Chapter 251.1 - Criticize Harshly
Random weapons. This had been a troll move he'd employed two years ago when he'd still been extremely childish. To experts that were exceedingly balanced in all aspects of combat, opting for randomization wasn't considered much. But when up against a genuine expert, choosing it again and again was an exceedingly senseless decision. No one could truly achieve all-roundedness in every aspect of combat. After two years consolidating his skills, Casio himself was all too clear about where his strengths and shortcomings lay. In the end, what he excelled at was still close-combat.
But for this match, he definitely needed to choose random weapons!
He had watched the match between All-Mouthy King and Divian and had indeed accepted that the Infinite Slash Rotation wasn't something that could be blocked with brute strength. If his opponent actually did get crosswheels via randomization again, then Casio would only have a 20 odd percent chance of winning, regardless of what weapon he obtained. But if his opponent didn't get that weapon, then with his opponent's soul power standards as well as close-combat capabilities displayed in the more recent performances, Casio felt he could completely smash All-Mouthy King apart!
He had more-or-less analyzed each move his opponent could make. Regardless of whether it were ranged or close combat, one could frankly say that the entire arsenal of All-Mouthy King's moves could be rounded up to a few core skills.
Since he had chosen randomization, regardless of what he himself got he would definitely have the advantage in this match.
With his victory, he would be able to acquire incomparable fame and prestige. Not only would he soar inside his academy, he would also be able to seize a decisive chance to shine in the CHF. He might even be able to attract the attention of the OP officials, thus landing a position in the quasi-sanctuary division. That would truly be a heaven-sent gift.
From the looks of it now, he had truly made the right bet. While crescent-moon blades weren't very powerful, he just so happened to be the type to excel the most at close-combat. His opponent was also one who had gotten Molok's Battle Axe via randomization. Other than directly throwing it away and using his fist, there was no other choice left for All-Mouthy King.
Battlefield: Ancient Coliseum Arena.
This circular arena had a diameter of less than 100 meters. No other decoration surrounded the space. It was one of the most commonly seen dueling battlefields available, with victory and defeat reliant on one's strength.
Currently, Wang Zhong was also making observations about his opponent. This Casio fellow before him didn't seem weak, and instead he exuded a dominative presence similar to Divian's.
With a single look at how his opponent held his weapons, Wang Zhong noted he was someone who trained in every aspect of fighting from the foundations to actual combat. That familiar grip on his weapons, the way his fingers relaxed as he held the handle, the way he made it seem as though those crescent-moon blades could be thrown with a single twitch, as well as the way he wielded them nimbly and agily.
Casio theorized the best way to break through All-Mouthy King's style wouldn't be through ranged attacks, but through the front. He was exceedingly clear about how those crosswheels could dominate everything beneath the heavens in a ranged battle. Thus, his only option was close-combat, which he excelled at the most.
"It's best if you just toss that superfluous weapon away. You aren't my match otherwise. I don't wanna hear a pile of excuse after you lose." Casio spoke in a slightly ridiculing fashion as he gazed at All-Mouthy King.
He wanted to bully All-Mouthy king. People who climbed to this level loved and cherished their fame and reputation. If he could bully All-Mouthy King into tossing Molok's Battle Axe, then his chances of victory would jump from 70-80 percent all the way to 100 percent. That was a 360 kg burden, so Casio didn't feel it would give much results. Even a pig wouldn't use it in such a match.
As his words rang out, the originally clamouring and bustling viewing gallery turned silent. Everyone could clearly interpret the meaning behind those words. All that was left was to see what choice All-Mouthy King would make.
Those unspoken words were too conspicuous!
"Haha! What contestant Casio said isn't wrong. In fact, I wanted to say those words from the start!" Ruo Zhi smiled as he continued, "A weapon should be thrown away for the advantage. That's the true value in choosing randomized weapons."
This breezy way of insulting and mocking immediately created a huge wave in the audience. One really had to admit that Brother Ruo Zhi perfect the art of toying with his audience's emotions. At the same time, the OP group's revenue would definitely increase by 10-20 percent. Humans always tossed more money when faced with increased emotional heights.
