The King’s Avatar

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In the online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the professional scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he who possesses ten years of gaming experience once again throws himself into the game. Bringing with him the memories of his past and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins!

After fighting and scheming, who snatched away my glory? Under the tossing of the wind and rain, my dreams shall still appear as though they had never been shattered. In all its splendor, the path shall never be lost. Before the gazes of millions, this is where I return!

*Under the Gaming category, The King’s Avatar received the title for Best Work in 2013 and is the first and only 1000 Pledged Work (千盟作品). It has 23 million hits on Qidian and has the 2nd most recommendations in its category with 4.6 million recommendations.

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Quan Zhi Gao Shou
TKA
Toàn chức cao thủ
マスターオブスキル [Masutāobusukiru] [master of skill]
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DeathFrown
DeathFrown rated it
October 25, 2016
Status: c482
A very simple way to give the people an idea of what this light is about would be to take SAO, an anime which incorporates a game that offers infinite freedom with movement and body control to freely use skills in between combat, only to be accomplished with nothing as fancy as VR. The setting takes place in Korea, more specifically, a gaming center. In a game that is so very popular at this moment that most of Korea knows about it and most play it, so popular that it... more>> has an Esports scene where thousands gather if not millions online to watch on, as these players in their God-tier characters play, duking it out for the ultimate goal, that is the championship! Well, for the members of the gaming community, regardless of MMO or not, I'm sure you'll see the various nods directed at you. But really getting down to the heart of why I say this is worth 5 stars. The MC is interesting and his motivation is simple and easy to get into. "I love the game and I'm good at it." What self-respecting person wouldn't empathize with feeling? The simplicity of his actions are good and bad. It's good because we are left watching and imagining his journey as he lives it, but bad cause it provides little content to really think about. Currently, I'm at the latest chapter and his actions are far too straight forward and when I'm not reading it, my thoughts are rarely going back to the King's Avatar. Well, this is bound to change from person to person. As others may very well enjoy imaging their character in such a world. The game itself is rather interesting in the fact that very closely resembles a very polished and expanded on version of Blade and Soul. Yes, that very popular Asian MMO that incorporates reflexive action and instantaneous decision making as a base for it's combat. Unlike, BnS, this game, as I mentioned at the start, is a lot more like SAO, in which each hit itself is capable of changing the flow of the fight, but draws heavily on the Asian MMO factor where skills are quite essential but not unavoidable if you have high enough skill. Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised to hear it has drawn a bit of inspiration from both these games. Getting further along, there will be times when you are left to puzzle about as you are given the actions of the top guild quite plainly, they may seem over the top and at times, stupid, but still, upon closer inspection, is the only action they are capable of taking. So, this para is mostly there to remind and help you understand that there will be times when you don't need deep thought or complicated thinking into the Why of things and are only there to embrace the character and the world that is, King's Avatar. There are illustrious characters present all through out the story, from the fun and lovable MC to the many small characters that are portrayed so well, and the wonderful interactions with the MC that are so plentifully dropped into the narrative that makes it quite easy to remember all of them even though there are plenty of names given to us. The author does a wonderful job giving us easy to remember "landmarks" or memories of fun events to remember each personality and character. But I cannot stretch it enough that the author has done a marvelous job keeping the names easy to remember and giving them their own amount of time for us to sympathize with their plot. Getting to the over-arching plot, it's about our MC, due to unmentioned circumstances has been thrown out by his team and is left to slowly build up to his Grand re-entry into the World of Esports, in the game that is to be the rage of Korean MMO E-sports gaming. And that's all. Like I've said, the author is pretty much in it to give you the ride of a lifetime as pass the various landscapes that are events well done and grand architecture that slowly falls into place. This para can be skipped, it's mostly to highlight a certain trash review.
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Please don't take his review seriously, it is indeed a troll review. For every point he disliked, I felt a lump forming in my chest that came from the fact that if what he says is true (him, actually being a gamer/player), I'm quite ashamed to be apart of any community that he has mentioned. That aside, if you are looking for a light novel to get into and drop out whenever you want. King's Avatar is most definitely for you. <<less
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null rated it
June 21, 2016
Status: --
One of the best Chinese novel in gaming genre. Focusing more on the story rather than numbers (stats and items).
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CauldronKnight
CauldronKnight rated it
October 14, 2018
Status: c1323
Words can't describe my love for this novel. I understand that people don't like the "grind" as the first few hundred chapters are a bit repetitive. But for me, I felt that it was interesting all the time, because even if it was "repetitive" (I didn't really feel it), it really makes you feel that you're growing along the character, and appreciate all the more, the effort it takes to become the best. Because whenever our MC succeeds, you really feel the weight of the achievement - as well... more>> as the despair of the ones who were unable to.

