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Boss Art Extravaganza

Here's how this all started: we love the artist community. We've hired two fans to work on our logo, and another artist created the class backgrounds for our site. This year we hired two artists to make super cute boss art for each raid. (Thanks to your premium accounts, we are able to put money back into the WoW community!).

The boss art in particular has a lot of people excited. I've had about two dozen requests for permission to use it in Youtube videos or guides. Can you use it? Yes, provided you ask us and give credit to Ask Mr. Robot and the artist (@Cadistra or @Ammosart).

Then people started asking for it on tees, so we partnered with d20crit to launch the "My Life is Gruuling" tee. I have it in pink, and they are the SOFTEST, most comfy shirts ever. We partnered with d20crit over other t-shirt companies (like Spreadshirt or Teespring) because they are also a part of the Warcraft community. Among other things, they host a bunch of my favorite podcasts (Hearthcast, Training Dummies, Twisted Nether and a whole lot more). We like to make sure as much money stays as much in the fansite community as possible. This way, our part of the sales help us pay for even more art and d20crit gets to use their share to help support more podcasts.

Recently people started asking for more of the bosses, as well as for us to start putting it on things like pins. That means I have to do all of the photoshopping, pricing, setup, etc. and since Ask Mr. Robot only has three humans working for him, I have to pick and choose my activities carefully. So I ran a survey and it turns out enough people are interested in these extra things that I am going to set some of it up. You can still vote for your favorite boss art. I'm actually pretty excited because I already have a couple of killer designs.

But for all of my ideas, I feel like I only "nailed it!" on a handful. That's where I'm hoping my wonderful friends and fans can help. So I'll be running a series of surveys to come up with fun captions for the most popular bosses (as voted for in my first survey). I'll update this post with results after each survey along with new surveys for more captions.

I think this will be a fun community activity :) Plus, when a cool design is suggested, I can share in the gaggles instead of keeping it all to myself. My first design is below, and it makes me laugh every single time I see it.

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Submit & Vote

Now it's time for the first caption-call. Even if you don't think you're clever, stop by to see the 'theme' we are thinking of, say hello, then check back for the results. Once I have the first set of results in, they will go up for voting, and whether you are feeling creative or not, we all like a good VOTE!

Survey #1: It's all for the ladies

Results: Coming soon!

 

 

Upgrade finder gets another uprgrade!

I want to say "Thanks" on behalf of Team Robot (all 3 of us humans, and 1 robot) for all of you premium account holders. It means a lot to us that you like our features enough to pay us a rate of $1 every month. It's not a lot to some people, it is a lot to others, and each one of you helps keep us working on the site full time :)

With that, here's some fun upgrades to premium features!

  • All upgrade finder features now indicate whether you already own an item with a note that says (Own) next to it.
  • Bonus roll helper: it now ranks bosses for multiple difficulties on one screen, so yo ucan see if rolling on normal Archimonde is better than heroic Iron Reaver, for example.
  • Bonus roll helper score: the overall score for the boss and item upgrades now takes into account items you own.
  • Zone picker in the upgrade lists now has a difficulty picker added in, making the lists shorter and easier to navigate.
  • Apexis search now includes empowered version of any unempowered baleful items that you have in your bags.

We have even more coming, so stay tuned! And again, thanks for being premium. I can't say that enough!

 

Hellfire Citadel Raid Tools

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We have really cute raid bosses that we commissioned from @Cadistra.

Full Suite of Raid Tools!

Last expansion, we launched the data and graph views for our combat logs. With Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry, we introduced auto-generated infographics. Over the past month, people have been testing out the automated player-comparison tool and now it's ready for Hellfire Citadel. All of these are totally free, and we keep your data pretty much 'forever.'

