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by Published on 2011-06-03 12:06 AM

Update - Fixed the links to heroic versions of the upgrade, I apologize for being extremely stupid.

Patch 4.2 - Heroic Item Upgrades
The latest PTR build of Patch 4.2 finally allowed us to understand the use of the Crystallized Firestone dropped by all Firelands boss in heroic mode.


  • Upgrade Weapons and Relics from the Patch 4.2 Valor Points Vendor to heroic quality.
  • Upgrade Weapons and armors from the Firelands raid to heroic quality. Since they aren't listed in the loot table of any boss I will assume they're trash loot but I could be wrong.

To buy the upgraded version of an item, you will need the normal version of the item and 1 Crystallized Firestone.

Level Type Spec Slot Name Drop Upgrade
378PolearmPhysical DPSTwo-HandRanseur of HatredRaid TrashRanseur of Hatred (H)
378GunPhysical DPSRangedLava Bolt CrossbowRaid TrashLava Bolt Crossbow (H)
378StaffSpell DPSTwo-HandSpire of Scarlet PainRaid TrashSpire of Scarlet Pain (H)
378DaggerSpell DPSMain HandChelley's Sterilized ScalpelRaid TrashChelley's Sterilized Scalpel (H)
378LeatherMeleeWaistRiplimb's Lost CollarRaid TrashRiplimb's Lost Collar (H)
378MailPhysical DPSWristHide-Bound ChainsRaid TrashHide-Bound Chains (H)
378AxeMeleeOne-HandBlackcleave ChopperRaid TrashBlackcleave Chopper (H)
378NeckMeleeNeckFirebound GorgetRaid TrashFirebound Gorget (H)
378FingerTankFingerStalwart Ember SealRaid TrashStalwart Ember Seal (H)
378TrinketMeleeTrinketApparatus of Khaz'gorothRaid TrashApparatus of Khaz'goroth (H)
378TrinketTankTrinketScales of LifeRaid TrashScales of Life (H)
378WandSpell DPSRangedGlowing Ember WandValor PointsGlowing Ember Wand (H)
378WandSpell SpiritRangedPhoenix-Feather WandValor PointsPhoenix-Feather Wand (H)
378RelicMeleeRelicDoomflame FetishValor PointsDoomflame Fetish (H)
378RelicPhysical DPSRelicHardheart RelicValor PointsHardheart Relic (H)
378RelicSpell DPSRelicSoulflame VialValor PointsSoulflame Vial (H)
378RelicSpell SpiritRelicFirebinder RelicValor PointsFirebinder Relic (H)
378RelicTankRelicDeathclutch FigurineValor PointsDeathclutch Figurine (H)
378ThrownMeleeThrownMorningstar ShardValor PointsMorningstar Shard (H)
378ThrownTankThrownDeflecting StarValor PointsDeflecting Star (H)
378ThrownMeleeThrownGiantslicerValor PointsGiantslicer (H)



Murkablo Companion Pet Video
The Murkablo (Murky's Little Soulstone) is so cute and fluffy that it deserves an early video. At this point we're not really sure if it will be a Diablo 3 Collector pet or the pet given to people who will attend Blizzcon this year.



Ragnaros 25-Man PTR Kill by Synced
Ragnaros was available for testing on PTRs tonight and Synced (EU-Kil'jaeden) managed to take him down, and they even have a video of the kill.





Additional BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets On Sale June 8
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Looking for another chance to attend this year's BlizzCon Benefit Dinner and help out a good cause in the process? An additional handful of tickets have become available to this special pre-BlizzCon event and will be going on sale Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time through the online Blizzard Store. Guests will have an opportunity to meet and chat with game developers, artists, executives, and other folks from Blizzard Entertainment before the show. Tickets will be available for $500 USD each (BlizzCon admission included), and the proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County. Quantities will be extremely limited, so keep a close watch on the ticket sales page on Wednesday evening for the chance to get yours.