"That's a 360 kg Molok's Battle Axe…" Scarlet frowned as she watched the OP match via a large broadcasting screen. She just so happened to be heading over to find Laura at the Wild Beast Society with Barran when she suddenly received a notice about All-Mouthy King's match. When she entered, she found everyone had already gathered to watch and simply pulled Barran along to join them.
Right now she wasn't exactly a Brother King fan. Instead, it had been that night when Wang Zhong defeated Cecil that prompted her to pay more attention to him. She had assumed his words that night were a joke, but after witnessing the might of his crosswheels which dominated the heavens, she had a feeling he may not have lied to her after all…
In the past, she had a mere favourable impression of Wang Zhong. Time passed, however, and she found her impressions fermenting and growing beneath the constant teasing Milami did each day. Not only that, the time she spent caring for him in the hospital after the group training created a more relaxed and casual relationship than before.
Then there was the time when he chose to walk forward and save the desperate situation plaguing Tianjing Academy and her grandfather. Withstanding the bullying displayed by Adolf Academy made Scarlet understand she truly like this boy. Within her admiration, that slight feeling of love was something extremely sweet for her.
But Scarlet could also feel that Wang Zhong lacked similar feelings toward her. This made her extremely worried that once she revealed her feelings, the tacit trust and understanding between them would break. Of course, only if that happened.
Everyone else in the special class had already thrown down their training and gathered to watch the match. Casio was definitely one of the famous figures in the upcoming CHF, and he would also be a match for All-Mouthy King. Leo, Paul, and the other captains payed close attention as Casio was from an extremely famous quadron in the western area. The possibility of them meeting in a match in the future was high. Right now, no one cared about the presence of Scarlet and Barran.
All-Mouthy King really did seem to have been 'checkmated' by Casio. In answer, he extended his hand toward the incomparably large battle axe in front of him.
A moment later, the battle axe which had been stuck into the ground was suddenly hoisted up into the air with a flourish from All-Mouthy King.
Its incomparable sharp axe head had left a deep groove in the ground.
The instant it rested on his shoulder, Wang Zhong felt his entire body sink down. The ground below him even seemed about to shatter from the weight.
Did he really have to do this?
This was All-Mouthy King! How could they forget the scene where he used the might of his fleshly body to blast Kostan apart! Everyone had forgotten that All-Mouthy King was still a true close-combat soldier with terrifying strength!
"Brother King's got godly strength!"
"Fuck! He can even hoist Molok's Battle Axe up! Is he even human?"
"Brother King's gonna insta-kill him!"
The emotions of all his fans surged as they roared and cheered. It was very clear that this group didn't blindly worship their idol. Even freshmen had some slight judgemental abilities.
"Indeed, All-Mouthy King still has his usual self-confidence. He genuinely wants to try out the weapons given to him via randomization. Molok's Battle Axe is a part of the Battle Axe City Defense Team. This is the first time I've ever seen a soldier use it in combat." Chen Yu'er spoke with extreme delight. On one hand, she felt All-Mouthy King was extremely courageous to do something no able-minded person would do. On the other hand, she really wished to see him use such a giant weapon. That would be an extremely overbearing sight.
"Haha. Little Yu'er, if All-Mouthy King gave up on the weapon, then I would actually view him with greater regard. Fame is just fame. This weapon is completely different from the crosswheels and is entirely unsuitable for even soldiers to use. Casio was just using mind tricks against All-Mouthy King. Did you really think he'd accept that proposal without question?" said Ruo Zhi.
Chen Yu'er really wasn't an expert on squeezing people. Why did Ruo Zhi have to explain the reasoning behind every point he made?
Ruo Zhi successfully drew in hate time and time again.
The current number of people watching via skylink had already broken 500,000, which was abnormally terrifying. This could already be considered a miracle within the OP. And this number didn't take into account the fact that most would be watching in groups, thus increasing this count by a lot.
But at this moment, everyone's attention was focused on the match. They didn't have enough spare space for other thoughts.
Smiling faintly, Casio began whirling the two crescent-moon blades in his hands. What an easy bluff. I really have overestimated his intellect.
All of this was just an act. He just hoisted up Molok's Battle Axe and placed it on his shoulder. Any elite soldier could achieve such a feat. But holding a weapon and using it were two completely different matters. Those using that weapon would have tortoise-like attacks. He could dodge those swings with his eyes closed.