As a Captain, You Must Be Cold


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As the youngest captain of the league team, Yu Zhaohan knew that if he wanted to establish his prestige, he must establish a stable personality. His eyes were indifferent, he has a cold face, and he always used a full stop when sending messages. Especially in front of Shi Du, the new transfer, who was too much to handle.

Everyone thought Yu Zhaohan is a beautiful and cold flower, and so did Shi Du. He has never been interested in Bking, and he was too lazy to interact with Yu Zhaohan. Until one day, Shi Du ended his vacation early and returned to the base.

He saw Yu Zhaohan wearing a little dinosaur’s plush pajamas, sitting cross-legged on the sofa watching “Ultraman”, battling an unopenable canned fruit, and even using his teeth.

The two looked at each other, and the scene was very awkward.
Yu Zhaohan’s face was still cold, but his ears were red: “It’s a misunderstanding, I’m not a fool.”

“I see.” Shi Du smiled and approached Yu Zhaohan with full aggression, “Then, does the captain need help?”

After the two dated –
Shi Du: “Do you know baby, you don’t need to pretend to be in front of your boyfriend.”

Yu Zhaohan pondered for a long time, then slowly raised his head: “Oh… can that boyfriend touch my head?”

Note: Bking : Something like a “bking” is a king of “装逼“ which is someone who does cool stuff effortlessly or everything they do is unusually “cool”.

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As a Captain, You Must Be Cold
身为队长, 必须高冷(电竞)
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RaiLi rated it
July 30, 2022
Status: c87
(▼_▼) Cold and emotionless captain but an airhead and a dumdum in the inside x Carefree, sly and quick witted ML

Im a bit dissatisfied that even tho its an esports novel, there isnt much battle nor explanation of the competition as much. Like 90% of this is full slice of life... This usually revolves around the team's slice of life dynamics and interactions. Plus, some romance progress for ML and MC. Its pretty cute and fluffly. gotta say MC is too cute!!!! Is the MC what people consider a... more>> moe....? (//∇//) lol

Just gotta remind you all, if you want to read some solid esports. I dont really recommend this at all but if you want some light, cute and fluffly romance plus some slice of life with side characters, I recommend it a looot!! SO DANG CUUTE!! <<less
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July 12, 2022
Status: c113
This is wholesome.

It's cute and fluffy. But as seen from the summary, there's a lot of moments of second hand embarrassment.


The shou is a super straightforward, dense, and adorable ball of a good captain. The gong is arrogant and adorable. The side characters have personalities that make me like them. The hateful enemy teams are indeed hateful, but you get over them quickly.


Overall, very cute, in my opinion.
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periperi rated it
February 15, 2024
Status: Completed
4 stars

5 stars for the couple, team relationship, development and all. I loved the gap moe and how the relationship progressed. They developed so well together and it was so sweet. The main CP definitely had great chemistry and complimented each other really well.

... more>>

YZH is very clingy (in a cute way) and SD definitely indulges him but they fit so well. This is probably one of the best chemistry couple I've seen in a while. I also adore the team chemistry even with the newer characters like Stone who became their CP fan which was kind of funny. And JD and Cheese both keeping a secret they cannot tell. And QX who held the most EQ in the team. Even coach Lu with the weak mentality was kind of funny. And everyone being a fan of YZH.


There's some emotional plotline not just revolving around the couple, from

Splendid (whom I was kind of glad eventually left. To the classic e-sport injury issue but this time falling on another team member rather than the main CP.


There's a side CP that's there but not in your face:

little boss! There more to push the development of the main CP. I almost want a little more story to them but there really isn't. They're just there.


As for the minus 1 star

probably has to do with the competition aspect. I'm not sure if I was reading too deeply into a sweet romance book but. I felt it was almost a bit xenophobic? Or just very one-sided? Like very against people of other nationalities? Particularly towards the Koreans for no real reason. Like the Korean teams that they go up against are usually using some underhanded tactics that undermine their professionalism. Which was just so bizarre. And then when they went up against the US team, even the US team did some shady backhand PR tactic. Like I enjoy when the team wins but it would have been more enjoyable if there was a fair fighting ground? Because of all these almost backhand stuffs it just felt very slimy? And what was even the point? I ended up just fast forward reading some parts of the competition portion.


