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The King's Avatar (Chinese: 全职高手; Pinyin: Quán Zhí Gāo Shǒu; literally "Full-Occupation Expert", but also known as Full-Time Expert or Master of Skill) is a Chinese Web Serial Novel with physical Light Novel releases, written by 蝴蝶蓝 (Hu Die Lan; literally "Butterfly Blue").

Set in mainland China, "Glory" is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game with over 130 million players worldwide, even earning status as a professional sport. Protagonist Ye Xiu is a 10-year Glory veteran and professional player for the "Excellent Era" team, captaining its players to three consecutive championships, earning him fame as the "Battle God" of the game. Unfortunately, The King's Avatar begins with his forced, unceremonious retirement from Excellent Era, getting kicked out of the team and thrown into the cold (literally), even forced to give up his Glory character "One Autumn Leaf". By chance, Ye Xiu wanders into a nearby Internet cafe, where he applies for a job as a night-shift manager from its owner Chen Guo, a Glory player herself and an Excellent Era fangirl. Thankfully, the job offers free room and board, along with access to a computer, which Ye Xiu makes the most of; however, upon hearing news Glory is about to open its tenth server, he decides to re-play the game from the very bottom, using a new character called "Lord Grim", dedicating to a Character Class no one has played in Glory for years: an unspecialized character. As Lord Grim's notoriety increases by pulling off feats such as achieving the first boss kills and the fastest times in completing dungeons and raids, new and veteran Glory players slowly deduce Lord Grim is used by a Living Legend, having returned to the fold.


Unlike other stories centered around an MMORPG, The King's Avatar has no Fantasy nor Science Fiction elements: instead, it keeps itself firmly rooted in Real Life. Glory is simply a video game, yet the series examines the intricacies of the environment, politics and corporate dealings and sponsorship of the professional "eSports" scene, where its fans and players treat it like an equivalent to Association Football leagues. Furthermore, expect explicit use of strategies and terms most players are familiar with for the MMO genre, such as being able to calculate cooldown times for character's abilities and skills, determining hand speed with the keyboard and mouse, and knowing an opponent's weaknesses and exploiting them correctly.

An English translation of the web novel can be found here. Meanwhile, an Animated Adaptation (not Anime since it's Japanese-only; some may prefer the Chinese word for animation "动画", pronounced donghua) began airing in April 7, 2017 (lining up with the Spring 2017 Anime season), produced by G.CMAY Animation & Film. A promotional video can be viewed here, with an official English sub provided here. A three-episode original net animation follows-up the first season, released on April 27, 2018, produced by Colored-Pencil Animation Design; the second season, however, is dated for a 2019 release. A live-action television series has begun broadcasting on July 24, 2019. Finally, a film entitled The King's Avatar: For The Glory was released on August 16, 2019, based on a Prequel novel written by Butterfly Blue called "The Summit Of Glory" (Chinese: 巅峰荣耀; Pinyin: Diān Fēng Róng Yào; literally "Peak/Top Glory"), detailing Ye Xiu during his first championship run with Excellent Era.


A trailer for The King's Avatar: For The Glory can be found here; the second trailer can be found here, third trailer can be found here.

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  • The Ace: Among professional players, at least five of them have been given epitaphs for their overall skills and use of specific Character Classes - Ye Xiu ("Battle God"), Huang Shaotian ("Sword Saint"), Han Wenqing ("King of Fighting"), Wang Jiexi ("Magician") and Zhou Zekai ("Great Gunner"). Likewise, "Master Tactician" is a title awarded to four players who are the best at being The Strategist - Ye Xiu, Yu Wenzhou, Xiao Shiqin and Zhang Xinjie.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Due to the exceptionally large number of chapters for a series that spans over 1700 chapters, the animation contains the following.
    • Su Muqiu's silhouette showing up during the early chapters is cut; instead, it's replaced by a brief Flashback.
    • Glory avatars such as "Thousand Creations" and "Endless Night" are Adapted Out: in particular, "Cold Night" fills in the latter's role. Moreover, the party Ye Xiu meets through "Sleeping Moon" have reduced roles despite being recurring characters in the Manhua and web novel.
    • Bao Rongxing meets Ye Xiu in-person for the first time somewhere past Chapter 600 in the web novel: the animation changes their meet-up to roughly Chapter 150, a little while after Ye Xiu "trains" with members of professional team "Tiny Herb".