I can also agree that sometimes, the game elements may be too much. But over the 1700 chapters, you will most likely get used to it and even start to recognize some of the moves for yourself (my favourite is the Brick and the Cloud Grasping fist ;)) and you can anticipate how and why the player is using it. Furthermore, the world-building is fantastic. You don't get hit in the face with stats, numbers, and moves. The story slowly introduces these elements in a natural way. Only over time will you realize that you actually know so much about the game. These all really improve the whole story immersion experience.

As many of the other reviewers have commentated, the strength of the storyline are the characters. There are over 10 main characters, as well as tens of other side characters. But for some reason, each character is fleshed-out so well, that you'll never have a problem distinguishing one from another. You'll even start to love some characters from the other teams (i love trashtalker HST + crippled hands YWZ from Blue Rain, quiet and awkward ZZK from Samsara, magician WJX from Tiny Herb, forever number 2 ZJL from Tyranny... etc)

TLDR: The well thought out characters, as well as the dedicated and detailed world-building makes this novel one of my favourites. I'm sure everyone knows that dreams don't come true easily, and the "grind" all the characters go through really shows that. And I mean all. The world doesn't bend over backwards for our MC and his friends.

I don't know about you all, but to me, seeing all the characters constantly giving their all to bring out their best (and sometimes even pushing beyond their limits) is always a beautiful and inspring thing that makes me want to keep supporting them all the way. I'm so attached to all of them...

(I also like that there isn't any romance here. Idk it makes me feel like the story is more genuine and the author's not trying to pull off tropes to get more readers) <<less
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
October 7, 2018
Status: c1480
It's far from perfect, but it is really really really good.

I started reading this after watching the anime, which I have recommended to countless people. I generally dislike super long 1000+ chapter stories because they tend to suffer from pacing issues, many details about nothing, etc. The anime helped me gain a quick understanding of the story and skim past a lot of the more boring parts (especially in the beginning when the author goes overboard with the descriptions of every class/every move).

The novel does suffer from pacing issues up... more>> to a certain point. The first time I read this, I quit during the Deception arc because it felt like 100 chapters of describing a couple hours of in-game events, which was dragging on and on. However, I couldn't stop thinking about this story and returned to it a couple months later. After making it past that section, the rest of the novel, especially the Returning League arc, has much better pacing and much less grinding.

Despite all of it's flaws, I haven't regretted reading this. The characters are all 3-dimensional, the world feels very real, and the reasoning for the game is pretty logical. (The complaints about APM and other mechanics described are true only towards the level of modern games we have right now; it absolutely has no bearing on the game in the story, which is more similar to Blade&Soul with more advanced mechanics. It's not like League or Overwatch.) It's completely worth the awards it won.

P.S. Everytime I read this, I get hit so hard with MMORPG nostalgia. Makes me want to pick one up again. <<less
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Sp12er
Sp12er rated it
September 12, 2018
Status: c1137
You know one flaw of this novel? It's a series that totally engross itself into the game, the competition. And.... Nothing else. Sometimes it makes the characters less real, less substantial, and only there to fill a role. A drama that exist, in some other world. Where an E sport game is so big it eclipses everything else.

