As a captain, you must be cold (E-sports) Chapter 2

“Destination” was a 4v4 first-person shooter game that has ranked among the top three most popular competitive games in the world since its public beta eight years ago. The game official has deep pockets and hosts numerous events throughout the year. Among them, the International Invitational Tournament was the largest event of the year, with prize money of up to 20 million US dollars.

This season, the IPL was the only domestic team to reach the semi-finals, and fans of other domestic teams have temporarily become their “ten-year-old fans.” The entire field was covered in IPL’s lights sign, team portraits, emoticons, and animations. There were especially many of them, more than half of the total.

However, the peak monthly active players of the game exceeded 100 million. Except for a few who could visit the scene in person, there were more players squatting in the live broadcast rooms of major platforms to watch the live broadcast.

The first thing that was shown when the live broadcast began was a display of the commentary panel. Yu Zhaohan, who had taken off his sunglasses, was dressed in a suit and stood next to the host. His eyes were as calm and peaceful as a lake when he faced the camera.

[Damn, it’s really Shine! What’s going on? He doesn’t look like someone who would be on the commentary panel]

[He is so beautiful, with an expression that will look down on me, I love it]

[Why are Shine’s eyes so red]

“Welcome to the live broadcast of the “Destination” International Invitational Tournament semi-finals.” The host smiled, “The two teams that reached the semifinals today are from the Eastern Division -Beijing IPL and Seoul TCO…”

In addition to Yu Zhaohan, there was another guest in the commentary. Popular anchor, and a coach. Several people first expressed their views on the game, the tactics the coach might use, and then predicted the score of the game.

When asked, Yu Zhaohan said very few words and only answered one or two sentences: “IPL four to one TCO, IPL won the first game, and TCO tied the second game.”

The host asked, “What is the basis for Captain Yu’s prediction?”

Yu Zhaohan: “I guessed.” 

The host: “…”

[Die of laughter, Shine fans, what kind of mentality do they have? Isn’t the fans are just looking for abuse?]

[Yeah, so what. I like to see a beauty with a delicate, misanthropic face ignoring me because my life is too smooth]

[Shine’s headshot rate this season is the first in the league, if I don’t like him then should I like your father?]

[He is so good, why didn’t he bring RH to win last week?]

After the players entered the venue, the game officially begins.

The semi-finals followed a BO7 format, with four wins in seven rounds. A team consisted of four people: the front tank, also known as the commando position; two output positions, a long/gun position for long-distance output and a short/gun position for close output; and a support. The gameplay was also very simple: there were three target points on the map, each side starts from the resurrection point, steals the target point, and plants its own flag on it, and the first team to occupy the two target points wins.

Timeless played his usual old-school style in the first game, with various rounds and cuts to the back row. TCO’s support was unable to provide a safe line, C-position cannot be replenished, and TCO collapsed overall.

TCO knew they had to target Timeless in the second round, so the assassins stopped looking for the back row and focused on Timeless, successfully pulling back a round with man-to-man tactics.

In the third game, IPL’s long/gun position suddenly appeared, and two consecutive headshots combined with Timeless’ harvest resulted in a kill for the opposing team.

However, just when everyone thought the IPL was going to win this game, Seoul TCO’s ability to get themselves into trouble wherever they go came back to haunt them.

TCO requested a time-out, requesting that the game be rewinded ten minutes before restarting, reason: live network fluctuations.

The scene was immediately booed.

Yu Zhaohan’s live broadcast room was on the second floor of the venue, with a good view of the entire auditorium.

Many viewers stood up and directed their anger and dissatisfaction at the TCO with hand gestures. Yu Zhaohan could hear a lot of “beautiful” Chinese despite the soundproof walls in the room. Even some viewers were concerned that TCO would not understand, so they used Korean and English, which was very thoughtful.

The game was halted, and the players on the field were unable to communicate and were forced to wait patiently. Both sides complexions were not very good. Although TCO couldn’t understand the voice around them, if they had brains, they would realize that the audience at the scene was “greeting” their entire family.

Xu’s mentality that managed to stabilize seemed to be affected, and he was a little restless. Shi Du looked at TCO slowly and found that the other party was too guilty to look at him. The boy leaned back and let out a smile.

The footage of the live broadcast was still on the scene, and several guests discussed it more casually.

The host asked Yu Zhaohan: “Captain Yu, do you really think that the TCO problem is really a network fluctuation?”

Yu Zhaohan’s voice was cold: “Do you believe it.” 

The guest showed an expression of having eaten a fly: “TCO has done this not once or twice. Last month R.H and TCO played, TCO said something about headset problems, the players can not communicate with each other, and also asked to start over.”

