Snax: "When I stepped into the mousesports lineup I got my motivation back"

LucasAM
July 23rd, 2018 18:54

We sat down with Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski after his mousesports beat FaZe in a three map opener at the ELEAGUE Studios in Atlanta to talk about joining the European combine and opening a new chapter in his career.

mousesports struggled on the first map of their opening match in Atlanta, Train, giving it up to FaZe, but were then able to recover on Cache and Mirage to seal the deal and move on to the Group B winners' match where they will face Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's Natus Vincere.

Snax is happy to have gotten his motivation back after moving to mousesports

After a tumultuous time which eventually saw him depart his longtime team, Virtus.pro, Snax has regained his motivation after joining the European side mousesports. Now looking to get back in shape, the Polish player shares his impressions about the move and how his adaptation to the team is going in the following interview.

You've had some time now to play a bit more with the team than going into Cologne, how is the adaptation coming along?

I think it's really very good. I don't feel 100% yet, as it's hard coming into a new team. You have 5, 6, or maybe even 7 maps that you can play, so you have to learn every map, every new strat, every call, new comms... It's hard at the beginning. Maybe not the communication as much, because I can speak basic stuff in English and it's not hard to speak the Counter-Strike language.

I think I'm kind of getting used to it, now I'm just looking to get back in shape because I lost it somewhere when I was in VP. I lost my motivation there. I think we're in a good way now and it's nice to get a new experience.

You lost your motivation in VP when you were struggling, what does joining mousesports and being able to play on a team like that mean to you?

I want to say that my motivation didn't fall because of results in VP, it was more about issues within the team. It wasn't fighting, but things just weren't going well... I just wanted to clear that out. Now, when I stepped into the mousesports lineup, I got my motivation back. I feel like it's a really nice new experience with the boys, they're really nice and I like them.

What are your first impressions of the team? What did you expect and how is it turning out?

I wasn't expecting anything, I just wanted to go and see what's going on in this team. I feel like I have a lot to learn from these guys because in Polish CS things are done a bit differently than in European CS. There's a bit of a different approach and I'm having fun with it. It's really nice to learn new stuff.

What would you say some of those differences are?

The preparation, for sure. That is different. Also the courage and will to win.

How have you had to adapt your playstyle after the move?

In the past, I was moving around in different roles. I think now there's no support role in CS, I think there are only three roles: attacker, lurker, and sniper. Everyone can support. If you're the first guy throwing the nades, then you're the support, but if you don't have the nades and the second guy does, then the second guy becomes the support, so everyone is kind of a support in this game.

I feel kind of good in every role, so I can adapt. I wouldn't feel bad lurking or just attacking, it's really up to the guys. I feel like what I need to work on most is focusing on my crosshair and giving good comms in English, because it's hard since my whole career was in Polish. That was the main issue, although not really even an issue, just something to work on. I think I'm already halfway there, or maybe even more.

After you were knocked out in Cologne, chrisJ said you'd practice pretty hard for a week to get all of the basics down before coming here. Were you able to do that?

I think so, yeah, we got through the basics. We had a good week, even though it was very long. We practiced every day from noon to ten, so it was a lot. We didn't prepare 100% for this tournament, but I think we feel great. Well, maybe not great, but good. We feel good.

The match against FaZe was pretty hard fought. You're both standard-based free-flowing teams, so what do you think was the key that gave you the edge over them?

We just kept calm all match long and we were trying to do our thing. We weren't as confident on the first map and we weren't communicating as much as we should have. After Train, we needed to boost our confidence, to play like in practice and go out and kill them like we normally do. Just staying calm really helped us.

Has any player on the team impressed you particularly?

Yeah, suNny. He's very smart and he's still young. He impressed me a lot in-game. His style, his way of doing things in CS... it's very good. I could say all of the guys on the team impressed me. When I see them play, they're all really skilled, but Miikka maybe slightly a little bit more.

I was chatting with a couple of players earlier and we talked about the beginning of a tournament, about getting into the groove of things and getting a feeling for the place during the first day of matches, which can sometimes be tricky. How has it been for you here?

Yeah, I didn't feel good during the first map, on Train. But after that, I just told myself I needed to step up because I know what I'm capable of. So yeah, just being able to stay calm all match long, that was the most important part.

Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1371
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.11
#1
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Canada |Frog| 
Snax <3
2018-07-23 18:54
who?
2018-07-23 18:55
#102
byali | 
Japan KasPro 
the guy whos gonna destory navi today
2018-07-23 21:06
#114
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Europe _jUNGLE 
lol kasiek, in ur wet dreams =D
2018-07-23 22:30
#68
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Sweden Unluko 
SnaxGOD
2018-07-23 19:50
#3
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Portugal raaVz 
easy huh
2018-07-23 18:55
#80
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Sweden Unluko 
Ezpz
2018-07-23 19:52
#4
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
so ez for snaxinho
2018-07-23 18:55
#69
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-07-23 19:50
sick
2018-07-23 18:55
#81
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Sweden Unluko 
Insane
2018-07-23 19:52
#6
Europe sugma 
omg
2018-07-23 18:55
#70
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Sweden Unluko 
Change your name
2018-07-23 19:50
no because g2 best team in the world
2018-07-24 01:02
#135
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Sweden Unluko 
Understandable, have a nice day!
2018-07-24 01:23
#8
NEO | 
Poland sedi 
Dupa
2018-07-23 18:55
#71
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Sweden Unluko 
Supa dupa
2018-07-23 19:50
no surprise, being in dead team like VP must really kill you from inside out...
2018-07-23 18:56
#72
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-07-23 19:50
#90
GuardiaN | 
Europe leevv 
+1 as well
2018-07-23 20:21
#95
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Poland Guareen 
LOL +1
2018-07-23 20:32
who?
2018-07-23 18:56
#74
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Sweden Unluko 
Snax
2018-07-23 19:51
who is snax?
2018-07-23 21:05
#104
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Sweden Unluko 
A polish guy
2018-07-23 21:19
snack in internet slang
2018-07-23 21:54
kurwa?
2018-07-23 21:59
Nice god snax
2018-07-23 18:56
#75
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-07-23 19:51
#112
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Other nxble 
<3
2018-07-23 22:03
Wow
2018-07-23 18:56
#76
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Sweden Unluko 
Wowowo
2018-07-23 19:51
Omg sunny top 1 soon confirmed by snax
2018-07-23 18:57
No, sergej top 1 Xd sunny #2
2018-07-23 19:36
Yes very likely, allu top 3 also though :)
2018-07-23 21:41
#139
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United Kingdom Enticles! 
bot allu
2018-07-24 04:56
#78
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Sweden Unluko 
suNnyGUD
2018-07-23 19:51
#15
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Poland b7ack0ut 
Awesome
2018-07-23 18:57
#105
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Sweden Unluko 
Amazing
2018-07-23 21:19
NICE SNAXIK
2018-07-23 18:57
#17
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Poland swstk 
GOD
2018-07-23 18:57
Lets go
2018-07-23 18:57
#165
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Sweden Unluko 
Vamos
2018-07-24 18:16
Snax "Two Faced" Toiletto
2018-07-23 18:57
#91
GuardiaN | 
Europe leevv 
ahahaha
2018-07-23 20:22
#106
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Sweden Unluko 
Nt
2018-07-23 21:20
#20
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World MakeItHappen 
the downfall of VP
2018-07-23 18:57
#21
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Denmark monroEski 
Snax can i please suck your cock
2018-07-23 18:57
#34
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Iceland fatboislim 
ofcourse you can while he is sucking sunnys cock
2018-07-23 19:04
#48
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Poland smerfny 
ye just go katowice 2019 major and you have to meet him its so easy for you danish gay
2018-07-23 19:12
Love
2018-07-23 19:00
#166
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Sweden Unluko 
Is
2018-07-24 18:16
#25
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Sweden mrarrogant 
" I think now there's no support role in CS" finally someone says this, been saying similar things since people defended Fifflaren because "he was a good support player". always been an excuse for shit players. obviously some players will get less kills than others, but people talk too much of support role
2018-07-23 19:00
i'm a support player - can confirm :(
2018-07-23 19:37
Fifflaren 1 major s1mple, niko 0 major
2018-07-23 19:46
#167
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-07-24 18:17
Emphasis on the word "now".
2018-07-23 21:02
#117
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
obviously you have 0 idea what is support player
2018-07-23 22:34
#130
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Sweden mrarrogant 
cs isn't black and white, not every team played/plays with 1 support, 1 lurker, 1 igl, 1 awper, 1 entry fragger, where each player only focus on their role. what the supposed support is doing in one team, can be way different from what another support is doing in another team. such a vague description of support that we should kill the term completely. cs is dynamic just like snax says. funny how many ppl thought TACO leaving SK was terrible for them as he apparently was a "support player", while inside the team they refered coldzera to having the support role. edit: just read a comment from you saying that mibr has zero support players :D while the players themselves say coldzera was their support player even when taco played there. funny how you know more about support role than the top5 teams :DDDDD
