I Rely on Drawing Cards to Set Up a Persona - Chapter 58.1
The raid went incredibly well.
Even though Qiao Xingnan was the mastermind behind this battle, he hadn’t expected the match to end so quickly.
Qiao Xingnan loosened his clenched fists.
The results today proved that there was no problem with his design.
He looked down at Ruiert and the others. At this moment, Ruiert was also a bit stunned, as if he had not expected it to go so smoothly. When Qiao Xingnan saw this, he let out a light laugh.
Although the speed was a bit unexpected Qiao Xingnan was not surprised that the squad centered on Ruiert would win.
Ruiert’s overall strength was not outstanding, but his skills were extremely roguish, and could even be said to be a bit annoying.
[Drink and Chat Merrily] can force an opponent to view themselves as a friend, losing their intent to fight.
The prerequisite for this skill is that you must drink with the opponent, but once you stack it with another skill of Ruiert’s [Drunken Speech], the prerequisite is null and void.
After the drunken skill, if he says you grabbed his wine, then you must have grabbed it. Since he said he’d invite you to drink, then you must have drunk it. Under the [Drunken Speech] skill, you can directly activate the [Wine Grabber Must Die] and [Drink and Chat Merrily] skills.
With both control skills and output skills, he can be called the leader of the alcoholic world.
As long as there was a strong enough drive to ensure that Ruiert’s skills were able to function without error, even if it was an even stronger opponent, they wouldn’t necessarily lose. After all, in this match, all the cards were of the same level.
Thinking to himself, Qiao Xingnan reviewed the battle scene from start to finish just now, and after familiarizing himself more with the skills of each card, he floated down with Avisha.
“Well done, Ruiert!”
Qiao Xingnan patted Ruiert on the arm.
Ruiert sniffed and gleefully took a sip of wine, his heart overjoyed. On the surface, he flattened the corners of his mouth to make him look more stable and said, “It’s good to be able to help my master.”
“Xiao Lina’s puppet is also very powerful oh!”
On the side, Xiao Lina also bounced over, blinking her big eyes at Qiao Xingnan in a way that begged for praise.
Qiao Xingnan patted her head and let out a light laugh, “Yes, Xiao Lina and Xixi are both very powerful.”
Hearing that Qiao Xingnan recognized her puppet, Xiao Lina’s eyes lit up a lot. She bounced in place twice, her ponytail swaying, looking very cute, “Xixi is super awesome!”
Xixi, one of Xiao Lina’s five puppets, possessed the Shock skill, which could shock a designated single target for fifteen minutes, during which time the target could not move.
The other four puppets were Nu(Anger), Ai(Sorrow), Le(Happy), and Ju (Fear). Except for Aiai, who was responsible for protection, Nu, Le, and Ju were extremely strong in combat.
Thinking of Xiao Lina’s performance in the battle just now, Qiao Xingnan was once again sure that he had made the right choice.
Knowing that Ruiert’s skills had a cooldown time, Xiao Lina’s five puppets were comparable in strength to SSR. Not only could they make up for this period when their force value was weakened, but the Shock skill possessed by Xixi was also able to work together with Ruiert to unleash a control effect that would swiftly destroy the wooden sign.
The only drawback was that the ghosts would enter maintenance time and turn back into puppets after releasing their moves.
However, the ghost’s low sense of presence and the fact that human attacks were ineffective against it, just these points alone were enough to complement the partnership with Ruiert.
In the battle just now, Xixi didn’t even use a big move and only relied on its meager presence and the cover of Ruiert to directly snatch down the wooden cards from the opposite side of the card pool owner’s body and destroy them.
Qiao Xingnan’s line of sight looked toward Xiao Lina’s waist. He saw the puppets with expressions of joy, anger, sadness, and fear, and the corners of his lips were slightly hooked.
As long as they didn’t encounter anyone who could mentally attack the ghosts or directly harm Xiao Lina, these puppets would not be able to disappear.
