Jake “Xmithie” Purchero is one of the best junglers, currently signed to North America’s new top team, Team Liquid. As a veteran, Xmithie started his career around early 2012, joining team APictureOfAGoose, a collection of high elo players who gained wide recognition from their win against Counter Logic Gaming, a behemoth in the North American scene at the time.
While Xmithie has been playing competitive League of Legends for over six years, joining a long list of teams including Team Vulcun, Complexity Black and Counter Logic Gaming, he has only gained large success recently. Xmithie’s career mainly picked up during his time with compLexity Black, where his performance led to CLG quickly snapping him up to be a part of their line-up.
After spending two and a half years with CLG, Xmithie tasted success once again with his new team, Immortals. Immortals were able to unexpectedly secure second place in the 2017 NA LCS Summer Playoffs. This allowed them to qualify for the Worlds, however, they lost very early in the group stage, putting themselves in 14th-16th place.
Following a sub-par performance in Worlds, he left Immortals to join Team Liquid. This turned out to be a great decision, with Doublelift also returning to Liquid to lead the team after TSM had kicked him off in favour of the European duo bot lane.
While they had a slower than expected performance considering Liquid’s extremely packed line up, they still managed to claim 4th place in the 2018 Spring regular season, allowing them to qualify for the playoffs.
Xmithie and his team smashed the Spring playoffs, defeating every one of their opponents to claim first place. More recently, Xmithie and Liquid completely dominated both the NA LCS Summer Split’s Regular season and Playoffs. The regular season saw TL go undefeated with 12-6, as they demonstrated to be a top force. To cement their top spot, they had an extremely decisive win against Cloud9 in the Summer Playoff finals, going 3-0, an undoubted show of dominance.
While an extremely strong player and largely valued in the pro scene, Xmithie gets little attention even though he has had success with every team he has recently been in. There is no reason why Xmithie should be over shadowed by his teammates, his performance clearly showing he is a top talent.