Overall, I read for the cute relationship and was satisfied with it. <<less
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January 31, 2024
Status: Completed
4.5/5. This game isn't LOL so I found it hard to understand at parts, but no matter bc you can just skim through the game parts if u don't understand. I kinda wish there was a real reveal of the mc's true personality, there was a subtle reveal at the last chapter but it's not enough for me. The MC is vvvv cute, though I think at some parts he was written to be way to dumb to be realistic.

overall this novel was enjoyable and I can see myself rereading... more>> it. The translation was abit iffy at the start but it will improve as the story goes on <<less
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damnmei rated it
January 25, 2024
Status: Completed
This novel is so silly, and I laughed so hard reading MC's gap moe ways. Whenever he switched between Shine and Yuyu I felt so much maternal affection it is unreal. Every time he asked for praise and looked expectantly at ML my heart literally could not take the cuteness. Also the way he just says whatever is on his mind to ML had me crying tears of laughter- he's so straightforward it almost gave second hand embarrassment, if not for how accepting and loving ML is of all his... more>> quirks.

Shi Du is the sweetest ML, always ready to sacrifice his own pride to help Yuyu keep up his pretense, and he never harshly judges or shames MC for his oddities. The way he phrases his feelings towards MC is beautiful. Everyone deserves to be loved the way that Shi Du loves his Yuyu, but of course, no one can be quite as lovable as Yuyu. Honestly a lot to learn from ML on how to treat those you love with how he takes care of and supports MC. In ML's words:

"When you liked someone, you had to accept all of them. Only scoundrels would be picky about their partners. He wasn't a scoundrel; he would accept and tolerate all the quirks of his silly wife."

Such a great story, more just a romance than an esports though which is a pro for those not great at following lengthy esports games (aka me). Most of the games in this novel are over in just a few lines, and there's no extensive description of the battles. Even when there is more detail, it's not as intense or engaging as other esports novels. The novel is definitely not boring by any means though, as the characters really drive the plot with their individual likability and chemistry together.

The two MCs have such frank and open conversations about literally everything and there's really no room for misunderstandings between them. Never before have I seen two characters having an in-depth retrospective on s*x with one of them even taking notes on the side?? I just love how much trust they have in each other to communicate so clearly and know that the other person will respect and listen to their words.

Some other notes: there's no h*mophobia in this world and gay relationships are normal, but there is some mild xenophobia against Koreans and other non-Chinese. It's not as prominent or exaggerated as it can get in other Chinese novels but there's a little us vs them mentality. Makes sense for a competition based novel though.

Also there's no detailed s*x scenes but they do talk about the process so frankly I was really taken aback at first haha! They're really not afraid of talking through their likes and dislikes, and it's just so refreshing.

THE REVELATION A FEW CHAPTERS AFTER THEIR FIRST TIME THAT THEY DIDNT USE LUBE NO WONDER IT HURT HAHA?? What was all that researching they did before for?? They're both just so silly.

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XieJyun rated it
January 11, 2024
Status: Completed
This is so silly.

I have been laughing so loudly at 2 am.

AHHHHHHH. This is so wholesome and cute. I want this to be adapted in a drama or smth. Especially that one scene where Shi Du, almost believe that Yuyu is naturally cold and profound.


In the bathroom scene, where Yuyu said something deep and the light is shining on him and Shi Du almost got awed. HAHAHAHAHAHA. But he noticed that Yuyu is trying to find that center of light. This is so silly. I was laughing so hard.

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luhyung rated it
March 18, 2024
Status: c85
Not much interest in finishing the story since MC and ML are together and the only plot points are winning the tournament and officially coming out. That and the translation is honestly so bad. I’m pretty confident the translation is not MTL but it reads like the translator understands Chinese but not English because some parts even MTL would not make that mistake. I recommend reading the raws instead.

The story was genuinely fun to read. MC is adorable as aloof Shine and ditzy Yuyu. And the story is tastefully written... more>> so it doesn’t feel forced when MC switches between his Shine and Yuyu personas or that every single script that MC designs magically works out because it’s MC. In fact, I feel even worse for Shine who has gone through and endured so much suffering to the point where his default mode is his persona.

But it does get repetitive seeing everyone falling for MC’s divine looks, and ML acting helpless around the MC because MC is too pretty for ML to stay mad. <<less
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February 12, 2024
Status: Completed
Pretty charming, I thought the two main leads had really funny and unique personalities. I enjoyed this, even if e-sports novels are not necessarily my thing.
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MCRHY1201 rated it
February 11, 2024
Status: Completed
If you looking for comedy with slice of life and good balance between gaming scenes with IRL scenes, this one is for you.

