You’re Beautiful When You Smile

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[Yao Yao, if it’s you, how would you go about dating a professional gamer?] Tong Yao thought for a moment, before earnestly responding — —

If it was me, I wouldn’t date a professional gamer. If I had that kind of patience, then I might as well use it to get into Tsinghua University or Beijing University.

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Ni Wei Xiao Shi hen Mei
你微笑时很美
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10/16/19 DHH Translations c67 part3
10/11/19 DHH Translations c67 part2
10/09/19 DHH Translations c67 part1
10/04/19 DHH Translations c66 part5
10/02/19 DHH Translations c66 part4
09/27/19 DHH Translations c66 part3
09/25/19 DHH Translations c66 part2
09/20/19 DHH Translations c66 part1
09/18/19 DHH Translations c65 part5
09/13/19 DHH Translations c65 part4
09/11/19 DHH Translations c65 part3
09/06/19 DHH Translations c65 part2
09/04/19 DHH Translations c65 part1
08/30/19 DHH Translations c64 part4
08/28/19 DHH Translations c64 part3
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auroraRMC
PiCrazy31415 rated it
June 30, 2018
Status: Completed
I frickin love this. Huge TKA vibes, especially bc of the esports plot. I've grown to really enjoy stories about esports, probably bc video games are so prevalent IRL. I have many friends who are obsessed with LoL, and while I don't know much at all about the game, I don't really need to. I love that the FL is a pro gamer, and that she was a really strong girl, both mentally and in terms of gaming skill. Being the only girl in a competitive space is difficult, something... more>> I've also experienced a lot in my math competition days. The pressure and need to be better is pretty intense, even when it's not explicitly or intentionally made to be that way. I think TY really experienced that, and she was able to succeed, something that I find really important in supporting girls everywhere. I personally can't really relate to the FL's petite kindergartener vibe, but I'm sure that only compounded her problems. Sigh.

The ML is a somewhat OP, possessive, jealous, etc alpha, and I love the interactions between the FL and ML, a lot of fluff there in the later half of the story. Though I would have liked a more explicit buildup of feelings between the ML and FL (I kind of thought it was happening but I couldn't really see too many signs) esp since the ML is frickin tsundere lmao (though tooth-achingly mushy when he wants to be). HOWEVER. I'm very angry now after finishing the 191 chapters bc there's no epilogue?? Why does the story just end when they win? Hello? Isn't this story like half romance? You gotta show me their happy families! We didn't even get to meet the ML and FL's parents! What's going on here?? I was seriously frustrated by this frickin ending. You can't just give me a spoiler about what the ML wants to do for the rest of their lives and not actually write out some sort of HEA after the win! Pls!

Sigh. I would still seriously recommend this story for the romcom and esports vibes, though don't expect to get diabetes epilogues, unfortunately. <<less
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Lily Noir
Lily Noir rated it
January 28, 2018
Status: c20 part2
This is hilarious. The MC is funny, the ML is funny, their interactions make you choke in laughter. The ML is a total little sh*t though, with a bad temper - which tends to get funny results.
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Julveury
Julveury rated it
May 4, 2019
Status: c55 part2
The story is super fluffy but the translations sometimes leave out some details and it kinda ruins it. (Although it may not be noticeable unless you've read the raws). I don't know if the translator purposely left those out or the raws they had really lack those parts.
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Shadowdrop
Shadowdrop rated it
December 15, 2018
Status: c36 part4
I really love the main leads of the novel!

The female lead has adorable moments, has her own strengths and weaknesses and isn't a "token girl" in the game world. She can be petty, but she never starts arguments "just because", she can be childish and unreasonable, but she admits her mistakes. Even when she falls in love with male lead, her world still revolves around games, her cat and petty grudges. And even though she bickers with ML (and very often it's his fault too), she still respects him as... more>> a player and her captain.

The male lead is surprisingly "human" so far. He is an amazing gamer and he always looks cool in front of his fans, but he isn't that "overbearing-mister-perfect" that is so popular in Chinese novels. And even in the games, he is not a one-man-team. "Perfect is the enemy of good" - but he is not perfect. Instead, he is very, very good. His strengths and weaknesses are very natural and he never feels like a "superior human being" - even if he pretends to be one, when talking to FL. <<less
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chibiheaven
chibiheaven rated it
December 30, 2017
Status: c18 part2
I've barely started and I'm already hooked. Will update with more detail once I get farther. I have to say though that the pro-scene and League of Legends got me interested, as I've been an avid player since the game came out!

The novel has a lot of game jargon that will probably be confusing along with the game knowledge.
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toyyoda
toyyoda rated it
December 22, 2017
Status: c16 part2
I'd like to encourage people to give this novel a try! It has a refreshing female lead, and her interactions with the male lead are playful and cute. Gaming references are used throughout the novel, but they're explained in a user-friendly way so they can be understood by a wider audience. (But if you happen to like both video games and K-dramas, this is a must-read!)