  • Adult Fear
    • Ye Xiu loses the job he loves, being forcefully retired against his will when his corporate-sponsored team finds a new, younger talent. They throw him out when he has little-to-no money, shelter and job.
    • Teenagers running away from home and dropping out of school to pursue a dream that eventually goes dry, wind up homeless, hungry and unable to get a job.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Variation, while mixed with Truth in Television and Wuxia tropes - as the story revolves around Professional Gaming and its effects on the fanbase, there are naturally quite a lot of "Stop Having Fun" Guys in the Glory scene, both in and out of the game. In several cases, however, the scenarios involving these types of gamers tend to play out in typical My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours fashion, only with Player Versus Player matches instead of actual martial arts.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Played with in the animation - characters like Ye Xiu, Su Mucheng and Huang Shaotian appear visually pleasing to the eye, while those from Excellent Era (Liu Hao and Cui Li) look less attractive, although Sun Xiang is just as good-looking as the former. Furthermore, members of other professional teams and amateur players alike (be they allies or rivals) look similar to Ye Xiu.
  • Book-Ends
    • The story begins and ends with Ye Xiu's comeback from retirement and playing as an Unspecializednote .
    • Likewise, Ye Xiu leaving his home to play Glory: the first time was during his teenage years, but his parents disapproved of his decisions. With a hilarious bit of Irony, he's forced by his parents to play for the nation as the leader of the Chinese Glory Team in the world championships.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Downplayed - rich players can still buy high-level characters, equipment and materials from one of the many gold farmers available. However, they will only be able to bully normal players with such a setup. Winning against veterans or pro players require genuine skills.
  • Can't Take Anything with You: Players can't bring equipment and items from the "Heavenly Domain" into the lower-level servers; whenever professional players enter the tenth server to challenge Ye Xiu, they create a brand new character to use, but also to avoid people from recognizing who they are.
  • Clark Kenting
    • Discussed; occasionally, pro players will use the same Character Class they are most familiar with when migrating to the tenth server, performing feats only they can do. Certain amateur and guild players quickly catch on to who they are, though one character questions this trope - why would a professional like Su Mucheng from Excellent Era help the "Tyrannical Ambition" guild, while in disguise as "Cleansing Mist", break a dungeon record?
    • Because he's never appeared in public, Ye Xiu has been able to play for years under his twin brother's identity.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Expect plenty of characters, almost all of them Glory players, to curse like it's their second language.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The "main" guilds and competitive teams in the series are each coded to one or two colors. This scheme usually applies to their individual guilds in the tenth server.
  • Color-Coded Item Tiers: Equipment tiers, from weakest to strongest, are ranked white, green, blue, purple, orange and silver.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Zigzagged - played straight at the start of the story since "elite" players on the tenth server are still amateurs in Ye Xiu's eyes, but Subverted when Wei Chen proves that even Lord Grim can be beaten by a squad of slightly above average amateurs if it's 20-against-1, their characters are twenty Character Levels higher and have an elite commander in Wei Chen hellbent on doing nothing but research Lord Grim's habits for days. They would've succeeded had Lord Grim not called for backup.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Every class has their strengths and weaknesses, and require different playstyles and mindsets to operate effectively. Other than Ye Xiu who can operate all 24 classes freely, most pro players can only specialise in one class or two at most.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Approximately ninety-nine percent of all battles against Lord Grim winds up in Ye Xiu's favor.
  • Death Is Cheap: Subverted; dying in Glory takes away 10% of Experience Points earned with a chance the dead player may drop their equipment, making this painful to anybody racing to level through a server to get to the real game-play battleground, the Heavenly Domain. Furthermore, a player's corpse stays on the field for a few seconds, giving random players the opportunity to loot it. If death occurs in the Heavenly Domain, experience lost goes up to 20% with a greater chance of dropping equipment upon death.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: Zigzagged - audiences do get to see players hammering away at keyboards and clicking on the mouse, while seeing the heads-up display for Glory on occasion. Meanwhile, Glory avatars take on the facial appearance of their respective user with almost no difference (aside from hair color and style).
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Quite a few people joined Team/Guild Happy after being defeated by Ye Xiu or his team. For example: Tang Rou, Wei Chen, Wu Chen. The most famous case is probably Deception, who was practically P Ked into submission, although calling his relationship with Ye Xiu "friendship" is a bit of a stretch.
  • Enemy Mine: Club guilds can set aside any dispute with each other whenever Lord Grim shows up. On the other hand, some of the same guilds will cooperate with Lord Grim if it's to their benefit.