Click here for more information on the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Goblin Racial Nerf
It wasn't a stealth nerf. It was a bug fix to make the goblin racial function as stated. This is the racial description:

"Always receive the best possible gold discount, regardless of faction."

What this means is you will get the exalted discount from faction vendors regardless of your standing with that faction. There was a bug, however, which allowed the discount to go beyond the maximum (exalted) discount provided to all other races.

We fixed the bug so that the goblin racial now functions as advertised. If you're friendly with, say Kirin Tor, you will receive the same discount as a tauren would who is exalted with that faction. If you're both exalted, you'll still receive the same discount.

So it was previously stacking with other things, like the guild bonus and such? And now it's fixed?
That's correct.

This is hardly even a racial now. What does it give Goblins that everybody else doesn't have access to now? What other races have a racial that everybody else can be on-par with by putting in a little effort?

Best Deals Anywhere explicitly states you get the best possible gold discount from vendors, not more of a discount than any other race can possibly get.

We’re not trying to nerf fun here, but the goblin racial package is very powerful even if you ignore Best Deals Anywhere completely. It’s a fine line between making racials fun and interesting, and making players feel like they can only pick a certain race. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Leaving instances in combat
I'd agree it can be annoying, and even costly, but I don't think a restriction of not allowing people to leave during combat would achieve much. Generally people leaving at those moments are doing so on some type of 'principle'. You're pulling too slow, the healer has a fishing pole equipped, etc. etc. and it would be just as productive for them to stand there doing nothing and either wiping the group or just making it a tougher pull. Unlikely they'd think "Oh, I guess they really need me" and jump into combat. They'd just wait until everyone died, feeling justified in their ability to kill the group, and then leave.

There are also situations where being able to leave while in combat wouldn't be the 'wrong' thing to do. For example if someone decided to pull the instance in hopes of wiping everyone. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The World of Warcraft Art gallery has been updated with three pieces representing the Warcraft universe.

by Published on 2011-06-02 03:05 AM

Patch 4.1 Hotfixes - May 20 - June 1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
May 20-June 1

Classes
  • Stationary ground effects should no longer move with the casting character if he or she moves (or is moved) from his or her current location.

Warlock (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • It is no longer possible under specific circumstances for players to keep the buff from the now-defunct Improved Demonic Tactics talent.
  • Glyph of Imp should not be increasing the spell damage of all warlock pets by 20%.

Dungeons & Raids
Blackwing Descent
  • Maloriak now prefers to cast Flash Freeze on caster targets more than 15 yards away. Tank-specialized characters are not targeted, but Flash Freeze can chain onto them. If all the characters in the raid stack up within 15 yards of the boss, they can be hit by Flash Freeze.

Throne of the Tides
  • Unstable Corruptions now award much less experience when killed on normal difficulty.

Zul’Gurub
  • Shadows of Hakkar can no longer be reflected or deflected.

Professions
Archaeology
  • The Bountiful Bags guild perk should no longer sometimes incorrectly reward Archaeologists with multiple keystones from dig sites.

Skinning
  • Players can no longer continue gaining Skinning skill points using low-level creatures below the intended skill threshold.

PvP
Arenas
  • It should no longer be possible under specific conditions for the Matchmaking Value shown at the end of an Arena match to be incorrect.

Battlegrounds
  • Several changes have been made to Battleground queuing to improve the flow for those who queue for random Battlegrounds versus those who queue for specific ones.
  • The ability for players to retain a second queue for a Battleground after they’ve already entered one has been removed. Previously, players were able to queue for two Battlegrounds, have one queue pop and retain their second queue while they decided if they wanted to join the one that was ready. This is no longer the case. When a Battleground queue pops players will automatically be removed from all other active queues. To queue for a different Battleground it will be necessary to finish the match and queue again. This solves a design issue in that the old system gave players an opening to abandon their teammates if things weren’t going as well as they’d hoped; and it also solves some queue system inconsistencies that were being caused as a side effect of how the old system functioned.