We also launched Live Loot ranking to help gear up your gear as efficiently as possible to aid in progression. The rankings on the site do require that ONE person in your raid have premium ($1 a month). And then, once you rank it, you can import it into the addon and share the results with everyone on your team, even those who don't have premium :)

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NEW! Player Comparisons

So you want to get better, amirite? Mr. Robot has a new feature to help you. He will FIND a bunch of players to compare you to... ones that have similar gear levels, set bonuses, legendaries, trinkets, and more. If the fight lengths differ, he calculates a delta, so that everything is fair.

You can even compare talents, glyphs and stats. It might not be their rotation making them better, it could be they have 20% more crit for the same gear level, and that is actually your best stat.

Combat Logs: Lots of Data & Graphs

We took a different approach to viewing log data than traditional combat log sites. We put top level data front and center, then make pretty much every data-bar clickable for more details. That way, you can dig down to the data you want, without being overwhelmed with too much data in any particular view. Here's a 1:40 video highlighting some of the cool data.

We have really easy-to-use graphs. A lot of people don't know that, so let's change that. Below is a 40-second video showing you how to find the graphs and what they can do.

Combat Infographics

We launched this project for Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry. We wanted to see if we could find the important information in a log, FOR YOU, so you didn't have to spend time digging through a lot of data if you didn't want to. In addition, we wanted to give you context to that data... just because you know you killed the adds in 5 seconds or less, doesn't mean you know how good or bad that is. Until now - we aggregate data across all teams who successfully kill a boss and show you how you score. Now you DO know if it's good or bad, so you know where to focus your efforts.

We process the data automatically each night, so upload you logs asap on Tuesday so we have enough data to be meaningful. Then check back Wednesday to see your report (it's retroactive, if you uploaded Tuesday, it will show up on Wednesday). This is a one-time waiting period as each new boss gets enough data... after that, you see infographs immediately after uploading them.

This video is from our initial launch, so it's a wee bit dated, but still very useful (and short) if you're new to the infographics. Also, I actually went in front of a camera for this, so there's that. The other 2 people behind Mr. Robot (yes, there are only 3 of us), weren't on camera though, sorry :(

Russ Petersen, rewards system designer (items) at BlizzardRuss Petersen, rewards system designer (items) at Blizzard

How to upload your logs:

  1. Get the desktop application here.
  2. Optional: If you want gear data tied to the logs (you should, silly), get the addon here.
    You can  if you want. No need to do ANYTHING else with the addon, other than have it installed.
  3. IN YOUR RAID: you need to start a combat log. You can do this by typing /combat log   in the chat window. OR, use our addon and either check the box that auto-logs (my favorite) or click the 'start logging' button. When you are logging, the Mr. Robot addon icon will be green.
  4. After your raid, upload your logs with the desktop application.
    (Start an upload / Fight selection & gear data step)
  5. When you're done, click the big button to view your logs, or just load your character on our site and the logs will show on the right side.

Then check back Wednesday to see your infographics. Remember, we need at least a day to gather enough data to make the infographics meaningful. This is a one-time waiting period when new bosses come out.

Live Loot Ranking!

As bosses drop loot, Mr. Robot will rank them for every member on your raid team. Find out who big of an upgrade it is for each person... is it a 1% for MageMaster and 6% for WarlockOfDoom? Will that change how each of you rolls or bids? It is meant to help you make loot decisions, no matter what loot system you use (roll, dkp, loot council, etc).


The Live Loot Ranking is part of the Team Optimizer, a premium feature. It's $1 a month and only ONE person on the team needs premium. Once you import it into the addon, everyone can see the ranked results, whether they are premium or not!

Best in Bags

Mr. Robot looks at all of the gear you own, then finds the best set to equip. Gone of the days of needing static BiS lists - when items have a chance to be warforged or have a gem socket, it gets thrown out the window. That's where Best in Bags comes in - Mr. Robot KNOWS what you have and makes sure the best items are always equipped. This is part of premium ($1 a month).

Why Premium? $1 a Month

First, I want to be very clear. All of the combat log features (data, graphs, inforgraphics and comparisons) are free. The Live Loot Ranking, Best in Bags, Bonus Roll Helper, no ads, and more all come packaged in one premium price. $1 a month.

