fox: "If we go through [the play-in] everyone will be surprised by us, I'm pretty sure"

We talked to Ricardo "⁠fox⁠" Pacheco from Giants ahead of the Iberian derby that will see them face Movistar Riders for a spot in BLAST Pro Series Madrid.

Giants beat Queso and Cream in the BLAST Pro Series Madrid 2019 Play-in, earning them a spot in the final against Movistar Riders. The winner of this match between the two top teams in Iberia, which will take place tomorrow at 16:15 at the Madrid Arena, will have a berth in BLAST Pro Series Madrid.

fox believes the match against Movistar Riders tomorrow will be a close affair

In the interview, fox talked about Giants, what the team has been up to in the past few months, how they square up against Movistar Riders, the opportunity of having a play-in into a BLAST Pro Series, and some of the communication problems plaguing the team, among other topics.

Tell me a bit about the team, in general. You've been together for a while, playing some local leagues and online cups. What have you been up to, as of late?

We're doing pretty OK as of now. The leagues we played so far we won, and we are top 4 in the leagues that will give us access to LAN finals. We've been together for about six months, and we've played quite a lot of cups, but we just use them to get used to playing online tournaments. We have a lot of internet issues in Portugal and we use those tournaments just to get in shape and try to play with some of the best teams, which is something we'll keep doing.

The last time you played Riders on LAN you beat them. Portuguese teams tend to be better on LAN than Spanish teams, so what are your expectations for the play-in final?

I think it's pretty even right now. They just changed their lineup, they lost loWel, one of their best players, and we changed RIZZZ. Not because he was bad or anything, just because of other internal issues, but we're kind of in the same situation since we changed our lineup one or two months ago. I think Movistar Riders are better than us as a team, when it comes to playing, but individually, I think we have better players.

You haven't been to any event as big as this with this Portuguese lineup. How important is it for you and for the local scene to have a play-in such as this one?

It's a unique opportunity for us to show the world that we can play and beat some of the best teams in the world. I think if we go through, everyone will be surprised by us, I'm pretty sure about that.

You're playing a lot of Spanish teams in the leagues you're in, and you're playing for a Spanish organization, but can you tell me a bit about the Portuguese scene? How is it developing, what's happening?

The scene in Portugal is super big, and the fanbase is super big, what we don't have is the support from organizations, tournament organizers... We had BLAST last year, and Moche XL, although BLAST was invite-only so we couldn't play it.

We can play Moche XL because if we win the Portuguese league we get a slot there. Last year it was with SK and HellRaisers, when we were in Tempo Storm. But Spain has more leagues, and they're more professional. They make everything really professional for the players and everything. In Portugal, we're missing some support from companies, but the scene, the people... It's big. Super big.

You were saying you're struggling a bit after a roster change. What is it you need to take the next step? To play a bit better leagues and so on?

Our biggest problem right now is communication. We talk a lot and sometimes it's just super confusing for everyone to understand what is happening in the moment. We're working on it, but it's not how we want it to be yet. It's 100% our biggest problem.

You talk about communication being a specific problem, but what about getting experience and learning from playing against better teams. Is that something important for you, to get experience out of this event if you're able to play against the top teams in the world?

They actually have already had a lot of good results against top teams before, my teammates. The communication thing is about our culture, we talk a lot and fight a lot with each other, and sometimes in the middle of the match, we just lose control.

We need to stop that, and I think we'll work on that better when we have big opportunities like this one, when we play against the best and try to be calm and play our game without thinking about fighting and if someone fails this or that, just forget it and talk later...

What are your days like, your routines and so on?

In a normal day, without tournaments, we play like 8-9 hours, like a normal job. We also put in a lot of hours individually. Before events, we try to always bootcamp, for this tournament we played like 12 hours a day for 10 days.

So you have similar projects to Movistar Riders. mixwell went to North America and came back to create a Spanish team. You played internationally and then came back to create a Portuguese team. What are the complications you've found since coming back? How has it been for you?