Even if Yu Zhaohan forgot his ID, he would not forget that game. It was a regular season game in Seoul, the TCO’s home court and the forced referee finally agreed to restart the game.

Another coaching guest said: “If there is really a problem with the network, they should have called for a pause ten minutes ago. Why wait until now when the situation is irreversible.” 

The anchor looked at the dense barrage in the official live broadcast room and cursed: “How dare they do this on our site. My dog that defecates everywhere anywhere in my house is more dignified than TCO.”

[Timeless’s expression, I think he’s going to punch someone]

[Brother hold back! Although I really want to see you beat up TCO, you will be banned for life for beating someone on the field]

[What the referee said, I would really die laughing if I was bullied in front of my house]

The game was halted for ten minutes, and the referee, after viewing the match replay several times and analyzing the real-time network detection data, refused TCO’s request to go back in time and announced that the match would resume.

However, the audience’s anger has not subsided.

[Is this okay? For ten minutes, the feeling was gone. Originally I felt heated, so I could take one shot, but now I have three shots, this is the purpose of TCO]


[If it is convenient, can you ask TCO to die]

The good thing was that IPL’s early advantage was large enough to take the third game as soon as the game resumed, and then turned the anger into motivation and took the fourth game with a score of 3:1, bringing IPL to the match point.

The mentality of all TCO members had collapsed at this point, the operation was deformed, and the position was inconsistent. Timeless stood at the threshold of TCO’s resurrection point. As soon as TCO’s assassin was out, he shot him in the head from behind.

Timeless was successful in his assassination but was not in a hurry to retreat. Only came at the masked assassin’s corpse unhurriedly, and then gracefully closed the gun, leaving an IPL logo on the resurrection door, with a classic sentence:

[You are asking for death]  ①

The face of the TCO assassin turned completely black, and the barrage climaxed again.

[Thank you, You’re cool]

[Timeless, my superhero! ! !]

 [When I turn 18, I will change my name to my husband [lighting a cigarette]]

Shi Du, who turned 17 this year, is a handsome young man. He quickly became one of the league’s most popular players as soon as he entered the circle. The number of his Weibo fans was second only to Yu Zhaohan. The last time he played with him, while the opposite C and support were distracted, he assassinated them with a dagger from strange angles-IPL, Timeless.

There were only two long/gun positions that could irritate Timeless Cut and frequently counter-kill him. One of them was Yu Zhaohan. When the two played 1v1, the winning rate was basically 55%.

In Yu Zhaohan’s view, underage assassins were frivolous and flamboyant, and they lacked social beatings, so they were not enough to be his opponents. But in today’s wave, he was willing to give Shi Du a year of freedom from scolding.

No, half a year.

[One thing to say, Timeless is very disrespectful to his opponents]

[What’s wrong with the comment above, do you respect TCO, but does TCO respect you]

[It turns out that Seoul TCO really has a filial son [touched]]

Beijing IPL eventually defeated Seoul TCO 4:1 and was only one step away from the championship. TCO has already won the top four positions, which makes domestic players uneasy. Even if they lose this game, they will still be able to share the $20 million prize money with the top three, but the prize money will be much lower.

How the fuck could they stand this?

The audience left the venue one by one at the end of the game, and Yu Zhaohan’s work was considered to have ended today. Yu Zhaohan changed into R.H’s team uniform in the locker room. The R.H autumn team uniform was a hooded sweater in pure black, with only the team’s logo plated.

As he walked out of the stadium, Yu Zhaohan noticed two buses parked in the parking lot, with many TCO members standing next to one of them. Yu Zhaohan paused and quickly typed on his phone:…how to say in Korean.

Yu Zhaohan took a screenshot of the translation and reread it on the “Rule of Pretending to Be Coercive”: how the cold male protagonist annoys others.

Everything was ready, Yu Zhaohan strode towards the TCO’s captain.

The Chinese and Korean teams competed in the Eastern Division. R.H and TCO were old rivals, and the captains of both sides were also old acquaintances.  Before Yu Zhaohan could speak first, the captain of the TCO said, “What?!”

Yu Zhaohan sneered, nonchalant—that’s right, he was indifferent.  He raised his eyelids casually, pressed the tip of his tongue against his inner cheek, and held his phone up to TCO’s captain.

The TCO captain’s eyes widened as he saw the Korean language on the phone screen as if surprised at how the beautiful boy in front of him would say such a thing. He soon reacted, and his face turned red and white.

“You!” The TCO captain panted heavily, took a big step, and reached for Yu Zhaohan’s collar.

At this moment, a hand was placed on Yu Zhaohan’s shoulder and took him a step back, avoiding the opponent’s touch.

