hooch: "We bootcamped for 10 days"

Our next interview prior to MLG Columbus is with a newcomer to majors, yet a seasoned player, Gambit's Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov.

Gambit are going to MLG Columbus as one of the underdogs and they have been placed in group C alongside two top five teams of our world ranking, Astralis and Envy, as well as CLG.

We got in touch with Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov, one of Gambit's two players attending their first major in Columbus, yet a player who has been playing for more than a decade.

How will you prepare / how have you prepared for MLG Columbus? Was there / will there be a bootcamp prior to the major or have you only been practising online? Is there anything you focused on specifically? 
A: we have been bootcamping since 17 march in our gaming house in St.Petersburg so we will prepared for the event . We were mainly focused on our game and our weak sides and worked to make them our strong sides .
Recently teams have stopped bootcamping prior to big events or only do it for short periods of time, mostly for less than a week, why do you think that is? Is it as important nowadays as it used to be? What are the pros and cons for your team?
A: I think bootcamp is necessary for CIS Teams , but i think 10 days like we did is little much , but as i know fnatic never been to bootcamp and Navi stopped bootcamping long time , and they are currently top2 in the world , so probably they know something :))
There are many tournaments going on nowadays, usually at least two significant ones per month, does that make it hard for teams to be able to adapt and improve their gameplay significantly? Could it be part of the reason why CS:GO has become more based on individual plays rather than tactics?
A: Our team is not playing so much online leagues , but all top teams do so they dont have much time for changing their game really fast , but official matches make you stronger and show your weak sides so there is a positive momento too . I dont agree that CS:GO is mostly based on individual skills , i mean in top matches thats really important , but tactics is a huge part of professional game and some teams( for example NaVi ) are always well prepared for their opponents so it goes for a deadly combo of individual skill and tactics .
Do you feel comfortable with the group that has been assigned to you? Can you go through each of the possible match-ups (EnVyUs, Astralis, CLG) and tell us how you should fare in them?
A: Well we have a very tough group , but definitely not the hardest one . Astralis always been a top team who always made it out the groups and they are favourites in our group , EnvyUS been playing not so good recently + they have changes , but i think those losses made em stronger and they will prepare something interesting for major , regarding CLG its a strong team from USA who attended several majors but never made it out the group and i really think they will do their best to break that strake .
Could there be a better system of seeding other than based on the last major and the qualifier? Current format practically ignores all competitions taking place in between the majors, which is five months' worth of events in this case…
A: Well its not right when top1 team has 2nd seed - all i can say about that 
What expectations and goals have you set for yourselves at this event? What placing would you be satisfied with and what would be unacceptable?
A: We have a goal we’ve set right after the qualis - to qualify for playoff games , so if we make it  we gonna be satisfied :) 
With how different teams have stepped up lately (LG and Na`Vi especially) and others are stagnating or even dropping off, who do you have as favourites to make the top four? And, on the other hand, is there an underdog who could surpass fans' expectations? 
A: hmmm , i didnt check which groups are meeting each other in playoff , but i am sure NiP, Navi , fnatic will make it to top4  . Well we are considered as underdog so iwe will do everything to  surpass fans expectations
Can anyone stop this seemingly unbeatable fnatic lineup (barring group stage losses), which has won the last six tournaments they attended? If so, who? How do you see your own chances against what has become one of the greatest teams of all-time should you meet them?
A: i see a lot of teams were saying they gonna make it after/before the tournament , but noone succeed yet , i think Nip , LG or Navi can make it , but fnatic is fnatic :) its gonna be really interesting what teams have prepared for them :) If we make it out the groups i guess there is no big difference whom to met in playoffs , so why not ? :) 
There will be four American teams in attendance (SPLYCE, CLG, Liquid and Cloud9), more than ever, is this the time to shine for North America? Which of them have the biggest chance to advance to playoffs and possibly upset one of the big names?
A: Everyone was joking about NA teams and possibility of getting 0 teams at major , but boys proved them wrong - huge respect for them . I personally think that they can suprise a lot of teams , but i hope CLG wont surprise us if we meet ofcourse  :) Cloud9 been playing really good lately so they can show good result on this event too.
Valve implemented the new timers shortly after the previous major - now that we have seen almost three months of competition with them, how do you think they affect each of the sides and the overall balance? Do you believe Valve achieved what they wanted to with the change?
A:  i think it was totally right decision by Valve .Specificly it affected  de_inferno and made it easier for T side now and players met this changes with positive aswell so yeah Valve achieved what they wanted 
You were unable to qualify for DreamHack Masters Malmo. Was that a big blow to your team, or will you use it as a learning experience before the major?
A:  ofcourse its a big blow , we wanted to qualify for this event and failed twice but i am sure that this losses made us stronger, we learned a lot from this matches  and its always a good experience before big events , 
With HellRaisers going for an almost all-Slovakian roster, you are the main representative of the CIS region. Is that a big responsibility? Why do you think that your region is lacking teams who can compete at the highest level?
A: you shouldnt forget about Navi and Flipsid3 ( they are CIS Teams) , but yeah a lot of people are supporting us from Russia Kazakhstan and other CIS countries so yeah its  a big responsibility for us , but an enjoyable one .ofcourse Navi is the strongest one and playing really good recently , Flipsid3 also playing good recently and they are always close to the highest lvl  , we have 3 teams at major and i hope we will get more on a next one , we have some nice rising players and teams ,who doesnt change their lineups and became more professional  so i think CIS region recently moving in a right way . 

