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by Published on 2017-11-21 08:15 PM

The Most Popular Season 12 Builds So Far

New Legendary Card Reveal: Zola the Gorgon

Black Friday 2017: Epic Deals on Blizzard Games & More
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The holiday season is almost here—get ready to spread some epic cheer! From now through November 27, 2017, we’re offering some big savings around Black Friday on the following digital purchases for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Destiny 2—plus some Blizzard Gear Store goodies. Snag a little something for yourself, or send a gift to a friend.

Overwatch
Whether you're a soldier, scientist, adventurer, or oddity, you can jump into the fight for the future with savings of 50% on the digital versions of Overwatch and Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition for Windows PC.

Overwatch includes 26 heroes, 21 different maps, and endless fun for just $19.99 (reg. $39.99).

Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition includes all the excitement of Overwatch along with 10 Loot Boxes, five special hero skins, plus in-game goodies for Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II for $29.99 (reg. $59.99).


World of Warcraft
Explore Azeroth your way with savings on the base game and the latest expansion, Legion™!

Save 50% on World of Warcraft, which includes the base game and all expansions through Warlords of Draenor™ and lets you play up to level 100. (World of Warcraft Legion: expansion sold separately.)

World of Warcraft $9.99 (reg. $19.99)

Explore the Broken Isles, play as the Demon Hunter class, and experience the latest chapter in the saga with savings of 50% on World of Warcraft: Legion. (Requires World of Warcraft, sold separately.)

Legion Standard Edition $24.99 (reg. $49.99)
Legion Digital Deluxe Edition$44.99 (reg. $69.99)


Heroes of the Storm
Starting today, find epic savings on select Heroes of the Storm bundles, Heroes, skins, and mounts, all available in-game:

Save 33% on the Legendary Bundle, which includes playable Heroes Jaina, Li-Ming, D.Va, Muradin, and Diablo, along with the Legendary skins Abyssal Dreadlord Jaina, First Ascendant Templar Li-Ming, D.Va the Destroyer, Maraudin’ Muradin and Nightmare Prime Evil Diablo. The bundle also includes the Angry Cloud mount—previously only available for purchase with shards!

Save 29% on the Skin Bundle, which comes with the Oni Genji, Skeletal Raven Sylvanas, Dark Auriel, Blackrock Garrosh, Shadow Priestess Tyrande, Dark Seraphim Tyrael, Deadwalker Warmatron Cassia, Dominion Elite Agent Nova, Ashen Hellflame Nazeebo, Black Grand Marshall Uther skins.

Select Heroes, skins, and mounts will also be available for purchase with Gems at a 50% discount, see the Heroes of the Storm blog for more detailed information on individual purchases.

The 360-day Stimpack is also on sale for a limited time! Get boosted with 360 days of +100% bonus XP and +150% bonus gold!


Destiny 2
Take to the stars with epic savings of up to 35% on digital versions of Destiny 2: Standard Edition, Destiny 2: Game + Expansion Bundle, and Destiny 2: Digital Deluxe Edition.

Destiny 2 Standard Edition – Save 35%

Destiny 2 – Game + Expansion Pass Bundle – Save 25%

Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition – Save 25%


Blizzard Gear Store
The Blizzard Gear Store has some deep discounts on Blizzard apparel, collectibles, and more. The week of Black Friday (November 20–November 26), we’re holding special Flash sales and Daily Deals on limited quantities of goodies.

We've got a few brand-new items launching November 27 for Cyber Monday, including Overwatch, Hearthstone, and WoW -themed goodies. Keep an eye out for discounted game-themed bundles for your favorite Blizzard universes, too!

Note: Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Destiny 2 offers above are available digitally through Blizzard Entertainment. Retail prices may vary.

Raid Preview - Antorus, the Burning Throne
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
At the core of Argus lies Antorus, the Burning Throne. From this seat of power, Sargeras drives his Burning Crusade to ravage the cosmos.

Within the Throne’s nigh-impenetrable depths, primordial powers are being forged into weapons of utter annihilation. Should these voices rise to serve their master, the final hour will fall upon all of creation.

The time has come for the forces of the Alliance and Horde to confront the Burning Legion within Sargeras’ seat of power. Antorus, the Burning Throne, awaits—along with the formidable dangers within.

