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NEC 19 early results, streams ft. SonicFox, Dragon, Grover, PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, MarlinPie, KnowKami and more

Update: This story has been updated with day 1 results.

NEC 19 is taking place this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

This event is hosting a ton of different games, with the most entered one being Soul Calibur 6 at over 250 participants, meaning that stakes are going to be very high for everyone involved.

Besides this, the event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Pokkén Tournament DX.

Some of the notable names showing up include FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, PAG|Grover, BxA|PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, PG|MarlinPie, W2W|KnowKami, FSD|Rikuto and KPB|JDR, though there are obviously many more as well.

There are several other games not listed on the main stream schedule as well that may have side streams such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Injustice 2, so make sure to check around if those are being streamed separately if you're interested.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Bros Calamity, KPB Live and TSB Blaze.

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New Captain Marvel trailer gives us a better look at Skrulls, might a certain 'Super' Skrull of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 fame be making an appearance?

Marvel Entertainment has released its second trailer for 2019's Captain Marvel, this time with a good bit more information and insight into exactly what kind of ride we'll be going on.

While it seems the film's main antagonist is likely Ronin, the same blue baddie you'll remember from Galaxy of the Guardians Vol. 1, it seems the cinematic Marvel universe is finally bringing in the comic company's long-time galactic foot soldiers, the Skrull.

We caught a very quick glimpse of a Skrull outline in the first trailer, and had to assume the old lady getting beaten up on a bus by Carol Danvers was more than likely one of these shape shifting aliens. That's all but confirmed in this new trailer as Nick Fury's voice over notes the Skrull fairly blatantly as "the bad guys" while that same scene plays out with the elder woman retaliating with ninja-like movements.

The fighting game community will remember will remember a little title from not all that long ago, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, that featured Super Skrull (Kl'rt) as one of the playable characters. Kl'rt is usually a Fantastic Four baddie, but has had multiple run ins with Captain Marvel in the comics over the years.

It very well may be the case that the Skrull are used more so as faceless henchmen baddies for Captain Marvel to show off on in this coming film, but we're holding out for the chance that perhaps we'll also come face to face with Kl'rt, if even just as a tease as the main baddie for a sequel.

Captain Marvel is slated to drop on March 8th of next year. You can view both trailers below.

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Stan Lee has passed away

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has passed away at the age of 95.

According to TMZ, Lee was rushed to the hospital from his home in the Hollywood Hills early this morning. Stan was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is where he died — this information was confirmed to TMZ by Lee's daughter.

A cause of death has yet to be unveiled. Earlier this year, Stan did experience some health issues including pneumonia and a heart health scare.

J.C., Stan Lee's daughter, provided a brief statement about her father's passing to TMZ:

"My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."

Lee has a long legacy as a prolific comic book writer, former editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, and co-creator of some of the most popular super heroes to ever exist, among numerous other accomplishments.

Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Doom, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, and Magneto are just a handful of the plethroa of characters Lee had a large hand in creating — many of which have appeared in several of our beloved fighting games.

Stan Lee and his amazing work have touched the lives of people all over the world, making true believers of us all. Rest in peace, Stan, you will be dearly missed.

Photo credit - Jason Laboy Photography. Sent in by jediassassin33, MightyAfro, CubaNectie, PoisonBirdie, LordAkira, KnyghtFall, and daishinkan.

Canada Cup 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big one is finally upon us. One of the most noteworthy and hype-filled events in the entire FGC is taking place this weekend.

Yes, that's right, it's time yet again for Canada Cup to occur, this time in its 2018 edition.

