Mythic Gaming has been the Cinderella story of the 2017 Dota 2 season in South Africa, they’ve gone from relative unknowns to giant killers in a matter of months. Unfortunately, offlaner Alexander ‘Levi’ Burger announced his departure from the team recently so we caught up with him to find out more about their stellar rise and what the future holds for him.
Mythic started this year in the VS Gaming (formerly Telkom DGL) Second Division, that’s three leagues below Masters, with a team of relative unknowns but, apparently, a whole heap of determination.
They moved up to the First Division for the second leg of the season after finishing runners-up and promptly came second in that league too.
They followed that form up with a second place in the Emerald Showdown and another runner-up spot at the Community Shield event to earn themselves a place at the Masters Cup LAN event. That’s the story from an outside perspective. How did it feel being part of the mythical rise?
“At first we didn’t plan on qualifying for Masters Cup and only set our sights on DGC. But after winning most of our games in Showdown we realised that we could definitely qualify for this LAN.
Then came the Community Shield and we got a very good seeding and we advanced to the finals, where we dropped to the lower bracket and eventually qualified through that.
After winning the lower bracket finals and securing our spot in Masters Cup we were in a very good spot. I had no emotions after qualifying because it felt so unreal achieving something so big with such a new roster.
We didn’t think we could play at the top in such a short time since we were very inexperienced, but after getting some impressive results we were becoming very confident that we could upset a few big teams out there. It was a long shot but we definitely had the quality to do it.”
Now, if you’re not quite picking up on how unexpectedly impressive this all is, let us fill you in on a little drama that befell our beloved esports community not too many moons ago.
It was such a surprise for a non-Masters contracted side to qualify for the LAN, the tournament organisers promptly announced their ingenious new cost-saving scheme of not paying anything towards Mythic’s travel and accommodation costs (which they do for all Masters teams).
Now if you’ve been living under a rock and this really is the first time you’re hearing of the Mythic Mistake, you don’t need to stress. Mob justice was had, they got the same treatment as everyone else in the end thanks to some expert social media strike action that only South Africans could pull off.
Anyway, now that you’re all caught up, let’s find out about their meteoric rise from a more leviable (GLHF: Sorry, not sorry.) source.
“I think management can take a lot of credit for it, but at the end of the day it’s the players that deliver the results.
We were a bunch of pubstars with some competitive experience. We combined the quality of the players with a very aggresive playstyle and suddenly we started beating well-known teams with this new and inexperienced roster.
I guess at that point we realised that we could play at a high level. After a few qualifier victories, people started seeing that we were a threat and started taking us seriously.”
Like every fairytale, though, it doesn’t always go exactly how you would hope it to and their chariot of success almost turned into a pumpkin trying to qualify for the Mega8 Winter Cup.
“Mega8 was kinda a different story since we were bootcamping for Masters Cup, and then the qualifiers got released. We had to play with a stand-in on the first day, which could’ve spelled our elimination almost immediately, but we pulled through.”
Thankfully, their prince charming returned, just in the nick of time.
“Finally on the last day we got our full roster and we had to beat VnR to qualify. At this point we hadn’t beaten them in a scrim so our odds were slim (GLHF: Solid rhyme scheme.).
Yet we stayed focused and managed to do the impossible: Took the victory securing our spot in Mega8 Winter Cup. I was ecstatic with this victory and achievement. I didn’t really know how to feel about it but I was very pleased.”
Unfortunately, they ran into the behemoth that is White Rabbit Gaming in the opening round of the VS Gaming Masters Cup, lost 2-0 and were then knocked out of the competition by Aperture Gaming in the lower bracket. But it was still incredible they were even at the event in the first place.
Which made the announcement that Levi would be leaving the team immediately after all the more strange.
“After Masters Cup the team was feeling that I lacked initiative in games which started affecting our results and our morale. It was then decided for the best that I would be removed from the team because personality conflicts started happening. So I just thought it might be for the best and accepted it.”
During his swansong for the team, Mythic continued to dominate the VS Gaming Premier Division, winning all of their games 2-0, so the decision obviously had nothing to do with skill. Some things just aren’t meant to be, at least it seems to be an amicable split and it certainly hasn’t dented Levi’s confidence for the future.
“I will definitely work on myself and try improve certain areas I am lacking in. I am a very aggressive offlaner with a semi-greedy playstyle and a big hero pool, which can be utilised in a lot of drafts and playstyles.
I have gotten a few offers from teams but I haven’t made my decision yet. At the end of the day I will join the team that will benefit me the most and give me the opportunity to play against the top teams.
My goal is to become one of the best out there and compete at the highest level. I have time on my side and will definitely strive and work on myself during the free time I have now.”
Well, if you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best and what better place to start than this article about the best Dota 2 player in the country written by the best esports website in the country? Read it with a pinch of salt though, we think the writers are getting a bit arrogant.