I think it's OK. It's easier because trying to speak another language is super hard. For me, at least, because I don't have perfect English. When I played internationally I had a lot of ups and downs, and it was all about communication. I'd play events like this one and I'd be struggling with communication, I wouldn't understand what people were saying, so then in the game, I'd be super lost. In Portuguese, it's really easy, so for me as a player it's better, and I'm trying to get our team to the top level. I think mixwell is doing the same and I like that.

Have you thought of working with a psychologist or something like that?

Giants, the organization, actually talked to us about that already, but our players didn't like the idea. I don't know why, I personally went to a psychologist like once a month. You know, I've played this game for 20 years, sometimes I'm super exhausted and I go to the doctor and talk to her. I think every team should be forced to do that because I think it's good for the players.

Did you set any goals before coming here?

We worked a lot, and we watched demos from all of the teams here. Especially Movistar Riders, but also Cloud9 and Astralis, the two teams we would play on the first day if we win. We did our work as if we're going to win. If we lose, it's fine, but we did our work.

Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
34
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
758
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
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GOD FOX!
2019-05-09 21:27
16 replies
nt
2019-05-09 21:28
7 replies
Expected
2019-05-09 21:29
6 replies
#41
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Norway ludvik33
Movistar riders Madrid champions confirmed
2019-05-09 21:34
5 replies
nt cromen
2019-05-09 21:57
4 replies
#79
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Albania 9898
nt Box
2019-05-09 22:05
3 replies
#83
CeRq | 
Poland RoDaK
nt xcurate
2019-05-09 22:16
nt zhoking
2019-05-09 22:41
1 reply
nt Fábio Martins
2019-05-09 22:50
#6
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Austria zCainee
F5
2019-05-09 21:28
1 reply
GIANTS WILL MAKE YOU RETHINK ABOUT LIFE
2019-05-09 21:34
#21
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Brazil hrp__
+1
2019-05-09 21:30
~2013~
2019-05-09 21:30
#27
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Poland Unluko
F5
2019-05-09 21:30
1 reply
F5
2019-05-09 21:44
foxj>world
2019-05-09 21:35
+1
2019-05-09 21:42
#2
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Canada Yohazin
kkkkkkkkkkk fox
2019-05-09 21:27
1 reply
#131
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Portugal Mutiris
Kkkkkkkk mibr
2019-05-10 09:25
#3
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Spain G3CK0
If we go through the play in lol
2019-05-09 21:28
Nice logic
2019-05-09 21:28
Yes cuz you're a bot
2019-05-09 21:28
THE THING IS THAT MOVISTAR WILL 2-0 YOU 16-13 16-8 and the interviewer say that portuguese are better than spaniards on LAN just because giants won a lan 4 months ago?
2019-05-09 21:31
14 replies
letting fox play on LAN in 2019 they must be stopped
2019-05-09 21:29
1 reply
#26
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Portugal B1az3d
Hahah Giants are much better on LAN then online nt
2019-05-09 21:30
#23
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Portugal B1az3d
Hahaha lets see The best team will win but for sure it wont be 2-0 for MR
2019-05-09 21:30
#45
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Portugal Mult9G2mer
You really believe Movistae will win?
2019-05-09 21:36
1 reply
well they will
2019-05-09 21:53
#59
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Portugal andrem34
lmao you will cry so much tomorrow kid
2019-05-09 21:48
5 replies
Wait for tomorrow
2019-05-09 22:29
4 replies
#150
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Portugal andrem34
i waited and we won easy lmao
2019-05-10 19:41
3 replies
ggwp bro
2019-05-11 15:59
2 replies
#156
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Portugal andrem34
ty man at least movistar was harder than nip, movistar better than nip confirmed ahahaha
2019-05-11 16:01
1 reply
xddddd
2019-05-11 16:08
it's true .... but only in your dream
