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DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow and The Flash Review: Cosmic Treadmill and S.T.A.R. Labs

In September, the latest DC Dice Masters set, DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow and the The Flash will be released. Wizkids hooked us up with ten booster packs and after an unboxing video, I’m now going over groupings of the cards to discuss their playability and how they stack up to previous versions of the characters.

Up next, the common Cosmic Treadmill and rare S.T.A.R. Labs

DC Dice Masters The Flash Green Arrow Cosmic Treadmill Star Labs

Cosmic Treadmill: Antique Shop Discovery (common)

Team: None

Purchase: 4 FIST MASK

Die – Generic / Fist & Mask / Fist & Mask

Level: Treadmill/Treadmill*/Treadmill**

Character Previous Set: None

Reroll up to 2 target dice in your Reserve Pool. For each FIST or MASK rolled, deal 1 damage to target opponent.

Thoughts: On its own, this is an interesting card that I’m still going back and forth about. Doing damage is a good thing, but you’re also rerolling dice, so who knows how well it’d do. Where I can see this being a key is on teams focused on just FIST and MASK energy.

This one really is up in the air as to its usefulness until we see what the rest of the set is like, especially dual energy cards.

 

S.T.A.R. Labs: Science and Technology (rare)

Team: None

Purchase: 2 BOLT SHIELD

Die – Generic / Bolt and Shield / Bolt and Shield

Level: Test Tube/Test Tube*/Test Tube**

Character Previous Set: None

All your BOLT character dice gain Fast. All your SHIELD character dice get +2D (until end of turn)

*/** Instead, all your BOLT and SHIELD character dice get +2D and gain Fast (until end of turn). (Character dice with Fast deal combat damage before non-Fast characters.)

Global: Pay BOLT SHIELD. Move a Sidekick die from your Used Pile to your Prep Area and field another Sidekick die from your Used Pile.

Thoughts: The ability for the card is good for those using BOLT SHIELD teams and may be a must. What’s interesting to me isn’t the die itself, but the Global which is similar to Prof X in Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men. That Global is pay a MASK and move 2 Sidekick dice to the prep area from the Used Pile.

This moves one from the Used Pile to Prep and the other is fielded from Used. While it’s a bit more costly, it also may limit its use by your opponents. Pay a bit more, get a similar ability that works well for BOLT SHIELD teams.

Expect to see some builds featuring this instead of Prof X.

 

Final thoughts: These are two interesting cards that I can see both getting play. How much will largely hinge on what’s in the rest of the set due to their each focusing on just two energy types. We’ll have to come back for a second look once the full set is out.

The Defenders Get a Team Pack for Dice Masters in March

marvel's_the_defendersIt looks like Team Packs are going to be a big thing going forward for WizkidsDice Masters game. The company will be releasing The Defenders Team Pack  for the Marvel Dice Masters game in March 2016.

The release will feature 24 cards and 16 dice for eight characters, the usual three cards and two dice we find with starter packs. That also means you’ll likely need to Team Packs to fill up the four dice cards can use (generally). The idea is for players to purchase Team Packs along with Starter Sets to give players what they need to play. Team Packs will retail for $9.99.

This pack will feature the Hulk, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones (and more). Luke Cage and Daredevil are likely to be found in the set. The Defenders is a superhero team in the Marvel Universe which has had various line-ups and they will be getting a show on Netflix that brings together the various Marvel live action series that includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

Up next for Marvel Dice Masters is the Dr. Strange Team Pack which is scheduled for September, and will be followed by Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool in October, and Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set in January. That’s the first Starter Set not tied to a bigger set release.

DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow and The Flash Review: Deathstroke Guerilla Warfare and Lt. Colonel

In September, the latest DC Dice Masters set, DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow and the The Flash will be released. Wizkids hooked us up with ten booster packs and after an unboxing video, I’m now going over groupings of the cards to discuss their playability and how they stack up to previous versions of the characters.

Next up is Deathstroke (common and rare). I received the two cards out of the ten booster packs.

DC Dice Masters The Flash Green Arrow Deathstroke

Cost – 6 Fist/Shield and 5 Fist/Shield

Affiliation: Villain

Die – Generic/Fist & Shield/Fist & Shield

1 4 4 / 2 5 5 / 3 7 7

Character Previous Set: DC Dice Masters Justice League

First thoughts: Expensive! With a 6 with fist and shield die to purchase the common and 5 with first and shield for the rare and a total of 6 total cost to field the three levels, this is an expensive die. Much more expensive than the previous version which were 4 or 5 to purchase and 5 total cost to field the three levels.

