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Chapter 279.1: A Competing Cripple?

    Since the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy eliminated all their opponents in the individual elimination round, they had obtained the points needed for the team round, according to the tournament rules. So, they gained eleven points.

    The Tang Sect team members had various feelings after they finished watching this first round of battles.

    Xu Sanshi looked at the calm Huo Yuhao and softly asked, "Yuhao, who do you think is the best equipped to deal with Meng Hongchen if we face the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy?"

    Huo Yuhao chortled and replied, "Of course it's me."

    Xu Sanshi thought for a moment before saying, "It can only be you. However, she's not just about her poison. In my opinion, her improvement in the area of soul tools might even surpass her soul master cultivation."

    Huo Yuhao said, "That's for sure. After all, this is only the first round. She has been holding back throughout. Even at the end, she didn't use her sixth soul skill or any offensive soul tools. I estimate her main soul tools are already at Class 7, and she is using a special production method to reduce their usage requirements. She is the granddaughter of Jing Hongchen, after all."

    Xu Sanshi said, "If we meet them, what do you think our chances are?"

    Huo Yuhao smiled and replied, "Eighty percent chance of winning."

    Xu Sanshi was stunned as he asked, "So confident?"

    Huo Yuhao chortled, "Of course. We have you. You can defeat half their team on your own."

    Xu Sanshi furrowed his brow and said, "No, no. How can I take on half their team?"

    Jiang Nannan took a curious look at him and said, "Since when have you learned to be humble?"

    Xu Sanshi blinked and said, "What I mean is that I can take on their entire team!"

    "Shameless!" Jiang Nannan snapped at him.

    "There's a trumpet in the sky. Who blew it?" Xiao Xiao lifted her head to look at the sky.

    He Caitou was sniggering to one side.

    "If there's a chance, I would like to try." a cold voice sounded from afar. Everyone turned in the direction of this voice.

    It was the Sword Fanatic. Ji Juechen's face was very serious, and his gaze was burning. He seemed like he was about to draw his Judgment Sword to challenge Meng Hongchen to a fight right then and there!

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    The tournament continued. There were too many teams. Even if it was just the first elimination round, there were more than eighty of them. If the schedule wasn't followed, the planned three days might not even be sufficient to complete the first elimination round.

    There were many exciting performances in the first elimination round. Since it was an elimination round, every team gave their best. Some horrifying scenes even occurred. Team after team went up to compete.

    Among the familiar teams that Huo Yuhao knew, Wei Na and Mu Xue appeared as part of a sect called the Snowdemon Sect. Wei Na didn't compete, but Mu Xue demonstrated her extraordinary abilities. She conceded after beating three opponents consecutively. This was to protect herself and keep her available for the team round. Wei Na wasn't part of the competing team. She was only a spectator.

    The fights in the morning stopped at noon. Nine teams had made it to the next round, which also meant that nine teams had been eliminated, and heir journey in this tournament had ended.

    The fights in the afternoon carried on until the evening. A total of twenty-six rounds were fought over the course of the day.

    There were teams that were vastly different in terms of skill level. However, there wasn't anyone who defeated an entire team on their own. After all, it was difficult to beat seven people consecutively . Even the weaker teams had at least a few four-ringed Soul Ancestors. Different soul masters had different characteristics. The difficulty level of winning seven consecutive fights was very high.

    The Tang Sect team was due to compete on the second day. After watching the first day of fights, all the teams came to a simple conclusion. They picked out some opponents that they had to be wary of and analyzed them.

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    The atmosphere in the Ming Yue Hotel became more tense after the first day of fights, as those who had not competed watched the eliminated teams leave the hotel. Some of the members of these teams had even died tragically during the course of the tournament!

    While the Continental Elite Youth Soul Master Tournament could make one famous, it could also take one's life away...

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    The sky was slowly getting dark. After eating their dinner, Wang Dong'er pushed Huo Yuhao back to his room.

    Although they hadn't competed today, it was still tough on Huo Yuhao. Bei Bei was seriously injured, and thus Yuhao had to take on the responsibility of leading the team. He had to unleash his Spiritual Detection to observe his opponents, and had to draw up his conclusions from an entire day's worth of fights after returning. His mind was tired.

    "Dong'er, let's get a drink!" Huo Yuhao said suddenly.

    "What?" Wang Dong'er was stunned as she asked, "Are you not tired?"

    Huo Yuhao chortled, "I should relax because I'm tired! This was what you taught me."

