After the draw lots, Liu Ming bid farewell to Yan Ming and Xue Yun and went to the 9th arena. He found an empty space and sat cross-legged with his eyes closed.
Not long after, on the high platform, the short and fat man of the 8 courtyard master suddenly stopped chatting with the people beside him, took a few steps forward, and began to announce loudly,
“The time has come. The preliminary round of the major competition has officially started. All disciples please go to the arena based on the draw lots and start the competition in the order of the numbers.
As soon as the announcement was made, thousands of disciples in the audience suddenly made a “boom“. In less than 10 seconds, they divided into 10 groups that surrounded each arena accordingly.
On the ring in each arena, there was already an outer door deputy of the Crystallization Period announcing the match situation and some precautions.
At this moment, Liu Ming was also standing among the crowd under the 9th arena. While listening to the deputy disciple on the stage, he glanced around and looked at the number of the sect token in his hand.
There are more than 400 disciples in the 9th group. He himself was No. 362. There were more than 100 matches before him, and there was only half a day left, so he probably wouldn’t fight today.
“The next match, the No. 15 vs. No. 26!”
To his surprise, after only 10 minutes or so, more than 10 matches were finished. This was totally different from his initial expectation.
As for those who go to the stage and fight against each other, most of them had the same level of cultivation. Naturally, the intermediate stage of the Condensation Period was the most, but the real strength was even more diverse. Some disciples were so weak that they had already been knocked out or controlled under the opponent’s mystic arts before they had time to cast their spiritual weapons.
Some Condensation Period early stage disciples even gave up without fighting when facing the later stage disciples.
Looking around, the conditions on the remaining arenas were almost the same.
Of course, some disciples who had the same cultivation needed to go through a round of fierce battle before deciding the winner.
However, because it was not a battle of life and death, once someone was at a disadvantage, or after he thought he was not the opponent, he would actively take the initiative to jump out of the light curtain enchantment.
At this moment, Liu Ming suddenly felt a gaze from behind him. He looked back with a move of his mind. It was the muscular man, Zang Xuan, who was walking toward him from the 8th arena next to him.
“After leaving Green Sky Illusory Palace, Brother Liu’s spiritual power seems to have improved a lot.” Zang Xuan said after standing still in front of Liu Ming.
“Isn’t Brother Zang the same as me? You have advanced to the Condensation Period later stage. Presumably, your strength has also increased by a lot right?” Liu Ming smiled slightly.
“How dare I compare myself with Brother Liu, Brother Liu killed the Yin Yang Strong Demon alone that day and you also passed the Green Sky Illusory Palace’s test. Your powerful strength is well-known to all the disciples.” Thinking back to the test of the Green Sky Illusory Palace, Zang Xuan couldn’t help but sighed and said so.
“It turns out that the person who killed Ying Yang Strong Demon was Liu Ming?” Before Liu Ming could speak, someone said in surprise.
Suddenly, there were more than a dozen people looking at Liu Ming in unison, and they were whispering to each other.
At the same time, Liu Ming’s expression moved. He turned around, then he was a chubby young man in green robe near the 8th arena. He was eating a large pie that he got from nowhere.
This person’s gaze was very solemn, giving Liu Ming a faint sense of oppression. He was not an ordinary person, but he never heard of such a person; he also wasn’t included in the list that Yan Ming mentioned.
This made Liu Ming mutter in his mind for a while, but he immediately recovered and continued to say to Zang Xuan,
“Brother Zang has overpraised, it was just a fluke. Brother Zang’s purple eyes talent is amazing. I think you definitely can gain something out of this major competition.”
Zang Xuan smiled bitterly when he heard the words. As he wanted to say something again, the previous duel on the 8th arena had already decided the winner, and the disciple had left the arena. At the same time, the Crystallization Period deputy’s cold voice sounded,
“The next match, No. 31 vs. No. 32.”
“Brother Liu, I’ll enter the arena first.” Zang Xuan cupped his fist when he heard that. After a few flickers of his figure, he jumped onto the 8th arena.
He was the No. 31 of the 8th group.
His opponent was the short young man with a sharp face who only had the Condensation Period early stage cultivation.
After only a few seconds, the short young man was sent out of the arena by Zang Xuan with a few punches before he understood what was going on.
Time passed bit by bit, the matches went on in such an orderly manner.
Within each group, cheers and boos kept coming one after another.
Those powerful individuals who were favored by the audience would cause a round of cheers when they went up the stage.
Among them, the 3rd group where Zhou Tianrui was located, at this moment, there were waves of exclamation and admiration. It turned out that this Senior Fellow Apprentice Zhou defeated another disciple of the Condensation Period later stage with just a few moves.
Soon after, in the 2nd group, a woman with a scar face easily knocked out her opponent with her ghostly movement.
Liu Ming didn’t pay much attention to this. He still waited quietly while observing the competition in the arena with a calm face.
