e looked at He Changkong, smiling so brightly that his eyes almost disappeared, “Yes, I like messing around… I’m really so happy! Although the match is not over yet, I shouldn’t be too happy too early, but I am… truly very happy.”
Seeing Shen Yanming like this, He Changkong felt that a void in his heart had strangely been filled.
He Changkong thought to himself, yes, maybe from a long time ago, even before he realized it, he wanted to see such a pure and bright smile on Shen Yanming’s face.
Not the instinctive laughter when he saw something funny, not the social smiles he put on to deal with others, but a genuine, content, and fulfilled smile that overflowed from his heart.
He wanted to see that smile, so he would do things he hadn’t even thought of doing before.
Now that he finally saw it… he wanted to protect that smile.
So, he wanted to fight side by side with Shen Yanming countless times, not just on the competition stage.
There were some things he hadn’t completely figured out yet, but at least one thing was certain –
“I also… like messing around,” He Changkong said softly.
The other two teammates had already left the room, and the noise from outside seeped into the previously enclosed player’s room.
It wasn’t particularly noisy, but it wasn’t quiet either.
However, after He Changkong spoke those words confirming his feelings, he felt like the whole world became silent, and he could only hear the clear sound of his heartbeat.
It was beating at the same frequency as when he secretly held the person in front of him at night.
He Changkong’s words carried a double meaning, but unfortunately, Shen Yanming didn’t catch on to anything – of course, He Changkong didn’t intend for him to understand anything either.
Instead, Shen Yanming turned into a chicken soup master4chicken soup master: refers to someone who gives inspiring and uplifting advice or motivational speeches.
, and with just a few words, He Changkong was pulled back into the lively world of mortals.
Shen Yanming said confidently, “That’s right, where do all these rules and boundaries come from? Break the boundaries, transcend imagination,5Break the boundaries, transcend imagination: surpassing conventional limits, pushing beyond what is expected or believed to be possible, and achieving something extraordinary or exceptional.
do whatever I want, how exhilarating… But in the past, I didn’t have this condition.
If someone else had been healing me today, I would’ve died a lot faster…”
He Changkong chuckled, “Alright, get up, don’t squat there.
Let’s go back to the lounge and…”
Shen Yanming stood up, looked at the coach waiting by the side, and asked before walking out, tilting his head, “And what?”
Thinking that He Changkong was going to say something serious, Shen Yanming perked up his ears to listen.
But He Changkong said, “Your hair needs to be touched up.”
Shen Yanming: “…”
The match was played in a BO3 format, and after a brief rest and tactical adjustments, the players returned to the battlefield.
For some reason, GLX decided to ban White Wolf again, but in their character selection, they picked more characters that could counter the combination of Wind Archer and Moonlight Envoy.
However, in the next round, Shen Yanming didn’t even choose Wind Archer.
TMM also switched to a lineup they rarely used before.
In fact, they did it on purpose to showcase their new assassin, who was going to make a grand debut.
It was essential for everyone to know that TMM’s new assassin, Chaos, was not limited to playing just one role; he excelled in every role.
And they succeeded.
Even those who previously underestimated him, including regular players and other teams that were about to face them, were all shaken to varying degrees.
By the end of the first round, many people silently deleted their previous criticisms of Shen Yanming, but some remained in a wait-and-see state.
However, when Shen Yanming operated another rarely-seen character and got the most kills in the entire game in the second round, more and more people shifted from the wait-and-see camp to the supporting camp.
… A little face slap is nothing; the strong one is the boss.
Compared to the first match, the pace of the second match was much slower.
The opponents, having suffered losses in the previous round, didn’t give TMM’s players any chance to secretly go for the crown or execute sneaky moves.
They played more cautiously during the laning phase and their overall gameplay was sharper than before.
However, after a tense back-and-forth for dozens of minutes, TMM still secured the victory.
TMM won 2-0 against GLX.
After winning the second round, Shen Yanming wasn’t as excited as before.
He exchanged high-fives with his teammates and was then taken to the interview area by the staff.
The hostess first asked many questions related to the match, and Shen Yanming answered them smoothly.
The last question wasn’t anything special either.
The hostess asked, “You achieved such great results in your first appearance.
Have you thought about rewarding yourself?”
Shen Yanming thought for a moment and replied, “I’ll go dye my hair.”
The hostess was puzzled, “Huh?”
Shen Yanming bent down and pointed to the top of his head, “I need to touch up my elegant white hair.”
The hostess agreed, “…Indeed.”
Shen Yanming sighed and continued, “It’s like having a Samoyed with pure white fur, accidentally falling into a mud pit, getting a little black stain on its white fur, and the owner starts disliking it.”
The hostess naturally know the joke about Shen Yanming being No.1 Samoyed in the Chinese Server, so she recognized that the first half of his statement was self-deprecating humor.
However, the last word “owner” made her gossip radar tingle, “Who is the owner of the Samoyed?”
Shen Yanming laughed, “It’s my Nanny, of course.
Whoever provides the milk is the mom, you get what I mean.”
The hostess: “…”
The team manager watching the live broadcast on the big screen below shouted, “Quick, get this brat who only knows how to talk nonsense off the stage!”
The interview didn’t last too long, and Shen Yanming chatted with the host for a few more moments before stepping down.
On his way back to the lounge, he ran into someone.
It was Zhuo Minxing, the little gay guy who had once caused him to directly say goodbye to his professional career.
Who knows how this guy managed to get backstage… but considering how he usually acts like a social butterfly among players, it’s not surprising he could get backstage access.
Fate is indeed strange, Shen Yanming thought.
He took out his phone and pretended to swipe it randomly.
He really didn’t want to talk to the other person.
However, with so many people around and others unaware of his prejudice against Zhuo Minxing, and even Zhuo Minxing himself unaware of it, if he showed a bad attitude, he might get criticized.
But it was hard for him to show any warmth to this person.
There’s nothing to fear, bring it on.
With a few cups of milk tea in hand, Zhuo Minxing stood in front of Shen Yanming and said, “Luan luanzi! I watched the match just now, I really love your gameplay, and I really like you!… So, um, let me treat you to a drink, okay?”
Shen Yanming: “…”
Kong: Who allowed this messy person from who knows where to bring milk tea to my puppy?
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1Don’t throw: In esports and gaming contexts, “throw” refers to making a costly mistake or misplay that leads to losing the game or advantage.
So, “don’t throw” means “don’t make mistakes” or “don’t mess up.” 2Yuzi “cued up” Luanzi ge to engage or attack during the exhibition match, indicating that Yuzi provided the setup or opportunity for Luanzi ge to make a play.
3ball ball: is a way of reminding the player to stay focused and not make impulsive decisions.
4chicken soup master: refers to someone who gives inspiring and uplifting advice or motivational speeches.
5Break the boundaries, transcend imagination: surpassing conventional limits, pushing beyond what is expected or believed to be possible, and achieving something extraordinary or exceptional.
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