The waiting time was always long, especially for the laymen to watch the experts. However, in front of the ‘rhythm’ of the 2 grand masters, time seemed to pass very fast. Before the audience could properly grasp the wonderful feeling, 2 hours had passed.
There were 2 swords on the mechanic tables in front of Chen Rui and Saman. If they hadn’t seen it with their own eyes, they would have thought that the 2 swords were made by the same person because the length, shape, and even the feeling of the 2 swords were almost the same. Although they were both excellent grade, they looked ingenious.
The reason why the 2 long swords had the same feeling was that the judgments and choices of the 2 grand masters were strikingly similar. The specifications of the 2 swords should be the best choices that could meet those fighting conditions within 2 hours.
However, just as only 1 of them could survive in the end, only 1 of the 2 swords could remain.
Up next was the result of this match.
The 2 swords slowly levitated, affecting the mood of countless audiences. The 2 swords turned into 2 rays of light, colliding with each other swiftly. Under the sparks, the hearts of the audience continued to tremble.
After striking more than 10 times, there was finally a ‘ding’ sound. 1 sword was broken into half and fell down while the other 1 persisted to the end despite the multiple cracks.
The sword flew slowly in front of Chen Rui, and the audience cheered. The trio-specialized genius master… No, grand master ‘Arthur’ won!
Compared with the mysterious 1-eyed grand master, the genius grand master who was once famous in the Demon Realm was obviously easier to be accepted and supported by the audience.
In the first game, the mechanic match, Arthur won 2-0!
The power of rule came into play immediately, and Chen Rui felt a burst of vitality coming from Saman. The light in Saman’s 1 eye suddenly dimmed, and he looked a lot haggard.
I lost the first match! Saman’s hand trembled slightly. It has been 5,000 years. Since the gambling battle started 5,000 years ago, I have never lost a round. Everything was under my control. I can’t believe that in the first match today, I actually lost to this opponent who should be less than 30 years old!
“Why?!” Saman growled, “The materials, techniques, and attributes are almost the same. Why does my sword break?!”
“No matter how shameless your character is, but after all, you are a grand master, so I will let you understand.” Chen Rui said indifferently, “Although our materials, techniques, and others are almost the same, I have 1 most important thing that you don’t have, which is an understanding of the sword. What you have is an understanding to craft the weapon whereas I understand the ‘sword’ itself, because — my weapon is the sword! Therefore, the sword I created is more alive than yours. To be precise, the level between us is quite similar, but such a small gap is enough to decide the outcome.”
Those mechanic masters only felt that these words contained the truth of the grand master level. Although there were many things they didn’t understand, they were still fascinated and ecstatic.
Saman’s grand master-level strength was not for nothing. He soon understood the reason for his failure, took a deep breath, and showed a very solemn look in his eye, “I admit that I underestimated you before. Your strength has far surpassed Tetenis. Even I must take you seriously. You’re indeed a genius and a powerful grand master. Unfortunately, you are destined to be only my stepping stone. Your life, your honor, and everything you have will belong to me.”
“The only thing that can ‘belong to you’ is failure.” Chen Rui smiled indifferently, “The potion battle is next, don’t you need a break? Grand Master Saman?”
Saman sneered coldly, “Don’t be too complacent. Although your pharmaceutics doesn’t have much reputation, I believe that you, like Tetenis, have reached the potion grand master level. My pharmaceutical attainments are far above mechanical skills. I will not give you any chance and take back the vitality that I just lost.”
In fact, many people in the audience had already guessed that ‘Arthur’, in addition to the mechanic grand master, should also be the potion grand master. He was an all-round grand master. It was rare to find 1 in hundreds of thousands of years, and there were 3 this time. Furthermore, they were teacher-apprentice and arch enemies who were about to have a life and death battle. No matter what the result was, it would leave a strong mark in the history of the Demon Realm.
Today’s shock was enough. The audience was now more looking forward to the outcome of this battle.
“This kind of naive psychological tactic can only expose your guilty conscience. Perhaps this is your self-attempt to calm down the tension?” A determined laughter sounded behind Chen Rui’s mask, “What I want to remind you is that you can no longer lose again.”
Saman didn’t speak any more. Taking a deep breath, he became concentrated. After stabilizing his mind, he started the potion battle.
It was also a best-of-3 rule. The first match was crafting black potions ‘Eternal Power’. The first to complete would win.