It's a bit of a pity really, because the shining moments I have of this series is the earlier parts, the struggle YeXiu had, the warm nights he spent with a sneaking Su... more>> Mucheng, their New years celebration, etc etc. The game events and drama can fill the gap, with close interaction between members described, but then, lately, when they entered pro competition, it's filled with mostly synopsis, then match, then synopsis, like, truly boring stuff. The last fun I had was... When they mess around for bosses with he other gods in game. And that was a loooong while ago.

New members are here, but no new interactions with them, Heck even with Xiao Yifanand Bao Roxin there's basically no difference from them playing hundreds of miles away and here, only small chitchat and joking around then... Gone in the game again, no discussion, no zit.

It's fight and fight, I guess even TKA can't really escape the grind nature of Wuxia novel, It's a thing I never can get used to, I just can't enjoy reading someone's else endless struggle.

TLDR:Used to love the out of game interaction beside the in game adventures, but recent chapters only contain grind for championship, synopsises and no interludes, basically very very boring. <<less
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urbanscrappy
urbanscrappy rated it
April 19, 2018
Status: Completed
I finished this a few days ago and can't stop thinking about it. This book sucked me in and wouldn't let go. I barely slept or ate and just kept reading until I finished.

I love sports! The drama, the anguish, the joy, the success, the failure, the hope, the determination, the pain of both athletes and fans. All of this was captured throughout this story. I lived it and breathed it. The attention to detail was amazing. The details of matches and fights were so intricate and descriptive. I know... more>> the world of Glory. I know the guilds, their strenghts and weaknesses as well as those of the Pro Alliance.

Bravo for a truly compelling story that left me wanting more. It had humour, action, suspense, drama but for me it was all underlined by a sense of loss. We started with a protagonist who lost his place and was betrayed.

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What really bedded in the sesnse of loss was learning about Su Muqiu (sp?) and realising that we never got to meet this genius who died so young.

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Watching players sacrifice friends, their names, their pride all to win was so realistic and also really depressing, particularly for those who were running out of time.

I have lived and breathed sport all my life both as a player and as a fan but nothing has made me understand (or care to understand) the players, fans, owners, press as much as this. There were no villains here, everyone had their own struggle and reasons.

Ye Xui was our protagonist but there was only one time right afyer the final match where the reader was allowed into his emotions. We read his thoughts on planning, on players, on many things throughout the story but his emotions were closed off to us. He was as enigmatic to the readers as he was to the fans. We could only guess how he felt about his betrayal, his resurrection, his family, his future. I would have liked to learn more. The author did that so well with characters like Qiao Yifan and Chen Guo and even Zhang Jiale and Liu Hao but we got nothing from Steamed Bun (that would have been a riot) and barely anything from our protagonist. I would also bave loved to meet his father and see more of his family situation. Anyway, these are minor quibbles in the greater scheme of things. Regardless of any problems, this story left suvh a big mark on me that anything less than 5 stars woukd do it a diservice. <<less
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yumesonata
yumesonata rated it
February 13, 2018
Status: c803
Just a genuinely enjoyable novel. I love how even the side characters are fleshed out and have personality, with understandable motivations. Some are hilarious! Even if you don't like the "villains" of this story, you can still somewhat see where they're coming from and they're not completely unreasonable. Not to mention many of the antagonists end up being quite likable and not really antagonists as you read more.

The main character is probably one of my favorites out of all of the hundreds of novels I've read. He's shameless, he's sarcastic,... more>> but also has deep motivations and a background that's naturally revealed. Some of the chapters can get a little grindy and slow, but they're easy to scroll past if you're not a fan of them and they're pretty true to the nature of MMORPGs. The translation quality is also top notch, which makes this a pleasant read.