At the beginning of the story, there was too many characters to keep up but you will get the hang of it! You will see MC’s pov and his hillarious thoughts of hiding his true feelings.

MC is very likable, cute and super funny (I laughed out loud while reading this in class). The ML is mature and very charismatic but because he is 18-19, he stills have some... more>> childish sides in him (it’s toleratable). The CP is super adorable together that makes me feel like I’m third wheeling them LOL.

The only thing I confused me a bit was the game system. Maybe this is a made-up game inside the author’s mind or maybe I do not know about it. It took me quite a bit of chapters to understand the concept of the gameplay but eh.

I would give this a 4.5/5 for the comedy and the CP. Why not 5/5? It’s hard to understand the game system lol. <<less
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glitteryjoon rated it
February 10, 2024
Status: --
The storyline is good, the characters are cute and fun and I enjoyed spending time on this.

However, I will say that it gets pretty boring here and there. It's a cliche trajectory to win the championship, and the romance gets pretty lackluster as you continue.

Maybe it's because I was hoping they'd have more character development, but they didn't. They were pretty immature the whole story and I honestly don't see them lasting after the story's end. They buy houses together and prepared an entire life together, but their immaturity may... more>> create issues, especially once they start maturing.

I feel like it would have been better to have the two of them face that separation due to MLs family sending him to school. It would have given them more time to establish their personal feelings and understand the world more and more mature more. Maybe that's just my opinion. Anyway, the story was perfect to pass the time. I'll rate this a 3.5/5 <<less
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Devrai rated it
February 8, 2024
Status: c118
The story is OK.

It is kind of cute but not sugary sweet. MC is a genius as captain but instantly becomes kind of s*upid when in private.

I did like how ML just went with it when ever MC had one of his s*upid ideas.

... more>> Over all, there was no real progress about their characters. In my opinion there are too much unsolved things... be it their parents, career or future plans. That kind of annoyed me.

The translation was Ok. Though I'm not sure if it is a problem of the writer or translator.... some times the invented game characters were directly called by the hero names of Overwatch. All the heroes described sound a lot like Overwatch heroes... so I'm not sure if the writer or translator changed the names.

I most likely will not read this again but it also was not a time waste. <<less
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maevalily rated it
January 29, 2024
Status: c118
This story was so cute, I felt like it ended too soon!

tbh, I didn’t feel like there was much second hand embarrassment at all, I’ve definitely had to endure much worse 🥲 but it was definitely silly and funny and endearing! I also didn’t mind less focus on the e-sports and matches but that may be because I used to love those stories, read too much of it and then got sick of it 😂 I especially love the double silly protagonists, both clumsy and adorable 🥰
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shuulys rated it
January 24, 2024
Status: Completed
Super adorable 🥹 Shine is a cool ice beauty but Yuyu is just an adorable baby!! I love the contrast between his two characters to be honest. But it does seem to be quite tiring for him to act almost 24/7 so I'm glad that ShiDu caught him as Yuyu 🤭

And I have to say, I quite like Yuyu's interesting way of thinking because he's definitely not normal hahahhahaha. And the way he makes ShiDu 'wither' when he speaks HAHAHHAHAHA
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rocketsigns rated it
January 4, 2024
Status: Completed
Cold beauty shou whose genius is limited to e-sports and academics BUT is a soft, innocent baby deep inside x Doting, straightforward gong who has no choice but to submit to the whims of his cute and precious lover

Giving it a 5-star because Yuyu deserves it. If you’re looking for in-depth gaming, this probably isn’t for you. This story focuses more on the storyline between the two and some dynamics between people around them.

I honestly adore Yu Zhaohan (MC) and though I found myself laughing on so many points because... more>> the characters are so comical, I honestly just felt so f*cking sad for him sometimes.

Like no matter how lightly it was mentioned throughout, the pressure he’d had to endure all these years is f*cking insane. The man’s only 19 and he’s been the pillar ever since the captaincy changed when he was... 17? While I was always actively aware of it from the beginning, it hit hardest during the Finals chapter when Coach Lu started wondering when the crybaby YZH became the stone cold character that he is now. Because everyone was crying, the crybaby wasn’t allowed to cry and tasked himself with the responsibility of holding everyone up no matter what. And that Hurt for me the same way it did for ML.

