ten pair up with tanks; he usually stuck with nanny.
Nanny provided support in terms of output enhancement, healing, and sustain, while tanks helped absorb damage.
It felt different in a way.

Moreover, Sunday was quite skilled.
At the start of the game, he typed a string of Korean characters in the chat and then struggled to explain, “You use White Wolf, so I told them to secure kills for you.”

Shen Yanming understood clearly.
White Wolf’s ultimate ability relied on accumulating fighting spirit through kill counts, which meant that the more kills he secured, the higher the damage output of his ultimate ability would be.
In the past, when using White Wolf in matches with other players, his teammates could decide whether to give him the kills or not, as they also needed kills to level up.
Additionally, White Wolf’s ultimate ability required predicting enemy paths to maximize damage to as many enemy units as possible.
If he had secured many kills but ended up hitting only one enemy with his ultimate ability, it would still be a loss.

However, Sunday really trusted Shen Yanming that much, as he was practically securing kills for him all over the map.
As a result, in the late game, Shen Yanming’s Little White Wolf’s damage was incredibly explosive.

Moreover, he showed great dedication, blocking every damage he could, leaving himself battered and bruised but still maintaining a healthy Little White Wolf.

The gaming experience was superb, and after finishing one match, Shen Yanming couldn’t help but want to play another.

He sighed with emotion, “So, this is what it feels like to play with an excellent tank.”

After another match, Shen Yanming still hadn’t had enough and began to exchange praises with Sunday, “Dayday is not bad, I even want to play with you after changing roles.”

Sunday grinned happily, “Luan Luan hiong, amazing.”

Taking advantage of the situation, Pudding added, “Indeed, it’s also very comfortable to play with our tank.
Let you experience the warmth of fatherly love.”

Shen Yanming was about to respond when He Changkong spoke up, “…Do you want to duo queue with me later?”

Meng Yan laughed, “Hahaha, someone is eager.”

Shen Yanming: “???”

Although it was nice to play with others, it still couldn’t compare to playing with his exclusive nanny.
Shen Yanming immediately agreed with He Changkong, “Queue, queue, queue!”

This went on for a while.
Shen Yanming’s daily schedule was forced to change.
Every night around eleven or twelve, He Changkong would take him back to their dorm when he had to leave.
In the morning, after He Changkong finished his morning run, he would go and wake Shen Yanming up.
Shen Yanming tried running with He Changkong for a few days, but he was lazy, so he gave up after a couple of tries.

Everything proceeded smoothly.

During their practice breaks, they were even dragged to take promotional photos.
The photographer teased them while taking their pictures, “Your team’s average looks are pretty high, and a few of you have colorful hair.
Those who know will recognize I’m photographing esports players, but those who don’t might think I’m shooting an idol boy group.”

Shen Yanming took all the compliments in stride, “We invest in grooming our players, you know? Anyone who comes here will become more and more handsome.”

The photographer then said he wanted to take some duo shots and asked them to pair up on their own.

The staff brought a gaming chair, and the photographer had He Changkong sit on it, with his legs elegantly crossed and hands resting on the chair’s armrests.
Shen Yanming leaned against the chair with his body turned sideways.
Both of them wore crowns in the style of the game “Return to the Throne” and were draped in a small cape resembling the King from the game.

Both of them gazed firmly in the direction of the camera.

After finishing the shoot, Shen Yanming went to the photographer to preview the samples and couldn’t help expressing his delight, “So handsome! Send me a copy after editing; I want to use it as my wallpaper.”

Pudding teased him, “You’re so narcissistic.”

Shen Yanming defended himself playfully, “It’s mainly because Kong ge is even more handsome, you know?”

After the promotional photoshoot, the photos were quickly retouched, and not long after, the lineup for the second round of the regular season was announced through the official account.

Esports Club: The second round of the regular season of the Ninth Return to the Throne Professional League in the Chinese region is about to begin.
TMM’s starting lineup: Assassin Chaos, Mage Nightmare, Healer Kong, and Tank Pudding.
Substitute members: Assassin NMC, Tank Sunday.
We look forward to the new miracle creators bringing us more wonders, let’s go! [Image][Image]

As soon as this Weibo was posted, controversy erupted and flooded in as expected.

There was hardly any approval among the top comments.

– Are you guys crazy??? Chaos is that Luanzi ge? Even if he’s good, should a newcomer start in the first match?

– Has your coaching team lost their minds? What kind of stupefying soup did you drink to let an inexperienced rookie start in such an important match?

– Nightmare as a mage??? Are you kidding? Did you squeeze out the veteran players just to make room for the newcomer? Nightmare has been working diligently for you for so many years, and this is the result? I could understand if you brought in a top-notch assassin to replace him, but who is this guy? Seriously?

– Does TMM have no one else left?

– Two years of championships, and now you’re acting all high and mighty? Let’s see how you crash and burn this year.

– Seriously, is Luanzi ge some sort of precious treasure? Kong went straight to the live broadcast and recruited him, and now he’s starting immediately after joining the team? And it really looks like he’s the exclusive healer.

– I’m just speechless…

– If the coach can’t handle it, better change the coach and stop ruining our well-performing championship team.

– The promotional photos look great, but what kind of lineup is this? Why don’t you just quit playing matches and create an esports boy group for quicker money?

Of course, Shen Yanming saw all these comments too.
There were a few back-row comments like “We should give the newcomer a chance” and “Luanzi Ge’s performance seems promising, maybe he can create new opportunities.” However, these voices were too weak and were instantly drowned out by the opposing comments.

He had anticipated all of this.
Putting himself in the shoes of an uninformed ordinary player, he could understand why they were concerned.
If he were in their place, he would have been puzzled too.

But human hearts were made of flesh, and even though he had received a lot of negative feedback before, compared to those, these comments seemed much milder, but no matter how he see them, it was still somewhat displeasing.

He was reading these comments after finishing practice and lying back on the bed.
He was planning to close the page and find something else to change his mood when a message from He Changkong came in.

It seemed like He Changkong anticipated that Shen Yanming would read the comments and might feel a little down.

[kong_]: Don’t mind what others say.
You know you’re capable, and that’s all that matters.

Shen Yanming hugged his pillow and rubbed his face against it.

Even though their rooms were just a wall apart, they still chatted like this, which was oddly amusing.

[Independent Wild Goose6Independent Wild Goose: “特立独行的大雁” (Tè lì dúxíng de dàyàn)]: Of course! A man must be capable!

There was something Shen Yanming had been curious about but hadn’t asked He Changkong yet.
In fact, he shared the same curiosity with some of the players.

[Independent Wild Goose]: So ge, what magic potion did you give to the coaching team that made them willing to let me start right away?

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1No big, no small: there is no significant age difference2Oppa: “欧巴” (ōu bā.), 오빠 (oppa) a Korean term used by females to address an older brother or a male friend who is slightly older.
It implies a friendly and affectionate relationship.3Hiong: supposed to be 형(Hyeong) used to address an older male, typically by a younger male.
): 撒浪嘿”(sā làng hēi, means I Love you5…Xiao Dayday, Oppa was wrong, please let me play with you guys.: ……小dayday,欧巴错了,please让me跟you们一起play。(……Xiǎo dayday, ōu bā cuòle,please ràng me gēn youmen yīqǐ play.)6Independent Wild Goose: “特立独行的大雁” (Tè lì dúxíng de dàyàn)

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