This match had widened the eyes of many viewers. If True series black potions was the entry potion of potion grand master, then Eternal series potions was the advanced potion. The buff of True series potions was temporary. Compared with the white potion, it doubled the effect and had no side effects. Furthermore, the Eternal series potions buff the attribute forever. As for the resurrection potion and the longevity potion, which were the highest grade potions, only the legendary great grand master could make it. The means of the real great grand master were no longer limited to these types of black potions. It was said that they could produce God potions that made the gods fearful. However, these were ancient legends with an old history, and the authenticity needed to be investigated. The Eternal series potions in front of them now were the most attractive.
The imprint space gave many herbs, and both parties could choose to mix them. The formula of potion was not static. In addition to the basic formula of the main body, many aspects including materials, steps, techniques, etc. could have subtle differences and improvements. This was also the reason potions had a difference in purity. The same potion made by different potioneers could have different formulas. The same was true for black potions. The key was the effect of the potions.
This was different from the previous refining test. The refining was to put the materials provided by the space into the Super System for processing. This time, if he directly exchanged the potion without using the materials in the imprint space too, it would probably not be recognized by the rule of the space. Besides, Chen Rui also had his own experience in the preparation of Eternal series potions, so he decided to start the manual crafting after thinking quickly.
The potion grand masters emphasized the word ‘realm’. The fusion of the whole potion was like the original existence, but the potioneer lifted the veil on it little by little. When Chen Rui exited this immersive realm after the making of ‘Eternal Power’, he found that Saman actually ended a long time ago.
In the first round of potion battle, ‘Arthur’ lost!
Judging from the time given by the space, Saman’s speed was twice as fast as him. In other words, when Chen Rui was only halfway, Saman had already completed it.
“This speed is too unconventional…” Chen Rui’s eyes were fixed on the material in front of Saman. He seemed to understand something when he realized that the material for the potion body did not seem to move, “You pre-made the main ingredient of the various potions before the duel? Is this kind of cheating allowed as well?”
“You actually found it out so quickly.” Saman said with a gloomy smile, “To be precise, I made it yesterday because the main ingredient’s medicinal effect has a strict time limit, and it will expire if it exceeds the time. This imprint rule allows it as long as the final product is newly made in the space. I have to praise you that you are fast enough just now. If I really compete with you, I have a good chance of losing.”
“It is allowed as long as the finished product is the latest ‘production’?” Chen Rui nodded slowly, “I understand. You have won this round.”
“You’re the most powerful opponent I have ever met. Not only in strength, but also in reaction and scheming.” Saman’s 1 eye narrowed and his smile became more and more smug, “Unfortunately, you are at a disadvantage because it is your first time participating in the duel. For thousands of years, I have completely understood the rule and can freely use the rule to gain the greatest advantage – It doesn’t matter if you say that I am cheating. The winner comes first. If you can win like this, I will also die without complaint.”
“It’s not too late to understand the rules…” Chen Rui actually laughed, “I’ll let you ‘die without complaint’.”
“Isn’t it too late? Don’t tell me that you want to take a leave to go craft the main ingredient?” Saman sneered, “The main ingredient of potions is the most time-consuming, and it will lose its effectiveness after more than a day. I’m quite prepared for each potion. Whether it’s the potion battle or the final battle of the third match, I will definitely win the potion category! Even if it’s mechanics, it’s hard to tell the outcome between us. The only thing you can do is to pray that you can draw mechanics for the third match every time. However, I want to remind you that if you lose a match, you will lose half of your life, and you don’t have much luck.”
“Add a precondition to your last sentence, that is if you can persist until the third round.” Chen Rui shrugged, “Okay, let’s start the second match.”
Luck seemed to be on Saman’s side. In the second round when Chen Rui drew lots, it was a speed competition of producing black potions of any type with a purity of more than 90% within 2 hours.
After the time was up, the one with the required purity and the highest number would be the winner.
Saman was overjoyed. For him, this rule could maximize the means of cheating!
Anyway, the other party had already seen through it, so Saman simply took out the potion’s main ingredient that had been made in advance from the space ring and began to quickly craft the potions. In less than 1 hour, 4 bottles of True series potions were completed. At this time, he glanced at his opponent, ‘Arthur’, who was scrambling to prepare a bottle. Although he couldn’t see his expression, he could see his nervousness from his actions that were out of standard. He didn’t even prepare 1 bottle yet.
Saman quickened his speed as he secretly smugged.
The 2-hour time limit was coming to an end. Saman had made 10 bottles of True series potions, and the quality of each bottle had reached 90 which was already his peak performance. However, when he looked at Chen Rui’s potion crafting table again, his only eyeball almost popped out.
There were densely packed black potions which were at least 50 bottles by sight!
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“Saman quickened his speed as he secretly smugged.”
“To smug” is not a valid word, actually. “To smirk” is the closest equivalent, other synonymous expressions are longer.