This is a massive event by all counts, and it's one of the last Capcom Pro Tour Premier events as well as the last Tekken World Tour event, though it's a Challenger event for that game. It's also a NeoGeo World Tour event for the King of Fighters titles present and features the Tournament of Legends for Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo. Also, let's not forget the massive international 5v5 tournament we see each year for the main Street Fighter game.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7, you can also look forward to tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Soul Calibur 6, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Sailor Moon S, Pokkén Tournament DX, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2 and King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Tokido, Liquid|Hungrybox, FD|Fujimura, Ghost|NuckleDu, CYG|Daigo, TSM|Leffen, FOX|Justin Wong, CYG|Fuudo, GGP|Kazunoko, Liquid|Nemo, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Dogura, Gachikun, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, NRG|HookGangGod, CYG|Chris Tatarian, FAV|Sako, Yamasa|Nobi, Ponos|Moke, CYG|GamerBee, EQNX|JoeyFury, FOX|Momochi, ALG|n0ne, EQNX|Dimeback, LostSoul, EMG|Mistake, BC|Mr. R, AB|StormKubo, Yamasa|Take, UYU|Fergus, ESE|Duck, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|Speedkicks, FNATIC|Akainu, ESE|ANTi, Ally, NRG|Supernoon, Fiction, Shadow20z, AE|Pekos, W2W|Bladewise, Teemo, ESE|RunItBlack, EMG|Moky, Binchang, MnT|Trungy, Joonya20z, Abel Del Maestro, Ryan Ford and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup Gaming, Canada Cup Gaming 2, Canada Cup Gaming 3 and Canada Cup Gaming 4.

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'I will never understand Capcom or Marvel’s decision to deviate from a winning strategy' - Filipino Champ on hopes for a rumored Marvel vs. Capcom 4

Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez is easily one of the greatest Marvel vs. Capcom players of all time having won EVO 2012 and more recently had a seemingly unstoppable Dormammu during the launch of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, so he probably knows more about the series than some college graduates know of their majors.

Daily Esports recently interviewed the top fighting game competitor about his origins with the series, his thoughts on Street Fighter 5, what's holding fighting games back in the realm of eSports and the prospects of a potential Marvel vs. Capcom 4 — including his hopes to leave the 2v2 system from Infinite behind.

Ramirez reveals that he's been essentially playing fighting games for 17 years now beginning in 2001 with Marvel vs. Capcom 2 though he says his big break out for him prior to MvC3 was in Super Street Fighter 4 when he defeated CYG|Daigo Umehara, FOX|Justin Wong and EG|Ricki Ortiz at SCR 2010.

As for Marvel 3 itself, Fchamp disliked how Capcom treated the game after the launch of Ultimate MvC3 for "the lack of developer support during its peak" alluding to the fact that the fighter didn't see any new DLC and hardly any patches after 2011 with the publisher also focusing almost solely on Street Fighter 4 for the competitive scene.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite didn't come until six years later in 2017 with a gameplay foundation that many would agree was solid and one of the strongest in the franchise, but nearly every other aspect of the game felt downgraded from something like MvC3 which is where Filipino Champ takes issue with it.

"Infinite had so much potential but they rushed the product, and you can tell that the game was not polished," said Ramirez via Daily Esports. "Presentation, graphics, audio, character roster, and game mechanics had so many issues that even a game from 2011 like UMvC3 looked way better. The Marvel community deserves better."

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Poll results: Fans want to see the return of 3v3 in a potential Marvel vs. Capcom 4

Updated: The results are in! Our readers voted for the return of 3v3 in a potential Marvel vs. Capcom 4. You can see how the voting shook out for all three of our Marvel 4-related polls after the jump.

Earlier: By this point, it's known that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was a flop. Not only did it not perform well commercially, many aspects about the game were simply not appreciated by hardcore and casual fans of the series alike.

Does this mean that every part of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was bad? While the art direction and characters missing from the roster are widely met with negative reception, there are those that would defend the game's mechanics.

Not too long ago, we heard about a rumor from a credible leaker, Vergeben, that an update for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is supposedly being worked on behind closed doors. According to the source of the rumor, the game is going to be re-branded as "Marvel vs. Capcom 4."

This has resulted in some back-and-forth discussions in regards to how the game should play, assuming these rumors are true. Maybe it'd be better off returning to the formula of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and 3?

Some fans actually enjoyed the 2v2 matches as opposed to the chaotic 3v3. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite also utilized quicker tag-ins that were effective for combos and block strings. Then again, there are those that miss the strategy of taking screen control so assists could safely lend the point characters a hand.

