Virtual World: Close Combat Mage

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Due to a mistake on his student’s part, a super Martial Artist had received a wrong class in an online game and had become a mage. He who was used to curbing violence with violence and using strength to subdue strength could only make the best out of his mistake. Taking on a new lease in life, he became a violent close combat mage. When strength and magic came perfectly together, a new gaming path had been opened by him!

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“Fireball spell? Lightning Chain? Frosted Ice Mirror… etc.”

“Wait, I came here to practice Kung Fu! What has magic got to do with me?”

“I am a mage?”

“Oh, that’s right. I am a Mage!”

“However… do you really firmly believe that I am a mage?”

“Alright then, look at my knives! Look at my sword! Look at my fist! Look at my concealed weapons!”

“What? You’re now saying that I’m not a mage?”

“If you don’t believe me, I will prove it to you: If you believe me, I will show you a performance: No one can get in the way of a mage who knows Kung Fu!”

Associated Names
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Wǎngyóu zhī jìnzhàn fǎshī
网游之近战法师
Related Series
The King’s Avatar (Same Franchise)
Heaven Awakening Path (Chinese Novel)
Recommendations
The King’s Avatar (2)
Revived Warrior (2)
VRMMO Chef (1)
A Certain Middle-Aged Man’s VRMMO Activity Log (1)

Latest Release

Date Group Release
05/21/18 Gravity Tales c119
05/20/18 Gravity Tales c118
05/19/18 Gravity Tales c117
05/18/18 Gravity Tales c115-116
05/17/18 Gravity Tales c114
05/16/18 Gravity Tales c113
05/15/18 Gravity Tales c112
05/14/18 Gravity Tales c111
05/13/18 Gravity Tales c109-110
05/12/18 Gravity Tales c107-108
05/11/18 Gravity Tales c105-106
05/10/18 Gravity Tales c104
05/09/18 Gravity Tales c103
05/08/18 Gravity Tales c102
05/07/18 Gravity Tales c101
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mllhild
New mllhild rated it
May 15, 2018
Status: --
The Author has no idea how MMORPG Players behave, much less how the companies that make such a game behave.

The combat is not realistic in the slightest and its completely irrelevant that the MCs class is a mage.

The translation isn't bad, but everything else is giving me a headache when reading this, so I'm dropping it.
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Grosstoad
Grosstoad
May 2, 2016
Status: --
Hmm, Chapter 4 Review, it is 1 year past the last update from translators.

It is a VRMMO genre, with the cliche of the real life player skill can be used in game because of the VR aspect, in this case, the MC's kungfu-based accuracy and flexibility. While they are not up to his actual real life level, it is still pretty good compared to newbie players and the monster AIs, even with his Mage base stats.

He then plans on dumping all his acquired stat points on Strength and Dexterity...... more>> I wonder what he plans to do against skills that have auto-aim?

The character sounds pretty funny, and his backstory is 'interesting' as well.

"Father, what use is kungfu?"
"Masturbation!"
The father, who is his teacher, proceeds to beat him down with kungfu.

The punchline of this skit is probably still untranslated on later chapters... <<less
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beddedOtaku
beddedOtaku rated it
April 21, 2018
Status: c31
The novel is fun though it suffers from some crippling flaws that are honestly making me nearly drop it dead already. In case you're interested in a VR novel with an OP MC that just steamrolls everything, CCM is a decent choice. However, I should probably warn you of certain things.

  1. Game (as in VRMMO he's playing) is terribly designed. It has the most bare bones framework but nothing past it. It's hard to gauge the difficulty of fights as we have no clue how much HP the monster has or how much DMG MC (or anyone else, really) does. At best we get some vague sh*t like 'boss has tons of hp' and 'MC deals hills of dmg'. Stats are just numbers and they play little role besides 'he added points in agility now he's faster'. It's just too vague to be appreciated. Leveling curve is kind of nonsense to be honest, but, whatever, it's a power-fantasy VRMMO, it's not like you can expect any better.
  2. All - ALL - female characters in this novel are insufferable. That's right - insufferable. There's not a single decent female character in the novel. Honestly, if it weren't for them, I could most-likely ignore the first point and just have fun reading. But I can't. Every few chapters, new chick gets introduced and I just want to bash her f**king skull in until her teeth are slipping out her ass. Perhaps the worst point is that the MC just goes along with their insanity. 'Y she's insufferable bitch, but whatever, let's just do whatever she says 'cuz I'm a good person hurdur'. Good god. I never thought I'd actually prefer the 'big-boobed just wanna MC's d*ck' girls in novels before reading this.
  3. Writing style is... not that great. Excessive repetition, empty paragraphs of nothingness, very, very vague fights (MC dodged, he attack, he dodged them all easily, bam they're all dead). There's occasional fight with more detail, but not by a large margin. Even the very first BOSS fight is basically 'MC discovered the flaw, MC dodges, MC strikes, MC kills, the end'.
All in all, these may seem like small points, but they pile on. Honestly, if I wasn't in a mood for a VRMMO story, I probably wouldn't be reading this. Unless female characters either completely vanish from this novel or improve considerably, I probably won't be reading this anymore. Seeing as there's no... more>> 'harem' tag so far, hopefully these suffocating cunts are just temporary side attractions that will go away. But, then again, MC joined the guild that only accepts female players, so I highly doubt it. Oh well. <<less
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Cirian
Cirian rated it
July 20, 2017
Status: c12
So, I find this story very unfortunate.

