Imagine a shonen sports story. But, it’s not about baseball or soccer. No, this one is about playing a MOBA video game!
And no, it’s neither League of Legends nor DotA. A BRAND NEW ORIGINAL MOBA, the one MOBA to rule them all - Classmancers!
The game has become so big, that even schools recognize it as a sport. They even allow students to participate in Classmancers clubs and compete against other schools! Who will be the one going to nationals!?
For Yuel, a team sport is like a chessboard that comes to life. There’s no greater fun than deconstructing every opponent and predicting twenty of their moves in advance.
And, Classmancers is the ideal stage for such psychological warfare, for it’s a sport in which game theory reigns supreme. At least, usually, it does.
There are also goofs like Lars, who got -200 IQ, yet boast godlike mechanical skill that triumphs against all odds. He’s like your typical OPMC which a cheat, except the cheat does nothing for his intellect.
Yuel and Lars are like water and fire. In other words, 100% compatible! That’s why they form an unlikely duo and set out to dominate Classmancers’ competitive scene!
However, to challenge their OPness, the two will run into rivals who are just as OP! Some of them will turn their teammates immune to Yuel’s psychological attacks, while others will redirect Lars’s almighty strength against himself.
In this harsh environment, the two will keep struggling, struggling, and struggling some more, following their promise to reach the pro scene.
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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.
The characters and the story are fun, but mediocre. The action, by which I mean gameplay description, takes up over 70% of this story. I can definitely see the appeal, but the pacing is just too out of balance for me.
The downtime between matches is just too short for me to relieve tension. At some point it just feels like nonstop gameplay.
I hope the later volumes focus more on character and life below the gaming stage.
Amazing story with all the right amounts of action, slice of life and fluff.
Uh yeah, so, solid 5
I mean, look, just read it, you're not gonna dissapointed
Chinese Author LN should learn from you.
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.
Pretty good start. I'm looking forward to how this turns out, I've been wanting a good MOBA novel for a while now. Can't say much about story or characters so far, but they seem promising. No blatant grammar errors either. So all in all its worth me paying attention to. The only question I have is; is it a VRMOBA? Because I don't recall the chapter mentioning it specifically and if it's not, then will his lack of coordination affect his gameplay?
The first volume had me but after that I just lost interest.
Just finished the first volume and oh my god its good.
You'll especially love it if your a fan of mobas but like any good sports drama it takes you through the motions and make you feel smart for understanding advanced concepts.
Sport stories are way more low stakes then your usual novel and each arc is usually focused around character development as they learn the game more.
Oh and if you're worried about the mc being some gigachad solo player, don't. He's a tactical support player.
Halfway through playing I realised I basically only play solo que carry supports and messaged my friend to play bot lane with me. A perfect sports story isn't some super memorable drama with perfect power fantasy characters, but an outlet and a spark for the passion and love of a game. 10/10 gonna binge this as fast as possible.
Update: it's still a good story. I wouldn’t still be reading it otherwise. But the author really over relies on cliffhangars and subplots. I feel like our power duo never actually improve all that much. They get character development yes, but the climb to the top is never challenged in a way that doesn't boil down to social conflicts. They're natural enough but they ultimately feel like pokemon game; we won't progress until you complete this side story/multi game scrimmage. For example the first scrimmage in "wait for goku to defeat sexism" arc had been telegraphing a second form fight for ages, telegraphed so hard that you can safely skip the entire 3rd game because everyone knows whos gonna win. Yet instead of skipping predictable or won games, a subplot will appear trying to endear ourselves to the enemy who do not deserve endearing and waste an entire chapter on expanding on whats said in the first paragraph.
But, the previous review still stands. These problems don't show up until much later