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Find Valor Upgrades

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Upgrading items with Valor is all about the math - which is Mr. Robot's specialty. Here's a few things that affect upgrading, and other things to consider for each 'factoid.' Mr. Robot takes all of these things into consideration with his advanced valor upgrading chip.

  • All gear from your bags & bank: As long as you've imported your gear in the Best in Bags interface (where you paste text from the addon), Mr. Robot knows what items you own. He'll rank all of your gear for you, not just the stuff you have equipped.
  • iLevel matters: items with higher iLevels get more stats when you upgrade. Also consider: a lower iLevel with your BEST stats on it might be a better upgrade candidate than a higher iLevel with crappy stats.
  • Slot matters: some item slots have a larger stat budget (like weapons) than other slots. Also consider: a higher iLevel waist (lower stat budget) might be a better upgrade than a lower iLevel head slot (which has a higher stat budget).
  • Trinket effects: Trinket effects usually scale with item level. Mr. Robot knows what effects scale, how they scale, and takes it all into account for you.

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Try it with your character now.

If you like it, you can upgrade for the low price of $1 a month (billed annually to keep transaction costs low, which keeps the price low). Three people help Mr. Robot to make his site awesome, so we appreciate each and every person who upgrades. We know you can choose to spend your $12 elsewhere, so choosing to upgrade means a lot to us.

More than just Valor

Try the other options in the "Find Upgrades" feature. There are a lot of fun things Mr. Robot can help you with. Remember, everyone gets a free trial of the premium features, and we NEVER ask for the credit card when using the free trial (that's just not cool). If you like the features, you can upgrade for $12 / year. Nice and affordable. And as one user told me, "I appreciated the trial of the premium features and the no bullshit approach. Premium is like an amazing frosting on an already mind blowing cake."

Help Me Improve!

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It's that time of the expansion where you know most of the boss fights pretty well. And you spend your time trying to get that perfect set of gear and maximizing your damage (or healing or tanking) output.

And what's the best way to get better at your class? For me, I like to find someone who's better than me and see what they are doing differently. This used to be quite hard to do well... you'd go to the top ranked player list, click on someone and see what they were doing. But what if they have the 4pc set bonus, an overpowered trinket, or the legendary ring? OR maybve they might have different talent choices than you to synergize with their gear. Or maybe they killed the boss in only 3 minutes and your team takes 5. You've been there... it's hard to get a good comparison like that.

Optimized Compare Tool

So we solved this problem with a super comprehensive comparison tool earlier this year. I've been using it a lot lately! Here's a few key things Mr. Robot does for you:

  • Finds you players to compare to, automatically (or a specific log if you want that too!)
  • Finds fights with a similar length AND normalizes the data (more on that later)
  • Finds players with similar gear iLevels AND same set bonuses, legendary progress, and trinket levels.
  • Compares gear, talents, glyphs and stats for you

 Finding the Right Player

Go to one of your logs and select the character you want to help improve. Then click the "Comparison" tab to start up Mr. Robot's player-improvement algorithm. Remember, he will try to find players with similar item levels, same set bonuses, same tier of trinkets, and a similar fight length.

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Comparing Differences & Normalization

Once Mr. Robot helps you find the right player to compare you to, he'll show you all of the differences is a super-handy, side-by-side comparison. AND he normalizes the data for you.

What exactly IS normalization? Well, let's say your fight is 240 seconds long (4 minutes). And the player you are comparing to killed the boss in 4:24 (264 seconds). Their fight was 10% longer, so they would be able to use 10% more of each ability (roughly speaking). Mr. Robot normalizes the fight length differences for you in the "Delta" column so that it's a fair comparison.

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Compare Gear, Talents, Glyphs, and Stats

Maybe someone is doing more damage because they chose different talents? Maybe they are favoring Mastery instead of Haste. Find that out in the gear comparison view. And be sure to have Mr. Robot's addon installed so your raid leader (or whoever is logging) can collect the exact gear, talents, and glyphs you have at the start of every pull! You don't have to be the one logging, you just need the addon installed and the logger's addon will do the rest.

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4-Minute Video Tutorial

Get started now!

Find your logs by loading your character on the site, or browse for any player here.

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!

Voting set #1: Free hugs & kisses

Results: Coming soon!

 

 

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.

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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!

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 :)

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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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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.

Oregorger Stats Guide

For the first time ever, raiders can now get aggregated stats on raids to find out how they're doing. Earlier we took a look at Gruul. Today we're looking at Oregorger! The data is relatively new, so it will even out as more data comes in, but here's the first look at how people performed.

Wipe Rate by iLevel

Is dying a lot getting your team down? We're bringing you some hope - it's hard for a LOT of teams, not just yours. It looks like teams who kill Gruul need about 5-7 more iLevels before they have the same success rate on Oregorger. For example, to have a 90% wipe rate or less, teams on Gruul had 655N / 671H. But to have a 90% wipe rate or less on Oregorger, teams had an iLevel of 665N / 677H. This doesn't mean it's impossible, just a bit harder.

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About our Infographics.

Rolling Phase

You're trying to end this phase fast, but do you know how well you stack up? Do you have to kill it faster or are you already doing well? The infographics will tell you. For example, my team had an average of 16 Hunger Drive stacks. Under the Hunger Drive section, you can also see who did the most damage to the ore crates.

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The Avoidable Damage section will show you how well your team did at not getting rolled over. Me (Zoopercat), I am personally terrible at it. I'll work on it, I promise!

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Acid Torrent

Were your tanks doing a good job of mitigating Acid Torrent? I know our first few wipes consisted of everyone giving an opinion of how acid torrent worked! For those of you still struggling: acid torrent targets a player, and the boss turns to spray a cone of damage in the direction of that person. It does a lot of damage to the first person it hits, so your tank wants to run in front of it. And the damage dealt to the group of players in the cone is reduced based on the amount of damage your tank mitigated. Our tanks were working on it, mitigating about 2/3rds of them on average.

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Want infographics for your own raid?

There's even more data for Oregorger, I just have a quick overview. The infographics are fun. And they're FREE. Uploading is easy.

Gruul Stats Guide

For the first time ever, raiders can now get aggregated stats on raids to find out how they're doing. Let's start with Gruul! The data is relatively new, so it will even out as more data comes in, but here's the first look at how people performed.

Wipe Rate by iLevel

Think you're wiping a lot and your team is bad? That might not be the case - there are high wipe rates across the board. Click to make it bigger, so you don't strain your human optical input devices. The wipe rate is the % of attempts that ended in a wipe. So if there were 1000 attempts at level 659 and 200 were kills, that would leave 800 wipes, or an 80% wipe rate.

The wipe rate for Oregorger is quite a bit higher at each iLevel.

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About our Infographics.

How many Shatters hit your friends?

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