Classmancers - A MOBA Esport Story

by DarkClaymore

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Yuel’s life changes when Classmancers rolls into his life, a MOBA video game that’s growing into an official sport. Even with the fitness of a slug, he can finally enjoy a team sport to the fullest!

Unfortunately, the joy is short-lived. None of his peers take the game as seriously and his ruthless tactics only further discourage them from playing.

Fed up with playing alone in the game’s toxic online mode, he sets out to find like-minded teammates. That’s when he meets Lars, an energetic goof with godlike mechanical skill. With Yuel’s brains and Lars’s brawn, they form a dynamic duo and aim for Classmancers’ pro scene.

But first, they must conquer the competitive scenes of middle school and high school. There, they’ll come face to face with the truth: they’re not the only talented players around.

Between Aegis, a leader who boasts absolute defense, and Athena, a fox who wraps enemies around her finger, many obstacles await Yuel and Lars on the thorny road to the top.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Vol.1 Ch.1: Searching for a Team Sport ago
Vol.1 Ch.2: Learning the Basics ago
Vol.1 Ch.3: Playing Online ago
Vol.1 Ch.4: God of Trick Shots ago
Vol.1 Ch.5: Hateful Support ago
Vol.1 Ch.6: Team Carry ago
Vol.1 Ch.7: Those Who Keep Playing ago
Vol.1 Ch.8: Friends ago
Vol.1 Ch.9: Third Wheel's Feelings ago
Vol.1 Ch.10: Junior High Entry Exam ago
Vol.1 Ch.11: The Star's Shadow ago
Vol.1 Ch.12: The Search for Knowledge ago
Vol.1 Ch.13: Unexplained Tactics ago
Vol.1 Ch.14: The Antithesis ago
Vol.1 Ch.15: Impenetrable Shield ago
Vol.1 Ch.16: Team's Support ago
Vol.1 Afterword ago
Vol.2 Ch.1: Romeo and Juliet ago
Vol.2 Ch.2: The Cocky Rookie's Greeting ago
Vol.2 Ch.3: Bipolar Player ago
Vol.2 Ch.4: Immortal Goddess ago
Vol.2 Ch.5: The Determination to Play ago
Vol.2 Ch.6: Berserker Maiden ago
Vol.2 Ch.7: Each Girl's Drive ago
Vol.2 Ch.8: Exam Results ago
Vol.2 Ch.9: Club Tour ago
Vol.2 Ch.10: Competitive Nicknames ago
Vol.2 Ch.11: Parrying ago
Vol.2 Ch.12: Scrimmages ago
Vol.2 Ch.13: The Stage of Those Who Didn't Make It ago
Vol.2 Ch.14: Combo Player ago
Vol.2 Ch.15: Tactical Sacrifice ago
Vol.2 Ch.16: The Sacrifice's True Meaning ago
Vol.2 Ch.17: Destroyer of Optimal Plays ago
Vol.2 Afterword ago
Vol.3 Ch.1: Strong, but Familiar ago
Vol.3 Ch.2: The Coach Factor ago
Vol.3 Ch.3: Mixup Strategy ago
Vol.3 Ch.4: Rift in the Team ago
Vol.3 Ch.5: Trever's Frustration ago