Races
  • The goblin racial Best Deals Anywhere should now only be applying to vendors with associated reputations. It no longer incorrectly applies to vendors with no attached reputations, nor does it apply to flight path costs. (Note: the displayed costs for flight paths require a client-side patch to update and are not currently reflecting this racial change). In addition, it is no longer possible for goblin characters exalted with their guild to receive an extra discount on top of the exalted faction discount from guild vendors.

Quests & Creatures
Gilneas
  • Genn Greymane should now always correctly enter The Battle for Gilneas City, ensuring the event won’t sometimes stall during the final phase.
by Published on 2011-06-01 04:43 PM

Dev Watercooler - Cataclysm Talent Tree Post-Mortem
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
You may have noticed we changed class talent trees for Cataclysm. We changed not just the trees themselves, as you might expect for an expansion, but the entire structure of the trees and the way you choose talents. Now that the Cataclysm model has been in play for several months, the team has been discussing what we like and don’t like about it, and I thought that might be of interest to some of you. As always with this series, this is design rumination, not a list of upcoming changes.

What Worked Well


  • The talent trees are simpler now, but without losing a lot of depth. Most of what we cut were passive talents that everyone took anyway, or really lame talents that did nothing.
  • Choosing your specialization at level 10 and not having to delay playing your character the way you want feels great. You can play your shaman as Elemental or Enhancement with the tools and bonuses to make either work.
  • Specs within a class feel different. This was a big challenge for the DPS warriors, warlocks, hunters, and rogues in particular. Nowadays those specs have different rotations, different strengths and utility, and a different flavor overall.
  • Mastery integrates into the trees well. We can delay the complexity until higher level, and we’re at the point now where it’s a competitive stat for many specs (though to be fair, not all yet).
  • There are some legitimate hard choices for many of the specs. Usually these come in two varieties: which talent you want before you can advance to the next tier of the tree, or where you want to spend those remaining talents after you’ve hit the bottom of the tree.
  • At the risk of catching flak for this statement, I feel that the game is as balanced as it’s ever been. When you look back at the vanilla or Burning Crusade days there were many specs that were just jokes and the difference between the highest performing and worst performing specs was on the order of 30-50% or more. Nowadays, players worry about 5-10% differences. Those are differences we still want to fix, absolutely, but we’ve come a long way. The talent trees have helped us do that.

What Didn’t Work


  • I’ll admit there are still a few clunker talents -- those that are undertuned or just not interesting enough. There aren’t many though, and they’re relatively easy to replace.
  • On the other hand, the talent trees still have traps for the unwary. For example, a Fury build that skips over Raging Blow is making a serious mistake. That may seem obvious to current players but it’s the kind of thing someone returning to the game after a hiatus might not understand immediately. (After all, you didn’t robotically take Ghostly Strike just because it was a gold medal ability.) While there is something to be said for safe choices, it would also be nice if the talents we expected players to have were talents they always had.
  • Some players miss true hybrid builds. (Hybrid in this context means spending near evenly in two trees -- I’m not talking about the more common use of “hybrid” as a tank or healing class.) To be fair, these builds were either not very competitive or were just cherry picking a few powerful talents in order to create something that was likely overpowered, especially in PvP. In other words, the reality of the hybrid build never lived up to the myth. But it’s fair to say that it’s impossible now to have a hybrid build, and we understand some players want them back.
  • I said above that there are tough choices within the trees of many specs, but there aren’t very many of them within each spec. Often it can come down to where to spend those last 1-3 talent points. While that was our goal, it would be even more exciting if there were more of those hard decisions. Hard decisions can be painful when you’re faced with excluding an ability or mechanic that’s fun to have. But overall we think hard, exclusive decisions are a good thing. They encourage experimentation and discussion and give players a chance to try out different things, all of which can help keep them engaged.
  • Even worse, one potential place to spend those points is in the first two tiers of the other trees of your class, yet those talents are extremely design-constrained. First, they have to be attractive to the main spec using that tree, so chances are you’re not going to find much interest in the healing tree if you’re a damage dealer (unless you want to improve your limited healing). Second, those top-tier talents can’t affect higher level abilities since the talents are available at level 10. Finally, because those talents are available early, they should really be relatively simple to understand for new or returning players. You don’t want to put complex procs with lots of exceptions and internal cooldowns that high in the tree. All of those reasons mean that it’s rare that there’s a true game-changing talent available in those first two tiers. This would be totally broken, but imagine you could spend those last 10 points anywhere in another tree. Much more exciting, huh?
  • This is a personal pet peeve, but I don’t like the talents that have a 33/66/100% chance to do what you want them to do. That’s just an awkward way of making a valuable talent cost more than one point. The new Cataclysm talent tree design didn’t cause this problem, but it didn’t fix it either.

