What do you think of when you mention Levi?
It’s called “extreme operation” with five keys in one second, four guarantees in reverse version, nightmares in the wilderness, dragonflies killing all kinds of Mantis like water… Perhaps most people’s impression of him only stays in the “magical operation fragments” circulated on the Internet.
“I want to prove that I can do more than that.” With this conviction, Levi came to LPL and joined JDG Jingdong E-Sports Club, once known as “stinky fish and rotten shrimp”, but in 2018 became LPL’s biggest black horse, proving that “salted fish can also have dreams”. He is eager to prove himself in the world’s highest professional league. He is eager for Nirvana and transformation.
“Use the cheapest peripherals to produce the most explosive output”
Many people know Levi from a motion picture.
In the MSI midseason championship in 2017, Levi used the heroic blind monk to complete five operations in one second – after he hit the enemy in Q, he touched his eyes on the way of second Q, and precisely disciplined him on the way of touching his eyes. “Five keys a second” speed, let everyone shout amazing, Levi’s name came out.
但事实上，早在MSI开始前，Levi（ĐỗDuy Khánh）已经是越南最受欢迎的电竞选手之一。2015年，Levi在SkyRed战队作为中单开始职业生涯，擅长使用刺客型英雄，并最终转到了打野位。2016年外卡全明星赛，他使用的卡兹克几乎无人能敌，轻描淡写便大杀四方，创造了多个高光时刻。效力GAM期间，Levi曾率队拿下VCS A 2017春季双冠军、GPL 2017春季赛冠军，成为越南头号电竞明星。
But in fact, before MSI began, Levi (Duy Khnh) was one of Vietnam’s most popular electricians. In 2015, Levi began his career as a solo player in SkyRed, excelled in using assassin heroes, and eventually switched to field positions. In the 2016 Wild Card All-Star Game, he used Katzk, which was almost unrivalled. He killed all sides with a light description and created many highlights. During his GAM career, Levi led the team to win the VCS A 2017 Spring Double Championship and the GPL 2017 Spring Championship, becoming Vietnam’s No. 1 e-sports star.
Because of MSI in 2017, the GAM team has an additional label, that is “poor”. During the competition, staff exposed a GAM training photo on social media. Netizens found that Levi’s mouse was worth only $1 and Stark’s keyboard was only $5.
“Five keys a second to snatch dragons, with the cheapest peripherals, the most explosive output.” Many people were moved by the team’s insistence on playing the career path under the difficult circumstances, and the number of GAM fans increased sharply. But Levi also explained the reason for using cheap peripherals in interviews with the media. He said that the sponsor of GAM at that time was Gigabyte, but for some reasons the MSI failed to find better equipment.
But he finally added, “A dollar mouse won’t affect my operation.”
There is a kind of wilderness called Levi-type wilderness.
In the S7 group competition, when GAM pushed off the FNC crystal, the Wuhan Stadium boiled and the audience shouted “GAM! GAM! ” The team played one of the most impressive games of the S7, and the commentator shouted hoarsely with excitement.
“I really love this team. You never know what they want to do!”
“One dozen three for two, Big Brother Daye played a full role!”
“On the following gram, let’s give GAM all our applause!”
If you haven’t seen S7, maybe you don’t know that the audience is crying for GAM from the heart. In the group game against FNC, GAM chose the then reverse version of “Eternal Nightmare” as the core, Levi nightmare, eat three routes, and quickly reach level 6 in five minutes. Since then, the lethal “Big Brother Fighting” has left FNC at a loss and has never found the rhythm of the game. Finally, in Group B, GAM ranked second with the other two teams and was only one step away from the group’s exit in the playoffs.
LPL audiences like GAM, on the one hand, because of the confrontation between the two sides, people are more willing to support the weak. On the other hand, because many people from GAM see the LPL team in the world’s first “shadow” – desperate, dare to fight, even if they fail to “stand down”. Levi, as the soul and core of the team, is like a general who takes the lead and regards his life as death.
“Buy me, I only want cereal and milk.”
Levi’s performance in the world arena is not over yet.