Deathstroke: Guerilla Warfare (Common)

While Deathstroke is active, when you field a FIST or SHIELD character die, Deathstroke gets a +1A and +1D (+2A and +2D if the character is a FIST and SHIELD) (until end of turn).

Thoughts: For a common the card is expensive for what you get. Yes the stats are high, but I just don’t see this one making the field a lot. I’m reading that ability as a 1 time thing, not for each die fielded since it uses the word die and not dice. If that’s not the case, this gets more useful.

Compared to the previous common with Regenerate, I’d probably take that one over this one.

 

Deathstroke: Lt. Colonel (Rare)

Synergy – While Deathstroke is active, during your turn, whenever you could use a Global Ability, you may pay FIST SHIELD to search your bag for an action die and roll it. (The rolled die goes to your Reserve Pool.) (Synergy abilities can be used while the character is active, any time you could use a Global Ability).

Thoughts: Yes please!? Holy crap is this card good. A 5 FIST SHIELD to purchase, this is a card I’m going for early in the game. To be able to seek out an action die is potentially a game changer with an impact on turn four. Big Entrance, purchase this next turn, draw this third turn, buy the action die fourth turn. With some action dice being able to swing games, this is a big ability that should mix things up and has me thinking through what action dice I’m bringing.

 

Final thoughts: The common is a bit blah, but that rare I expect to regularly find in builds. It potentially has a big impact if the dice roll right. Now, to find out what the uncommon is…

DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow and The Flash Review: Green Arrow Robin Hood and Ollie

In September, the latest DC Dice Masters set, DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow and the The Flash will be released. Wizkids hooked us up with ten booster packs and after an unboxing video, I’m now going over groupings of the cards to discuss their playability and how they stack up to previous versions of the characters.

Up first Green Arrow (common and uncommon). I received three Green Arrows out of the ten booster packs, of which of the three cards, two were foil.

DC Dice Masters The Flash Green Arrow Green Arrow

Cost – 5 Mask/Shield

Team Arrow

Die – Generic/Mask & Shield/Mask & Shield

1 5 1 / 1 6 2 / 2 7 3

Character Previous Set: DC Dice Masters Justice League

First thoughts: All three of the cards have the new Team Arrow marking. This is new to the set, so if you plan on running this team, you’ll be looking at those to use as opposed to previous incarnations of Green Arrow.

Compared to the previous version these two cards are a bit more to purchase, but their fielding cost is the the same. For that increase in purchase price, besides the card text, the stats of the die are a bit better with level 1 and level 2 have 1 more strength and level 3 having 2 more strength.

 

Green Arrow: Robin Hood (Common)

Synergy – While Green Arrow is active, when an opposing action die targets one of your character dice, you may pay MASK SHIELD to choose a new target. (Synergy abilities can be used while the character is active, any time you could use a Global Ability.)

Thoughts: For a common, Synergy could come in really handy. Basic Action die which could wipe out characters instead could be redirected and I could see this being really handy when hit by Delayed Blast Fireball for instance. Where I can really see this being used is to redirect damage to trigger abilities set off by damage greating a potentially solid combo.

The big question is, will you be facing opposing action dice that target one of yours? If so, this could be a helpful counter.

 

Green Arrow: Ollie (Uncommon)

While Green Arrow is active, when you field a Mask or Shield character die, Green Arrow gets +2D (if a character dies is MASK and SHIELD he gets +4D instead) (until end of turn).

Thoughts: This is a pretty common ability for cards, field x gain y for your attack or defense. It’s a big defensive gain for a character with really low defense. And without knowing how many dual MASK SHIELD characters there are in the set, it’s hard to say how often you’ll be getting +4D. Compared to the Uncommon in the Justice League set which allows you to spin an opposing character down 1 when fielded, this 6 to purchase die is hard to get too excited about. Still, it’s interesting and while I doubt we’ll see a lot of it, the complete verdict is out as to how useful this will be.