The Future

This is the part where I’d really love to share our ideas for how we could address these problems, but some discussions are still a little too rough even for the dev watercooler. When we’re a little farther along, we’ll be able to share more. In the meantime, this is a great topic for further discussion. Players like to evaluate the talents in their particular class, but it’s also useful to evaluate the talent tree system as a whole. It’s an iconic design for World of Warcraft for sure, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.


Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street is the lead systems designer for World of Warcraft. He once spent a summer capturing live radioactive alligators. True story.
by Published on 2011-06-01 12:53 AM

New "/roar" Sounds Added in 4.2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hey everyone!

As many of you who play goblins and worgen may have noticed, the sound usually associated with your characters' "/roar" emote was removed in patch 4.1. This was done to help resolve an issue that caused the sounds associated with the both the "/roar" and "/attack" emotes to play simultaneously whenever the "/attacktarget" command was used.

We know that many of you missed hearing your /roars, so we're happy to report that, in patch 4.2, goblin and worgen characters will once again have a sound associated with the emote. Even better, we're adding brand new sounds for "/roar" for all playable races.

We're excited to be able to introduce these new sounds and hope you have a roarin' good time with the updated emotes. (Yes, I went there. Rawr. :3)




Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14199
A new build is being deployed on test realms.

Item Additions
A couple of new Firelands Raid loot and the addition of Drakehide Leg Armor and Murky's Little Soulstone used to summon Murkablo, a Diablo-themed Murloc.


Level Type Spec Slot Name
378AxeMeleeMain HandEye of Purification
391AxeSpell SpiritMain HandEye of Purification
378DaggerPhysical DPSOne-HandAvool's Incendiary Shanker
378DaggerPhysical DPSOne-HandEntrail Disgorger
391DaggerPhysical DPSOne-HandAvool's Incendiary Shanker
391DaggerPhysical DPSOne-HandEntrail Disgorger
378MacePhysical DPSOne-HandShatterskull Bonecrusher
391MacePhysical DPSOne-HandShatterskull Bonecrusher
1StaffTwo-HandStave Icecrown Raid D02 Green
378StaffSpell SpiritTwo-HandSmoldering Censer of Purity
391StaffSpell SpiritTwo-HandSmoldering Censer of Purity
378SwordMeleeTwo-HandZoid's Firelit Greatsword
391SwordMeleeTwo-HandZoid's Firelit Greatsword
378SwordSpell DPSMain HandFirethorn Mindslicer
391SwordSpell DPSMain HandFirethorn Mindslicer
0ConsumableTrampoline MII
45EnchantingFormula: Enchant Cloak - Lesser Agility
85Item EnhancementDrakehide Leg Armor
85LeatherworkingPattern: Drakehide Leg Armor
20PetMurky's Little Soulstone


Official Notes Update
Official notes have been updated and are awesome because they aren't the result of my crazy datamining, you know. Also these notes seems to be from a later build and any change listed there is most likely more up to date than datamined changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
  • All character races now have a /roar sound.

Classes: General
Pets
  • The Defensive pet stance will now only cause the player's pet to attack enemies which attack the pet or the master.

Death Knight (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Frost
  • Annihilation now increases Obliterate damage by 12/24/36%, down from 15/30/45%.