  • Evolving Weapon: Silver-tier equipment can be upgraded in stages by adding in uncommon materials. This allows the equipment to never become outdated and grow stronger alongside the character.
  • Fanservice Costumes: Unsurprisingly, female players like Chen Guo, Su Mucheng and Tang Rou's Glory avatars are costumed according to this trope. However, to be fair to the opposite sex, male avatars like "Steamed Bun Invasion" used by Bao Rongxing also serves as an example.
  • eSports Hooligans: In-Universe, players will taunt each other through Flame Wars in the world chat, while post-match "guild wars" can last until the next morning.
  • Friendly Enemy: Fans of big-name teams may hate each other, but pro players are mostly on good terms with one another. There's even a dedicated group chat for professional players.
  • The Generation Gap: The "Glory Professional Alliance" league is divided into two generations - the oldest players will mostly stay loyal to the same club for their careers, but younger talent have a more mercenary-based mindset and are willing to play for rival clubs for higher pay or prestige at every opportunity.
  • Giant Spider: "The Lord of Spiders" hidden boss seen in episode two of the Animated Adaptation.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser
    • Many pro players from different teams are in an online group chat where they can amicably mingle and discuss despite their team rivalry.
    • Ye Xiu is close enough to Huang Shaotian that the former is able to call upon the latter to help him with a dungeon record.
  • Golden Age: In-Universe, from Season 3 onwards, sponsors starting pouring in and the league got really rich.
  • Groupie Brigade: Club guilds double as giant fan clubs for their professional teams, and tend to have a disproportionate amount of certain Character Classes depending on who the team's ace players are.
  • Growing Up Sucks: The youngest professional players are teenagers - they have to sacrifice their studies, possibly move away from home and work their hardest while facing the fear of being not good enough and becoming unwanted free agents at the end of their contracts.
  • Guide Dang It!
    • Thanks to Glory's longevity, all Character Classes and dungeons have one, detailing all aspects to its minute details. Hilariously played with when upon starting the tenth server, Ye Xiu reads through the beginner's guide at Chen Guo's bewilderment, justifying how it's been years since he's played from the bottom.
    • Ye Xiu later creates guides for breaking dungeon records, selling them to the biggest guilds. Wei Chen's guide to maximize the amount of skill points, after being perfected, is sold to a wealthy club for a whopping 20 million renmenbi (roughly 3 million USD).
  • Gun Kata: Sharpshooters have a close quarter combat technique called Gun Fu against a melee class combatant so as to not them render helpless. Most pros can only do 4 to 6 step while Top Gods like Ye Xiu and Zhou Zekai can do it as near as 3 step.
  • Honor Before Reason: When a Flame War escalates into an all-out war, the large guilds participate for the sake of defending the honor of their professional clubs and fans. In the aftermath, most participants died at least once, losing their hard-earned equipment and Experience Points and gained nothing.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Happens frequently when guilds try to join forces to hunt down Lord Grim and his party to prevent them from either breaking dungeon records or leveling up. Unfortunately, Lord Grim and his allies are more powerful and smarter; they wind up hunting and killing them instead.
  • Hypocrite: The guilds hate Lord Grim for monopolizing dungeon records and first boss kills, except they've been pulling this schtick long before Lord Grim appeared.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Justified as Glory's videogame mechanics allows players to exploit things such as
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: Every alliance between large guilds, temporary and permanent, leads to this.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Ye Xiu, Chen Guo and Tang Rou reside in the living quarters on the second floor of Guo's Internet cafe with three bedrooms (Ye Xiu's is actually a storage room) connected by a living room. There's no romantic undertones between them.
  • King Incognito
    • Because he had to give up his old account, no one on Glory's tenth server knows Lord Grim is being used by the famous Ye Xiu, but Subverted when the savviest professional players quickly deduce his identity. Inevitably, when other pros migrate to the tenth server to challenge Ye Xiu, they also have to pull this (see Can't Take Anything with You).
    • When Su Mucheng and Huang Shaotian go to see Ye Xiu at the Internet cafe, they have to carefully disguise themselves as regular patrons; Shaotian Lampshades how everybody knows what he looks like, whereas only a few professional players have ever seen Ye Xiu due to his reclusiveness.
  • Last Episode Theme Reprise: The finale of season one of the Animated Adaptation reuses the opening theme of the show.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler
    • The events of the first few sagas resulting in the creation of Team Happy is well known by web novel readers; Justified as it's somewhat hard to talk about the latter half of the series without bringing it up.