A boy’s laughing voice sounded in his ears: “What are you two talking about, can I listen?”

Yu Zhaohan quickly put down his phone and frowned openly: “It’s you.”

“It’s me.” Shi Du looked at the TCO captain, “I’m here to say hello to him.”

The TCO captain couldn’t understand what they were saying and kept a wary eye on the two of them, refusing to make any further moves.

The people around them had noticed their movements, and the IPL players had arrived. He knew he couldn’t be too arrogant on his opponent’s home court, especially since the two boys in front of him were taller than him, and Timeless, despite having the body of a sports student, was still a ruthless character who wasn’t afraid of big things.

Shi Du actually raised his hand and said, “Hi.”

After a long pause, the TCO captain swallowed his breath and said in Korean: “What do you really want?  This is a public place, and officials are nearby!”

Shi Du’s eyes shone with a childish innocence: “Senior, did you just want to attack Shine?”

“He insulted me first!” exclaimed TCO Captain angrily.

Shi Du smiled beautifully: “Is that so, I see. It’s unfortunate that I only saw you attempting to do something to Shine, but I didn’t see him insult you—as we all know, Shine from R.H never swears.”

“He typed it on his phone…”

“Enough of that.” Shi Du started to lose patience, he didn’t even bother to pretend anymore, and his tone abruptly became cold. “This is Shanghai, be honest, and don’t mess with us.”

After being treated like a child, he couldn’t even retaliate. As his rage grew, the TCO captain’s veins on his temple bulged, and he could only redeem himself by saying, “Regarding the network problem and your insult to my teammates, the TCO will appeal to the officials.”

Shi Du laughed so hard that he couldn’t stand up straight. “I ask you to hurry up, I’ll wait for your news,” he said, placing his hand on Yu Zhaohan’s shoulder.

Yu Zhaohan was pressed down by him, his brow furrowed even more tightly. Although he couldn’t understand what they were saying, he could guess roughly.

Shi Du had finished pretending what he was going to pretend, so what was he doing.

When the TCO team left, Yu Zhaohan immediately said, “Let go.” The second rule of the “Rule of Pretending to Be Coercive” was that you must have a habit of cleanliness, and hate being touched by others.  “I’m a cleanliness freak.”

“Sorry,” Shi Du said happily, releasing his hand. Shi Du lowered his gaze as Yu Zhaohan turned around in front of him. BKing, who didn’t wear a suit or sunglasses, who doesn’t wear a suit or sunglasses, didn’t look so pretentious. He looked like a college student.

Yu Zhaohan asked, “What did you just say?”

Shi Du roughly translated the conversation between himself and the TCO captain, and asked curiously, “You really swear at him? How did you swear at him?”

Yu Zhaohan coldly said: “It has nothing to do with you.”

Shi Du raised his eyebrows: “I told you everything, and you didn’t tell me? So unfair.”

Yu Zhaohan looked into the distance; he wanted to be like the hero in the novel, “his eyes sank,” but he didn’t know how; all he could do was use light and shadow to hide his face in the shadows, creating a gloomy feeling: “In this world, there is no absolute fairness at all.”

Shi Du transformed his laughter into a light cough in time, “Okay.”

Yu Zhaohan paused for a moment before saying something genuine that had nothing to do with pretending: “Prepare for the finals.”

The Chinese team has missed the finals for three years in a row. Domestic players and fans have waited far too long for a championship. He’d rather be the arrogant primary school student claiming to succeed, winning the game, and receiving the FMVP because he doesn’t want domestic players to be disappointed again.

Shi Du tilted his head and looked at Yu Zhaohan: “By the way, Captain Yu, you have two tufts of dull hair on your head, you know.”

Yu Zhaohan froze and reacted in an instant.

The “Rule of Pretending to Be Coercive” once stated that sharp eyes were the most favorable language in the face of embarrassment.

Yu Zhaohan’s eyes were icy cold, and a cold light burst out: “I messed it up when I changed my clothes.”

Hiss… so fierce.

Shi Du had something to say, but he heard the IPL coach calling him, he said to Yu Zhaohan, “Let’s go.”

“No,” Yu Zhaohan replied boldly.

Shi Du raised his lips and smiled, but instead of saying goodbye to Yu Zhaohan, he simply turned his back on him and waved his hand.

Yu Zhaohan observed Shi Du catching up with his teammates, while the boys who won the game laughed uncontrollably and happily.

He wasn’t sure if they’d be as relaxed and at ease when they faced the defending champion in the final.

Yu Zhaohan silently put on his sweater hat and pressed his dull hair down on his head.

It seems that he didn’t pretend this time, annoying.

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