Everyone gets to try the features free for a week (no credit card is ever asked for, during the trial... that's just shady and we don't do that). If your trial is over and you want it reset, we're happy to do it. We believe that you should be able to try the cool stuff before you buy it. If you need a reset, email your AMR username to feedback -at- askmrrobot dotz com.

I know a lot of you reading this are already premium, and I want to give you a huge hug! There are only 3 humans working with Mr. Robot and you help support us. We turned this site into our full-time jobs, which is what lets us make all of these cool features.  It also helps us support other fans and fan sites. For example, we commission a lot of art, we help pay for servers on other sites, help fund Blizzcon parties, and so on. On behalf of all of us, Thank You! It is such a rewarding experience to work on Warcraft stuff full time AND be a positive source for people too.

Weight It Out!

It's that time of year again, when we update stat weights for the patch. And we have something new to add, that I'm very excited about!

As some of you know, we have a pretty rigorous, programmatic way to make them: we wrote a program that interfaces with our own code and the SimC program. We run a ton of sims to get weights, put those into our site (programmatically), take the gear suggestion, put that back into SimC, run it again... and so on (loop). We look at both single and multi-target fights, various gear levels, with and without set bonuses, and the list goes on. This process uses the default spell rotations that each SimC class moderator enters. The program runs anywhere from 4-12 hours per class (and we do this several times). In fact, my computer is a bit laggy because it's still running some of the simulations as I type ;)

As far as a programmatic way to get weights, this is pretty rock solid. But we all know that humans can do some creative, smart things when they get involved. Maybe it's changing up the spell rotation, assessing single vs multi-target fights, or maybe there's magic involved, who knows! All I know is we have a lot of really smart theorycrafters out there, and Mr. Robot wants to help bring the results of their human brain power to as many people as possible.

We'll be adding in theorycrafter stat weight presets with this patch. For example, If TheoryJane has awesome mage stat weights, we'll put them in the stat weight preset menu as "TheoryJane's Mage Weights." We like to include little descriptions too, that explain why the stats have been chosen that way.

Here's a Google spreadsheet where you can submit your stat weights (or your favorite theorycrafter's stat weights). I'm also looking for a handful of people to help maintain it and keep it up to date. Since there are only 3 humans working on Mr. Robot, we have our hands full. I don't want to let the stat weights fall behind, so I'm offering some free AMR premium accounts and maybe a Tshirt or two as rewards. If you are interested, leave a comment :)

 

Patch 6.2 Mega Gear Summary

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As always, Mr. Robot gathered all sorts of gear data for the patch and asked me to share it. The list below starts with the highest iLevels and works its way down. You can browse all 6.2 gear on our site now (trinkets and set bonuses have placeholder estimates. Stat weights are not yet updated).

Viewing gear on AMR

Load your character and play with gear on the character page, Best in Slot, and Optimized views. Note that set bonus and trinket estimates have placeholder values right now. Stat weights are also not updated (but you can get your favorite weights shared from a theorycrafter if you'd like).

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Click the 'edit weights' button to the right of your character name to get the controls shown below.

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Legendary rings: iLevel 735

Get those rings! It's a... group on-use, I suppose you could call it. When one person uses it, it procs for everyone in the raid, increasing damage and healing by 25% for 15 seconds (2 min cooldown).

Bosses in Hellfire Citadel drop higher and higher iLevel gear.

I've listed the iLevel each boss drops (and set items are in parenthesis).

For comparison, BRF iLevels are 670N / 685H / 700M. Remember, you likely have a lot of high level items from your garrison raiding missions. So if you are a Heroic BRF raider, you likely have a lot of level 700 BRF mythic items. That means early heroic bosses in HFC give you a 5 iLevel boost over mythic garrison gear, and 20 iLevels over Heroic BRF boss drops.