Location: Argus
Difficulties: Raid Finder, Normal, Heroic, Mythic
Level: 110
Bosses: 11

Raid Unlock Schedule

November 29 — Normal and Heroic difficulties
December 6 — Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder Wing 1: Light’s Breach
December 20 — Raid Finder Wing 2: Forbidden Descent
January 3 — Raid Finder Wing 3: Hope’s End
January 17 — Raid Finder Wing 4: Seat of the Pantheon

Antorus represents the center and source of the Legion’s power, and the team approached the design of the zone with several principles in mind. First off, Antorus is staggering in scale; this is not a mere terrestrial fortress or keep, but rather a sprawling complex carved into the depths of a shattered world, and while sections of the raid are traversable on foot, players will use the Vindicaar and other means of conveyance to span the great distances involved. Second, this is the culmination of a military campaign by the Army of the Light and our other major allies in this fight, and player champions represent the tip of the spear with an army at their back. As you carve a path through Antorus, a pitched battle rages all around you, and your actions help advance the cause of the Light in this battle for the fate of all worlds. And finally, we get a rare chance to delve into the Legion’s true origins—before the Fel, and before black and green corruption, there was a single mighty titan who embarked upon a crusade that would shape the fate of the universe. A glimpse of those ancient secrets awaits the bold and daring souls who venture into the innermost depths of Antorus.

Light’s Breach

Garothi Worldbreaker
Constructed deep within the core of Argus and outfitted with an arsenal to decimate worlds, this war machine has been designed for a single purpose: to bring the mortals’ invasion to its knees.


Felhounds of Sargeras
Infused with fire and shadow, F’harg and Shatug are the prized pets of Sargeras. Bred for carnage, these hounds delight in eviscerating their master’s enemies.

With the Army of Light and their allies advancing upon Antorus, the Legion prepares to unleash these vicious creatures onto the battlefield and put an end to the mortals’ invasion.


Gaze of the Legion

Antoran High Command
Long ago, in the golden age of eredar civilization, a council was formed to oversee the defense of Argus and maintain peace. But after their dark bargain was struck with Sargeras, these master tacticians used their military expertise to help orchestrate a Burning Crusade that ravaged countless worlds.

Now the full might of the Legion’s army is theirs to command, and they wield this terrible power to annihilate all who oppose the Dark Titan’s will.


Halls of the Boundless Reach

Portal Keeper Hasabel
Portal Keeper Hasabel maintains the nexus through which the Legion has unleashed its insidious armies upon countless worlds. With portals that open to myriad strategic locations throughout the Great Dark Beyond. Hasabel is capable of bringing the might of the Legion’s arsenal to bear upon any who oppose her.


Elarian Sanctuary

Eonar Lifebinder
Though she was felled by the blade of Sargeras, the Life-Binder’s essence escaped the grasp of the Dark Titan. After millennia spent hiding in isolation, Eonar’s sanctuary has been discovered by the Legion.

Should her soul fall into the enemy’s hands, Eonar’s powers of nature growth will be perverted to make the Burning Crusade unstoppable.


The Exhaust

Imonar the Soulhunter
The infamous Imonar serves as the Legion’s bloodhound, capable of tracking prey across the cosmos. With a vast array of gadgets and traps at his disposal, Imonar has yet to lose a bounty…and he certainly doesn’t intend to sully his perfect record by failing to fulfill his latest contract.


Kin’garoth
The design of every Legion war machine stems from the depraved mind of Kin’garoth. Obsessed with crafting implements of death, Kin’garoth infused his very body into the production machinery so he could more efficiently churn out a never-ending supply of destruction.

At the behest of the Legion’s dark master, Kin’garoth’s fevered brilliance has developed a new super-weapon which he plans to unleash upon the Army of Light.


The Burning Throne

The Coven of Shivarra
Having proven themselves to be the most depraved and fanatical of all his followers, Sargeras entrusted the Coven with the unholy task of twisting the minds of the fallen titans into an unstoppable Dark Pantheon.

Each sister employs her own signature brand of torture, eliciting screams which echo throughout the halls of Antorus. It is said that neither mortal nor demon can refuse their whispers, making it only a matter of time before the will of the titans is broken.


Chamber of Anguish

Varimathras
As one of the dreadlords overseeing the Legion’s forces during the Third War, Varimathras failed to stop the rebellious Lich King. He submitted to an ill-fated alliance with Sylvanas Windrunner, then made one last bid for power before facing a humiliating defeat.

In payment for his blunders, Varimathras has been tortured by the Coven of Shivarra. The vindictive sisters stripped away both flesh and sanity, leaving only a singular desire to inflict suffering upon the mortals who cost him everything.


The World Soul

Aggramar
Once the noble Avenger of the Pantheon, Aggramar was struck down by Sargeras and reborn as a titan of destruction. He now stands at the core of Argus, guarding a power that would unmake the universe.