    Wang Dong'er didn't reject his proposition, "Alright. However, you must rest once we get our drink. We still have to compete tomorrow."

    Huo Yuhao nodded and replied, "Alright!"

    Wang Dong'er pushed him into the soul elevator and took it all the way down to the first story. The sky was already completely dark by now. The hotel was extremely peaceful.

    Wang Dong'er pushed his wheelchair down to the lobby, where there were very few people. Furthermore, the lighting in the lobby was dimmed at night. Every spot seemed to have its own privacy.

    The two of them sat in a corner. They didn't drink alcohol, so they ordered two glasses of soft drinks.

    As she sat on the sofa and sipped on her sweet drink, Wang Dong'er felt much more relaxed. She asked him, "Yuhao, do you want me to carry you to sit on the sofa?"

    Huo Yuhao shook his head and said, "There's no need. I feel more comfortable in a wheelchair." Although his lower limbs couldn't move, he still had some feeling. He might feel uncomfortable if he was sitting on something too soft.

    Wang Dong'er asked softly, "Are your legs and left arm fine? It's been so many days. Have there been any problems?"

    Huo Yuhao shook his head and smiled. "Am I so weak? Don't worry, things will be fine. I know my limits. I feel very comfortable hugging you to sleep every night."

    "Naughty!" Wang Dong'er rolled her eyes at him. Even though she was dressed as a guy, they were still flirtatious.

    As she was talking, she looked over to a corner of the lobby. Over there, a figure slowly stood up and walked towards them.

    Wang Dong'er glanced at Huo Yuhao. There was a reason why he had come down to have a drink at this time?

    This person was getting closer and closer. Wang Dong'er was stunned, and stood up. "Eldest senior sister?"

    Was it really Zhang Lexuan? Right now, she was clad in deep blue warrior robes. She didn't appear very clear, as the lighting was too dim.

    Zhang Lexuan nodded at Wang Dong'er. After that, she sat down opposite Huo Yuhao.

    Huo Yuhao smiled, "Eldest senior sister, you left a mark for me to meet you. What's up? We are competitors now."

    Zhang Lexuan smiled back and answered, "So be it. Yuhao, what's your take after watching today's fights?"

    Huo Yuhao laughed bitterly. "What else can I feel? It's not going to be easy."

    Zhang Lexuan asked, "Even you don't have any confidence in winning?" Shrek's Seven Monsters were no longer the preparatory squad members like they were in the previous tournament. Among the seven members, four were Soul Emperors and three were Soul Kings. All of them also had strong martial souls. In terms of their soul engineering abilities, He Caitou and Huo Yuhao weren't weaker than the students of the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy, either. Even though Bei Bei was gravely injured and Huo Yuhao was temporarily crippled, their competitive abilities weren't in question. They were still superior to Shrek Academy's team.

    Huo Yuhao shook his head and said, "I don't think anyone is really confident. The situation is very complex. Meng Hongchen almost sank in today's fight. If not for her strong protective barrier, she would have lost her second fight. The sects are stronger than I had imagined. All of the teams held back on their abilities, since the tournament has only just started. Under such a situation, it's very hard to tell."

    Zhang Lexuan sighed and said, "Shrek's pride and glory is likely to end in this tournament. I feel like Elder Xuan shouldn't have let all of you compete for the Tang Sect."

    Huo Yuhao was stunned, and said, "Isn't Wang Qiu'er there? Eldest senior sister, you should know how strong she is. In a duel, I don't have any confidence of beating her even when I'm at my peak condition."

    Zhang Lexuan said, "If Qiu'er was on the same team as all of you, I'd be fully confident. However, Qiu'er will find it difficult on her own."

    Huo Yuhao shook his head and said, "It's difficult to tell. Qiu'er's fighting will is much stronger than you imagine. Her abilities are also much stronger than you imagine."

    "Oh? It seems like you understand her very well?" Zhang Lexuan looked at Wang Dong'er.

    Huo Yuhao's lips moved slightly. "Eldest senior sister, you are picking trouble here!"

    Zhang Lexuan snapped, "What picking trouble? Guys are the ones who always hurt the hearts of women!"

    Huo Yuhao could only laugh bitterly at her words.

    Zhang Lexuan also seemed to realize she had gone slightly overboard, and immediately changed the topic. "Yuhao, I have a few things to tell you. We've received news that the Body Sect is also in this tournament."

    "What? The Body Sect is also here?" This news was well beyond Huo Yuhao's expectations.
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