I laughed out loud multiple times while reading, which doesn't happen all that often. 5/5 and probably my favorite so far <<less
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cutterline
cutterline rated it
February 9, 2018
Status: Completed
I'm reading this after watching the donghua/anime season 1 so my review is based on the thought after experiencing both. I did a lot of MMORPG many years ago so the novel narration isn't really foreign to me. Truthfully, I wish there are more to explain some mysteries about the characters

TKA is all in all a MMORPG novel, everything is done to make the story about GLORY. This is bad and good in its own way. The author never reveal all the rules or mechanism in the first place so... more>> he can pull arse everything when needed. Fortunately, this is done in a quite polished manner so in a way, hoping that you can accept it after some trade off with your self curiousity.

IMHO, the author doesn't really dive to the characters that much or maybe doesn't have any idea for that. Just putting vague hints here and there. Again, everything is written just to make the GLORY story. Many unfinished questions like MC's family background is never revealed, no result for subtle romance scenes (that's why there is no romance tag up there) or satisfying future overview of the characters. That's why I say all in all it's a MMORPG novel.

Hence, I recommend watching the donghua over reading the battle scene in novel because the author 'made anything on the spot'. Of course, you will miss some details, stupid moments, explanation (which is boring for those who never play these kind of games) and character interactions but honestly you don't miss anything major (so far based from season 1) because the author doesn't answer all the questions in the end. The director did a very good job compacting 200++ chapters and changing some story lines into 12 episodes so future production can be written well for donghua. Just imagine 10-12 seasons of the donghua if they were to follow the novel to the dot. I reckon with these changes, hopefully they can finish with 4-5 seasons and 2-3 OAVs. <<less
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Grosstoad
Grosstoad
October 28, 2017
Status: c780
Marvelous.

Long Game Mechanics and Pro Players Discussion

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To start with, Glory is basically... World of Warcraft, game-type wise, played in first person perspective and with a skill system that is very dependent on mouse-movement.

Yeah, you read that first part right. First-person.

There are numerous mentions of possibility of getting dizzy or nauseous when your character is being juggled in the air, as well as about dead-angles and how stereo-headspeakers are actually important to guess directions.

The second part makes the game abit more harsh, for instance, since a sword attack skill actually can change direction depending on how the player moves his/her mouse, and spellcasters actually have to click on their target to cast, which is somehow independent from their character point of view...

So, it is kind of a VR-Skyrim, without the option to go third person.

And then, we go to the e-sports section, which typically about fights between pro-players. Almost like DotA or LoL championships, but with less minions and defense towers, and more about players bashing each others, whether in 1vs1, tag-team, or team deathmatch, practically more like Counter-Strike competition instead.

The pro-realm is where the APM or hand reflexes come into play, to make use of the right skills, at the right moment, at the right spot.

Mostly.

Talent, intuition, nerves, adrenaline, training, all of them affects their hand techniques, but familiarity with skills, of their own class or of their opponent, familiarity with terrain, strategic AND tactical thinking, these also help in using the right skills in the right way, or even when NOT to use some skills. This differentiates newcomers like the talented Tang Rou with later introduced pro-players like Yu Wenzhou, who is stated to have a crippled APM, but is called one of the Four Master Tactician.

This then becomes the major attraction of the story. You have a whole set of characters, making the list very bloated, from casual to expert players, from rookie pros to retired pros, from ambitious captains to lowly subtitute players... And most feels distinct from each other.

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Ah, I better start talking about the story itself.

You have Ye Qiu, the very senior (but still comparatively young), very talented, very creative, and very successful (totally Gary Stu, but that's fine for this story, no werewolves or aliens out of the game) major star-player, forced to retire from this professional team, for several reasons (yes, there are actually several reasons), as well as handing in the Godly-class player character account that he had used for a decade, the Battle Mage One Autumn Leaf, for his replacement to use...

But Ye Qiu (or Ye Xiu) still loves Glory, both the MMORPG and the pro-competition.