Vol.3 Ch.6: A Powerless Shot-Caller ago
Vol.3 Ch.7: Substitution Request ago
Vol.3 Ch.8: Seizing Leadership ago
Vol.3 Ch.9: Drafting a Counter ago
Vol.3 Ch.10: Shackles of the Larger Picture ago
Vol.3 Ch.11: The Beast That Transcends Common Sense ago
Vol.3 Ch.12: Out of Touch ago
Vol.3 Ch.13: Combo Constraints ago
Vol.3 Ch.14: Smashed Mental Image ago
Vol.3 Ch.15: The Right to Stand on This Stage ago
Vol.3 Ch.16: Failures, Regrets and Hope ago
Vol.3 Ch.17: Everybody's Alternatives ago
Vol.3 Ch.18: Inherited Skills ago
Vol.3 Ch.19: The Gap Between Practice and Experience ago
Vol.3 Ch.20: Outcast Seniors ago
Vol.3 Ch.21: Facing One's Shortcomings ago
Vol.3 Afterword ago
Vol.4 Ch.1: The Regionals Without Me ago
Vol.4 Ch.2: New Captain and Vice-Captain ago
Vol.4 Ch.3: Summer Break Begins ago
Vol.4 Ch.4: Everybody Help to Grind ago
Vol.4 Ch.5: Duties of the Vice-Captain ago
Vol.4 Ch.6: A Drunk Pro Appears! ago
Vol.4 Ch.7: 1v1 Preparations ago
Vol.4 Ch.8: The 1v1 Grandmaster ago
Vol.4 Ch.9: Counter Pick Checkmate ago
Vol.4 Ch.10: Stats over Skill ago
Vol.4 Ch.11: Battle for the First String ago
Vol.4 Ch.12: Battle Preparations - Howard's Side ago
Vol.4 Ch.13: Battle Preparations - Yuel's Side ago
Vol.4 Ch.14: Everybody's Stakes ago
Vol.4 Ch.15: The Trickshooter Gamble ago
Vol.4 Ch.16: Preparation and Adaptation ago
Vol.4 Ch.17: Preparation and Wit ago
Vol.4 Ch.18: Thirst for Strength ago
Vol.4 Ch.19: Dark Knight, the Early Game Bully ago
Vol.4 Ch.20: Coping with Defeat ago
Vol.4 Ch.21: The Hungry Jungler ago
Vol.4 Ch.22: The Flawed 1v1 Prodigy ago
Vol.4 Ch.23: Joy and Concern ago
Vol.4 Afterword ago
Vol.5 Ch.1: Drafting Traps ago
Vol.5 Ch.2: His Second Strongest Class ago
Vol.5 Ch.3: Turtling Patience ago
Vol.5 Ch.4: Can't Go on the Offensive ago
Vol.5 Ch.5: The Lars Killer ago
Vol.5 Ch.6: Lack of Early Game Advantage ago
Vol.5 Ch.7: Defense That Sets up the Offense ago
Vol.5 Ch.8: Unleash the Demonic Power! ago
Vol.5 Ch.9: From Offense to Defense? ago
Vol.5 Ch.10: Restroom Encounters ago
Vol.5 Ch.11: Drafting the Late Game ago
Vol.5 Ch.12: Defensive Gears ago
Vol.5 Ch.13: Fatal Hesitation ago
Vol.5 Ch.14: JULIA UNLEASHED!!! ago
Vol.5 Ch.15: Slipping Defense ago
Vol.5 Ch.16: Fast Shot Mixups ago
Vol.5 Ch.17: Gilbert's Hesitation ago
Vol.5 Ch.18: Do I Have the Right to Win? ago
Vol.5 Ch.19: Wavering Minds ago
Vol.5 Ch.20: Shot-Caller's Fatigue ago
Vol.5 Ch.21: Two 1v1s Instead of 2v2 ago
Vol.5 Ch.22: The 2v2 Turnabout ago
Vol.5 Ch.23: How Momentary Overconfidence Costs Lives ago

