play. Rookie AD Carry Stixxay provided a masterclass performance to claim the bragging rights for Counter Logic Gaming and North America.
Day 2: RNG Defeat SKT
The atmosphere within the Shanghai stadium was to grow even louder as Royal Never Give Up stamped their mark on the tournament with victory over reigning world champions SK Telecom T1.
Day 2: SUP Claim Their First Win Over CLG
After looking so strong against G2 eSports, CLG inexplicably handed SuperMassive eSports their first (and only) win of the tournament. Truly 'counter logic'.
Day 2: Flash Wolves Defeat SKT
SKT's kryptonite Flash Wolves claimed victory over the Koreans once more to complete a shocking 0-2 for the tournament favourites.
Day 3: CLG Shock SKT
Lose to the wildcard, crush the reigning LCK and World Champions, all within the space of 24 hours. CLG stunned the Shanghai arena with victory over SKT, a fabled moment for the NA representative.
Day 3: Flash Wolves Complete the Double Over SKT
Lightening struck twice as Flash Wolves added further insult to injury, defeating SKT for the second time in the group stage.
Day 3: SKT Slump To A 4th Straight Defeat
Defeat to Flash Wolves marked SKT's 4th consecutive defeat at the tournament. Few could believe their eyes, the tournament favourites were at serious risk of not qualifying for the knockout rounds.
Day 4: CLG End RNG’s Unbeaten Run
Unbeaten in the tournament, RNG entered their 2nd meeting with CLG as heavy favourites to win the entire tournament. In what was yet another masterclass from Stixxay, CLG somehow survived intense pressure to steal the most unlikely victory.
Day 4: SKT Find Their Feet
SKT steadied the ship with victory over SUP and CLG. Faker expressed his disappointment at the team's performance at the tournament so far and vowed not to lose another match.
Day 5: G2-8
G2 eSports made a hurried exit after a woeful performance from the European champions. Claiming just two victories over wildcard SuperMassive eSports, the G2 roster had brought shame upon the EU region.
Day 5: SKT Bounce Back Against RNG
SKT provided a signal of intent in their final matches of the group stages. Defeating RNG in the last game, the dominance of the Chinese hosts had not lasted long.
Semi-Final 1: CLG Defeat Flash Wolves
Qualifying as the second seed with a 7-3 record, Counter Logic Gaming proved too strong for Flash Wolves once more, earning the NA squad a spot in the MSI final.
Semi-Final 2: SKT Overpower RNG
The omens of the final group stage match came back to haunt RNG. Despite appearing so dominant with an 8-2 record in groups, RNG were outclassed by SKT in the second semi-final.
Semi-Final 2: SK Telecom T1 Were Back
After slumping to four consecutive loses just days earlier, SKT were once again considered favourites after silencing the Chinese crowd.
The Mid-Season Inviational Final
After what had been an exhilarating and unpredictable tournament, Counter Logic Gaming and SK Telecom T1 met for the final.
Final: SKT vs CLG
After SKT eliminated the Chinese favourites RNG, the majority of the crowd support was behind the underdogs CLG.
Final: SKT Sweep CLG Aside
After a heroic tournament run, CLG were convincingly swept aside by SKT in the final. The NA seed returned home with their heads held high.
Final: SKT Claim The MSI Crown
Despite faltering in the group stages, SKT claimed their first MSI title.