So he decides to fulfill the terms of his retirement (1 year before re-entering) to create a brand new character and level it up to max... Albeit, he plans to use an old character concept that he had to abandon in the past, because of how certain updates to the game makes it obsolete, but newer updates make it viable again...

This is his, and his brand new character Lord Grim, an unspecialized class (think Super Novice from Ragnarok Online), story to go back up the ranks of e-sport... And the story of the people they met along the long climb up. <<less
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Cahane
Cahane rated it
October 26, 2017
Status: c662
I’m not a gamer but I love this story.. so basically all the games knowledge that I have comes from the story... In overall I enjoy reading this story a lot. I manage till chp 662 and stop because at that time I couldn’t wait to read one chapter per day after binge read it to 600++ chaps.. so I’m gonna wait till another 200++ more and binge reading again...

So as I said that I’m not a gamer, so I always skip some details plot about the fight inside the... more>> game.. honestly it’s too details for me.. but skipping them during fighting plot is okay esp 1v1 of PvP... but the group game is fun and I enjoy how they all progress...

So, since I enjoy the reading, I think others will enjoy it too.. not gamers like me think that the pro gamer world is really interesting. <<less
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kevoer
kevoer rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c731
The story is very good, the characters are well developed, is the plot is good; but I indicate to those who have knowledge and interest in online games to understand the story, how the action happens in a game without the performance of the character may seem a little monotonous, but the exchanges and dialogues are excellent, and of course packed with a good mood. Of course it is a story that you will only like if you have a sympathy for the protagonist.
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tellmewhy
tellmewhy rated it
September 6, 2017
Status: --
Enjoyable story and interesting characters. This is the first CN novel and currently the only translated CN novels that I read that was not disapointing till the last chapter (i read the raws and finished yay~, what a nice reading experience). Maybe this is not the best gaming novels out there but this is at the very least better than most gaming novels I read up till now. With slow start and relatively slow pace the story picked up at the time when MC's team competing on pro stage. This... more>> novel is worth your times if you want to read gaming novels

for someone who feelpro and think this is not realistic at all you can read newspapers, newspapers definitely more realistic than this novel lol. <<less
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Diviana
Diviana rated it
July 24, 2017
Status: c696
I started off with the anime. While waiting for the next episode, I decided to read the novel and I was definitely hooked. The amount of detail made it enjoyable. Having it be a mouse-and-keyboard MMO instead of a VRMMORPG was something I liked. It was fun seeing Ye Qiu having to juggle real life and Glory. TKA captures the spirit of an MMO and eSports well even if it mechanically seems a bit much or strange.

The King's Avatar is definitely a very slow and gradual story with over 1000... more>> chapters. The grinding definitely gets a bit monotonous, but it also allows us to get to know the personalities of the supporting characters. It also adds a bit of verisimilitude.