    • Su Muqiu's existence and his impact on the plot is common knowledge due to this character's reception and status. Interestingly, Ye Xiu's twin brother Ye Qiu is less talked about, making the latter more of a surprise when the story gives way for the character to appear, as Ye Xiu essentially committed identity theft against his own brother to play professionally.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In-Universe, from the audience and professional players' perspective in the All-Star Competition, during the Player vs. Professional segment, a random player takes the place of the next challenger, cracking jokes and arguing with the previous challenger to give them their account to use, seemingly lambasting them for incompetence. Of course, the random person is Ye Xiu and he quickly proceeds to dominate the entire fight.
  • Level Grinding: Justified for any player starting a new account, be it Ye Xiu with Lord Grim or his professional peers who have entered the tenth server.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The King's Avatar primarily uses Ye Xiu's perspective, but the narrative often shifts to professional teams and/or rival guilds and their members. Outside of anything Glory-related, there's also plenty of coworkers Ye Xiu must contend with at the Internet cafe, alongside casual Glory players.
  • Loophole Abuse: Retired pro players cannot return to the professional scene for one year. However, there are no rules regarding retired players participating in the "Challenger League". Excellent Era, when trying to smear Ye Xiu's reputation when they know he is playing for Team Happy, find this out the hard way.
  • Loot Drama: Happens a lot In-Universe, especially in the Heavenly Domain where certain boss drops can't even be bought with money.
  • Manchild: Pro players may be godlike existences to average players, but they can trash talk, curse and bicker like children whenever they fight each other. In an attempt to preserve their images, the league banned cussing in official matches.
  • Marathon Boss: "Wild Bosses" appear only once a week, but if defeated, have a chance to drop exclusive materials. Fights against them can last long because of their high Hit Points, as well as guilds battling each other over who gets to kill the boss and claim the rewards due to their rare appearance.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In episode 2, as the newscaster is commemorating Ye Qiu's illustrious career, Ye Xiu starts to walk off-screen. Just as he does, the One Autumn Leaf avatar turns around to look at the camera over its shoulder, as if it's watching its former user leave.
  • Meaningful Name: Expect plenty of avatar names in Glory from guilds backed by gaming clubs to have handles that matches the theme of their guild. Those not associated with guilds, however, are usually taken from lines of Chinese idioms or poetry (One Autumn Leaf, Lord Grim or Cleansing Mist). Of course, there are also completely random names that are nonsensical, such as "Steamed Bun Invasion".
  • Medium Blending: The Animated Adaptation utilizes CG and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation - the former mostly for unfocused/far-away shots and some backgrounds, the latter for close-up camera angles.
  • Money Sink: Justified In-Universe - to craft the best silver equipment, the highest tier of equipment category rankings, players must pump lots of rare materials worth millions of renmenbi (in-series, 10 renmenbi is roughly equivalent to an American dollar).
  • Mook Horror Show: Many veteran players on the tenth server are absolutely shocked and terrified as Lord Grim and his party effortlessly kill several of them when the guilds try to get rid of Lord Grim.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: At the professional level, the most powerful characters are so finely tuned to their original user with their own personal quirks and play-styles that their effectiveness can be greatly reduced just from a change in operators.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Whenever an expert is described as weak in the novel, it is only in comparison to pro players. The expert can still wipe the floor against an amateur.
  • Panthera Awesome: What the "Midnight Phantom Cat" boss appears as in the Animated Adaptation.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Whenever a professional player logs into the game with an alt account, their outstanding in-game skill will easily give them away almost immediately.
  • Power Equals Rarity: Enforced; the most powerful materials come from the most powerful bosses, namely Wild Bosses that spawn once a week, as opposed to dungeon bosses that appear for each player multiple times a week. As such, materials used to craft the best silver-tiered equipment are the most finite. Similarly, silver-tiered equipment itself is made from dozens of these drops, meaning it's even rarer than any standard equipment dropped in-game.
  • Product Placement: A McDonald's store front features prominently in the opening and ending credits sequences of the Animated Adaptation, with patrons and staff at the Internet cafe occasionally eating fast food from one nearby. Hell, one professional player even becomes the spokesperson for their new ice cream cones.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Unlike other Character Classes with hotkeys attached directly to skills, the hotkeys for the Ninja-class are attached to ninja seals, which need to be typed out in the correct combination for ninja skills to work.