To be clear, contrary to some other reviews, the MC is not portrayed as an idiot or even particularly stupid at all, merely a video game novice.

If you do not mind OP MCs (which is more of a genre choice than a pro or con) the main character is not a major turn off for this novel, rather there is a very serious flaw.

The author seems to have never played a video game in his life and as this is a game about a... more>> virtual reality MMO, the game itself is utter garbage. I am not talking about the world or the story of the game or whatnot, that hasnt even really been explored yet so I cant speak to that. Rather it is the game systems themselves and the situations resultant therein.

Brand spanking new game that no one knows anything about because it is the start of closed beta and no information has previously been leaked and random pro player 1 has already reached level 25. Misc comedy foil average to low skill player is able to reach level 10 in 2 hours despite there being such a crowd at the low level leveling areas that every mob that spawns has 10 players fighting for it. What the heck is the level cap 1000? Or are players going to hit cap within days of starting this new game that no one has any knowledge about. This really devalues any character progression. Also plot points and their interaction with game is entirely whimsical causing situations that just do not make sense.

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At one point that high level pro is drinking in a bar, and for some reason has his super valuable OP dagger just laying on the table. Not for any apparent purpose of showing off or anything since hes just minding his own business and most other players at this point wouldnt be able to tell its anything special at all anyway, but he just has it sitting there where another person just comes and takes it while hes distracted. Keep in mind this game DOES have an inventory system...

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Basically, so far, and I admittedly wasnt able to read far because it was just too stupidly frustrating, but so far there isnt anything notably wrong with the story, the characters, anything like that, they are all decent and pretty par for course up to now, but what is effectively the "World" that the novel is set in is just... trash. If you have never played an MMORPG nor ever read a good virtual reality novel, you might not notice the flaws and in that case you will probably like the novel. <<less
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jacobpaige
jacobpaige rated it
January 28, 2017
Status: c11
I decided to try this series because I liked King's Avatar, especially the MC. Unfortunately, this MC is nothing like that one. He's just a generic, gullible, hotheaded moron that doesn't really believe in thinking. I'd usually give it a few more chapters to turn itself around since I like the author, but now that the translators have officially stated that its not a priority for them, I just can't be bothered.

tl;dr: Try if you want something generic and don't mind waiting forever for new releases.
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Celascion
Celascion rated it
March 17, 2018
Status: c72
Hi! I'm the new English translator from Gravity Tales, and here is my "semi-biased" review
(You can't translate a series you hate, but I do not deny I stand to gain from increased viewership)
Disclaimer: To those who have read TKA and liked the E-sports aspect of the novel, this novel won't give you that.

This novel is about a Kungfu Fanatic using A VRMMO to further improve his Kungfu.
But he soon learns that he can't just treat this like the real world, and starts learning the ropes... more>> of the VR world with the help of "friends" he make along the way. If you like your MC to grow and learn but still be cheeky whenever, I highly recommend this read.

The novel shines in the characters. The author knows how to build these fun and interesting characters and lean into their quirks and their interactions with one another as a result. Will MC be OP? Sure, but this is not one MC that does everything on his own and is always grounded to a vague sense of realism.

I can't say for how good the translation is *ahem*, but I can assure you that it'll be consistent with releases (:

P.S. This novel suffers from pacing problems, thus the 4 out of 5 stars. The ramp up gets real but the troughs do feel stilted when it happens, but I find the writing superb and we don't exactly have alot of filler moments.

Also the final volume (10) in this novel is almost 500 chapters long. That's basically half the novel. <<less
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Cenarous
Cenarous rated it
July 28, 2017
Status: c21
There are good things and bad things about this novel to start with it is a nice read and there are factors that may give people an itch of discomfort when reading it.