Of course, if they were to harm Xiao Lina, it would trigger the [Family of Three] summoning skill that Xiao Lina possessed at SSR grade, allowing Gaia and Ula to appear at the same time to make a single strongest strike against the enemy.
What a warm skill.
Qiao Xingnan looked towards the purple-robed girl next to him, and a hint of a smile flashed in his eyes: “Vai, you’ve sought out a good opponent.”
It was unexpectedly weak.
Originally, Qiao Xingnan thought that the opposite card pool owner would quickly find a way to counterattack, but to his surprise, the other party seemed to be stunned and didn’t know what to do with their hands over there, and didn’t even manage to run or replace their cards.
Maybe he was a novice like himself?
Thinking so, Qiao Xingnan felt that he was really lucky.
Hearing his new master’s words, a hint of intimacy surfaced in Vai’s black eyes.
“It’s the bugs that are great.”
Vai said seriously.
Qiao Xingnan nodded his head in agreement: “The bugs are indeed awesome.”
The bugs that could quickly find the location of system-designated items and could also screen the strengths and weaknesses of the enemy were simply cool!
As soon as the words fell, three more bugs flew over from the surroundings. Qiao Xingnan took advantage of the time when Vai and Suo Tian were sharing information to walk over to the burning boulder.
Before their raid, the group of cards surrounded the boulder, and it was obvious that there was something inside.
Qiao Xingnan waited for the fire to die out and placed his wooden card on the boulder, and the next second 5 points were credited.
It’s quite a lot, Qiao Xingnan thought about it and stroked his wooden card. The previous card pool owner’s points had unexpectedly reached 150 points, plus the points gifted by the card pool after clearing the opponent out of the game, the number of points he had on him directly became 309 points.
He was very rich!
To pass the first round, it was natural that the more points the better, and Qiao Xingnan looked towards Suo Tian: “First, go collect the things to redeem the points.”
Vai’s bugs could shorten the cooldown time of his teammates by half in addition to scrying for information, but the situation was fine now, so he could not use it for now.
“Alright master, let’s go.”
Suo Tian said, unleashing his skills to instantly lead everyone out of here.
However, at this time, Qiao Xingnan didn’t know that a minute after they left, four people in armor came here. Their movements were neat and tidy, but their temperament was as cold and hard as a weapon.
A tall man floating above them clenched his fists and furrowed his brow as he raised his hand and a blurry image appeared before his eyes.
It seemed to be an image that had been transmitted in a panic.
The man’s golden eyes could be vaguely seen in the image.
“Let’s chase.” The man put away the picture and immediately below, one of the armored men pointed to the direction in front of him. In the next second, the soldiers seemed to be haunted by the wind under their feet as they flew forward in that direction.
A faint luminescence came from a deep forest cave.
“Another point count arrived.”
Qiao Xingnan, who was not the slightest bit aware of the danger that was gradually approaching, waved the wooden sign at everyone and laughed, “Go to the next place.”
As time passed, their group worked together more and more seamlessly, becoming more and more skillful at both finding things and clearing out competitors weaker than themselves.
After communicating with the bug, Vai determined that the opponents in front of them were a bit weaker than them, and lowered her voice to point to the opposite side.
At this moment, in the distance, there were four people with antlers on their heads and deer ears. Their every move was filled with an aura of spirituality as if they were elves nurtured by nature.
These were the cards of Honos, the host of the Divine Deer card pool, who floated on top of the few cards, occasionally directing the cards to dig things out of the ground.
“Dig this up and with the contestants we took out earlier, we’re solid.” Honos was relieved to see that the grass ginseng had been dug up. He looked down and tried to align the wooden sign with something, and was just about to point it up when he suddenly heard a voice from the distance.
“Come to drink together?”
The voice fell, and in the next second a man carrying a silver-white snow blade quickly rushed over.
Honos instantly realized the enemy attack as he floated in the air and noticed that his cards weren’t moving. Sensing something, he quickly shouted, “Green Deer!”
“Green Deer has been ordered.”
One of them, a clean-cut woman in a green dress, opened her mouth slightly and let out a leisurely deer sound.
