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Chapter 284.3: Seven-Man Fusion Skill

    The Heavenly Armor Needle was unleashed at the correct moment. It was at the instant when Wu Feng dodged the Meteoric Fire Armor scales, so it was impossible for her to dodge anymore. She hadn't expected the Meteoric Fire Armor scales to be a trap!

    In fact, Dai Huabin had defeated the Meteoric Fire Armor twice already. No one in the Heavenly Armor Sect was confident in this soul skill anymore. Without a special method, there was no chance of victory against a five-ringed soul master, especially since he was only a four-ringed soul master. The Heavenly Armor Needle was his only chance.

    However, Wu Feng had been through tough training, and was "tortured" by Wang Qiu'er mercilessly almost every day. It wasn't that easy to defeat her. Even though she couldn't compare to Huo Yuhao, her advantage over other soul masters was still very evident.

    As Wu Feng opened her mouth, she spewed flames to counter the Heavenly Armor Needle. Her third soul ring lit up as she slowed the needle down, and she punched out at it.

    The space around Wu Feng distorted furiously and turned dark red. It felt as if she it had collapsed after she unleashed her fist. Her entire fist also turned scarlet red.

    Boom!

    A scarlet-red ball of light blew apart. Undulations of terrifying fiery soul power spread for more than ten meters before they dissipated. Intense flames spread everywhere, and the youth from the Heavenly Armor Sect was blown more than ten meters back, his Heavenly Armor Shield cracked.

    While the Heavenly Armor Needle was strong, he only had four rings. Against Wu Feng's five rings, it wasn't at all easy for him to achieve victory.

    Wu Feng's third soul skill, Explosive Dragonmouth, crushed the Heavenly Armor Shield with its immense destructive force, and also forced her opponent into helpless retreat. Shrek Academy won the third round.

    Her next opponent was another four-ringed Soul Ancestor. His martial soul was also the Heavenly Armor Shield. Wu Feng didn't slip up.

    Just like Dai Huabin, Wu Feng left the stage after she won two consecutive rounds, ending her participation in today's elimination round.

    By conceding defeat, it meant that Shrek Academy couldn't progress directly into the next round through the individual elimination round. They had to go through the team round, too.

    ---

    The third from Shrek Academy to compete was Xie Huanyue. He also announced his defeat after winning two consecutive rounds.

    Shrek Academy lost three rounds at this stage after sending three competing members up, whereas six from the Heavenly Armor Sect had been eliminated. They were only left with one member.

    "We admit defeat for the individual elimination round!" The youth sitting in front of the entire Heavenly Armor Sect's team in the waiting area exclaimed. He was the team leader of their squad, Han Jian.

    There wasn't much meaning in continuing the individual elimination round. Rather than lose again, it was better for them to risk everything during the team round.

    The few competing members of the Heavenly Armor Sect were all injured from the previous few fights, but they would still be able to compete in the team round.

    "The individual elimination round is over. Shrek Academy is left with four members. They have four points, while the Heavenly Armor Sect has zero points. After a two minute break, the team round will be conducted. Both parties, please prepare."

    Even though most of the previous teams had only emerged victorious in the team round, many people were still disappointed with Shrek Academy. After all, there were a few teams that managed to qualify after dominating their individual elimination rounds.

    ----

    Right now, the rest of the six members of Shrek Academy's team were in front of Wang Qiu'er. Twelve eyes were now focused on her.

    Wang Qiu'er nodded and said, "We'll fight in the team round like we practiced. Triangular formation. Do all of you understand?"

    "Yes!" the rest of them acknowledged her order.

    ---

    After two minutes, the team members from both sides lined up along the center of the competition stage.

    The referee said, "This will be the same as the individual elimination round. Both teams will retreat to the sides and wait for my order. Anyone who loses his fighting strength will be considered eliminated, and he can't continue to attack either. We'll try our best to minimize injuries and deaths. Understood?"

    "Yes."

    "Yes."

    The team leaders from both sides acknowledged the referee's words. Right now, Han Jian seemed to be in a daze. It was because Wang Qiu'er was too pretty.

    Although Wang Qiu'er was wearing a white veil right now, her powdery-blue hair, perfect body ratio and bright eyes could still be seen.

    Han Jian felt his heart beating faster even though he had only glanced at her. He hurriedly lowered his head and didn't dare to continue looking at her.

    Wang Qiu'er didn't have any expression in her eyes. She took her team members and withdrew to one side of the stage, standing in the forefront. Slightly behind, and to her left and right were Wu Feng and Dai Huabin.

