The second game was Pei Feng’s home map. He didn’t change weapons but chose the melee map, Deep in the Jungle. It was very easy to fight on this map, regardless of whether he was a charger or assaulter. On the other hand, a medic would find it difficult to hide in the jungle. After all, the shade of trees was limited.
The Affairs of the World are Impermanent managed to drag it out for five minutes with the use of smoke bombs but Pei Feng finally caught up to him and killed him.
In the third game, The Affairs of the World are Impermanent submitted a more complicated maze map.
He hid everywhere and Pei Feng looked for him for a long time, almost missing him. Fortunately, Pei Feng was experienced and finally found and killed his opponent in nine minutes.
Chang Rongxuan knew that his hide and seek strategy was useless in front of Fred and gave up the struggle in the fourth game.
Fred won 4:0.
The commentator said, “Congratulations to Fred for winning the match with a score of 4:0 and advancing to the round of four!”
Ah Yan added, “Similarly, let us applaud the player in his 30s who has come to participate in the Rising Stars Cup and reached the top eight, The Affairs of the World are Impermanent!”
This year’s Rising Stars Cup was almost all teenagers and the 32 year old uncle was very special among the contestants.
He was open-minded and the look on his face after losing the match was very relaxed.
For him, it was beyond his expectations to reach the top eight. He originally only wanted to make it to the top 16 for a round-trip!
Pei Feng politely walked over and shook his hand.
Chang Rongxuan smiled. “Congratulations, congratulations. It is worthy of being the disciple of God Wing. You are too powerful.”
Pei Feng said seriously, “You are also very powerful. Your understanding of maps is almost comparable to an official map analyst.”
Chang Rongxuan modestly waved his hand. “No no, my playing style is purely opportunistic. Haha, it is hide and seek and I will be dead if I’m caught.”
The two of them walked off the big stage.
The final match in the eight to four round was between ‘KiKi’ from the Imperial Capital youth training camp and the passerby ‘Tang Tang. The former won 4:2.
Today’s matches were all over and the final four players were the youth trainees Gui Siyang (Little Demon) and Lin Ke (KiKi), the passerby master Hua Ran (Hua Hua Da Shao) and the well-known streamer, Pei Feng (Fred).
The players participating in the Rising Stars Cup this year were mainly youth trainees and passersby from all over the country who hadn’t signed contracts.
Out of the top 16, ten of them were youth trainees from all over the country but only two of them were left in the final four. In particular, Xu Fei, the best player of the Imperial Capital youth training camp was eliminated by Hua Hua. This result could be called an upset.
Clubs everywhere started to act the moment the official list of the final four was announced.
Gui Siyang and Lin Ke’s phones were about to blow up. Many clubs extended olive branches to them, offering them a good salary to invite them to join. Gui Siyang’s answer was very clear. “I don’t want to sign with a club for the time being. I just want to enter the national team.”
Lin Ke wasn’t so firm and replied euphemistically, “I will consider it after the Rising Stars Cup is finished.”
At this time, the CIP Club.
Mo Hantian picked up his phone and read the news of the Rising Stars Cup. The sense of crisis in his heart grew stronger.
The reason he was able to enter the national team was largely because the CIP Club recommended him.
He was a player of CIP for the past two years. He was quite handsome so his popularity on Weibo was high. He became the Gun King image ambassador of the previous season with the help of CIP and filmed many promotional films. There were his advertisements everywhere in the streets and alleys and his popularity was booming.
As a result, his performance in the World Series was poor and his popularity dropped a lot after he returned to China. Some people on Weibo left messages calling him a useless ‘vase.’
To make matters worse, he ran to the online game to play the rankings to relieve his depressed mood. Then he bumped into God Wing and became the eldest baby of the Gourd Babies Squad, leaving a very bad impression on Coach Jiang.
Now something even scarier was coming.
The players that were emerging in the Rising Stars Cup were more powerful than the last one!
Pei Feng was Coach Jiang’s personal apprentice and he made it to the top four without taking the sniper. No one knew yet how terrible his sniper was.
Gui Siyang was from Xing City’s youth training camp and was also a sniper. He was one year younger than Mo Hantian and the best achieving youth trainee this year. He hadn’t been trained by a club and was still ‘white paper’—a blank piece of paper with talent!
The sniper of the national team originally only had two places. How could he win when competing with so many people?
Gui Siyang’s talent was no worse than his. Would Coach Jiang prefer a ‘white paper’ that could be trained personally or a ‘gourd baby’ who performed badly?
Besides, there was Pei Feng!
It was like a snowy day where cold wind blew from the roof. Was the firewood that followed the heating gone and were his clothes torn?
Mo Hantian felt a chill all over his body.
Forget the national team, he might not even be able to keep the starting position of CIP’s sniper!
