Chapter 172: Power of Solo Ace (Part two)

Indeed, when the footage capturing Xu Cheng and his team was brought up, it was just like what the head instructor said. Those guys weren’t in a hurry at all, they were all on the ground and chewing, trying to preserve energy. 

The head instructor connected a mic to the speaker above Xu Cheng’s head. “You old fritters, be serious.”

Xu Cheng smiled, stood up, and gestured. “Let’s move!”

The 14 veterans immediately switched from the relaxed expression to a dignified face as they began to explore the deep forest.

“Sniper cover from behind.” Xu Cheng said to the three snipers, and they nodded as they slowed down their steps to fall to the back of the team.

“Wei Yuan, get on the tree and scout ahead,” Xu Cheng said to Old Wei.

Wei Yuan nodded, and he agilely climbed up the tree like a monkey. He picked a thicker branch so the dense leaves could cover him. After getting to the top, he pushed some leaves to the side and looked around with his telescope.

“Fifty meters ahead, seems normal,” Wei said through the mic.

Xu Cheng waved and the team advanced. In fact, without Wei Yuan’s telescope, Xu Cheng’s eyes could see anything ahead, like he had wall-hacks enabled.

For instance, when they were about a hundred meters into the forest, Liao Shuhang was too focused on the path ahead and didn’t check his foot. Suddenly, Xu Cheng whispered to him, “Shuhang, stop!”

Liao Shuhang paused and looked back at Xu Cheng, not know what instruction he had for him next.

But Xu Cheng just said, “Look below your foot, the leaves shows signs of being moved recently.”

Liao Shuhang only looked down then and checked. Usually, no one visited this place, and the leaves on the ground would wither together in a gradual pattern, but the leaves below his foot, although yellowish, after he looked closely, had obviously been rearranged, with some of the older leaves being on top of the fresh ones. He swallowed, holy crap, he was that close to becoming the first one to be eliminated. There was definitely a mine underneath.

He gave Xu Cheng a big thumbs up to indicate that he received his reminder.

“Xu Cheng’s detection ability is still excellent.” Looking at the monitor screen, the head instructor smiled gratifyingly. 

“But Head Instructor, you should know, among the participants of the 36 Army Competition, the most important skill that every soldier should have is real combat experience, and right now, we lack powerful individual soldiers. Because once camouflage and ambush are exposed, a good soldier could destroy a whole team. Every year, the competition is a big chaotic battle. Within one week, 36 teams will enter the jungle to see who can be the last ones left standing. At this moment, it’s still individual aces that are more reliable.”

After participating in the competition so many times, how could the head instructor not know that?

Every year, it had always been the three Swordsmen from their military region that would stay alive until the end, but the other military regions all had over a dozen people. And that was because along with being smart, they would try to pick on the smaller teams to attack and eliminate them to boost their own scores. In here, there also existed private agreements between regions to have temporary truces first to gain an advantage. For instance, every year, the top military regions would all avoid fighting each other first so the weaker teams wouldn’t take advantage of them, and they would always team up or go out on their own to find weak teams to get lots of points first. Under such tacit cooperation, it would indeed be a bit difficult for the Three Swordsmen to break through the siege of the other teams. Every year, they wouldn’t be able to last for 2 more days before getting completely eliminated. It was quite obvious how advantageous it would be to have more aces on one team. With each additional ace soldier, they would add another layer of safety for the team’s survival and deterrence. Usually, if you were a soft tomato with a few hard spots, everyone would try to pick on you and ambush you first to get you out. 

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