Edit: I docked one star because some unnecessary drama was added – it would have been more interesting to see the teamwork of an... more>> esports team, or at least some interactions between the leads. I'm sure that the author will be back on track soon though. <<less
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sakirol
sakirol rated it
February 22, 2018
Status: c22 part1
This story is about a girl who joins a Chinese LoL pro team. Her ex is on one of the different teams. So far, the story is great! I love stories where our MC is in e-sports. They're somewhat few and far between.

It comes off a little bit ranty at first because, yes there's a lot of sexism in gaming esp. RTS & FPS, but I doubt any interactions between these type of guys & our MC would end the way they did in the first few chapters. XD

The story... more>> quickly moves on from that to mainly focusing on her new pro life, interactions with the ML, and some nice details about her matches. Once, it got to that point, I died of laughter. The MC and ML's interactions are absolutely gold. I'm grinning ear to ear and holding my stomach through half of the chapters.

There is a fair bit of jargon in it for people who haven't played the game, but I think the novel does a decent job of explaining everything.

So far, so good. I'm really enjoying this. <<less
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fltstrt
fltstrt rated it
March 6, 2019
Status: c80
Story: 5/5, Trans 5/5

We're only a quarter into the story but I am enjoying it immensely! DHH is doing a fantastic job (albeit, rather slowly) with the TL. I recommend reading their other projects too! The cast of characters features a group of passionate young adults striving to make it in the world of professional E-sports. There's a focus on team spirit, fair play and self improvement. Overall there's a great mix of E-sports and romance! The pro-gaming aspect is written very well and I can tell the author did... more>> extensive research!

Personally I do not play League of Legends but being a 21st century internet savy young adult, I can follow the rules of the game well enough to understand their matches.

I am also a sucker for Tsundere MLs and our ML here is a high quality, pure breed Tsundere!

update:

Using Text to speech (TTS) app I caught up to c80. The young MC is experiencing a lot of character development. I can see why some ppl may be turn off by her rash and childish reactions to certain events. But honestly that's growing up, and first hand experiencing the uglies of life can be shocking to anyone.

Fortunately she has the ever so strict and impartial team leader ML guiding/mentoring her. <<less
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Anikarp
Anikarp rated it
March 3, 2019
Status: c50
This is a really endearing story that I can't wait to read more of.

The FL is this awkward, silly funny girl who just kinda slips into the e-sports world after having her talent recognized by a pro team that needed a new member. From then on it's about her life at the base with her team, who have real personalities. Their jokes keep cracking me up but it also gets serious at times. When it comes to the competitions they're always very detailed, even if you don't understand LoL there... more>> are people explaining it in comments and it's also described by the translator.

Anyway, the FL isn't someone who only has love on her brain, she has the game on her brain and the love interest is just there on the side Their bantering is great though, I very much enjoy them trolling each other.

ML comes off more arrogant at first, but he just seems afraid of people finding out he's not so tough. He's one of those characters that grow on you over time.

I really like this story, really like the characters and think the translator has done a great work with all the jargon and summaries and overall makes it an easy read. <<less
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maimai05
maimai05 rated it
October 23, 2018
Status: c38 part4
I’m hooked! The interactions bw the leads are surprising and laugh-out-loud funny without being embarassing and cringeworthy. Definitely a must read. My problem now though is how to wait until the next translated chapters come out! 😵😵😵 Any leads on how I can read this novel in English?
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velleneo
velleneo rated it
August 3, 2018
Status: c34 part1
Probably one of the funniest online novels and i've read a lot. I binge read the other night and my face ached from laughing/smiling so much. The pace doesnt feel too slow and the translation quality is quite good! Definitely give this a try. Personally I dont think you need to play LoL to enjoy the novel as i've never played and I still love it, but I can see ppl liking this novel even more if they did.
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Kala
Kala rated it
July 18, 2018
Status: c32 part2
A really funny and we written novel. The story is pretty slow but because of this development of characters is steady and not rushed.

I just can't get enough of interactions between male and female lead... Too funny and too cute!

I just have one minor complain... maybe it's not even a complain it's just that after first few chapters I was expecting MC to be smart, cool, down to the ground and keeping your word girl (along with being funny and cute)... But is the end it's just the opposite.. She's... more>> silly and childish, cute and laughable... Sometimes just too embarrassing...
So I am unsure if male god will fall in love... for what reason exactly??

I just thought she will be more of a hard to get and "I was hurt once by professional esport player so I don't want this to happen again".... but she is just a soft cotton ball... and she is mostly all over the place... <<less
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royallylilac
royallylilac rated it
December 20, 2017
Status: c17 part1
Both the FL and the ML are hilarious and petty. I love them.