  • Reality Ensues: Overlaps with Truth in Television
    • No matter how good a professional player is, if he/she doesn't come up with adequate rankings and results for their corporate sponsored team, chances are he/she will be replaced with younger talent by the team executives. Furthermore, it's not unusual for pros to retire in their mid- or late-20s (without being forced to) when they're no longer in their prime.
    • It's common to see players under contract who wish to leave their team being told they must pay an exorbitant amount of termination fees: this is to deter players from acquiring better benefits from joining a rival organization, which isn't unheard of.
    • Professional teams having access to lavish training facilities and dining areas, while living at in-house residences paid for by their sponsors is common, given the professional scene in Asia is largely backed by major corporations.
    • As per Bribing Your Way to Victory states, equipment/gold/item/material farmers in MMORPGs are the norm, especially in a country where there's a sizeable player base.
    • Young adolescents who are unable to pursue their dreams at becoming professional in Glory are left destitute with little working skills, due to many of them dropping out of school or leaving home. Ye Xiu points out this is why he became an Internet cafe manager: he didn't have any other skills other than gaming.
  • Real Place Background: Some of the locations such as Excellent Era's corporate headquarters and the McDonald's adjacent to their building in the Animated Adaptation are based on Real Life locations in the city of Hangzhou, China.
  • Robbing the Dead: When characters die and have to wait to respawn, their equipment can be looted from their corpses, with many players only choosing to enter chaotic battles simply to steal potentially good equipment. These types of players are known in-game as "scrap pickers" and are generally looked down upon by others.
  • Rule of Symbolism
    • Excellent Era's logo of a leaf with a spear and three stars symbolizes Ye Xiu's three-consecutive championship reign; the spear is One Autumn Leaf's Weapon of Choice.
    • Happy's logo of a phoenix represents Ye Xiu's return to the professional scene.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Within the game, avatars such as Lord Grim has a flowing red one, while Qiao Yifan's Assassin-class character "Ashen Moon" wears a purple scarf. Out of Glory, players such as Huang Shaotian and Wang Jiexi will wear one indoors; justified due to the oncoming winter season.
  • Secret Ingredient: Due to the difficulty in crafting silver-level equipment, many pro clubs do not reveal the materials behind their silver equipment.
  • Self-Deprecation: The author makes fun of himself at one point regarding Steamed Bun Invasion having been forgotten about during Ye Xiu's foray into the Heavenly Domain.
    Chen Guo: “Isn’t it more like the author forgot?”
    Ye Xiu: “Most likely. That useless trash. I hate him!
  • Serious Business: With more than 130 million players, Glory boasts such a large player base they launched a professional league eight years before the start of the story.
  • Shout-Out: Being a work that examines the eSports aspect of the Massively Multiplayer Online genre, there's quite a few nods to pre-existing games.
    • Glory's Character Classes, along with associated skills, are an Expy of Dungeon Fighter Online, and are more or less portrayed accurately.
      • As an Unspecialized-class, Ye Xiu's Lord Grim has access to all default class skills and spells. A female Mage's "Summon Hodor" and "Dragon Fang" from Dungeon Fighter Online are used at several points in the animation, as are the Gunner's "Gatling Gun" and "Aerial Fire". Furthermore, Ye Xiu's previous Battle Mage-class One Autumn Leaf resembles the Demonic Lancer's default skin, especially in the Manhua. Finally, Lord Grim, being an Unspecialized character, is ineligible for the "Level 50 Class Awakening", preventing it from becoming stronger. This is a reference to "Awakenings" in Dungeon Fighter Online granting characters brand new skills and super moves that are the culminations of specific class specialties.
      • In the web novel, the Witch-class character "Lunar Grace" uses "Doll Shururu" to taunt and herd enemy mobs into one spot during the "Frozen Forest" Dungeon speed-run, with "Shadow Cloak" later used to prevent these mobs from dispersing after the initial Area of Effect barrage. The latter skill is effectively "Black Manteau" from Dungeon Fighter Online.
      • Xu Boyuan's Blade Master-class character carries a plain longsword in the animation, but the Manhua renders it as a Laser Blade, the same weapon type unique to the Blade Master, Dark Knight and Swordmaster classes in Dungeon Fighter Online.
      • Bao Rongxing's Steamed Bun Invasion is literally a male Brawler from Dungeon Fighter Online, right down to using claws as his melee weapon and having "Sand Splash" and "Block Throw" (renamed as "Brick Buster" in the web novel) as combat skills.
      • Su Mucheng's Cleansing Mist and "Dancing Rain" avatars are no different from a female Launcher in Dungeon Fighter Online, complete with BFG.