    Zhu Lu was behind Dai Huabin, while Xie Huanyue was behind Wu Feng. Cao Jinxuan and Ning Tian were behind Wang Qiu'er. It was an accurate triangular formation formed by the seven of them.

    The Heavenly Armor Sect took on a different formation. They formed an arc, which was very rare in a team fight.

    Even though an arc-shaped formation could be regarded as a half-encirclement, its single line of defense made it very vulnerable to exploitation. Once the competing members were separated, they would lose. Since they had formed up in this manner, it showed that they had some special fighting method.

    ---

    In the VIP resting area, Huo Yuhao was pensive as he said, "The Heavenly Armor Sect team looks confident. Along with their weird formation and similar martial souls, they must possess some kind of special ability."

    Jiang Nannan was a little worried as she said, "They won't lose, right? After all, they are representing the academy."

    Shrek Academy's glory was very important to all of them!

    Huo Yuhao shook his head and said, "All plans are futile against an absolute power. At a certain level of cultivation, using special methods might not be enough to change the situation of a fight. Let's see. Since the Heavenly Armor Sect is so confident, I'm sure they must have some way of competing." His confidence in Shrek Academy arose from Wang Qiu'er's presence.

    ----

    On the tournament stage, the seven Heavenly Armor Sect team members were lined up neatly. Although some of them looked pale, as they had been injured, they didn't appear weak. Their gazes were filled with an unyielding desire for victory.

    "Match, start!" The referee swiped his right hand down and retreated quickly at the same time.

    On Shrek Academy's side, seven people moved at the same time. They burst towards their opponents together. Not only were they neatly arranged, but they were also extremely quick!

    Wang Qiu'er lifted her right hand. Two yellow, two purple, and two black soul rings rose from her feet. Although she was wearing a veil, her moving figure and long, swaying hair still left a deep impression.

    ---

    Xiao Hongchen was in a daze as he looked at the stage. He muttered to himself, "Why do I find this team leader from Shrek so familiar? Have I seen her before? It'd be great if she could take off her veil."

    Meng Hongchen snorted. "You always find pretty girls familiar."

    He coughed quickly. "Give me some face in front of the rest!" Xiao Hongchen snapped at his sister.

    ---

    On the tournament stage, once Shrek Academy's team burst off, the Heavenly Armor Sect team also acted immediately. However, they didn't burst forward, but only unleashed their Heavenly Armor Shields at the same time.

    Seven shields appeared at the same time. Following this, the seven of them shouted at the same time. Then they threw the shields in their hands out.

    The seven shields flew through the air, and a series of metallic clanging sounds rang out. Their seven shields were broken down and converted into hexagonal scales.

    Was this an attack of scales converted from shields? Most people had the same thought.

    However, the expressions of everyone from the Tang Sect changed at this moment. Huo Yuhao blurted out almost instantly, "A seven-man fusion skill?"

    As he was speaking, the scales started to gather at the center of the stage. Suddenly, a huge Heavenly Armor Shield was formed and drifting in mid-air. The entire shield exuded a sinister aura. Following this, the hexagonal scales started to turn red, so brightly polished it resembled the surface of a mirror.

    The fourth soul rings of the Heavenly Armor Sect disciples lit up. Every one of them released intense soul power undulations.

    A seven-man fusion skill and martial soul fusion skills were completely different. More accurately speaking, a seven-man fusion skill was formed by overlaps. They were usually overlaps of identical martial souls, gathering the strength of all these martial souls to unleash an attack. They required the martial souls and soul skills to be the same, so that they could be unleashed together once a sufficient level of  coordination was achieved.

    Compared to the qualitative changes of martial soul fusion skills, seven-man fusion skills were slightly weaker. However, it was a killer move for sects that had certain types of martial souls.

    As the seven shields gathered to form a huge shield, unleashing the same type of skill, it was equivalent to a combination of seven identical soul skills tied together to form one soul skill. Its strength was incredible!

    Something as magical as this hadn't appeared in the tournament for ages, as sects had not been allowed to compete in earlier editions of the tournament. This was also the reason why the Sun Moon Empire proposed that sects be recognized again.

    Only sects possessed many soul masters with the same martial soul. This was very difficult to find in an academy, and most academies wouldn't bother trying to develop such a fusion skill, either. Many years had passed, but such a fusion skill had finally appeared in the tournament again after sects were once again allowed to compete!

    The entire Shrek team, even Wang Qiu'er, felt a sense of crisis once the Heavenly Armor Shield was fully formed. It was as if a formidable, savage beast had appeared in front of them, and was baring its teeth at them!
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