Not even demons are permitted to tread within the titan’s halls, and any mortals bold enough to trespass will be reduced to cinders by Aggramar’s burning blade, Taeshalach.


Seat of the Pantheon

Argus the Unmaker
Bound. Broken.

Eons of existence, knowing only pain.

A shattered soul, fueling infinite evil.

The master beckons. Rise… Rise!

Begin the end of all things.


Patch 7.3 - The Life-Binder's Plea
Another little cinematic unlocked this week.

by Published on 2017-11-21 03:36 PM

Update (3 PM EST): Blizzard has added two new quests to Argus today relating to Magni (The Speaker Seeks and Visions of Another). A small cutscene involving Eonar plays during the second quest.

Shield of Fury Re-Enabled

What Happened in Hearthstone? Taking a Look Back at November 13 - 19

Greater Invasion Boss - Occularus
Occularus is up this week, rewarding item level 930 loot!



World Boss - The Soultakers
This week the World Boss is The Soultakers! Death Knights can get the hidden appearance for their Frost Spec.






Weekly Bonus Event - Legion Dungeons
The Legion Dungeon Event is live this week!

  • You will get one extra piece of loot from the final dungeon boss on difficulties below Mythic+.
  • Pick up Emissary of War from Archmage Timear in Dalaran to earn Cache of Fel Treasures
  • This quest requires you to clear 4 Mythic(+) dungeons and rewards Heroic Tomb of Sargeras loot.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
All week, open Group Finder (default hotkey: i) and then select Dungeon Finder to queue for any Legion dungeon on Normal or Heroic difficulty. Alternately, get a group of veteran dungeoneers together and travel to one of the Legion dungeons on Mythic difficulty.

Look for the following all week long:

  • Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it from within the Adventure Journal.
    • Quest requirement: Complete 4 Legion dungeons on Mythic difficulty.
    • Rewards: One loot box containing a piece of gear from Heroic difficulty Tomb of Sargeras.
  • Passive bonus: The final boss in each dungeon drop additional loot on all difficulties (except Mythic Keystone difficulties).

Heroes of the Storm - PTR Patch Notes
A new build is up on the Heroes of the Storm PTR. Highlights include Hanzo and performance-based matchmaking. Visit our Blizzcon 2017 Heroes of the Storm What's Next Panel Recap and Heroes of the Storm: Deep Dive Panel Recap for more information.



Overwatch - PTR Patch Notes
A new build is up on the Overwatch PTR. Highlights include the new Blizzard World map and some bug fixes. Visit our Blizzcon 2017 Overwatch - What's Next Panel Recap for more information.

by Published on 2017-11-20 06:21 PM

What Happened in Hearthstone? Taking a Look Back at November 13 - 19

Pilgrim's Bounty
Pilgrim’s Bounty is coming up from November 20 to November 27 and with it comes a time to reflect upon one’s good fortune and share feasts with everyone around you!



New in 2017
With the introduction of the Appearance tab in 7.0, the non-transmoggable Pilgrim set can be saved and transmogged during the duration of the holiday.



The Spirit of Sharing
The main area where the festivities take place is right outside the capital cities for the Horde and Alliance and in a couple of smaller towns.

  • Players can interact with the many foods options set on these tables and will gain a buff by eating or passing each of the servings.
  • There are 5 buffs in total that you can gain that when combined together will reward the The Spirit of Sharing buff that grants 10% increase in reputation gains for one hour. This is great if you are working on Legion reputations and completing World Quests or working on other reputations for a little boost.



Cooking
Pilgrim’s Bounty is centered around cooking and there are 5 recipes to add to your cooking collection. All you need to do is buy the Bountiful Cookbook from Bountiful Barrel located at each capital city table to learn them. The recipes are used for several quests, dailies, and the Now We’re Cookin’ achievement related to the holiday.




Cosmetic Items
5 daily quests can be found around the bountiful tables at capital cities that award a piece of a non-transmoggable Pilgrim’s set or a Pilgrim's Bounty cache.



Non-Transmoggable Set

Pilgrim’s Bounty Cache


Achievements
There are 9 achievements for the Pilgrim’s Bounty holiday, 7 required for the meta achievement Pilgrim that will award you with the title the Pilgrim along with the Plump Turkey battle pet and 2 that are separate.

Do note that Pilgrim is not required to complete the What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been meta achievement for the Violet Proto-Drake.


