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Gold Medal Coach: Chapter 137 Part 1

Start of the Semifinals

The match ended and under the leadership of Pei Feng, the players of the Chinese team took the initiative to shake hands in the soundproof room of the Japanese team.

The Japanese players looked so ugly that it seemed like they were about to commit suicide on the spot. Before the start of the match, they always thought that they would win easily when playing against the Chinese national team. As a result, they lost two consecutive games with a score of 1:6.?

They couldn’t believe the result.

Pei Feng shook hands with the opposite side very gracefully and returned backstage.

The staff was waiting for them in the background and Vice-chairman Qi took the lead to applaud. “Hello everyone! You did well!”

Old Chang said excitedly, “This is our first time reaching the final four, right?”

Yu Mingxiang choked up. “Yes, it is our first time participating in the Asian Championship and most of the players are newcomers. It is already very good to be able to enter the top four!”

Jiang Shaoyu looked at Pei Feng and rarely praised him. “You fought well.”

For today’s victory against the Japanese team, Pei Feng’s clear and calm command and flexible response strategy was indispensable. The commander was the backbone of the entire team. It was only when the command was stable that the military morale of the team members could be stabilized.

He was participating in an international event for the first time but Pei Feng was able to calmly command, adapt to changes and not be nervous and flustered at all. Even Jiang Shaoyu was very surprised. Pei Feng wasn’t acting like a newcomer at all. He was like a mature and stable veteran.

He must’ve worked hard over the years and studied a lot of game videos, right?

The tactical knowledge reserve was the basis for Pei Feng being so confident.

As long as Pei Feng sat there, it was like a fixed sea god needle.

The other players of the Chinese team were influenced by him and were able to immediately follow the team’s rhythm. Pei Feng’s overall view and command talent far exceeded Jiang Shaoyu’s expectations.

Seeing his master’s admiring gaze, Pei Feng was indescribably happy. He walked quickly to the master and asked in a low voice, “I didn’t disappoint you, right?”

The corners of Jiang Shaoyu’s lips curved up. “Your command is good, but don’t rush to be proud. There are stronger opponents later.”

Pei Feng nodded. “I understand.”

The two of them looked at each other. His apprentice’s eyes were deep and gentle. They seemed to contain more emotions.

Jiang Shaoyu looked away uncomfortably.

Jiang Shaoyu was really proud to have such an apprentice.

Pei Feng’s idea was very simple. His master had put in so much effort behind the scenes. As an apprentice, he naturally had to do his best on the stage. He didn’t want to see Jiang Shaoyu’s disappointed eyes, nor did he want to hear the domestic warriors say that the ‘Chinese team are cowards.’

He wanted to lead this national team and completely change people’s impression of the Chinese team.

This was the common goal for their master and apprentice.

Under Vice-chairman Qi’s signal, the reporter Yan Luo excitedly ran over to interview her. “Fred, today you won 2:0 against Japan. Do you have anything to say to the domestic audience?”

Pei Feng looked at the camera and smiled brightly. “Thank you for paying attention to the Asian Championships. I hope you can give more support to the national time. We will continue to work hard in the next match.”

The reporter asked, “Are you in command of both games today?”

Pei Feng nodded. “Yes. Both games were under my command, but the tactical arrangement was done by Coach Jiang in advance. I just carried out Coach Jiang’s orders.”

He finished speaking and looked at Jiang Shaoyu next to him. The reporter found a reason and focused the camera on Jiang Shaoyu.

In China, the audience watching the live interview was immediately excited.

[God Wing’s number one fan brother is really you!]

[Fred’s interview routine is to praise his master. Hahaha, I have long guessed it.]

[When he won first place in the streamer ceremony, his words never left God Wing and he said that all his skills were taught by God Wing. He is indeed worthy of being God Wing’s number one brainless fan.]

[God Wing said: This apprentice is really good~]

The reporter handed the microphone to Jiang Shaoyu. “Coach Jiang, what is your mood now?”

Jiang Shaoyu looked calm. “I’m very happy.”

Netizens: “???”

It was hard to see how he was happy. He still looked indifferent!

The reporter changed the topic with a dry smile. “What is your goal in leading the team to participate in this Asian Championship?”

Jiang Shaoyu said calmly, “Xiao Pei, Hua Hua, Chen Chen, Xueyao and Xiao Gui have no experience participating in international competitions.  So take them out and practice casually.”

After practicing casually, they beat Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan with a score of 2:0.

Jiang Shaoyu’s words could really make the opponent angry enough to vomit up blood.

The reporter asked with a smile, “Do you think that this national team has any hope of winning the championship?”

Jiang Shaoyu said, “The group stage was won relatively smoothly but the Korean team’s e-sports strength is very high. We can’t take it lightly or face the next opponent with a normal heart. My request to everyone is to play the game, regardless of whether we win or lose.”

Many domestic netizens agreed after hearing this.

[God Wing is right. After winning a few matches in the group stage, the mentality can’t be too arrogant! The Korean team is still very strong.]

[Coach Jiang is so calm. I didn’t see him getting excited even when winning four consecutive matches in the group stage!]

[God Wing is a super sensible person.]

[With him leading the team, I believe that the players won’t become arrogant and will play well in the following matches.]

[National team, jiayou!]

After interviewing Coach Jiang, the reporter immediately asked a few simple questions to the other players. This way, everyone showed their faces in front of the domestic audience.

“Hua Ran, were you nervous about participating in the Asian Championship for the first time?”