After the jump, you'll find a number of polls that ask about your desired team formats, teamwork mechanics, and comeback factors.

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The Fall Classic 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic 2018 is back again this year.

It's taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will have a bunch of games played.

Tournament titles present at the event are Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Soul Calibur 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Pokkén Tournament DX and King of Fighters 14.

There are tons of players participating in each game, but a few notable names that you can expect to see are UGS|XCaliburBladez, Pokchop, W2W|KnowKami, ESE|Coach Steve, UGS|BBoyDragon... But of course also many more.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki and Funky P.

Because of the multitude of games being played, you can expect to have Top 8s on almost all weekend, so stay tuned.

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REV Major 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's another tour event taking place this weekend, namely REV Major 2018.

It's happening in Manila, Philippines, and although unfortunately some of the top players set to attend were forced to drop out because of the ongoing super typhoon, there are still many others who have made the trip and will compete.

This is a Tekken World Tour Challenger event, with almost 200 players set to fight it out for the points.

Besides this, the event will also feature tournament play for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Players attending include UYU|Jeondding, UYU|Qudans, Fursan|LowHigh, Kkokkoma, AR|Book, Ulsan, UYU|Yuyu, MulGold, Dee-On Grey, DoToRing, AG|R-Tech and many more.

Streaming is being done at Playbook PH and Gariath TV.

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The birth of BIONIC ARM, Sonic Fox's ascension, Moment 37... here are Screw Attack's top 10 most hype fighting game moments

Full disclosure, this video came out just before EVO this year as a hype up for fighting games' biggest and baddest yearly open bracket event, but that doesn't mean we aren't still interested in what Screw Attack thinks are the 10 most epic fighting game moments.

We also won't beat around the bush and pretend as though anything has even come close to the legendary EVO Moment 37, as CYG|Daigo's Third Strike parrying of FOX|Justin Wong's Super Art stands fairly decisively at the top of this category.

Considering the fact that the best fighting gamers from all over the world clash at EVO more than any other single venue, it's not surprising to say there have been plenty of other incredibly exciting memories that have stemmed from the big dance.

My personal favorite from the list was one I had actually forgotten about until this reminder and even having just seen it seconds ago, the mere thought of it still makes the hairs on my arms stand up.

I'm, of course, referring to the EVO 2014 bout between RB|Snake Eyez and RZR|Xian that went down the absolute wire. Seeing it in person was indescribable, but you'll get the gist of it all by watching it back in this video.

Let us know what you thought of Screw Attack's countdown in the comments. If you disagree with their list please let us know how yours would play out.

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Somebody modded X-Men's Magneto into Grand Theft Auto V and it's spectacular

Just... let me get through this story before you fire into the Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite jokes, okay?

By now you've probably seen crazy mods for Grand Theft Auto V floating around the internet. From Dragon Ball Z's Goku and DC Comics' Superman to having actual dragons ravage the city, there is seemingly no end to what can be tossed into this open world game.

Apparently, there now exists a mod that adds the mainstay X-Men villain, Magneto, into the game as a playable character.

Not only does this particular mod look awesome, but Magneto has all of the abilities you'd want out of the master of magnetism. He can lift cars, helicopters, and trains and throw them around with ease, he can stop bullets with a magnetic barrier, and he does everything while flying around the landscape.

This mod was originally spotted by PC Gamer, and it comes from the mind of JulioNIB.

Magneto is no stranger to the world of fighting games. As many of us know, the Marvel Comics baddie has a long legacy as a staple in the Versus series of games, especially the run of Marvel vs. Capcom titles.

So, if you're looking to play as Magneto in a video game in 2018, this Grand Theft Auto V mod might be your best bet. It's not MvC Magneto, but it's still pretty rad.

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Celtic Throwdown 2018 results

Update; This story has been updated with final results.

There's a double whammy as far as pro tours go this weekend, with Celtic Throwdown taking place in Dublin, Ireland.