How have you prepared for MLG Columbus? Was there a bootcamp prior to the major or have you only been practising online? Is there anything you focused on specifically? 

We have been bootcamping since March 17 in our gaming house in St. Petersburg, so we will be prepared for the event. We mainly focused on our game and our weak sides and worked to make them our strong sides.

Recently teams have stopped bootcamping prior to big events or only do it for short periods of time, mostly for less than a week, why do you think that is? Is it as important nowadays as it used to be? What are the pros and cons for your team?

I think bootcamp is necessary for CIS teams, but I think 10 days like we did is a little much, but as I know fnatic have never been to a bootcamp and Na`Vi stopped bootcamping a long time, and they are currently top2 in the world, so they probably know something :))


Will hooch's screams be heard in Columbus?

There are many tournaments going on nowadays, usually at least two significant ones per month, does that make it hard for teams to be able to adapt and improve their gameplay significantly? Could it be part of the reason why CS:GO has become more based on individual plays rather than tactics?

Our team is not playing so many online leagues, but all top teams do, so they don't have much time for changing their game really fast, but official matches make you stronger and show your weak sides, so there are positives too. I don't agree that CS:GO is mostly based on individual skills, I mean in top matches that's really important, but tactics are a huge part of a professional game and some teams (for example Na`Vi) are always well prepared for their opponents, so it goes for a deadly combo of individual skill and tactics.

Do you feel comfortable with the group that has been assigned to you? Can you go through each of the possible match-ups (EnVyUs, Astralis, CLG) and tell us how you should fare in them?

Well we have a very tough group, but definitely not the hardest one. Astralis have always been a top team who always made it out of the groups and they are favourites in our group, EnVyUs have been playing not so good recently + they have changes, but I think those losses made them stronger and they will prepare something interesting for the major. Regarding CLG, it's a strong team from USA who attended several majors but never made it out of the group and I really think they will do their best to break that streak.

Could there be a better system of seeding other than based on the last major and the qualifier? Current format practically ignores all competitions taking place in between the majors, which is five months' worth of events in this case…

Well it's not right when a top1 team has the 2nd seed - all I can say about that.

What expectations and goals have you set for yourselves at this event? What placing would you be satisfied with and what would be unacceptable?

We have a goal we've set right after the qualis - to qualify for playoff games, so if we make it we're gonna be satisfied :) 

With how different teams have stepped up lately (LG and Na`Vi especially) and others are stagnating or even dropping off, who do you have as favourites to make the top four? And, on the other hand, is there an underdog who could surpass fans' expectations? 

Hmmm, I didn't check which groups are meeting each other in playoffs, but I am sure NiP, Na`Vi and fnatic will make it to top4. Well, we are considered an underdog, so we will do everything to surpass fans' expectations.


hooch's Gambit would be satisfied with advancing to playoffs 

Can anyone stop this seemingly unbeatable fnatic lineup (barring group stage losses), which has won the last six tournaments they attended? If so, who? How do you see your own chances against what has become one of the greatest teams of all-time should you meet them?

I see a lot of teams were saying they were gonna make it after/before the tournament, but no one succeeded yet. I think NiP, LG or Na`Vi can make it, but fnatic is fnatic :) It's gonna be really interesting what teams have prepared for them :) If we make it out of the groups I guess there is no big difference who we meet in playoffs, so why not? :) 

There will be four American teams in attendance (SPLYCE, CLG, Liquid and Cloud9), more than ever, is this the time to shine for North America? Which of them have the biggest chance to advance to playoffs and possibly upset one of the big names?