On the topic of personalities, Ye Qiu is one of my favorite protagonists of his type. He's the moody, super skilled God-types but, where that usually irks me, Ye Qiu is quite enjoyable to watch. He is quite aware half of his problems come from his own stubborn and antiquated personality and takes responsibility for that. That he is older protagonist is also refreshing and explains his mellow reactions to the shenanigans that follow him around in the game. Most importantly, unlike other MCs of his type, Ye Qiu can be shameless. He knows he is being shameless, but he has no real other options without the support of a professional team. The other characters are also fun to read about. Tang Rou is a cool-headed, but at times (obsessively) determined. SteamBun is impulsive and hard to understand but follows directions well. Blue River is Glory veteran who is loyal, caring, and prefers to keep away from troubling matters. Most of the characters have defining characteristics that make them fun to read about. <<less
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RedKaiser
RedKaiser rated it
June 20, 2017
Status: c662
  1. Not the one of the Best gaming story there is.. Around second rate..
  2. The story is about a super pro kicked from his team and his super super characters like an idiot.
  3. The background is when game has reach lvl cap and most of the game has to offer obtain.. Those losers turn to pvp.. Idiots comes together making teams, club and tournaments, bind their characters to team.. And idiotic fans who got nothing better to do..
  4. I guess this is As real can it get with current online gaming
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eseul
eseul rated it
June 2, 2017
Status: c645
I originally rated this series with 4 stars, but after sticking with this story for so long I want to change my rate to 5 stars. Just stick with it until the end and you will be glad you did. The first arc might be a drag because it's similar to a lot of other novels. But, as the story builds there is a touch of magic you can't find in any other story. It's a very charming piece, I look forward to reading this until the end!
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dundun
dundun
May 9, 2017
Status: c520
Wow, it's just wow. I started watching King's avatar anime and quite love it, hence I read. And binge reading this! It's such a good novel and vary exciting one which told about gaming. Some chapter may have too many description but actually it's explaining well clearly for people who doesn't understand games. And, the character's interactions is very very funny! The MC is a pro at making people mad because he's quite blunt. And it's at 620 something, for completing this novel might take 2 years more or so... more>> (?). If you ever interested in games, online games or rpg then I think it's suits you! <<less
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DeathStroke96
DeathStroke96 rated it
April 28, 2017
Status: c380
Right update, dropping it, the bad points of this novel outweigh the good points aka the character interactions, the novel is too boring to continue, I dont have a clue how it is able to be no.1 on the ranking list on Gravity as it is clearly not a novel that could be read chapter by chapter, I would assume people wouldnt care unless it was in bulk otherwise its even worse to continue... my suggestion is read Way of Choices/Ze Tian Ji and vote for it to be on... more>> top of the list because TKA is not really worth it...

I have been reading this for the past week and reached c275 and thought that it was about time to write a review, I will write another one when the story reacher c850 or something along those lines and include it here.

Very well I will begin saying that the writing for this novel is really good and is well structured the characters are enjoyable and main plot is also pretty straight forward.

But I will say this, if you are not an mmorpg gamer and find those sort of games boring and you are not really interested in character interactions than avoid it as it is very boring.

The biggest redeeming point that this novel has for me are the interactions between the characters whether within the game, them talking or outside the game between the MC, the boss lady and tang rou otherwise the grinding and dungeoning or even the quests become very repetitive to the point that I started skimming the chapters for the most part and only reading the parts where they interact otherwise if a chapter doesnt have any interactions I dont read them as I find everything that this novel has to offer (mainly playing a game) really tedious to follow as I find mmorpg games really boring past the beginning where you just need to level up. <<less
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Xane
Xane rated it
April 20, 2017
Status: c605
The only problem I have with it currently is the translation rate. If it goes 1 chapter per day it's going to take over 3 years to complete.

I have no problem believing the game mechanics or the characters having ridiculous APM/reaction times as it's a story. It can be a little difficult visualizing how the fights are going both from 3rd person perspective and how apparently the game is played 100% 1st person perspective. The players use hotkeys and mouse movements for abilities and strikes, which from a practical standpoint... more>> I believe would be extremely difficult to implement into an actual game but am willing to suspend my disbeliev for. I find it very easy (and hilarious) to imagine a character (Huang Shaotian) charging at other players with a wall of word bubbles above his character, or having 2 teams in a standoff while an endless amount of word bubbles fly above one side, blocking both sides from seeing anything that's happening.

The part I like the most is the character interactions. I find it charming how the MC has this knack for getting on everyones nerves even though he has no malice against them and even helps through actions or advice people that consider him a mortal enemy. As a secondary point, I also have trouble telling when in-game conversations are happening via text or voice. The game has integrated voice communication but there are times when players are in combat with other players and conversing but sometimes the enemies hear the voice and sometimes they can't. There's also situations (like in the recent Tyranny spy arc) where the MC has conversations while in a dungeon with a person standing next to him. This happens often and has been said a few times that the people conversing with MC can be heard through the game, but when MC is dungeoning as a spy and talking to someone IRL would blow his cover but it doesn't seem to cause any reaction in-game. Not enough of a drawback for me to lower my opinion of the story.