2018-07-24 00:34
#26
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Germany cartii 
<3
2018-07-23 19:00
#168
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Sweden Unluko 
;3
2018-07-24 18:17
#29
NEO | 
Brazil tegin 
Snax <3333 love u!
2018-07-23 19:01
#32
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Other WeirdFellow90 
Ez
2018-07-23 19:03
article is a good read, gl to mouz
2018-07-23 19:04
#169
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-07-24 18:18
#35
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Iran M-__-B 
Ve kielem goznax
2018-07-23 19:05
good to see him back at top level cs. one of the alltime greats
2018-07-23 19:06
#38
NEO | 
Poland sheezer 
gogo SNAXERINO, show everyone real DZIKK. <3
2018-07-23 19:07
#40
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Poland smerfny 
Snax get back to your old skill <333 GOOD LUCK
2018-07-23 19:09
#43
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France Dealotts 
ez 4 Snax
2018-07-23 19:10
#45
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Poland icelake 
,, What would you say some of those differences are? The preparation, for sure. That is different. Also the courage and will to win... lazy old farts from VP with wife familly childrens get rekt
2018-07-23 19:11
#49
Hiko | 
Turkey vVoLF07 
nt sg
2018-07-23 19:12
#50
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Poland trancemeister 
g00d luck Snax1nh0 :))
2018-07-23 19:13
#52
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Ukraine sulyma 
nice to hear that, gl dziku
2018-07-23 19:23
#53
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Poland xFabio 
A new chapter in his career... Let's go and show the world again, you are one of best players in the world <3 GL DZIK
2018-07-23 19:26
Good luck Snax,3 times top 10 player of the year :)
2018-07-23 19:28
#55
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Portugal RKO23 
I'm just looking to get back in shape because I lost it somewhere when I was in VP. I lost my motivation there. I think we're in a good way now and it's nice to get a new experience. i dont have anything else to say...
2018-07-23 19:33
Good for Snax, lazy VP Grandpass just retire. No motivation, no result!
2018-07-23 19:39
#59
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Switzerland hanniba1fade 
so he's praising sunny but not ropz ohh toxic snax
2018-07-23 19:39
#62
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Poland sitarskee 
suNny is way better than ropz though ropz gets kills but suNny is also smart af and is far better clutcher than ropz
2018-07-23 19:41
#93
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Switzerland hanniba1fade 
i'd say they are both pretty smart players but you're right ropz sometimes struggling in clutches
2018-07-23 20:28
#60
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Poland sitarskee 
best of luck, snax i hope you stay motivated for a long time and grab some trophies along the way gl to VP too
2018-07-23 19:40
#61
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Spain JasonRacism 
Expected
2018-07-23 19:41
#63
Hobbit | 
United Kingdom salad! 
back in shape LUL
2018-07-23 19:43
#64
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Turkey Realtyy 
Snax is back
2018-07-23 19:44
#65
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Lithuania FakeLithuania 
janusz "two faced" toilleto
2018-07-23 19:45
#67
Hatz | 
Korea taun_tatt 
chubby potato farmer
2018-07-23 19:47
snack is feelin it
2018-07-23 19:51
#77
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Brazil vass28 
two faced
2018-07-23 19:51
#79
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Brazil NIGORZ 
Happy for him also find it funny that they refer to it as s1mples navi now
2018-07-23 19:51
Was Snax getting bullied or something in VP? Kinda sounds like it.
2018-07-23 19:56
Nah they all had shit mentality in VP don't think anyone was bullied just not a great environment to be in generally. Snax is just lucky that him being good in the past means mouz took a chance on taking him out of that shithole. Now comes the part where he has to prove himself.
2018-07-23 20:04
I love your reply, wish there was a like button. Thank you!
2018-07-23 20:13
bullied taz out of this team and publically neo and taz aswell
2018-07-23 22:35
#83
NiKo | 
India gangajal 
bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit
2018-07-23 20:01
VP ,:#
2018-07-23 20:03
ssssssssssssnake fu rat
2018-07-23 20:04
#87
STYKO | 
Czech Republic Kuba! 
love this guy
2018-07-23 20:05
#89
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Finland Arv1 
lul
2018-07-23 20:17
"I think now there's no support role in CS, I think there are only three roles: attacker, lurker, and sniper.If you're the first guy throwing the nades, then you're the support, but if you don't have the nades and the second guy does, then the second guy becomes the support, so everyone is kind of a support in this game." styko confirmed useless shit
2018-07-23 20:22
Lol
2018-07-23 21:23
suNny numba 1
2018-07-23 20:31
#96
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Europe pawlosek888 
so when in vp snax was lying they were motivated, not nice