[Green Deer’s Song: Removes negative effects imposed by the enemy.]
This is the removal of control?
With a dark tsk, Ruiert turned his foot around and prepared to retreat according to the plan, but the three cards on the opposite side that excelled at attacking were extremely fast after regaining their consciousness. In the blink of an eye, Ruiert was forced to not be able to rejoin his teammates.
Seeing this, Qiao Xingnan’s heart sank slightly.
In previous battles, they had similarly encountered teams with dispelling control effects, but with teams like that, they would usually just run away when they saw them.
That was clearly not possible now.
Qiao Xingnan made an instant decision, “Execute plan C!”
Plan C, the plan that would be used when they encountered a strong person and were unable to run away.
On the other side, Honos, who was in the soul body state, could see that the card controlling one was trying to run away and was happy for a moment.
Apparently, after making the skill, the card had entered the skill cooldown time.
Choosing cards that would enter cooldown time after using them once inside a match was simply sending them to their deaths.
Honos looked at his most powerful attacking card with no cooldown limit, “Quick battle!”
“Yes!” Black Deer heard the words and raised his Crescent Moon Blade. He was just about to cut off Ruiert’s neck, but in the next second, a ghost suddenly appeared in front of him. With the ghost’s eerie laughter, he was actually no longer able to make a move!
[Xixi Puppet has activated Single Shock, the skill is on cooldown, entering maintenance time].
The control-type ghost quickly disappeared.
This ghost was clearly the type that freezes after amplifying its moves.
Seeing this, Green Deer at the side was just about to remove Black Deer’s control when a man with short spiky hair suddenly appeared in front of her.
“Go somewhere with me first!”
As soon as the words fell, Green Deer was instantly taken away from the battlefield.
When Green Deer returned to her senses, she had actually been taken away from the battlefield. The man who had brought her to this hellish place didn’t even show his face as if he was afraid that she would beat him up!
Meanwhile, Honos, who had seen his card being taken away with his own eyes: !!!!
It was the first time he had seen a teleportation-type card not teleport his teammates, but instead teleport the enemy’s card away!
Although the soul body would follow the cards away, Honos had three of his cards here, and there was no way they could go to Green Deer’s side! Even if he took one more away, he’d probably follow him out of here! Damn it! They definitely did it on purpose!
How can they be so much? Where the hell did they take their Green Deer?
Blue Deer and Dark Night God Deer similarly saw that scene. The two cards didn’t hesitate and immediately tried to make a move to finish off Ruiert, but it was as if the opposite squad had planned this from the start, as two ghosts suddenly appeared as they rushed up to them.
[Nu (Anger) Puppet has unleashed Fire Attack, skill is on cooldown, entering maintenance time.]
[Ju (Fear) Puppet has unleashed Condensation Freeze, skill is on cooldown, entering maintenance time.]
Both ghosts had powerful skills, however, Blue Deer and Dark Night God Deer weren’t weak either, and were only entangled for a moment before quickly breaking free.
As they were about to swing their swords at Ruiert, they were shocked to find that the man who had wielded the sword before was actually wrapped in black bugs all over his body!
It was densely packed and very unpleasant.
[Ding, Card Vai – Gu Raiser skill [Gu – Thawing] has ended.]
[Ding, the cooldown time of Card Ruiert’s skill [Drink and Chat Merrily] has been reduced by half.]
Vai, the Gu Raiser, can transform all of her body into bugs, and as long as one of the bugs survives, Vai will not die.
The Gu she raises in her left arm serves as scouts for information, while the ones in her right arm serve as pain-reducing healers and enhancers.
When they boost, the cooldown time for friendly skills is halved.
The only drawback was that the Gu would disappear after it had taken effect.
The disappearing Gu were equivalent to being killed in action, and would not return to Vai’s body. Vai’s body would only be restored to its original state when the Gu inside her body split and grew again.
In this fight, Vai’s blood bar was lower than any other card because the Gu in her body was constantly “dying”.
But overall, Vai was a very useful support card.