He had been passing by the office just now and heard the manager of the club calling Gui Siyang, wanting to invite this excellent youth trainee to the team…
The more Mo Hantian thought about it, the more frightened he became. Was his career going to end here? In the future, don’t speak about the national team. He wouldn’t even be able to play as a starter of CIP and be abandoned by the coaching team like Shu Chen, becoming a substitute?
A strong sense of crisis made him unable to sit still.
Mo Hantian took a deep breath and opened the Gun King Account Trading Website. He quickly searched for an account with ‘Korean server 2500 segment or more.’ Soon, a long list of messages popped up. He picked a pleasing ID and purchased the account while downloading the Korean game client.
The level of 2500 above in the Korean server was higher than the Chinese server.
Coach Jiang said that as a professional player, he shouldn’t go to the low segments to abuse the weak. Then he would go to the high segments of the Korean server and communicate with the Korean masters. Perhaps he could find new ideas or raise his awareness?
At present, the official selection of the national team hadn’t begun. He couldn’t just give up.
Many people on Weibo scolded him as a ‘vase’ and a ‘coward.’
If he couldn’t make it into the national team this year, he was likely to be put on the cold bench by the coaching staff and he really would become a ‘case.’
CIP supported him so they could naturally support others. For example, Gui Siyang was good-looking and talented. Mo Hantian already had the stain from the World Series. It would only take a matter of minutes if the club wanted to abandon him.
The competition in the professional circle was too fierce. It was only by moving forward that he wouldn’t be eliminated!
Mo Hantian gripped the mouse tightly and logged into the Korean server with a serious expression.
At this time, it was already 10 p.m. and the organizers had a bus bring the contestants back to the hotel.
The hotel wasn’t far from the e-sports center and the league directly occupied one floor where the top 16 players lived.
Hua Hua Da Shao was the only passerby to advance to the top floor. He and The Affairs of the World are Impermanent had added each other on WeChat and they chatted together quite well.
The two of them entered the elevator while chatting.
Chang Rongxuan said, “Hua Hua, work hard in tomorrow’s game and strive to get a ranking.”
Hua Ran smiled and waved his hand. “It doesn’t matter what place I end up. I have no interest in the national youth training team. I participated in the competition this time because I wanted to try it out casually and see if I can enter the top 16. I’m already satisfied with the 50,000 yuan bonus. It is enough for my four year college tuition!”
Chang Rongxuan asked curiously, “Are you a college student? Which school?”
Hua Ran replied, “The School of Fine Arts of the Imperial Capital College.”
Chang Rongxuan gave a thumbs up in surprise. “Great? Are you actually a top student?”
The Imperial Capital College was one of the top three in the country.
Unexpectedly, this chuunibyou teenager with purple hair actually came from this school?
Hua Ran scratched his head. “I’m not a top student. The admission score for the School of Fine Arts isn’t that high and I came through the art test.”
Chang Rongxuan told him, “That is still very powerful. The competition in the art test is equally fierce.”
Hua Ran changed the topic. “Brother Chang, where are you from? When are you going back?”
“My hometown is Ya’an. My flight is tomorrow afternoon. Feel free to come to my side to play. I will invite you to eat seafood.”
The two of them were chatting when Chang Rongxuan’s phone rang. The caller ID was a strange number from the capital.
Chang Rongxuan answered the phone doubtfully. “Hello.”
A gentle female voice entered his ear. “Hello, is this The Affairs of the World are Impermanent, Mr Chang Rongxuan?”
He heard her accurately call out his ID and thought it was a staff member of the competition. He replied, “That’s right. You are?”
The other person laughed. “I am Yu Mingxiang, the leader of the national team. Coach Jiang and I would like to talk to you about something. Do you have time now?”
Chang Rongxuan was stunned.
He was eliminated in the round of eight to four and he didn’t have to play tomorrow. He had already booked his ticket and was ready to go back.
During this time, he hadn’t played the game in order to participate in the Rising Stars Cup. He had to go back quickly. There were many boss’ orders waiting for him!
Why was the coach of the national team looking for him?
Chang Rongxuan asked doubtfully, “I am time. Why are you looking for me?”
Yu Mingxiang said, “Let’s talk in person. If it is convenient, can you go to the cafe on the third floor of the hotel? We will be waiting for you there.”
Chang Rongxuan hung up the phone and looked confused.
The elevator reached the 10th floor. Hua Ran walked out and looked back at him. “Brother Chang, we’ve arrived.”
Chang Rongxuan pressed the button for the third floor and said, “I have something to do and will be going downstairs. You go and rest first.”
Hua Ran nodded. “Okay, see you later.”
Chang Rongxuan soon came to the cafe on the third floor.
He instantly saw the man sitting by the window. It was the legendary God Wing, the head coach of the national team, Jiang Shaoyu.