2019-05-09 21:58
ahahahah gg ez fag
2019-05-10 23:59
1 reply
your life should be boring
2019-05-11 15:23
#10
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Ethiopia aNCIOn
surprised by how they got there LUL
2019-05-09 21:29
1 reply
#32
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Other Phinks
Native team?
2019-05-09 21:31
#11
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China teguP
who cars fox
2019-05-09 21:29
2 replies
#22
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Portugal Joefilas
He owns an Audi
2019-05-09 21:30
Vroom vroom 😎
2019-05-09 21:56
anyways gonna 0-6 or 1-5 if they win C9
2019-05-09 21:29
1 reply
At least if Giants pass movi and win C9 they be better then Mibr in São Paulo lel
2019-05-10 04:36
#13
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Portugal B1az3d
GODFOX TOP1 GODMUTIRIS KING OF FAFE TOP1 GODRMN TOP1 GODZELIN TOP1 GODKILL TOP1 EZ4GIANTS JUNTAAAAAAA CARALHOOOO
2019-05-09 21:29
1 reply
+1
2019-05-09 21:30
#14
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Portugal Joefilas
Let's hope so
2019-05-09 21:29
555
2019-05-09 21:29
2 replies
"555 timers are precision monolithic timing circuits capable of producing accurate time delays or oscillation. In the time-delay or monostable mode of operation, the timed interval is controlled by a single external resistor and capacitor network. In the astable mode of operation, the frequency and duty cycle may be independently controlled with two external resistors and a single external capacitor."
2019-05-09 21:32
1 reply
That's right!
2019-05-10 15:54
No, everyone will rekt your team, 5 rounds against Clown9 rest 0
2019-05-09 21:29
1 reply
lets see
2019-05-10 00:00
Well, good luck fox
2019-05-09 21:29
Let's go beast
2019-05-09 21:29
#28
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Other Phinks
Rofl
2019-05-09 21:30
Good luck man
2019-05-09 21:30
#30
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Spain Crusher_CS
Yeah pretty shure we gonna get surprised by the stomp you gonna get if your team qualifies
2019-05-09 21:31
No one will be surprised because no one watches Bl-ass-t pro Series Fox is a really good player tho and i think he deserves better
2019-05-09 21:31
3 replies
#76
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Switzerland Sureyah
he got rly good reactions at 32yo tbh, he was doing gr8 on SK tho
2019-05-09 22:04
1 reply
yeah he played very solid for sk. wouldve been nice if he stayed
2019-05-10 10:22
#87
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Portugal Cunhazinho
He says that he's happy by playing with this Portuguese team. He had a lot of opportunities like Dignitas and even TempoStorm, but its seems that he wants to have he's Portuguese team, just like ence some years ago
2019-05-09 22:25
#33
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Portugal bacmoita
Good luck!!!
2019-05-09 21:31
#34
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Russia ArtyoMM
GODFOX <3
2019-05-09 21:32
#35
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Finland Smoonah
Fartbox
2019-05-09 21:32
those tattoos are so ugly how can anyone do that to himself?
2019-05-09 21:33
4 replies
Kinda looks dope on him tho
2019-05-09 21:34
2 replies
#60
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Portugal andrem34
+1
2019-05-09 21:49
+1
2019-05-10 11:54
u urslf r ugly lil beetch
2019-05-10 11:54
everyone will be surprised if you win a round
2019-05-09 21:34
One loss, one tattoo
2019-05-09 21:35
2 replies
LOL
2019-05-09 21:39
#62
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Myanmar xdcc
some space left
2019-05-09 21:50
#44
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France J0riS
GL
2019-05-09 21:36
BIG IF
2019-05-09 21:37
Don’t know the hate towards this bloke. He actually seems humble and checking his stats it seems he’s been carrying.
2019-05-09 21:39
1 reply
he has been...
2019-05-09 21:55
#49
fox | 
Portugal story!
EZ 4 GIANTS LAN AHAHHAHAH SO FUCKING EASY ... EASY ASTRALIS
2019-05-09 21:40
fox will rekt astralis
2019-05-09 21:40
U are not ready for Portuguese invasion jaja kids!
2019-05-09 21:40
LUL
2019-05-09 21:44
even if they beat the spanish bots they will got 0-5 ez
2019-05-09 21:44
8 replies
#58