Class-specific trinkets

Each classes gets a specific trinket that has a chance to drop off Archimond. Below are the 705 Normal mode versions (use the drop down right under the item to switch between N/H/M on wowdb). The Heroic and Mythic versions increase proc chance % as well as other percentages listed.

These drop as a token off Archimond, grouped by the same classes as tier tokens. Once you win it, you can turn it into your class-specific trinket.

Crafting upgrades to iLevel 700 & 715

Rank 5 "Mighty" crafted items increase to iLevel 700 and rank 6 "Savage" increases to 715. Weapon upgrades are 10 iLevels lower. Upgrades require Felblight, which can be obtained in Tanaan Jungle from gathering professions (fishing, herbalism, mining, or skinning).

Also, all previous rank upgrade reagents (2-4) have been consolidated into 1 reagent, making early upgrades easier and cheaper.

Mythic 5-man dungeons: up to iLevel 685 & 705

A mythic difficulty will be added to Draenor dungeons, rewarding iLevel 685 items, with end bosses having a chance to drop iLevel 705 warforged items.

There is also a Timewalking "Bonus Event" that rewards a cache containing a "Heroic Hellfire Citadel quality item." My best guess is that means you can get any item from HFC, ranging from 705-720 iLevel.

Apexis gear: iLevel 695

New apexis gear will have a base iLevel of 650 that can be upgraded to 695 with an Emowered Apexis Fragment. You get a free 650 item and a free fragment after completing the quest, The Cipher of Damnation, part of your garrison campaign.

More 650 items can be obtained from garrison missions, Tanaan mob drops, and Tanaan quests. More upgrade fragments can be purchased for 20,000 Apexis Crystals (it's BoP so you won't find it on the AH).

Challenge mode: iLevel 680

Challenge mode strong boxes will now reward iLevel 680 (up from 650).

Timewalking: iLevel 660 & 675

You can go back and fight through selected old content, with a catch. Your gear is scaled DOWN to an appropriate level. The bosses drop gear that scales back UP to an appropriate iLevel for a level 100 player: iLevel 640 (660 Warforged). With patch 6.2.2 (Sept 1), new gear was introduced at iLevel 675.

There is a Timewalking "Bonus Event." If you complete 5 timewalking dungeons, you get an extra bonus roll that does NOT count toward your weekly cap.

Epic gems: +75 to a stat

That's up from +50 for the blue (rare) gems. Each epic gem will require 15 Felblight (which can be obtained through gathering professions in Tanaan Jungle). Here's a guide on Icy-Veins.

 Best in Bags & Live Loot Ranking

As you win gear, give "Best in Bags" a shot. Mr. Robot will dig through all of the gear you own and tell you what the best items are to equip. No more wondering if that lower iLevel item with a socket is better than the higher iLevel. Mr. Robot KNOWS!

As you kill bosses in Hellfire Citadel, try out our new Live Loot Ranking tool. It ranks gear that drops for every player in the raid. Get the addon here.

Best in Bags: Just Got Better

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Best in Bags: Our most popular feature just got better

  • Update June, 2015: We added even more in-game support for Best in Bags!
  • Get the in-game mod on Curse!
  • Mr. Robot will find the best set from items in your bags. It's similar to a BiS list... so we call it BiB (Best in Bags).
  • This is very handy for offspecs and alts!

Video Tutorial

Upgrade to premium for just $1 a month!

That's right, Mr. Robot's gnome-powered number crunching is available for just $1 a month. We keep the price as affordable as possible so you can spend more time playing the game instead of playing in spreadsheets. Mr. Robot generously passes the money along to his 3 human helpers, who spend it mostly on video games and food.

One price, $1 a month, or ALL of the premium features!

  • Best in Bags (#1 most loved premium feature)
  • Bonus Roll helper
  • Team Optimizer (better loot decision = better team progression)
  • Upgrade finder
  • No ads

Can't wait? Upgrade now!

