The youngster's pause caught everyone's attention.
Lin Feng opened his mouth but nothing came out. Just then, with a loud ka-cha, she shoved the keyboard to the left. The sound was sharp and clean.
She continued to maneuver her character with one hand and pressed the other onto her captain's wrist.
Qin Mo paused, glancing up at her.
Bo Jiu remained silent, her fingers gliding over, landing on Qin Mo's keyboard.
"What... What is going on here?!"
"Spade Z is helping to maneuver Almighty Qin's character?"
"That could reduce the stress placed on Almighty Qin's speed?"
"But that isn't logical, how can you play in this manner? It might be alright to move the character with just the keyboard but he needs the mouse to confirm the attack, Spade Z, how can he..."
"The confirmation can be done on the keyboard, look at Spade Z's hands."
The cameras zoomed in on the youngster. Both hands were placed on separate keyboards but every time she lifted her hand, it was so fast they could barely see the movements.
Many would use their left hand to operate the keyboard and their right to move the mouse but this was the first time anyone could play so flexibly with both hands in a professional match.
Feng Shang felt his eyes growing redder and even Yin Wuyao had turned to glance over.
They sat shoulder to shoulder. It seemed very much like, 'If there comes a day you were to lose your most prized possession, I will go to all means in order to safeguard your position.'
Little Captain's playing style...
She pressed her lips tight, her heartache towards Captain Qin expressed through her actions.
Yin Wuyao chuckled, his voice travelling through the headphones towards Coco and Xue Yaoyao. "It's time for us to work harder."
Yes, it was time for them to work hard.
For the sake of the man that had been carrying them on his shoulders ever since the beginning. Even if they didn't win, they had to give it their all.
When Zhao Sanpang caught sight of them, his mouth fell. Xiao Jing paused slightly before unleashing another attack. "Continue."
Zhao Sanpang's voice turned hoarse. "Little Spade is giving his all to protect Qin Mo, he must be crazy." But deep inside, he was filled with respect. It was a heartfelt passion he felt for his rival.
"Little Spade, we won't show any mercy even if you act out a melodrama," Zhao Sanpang howled, as he unleashed yet another sword frenzy. His eyes lit up, brighter than before.
The moment her fingers fell, the youngster entered the wilderness, her voice lazy as always as she said, "Heh, what melodrama? It's a romance, can't you tell? As expected of someone unattached. Brother Mo, don't be affected by Zhao Sanpang, do you want these blue beasts? I'll get it for you."
Zhao Sanpang: ... F*ck, why did he feel touched? This person was itching for a beating!
At this moment, someone mentioned, "Spade Z is really cool but he can't compete in such a manner."
Indeed, ever since the youngster had taken over Qin Mo's character, the shoutcasters eyed each other and turned their attention towards the judges. The judges had never faced such a unique situation and thus went into a brief discussion. Less than half a minute later, they shook their heads at the shoutcasters.
The next second, the announcement was made. "Warning given to Supreme Alliance's member, please follow the game's normal procedures, this is an esports arena."
They didn't have to specify the player, it was clear in everyone's heart.
In reality, this wasn't easy as it didn't just challenge a person's hand speed, it also tested their calculation and judgement, which would slow her progress.
But Bo Jiu would rather slow down, while keeping things steady.
In the past, she did things swiftly. Now, she no longer felt the same way. She wanted him to remain unscathed and Almighty Qin should always be cherished.
Bo Jiu didn't wish to take her hands back. Seeing this, Qin Mo turned towards the youngster, his lips lifted into a smile with probably all the tenderness he had in this lifetime. "Are you misbehaving because there isn't any more candy?"
Bo Jiu had always been like a fox with a unique stubbornness.
"Have you forgotten what you promised me yesterday?" Qin Mo's eyes deepened. "You were supposed to control Supreme Alliance's tempo."
All of a sudden, Bo Jiu paused. Qin Mo moved in that instant, pushing his keyboard back to position.
Spade Z's character remained stationary for just one second. The next moment, she hurriedly went to kill beasts and troops.
If Bo Jiu was building up her own finances before, the Bo Jiu right now had slowed down but managed to perfect the coordination with her teammates on every lane.
Rao Rong broke into a sudden laughter. "Spade Z's only flaw has been eliminated, it's going to be hard for Xiangnan to continue suppressing Supreme Alliance."
"The only flaw?" Lin Chentao didn't understand what flaws Little Spade had since he had been feared ever since the start of the competition.
Rao Rong pointed to the side. "Previously, Spade Z was too fast during the cooperation and sometimes, when the assassin is too fast, it separates him from the team. They won't be able to match up when assistance is needed, which is a fatal flaw during a team battle. Right now, Spade Z has learnt to gather his teammates during his individual battles. He has slowed down to the perfect speed. A deadly assassin may be important but an assassin that understands his members and makes accurate attacks is much stronger. Spade Z doesn't just have Qin Mo's ability to scheme, he has something else. Hero has never been an individual game.
As if to justify Rao Rong's words, a battle opened up on the top lane. It wasn't just the experienced North of the Yin Mountain that came in time for support, Xue Yaoyao used her lighting skills to unleash a rain spell, successfully taking down one of their heads.
Everyone could sense the difference; Supreme Alliance was no longer the same. Compared to the start of the game... No, even compared to a moment ago, they had completely changed in terms of their skills, hand speed, game instinct, and cooperation.
This team was much stronger than before.
The scores tightened up once again. The collapsing top lane was salvaged just in time and thus the tempo was brought back to Supreme Alliance.