There was soft piano music flowing in the cafe. The man was sitting there with his white and slender fingers flipping through the menu. There was no expression on his face but his cold temperament still instantly attracted people’s attention.
Next to him was a beautiful woman with long hair and a young man wearing glasses and a plaid shirt.
Chang Rongxuan walked over. Yu Mingxiang immediately stood up, smiled and held out her hand. “Hello Mr Chang, let me introduce you. This is our national team’s head coach, Jiang Shaoyu, and this is our engineer, Qin Bo.’
Chang Rongxuan hurriedly smiled and greeted the two of them.
Jiang Shaoyu held out his hand and said, “Please sit down.”
Chang Rongxuan sat down nervously.
Jiang Shaoyu asked Sister Yu to order coffee before looking at the person in front of him.
This person was 32 years old but he looked very young and had a baby face. No wonder why Qin Bo thought he mistakenly filled in the wrong ID card. He smiled often and looked easy to get along with.
Jiang Shaoyu told him, “We are looking for you today to invite you to join the national team.”
Chang Rongxuan was confused and scratched his head doubtfully. “Huh? It isn’t appropriate for me to play at my age, right? In addition, I didn’t even make it to the top four?”
Jiang Shaoyu added, “The national team’s coaching staff.”
Chang Rongxuan: “……??”
Jiang Shaoyu looked at him calmly and explained it clearly, word by word. “At present, the coaching staff of the national team is lacking. We have watched your matches and your hide and seek style is very special. This shows you have a good understanding of the game maps. Our engineers are currently doing map modeling for all competitions and we need your help. In addition, the players of the national team also need your personal training. I believe that with you, they will increase their knowledge of the maps by a level.”
Chang Rongxuan: “……”
He stared blankly at the people in front of him with disbelief.
Yu Mingxiang lightened up the atmosphere. “Mr Chang, we searched for your ID on the Internet and found an accompanying player called The Affairs of the World are Impermanent. That is you, right?”
Chang Rongxuan’s mind returned and he touched his nose with a dry smile. “Ah… that is me.”
Yu Mingxiang joked, “In the future, you will come to the national team as an accompanying player. It is the highest realm of accompanying play.’
Chang Rongxuan: “……”
Being an accompanying player of the national team, it was really awesome!
Chang Rongxuan felt like he had been hit by a pie in the sky and was momentarily stunned.
He looked at Jiang Shaoyu with disbelief. “Are you serious? Can I be a coach of the national team based on my level?”
Jiang Shaoyu replied, “Of course. You can be the assistant coach of the national team. Our national team currently has one assistant coach in charge of daily training surnamed Cui. You can help us develop tactics for maps and help players improve their map positioning skills.”
The assistant coach of the national team! It was too much to say this!
Chang Rongxuan was so excited that he didn’t know what to say.
He heard that God Wing was always serious so it was impossible to make such a joke with him. Then was this true?
He remembered his experience of running into walls everywhere and turned slightly red as he said softly, “In fact, I wanted to be a professional player when the professional league of Gun King first started. Unfortunately, I was already 24 years old. I was refused by the major club with the words that I was too old to play professionally. I also know that I missed the best opportunity. Hey, who made me be born too early!”
Sometimes, ‘being born at the wrong time’ was also a pity. If Chang Rongxuan was a teenager when the Gun King Professional League started then perhaps he could have achieved something on the field.
Unfortunately, he had never been able to keep up with the pace of the times.
The league was becoming more and more prosperous while he was becoming older.
He could never be a professional.
Of course, there were regrets in his heart but so what? He had missed it.
He didn’t want to give up on the game he loved so he opened an Internet cafe and became an accompanying player.
He had so many years of accompanying experience and his rich experience of watching the professional league since the first season of Gun King. This made him a map analysis expert and he even developed the medic gameplay of hide and seek.
His level of playing the game might not be strong but he could be said to be ‘familiar with the map and rhythm of the game Gun King!’
Maybe he could really help the national team!
This talent, hidden among the public and buried for so many years, was finally discovered by Jiang Shaoyu.
Jiang Shaoyu told him with a gentle expression, “You missed the opportunity to become a professional player. Now joining the national team as a coach and training a new generation of players can be regarded as another way to achieve your ideals. What do you say?”
Chang Rongxuan’s voice trembled with excitement. “Great! I will join, I will join.”
Yu Mingxiang wondered, “Aren’t you going to ask how much your salary is?”
Chang Rongxuan laughed. “It should be higher than when I’m an accompanying player, right? I only charge 50 yuan a round so give me 60 yuan.”
Jiang Shaoyu was amused and the corners of his lips rose. “The annual salary of an assistant coach of the national team is no less than seven figures. The specific contract will be discussed in detail with you when the Rising Stars Cup is over.”
He took the initiative to extend his hand. “Welcome to the national team.”