Everyone was joking about NA teams and the possibility of getting 0 teams at the major, but the boys proved them wrong - huge respect for them. I personally think that they can suprise a lot of teams, but I hope CLG won't surprise us if we meet of course :) Cloud9 have been playing really good lately, so they can show a good result at this event too.

Valve implemented the new timers shortly after the previous major - now that we have seen almost three months of competition with them, how do you think they affect each of the sides and the overall balance? Do you believe Valve achieved what they wanted to with the change?

I think it was a totally right decision by Valve. Specifically it affected de_inferno and made it easier for the T side now, and players met these changes positively as well, so yeah, Valve achieved what they wanted.

You were unable to qualify for DreamHack Masters Malmö. Was that a big blow to your team, or will you use it as a learning experience before the major?

Of course it's a big blow, we wanted to qualify for this event and failed twice, but I am sure that these losses made us stronger, we learned a lot from these matches and it's always a good experience before big events. 

With HellRaisers going for an almost all-Slovakian roster, you are the main representative of the CIS region. Is that a big responsibility? Why do you think that your region is lacking teams who can compete at the highest level?

You shouldn't forget about Na`Vi and FlipSid3 (they are CIS teams), but yeah, a lot of people are supporting us from Russia, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries, so it's a big responsibility for us, but an enjoyable one. Of course Na`Vi is the strongest one and playing really good recently, FlipSid3 also playing good recently and they are always close to the highest lvl, we have 3 teams at the major and I hope we will get more in the next one, we have some nice rising players and teams who don't change their lineups and became more professional, so I think the CIS region has recently been moving in a right way.

You can go through the following list for our previous pre-event interviews in case you missed any:

Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad: "Getting to semis is our goal"
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski: "Want to break the NA streak"
United States Cloud9: "Not content with summer 2015"
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist"LG & NiP our biggest threats"
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas: "Slowly grinding back to form"
Ukraine Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy: "Gambit is the underdog"
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1789
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
899
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1511
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
thank mr friberg
2016-03-28 20:31
#30
ZywOo | 
France AraShir0 
cheater
2016-03-28 20:31
Baguette
2016-03-28 20:33
#50
ZywOo | 
France AraShir0 
bacon slice
2016-03-28 20:33
Mhmmm bacon
2016-03-28 20:34
potato
2016-03-28 20:34
Why potato?
2016-03-28 20:35
lativa no potato
2016-03-28 20:36
Latvia*
2016-03-28 20:36
sorry
2016-03-28 20:38
kanguroooooooo
2016-03-28 20:54
polan
2016-03-28 21:03
inot kangaroo polski
2016-03-28 23:01
#142
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United States mmotorcycle 
janitor
2016-03-28 23:39
butter
2016-03-28 20:34
hooch: "We fapped for 10 days"
2016-03-29 17:50
#71
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Germany Flachzange 
Hooch is crazy
2016-03-28 20:45
+1 im probably the only one to understand this reference
2016-03-28 20:49
scrubs.
2016-03-28 21:28
I know you are but what am I
2016-03-29 00:24
Damn
2016-03-29 01:25
doubt it.
2016-03-29 09:28
yes
2016-03-28 20:31
#156
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Hungary Shaperz 
STRAIGHT OUTTA GROUPS
2016-03-29 00:46
i arent think that it will help
2016-03-28 20:32
gl
2016-03-28 20:31
GAMBIT CHAMPIONS OF THE MAJOR EXPECTED
2016-03-28 20:32
expected from favela
2016-03-28 20:54
expected from toilet cleaner
2016-03-28 21:12
Expected from monki (no offense)
2016-03-28 21:19
expected from offense (no monkey)
2016-03-28 21:37
expected from igloo
2016-03-28 21:39
expected from pothead
2016-03-28 21:44
expected from El chapo
2016-03-28 21:49
expected from potato
2016-03-29 08:43
expected from Robben btw gz qual to EURO 2k16 in France
2016-03-29 11:11
Poland 16th place best title in football? lewandowski should become german
2016-03-29 12:15
ARE U MAD ???????
2016-03-29 12:19
Expected from cousin
2016-03-29 13:39
XD
2016-03-29 14:28
Rekt
2016-03-29 14:35
No LG Champions!
2016-03-28 21:19
NO ASTRALIS CHAMPIONS
2016-03-28 21:28
hope favela beat fnatic
2016-03-28 23:02
gj
2016-03-28 20:31
nice
2016-03-28 20:31
Gambit to win major confirmed.
2016-03-28 20:31
I see what you did there, mr. Byron ;)
2016-03-29 10:01
n1
2016-03-28 20:31
naus
2016-03-28 20:31
c
2016-03-28 20:31
x
2016-03-28 20:31
x
2016-03-29 11:26
#14
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United Kingdom DarkOmen 
HOW AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
2016-03-28 20:31
great to hear. Can't wait for it to progress
2016-03-28 20:31
gj
2016-03-28 20:31
FIRST
2016-03-28 20:31
n1
2016-03-28 20:31
what are you not doing in zinc mine moldova
2016-03-28 22:36
and now in english pls
2016-03-28 22:50
nt moldova go back to zinc mine
2016-03-28 22:57
futeo nahui pidaras
2016-03-28 23:09
Are you even Moldovan
2016-03-28 23:12
ofc not man.
2016-03-28 23:17
Jumper is back?
2016-03-29 00:21
sick
2016-03-28 20:31
lol
2016-03-28 20:31
ok
2016-03-28 20:31
#22
dupreeh | 
Denmark yez.. 
Dosia sex god
2016-03-28 20:32
<3 dosia
2016-03-28 20:31
Sex God
2016-03-28 20:31
ns
2016-03-28 20:31
#27
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Brazil mth^ 
ns
2016-03-28 20:31
n1
2016-03-28 20:31
#29
B1ad3 | 
Turkey TimurB 
expected
2016-03-28 20:31
nt noobs go out in the groups ez.
2016-03-28 20:31
j
2016-03-28 20:31
n1
2016-03-28 20:31
Good luck hooch and x god Dosia
2016-03-28 20:31
cheaters
2016-03-28 20:31
1st
2016-03-28 20:31
#38
wippie | 
Russia wippie 
truss u daddy
2016-03-28 20:31
#39
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Brunei Jar_Jar_Binks 
Nice
2016-03-28 20:31
ez4dyadya mitya
2016-03-28 20:31
hope x god wins 500k &#9786;
2016-03-28 20:32
#94
Zeus | 
Ukraine Ckopoxog 
I think, he will earn them from his sticker sales :D
2016-03-28 21:04
legit hope they win astralis :D
2016-03-28 20:32
#44
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Chile shinteiner 
Not dosia
2016-03-28 20:32
Dosia power
2016-03-28 20:32
ez AdreN
2016-03-28 20:33
10 days with sex god? I aren't think that
2016-03-28 20:33
"We bootcamped for 10 days" gambit win major confirmed Kappa
2016-03-28 20:33
Nice
2016-03-28 20:34
Better an interview with the SEX GOD :(
2016-03-28 20:36
NiP make it to top4.. Sureeeeeeeeeeeeee, RIP DREAMS.
2016-03-28 20:37
i hope they will not just get stronger this week
2016-03-28 20:37
D9D9 MIT9 LET'S GO!
2016-03-28 20:37
GL, Dimasik!
2016-03-28 20:37
#67
hooch | 
Finland Freisör 
hooch is crazy
2016-03-28 20:39
:)
2016-03-28 20:40
X-GOD
2016-03-28 20:41
#72
flusha | 
Germany sanos 