Glyphs
  • Glyph of Dark Succor has been redesigned. Rather than placing a 15% maximum health floor on Death Strike healing while in Frost or Unholy Presence, it causes the next Death Strike within 15 seconds after killing a foe that yields experience or Honor Points to heal for at least 20% of the death knight's maximum health (still requires Frost or Unholy Presence).

Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Feral
  • Thrash initial base damage has been increased to 1464 1042, up from 339. Initial damage attack power scaling has been decreased to 13.8% 9.82%, down from 19.2%. Periodic base damage has been increased to 816 581, up from 189. Periodic damage attack power scaling has been decreased to 2.35% 1.67%, down from 3.26%. In addition, a bug was corrected where armor decreased the periodic damage done by this ability.

Hunter (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Marksmanship
  • Careful Aim now grants additional critical strike chance against targets over 90% health, up from 80% health.

Pets
  • 8 new rare tamable beasts have been added, each of which provides a unique taming challenge. Will you be the first hunter to tame Deth'tilac, the rarest and most powerful of them all? Players will need to progress through the Hyjal Regrowth and Molten Front daily questing areas in order to unlock access to the full gamut of taming challenges.

Mage (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Arcane Blast damage done has been reduced by 5%.

Priest (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Shadow
  • Psychic Horror no longer has a forward facing requirement, making it consistent with other non-projectile-based crowd control spells.

Rogue (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Subtlety
  • Hemorrhage base damage has been increased by 40%.

Warlock (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Soul Fire is now available at level 20, down from level 54.

Warrior (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Recklessness and Deadly Calm can no longer be used at the same time. One cannot be used while the other is active, but using one does not put the other on its full cooldown.

Arms
  • Two-Handed Weapon Specialization weapon damage increase has been lowered to 12%, down from 20%.

Fury
  • Dual Wield Specialization weapon damage increase has been lowered to 5%, down from 10%.

Items
  • If a player wins a Need roll under the Need Before Greed system on a Bind on Equip item, the item will become Soulbound to that player. The item will remain unbound if won via a Greed roll.

User Interface
  • The order in which characters are listed at the Character Selection screen can now be rearranged and saved.
  • Raid Profiles have been added which allow players to save the raid window user interface layout based on type of content (i.e. 10-player raids, 25-player raids, Battlegrounds, etc.) for future use.

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Companion Pets
  • Murkablo Right Click to summon and dismiss Murkablo. Instant

Leatherworking

Tailoring

Death Knight (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Blood

Frost
  • Rune Strike no longer scales from Attack Power, but it could just be a tooltip change gone wrong.
  • Killing Machine now procs from autoattacks instead of melee attacks. (Tooltip clarification, already like that on live)

Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Feral
  • Claw's additional damage has been reduced by 35%, from 1101 to 710. (Tooltip fix?)
  • Faerie Fire (Feral) bear form damage has been increased by 333%, from 679 to 2950. Now scales from 10.8% of AP, down from 15%.
  • Ferocious Bite can now consume up to 35 additional energy to increase damage by up to 100%.
  • Lacerate base damage has been increased but AP scaling has been reduced. Now deals [3608 + 5.52% of AP] damage and making them bleed for [345 + 1.85% of AP] damage over 15 sec, instead of [2088 + 7.66% of AP] damage and making them bleed for [75 + 2.56% of AP] damage over 15 sec.
  • Mangle (Cat) additional damage has been reduced by 80%, from 1670 to 315. Base damage remains unchanged.
  • Mangle (Bear) now deals 190% normal damage, down from 260%. Additional damage increased by 130%, from 754 to 1740.
  • Maul now deals [35 + 19% of AP] physical damage, down from [8 + 26.4% of AP] damage,
  • Shred additional damage has been reduced by 80%, from 1716 to 330. Base damage remains unchanged.
  • Swipe base damage has been increased by 330%, from 215 to 929
  • Thrash base damage has been increased by 330%.
  • Natural Reaction now reduces damage taken while in Bear Form by 9/18%, up from 6/12%.
  • Pulverize now deals 60% weapon damage, down from 80%. Additional damage increased by 350%, from 360 to 1624.