This is a Ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour and a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour, meaning that both Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7 will have points on the line.

There are over 100 entrants for Tekken 7 based on the bracket lists, and over 60 for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, so a lot of matches are going to go down to reach the finals.

Besides this, the event will feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Super Smash Bros. 4, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Injustice 2.

Players attending include Mouz|Problem X, NVD|Phenom, RB|Luffy, UYU|Fergus, FNATIC|Shakz, Crazy|SuperAkouma, FNATIC|Akainu, DG|Asim, NVD|SaltyKid, Packz, 4G|DevilKazuya, NVD|Momi, Cobelcog, OL|VegaPatch, 4G|Rikimaru, exceL|Infexious, FH|SignorFarfalla, Method|Broski, DG|ThePhantom, Ixion and many more.

Streaming is being done at AsOneLive, Lythero, MsCupcakes and GrandMasterChallenge.

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Rick Sanchez apparently portal hopped to an SNK sprite dimension; Sabockee's fighting game sprite work sees various characters with retro looks

Today we're bringing you a handful of Sabockee's wonderful sprites that see fighting game characters as they might have looked if included in Capcom vs. Street Fighter, SNK titles or even Street Fighter 3.

Some of these are straightforward replications of the popular characters, but others have something of a twist. Those are namely the Majin Buu variations on fighters like Geese Howard, Morrigan, Chun-Li and Guile.

We even get a surprise cameo of Rick Sanchez from Adult Swim's Rick and Morty as it seems he's crossed through a portal into a universe where everything is SNK from 20 years ago themed.

At first thought we figured it'd be cool to see Rick in a fighting game, but then we quickly remembered he'd probably just utterly destroy any and all opponents with little to no effort. Maybe not the best idea.

Unfortunately these are all pretty small to begin with, so clicking on each thumbnail won't do a ton in the way of enhancement. They're still really cool though, and well worth a look over for any fighting game fan.

Check out the full gallery below and be sure to head over to Sabockee's Deviant Art page to see the plethora of additional sprites just like these. Let us know which were your favorites in the comments.

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Twin Galaxies Fight Club brings together some of the all time best fighting game talent for exhibitions you won't want to miss this EVO weekend

EVO 2018 will be the big draw in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend with thousands of fighting game competitors squaring off to prove their skills against world-class talent, but there will be plenty of other places to get your fill of top fighting game action when the Mandalay Bay fun is done for the day.

One of the biggest side-event draws this weekend will likely be the newly announced Twin Galaxies Fight Club which will bring together some of the best talent from every era of fighting games to play in eight exhibition events at the Luxor Esports Arena. TGFC is scheduled to begin this Saturday, August 4th, at 9:00 p.m. PDT and run all the way to 3:00 a.m.

There will be two "main events" with Dominique "FOX|SonicFox" McLean and Goichi "CO|GO1" Kishida facing off once again in Dragon Ball FighterZ — which may also end up a precursor to EVO Finals if previous tournament results are anything to go by — followed by Hajime "FOX|Tokido" Taniguchi vs. Lee "PG|Infiltration" Seon-woo in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Along with modern fighting games, exhibitions of classics in the genre will also be on display with LU|Alex Valle taking on John Choi in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Street Fighter Alpha 3.

The Marvel vs. Capcom series will also be heavily represented with three different exhibitions including reviving the East vs. West rivalry of Abraham "GoldenboyNeo" Sotelo and Desmond "Xecutioner" Pinkney in Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

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The freshly resurrected Wolverine has new mutant powers based off of his time in Marvel vs. Capcom... though I'm not sure how

San Diego Comic-Con took place last week for those that somehow managed to avoid all of the news which included the reveal of Ryu as a Power Ranger and new Summer costumes for Street Fighter 5 among dozens of other announcements at the event.

During the X-Men panel at SDCC, a new mini-comic book line called Return of Wolverine was revealed and detailed where in — you guessed it — Logan will be returning from the grave... with new powers in tow this time around.

