His head was like a giant bell being hit by a heavy hammer. He felt that surging tides were savaging inside his brain and he could not see nor hear a single thing, except for the shocking exclamations from the auditorium.
He knew that the exclamations were not for him.
All the audience had enjoyed an amazing scene.
When the Flying Flame Battlesuit crashed into the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit, everybody had thought that the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit would be blown away. Even if it could survive the hit and continue the match, the Flying Flame Battlesuit would definitely dominate the game until it was over.
After all, heat-resistant plate armor was best known for its weakness.
But as it turned out, the plate armor of the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit was indeed shattered because of the explosion. However, from the broken armor burst out intensive spiritual waves which exploded around the Flying Flame Battlesuit like 100 Hellfire-Lightnings.
The Flying Flame Battlesuit was immediately caught in fire and thunderbolts.
Although the Flying Flame Battlesuit was remarkably heat-proof, its defense against explosions of thunder attributes was nothing special. It was unable to move for a long time due to the intensified electric shock.
The Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit took the opportunity to counterattack.
After being kneed in the chest once, the body of the Flying Flame Battlesuit was bent like a shrimp.
Then, the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit waved its two arms and slashed down as if they were two axes, which put the Flying Flame Battlesuit to the ground immediately. Then the crystal cannon on the back flipped up quickly and fired at the ground.
The moment the spiritual energy inside the crystal cannon burst out, the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit put its hands on its waist where its fists took on a pair of boxing gloves that was full of three-edged needles. Electrical sparkles were dancing on the two gloves.
Ruan Honglie fell into a passive position due to one reckless move. He gritted his teeth and tried to scramble to his feet against the cannon fire, only to be knocked over by Li Yao. The two of them rolled around on the ground for a while. Then Li Yao's heavy punches rained on Ruan Honglie's face like a thunderstorm.
This time, the punches were not 888.88 kg and 999.99 kg. Two of them were enough to blow a lot of the components of the Flying Flame Battlesuit away. Judging from the fierce attacks, the strength in each punch must be at least ten times larger!
Looking at Li Yao sitting on the top of Ruan Honglie's chest and mauling his opponent's face one punch after another, every spectator felt astounded.
"The guy's melee combat ability is impressive. His defense ability is even stronger. Ruan Honglie has punched him in the face several times, but he didn't even flinch as if they were mosquito stings. The speed of his own attacks was not the least affected.
"Ruan Honglie is at a major disadvantage in such a combat!
"Where is this monster from? How come his defense ability is so strong? Feng Kai, what would you do if you were engaged in close-combat with him?"
Smiles in Sha Yucheng's face were gradually gone. He patted his thigh somewhat anxiously.
"I won't give him the opportunity to get close to me," Feng Kai said firmly one word after another.
It sounded like a confident declaration. However, Sha Yucheng understood Feng Kai's meaning between the lines: if 'Vulture Li Yao' got close to him, he did not have an effective solution, either.
Sha Yucheng looked at Zuo Feijing who was far away.
Zuo Feijing's face was hidden in the darkness. There was no telling what his expression was.
But the veins on the back of his hands which were holding a handrail were bulging, like dragons that were ready to jump out of the water and pierce through the sky.
A long, high-pitched shriek occurred inside the arena.
Much greenish steam surged out of the Flying Flame Battlesuit, as Li Yao had located its cooling tubes which he destroyed with a dagger.
The icy moisture spurted out and immediately vaporized, forming a greenish, transparent smoke over the arena.
"End of the match!"
A high-level Cultivator wearing a glamourous crystal suit rushed into the arena and separated the two of them.
"Winner of this match, Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit of the Grand Desolate War Institution!"
The auditorium was caught in a weird silence, which was broken by thunder-like applauses a moment later.
Since the price of the Flying Flame Battlesuit was twice that of the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit, everybody had thought that the game would be its demonstration match and that the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit was going to be butchered ruthlessly.
However, a ruthless butchering did take place, with the expected winner and the expected loser switching positions.
In the end, the one standing in the middle of the arena accepting applauses and cheers from all the audience turned out to be the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit, whose price was only half of its opponent.
"How did he do it?"
"Why did his crystal suit explode in the first place? It was the key to his victory. If the Flying Flame Battlesuit wasn't caught off guard, the battle would've been much longer than this."
Everyone was confused.
Five minutes later, the Exos were brought up to the arena by lifts.
Despite the double protection of crystal suit and mustard suit, Ruan Honglie's face was still black and blue after the combat.
Seething in anger, he pointed at Li Yao's nose and shouted, "You cheated! That was not heat-resistant plate armor at all!"