Hunter (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Pets
  • Intervene no longer affects "the next melee or ranged attack" only.

Mage (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Arcane
  • Arcane Power now only increases the mana cost of damaging spells.

Paladin (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Protection
  • Guarded by the Light no longer allows your Word of Glory to grant Holy Shield.
  • Holy Shield now costs 3% of base mana and has a 30 sec cooldown - Increases the amount your shield blocks by an additional 20% for 10 sec.

Rogue (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Combat
  • Vitality now increases Attack Power by 30%, up from 25%.
  • Savage Combat now increase total attack power by 3/6%, up from 2/4%.

Assassination
  • Assassin's Resolve now increases melee damage by 20%, up from 15%.
  • Vile Poisons now increases the damage dealt by your poisons by 12/24/36%, up from 7/14/20%.

Subtlety
  • Cloak of Shadows now has a 2 min cooldown, up from 1 min.
  • Elusiveness now reduces the cooldown of both Cloak of Shadows and Combat Readiness by 15/30 sec.
  • Sanguinary Vein now increases damage dealt to targets with a Bleed effect by 8/16%, up from 5/10%.

Shaman (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Elemental
  • Call of Flame has an extra effect - When your Fire Nova damages a target, the duration of your Flame Shock effect on that target is increased by up to 6 seconds.
  • Fire Nova damage has been increased by 15%.

Tier 12
  • Item - Shaman T12 Enhancement 4P Bonus - Your Stormstrike ability also causes the target to take 6% increased damage from your Fire Nova, Flame Shock, Flametongue Weapon, Lava Burst, Lava Lash, and Unleash Flame abilities.
by Published on 2011-05-31 05:16 PM

Winged Guardian Arrives in Pet Store
The Winged Guardian is now available from the pet store!


  • US Price - $25
  • EU Price - 20€
  • UK Price - 17£

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A new arrival has just landed in the Blizzard Pet Store: the majestic Winged Guardian flying mount, a titan creation designed to protect Azeroth’s most ancient secrets. As with the Celestial Steed, this Guardian of the Titans will carry you across Azeroth as fast as your riding skill will take you. Head over to the Pet Store to see this new addition and other World of Warcraft companions, and check out the FAQ for more information.

Blizzard.com Pet Store (US)
Blizzard.com Pet Store (Europe)
by Published on 2011-05-31 07:16 AM

Patch 4.2 Mounts Preview
We now have a decent amount of information on Patch 4.2 and I can start building nice recap/previews, let's start with mounts!

PvP Mounts - Twilight Drake PvP Mounts
Gladiators get a brand new mount next season! As far as datamining goes the color of the new Vicious Gladiator's Twilight Drake seems to be that one.


Vicious Gladiator's Twilight Drake

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PvP Mounts - Epic Wolf and Horse PvP Mounts
Two new awesome PvP mounts have been added, the Horde War Wolf and the Alliance War Steed are rewards of the Veteran of the Horde II and Veteran of the Alliance II achievements. There's also a couple of recolors but as far as I know only the first 2 pictures below are used.





PvE Mounts - Fire Hawks
3 different Fire Hawks are currently in the game files but only 2 seem to be implemented/have a known drop location.







PvE Mount - Fire "Raven God" / Flametalon of Alysrazor
The Fire "Raven God" model is the Flametalon mount from Flametalon of Alysrazor. The mount isn't listed as a loot from Alysrazor in the Encounter Journal for the moment but it's very likely that it will drop from this boss, let's just wait and see if there's an official confirmation in an upcoming PTR build.



PvE Mount - Flameward Hippogryph
The Flameward Hippogryph is a reward of the The Molten Front Offensive, you can get this achievement by completing all the questlines of the new Firelands daily quests area.



Comics
Dark Legacy Comics #290, with an extra comic from Nerfnow.com this week!


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