Charles Soule, one of the writers of Return of Wolverine, stated that Logan will have a heating function added to his claws for some hot slashing action, and the inspiration for the new mutation came from the Marvel vs. Capcom games where... Wolverine doesn't have heated claws.

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Marvel releases its official video of their smallest and tallest super heroes including some of the classics in Marvel vs. Capcom

Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp is now in theaters and features action on a scale smaller than the tip of a needle, but ramifications that may be felt throughout the entire Marvel cinematic universe depending on where they go after Avengers: Infinity War.

To coincide with the release of Marvel's latest addition to its cinematic universe, The studio released a video on their Marvel Entertainment YouTube channel detailing the heights of the company's super heroes from smallest to tallest with a handful of Marvel vs. Capcom characters.

Ant-Man has never been playable in the Marvel vs. series though he did appear in Hawkeye's Hyper Combo in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Scott Lang normally stands six-feet tall, but using the powers of the Ant-Man suit, he can shrink down to less than one-centimeter tall to become the smallest Marvel character— though he can also go microscopic as well.

As far as playable characters go, Rocket Raccoon stands at four-feet tall though many who played Infinite probably feel he's a good bit shorter than that due to how hard he can be to hit/ combo. Black Widow was among the last characters added to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and she officially stands at five-feet seven-inches tall.

Spider-Man often times appears pretty short due to his hunched over fighting stance, but he actually is a fairly average five-feet ten-inches tall though the Hulk is actually only four-inches taller than Shaquille O'Neal standing seven-feet five inches high.

There's too many Marvel characters to fit into one short video, but Captain America, Iron-Man, She-Hulk, Black Panther, a fully grown Groot, Thor and his amphibian counterpart Throg among others are all included in this larger than life size comparison. You can check out the full video after the jump.

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Faces, functions, on disc DLC and more, Curse Entertainment recounts the biggest fighting game faux pas over the last seven years

The fighting game community entered something of a golden age after 2009's release of Street Fighter 4 and a handful of subsequent successful titles, but it's been a real roller coaster of ups and downs since then.

There's no question that we've seen some incredible growth and development through franchises old and new, but one can only imagine where we could be if it weren't for some monumental missteps that have slowed and even buried games that had incredible potential.

Curse Entertainment has put together a video examining some of these issues so as to keep them at the forefront of our thoughts lest we make them again.

Some such mistakes were eventually corrected leaving just a few non-fatal scars as in the case of King of Fighters 14's initial visuals or Street Fighter 5's shoddy launch. Other titles were not so lucky, as Street Fighter X Tekken and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite would never be able to recover from their respective failures despite some eventual corrections.

Not to be a total Debbie Downer, Curse also takes some time to highlight the successes of franchises like Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct, both of which have seen major successes in various avenues.

As the scene continues to expand to new heights on both the casual and competitive levels we hope to learn to better cross our "T's" and dot our "i's." Continue on to check out the video and let us know what you think after you're done.

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Deadpool was almost excluded from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 due to a translation error

Marvel vs. Cacpom 3 was a crossover fighting game that pitted iconic characters against one another from two separate universes. Essentially, this was a combined effort by both Marvel and Capcom.

As you might expect, Marvel had a say on which characters that Capcom was allowed to use from their intellectual property. According to IGN via CBR, Marvel had provided Capcom with a "no go" list that told them which fighters they didn't want to see in this work-in-progress title.

This explains why we never got to see Venom in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or its ultimate edition. Incidentally, this meant that Spider-Man was without a villain.

According to a Capcom representative, "Venom, unfortunately, was amongst a list of characters that were not available for us to use on Marvel’s side. I couldn’t tell you the reason for why that is... you’d have to ask Marvel. But Venom was never an option."

Shuma-Gorath was also apparently on this list, but Capcom actually went out of their way to fight for this strange combatant. Eventually, Marvel allowed Capcom to use Shuma-Gorath as a downloadable fighter.

You might be surprised to hear that Deadpool was also on this "no go" list. And yet, he was one of the first characters announced for Marvel vs. Capcom 3. What happened, exactly?

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