Hua Hua said, “I was a bit nervous at first. However, Brother Feng’s command is very clear, so I’m not nervous any longer.”

“Xueyao did a good job stealing the home in Life and Death Explosion mode today. Did you pick it up spur of the moment or was it a tactic arranged in advance?”

Qin Xueyao blushed a bit and replied seriously, “Of course, I practiced in advance and I am very grateful to Coach Jiang for his trust in me. I was quite nervous at the time and I relied on my teammates to protect me well.”

Shu Chenchen was terrified as he stammered out, “I-I’m very happy to win against the Japanese team. Everyone, jiayou.”

Shi Xiaobin said, “They played very well today. I will give it my all when it is my turn to play later!”

The interview video sent back to China by the reporters was sent to the alliance and was repeatedly forwarded and spread on the Internet.

Netizens also became excited and left messages to cheer for the contestants.

Jiang Shaoyu’s Weibo followers rose by millions in just one day. His calm and rational attitude in the interview was indeed very popular. What’s more, Pei Feng said that all these tactics were the layout of Coach Jiang and this made everyone love and admire him even more. The Chinese team had such a head coach and it had a really promising future!

After returning that night,  Jiang Shaoyu called the team members to his room for a meeting to review it.

The match against Japan was almost a crushing game and there was no need for a serious review. He would focus on the group stage of Group A since they would be facing South Korea and Singapore.

Jiang Shaoyu turned on his laptop and said in a low voice, “The first place in Group A is South Korea and second place is Singapore. In the next knockout round, we will meet the second place in Group A, Singapore.”

Fortunately, China reached the semifinals as first place in Group B. They didn’t have to meet China in advance.

Japan was in a bad situation. Second place in Group B would win against first place in Group A. Tomorrow night would be a match between Japan and South Korea. Based on Japan’s e-sports level, they were likely to be ruthlessly eliminated by South Korea. Whether they could win a trophy or not was still unknown.

As long as China won against Singapore tomorrow, they could at least enter the finals and win the runner-up or even the championship.

Jiang Shaoyu always felt that this year’s grouping was a bit strange. The strength of Group A and B wasn’t very even. The organizer looked at China as cannon fodder. They thought that Japan could be first in the group and avoid South Korea in the next stage. They could enter the finals steadily and be at least a winner-up.

As a result, the Chinese team suddenly became the biggest dark horse in Group B, completely overturning the wishful thinking of the Japanese team.

Jiang Shaoyu opened the video of Singapore’s matches in Group A and analyzed it while playing, “Singapore’s team is very young. The average age of the players was less than 18 years old and they dare to fight. Their style is a lot more violent. I have summarized their match videos in Group A. They are better at the fast-paced Endless Bloody Battle mode. The front row of the charger and assaulter are good and they can quickly break through their enemy’s defenses, breaking into the enemy’s formation to win.”

Old Chang added, “In their three home games in the group stage, the mode they chose was all Endless Bloody Battle and the maps are Deep in the Jungle, Fountain Square and Winding Corridor. They are all maps suitable for melee play.”

Deep in the Jungle was a classic open terrain fighting map. There was a large number of trees that could be used as cover but it was difficult for snipers to have room to play if the charger and assaulter fired. In addition, this map was suitable for bombing with grenades and the style of play was bloody and violent.

Fountain Square was the simplest and roughest melee map in the game. The fountain in the middle could fight directly from the front. There were only four pillars around the map that could be used for hiding and there were no high sniper points.

There was no need to talk about Winding Corridor. The Chinese team had also chosen it and it was the fastest paced of the encounters map. If the assaulter and charger were strong, this type of melee map was very advantageous. The strongest people in the Chinese team on the Winding Corridor map were actually the two assaulters, Zhou Yiran and Xia Li. It was a pity that they didn’t come to this Asian Championship.

Hearing this, Pei Feng concluded in a low voice. “In other words, Singapore’s home stadium has always been a combination of Endless Bloody Battle + melee map.”

Jiang Shaoyu said, “Yes, they are stronger at home and they can easily lose when it isn’t their home game.”

Old Chang said with a smile, “Singapore played against India and Thailand in the group stage. The progress of the story is almost exactly the same. They won one game at home and lost one game away. They won the deciding game and their score was 2:1. Playing against South Korea, they lost 0:2. From this perspective, Singapore has a very high winning percentage in the tiebreaker?”

For Singapore VS Thailand and India, they drew 1:1 with both and won the tiebreaker.

Jiang Shaoyu nodded and said, “The knockout rounds starting from the final four is a BO5 format and five maps are played. The home team will choose two maps each and the tiebreaker is still a random selection. We have to try to avoid dragging them into a tiebreaker.”

In the group stage, it was a BO3. It was two wins in three games and up to three maps.

In order to reduce the impact of unexpected factors, the knockout round became BO5. It was three victories out of five matches and up to five maps.

If the Chinese team was strong enough, they could win three maps in a row and win 3:0.

However, Singapore was the leader of e-sports in Southeast Asia and had millions of people concerned about e-sports. There were professional e-sports leagues and domestic events were booming. Its strength in the e-sports field in Asia had always been good.

In the history of the Asian championships, South Korea had won the championship for five consecutive years. Singapore had won two runner-ups and three third places. Moreover, there was a large number of Chinese and ethnic Chinese people in Singapore. Their head coach Zhang Yuqing was Chinese. Even among the members this year, some had immigrated from China. This meant they must have a deeper understanding of China than other countries.

It wasn’t easy to win 3:0 but they should try not to drag it into a tiebreaker.

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