I'm not personally bothered by a lack of romance. Just because all the women are beauties doesn't mean there needs to be erotic scenes. It's not a love story. There are some romantic undertones between MC and the first girl Su Mu Cheng (in the sense that they appear to be very close to the point that I believe they at least were at one point in a relationship), but it's not explored and I don't expect it to be. At least better than Renegade Immortal where the author adds in romantic elements and then completely forgets/intentionally disregards the characters until he's ready for the MC to get an emotion injection.

If translations were coming out faster I would give 5/5, at least until I can get a final assessment. <<less
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curryninja
curryninja rated it
February 21, 2017
Status: c698
No romance but so many ships everyone has a ship. I really like this novel ^^ I'm currently listening to the Chinese audiobook and its great~ Favorite character is steam buns this noob who can dislike him.. XD The MC has the experience and skills in the game but I can't say he's op cuz there are some stuff that he may miss, just a few tho :P But the thing is this guy's a huge troll lol you don't wanna mess with him xD ANYWAYS this is a really... more>> popular novel in China~ read it even if its quite long its worth it some places may seem slow but its still interesting :D <<less
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grrman
grrman rated it
January 5, 2017
Status: c1543
Original review left 2 years ago at chapter c538 and is still there below. I just wanted to add my updated thoughts now that I have gotten almost a 1000 more chapters into the story. I think most of my original criticisms still stick. I also think the author has gradually learned of his limitations as the story has progressed, and has gradually minimized the out of game story-lines and dialogue although at the cost of increased reliance of the MC to advance the story. It's rare for a story... more>> to still keep it's momentum so far into the story, but it works here by having a logical and gradual progression and shifts in the setting/story. The author has done a very good job at not making the fight scenes seem completely repetitive and kept them interesting. If you can accept how the author presents how the game works and relative linear storytelling (very little side stories), this is a good novel that is very different than other CN. This is a novel that bares it's entire hand from the beginning, there are no spoiled young masters, no twists that the Earth actually a simulation, or anything else. It's very grounded, and it's more like a sports novel more than anything where a wily veteran gets demoted is out to prove he still has plenty left in the tank.

For better or worse, this is probably as close to reading a novel about an esport pro as you can get. It's uniqueness lends itself to being a palate cleanser, and fights burnout that can happen in a long stories. Most importantly, although it is a long novel, the logical story and tight focus lends itself to the length and makes it seem almost with like a series of novels and should result in a satisfying ending, which most CN have struggled with.

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(Original at c538)
The Good: Great fight scenes and great story premise. Unlike a lot of other novels that have the MC bumbling about and randomly getting involved in important things, there is a clear goal for the MC and instead we get to enjoy in his path towards it. It's an interesting viewpoint to see a pro run circles around the amateurs. I also appreciate the recurring characters because they add a lot of flavor to the novel, kind of like WoC (although WoC does the side characters at a higher level IMO). The Bad: I talked about how I liked the diverse supporting cast, but a problem with them is how one-dimensional they can feel. Each side character has a trait that 99% of their interactions are based around. An OP main character can also be a turn-off for some. It's hard making a main character be OP without making the rest of the world not seem dumb/incompetent (although I guess most people are compared to a top-level pro). All-in-all I consider this a pretty good novel: I appreciate how it has a high emphasis for the outside the game interactions and politics. That's not to say characters spend most of their time outside the game, but because the game isn't VR necessarily (it's a mouse and keyboard game), characters aren't going to transport themselves into the game. If you enjoy an OP MC running circles around everyone, or a very long-term revenge plot this is for you. I think it's a refreshing read compared to the typical xianxia/wuxia fare. <<less
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