Pilgrim Achievements

Off-Meta Achievements
  • Pilgrim’s Progress - Complete each of the Pilgrim’s Bounty dailies.
  • Pilgrim’s Peril - While wearing either a Pilgrm’s Dress, Robe, or Attire, take a seat at each enemy capital’s Bountiful Table.


Blizzard Gear Sale
The Blizzard Gear store will have some flash sales during the upcoming week!



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
So, remind me how "viable" non Warrior tanks were in Vanilla? ie: Bear Druids & Prot Paladins.
Speaking as someone who did it: Less viable than Warriors. More viable than people thought. (Celestalon)
By today's forum standards, obviously 100% nonviable and useless, so it does sort of depend on what you're asking.
I remember a video of a bear (Hugehoss) tanking Garr + all of his adds. Was quite the inspiration! (Celestalon)
partially gear dependent - some of which you couldn't acquire until BWL either
Bears in Vanilla were hiiiighly gear-dependent, and in odd ways. Scaled extreeeemely well with Bonus Armor, which was super rare. (Celestalon)
So the best gearset commonly included a lvl 43 world drop epic, shoulders from Sunken Temple, rings from a Tanaris quest and MC drop, etc. (Celestalon)

with the new raid opening on Nov.28th should we expect the difficulty of mythic + to increase or remain the same?
Consistent with NH/ToS opening, you'll see the reward ceiling go up to M15 when Mythic Antorus opens. Dungeon difficulty won't change.(WatcherDev)

Build of the Month - November 2017
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

All of the parts on this page are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase your parts through them it helps support the site!


This month
New CPUs from Intel have been released but are proving challenging to actually find in stock. They will require a new motherboard as well. We will update our build list with the 8600K and other Coffee Lake CPUs when stock improves. If you can find an 8600K in stock, be sure to use a Z370 motherboard, as older motherboards are not compatible even though they have the same pin count.

The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 7700K and would get more performance from spending that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Peripherals


Narwhal

MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$225
KeyboardLogitech G710+$90
MouseLogitech G502$45
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2717D Monitor$410
KeyboardCorsair K70$115
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$50
SpeakersLogitech Z523$74


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.

Puppy

Updated November 19, 2017
$575
Case Carbide Series 200R$60
Power Supply EVGA 600B$54
CPU Intel G4500$77
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard MSI Pro Z270$84
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$110
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 1050$120
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21

Dolphin

Updated November 19, 2017
$942
Case Carbide Series 200R$60
Power Supply EVGA 600B$54
CPU Intel 7600K$200
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$100
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$110
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$213
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated November 19, 2017
$1244
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$55
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$76
CPU Intel 7600K$200
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$145
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$189
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$270
$440
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$80
$90
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21

Unicorn

Updated November 19, 2017
$1501
Case Corsair Air 540$100
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$76
CPU Intel 7600K$200
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$145
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$195
Graphics Card GTX 1070 $419
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$110
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21


HeroStorm - Ep32: Ma Fury On Malfurion
Another episode of HeroStorm has been released!

by Published on 2017-11-18 10:09 PM

Shield of Fury Temporarily Disabled & Battle.net Currency Conversion

Kobolds and Catacombs - Week 1 Reveal Schedule

Antorus - Imonar the Soul Hunter
Today we are looking at Imonar the Soul Hunter, one of the new bosses in Antorus, the Burning Throne.




Name Points
Hard to Kill Defeat Imonar the Soulhunter in Antorus, the Burning Throne after triggering every trap on the bridge on Normal difficulty or higher.
10
Mythic: Imonar the Soulhunter Defeat Imonar the Soulhunter in Antorus, the Burning Throne on Mythic difficulty.
10


AskMrRobot - Pantheon Trinkets
Our friends at AskMrRobot have a nice explanation of how the Pantheon trinkets (Path of the Titan) will work!



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Karazhan(Old) - Chess Event Bug
The case here is that technically the chess-pieces (such as the King) are "vehicles" which we enter. When we leave, we "leave vehicle" and return to our character, and all should work well when done normally like that.

But by using custom scripts, or functionalities added by addons - it can be possible to "dismiss" the chess piece, like a hunter dismisses their pet. This causes the piece to despawn - which then means the piece can't be killed and end the encounter in some cases which can cause it to get stuck.

If you have been effected by this issue - you can solve it by doing a "soft reset" of your Karazhan run. You do this by leaving the raid, and leaving the raid totally empty of any players, for 30 minutes. This cancels and resets and boss fights or encounters (such as chess). You could then re-enter after 30 mins to try again.