(FYI: Optimizing and all Combat Log features are free)

How to get started:

1. Open the Ask Mr. Robot addon in game. (Don't have it? Get it from Curse). To do that click on the Ask Mr. Robot minimap icon, or type /amr show in the chat window.
2. Open your bank and bags so the addon can scan the inventory.
3. Go to the Export tab and copy the text in the box. CTRL + C to copy in game, or Apple + C on a mac. SS_Addon_ExportTab

4. RETURN TO THE WEBSITE! Click the big green arrow above your character, and select the "Best in Bags" option in the upper left.

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5. Paste the text in the box that appears. Click the green "Import Now" button right below the box. On repeat visits, you can choose to view a previous import if nothing has changed since your last import.

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6. Choose your main spec. On repeat visits, Mr. Robot will remember your choice.

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7. After you choose a spec, you can click the next button at the top. Take notice of the 'progress bar' at the top - you can use this to move between different steps.

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8. View your results!!!
You can also export these results to the addon, click the blue "Export to Addon" button found in the "Now What?" Section. Or if you want to look at your offspec, click the green "Next" button toward the top of the section.

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9. Sending the data to the addon!
Click the blue "Export to Addon" button you see in the picture above (on the website). Copy the text in the box. Then go IN-GAME and open our ADDON. This time, go to the "Gear" tab. Click the orange Import button.

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10. Paste the text in the window that pops up. And get your results!

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Fancy Extras:

IN-GAME FEATURE: Mr. Robot will equip all of the gear for you. Just click the green "Activate spec and Equip Gear" button.

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IN-GAME FEATURE: Shopping list for main and alts: You can click the blue "Show Shopping List" button to get a list of materials for any (or all) of your characters that you've run Best-in-Bags for. It doesn't matter what character you are on, we will show them all :)

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WEBSITE FEATURE: You can click on any item to bring up a gear list of only items you own for each slot.

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Best in Bags

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Best in Bags: Our most popular feature just got better

  • Update June, 2015: We added even more in-game support for Best in Bags!
  • Get the in-game mod on Curse!
  • Mr. Robot will find the best set from items in your bags. It's similar to a BiS list... so we call it BiB (Best in Bags).
  • This is very handy for offspecs and alts!

Video Tutorial

Upgrade to premium for just $1 a month!

That's right, Mr. Robot's gnome-powered number crunching is available for just $1 a month. We keep the price as affordable as possible so you can spend more time playing the game instead of playing in spreadsheets. Mr. Robot generously passes the money along to his 3 human helpers, who spend it mostly on video games and food.

One price, $1 a month, or ALL of the premium features!

  • Best in Bags (#1 most loved premium feature)
  • Bonus Roll helper
  • Team Optimizer (better loot decision = better team progression)
  • Upgrade finder
  • No ads

Can't wait? Upgrade now!

(FYI: Optimizing and all Combat Log features are free)

How to get started:

1. Open the Ask Mr. Robot addon in game. (Don't have it? Get it from Curse). To do that click on the Ask Mr. Robot minimap icon, or type /amr show in the chat window.
2. Open your bank and bags so the addon can scan the inventory.
3. Go to the Export tab and copy the text in the box. CTRL + C to copy in game, or Apple + C on a mac. SS_Addon_ExportTab

4. RETURN TO THE WEBSITE! Click the big green arrow above your character, and select the "Best in Bags" option in the upper left.

MainMenuArrow

 

BiBMenu

5. Paste the text in the box that appears. Click the green "Import Now" button right below the box. On repeat visits, you can choose to view a previous import if nothing has changed since your last import.

pastetext

6. Choose your main spec. On repeat visits, Mr. Robot will remember your choice.

choosespec1

7. After you choose a spec, you can click the next button at the top. Take notice of the 'progress bar' at the top - you can use this to move between different steps.