However, like ML, I went with him in the journey of hurting for YZH (like when MC said he forgot how to smile properly with teeth, how he can’t allow himself to cry in an ugly way, how he can’t ever cry publicly, or that even when he was just gazing out, he would often look lonely and unreachable) but also got through the journey of being endeared by the discovery of who YZH truly is. That YZH isn’t as fragile as one would perceive him to be and he does things that he finds needs to be done and accomplishes them brilliantly. And he deserves every bit of glory for everything he’s done, he deserves all the respect as well. You do not need to pity a captain as brilliant as Yu Zhaohan.


I love that Shi Du (ML) exists, I love that of all the people that MC had to meet, it was him. I love that Shi Du absolutely adores MC to the point that he did. And I love that among everyone, he realized and respected the development that YZH had to make and do for himself and for his team. It’s the realization that while the mask front may have started out as fake, it eventually became something that was just another brilliant side of YZH that was still lovable, worth adoring, worth respecting. I honestly just love all the characters in this novel that even though I don’t think the novel was perfectly written, it deserves the 5-star just for the way the characters were laid out.

(I am a huge Jiang Di fan, Jiang Di pls love me) <<less
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sbob rated it
March 23, 2024
Status: Completed
Cute and funny story.

Soft marshmallow forced to become the cold ice beauty pillar of support for his team. It kind of still works because both leads are still quite young, so the immaturity is understandable and fits in well. MC is an eccentric straight shooting naive boy, which makes for very amusing and unexpected reactions, especially romantically.

Both leads are a bit dumb but it can be attributed to their age and inexperience.

... more>> Quite a romance-led e-sports novel with some gaming elements done alright. Mostly quite predictable but got me invested enough.

Laughed out loud a few times. Wish the translation was better.

Likely won’t re-read. <<less
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Bbsnugs rated it
February 22, 2024
Status: Completed
I love this novel, the MC pretends to be cold and aloof to be the captain of an esports team so the members will listen to him but in reality he is the biggest cinnamon roll. He is super hilarious with his relationship with the ML, about reviewing their intimacy and always gives the ML a straight ball. Truly an enjoyable read.
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ntww12 rated it
October 13, 2023
Status: c118
What an absolute gem to read. What a lovely brilliant gaming + romance novel. Long review to come.

It is beyond my expectation. Yuyu is a lovely character. I like when he switches between Shine and Yuyu. He's not just a sweet cutie. I also love how Shi Du doesn't try to change him or stop him and respects his wishes to be Shine. Shi Du also knows that Yuyu is the best this way.
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WallEyeKnee rated it
April 4, 2023
Status: Completed
MC I thought he was Bi Polar, how he switch from cool headed captain to a clingy childish dummy is one of a kind skill. He

I actually enjoy the game in this novel, it's not too complicated but I enjoy how they made it competitive and easy for us to understand.

I feel like the selling point is when the 2 got together and try to figure how things should go in a relationship. I really have to laugh how MC come up with so many things and just say these... more>> things without blushing. He is the type to do before he thinks about. I had the same reactions as the ML so many times. HE'S SO CAPABLE, he manage to make the ML limp by destroying the atmosphere with a few words, the point is he doing it out of consideration without malice, it's so dumb and sweet at the same time. Their interactions is the best once ML got through MC's facade. I like it so much and I think everybody else would to. It's so refreshing and unique the mood between them is one of a kind. I don't know how many novels can have the same interaction as them.

I like all the team mates, they all had their own personalities. The author even make me like recruits by fleshing their characters out. I give props to her this is not always well done, because they are always forgotten in few chapters.

The backgroud story of the team had me so touch, I feel so bad for them at the start with one of the teammates their backbone captain pass away in his youth and MC has to carry so much pressure and learn to grow up (well technically he made a split persona, and did he best job as the new captain at age 17. This is so much emotional than other stories well it includes death. Kinda remind of me Glory backstory.

This is a great read, alot of funny moments, really touch on esports details the bitterness and relationships. Also the youth hot blooded moments. You can feel it. It's one of the good esports novels out there. I hope more people can read this. <<less
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Common_people rated it
July 12, 2022
Status: Completed
Cute story~ the MC is an ice beauty outside but Lil bunny inside. How the MC meet ML and fight together to won the Championship. It's so cute that the MC trying acting just by reading online novel, like a chuunibyou. I like his gap moe and his strange way thinking. I also like how the ML slowly figure it out his feeling, and how he try so hard to understand his captain, love him dearly even sometimes his captain too greasy and oily. I laugh a lot because of... more>> them. <<less
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