 

Final thoughts: I like Green Arrow from DC Dice Masters: Justice League, and while this die has the Team Arrow affiliation it doesn’t stack up to whats already been released. The common could find some decent game play depending what the meta is like, but while these two are handy, previous versions for me have much more use.

The Marvel Universe Miniature Game Adds the Dark Avengers, Dr. Doom, and the Thing!

It’s been around a little over two months since Knight Model‘s last release for the Marvel Universe Miniature Game. The game publisher has announced three new releases today and two are pretty shocking! The game gets some more much-needed villains and one of the members of the Fantastic Four, a whole lot of support for the Avengers faction!

It should be no surprise that Dr. Doom is coming to the game, and at level 11 he will likely have entire teams built around him. With abilities to prevent ranged attacks, teleport, and more, he’s every bit the powerful villain he should be.

Marvel Universe Miniature Game Dr. Doom

What’s Dr. Doom without the Fantastic Four to stop him? The Thing is now available to bring to your team. He’s as tough as you’d expect. Can the rest of the FF be far behind?

Marvel Universe Miniature Game The Thing

The Dark Avengers are ready to take on all comers! Composing of Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn), Ares, Sentry, and Ms. Marvel, this is a superhero team made up of villains. Not one I expected to see in the game, and definitely not this early.

Marvel Universe Miniature Game Dark Avengers

All of the models are available for order now!

Knight Models Teases a Suicide Squad Box for the Batman Miniature Game

With the release of “The Flash and Green Arrow” expansion for the Batman Miniature Game, Knight Models gave us rules for running Suicide Squad teams. With them came special rules mimicking the team’s independent, and unpredictable, nature as well as the bombs in their heads that motivate them to work.

Today, Knight Models teased a “Suicide Squad Game Box.” No more details are available and we’ll get more details soon, but I’m excited to see what this might be.

Wizkids Reveals Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Strahd Rainbow Draft Weekend Details

Dice Masters Strahd ArtUnravel the mysteries of Castle Ravenloft with the Dungeons and Dragons Dice Masters: Strahd Rainbow Draft event!

At Origins, Wizkids revealed a Dungeons and Dragons focused Rainbow Draft event for later this year. Today, the game publisher has revealed the event will take place the weekend of October 8, 2016.

An Organized Play event available to top stores, players will have an opportunity to Rainbow Draft and have a shot at winning limited edition alternate art cards! Just for participating, everyone will receive a Strahd: Master of Ravenloft card and die for use in Dice Masters!

Strahd is a 4 cost lightning bolt character that features Experience and Energy Drain and doesn’t count as an Adventurer. His dice stats are 1/2/2, 1/3/3, and 2/4/3. Those that participate will receive a card, a blank art card, and a die.

Dice Masters Strahd BlankAlso part of the kit is three other cards that are available for individuals to win.

There are five Kobold: Greater Humanoid cards as part of the kits. The card is an alternate art for the card and die released as part of the Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn set. The card from that set is popular as it’s a 1 cost die to purchase and features Swarm.

Two Human: Paladin: Lesser Emerald Enclave alternate art cards are part of the kit. The card was originally released in the Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn set. It protects your characters from global abilities used by your opponent and allows you to pay to reduce damage you take from a character by 1.

Finally, the winner of the event will get an alternate art card for Magic Missile, a basic action card. A popular basic action card, it can deal damage to characters or players.

Dice Masters DnD Rainbow Draft 2016

 

DC Comics is #1 as Diamond Announces the Top Products For July 2016.

dollar-shareDC Comics is finding success with their Rebirth launch as the company is the top publishing in both dollar share and unit share. The company also took 8 of the top 10 selling comics for the month.

Alien machines threaten Earth and the Justice League reforms to defeat them in Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel, and Sandu Florea’s Justice League #1 from DC, the best-selling comic book of July 2016 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Their sales powered by Rebirth, DC was July’s top publisher with a 35.36% dollar share and a 40.96% unit share. Marvel Comics was the month’s number two publisher with a 34.20% dollar share and a 35.69% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with a 8.15% dollar share and a 7.56% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 4.49% dollar share and a 3.00% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.83% dollar share and 1.98% units share.

unit-shareDC had eight of the month’s top ten best-selling comics. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #156 was Image Comics’ best-selling book in July at #32. Chris Ryall, Christos Gage, and David Messina’s ROM #1 was IDW Publishing’s top book at #75. Finally, Dark Horse Comics’ top book, Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer #1, ranked #117.

Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda’s steampunk kaiju story Monstress Volume 1 from Image Comics was July’s best-selling graphic novel and one of the four titles from Image Comics among the top ten. DC had two titles among the top ten, led by Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits, a collection of stories featuring the fan-favorite character, at #2. Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto’s Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin was Marvel Comics’ best-selling book at #4 and one of their three titles among the top ten.

The softcover edition of Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 46 was July’s best-selling book.

Good Smile’s The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: Link Nendoroid, a recreation of the beloved Nintendo hero, was July’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had four titles among the month’s top ten, led by Marvel Select: Carnage Action Figure at #2. Also in the top ten, DC Collectibles had two titles in the top ten, with the DC Comics Blueline: Superman Action Figure, a unique figure based on Jim Lee’s pencil artwork, their best-selling product at #5.

USAopoly’s Risk: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, a specialized edition of the venerable board game inspired by Image Comics’ The Walking Dead, returned to the top of the sales charts as July’s best-selling game product. IDW Publishing’s IDW Games division also had a strong showing in July with five products among the top ten, led by the Machi Koro Deluxe Edition Card Game at #2.

Check out below for the full list of the stats released by Diamond.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

DC ENTERTAINMENT 35.36% 40.96%
MARVEL COMICS 34.20% 35.69%
IMAGE COMICS 8.15% 7.56%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.49% 3.00%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.83% 1.98%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.05% 1.68%
ARCHIE COMICS 1.36% 1.26%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.19% 0.95%
ONI PRESS INC. 1.14% 0.84%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT 1.06% 1.03%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.18% 5.06%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JULY 2016 VS. JUNE 2016
COMICS -8.15% -3.24%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -26.54% -35.83%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -13.77% -6.16%
JULY 2016 VS. JULY 2015
COMICS 4.32% 12.01%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -19.12% -28.26%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -3.01% 8.28%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015
COMICS -2.59% -5.39%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 2.42% 0.26%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -1.08% -4.94%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 97 33 0 130
DC ENTERTAINMENT 63 31 0 94
IMAGE COMICS 61 11 1 73
IDW PUBLISHING 37 13 0 50
DARK HORSE COMICS 21 18 0 39
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 21 10 0 31
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 19 7 0 26
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 11 5 0 16
ONI PRESS INC. 13 2 0 15
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 10 1 0 11
OTHER NON-TOP 10 102 144 23 269

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 [*] $2.99 MAY160206-M DC
2 JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH #1 [*] $2.99 MAY160204-M DC
3 BATMAN #2 [*] $2.99 MAY160234-M DC
4 CIVIL WAR II #3 $4.99 APR160862-M MAR
5 BATMAN #3 [*] $2.99 MAY160236-M DC
6 NIGHTWING REBIRTH #1 [*] $2.99 MAY160216-M DC
7 CIVIL WAR II #4 $4.99 MAY160747-M MAR
8 NEW SUPER MAN #1 [*] $2.99 MAY160224-M DC
9 NIGHTWING #1 [*] $2.99 MAY160218-M DC
10 HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS REBIRTH #1 [*] $2.99 MAY160208-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR) $9.99 APR160803-M IMA
2 HARLEY QUINN’S GREATEST HITS TP $9.99 MAR168712 DC
3 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
4 STAR WARS: OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN TP $16.99 APR161092 MAR
5 HUCK TP $14.99 APR160798-M IMA
6 SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOLUME 3: HOMECOMING TP (MR) $14.99 FEB160707 IMA
7 SAGA VOLUME 6 TP (MR) $14.99 MAR160684 IMA
8 BONE CODA 25TH ANNIVERSARY TP $14.95 MAY161334 CAR
9 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOLUME 1: BERZERKER TP $16.99 APR161078 MAR
10 AGENTS OF SHIELD VOLUME 1: COULSON PROTOCOLS TP $17.99 APR161086 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 46 SC $29.95 APR161667-M GEM
2 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 46 HC $35.00 APR161668-M GEM
3 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: I AM A PRINCESS $4.99 MAY162079 RAN
4 STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: I AM A SITH $4.99 MAY162080 RAN
5 ERIC POWELL COLORING BOOK VOLUME 1 SC $10.99 MAY161048 ALB
6 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SUPERGIRL AT SUPER HERO HIGH HC $13.99 MAY162038 RAN
7 DC COMICS COLORING BOOK SC $15.99 MAY162059 POC
8 LITTLE GRUMPY CAT THAT WOULDN’T LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK $4.99 MAY162041 RAN
9 BIG BIG OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 46 $47.50 MAY161536 GEM
10 THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 46 HALL-OF-FAME EDITION SC $29.95 MAY161534 GEM

