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Without his computer, Lin Xiao returned home completely bored. He held his cigarette in hand while smoking on the balcony. His entire presence seemed to be enveloped within the night. In a soft tone he muttered, “This year’s Black Rose seems rather lacking again.”
He couldn’t help thinking of You Jing’s state on his way back home. The man’s left hand was definitely injured.
Professional players regularly had to undergo high-intensity training which often led to hand injuries, so strict training regimens were usually made to avoid this.
But even then, there were still numerous professional players who retired due to hand injuries. Zhang Xuannian, who was the league’s first martial arts player, had been forced to retire due to injuries and later returned as his original team’s new coach.
Apparently, the reason why the team didn’t send You Jing to play in the 3v3 matches earlier wasn’t because of some hidden tactics, but to avoid adding more pressure to his hands and to ensure that he could be in his best state for the finals.
Without a doubt, You Jing played well throughout the entire event, whether it was his commands or fighting style, everything was superb.
He had excellent operation skills and his mind could still stay sharp under pressure. He met all the right conditions to be a captain. After actually seeing how he performed with his own eyes, even Lin Xiao was impressed by the simple stratagems that carried next to no flaws.
Because of the importance of a Cleric to a team, throughout the entire league, no captain or even vice captain of any team would choose it as a game profession. The reason was simple. Its uniqueness. There was a reason behind the saying ‘kill the milk first’1‘Kill the Milk’ – As explained earlier, the term ‘milk’ means to heal. So by killing the milk, it only makes sense to get rid of the person who can restore other players HP first.. Whether it was team matches or individual playoffs, the healer was always the core part of any teams’ strategy. Its mere presence could alter the final outcome of the entire game.
In such a chaotic environment where one had to survive in the cracks, as the core player of his team, You Jing had to split his attention on focusing on the overall situation as well as creating perfect strategies for the team. This was unbelievable.
He was meticulous, whether it was the operations or having a clear view of the overall situation.
Just by watching You Jing’s performance, it was easy to become intrigued by his unpredictable methods and the delicate operations that often rescued teammates when their lives were on the line. Lin Xiao was thoroughly entranced by his magnificent techniques today. If he were not paying keen attention to those negligent mistakes, he would not have seen that the man was wounded.
Hand injuries could have major impacts on professional players. If it was only a minor injury, it would be fine, but if it went as far as the joints and muscles, any form of neglect was enough to end a career.
There were not a lot of players who understood self love, including Lin Xiao, who had done stupid things without thinking of the consequences. Although You Jing didn’t seem like an impulsive person, it was still difficult to say. After all, in the esports circle, the most lacking were the lunatics.
Fortunately, Black Rose won this time.
Lin Xiao silently let out a puff of smoke before extinguishing the cigarette butt and going into the house. He raised his right palm into the darkness, gazing at its outline, a little fascinated. Being exposed to the professional league once more and seeing scenes that he was once familiar with, this was the first time since his rebirth that he felt an uncontrollable desire in his heart that could not be suppressed.
After staying home for two days, Lin Xiao had already rested enough and went by the computer shop and brought home the computer that was finally repaired. He assembled it in no time before logging straight into the game. As soon as he entered the game channel and was about to join an instance, he received a message from a friend.
[Red Alert: Brother, do you want to play a 3v3 group game and climb the ladder? Jianghu emergency!]2Jianghu Help – This is a distress call in games. Used when needing help from others urgently.
It wasn’t as if Red Alert hadn’t seen his terrible equipment. And Lin Xiao didn’t believe his gameplay last time had revealed him to be a PvP master, so without thinking, he responded,
[Adorable Ghost: So suspicious, this isn’t a conspiracy right?]
Red Alert didn’t expect the other party to be so blunt and suddenly choked. He then responded with a string of crying emojis.
[Red Alert: Brother, it’s really an emergency! Look at it, it’s a 3v3 match. Winning will allow you to jump all the way to the third rank on the ladder. As long as you aren’t busy, you only need to fill the gap in the team and I promise to take you lying down! Plus, the rewards here are much better than the average instances!]
Lin Xiao laughed.
[Adorable Ghost: That powerful? ^ _ ^ ~]
Red Alert paused, his face looked a bit distorted due to his forced smiling expression before finally explaining the situation.
It turned out that while playing games, he would occasionally accept a few requests for leveling up players to make some extra cash with friends who had similar hobbies. Because Black Dawn was the largest guild of the official team, he needed to ensure that everything was done cleanly and all private requests were completed secretly.
Two days ago, Red Alert received another order that had a good price which required taking a 3v3 team to the third rank.
Originally, the team had made it to the fifth rank with three people. Unexpectedly, one of the players had to stay with his wife in the hospital during delivery so the team lost one person. He had tried recruiting random players, but because of their daily activities, they had to log in and out of the team which made playing a bit unstable. It so happened that he saw that Lin Xiao came online and had no choice but to turn to him in his moment of crisis.
As for the person in question who currently had nothing else to do, Lin Xiao took a couple of minutes to compare the rewards gained from completing a dungeon versus what he’d receive joining the 3v3 team. There was a look of satisfaction in his eyes, and he immediately agreed.
[Adorable Ghost: Deal.]
A liddle burdiiee said the colours were a nice touch. I think so too(^‿^｡). Let me know your other suggestions.
Regarding slow updates… Aiyyah! I thought I could juggle my new online course, regular school and still keep up with my updates buhh life had other plans. So I quit school because my priorities were all backwords.
jk jk jk Hur hur hur… I like challenges, its only a matter of time management (psshhh what is that?).
Enough rambling but we should be having more frequent updates from now on. *cups fist* thank you for your patience.
- 1‘Kill the Milk’ – As explained earlier, the term ‘milk’ means to heal. So by killing the milk, it only makes sense to get rid of the person who can restore other players HP first.
- 2Jianghu Help – This is a distress call in games. Used when needing help from others urgently.