Li Yao eyed him with his face unchanged for a long time, before he said after a sigh, "It's true that while you were present, I complained to the judge that the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit was not a special model designed for super-hot environments and, for the sake of fairness, I asked to add a layer of plate armor.
"You said casually that I could add however many layers of plate armor I wanted. One or ten would be the same for you because you would tear them apart one layer after another.
"Eventually, the judge granted my request to add a layer of plate armor.
"But I never said that it would be heat-resistant plate armor from the beginning to the end.
"I merely said that I wanted to add a layer of 'plate armor'. If you don't believe me, you can check the surveillance video. I definitely never said 'heat-resistant'.
"Besides, all kinds of plate armor are permitted in such matches, aren't they? Plate armor can increase the defense ability, but it will also bring down the speed and agility. So, it's more of a personal choice whether or not to add plate armor and how many layers to add. I've never heard anyone blame their failure on the plate armor of their opponents before!
"What I added was of course not the heat-resistant plate armor, but the explosion-reacting plate armor for the defense of flying swords and long-range attacks from demon beasts. There are countless one-way mini crystal bombs inside the plate armor which will explode when it is crushed to offset the blast from the attack.
"However, as it turned out, you simply thrusted yourself into the plate armor, which almost equaled to you thrusting yourself into a pile of crystal bombs. Of course they blew the hell out of you.
"In fact, the explosion-reacting plate armor is quite easy to deal with. If you had just shot your gun at a long distance with your fire waves, you would've noticed that there was something wrong with my plate armor and you could've set off the mini crystal bombs in the armor before you reached me.
"But since your crystal suit is much more expensive than mine and you were in a super-hot environment that was most suitable for you, you felt that it would be embarrassing if you couldn't beat me to a pulp within one minute, didn't you?
"That's why you dashed at me at the earliest chance you found. It's not my fault that you fell into the trap so easily."
Li Yao's words froze Ruan Honglie to the ground as if they were superglue. He was dazed for a long time, before he screamed desperately, "That's not what explosion-reacting plate armor looks like! It had the coating of heat-resistant plate armor! And all those frost rune arrays!"
Li Yao smiled.
"Just now, I spent half an hour redecorating the plate armor and repainting it."
Ruan Honglie was about to weep. He was speechless for a long time.
Their conversation was transmitted to every corner of the arena through crystal microphones.
Everyone was looking at each other in astonishment, failing to find a suitable word to express what was in their minds.
Disguising explosion-reacting plate armor as heat-resistant plate armor, wasn't that a little sordid?
However, it did reflect the excellence of the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit, which had worked for such a long time in a battleground of 700C and even managed to put down a Flying Flame Battlesuit.
It was indeed sturdy and reliable!
"Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit is indeed impressive."
Above the arena, Sha Yucheng took a long breath. "I never believed that a crystal suit at a cost of only a hundred million and without any Heavenly Materials and Earthly Treasures could perform normally in a 700C environment without the heat-resistant plate armor."
"It's not entirely the crystal suit's credit."
Feng Kai squinted. "The body hardiness of this 'Vulture Li Yao' is far beyond the Refinement Stage. Even many Building Foundation Stage Cultivators may not be as sturdy as him. I even have the feeling that this monster can fight in a 700C environment without a crystal suit!"
The two of them looked at each other and noticed the fighting will in the other's eyes, before they walked out simultaneously.
'I'm going to fight the monster tomorrow. No. I need to start warming up right now!'
Below the arena, Yuan Manqiu and Luo Jingang, leader of Thunderbolt Hall, were shaking hands.
"Leader Luo, thank you for your trust in the Grand Desolate War Institution. We'll dedicate ten best Mystic Skeleton Battlesuits for your two squads. Please rest assured. We won't let the first client of the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit down!"
Yuan Manqiu seemed to be smiling at ease, but the drop of sweat on her forehead exposed her thrill.
"After watching the combat just now, I'm pretty sure that the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit is what Thunderbolt Hall needs."
Luo Jingang grinned. "However, the younger generation of Thunderbolt Hall is not as skilled as Mr. Li Yao. I'm afraid we'll have to ask for several instructors from the Grand Desolate War Institution to train them in order to maximize the performance of the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit."
"That's not a problem!"
Yuan Manqiu replied without any hesitation, "The Grand Desolate War Institution is a place that is never short of teachers and instructors. The school has been strongly supporting the Project Mystic Skeleton, too. There will be training programs for the clients who purchase the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit. Their disciples can be sent to study in the Grand Desolate War Institution for free. In the case of Thunderbolt Hall, we can offer you several complimentary fire-class martial arts and arrange the best experts and professors to teach you until the young disciples in your sect learn all of them."
"That would be wonderful!"
Luo Jingang's eyes were beaming in joy. He said hurriedly, "Let's sign the contract now."