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Solid. Light hearted. Anime.

Classmancers is pure sports anime. It's essentially a light novel, written about mobas. Expect all the attendant tropes, including middle schoolers who only nominally take academic courses. 

I recommend this series on the tone alone: no high stakes, no end of the world, no slaughter of the innocence. Come for the anime tropes, stay for the anime tropes and go about your day.

The dialogue can be cringey in that it's written for teens who spend too much time in Twitch chat-- and the constant use of onomonopeia anime exclamations can be grating depending on your taste.

And characters are essentially anime trope delivery devices: spunky girl who was late to receiving an honest to goodness personality (I suspect the author has some difficulty writing female characters outside of, of course, tsundere and other tropes), Naruto the Carry and our hero, Blue Oni Who Likely Pushes His Glasses Up The Bridge Of His Nose As He Explains His Grand Plan.

It's better than the sum of its part, though.

Given time, Classmancer's could move from aping tropes to elevating them. I'm guessing we'll find out some time around the Tournament arc.

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keep writing! I'm anxious to keep reading! I love teamwork pro gamer stories that also implement strategy and humor

Yuel has good enemy prediction and is great at finding the enemy's weakness in order to use against them, he plays support on the team. Lars plays an amazing Trickster bouncing those bullets and hitting seemingly impossible shots. Julia kinda annoys me a bit just cause she just seems to be there in order to get Lars as a boyfriend smh.

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More people should read it

Classmancer is a story about how Yuel and Lars as they aim for the competitive scene in the MOBA classmancer. The author executes this story well - and it makes me wonder why it has the current bad rating. This novel is definitely something I think a lot more people would enjoy reading than what the overall score might present.

Style: Everything he tells of the happening has a purpose, and executes it faithfully. The narrator is to be understood as the character telling of this experience, and allows for an easy way of understanding what's happening, and furthermore makes me feel. No sentence struck me as out of place, and the pacing is quite nice as well. I just wish sometimes that you would have connected more happenings together, for example when Gregory and Taison  appeared for the Junior exam, a single reminder that they were the same Yuel and Lars played against would have given the encounter more meaning (at the beginning, when it wasn't clear yet that they were the ones from when Yuel met Lars). This, however, pales to the quite aggressive way the author uses words to convey this story.

Story: For the purposes of this review, I will divide story into two different categories, world and plot. The world is believable, and told of in an interesting way. The plot is also believable within this world, and also told of in an interesting way. One can clearly tell that the author quite wants to write about this - or at least is invested in this world.

Grammar: No outstanding grammar issues found. A couple of times a sleight of hand, but having 3 or 4 mistakes in 183 pages is no reason to not read this story. (Btw, to the ones reading, double negatives actually violate no grammar rule.)

Character: Quite believable characters, along with interesting ways of conveying their thoughts, their intentions and their actions. Expect good character growth. Also, each character has an unique voice, and you'll likely find yourself smiling at Lars' and Yuel's almost polarizing attributes.

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Give it a Try, It's worth it!

This is some good stuff. A niche genre that may PERHAPS not be to everyones liking but more than good enough to trump the average royalroad fic in my personal opinion. I had the oppurtunity to read ahead some. And i can say it only gets better!

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For Toxic players, please read it.

I'm really interested in this novel. I hope the MOBA players understand that in the game there are defeats, victories, joys and disappointments.

All of them are built with strategies.

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Pretty Solid, Could Be Better

In a nutshell, Classmancers is a traditional shonen sports novel, except, it's esports.  That means there aren't ever any true failings, even when it would make for a better story or would be more logical.  Stereotypes and cliches abound.  Characters aren't particularly complex.  Still, for what it's worth, it is a rather fun story and the author has solid prose.  There aren't many serious and irritating grammatical mistakes.  Don't expect anything too original and you'll have a good time with Classmancers.  

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This story is one fo my favorites on this site. I have read very few books that can compare. I love the attention to detail in this book, including all the action scenes. I hope you continue this book. To the readers: Have fun reading this.

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A well thought e-sport story

It's a good enough e-sport story, 

starting from school, and showing the growth and fights of a young e-player.

I find the e-sport games/fights to be a bit too long, but I expect it needs that much detail to really elevate the story.

I'd like a bit more ellipses within the fights (like when duelling the pro)... showing the highlights instead of all the fight.

However those fights I find too long are in fact well described.

they are too long only because I'm waiting for next chapter and want to perceive/advance along the more global plot.

When I was catching up, I didn't feel they were too long ... so GG !

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Good. Too lazy to say more.
Agree with reviewer below that the level of light-novel-y/anime-esque ness is somewhere between endearing and grating at times.

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I read up to chapter 8 before leaving this review.

I wasn't expecting much from an esports novel, much less one about a kid playing a MOBA.

And yet, this was great.

It's lighthearted, funny at times, the characters are believable, has a good progression.

It was also great remembering my times playing MOBA, remembering my naive beliefs and how they were crushed (SPOILERS, ranked mode isn't Heaven).

A great novel overall, one I'm glad I took my time to read.