2018-07-23 20:37
typical too much weed killed his brain and pushes his ego
2018-07-23 22:35
#97
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Brazil fallenzera_SK 
ok
2018-07-23 20:53
#98
Sunde | 
Australia Rick2222 
Snakx
2018-07-23 20:57
#100
Snax | 
Poland QbekQba 
Janusz is back
2018-07-23 21:04
#103
byali | 
Japan KasPro 
"Everyone can support. If you're the first guy throwing the nades, then you're the support, but if you don't have the nades and the second guy does, then the second guy becomes the support, so everyone is kind of a support in this game." styko bad excuse for being support XD
2018-07-23 21:08
#113
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Brazil infesterinc 
Obviously. He would get motivated in any but VP dead team. Disband right now.
2018-07-23 22:11
#115
crush | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
SnaxGOD <3
2018-07-23 22:31
he is the biggest toxic fat guy that i've seen. lying and attacking his teammates... He killed him and us by being the IGL Snax was my favourite player (from 2014-feb 2017)next to shox and edward, but he has shown is true face. What a twofaced rat he is... And before anybody says I am mad VP Fan then stop it. This team is dead and i accepted it already so nothing to care about them aswell (i'd support them, but it not the same..)
2018-07-23 22:34
#120
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
he lost hes motivation because bad results you can ez read between lines and obviously he didnt have motivation to train properly in vp now vp is in big slump i hope they come back and show to snax that glory hunt is not key to succeed
2018-07-23 22:37
obviously but he was one of the biggest reason...
2018-07-23 22:39
#236
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Sweden Sizexdd 
Snax toxic? Snax = good guy, best player, and very very beautiful person, friendly player ever i seen, always happy, minimum negative. you are lie, bitch.
2018-07-25 17:44
VP had internal problems coz they were jelous of taz getting a car. EZAF
2018-07-23 22:41
Jealous xD
2018-07-24 07:09
#123
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Australia JulienD 
Expected from janusz "twofaced" Toileto
2018-07-23 22:55
that is why esport is still far behind regular sport. Guy who earns 25.000 euro/ month loses his motivation to work. What kind of bullshit is this ?
2018-07-23 23:30
Happened lots of times in other sports too. Winston Bogarde in Chelsea 2000-2004 played 9 games in four years.
2018-07-24 00:05
Happens in sports too, guy gets big contract and doesn't care shit anymore after sometime xddd
2018-07-24 00:41
But when he is shit he doesn't go to better team for greater amount of money. If you play shit you can bounce back in an average team and then you get better offers. In esports you can play shit without any cosequences just to force your CEO to transfer you for less money (for organisation) and suddenly play better. The other thing is that VP was playing bad mostly because he was playing average at most. Just imagine simple doesn't give a fuck and how would Navi end up ?
2018-07-24 10:54
Well maybe it is bit different but similar thing can happen with you star player in ice hockey for instance, in which I have seen sometimes player starting to play like shit after being team longer time, ofc it doesn't mean he is total shit but level drops off and then he continues to play worse while staying in team but just wait when it comes closer to day their contract ends, suddenly he plays better and gets nice contract from FREE MARKET and team gets nothing lmao. I do not think this is any better honestly xddd
2018-07-25 17:47
,,lost motivation,, more like i dont give shit about playing with this trash teamates anymore what struggle to make 10 frags vs TIER4 teams
2018-07-24 01:28
I think it's understandable. Sure the pay is good but if you keep losing you will lose the motivation. Of course the money is a big thing, but VP went petty disastrous, from being a tournament winner to playing ESEA MDL. That's bound to stress the motivation of the players.
2018-07-24 09:21
It all fucked up when he decided to be IGL and that was almost 3 months of tier4 level. Neo or taz took over the role and he still wasn't able to get back to his standard level. If you play like a bot you can't blame everyone else for lack of success in tournaments and online leagues. I remember guardian interview after Navi departure where he did say he didn't practice and lost motivation but atleast he wasn't the shittiest in team
2018-07-24 11:05
Switching roles in the team was kinda "cosmetic". Trying to change things up a little. VP's game was perfectly similar Neo calling and Snax calling, literally zero difference. They just got known by other teams, doesn't matter if it's TaZ or Snax or neo, they are TaZ and Snax and Neo, people know how they play.
2018-07-24 11:10
great player
2018-07-24 00:18
Expected
2018-07-24 01:25
#138
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Morocco de_cpl_mill 
Dobrze
2018-07-24 02:39
Torilla!
2018-07-24 09:17
GL SNAX
2018-07-24 12:34
#150
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Germany Tunio 
what the hell is going on in VP atm i really wonder
2018-07-24 14:01
What in god's name is that from Snax.
2018-07-25 14:25
#239
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Estonia SaltyBananas 
Good for him
2018-07-26 13:07
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