NavBar

8. View your results!!!
You can also export these results to the addon, click the blue "Export to Addon" button found in the "Now What?" Section. Or if you want to look at your offspec, click the green "Next" button toward the top of the section.

nowwhat

9. Sending the data to the addon!
Click the blue "Export to Addon" button you see in the picture above (on the website). Copy the text in the box. Then go IN-GAME and open our ADDON. This time, go to the "Gear" tab. Click the orange Import button.

SS_GearImport

10. Paste the text in the window that pops up. And get your results!

SS_BiBResults

Fancy Extras:

IN-GAME FEATURE: Mr. Robot will equip all of the gear for you. Just click the green "Activate spec and Equip Gear" button.

SS_EquipGear

IN-GAME FEATURE: Shopping list for main and alts: You can click the blue "Show Shopping List" button to get a list of materials for any (or all) of your characters that you've run Best-in-Bags for. It doesn't matter what character you are on, we will show them all :)

SS_ShoppingList

WEBSITE FEATURE: You can click on any item to bring up a gear list of only items you own for each slot.

BiBItems

 

 

 

Team Optimizer Testing: In-Game Looting

We've been working on adding in-game support to team looting. Our team tested it last night and it's awesome. I'm opening it up for testing today and tomorrow before we release it to the public. If you're interested, you can get the addon at the end of this post.

What it is:

It shows you how big of an upgrade the item is for each person on your team. Let's everyone choose need, offspec, greed, and pass. It auto-rolls for everyone and let's you assign loot or even DE it.

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Rules:

  • Your entire team needs to install the ultra-alpha version of our addon (I will give you this file to share). If 1 or 2 people don't have it, that's ok, but it's more fun when everyone has it.
  • I need feedback!
  • Video / Audio recording: it would be ideal if you could record the looting process via video so I can see (and hear) how it worked out.

 For people who want to test it out:

  • Disable original AMR addon: Ideally, anyone who installs this version should disable the regular version (if they have it). That way, if bugs occur, we can rule out any interference with the other version of the addon.
  • Reinitialize Best in Bags: If you use Best in Bags (which has been improved a wee bit). You must 're-initialize' it because it's a new addon (rather than an updated version of the original... that's what you get when testing, ha). To do this, in game, with the addon installed:  activate each of your specs at least once. Open your bags and bank once for 5 seconds or so. Then you can export BiB.
  • Turn auto-logging back on: since this is a new addon, you might have to redo settings, including turning auto-logging back on.
  • Team Optimzer: follow the instructions on the addon's team optimizer tab. Let me know if anything is confusing.
  • Feedback & Bug Reports: please post any feedback and bugs on our forums.

Get the addon here.

NEW! Hardcore Elitist Mode

Mr. Robot rounded up 10 of the most hardcore theorcyrafters he could find, and asked them how THEY would design an optimizer. And we have our latest feature, thanks to them.

Simply load your character. In the green dropdown menu, select the purple option in the lower right, "Hardcore Elitist Mode."

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From there, you'll find a few simple commands you can enter. Sometimes extra options are needed, and remember, you can stack options together.

For example, I typed in 'bis' and was told that I should turn on the warforged and gem socket options in the filter menu. I did that.

I was then told to use the badgear option.

Next I typed in:  bis -badgear
I was told to use the allowbestweights option.

So next I typed in:   bis -badgear -allowbestweights
Then I finally got my BiS setup!

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Overrides

Mr. Robot wanted to override some of the results for his friends on Twitter. He takes some things literally, you know. But he enjoyed reading all of your fun facts. I was in charge of coding all of his personalized messages, about 350 of them in 24 hours. If you get to the final optimization, you will see your special message. I apologize if I missed yours, or it might not show up as a result of human (spelling) error. I still love you, and all of your amazing facts. Every single one of you made me smile or laugh. This was such a fun project.

One of Mr. Robot's favorites: Finius from Kirin Tor once opened for the band, Hanson. So Mr. Robot wanted to do a super special optimization for him. Mr. Robot also makes an good argument for horde vs alliance in his message to Airlina. It's up to you to see what they might be.

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