In this major competition, he had already made up his mind to at least win a place in the top 10. Of course, he would try to get 1st place if it was possible.
In this way, he could not only get a lot of resources, if he was favored by a certain peak master, he could also directly become the inner disciple, eliminating the trouble of entering the inner door through other ways.
Just when dusk arrived, it was finally Liu Ming’s turn.
“The next match, No. 361 vs No. 362.”
After Liu Ming made this sound in the 9th ring, he leaped and landed lightly on the arena.
The enchantment light curtain enveloped the entire arena.
On the opposite, there was a handsome young man in a gray robe in his twenties. When Liu Ming came on stage, he cupped his fist and said,
“I’m Zhu Wutian from the Xiaoxiang Courtyard. Please enlighten me senior fellow apprentice.”
“Piaohong Courtyard, Liu Ming.” Liu Ming just said faintly. He scanned with Divine Thought and found out that the other disciple was only at the Condensation Period intermediate stage.
“What, you are Liu Ming!?” When Zhu Wutian heard this, he was shocked suddenly. His face was immediately full of vigilance.
Liu Ming still stood in place with his expression unchanged.
At this time, the Crystallization Period deputy announced “start” in the air and flew beyond the light curtain.
The young man in gray robe flicked his sleeve with a solemn face, and a fork in yellow light flew out and became 10 meters in size.
Liu Ming faintly looked at the short fork in the young man’s hand. It was an upper grade spiritual weapon with 25 enchantments. However, Liu Ming just stood with his hands at his back; he didn’t seem to be making a move at all.
“Although Brother Liu has quite some reputation, aren’t you underestimating your opponent too much.” Liu Ming’s inaction made the gray-robed youth seem a little annoyed; he said with a deep frown.
As soon as he spoke, he launched a few symbols into the flying folk, then he pointed into the air.
There was a thunderous sound, and the flying fork turned into a lighting with the size of a bowl and blasted at Liu Ming.
Liu Ming’s eyes were cold. He made a gesture, and black mist rolled out from his body. After he raised his hand, the black mist condensed into a giant black palm that whizzed toward the golden lightning.
A burst of whistling sound came from the air; the giant black palm and the lightning were in a stalemate for a while.
Seeing this situation, Liu Ming seemed a little surprised. With a ferocious look, he turned into a phantasm and disappeared.
At the same time, “boom“, the lightning and the giant black palm burst open in the air. Amidst the rolling smoke, silver lightning arcs scattered around…
At this moment, a ghostly figure appeared behind the man in gray robe. The figure lightly launched a giant black palm silently; there wasn’t any sign before the hit.
The man in gray didn’t have time to react at all. The defensive aura was broken by a blow of the palm. After a painful scream, he flew 100 meters more away and landed outside the arena.
The short fork in the air also fell on the arena with a “bang” because it had lost its connection with its owner.
From the young man in gray robe releasing the short fork to being pushed out of the arena by Liu Ming, it was only a matter of a few seconds.
“Piaohong Courtyard Liu Ming won.” Seeing this, the Crystallization Period deputy above the arena made an announcement loudly.
“You fought well.”
After Liu Ming said lightly, he leaped off the arena lightly.
In the audience, another tall and thin man who seemed to be in the same courtyard as the young man in gray robe had quickly stepped forward to help him up.
After a while, the young man in gray robe disappeared from the crowd without saying a word after being helped by the tall and thin man.
After another hour, the preliminary round of the first day came to an end.
Liu Ming did not stay any longer. He made a gesture and turned into a black cloud that flew toward his cave house.
Early the next morning, on the Yunyi Peak, thousands of people gathered again.
But compared to the previous day, the people were one third lesser.
After the preliminary round of the first day, nearly half of the people had been eliminated. Most of the people, who visited today had been eliminated yesterday, were just here to watch the matches.
After all, being able to see such high-level battles, it would also be of great help to their own cultivation and combat experience.
On the jade platform, there were only a dozen people left including the courtyard masters and the deputy courtyard masters of the 8 Courtyards. It was obviously less than the first day.
However, the number of peak elders and peak masters was a few more than the first day.
Liu Ming came to the 9th arena early, looked for a quiet place, and continued to watch quietly.
He scanned it with Divine Thought and found that after the first day, most of the remaining disciples were at the later stage of the Condensation Period. Only a few of them were in the early stage of the Condensation Period.
In the matches that started shortly after, it was also the match between the disciples of the later stage in the Condensation Period. Compared with the first day, the degree of excitement was significantly improved, and the time spent in the match was also lengthened a lot.
After half a day, it was finally Liu Ming’s turn to fight again.
“The next match, No. 362 vs No. 364.” The deputy disciple announced expressionlessly.
Upon hearing this, Liu Ming immediately walked out of the crowd with a faint smile and jumped into the arena.
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