      • Zhou Zekai, one of the five strongest PvP combatants in Glory, uses the Ranger class from Dungeon Fighter Onlinenote , often touted by the community to be the best in PvP due to their natural ranged skills.
      • Han Wenqing's "Desert Dust" is a male Striker; his professional team's name is "Tyranny". In Dungeon Fighter Online, a male Striker's Second Awakening (at least in the global version of the game), is known as "The Tyrant".
    • Outside of Dungeon Fighter Online, the "Unspecialized" character build having access to most classes' basic skills is a reference to the Super Novice class from Ragnarok Online.
    • Han Wenqing's Desert Dust character is a nod to the popular demolition map "de_dust" from Counter-Strike. The actual game is later referenced when describing what playing a Gunner-class without using any of its class skills feels like.
    • The "Group Challenge" event held during the league's championship playoff matches is described in the web novel as having an elimination format similar to "KOF"; the difference is Group Challenge has five members rather than the latter's three.
    • At one point in the web novel, Chen Guo laments she does not have the "Sharingan" to copy Ye Xiu's skills.
    • During Huang Shaotian's friendly match against Ye Xiu in the Heavenly Domain, spectators start referring to the former as "Leo, Knight of the Zodiac".
    • As a response to Chen Guo bringing up Han Wenqing's attempt at changing up his play-style and how it wasn't enough to secure Tyranny a victory during the Season 8 playoffs, Ye Xiu sarcastically asks her if she was expecting Wenqing to go "Super Saiyan".
    • Glory's game concepts and design are loosely borrowed from Log Horizon, such as how the in-game economy works, the public's reactions towards professional players and the guilds' interactions with one another.
  • Shown Their Work: Common MMO lingo such as "smurf"note , "APM"note , "aggro"note , among others, are correctly used in the right situations.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Female Launchers' primary weapon is the hand cannon, often evoking this trope.
  • Spider Swarm: "The Cave of Spiders" Dungeon is infamous for this, given its hidden boss is aptly called The Lord of Spiders.
  • Suicide Attack: The ultimate attack for the Assassin-class deals lethal damage at the cost of the Assassin's life.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial
    • After several professional players are discovered in the Heavenly Domain observing and commenting on a friendly match between Ye Xiu and Huang Shaotian, the media speculates Lord Grim is Ye Xiu. When asked, however, nearly all pros deny it, despite at that point in the story most of them know, with 100% certainty, who Lord Grim is.
      Wang Jiexi: "Playing an Unspecialized requires knowledge and proficiency with every class. From what I saw from Lord Grim’s performance, Ye Qiu is without a doubt the number one suspect."
      Zhou Zekai: "Hmm, probably Ye Qiu…… because…… he’s very strong……"
    • Earlier in the story, Yu Wenzhou deduces Huang Shaotian is "Flowing Sword", who helped Lord Grim beat the Boneyard Dungeon record; Shaotian tries to deny it, but to no avail.
  • Trash Talk: A valid strategy in battle. Part of being a professional player is learning to ignore it. Huang Shaotian was a particularly bad case. After a season of pro players complaining about his non-stop chatters, voice chat during official matches had to be disabled. Ye Xiu, on the other hand, is extremely good at riling up people with only few choice words, both inside and outside the game.
  • Warrior Heaven: The Heavenly Domain is this for Glory players with its exclusive loot and large maps. Any time a character makes it to the Domain, there is a server-wide announcement.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: After the first leg of the Season 8 finals, a Flame War escalates into an all-out guild war, lasting all night. The next morning, after losing their hard-earned equipment and experience points, most participants feel nothing, but regret.
  • With Us or Against Us: This philosophy is applied to Lord Grim, to the point where guilds fight over him so they won't have to consider him a threat.
  • Why We Can't Have Nice Things: In the early days of Glory's professional league, pros were closer with their in-game fans and would often log in to play with them in Player Versus Environment and PvP until some players started spamming, stalking, even ambushing them to steal their priceless equipment. Presently, pro characters rarely appear in-game, if at all.
  • Worthy Opponent
    • Despite the trash-talking and overall fierce competitiveness of the professional teams, Ye Xiu respects certain pro players, such as Huang Shaotian, Wang Jiexi, Han Wenquing and Yu Wenzhou.
    • Likewise, professional teams have nothing but admiration and respect (if not, a healthy dose of fear) of Ye Xiu because of his Living Legend status.

Alternative Title(s): Quan Zhi Gao Shou, The Kings Avatar


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