Chapter 204 – Wait and See
As Tang Wulin watched the matches progress, he formulated a plan.
Half an hour later, they were called for their match.
Tang Wulin led the way, followed by Xie Xie… and Xu Xiaoyan.
Indeed, Gu Yue wasn’t participating.
After scrutinizing the previous battles, Tang Wulin was confident and saw no need to reveal Gu Yue. Not to mention, their opposition hailed from a small town’s intermediate academy. In Wu Zhangkong’s own words, their sole objective was to become the champions. Tang Wulin understood his teacher’s philosophy and as such, regardless of their opponents’ strengths, their main objective would not change.
A devious strategy was required for such a goal. Since Gu Yue was without a doubt class zero’s strongest student, it was best to conserve her strength for future matches.
Although Xu Xiaoyan wasn’t powerful in the daytime, her awareness and team coordination were excellent. When a crucial moment arrived, she would be the one to capitalize on it.
Xie Xie described her as a radiant and pretty young lady, but in reality she was a two-faced little schemer.
Xu Xiaoyan’s eyes sparkled at the unexpected chance to appear in the first match. When she had heard of the others’ victories in the individual competition, she was wrought with envy. However, she understood that her abilities were not suited for a one versus one scenario; it would have been foolish to follow the trend.
Even though the team competition’s first round was scheduled today, how could Xu Xiaoyan have imagined that she would be participating? Contrary to her beliefs, Tang Wulin swapped her in.
Once Tang Wulin’s group arrived on the stage, their opponents soon appeared—three teenagers about fourteen to fifteen years old.
When these teenagers from Seafare Academy saw the youthful faces of their opposition, joy washed over them like summer rain.
It was as Tang Wulin had guessed: Seafare Academy was mediocre and focused all their resources on their representative team.
When they had thought of themselves as mice in a world of men, they encountered a team of brats. How could they not feel as if Lady Luck was smiling down on them?
Aren’t these kids only about eleven or twelve? That’s a huge gap in age! Their cultivation should be weak then. In an instant, their faces lit up.
The referee climbed onto the stage. “You have thirty seconds to prepare. The countdown will begin at five seconds. The rules state that you cannot deliberately disable your opponent and you must immediately cease battle if I order so.” His tone was monotonous after repeating the same thing for countless battles.
“My name is Mo Ka and these are my teammates, Yu Shi and Duanmu Lianlian. You kids are from Eastsea Academy?” They had also checked the matchups.
Kids? Tang Wulin smiled humbly. “Yeah! Seniors, we’re first graders from Eastsea Academy. Please advise us.”
Xie Xie’s initial reaction was to explode in anger, but stopped himself when he saw the hand signals Tang Wulin flashed behind his back. Xie Xie understood his teammate’s intentions and lowered his head quickly to hide his face.
Xu Xiaoyan wore an odd expression. This guy! Isn’t he usually an upright and virtuous captain?
“Five, four, three, two, one, begin!
With that declaration, class zero’s first official team battle began.
Tang Wulin took the initiative to charge forward. Like in his individual match, he did not bother to release his martial soul yet. Doing so would cost a precious second at his cultivation level. Every second mattered and all of his actions were done for the sake of efficiency.
Though he couldn’t compare with Xie Xie in speed, he was not inferior when it came to explosive power. With a simple stomp of his foot, a boom resounded. Xie Xie jumped into action after Tang Wulin, all according to their plan. The two advanced in tandem, Tang Wulin in front and Xie Xie hidden behind like a shadow.
Following her teammates’ actions, Xu Xiaoyan grasped the light coalescing into her ice staff, a soul ring appearing beneath her.
Their opponents were taken aback by the sight of the two charging toward them, without releasing their martial souls or soul rings. Furthermore, Xu Xiaoyan brandished a single ring. What are these two kids doing not even summoning their soul rings?
The three teenagers released their martial souls.
All three had a pair of yellow rings. This was to be expected from the representatives of an academy.
In that moment, a shining purple soul ring entered their view, blue vine tentacles swarming around them.
The Seafare Academy’s representatives couldn’t react in time. Before they were able to activate their soul skills, the blue vines already struck at their faces. They were all tied up, their resistance bearing no fruit.
“Stop resisting!” Xie Xie pummeled their heads with his Light Dragon Dagger.
Xu Xiaoyan stood in the rear with her ice staff ready, but had yet to use a soul skill.
“Stop!” While trying to contain his surprise, the referee shouted.
A single two-ringed and two one-ringed soul masters were able to overcome three two-ringed soul masters.Moreover, it was over in a blitz. It was simply inconceivable!
The battle finished too quickly. It was too much for the eye to take in.
How can this be? Mo Ka, Yu Shi, and Duanmu Lianlian harbored the same thought. They hadn’t even had a chance use their soul skills!
It’s combat experience! These words flashed through Tang Wulin’s mind. Compared to him, his opponents were simply too lacking in that regard.
He had felt this deficiency among the contenders of the individual competition. Even now in the team competition, he felt the same. Do they not have any combat training?
In truth, his accusation was wrong. All soul master academies had combat training. However, their level of combat training could not compare with class zero’s. Class zero’s standard was inching on the border of masochism and its students were geniuses selected carefully by the academy. Wu Zhangkong’s personal guidance was also an important contribution.
As he had hailed from Shrek Academy, Wu Zhangkong’s teaching methods came from the same place.
Because class zero’s students had been either cultivating or battling in the spirit ascension platform, they were shocked to find how lacking their peers were.
“Captain, I never knew you were so two-faced!” Now off-stage, Xu Xiaoyan was giggling at Tang Wulin.
Wasn’t it true, though? Before the battle started, Tang Wulin was already misleading their opponents with an innocent and naive persona. He had been the embodiment of the ideal cute kid. Once the match started, however, he discarded his facade and stormed his opponent, giving them no time to react. With such a devious strategy, Tang Wulin cinched victory easily.
If he hadn’t done this, then they wouldn’t have been able to obtain such a sweeping win. Throughout the entire battle, Tang Wulin used his soul skill once. It was his thousand-year soul skill!
Tang Wulin chuckled. “If I can save us some effort and conceal our strength a bit longer, then why not? Our goal is to be the champions after all.”
“Aren’t you afraid of eavesdroppers?” An icy voice cut in.
The trio turned to see a pair of familiar faces—Ye Xinglan and Xu Lizhi.