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    • the first being how fast people level... the game is in closed beta which means the purpose is the test things out so the developers made it so that the first 30 levels are easy to get to so that the players will be able to acquire skills to test out.
    • the MC is a mage who hasn't really used magic so whats the point of having him in as a mage? as of chapter 21 the MC hasn't really used magic to fight. he is a martial artist and came to play the game for the purpose of martial arts rather than the game itself so many of the mechanics are worthless to him. now since the title does have mage in it I am almost certain he will eventually use magic to emphasize his arts.
    • poor mechanics of game.... some people believe there are some bad mechanics that allow low level players to beat high level players and other points such as stealing items, etc... but this is the first VRMMO game and closed beta, so it is fair to say the devs are not going to magically figure out every problem and bug in the world.
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this is an interesting read in which the only problem I really found was that you cant change classes which I understand would make the novel pointless then if you could do that but seriously a closed beta game should allow class change as I could estimate about a third of the players give or take will not enjoy the first class they play especially if you have a system that allows you to chose a class before you get into the game.

it isn't going to blow any socks off with deep ideas and is simplistic in nature but those aren't bad things and it is possible to immerse yourself into the story as long as you read it with understanding that martial arts will probably be the larger category over magic. Its important to know that the MC only cares about using martial arts right now so things like game stories, quests, and gear are irreverent to him. I would recommend maybe putting this in a waiting folder and wait til like chapter 50 or so comes out (or 30 with how slow he translates them) and maybe by then he might be more game smart.

Spoiler

one last thing to point out as of chapter 20 the MC does have some trouble with a boss (by means that his gear is to weak that he doesnt do much damage, this may be around the time when the MC starts to think more about the game aspect or at least gear.

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Yuzu
Yuzu rated it
March 11, 2017
Status: c45
It's martial arts idiot meets VRMMO.

For many gamers, you can definitely relate to during the first few chapters how it feels to play something for the first time. Though in our case, if we screw up we can start again or there is a guide that tells us the best path of choices to take.

In this novel, it takes the quite common route of being something totally unexpected. Like the title, close-combat + mage. Mages aren't supposed to be close-combat according to the characters in the story but the MC... more>> breaks those norms and becomes a combination of both that surprises all that face him. Taking the best of both worlds really.

Only that it really feels a bit unbelievable when the author makes the MC out to be OP because of his real life skills and managing to emulate it inside this VRMMO and then awe-inspiring other OP gamers in the game for playing so out-of-their-expectations. If you can get around that, then I guess the game is enjoyable. Though for some reason while reading this reminds me of the friendly relationship the MC has from Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World.

Anyways, like the King's Avatar, expect lots of detailed game elements and mechanics. <<less
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mikaelhg
mikaelhg
March 24, 2018
Status: c12
A classic example of a story told by an unreliable narrator, who tells us how good and smart the MC is, while describing the actions of a peasant moron, who is unable to learn basic lessons from direct experience, or develop their own conception of how a reasonable person would uphold the ideal of familial piety.
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Devil Heart
Devil Heart rated it
April 5, 2018
Status: c51
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I love it!! Absolutely fun to read lololol it's really cool how he kicks peoples ass especially No Smile hahahaha his friends are hilarious one of the player that MC met names Fireball and coincidentally he's a mage lolol so when he introduced himself he let out a fireball lolol and then he hang out with MC who's a mage as well lolol a lot of funny misunderstanding lololol I thought he was going to get a harem in virtual reality cause he was god damn cool lol well because there's some misunderstanding they look down on him lol saying he's just a leech and all lol I can't wait to see what they're reaction when truth reveal itself lol I'm 100% sure that MC are still going to be nonchalant about it lolol don't be mistaken he's not OP there's a lot of weakness he had, if he found someone as good as him unmistakable he will be kill too bad they are all amateur I'm sure the real pro with correct job lol will come out sooner or later and fight MC

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wiltheavatar
wiltheavatar rated it
March 26, 2018
Status: c349
Decent concept, average execution.

MC isn't perfect, nor is he stupid. He's a man of average intelligence but was born in a martial arts family that rigorously trained in martial arts since youth. Nothing too unbelievable like ZL regarding real life martial arts except for "killing intent" which may or may not exist in real life.

I really enjoyed the story until 320ish ... more>>
Spoiler

they go on this long expedition as a huge group with no clear end to the story arc

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Characters are fun, some humor, MC is powerful but not omnipotent. Would recommend. <<less
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ReadsWebNovels
ReadsWebNovels rated it
January 2, 2018
Status: c3
A martial artist breaking the game with martial arts. Fun, comedic, and not too serious.
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Alquimista
Alquimista rated it
July 2, 2017
Status: c18
The story thus far has been a fun read. Nothing exceptional plot- and general development-wise for the genre, but it's certainly entertaining. The combat scenes are especially enjoyable, as one might expect considering the martial arts focus.
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