In the December 2017 All-Star Game, Levi and four linguistic teammates formed the Southeast Asian team. Surprisingly, Levi used 12 different heroes in twelve matches, including output Katzk, rhythmic Blue Steel Shadow, partial team Zack, and even ADC cannon. It shows a very deep pool of heroes.
At the NALCS studio scene in Los Angeles, Levi used blind monks to repeatedly kick the other side in position C to lead the team into the top four in a confrontation with the host North American Dream Team. Although he eventually lost to the LMS, he became one of the most popular All-Star players.
“Personally, I prefer to play with tanks, but in my hero pool, the first heroes all play well.” In an interview with the media during the All-Star Game, Levi said he hoped that everyone would see a more comprehensive view of himself. He even preferred to play with a rhythmic figure-control hero rather than an offensive one.
On the day of defeating North America, Tinikun, coach of Southeast Asian All-Star Team, instead of Levi, issued a “job advertisement” which aroused concern:
Please buy me.
I’m on sale.
I don’t eat much.
Just cereal and milk.
I love learning English.
The coach and the boss agreed to give me a free transfer.
I am better than Naul, ADC is better than Noway, I am better than Zeros in placing orders, not to mention wilderness.
I don’t need to spend too much to support myself.
I am Levi
In Vietnam, the competitive industry has been very popular in recent years, but compared with the competition area, the professional level is relatively low and the top players are fewer. Levi is like a tiger. He knows clearly that only going to the wider forest is the best destination.
Dream set sail, JDG and commander have been connected
After expressing a desire to go to North America, the 100 Thieves of the NBA Cavaliers heroic league team threw olive branches and introduced Levi. Unfortunately, due to the limitation of foreign aid quota, Levi can only play in the youth training team, not in the LCS arena.
Hopefully, he was hit by this, sitting on the bench for a year, and Levi experienced the lowest moments of his entire career. In an interview with North American competitive media, Levi once expressed deep apologies to his fans. He said, “I want to say sorry to my fans who like me. I’m in a very disappointing situation for you now. But what I want to say is, anyway, I still work hard every day to train and improve myself. I’m really sorry, but thank you for your support.
Levi did not give up training. In May 2018, he climbed to the top of the dress. The blind monk won as many as 68% of the 131 games.
On November 6, Levi announced: “Although I still have a contract with 100T, the team has allowed me to contact other teams.” This time, it was JDG from China who threw olive branches at Levi.
The PLL of 2018, such as RNG, IG and EDG, is still very strong. But they are closely followed by a JDG that does not know where it came from and is considered to be ranked only in the middle and lower reaches of the League at the beginning of the season. At the beginning of 2018, JDG underwent restructuring. Doinb, the core player, left the team and replaced them with Yagao and Zoom. Without being favored by the outside world, they emerged as dark horses, defeating seemingly impossible enemies one after another, and eventually won the third place in the summer race.
Heroes do not ask where they came from, but speak only by strength. The fate between JDG and Levi has finally become a reality.
Writing legends with ordinary, revering champions and moving forward step by step is the story written by JDG this summer. And such a team, perhaps the most suitable for this moment of Levi.
Levi来到JDG基地的第一天，全队尝试在游戏中用英语交流。Yagao不知所措，成为了“石膏”。打完训练赛，他左右望了一下，有气无力地说：“你们都说什么呢。”不过当晚，Yagao便加班“补习英语”，第二天训练赛自信地大喊：“No Flash！No Flash！”
On Levi’s first day at JDG, the team tried to communicate in English in the game. Yagao was overwhelmed and became “gypsum”. After the training match, he looked around and said weakly, “What are you talking about?” But that night, Yagao worked overtime to “remedy English”, and the next day the training contest shouted confidently, “No Flash! No Flash!”
At the same time, Levi is also trying to learn Chinese. The first three words he learns are: “I’m here, it’s all right, mine.”
Less than a month is left before the start of the 2019 LPL Spring Competition. Levi is now stepping up all the time to train and run with his teammates.
When you look up and see farther away, you will bow your head and walk well.