The story itself has a lot of gaming jargon, but that doesn't take anything away from it. So far, it's a fun read.
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axcel19lim
axcel19lim rated it
February 23, 2019
Status: c48
It’s just not my cup of tea. The humor is amazing but I just can’t like the female mc’s personality since I find it too clingy towards the male lead.

The female MC hit me as a cool type in the first few chaps. Until she became a pro and is suddenly very childish and clingy to the other team members.

I just didn’t like how the story is revolving on their love story too much that the main plot on her journey as a pro just became a bonus.

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I just find it absurd that the female MC didn’t even get some tips and stuff from the previous mid player, since he (the prev mid) just became the team’s adviser/coach per se.

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Again, just not my type of female MC. So, if you want some strong and/or smart female MC, this is not for you. <<less
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machumechu
machumechu rated it
November 9, 2018
Status: c140
One of my favorite romcom novels omg. It legit focuses around gaming too, it's not just a random setting where they talk about it briefly. I went ahead and MTLed most of the story cuz it was too good and I didn't wanna put it down. The romance is decent-paced to slowburn-ish and in my opinion not too cliche at all? There are obviously the cliche cheesy moments but (maybe it's just a bad google translation) things turn out unexpected?? This is spoilery so: ... more>>
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The ML in the beginning is your typical cold and handsome dude who's rich af and makes snide comments all the time but very gradually you can see that he changes. And when I say gradual I mean gradual. Totally natural manner like how you think about/talk to ppl in real life. He starts to see how FL is about gaming. In his words she's "serious and cute" about the profession and he actually respects her for it and you can totally see it in their interactions. He actually teaches her and cares about her. And he totally doesn't really let on that he likes her or thinks she's cute until right about when they're together and dating. And then when they start dating he does a big flip where he's really sweet to her (but not ooc!! which I think is amazing) and he even reflects on how his actions affect her.

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I really like how LoL is featured in this. I'm not big on LoL but I played briefly and things are always explained about the game even if you've never played so it's pretty easy to understand. The translation's pretty high quality but then again it ain't like this is a wuxia novel so there isn't a lot of description. The story is actually inspiring me to get into LoL ngl... overall it's a super fun story and all the characters are great. Plot isn't stupid and love triangles are there but insignificant cuz each lead literally dismisses both of them on their own. 5/5 would recommend. <<less
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Shinygold13
Shinygold13 rated it
September 19, 2018
Status: Completed
I mtled this months ago and never got around to leaving a review, until now that is. First, let me warn you about the ending... yes, a reviewer from above already spoiled it and it is true. It’s almost a downer ending because there’s no extra chapters or even an epilogue.

Aside from that, it is an amazing novel. The romance is subtle, no outright love at first sight kind of thing. But there is what you call as chemistry between the two leads which is why their interactions are so... more>> funny that it sucks you in, make you crave for more. Fortunately, the eSports didn’t take a backseat, in truth, it served as another form of development in the two leads’ relationship. From respect to trust and, the end game, to love; a healthy foundation, if I may say so myself.

The first part is full of laughter while the second part is full of sugar so any shippers out there will definitely be satisfied with how our ML finds ways to be with the FL in secret and before that is his “courtship”.

Remembering it today still gives me the tickles! Definitely one of my faves. <<less
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Lissy
Lissy rated it
September 6, 2019
Status: c65 part1
The novel is a bit slow in terms of romance, but it is very funny, our protagonist is a professional female online game player who said she would never have a relationship with another player... but the "fate" plays tricks on her for being so talkative xD
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Croc
Croc rated it
August 26, 2019
Status: c62 part1
One of the funniest and cutest stories I’ve read. The ML is very subtle about his affection for the MC, but his growing feelings towards her is sweet. The MC is very quirky and makes the story more lighthearted and comedic. So far there hasn’t been any big love rivals. If anything there’s just small misunderstandings and little bouts of cute jealousy that they display. Overall love this story!
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MissZer0q
MissZer0q
December 27, 2018
Status: c3 part1
Ok guys, so far I effin' love the MC that's why I wish to all the gods that have ever existed PLEASE just please please please don't make her a love struck fool or a cliche shoujo main character who blush like every 10 seconds *sigh* amen.

Chapter 11 now and I still verymuch love the MC making my wish even stronger than ever! PLEASE.

I'm dying from diabetes now...
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calledout
calledout rated it
August 21, 2018
Status: c34 part6
A lot more focused on the character interactions and real life shenanigans than I expected, and the growth of the team as a whole, although I guess because its a league ln its harder to have more game aspects. Some unnecessary drama, imo, but that kind of drama is what takes it from your regular slice of life to a more developed novel.

edit: dropped this because I didnt like how the MC character development with her romance with the ML moved her away from what my first impression of her... more>> was (e.g. More than your typical clingy romance/shoujo female lead). Also mainly picked this up because of the league content but I felt like the esports scene wasnt interpreted completely accurately so that was a let down as well. Of course, I only got so far in <<less
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