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France StickyRice
Yeah likely but they could get 10 or 11 rounds to teams like C9 maybe
2019-05-09 21:48
2 replies
#63
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France StickyRice
And whoever wins the play-in will likely play the aim duels vs the 3rd place finisher of the tourney, so maybe they could earn those additional 20.000$
2019-05-09 21:50
1 reply
#120
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Portugal D1recT
+1
2019-05-10 01:33
#91
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Portugal Cunhazinho
I don't think so, this top teams aren't even worrying about MR and Giants, they already think that it's only a team to fill 1 spot, but they don't know how they play, don't know any of their strats, so be careful because Giants/MR can surprise.
2019-05-09 22:30
4 replies
flag and flair checks out
2019-05-09 23:57
3 replies
#122
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Portugal D1recT
If they didn’t study MR and Giants strats they can uppset
2019-05-10 01:40
UK :)
2019-05-10 10:43
1 reply
poortugal LULW
2019-05-10 11:32
#56
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Spain nabyou97
so much to show, iberian csgo can improve a lot
2019-05-09 21:44
#57
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France StickyRice
fox vs GODwell, GL to both teams
2019-05-09 21:47
Wow fox is still around? Kind of forgot this Giants team exsisted tbh. Well they might steal one round if they are lucky, probably against clown9 or mibr
2019-05-09 21:49
2 replies
mibr is not at this Blast :/
2019-05-09 21:55
1 reply
Oh right I always forget how few teams go to each blast event.
2019-05-09 22:00
Tomorrow is the day BlessRNG #WEAREGIANTS
2019-05-09 21:55
#70
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Netherlands gelm1r
real OG fox playing tomorrow w0w what a blast from the past!
2019-05-09 21:57
1 reply
same i miss thosse days a lot
2019-05-09 23:28
#72
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Finland Autisthicc
viva el espanol!!!!! jajajaja si muchos grandes Movistar Riders 2-0 ez amigos
2019-05-09 21:59
1 reply
hahaha wtf, ty for the support to the spanish team
2019-05-09 22:11
#74
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Finland Autisthicc
i love chorizo sausage pls win spain
2019-05-09 22:01
1 reply
There is portuguese chouriço too btw
2019-05-10 03:18
omg hes so ugly wtf
2019-05-09 22:04
#77
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Portugal ron4r
Hater gonna always hate. Specially stupid Portuguese kids that happen to only flame and do nothing else towards the team and the pt scene. Either if you guys win or lose, you have us proud of you all. Much love boys <3
2019-05-09 22:04
2 replies
Very pleased about tour comment bro +1
2019-05-09 22:35
+1
2019-05-10 11:06
FOX TOP1
2019-05-09 22:05
1 reply
#142
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Brunei GucciLeIe
+1 FOX GOAT TOP 1
2019-05-10 12:11
People know that I´ve been a fox fan since 2014 here on hltv, fox is highly delusional. Giants won´t even win vs movistar riders, this team is so fucking trash t.Prostect 25 years old zelin is trash, mutiris is the most overrated player in portugal history, rmn has the best aim in portugal but he is also inconsistent as fuck, killdream is just meh. Fox is a very good player and he deserves so much better, 32 years old and needs to carry this noobs. They are only here because they barely beat Cream which is like a t6 team, also I loved how he points out the ping excuses, no fox portugal does not have internet issues like in 1.6 you just dont know how to setup ur trash internet because you have low iq and only know how to play cs or make tatoos. Also fucking portuguese community is so cancer this idiots keep hyping this trash players and they dont understand how pathetic they look, Portugal cs will never be good because our IQ is just not that high ,does not have anything to do with support from orgs. If you ever played with portuguese in faceit you will know they can only win when they are playing with full premade and if you are beating them they will call you hacker and names.´ Fuck portugal and our scene. Peace . Dont @ me fucking fanbots
2019-05-09 22:08