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA’S MASK 3D: LINK NENDOROID JUL158281 GOO
2 MARVEL SELECT: CARNAGE ACTION FIGURE NOV142179 DST
3 X-MEN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES APR168678 HAS
4 MARVEL SELECT: VENOM ACTION FIGURE AUG121762 DST
5 DC COMICS BLUELINE: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE MAR160334 DC
6 MOVIE REALIZATION STAR WARS: AKAZONAE ROYAL GUARD FIGURE AUG158040 BLU
7 THE X-FILES 2016 SELECT ACTION FIGURES JAN162247 DST
8 DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: POWER GIRL STATUE OCT150298 DC
9 METAL GEAR SOLID: SNIPER WOLF BISHOUJO STATUE DEC152338 KOT
10 MARVEL SELECT CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR: IRON MAN MK. 45 FIG. JAN162254 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128267 USA
2 MACHI KORO DELUXE EDITION CARD GAME JUN152743 IDW
3 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
4 THE GAME CARD GAME SEP152625 IDW
5 RANDOM ENCOUNTER CARD GAME FEB160459 IDW
6 FINDING DORY: DON’T WAKE GAME JUL158674 BAN
7 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: SHADOWS OVER INNISTRAD BOOSTERS FEB162979 WIZ
8 MUNCHKIN CTHULHU: KATIE COOK GUEST ARTIST EDITION APR163153 PSI
9 AWESOME KINGDOM: MINES AND LABYRINTHS BOARD GAME EXPANSION MAR160508 IDW
10 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HEROCLIX JAN162805 NEC

Cards Against Humanity Gets Political with Clinton and Trump Packs

The Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Cards Against Humanity packs were part of the gift bag at the Concert Against Humanity held by the Cards Against Humanity folks at Gen Con. The two packs are being released to the public as of today and encourages individuals to vote with their dollar for the candidate they support.

Each pack costs $4 and contains 15 cards about the two public figures vying to be elected the 45th President of the United States this November.

Cards Against Humanity has said that they are counting this as votes and when that voting ends they’ll tally up the sales and donate all of the money to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. They’re running a live total so you can see how much as been purchased for each pack.

You can get yours now.

CAH Clinton Trump

Ms. Marvel Gets a Marvel Dice Masters OP Kit

Marvel-MsMarvel-OP-E1Team up with Kamala Khan as she discovers she’s an Inhuman and adopts the identity of her idol: Ms. Marvel. Inspired to do good, she’ll learn the ropes from her hero and stop the Asgardian trickster Loki from ruining her school’s dance!

Wizkids has announced a new organized play kit for Dice Masters, Marvel Dice Masters: Ms. Marvel Monthly OP.

Organized play kits are ordered by stores and include prizes for them to hand out to participants at events. In this case, there’s five Ms. Marvel: Amazing Hero cards, five Loki: Angsty Asgardian cards, and 20 Captain Marvel: Captain Carol Danvers cards. The first two cards are intended to be given out to winners of the event, while the third card is a participation card given out to everyone that takes part. The cards are often alternate art to cards that have already been released, but there’s also completely new cards only available through organized play.

Captain Marvel: Captain Carol Danvers is an alternate art card for the common card released with the Marvel Dice Masters: Civil War set. She may only be blocked by bolt character dice and character dice with Resistance. At a seven cost, she’s pricey, but the art on this card is awesome.

Ms. Marvel: Amazing Hero also uses the die from the Marvel Dice Masters: Civil War set. The card is a new one and looks like you spin the die up one level when you field a character with the Avenger team affiliation.

Loki: Angsty Asgardian is a new card as well and uses the die from the Marvel Dice Masters: Civil War set. The text is hard to make out but it looks like the card’s ability involves the Avenger team affiliation and taking damage during the turn. My guess is Loki doesn’t take damage, but that’s only a guess.

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