This was the first time Xiangnan reached a tie even after half an hour had passed. In the past, they had always managed to destroy the city center within 40 minutes with more kills on their side. Besides, it had been a long time since Xiangnan activated their full force.
Today, it was unlike before. Even those unfamiliar with the game had stopped outside the mall to watch the screen. Perhaps, it wasn't the skills that moved them but knowing that there are people around you amidst the exciting battle, regardless of the situation. In victory, they celebrated with joy. In loss, they strived for the next opportunity. Their presence brought courage to not abandon and not give up. That was the embodiment of youth.
"An impressive battle." When a son was deeply immersed in the competition, a father smiled. "It feels similar to the volleyball match I watched during my time. You shouldn't be learning their gaming, instead, you should learn their attitude towards life. Do you understand, you little rascal?"
Time trickled by slowly. Everyone assumed Supreme Alliance would continue leading. But in just three minutes, a row of words appeared on the screen. "Xiao Jing from the blue team killed the Shadow Master."
Whoever took down the biggest boss in the wilderness would be awarded with the flying dragon's help.
The Shadow Master could be killed multiple times, with repeated appearance throughout the game.
As the game progressed, the support from the flying dragons would increase.
Xiao Jing's kill placed the pressure back onto Supreme Alliance. That wasn't all, with just one big move, he managed to kill Coco, pulling their scores apart. Supreme Alliance might be after a team battle but right now, there wasn't any advantage.
"This time, the top lane really collapsed."
It was unsalvageable.
"Regardless of how capable Spade Z is, he still won't be able to save it."
"Xiangnan's suppression on Qin Mo is way too brutal."
"That's right, the middle lane collapsed from the start. Qin Mo wasn't able to grow and with his hand injury, the scores are continuously brought to a tie. On the surface, the outlook doesn't look skewed but in the end, Supreme Alliance will definitely lose since the finances are so different."
"If Qin Mo doesn't come up, everything will be in vain."
Honestly, if it had been any other team, Supreme Alliance could still stand a chance. But their opponent wasn't any other team but Xiangnan, the reigning champions.
Beauty Luo's ruthless cannon came up, flaunting her skills.
During the next team battle, even Little Spade had lost her life but she managed to take Xiao Jing along before she died. However, no one could vouch for such luck again.
Supreme Alliance wasn't the only growing in this battle, Xiangnan had grown as well.
Spade Z was the first person to kill Xiao Jing during a team battle. After they revived, they both dashed out. Amidst the battle in the middle lane, Spade Z fought against three others.
She used her second skill to lift the sorcerer. Once she was left with half of her HP, she returned to the city while the others chased behind.
Right at this moment, the youngster changed direction, leaping backwards to execute a big move on the sorcerer from Xiangnan.
"Beautiful!" the onlooking teams couldn't help complimenting her maneuvering. Especially when Xiangnan had wanted to block Spade Z, she glided to the side and leap across the wall back to her own wilderness.
The tank from Xiangnan chased behind tightly. Since Spade Z was left with only a few HP, just one big move would be able to kill her.
But where did she go? The player frowned. In such a circumstance, the player with insufficient HP would turn back to safety, moving at a fast speed. But it was obvious she wasn't escaping.
The audience watched as she hid in the bushes. Instead of returning to the city, she laid in wait.
"Spade Z is waiting for his big move."
"That can't be, Big Spade is planning on a counter-kill but he is a tank, they have many HP."
Every one watched anxiously. When the tank from Xiangnan was about to reach Spade Z, inhales could be heard.
The tank seemed to have detected something and was about to strike the bushes. Just then, a figure clothed in white leaped out, sending him into the air with a second skill before executing an attack.
At this moment, the audience caught sight of the long rifle that the youngster was using, the silver lights reflecting off its blade. Every attack was an indication of its uniqueness.
No one expected Spade Z to have a weapon like this at such a late stage in the game. She wore an armor and had a white dragon in her hand, it's spectacular outline casting a shadow on the floor.
But the appearance itself couldn't convince the crowd, they didn't think it was enough to kill the tank. The difference in their HP was too drastic, it seemed far-fetched even if she used the blood sucking ability.
But right at that moment, the youngster took a step back. Another figure glided past her and with a formation from his sword, he trapped the Xiangnan player.
She hadn't just been waiting for his big move, she had also been waiting for Qin Mo.
Once the time was ripe, the youngster went up and used her second skill to lift him into the air.
The heart palpating music rang once again... Double-kill! Double-kill with half of the HP left. Even though the description seemed rather lengthy, everything happened in seconds.
The rapid killings hyped up the arena.
Before the youngster returned to the city, a silver glow appeared in the middle lane's wilderness.
The continuous string of announcements extinguished the excitement built up by Supreme Alliance.
Coco, Uncle Yin and Yaoyao all died twice. This also meant that Xiao Jing had started his massacre.
"This is Xiangnan's true formation, the next five minutes will be crucial to both teams," Rao Rong commented calmly. "If Spade Z can't survive the next five minutes, if Qin Mo isn't going to raise up within the time frame and even Spade Z's balancing act won't be able to stop Xiao Jing now that he has reached his peak."
It wasn't just Rao Rong who saw that. The other teams that had battled against Xiangnan realized it as well.
This time, it would be hard for Supreme Alliance to turn the tables.
Within such a short time frame, it wouldn't be possible for Qin Mo... But right when their thoughts were turning pessimistic, someone bolted upright, his eyes filled with a glow of disbelief. "Quick, look at Almighty Qin!"