2 replies
#143
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Portugal FOTBOX
OOF Dont @ me fucking fanbots
2019-05-10 12:44
#162
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Portugal R0cketOG
Ouch. Not @ing you bro. Crawl back to your hole and stfu
2019-05-11 16:11
#81
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Portugal palito334
FOTBOX EZ4GIANTS
2019-05-09 22:08
what does the fox say?
2019-05-09 22:18
#85
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Portugal Pingooo
letting fox play on LAN in 2019, they must be crazy they must be stopped or this will get out of control, EZ4GIANTS
2019-05-09 22:19
#86
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Europe MiGaFp
Godddd
2019-05-09 22:20
fox in 2k19 lul
2019-05-09 22:29
Fox is still trying his best to be on a scene, respect for that.
2019-05-09 22:32
3 replies
#94
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Portugal Cunhazinho
+1
2019-05-09 22:39
kinda like TaZ taz is doing great with thats boys tbh but he is also IGL which make thing a lot easir imo
2019-05-09 23:31
1 reply
Old boys are needed 😎
2019-05-09 23:36
El legendo still alive
2019-05-09 22:43
#98
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Portugal Agricultor
That's all I wanted to hear from fox. No matter if you win or lose, you will allways have our support
2019-05-09 23:00
1 reply
+1
2019-05-09 23:10
#99
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Finland Polki
Lol
2019-05-09 23:04
I cant wait to see vintage fox tomorrow
2019-05-09 23:16
"In Portugal we're missing some support from companies" who wants to support fucking bots...
2019-05-09 23:17
I canceled some shit to watch this bo3, please dont get 2-0ed lmao
2019-05-09 23:18
1 reply
with grill?
2019-05-09 23:29
i m not working tomorrow to watch this camon old boy do it one more time ! jajaja
2019-05-09 23:31
#108
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Myanmar xdcc
2019-05-09 23:33
#111
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Spain elskio
NoChance men :))))
2019-05-09 23:44
#112
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Portugal WillyanI7
GOD FOX
2019-05-09 23:45
#116
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Portugal FOTBOX
Fox's "It's big. Super big." > Trump's "It's huuuuge".
2019-05-10 00:00
Wtf is this bot talking about, they will get crushed by literally every team in top50
2019-05-10 00:01
#118
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Portugal TaDeSunny
The hate that he's getting lmao you guys make me sad HLTV in a nutshell
2019-05-10 00:44
Giants will win
2019-05-10 01:07
1 reply
hard but..
2019-05-10 01:39
godfox, lets go GIANTS!!
2019-05-10 01:46
Hello am 48 year man from somalia. Sorry for my bed england. I selled my wife for internet connection for play ''counter strik'' and i want to become the goodest player like you I play with 400 ping on brazil server and i am global elite 2. pls no copy pasterino my story.
2019-05-10 02:25
GO GIANTS!!
2019-05-10 02:37
mixwell will destroy deadfox
2019-05-10 08:36
The only think that i agree with fox, its that the portuguese fan base its bigger (than the spanish one). And you can feel it even here in hltv. But in my opinion riders are a better team and have an edge over giants. 60% vs 40% prob for them, Lets hope that i am wrong , and they can go through (to get rekt afterwards Kappa :)) . Lets go Giants take my energy!!!
2019-05-10 08:39
32 years old brother, its time to find a real job!
2019-05-10 09:23
he needs to come back to mibr man
2019-05-10 10:15
Quick 2-0 for movi
2019-05-10 10:29
#137
fox | 
Portugal GoDtK
Winning or Losing, i will always support you guys! Giants or Movistar, today is a important day to both of us show the world how good we can be. LETS GO Boys! LETS GO GIANTS!
2019-05-10 11:31
The Ricardo we want
2019-05-10 11:43
Speak Now riders fans... quak
2019-05-10 19:43
1 reply
They won NIP, Im good with that, I only wanted one of the peninsula teams to stand up in a t1 event and win a match at least.
2019-05-11 16:17
well this aged well
2019-05-11 16:01
1 reply
+1
2019-05-11 16:03
this aged well
2019-05-11 16:04
called it XD
2019-05-11 16:05
You sure did
2019-05-11 16:06
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