Originally, Xiao Lina’s ghost had delayed for a long time. Coupled with Vai’s thawing gain skill, a second later, Qiao Xingnan heard the system’s cold beep.
[Ding, the thawing time of the Card Ruiert skill [Drink and Chat Merrily] has ended.]
Hearing this, the corner of Qiao Xingnan’s mouth slightly hooked.
On the other side, Honos subconsciously rejoiced as he watched his two cards get rid of the ghost’s control. He guessed that as long as he finished off Ruiert, he would be able to win by a large margin.
Although the other party was encased in bugs, the bugs were just bugs, how could they be a match for his powerful cards?
At this time, the Black Deer that was previously shocked and unable to move was also finally released from its control. Honos felt even more that the momentum had been decided and hurriedly replaced Green Deer with the alternative White Deer.
It was unknown where Green Deer had been taken to. She had not come over for such a long time, so it was obvious that she could not come back for the time being. In that case, it would be best to replace the card.
If he wasn’t concerned about the opponent having a control system card, he would have replaced Green Deer a long time ago.
After seeing White Deer come out, Honos’ heart was stabilized. All four cards on their side were present and prepared, so how could they lose? If it wasn’t so abrupt before, Green Deer wouldn’t have been taken away by force.
He just wanted to laugh out loud, but in the next second, the bugs that originally wrapped around the man suddenly disappeared. At the same time, Honos’s ears suddenly rang with the words.
“Come to drink together?”
I have no more dispel effect cards, so can you tell me how to play?! How to play! Shit!
The final result was settled.
After Honos and his party disappeared, Qiao Xingnan didn’t bother to look at his points. He swept his eyes over each card with concern, observing each card’s bloodline.
Vai’s blood bar was only at 60% at the moment due to having to send out bugs. Both Ruiert and Xiao Lina’s blood bars were about the same, neither of them had been injured much and were at around 80%. Qiao Xingnan’s sight fell on Suo Tian.
Multiple short travels would make Suo Tian feel tired. Adding to the fact that he had also participated in a battle, Suo Tian’s blood bar was depleted quite a bit, but compared to the other cards, it was still relatively high, with the blood bar at 85%.
This was already much better than what Qiao Xingnan thought.
He let out a slight sigh of relief, nodding at his perfect match for Ruiert with plan C, and slightly felt, half-heartedly, that his plan to take the dispel card away was very… rogue.
Qiao Xingnan cared for the cards that fought hard for a few moments, then looked at his points and said, “There are now 16 hours left until the end of this tournament. We’re at 500 points now, so we can all slow down our pace a bit for the rest of the day, and play it safe.”
Xiao Lina put her puppet away and found a rock to sit cross-legged to repair her puppet. She raised her hand and said cheerfully, “Xiao Lina will work hard!”
Xiao Lina was a very powerful puppet master, and the repair time was no more than ten minutes at most.
Qiao Xingnan pursed the corners of his lips and let out a light laugh. There were still sixteen hours left. They needed to save up another five hundred points so that they could make sure that they were definitely in the top twenty-five.
But it was still early. After all, he was tired after running for such a long time, and Qiao Xingnan was still inclined to let the cards take their time and rest for a little while.
However, Qiao Xingnan did not expect that his cards did not want to rest. Perhaps it was also because after consecutively taking out a few card pool masters, their self-confidence had increased greatly, especially Ruiert, who even overcame his fear of bugs and took the initiative to come closer to Vai, wanting her to look for her next target quickly.
Vai was also eager to help her new master earn points.
She had her bugs constantly searching for new items that could be redeemed for points, as well as searching for other cards that her party could beat.
The bugs were really good at gathering information.
At the very least, they had really beaten the weaker competitors before them. Qiao Xingnan had already praised Vai many times in his heart.
Choosing Vai was really his best decision.
He believed that the previous hosts of Vai should also like Vai very much!
Qiao Xingnan smiled warmly as he looked at Vai, who had accidentally fallen into a pile of bugs beside Ruiert.
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