To prevent the problem from happening in future - do not use any "dismiss" command, however they have managed to become available. Dismissing is not typically possible in the default game interface.
A good way to ensure this runs smoothly, is to disable all of your addons before starting chess.

I hope this sheds some light on it and helps everyone get their Tier 4 transmogs (Official Forums)

Classic Feedback
The posts on Reddit are my favorite, as they pretty much contradict everything said here, aside from a couple people being all doom and gloom. I agree with them in the fact that they noted people are over reacting.

To be clear - we are simply encouraging conversation and discussion. We are not developers, we do not make any final decisions on Live or on Classic.

I think it's more showing that you would try to shut down conversations with your big, bolded letters instead of engaging in a constructive way. If you want to try to lay out a plan to show the community why those things are things the Classic community shouldn't want, then do that. You are not the sole voice in this conversation - there are "purists" on both sides of the argument, there are people who want 1.0, those who want 1.12, those who want 1.7 so the debuff cap is 16, those who want progression. There's thousands of different opinions, and trying to shut those down in one swoop doesn't necessarily bode well for you.

Like J. Allen Brack has said, our goal is to create an experience that is as close to that original World of Warcraft experience as possible. I personally do not see that as us chasing things down and reinventing the wheel, and definitely not anything that would fundamentally change how Vanilla was, but there are conversations that do need to happen, and if your only goal is to come here and try to stop them instead of participating and adding valuable input to one side or the other, then you're most likely not welcome here.

This forum isn't a place to yell and scream that "BLIZZARD DOESNT KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING - HIRE NOSTALRIUS", when all we are trying to do is be transparent and make sure we're listening from the start. (Official Forums)

This Week in WoW History
We're taking a look back at old MMO-Champion posts and World of Warcraft news that occurred during this time in previous years.

Raid Markers
Before the Cataclysm, raid Leaders and raiders used Engineering flares, campfires and various other indicators while raiding to mark spots. This changed with the introduction of raid markers. These new markers came in 5 different colors and could be placed within raids by the raid leader or players with assist.


The Shattering
Deathwing's flight over Azeroth would bring flames and destruction to many of locations. A full preview of what the Cataclysm would bring was posted on our website in 2010. Many of the classic zones (such as Thousand Needles, Tanaris, Barrens and Stranglethorn) would be divided or revamped in patch 4.0.3a after the event known as the Shattering.


Loss-of-Control Indicator
Patch 5.1 brought a very nice quality-of-life change for many PvP enthusiasts. Loss-of-control debuffs were now shown in the middle of the screen indicated by the spell's icon and duration. This addition was meant to replace the popular Lose Control add-on. A few other interface options were also added, such as being able to cast abilities on key press rather than release.


Additions to the Blizzard Store
In 2013, the Alterac Brew-Pup was added to the Pet Store. This new companion was the new charity event pet, which meant that half of the purchase price would go to the Make-a-Wish foundation. A new mount was added alongside the addition of the pet. The Enchanted Fey Dragon was, and still is, a unique model only obtainable through the store. This mount’s special feature is its ability to shift colors patterns, a technology later used with other mounts and pets.


Warlords of Draenor Goes Live
The launch of Warlords has some rough points, such as unstable servers and tremendous wait times to log in. Every expansion prior to Legion had linear questing zones, which created a huge bottleneck effect of players being stuck in a zone, adding additional stress to their servers. This hiccup was quickly remedied and servers went back to normal. In subsequent expansions we saw new tech, such as zone scaling, and server sharding added to avoid another unstable launch.


Cataclysm Timewalking
The first weekend of Cataclysm Timewalking happened in 2015. This new event brought the usual reputation tokens, Tosselwrench's Mega-Accurate Simulation Viewfinder and Gurboggle's Gleaming Bauble. The event added six Cataclysm dungeons to the game for players to enjoy.


WoW's 11th Anniversary
Every year the Anniversary event featured special items and XP boosts that were only usable during the event. 2015 stood out in particular, because of the addition of the Edwin VanCleef costume, and the Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker. Did Someone Say…?


WoW Tokens to Battle.Net Balance
2016 brought one of the biggest changes to the Blizzard economy since the introduction of WoW tokens. Patch 7.1.5 gave players the choice of either adding 30 days of gametime to their account, or adding $15 currency to their Blizzard Balance. This currency could be used for any Blizzard games, thus skyrocketing the price of the WoW token across the regions. For everyone gold goblin out there, this new change meant that they could use their WoW gold to purchase other games, or in-game items such as Hearthstone packs.


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