I am hooch :) I use smilyes a lot :) Cyka :)
2016-03-28 20:45
good luck
2016-03-28 20:45
gambit has a chance on lan ? I ARENT THINK THAT
2016-03-28 20:46
Fside (no bootcamp) < gambit
2016-03-28 20:47
#78
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Finland Madd!z 
hooch is crazy
2016-03-28 20:50
#79
India anxF 
RIP CLG
2016-03-28 20:50
New site for betting Use this link to money for start
2016-03-28 20:58
Gambit gonna rek...thank mr x god
2016-03-28 20:53
Waiting for a thread where they will say they get rekt in groups because they burnd out at bootcamp.
2016-03-28 20:54
#86
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
gl at major bois
2016-03-28 20:55
"Hmmm, I didn't check which groups are meeting each other in playoffs" Wait how they can do it ?
2016-03-28 20:59
They can't, the match-ups will be drawn randomly
2016-03-28 21:55
Thx
2016-03-28 22:34
"so we will prepared for the event" LMAO
2016-03-28 21:01
New site for betting Use this link to money for start
2016-03-28 21:07
:)
2016-03-28 21:07
:)
2016-03-29 08:46
#99
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
hooch: "We were in Dosia's rapedungeon for 10 days"
2016-03-28 21:10
gonna suck when they dont get out of groups
2016-03-28 21:12
Nice :)
2016-03-28 21:13
HAHAHAHAHA I'M GOING TO SAVE THIS FOR WHEN THEY DROP OFF THE GROUPS
2016-03-28 21:13
wow favela at it's finest. It wouldn't be a surprise if they would drop out in groups u fucking dumb monkey.
2016-03-28 21:34
lool
2016-03-29 00:36
#162
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Liechtenstein Hidolf_Atler 
Hahaha +1
2016-03-29 08:12
ok mr blyat :))
2016-03-28 21:14
we will prepared reminds me of "Ill be back" idk why lel
2016-03-28 21:16
tl;dr :)
2016-03-28 21:21
Gambit will win the Major! Kappa
2016-03-28 21:24
rooting for mouz and gambit
2016-03-28 21:27
nice ^.^
2016-03-29 00:37
To be honest people are underestimating Gambit. They seem to be not very stable but are capable of winning versus better teams. With EnvyUS and CLG playing like dogshit lately there might be a SMALL chance to get out of groups.
2016-03-28 21:28
If nV is still on tilt I think they have a really solid shot at playoffs Would be really nice
2016-03-28 21:30
#122
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Russia AR4ER 
GL Hoochiemama and Co.
2016-03-28 22:00
go gambit gl uncle Mitya
2016-03-28 22:22
#124
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Austria P0w3RfuL 
This guy is very pretty to listen. I really like him and i hope his team will achieve succes, of course don't beat Astralis(i'm their fanboj) :D #GUDLAK 1.6 LEGEND !
2016-03-28 22:22
#127
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United States MAY0 
NV in a slump and gambit > clg so it might be gambit and Astralis who win
2016-03-28 22:34
He also sounded really smart and have better English than most if not all ruskis on his previous interview.
2016-03-28 22:51
Of course there is no chance against Astralis but I hope Gambit will win against CLG. nV is not in a great form so there is a chance in the decider.
2016-03-28 22:33
#129
tweNty | 
United Kingdom Ruzkij 
CIS REGION is BOOMING RIGHT KNOW ! I think CIS Region is the strongest atm ! SAy nada
2016-03-28 22:50
#132
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Czech Republic mOrOkura 
Even if they bootcamped for a year they would still get raped on Major. 16:0 on dust incoming
2016-03-28 22:52
10 days is enough to be a tier1 team Kappa
2016-03-28 22:53
Gl hf
2016-03-28 23:11
2016-03-28 23:37
LOL what year was this?
2016-03-28 23:47
did u read the article, they bootcamped for 10 days
2016-03-29 01:58
LOL WTF
2016-03-29 01:08
who cares? we already got your stickers
2016-03-28 23:45
gl 4 gambit.
2016-03-28 23:56
GL HF Gambit! Hope our sexy beast delivers on the Major.
2016-03-29 00:00
#149
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Andorra hltv_citizen 
Da fuck is this shit? Where is X-Gods interview?
2016-03-29 00:08
#152
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Serbia R4ngO 
That Russian face :c
2016-03-29 00:32
i farted XD
2016-03-29 00:33
dosia x god xd
2016-03-29 00:52
10 days botcamp with Dosia x God ? THE DREAM !
2016-03-29 02:37
second question under hooch pic it says suprise and then surprise !!
2016-03-29 08:31
Nice
2016-03-29 09:32
SEX GOD`s Team sexy DOsia & Hooch
2016-03-29 10:51
Good Luck old friend!
2016-03-29 11:00
"I know fnatic have never been to a bootcamp" Now that's what I call dreamteam. Bootcamping for 10 days is like being hold by fcking Isis, hope that was worth it..
2016-03-29 11:15
good luck sex x god
2016-03-29 11:29
Burn it up, Mitya! :D
2016-03-29 12:20
so bad they are with Astralis, so good I have 3 teams to root for :)
2016-03-29 12:45
sex god carry them to victory after that vp drop noobs add sex god and co fnatic disband flusha and nbk kill themselves
2016-03-29 13:12
Nice
2016-03-29 14:49
ive bootcamped my whole life
2016-03-29 15:12
hooch such a nice guy from the the old school, respect to him :)
2016-03-29 15:47
Let's go uncle Mitya!!!
2016-03-29 15:54
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