Natus Vincere defeat Evil Geniuses for semi-final spot in Odense

Natus Vincere claimed a 2-1 victory over Evil Geniuses (12-16 Mirage, 16-5 Dust2, 16-11 Nuke) to advance to claim a semi-final spot at the ESL Pro League S10 Finals.

After a month-long break from competition, the CIS side started off well at ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals, beating TYLOO, MIBR, and Evil Geniuses in the group stage to secure at worst a top-four finish in Denmark. Meanwhile, Evil Geniuses will have to settle for a spot in the quarter-finals of the playoffs, where they will meet the winner of the mousesports - ATK game.

Natus Vincere had a head start on Mirage, Evil Geniuses' pick and a map the North Americans have won the last five times they played it. After a 4-0 lead following the pistol, Natus Vincere fumbled to a pistol-armor buy, which allowed Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and co. to grab momentum. Evil Geniuses dominated in buy rounds, finishing the half 9-6 up.

The second half followed the pattern of the first, as Natus Vincere had early success, securing the first five rounds (11-9), but started struggling after a misplayed A execute. Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov and co. then grabbed control of the game and secured a 16-12 victory, negating Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's impressive 1.55-rated performance.

Na`Vi's star duo delivered again

A 1v3 clutch from Denis "electronic" Sharipov started the Russian rifler on the right foot on Dust2, as he went on to dominate the opposition from the Terrorist side early on. The 21-year-old player was boasting a 17-2 K-D as Natus Vincere claimed a 7-1 lead, bouncing back from a disappointing Mirage.

stanislaw tried to keep his team in the game and won them a couple of rounds with multikills, but without Evil Geniuses following up on the successful rounds, Natus Vincere had an easy route to an 11-4 half. s1mple secured four USP-S frags in the second-half pistol, and with the team's main star activated on the defense, Natus Vincere closed out the map easily, 16-5.

A 3-0 start for Natus Vincere on the CT side of the decider map, Nuke, was quickly counteracted by a couple of A hits by Evil Geniuses, seeing the score tied up early, 4-4. The two teams were neck and neck throughout the half, but the North Americans pulled in front at the end, finishing 8-7 up.

Adding to their lead, Evil Geniuses secured the CT pistol and followups (10-7), but just when it seemed like they have it in the bag Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov's triple started a streak of rounds going the CIS side's way. It all came down to the round at which Natus Vincere was up 14-11. Egor "flamie" Vasilyev and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács clutched the 2v3 afterplant on B, put their opponents' economy in a bad place, and closed out the map 16-11, making the score for the series 2-1.

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Nuke
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 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 71 - 35 +36 87.7 1.50
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 62 - 44 +18 85.1 1.36
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 54 - 41 +13 81.2 1.23
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 52 - 48 +4 68.9 1.10
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4 49 - 48 +1 73.4 1.05
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 49 - 56 -7 71.9 0.93
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 49 - 63 -14 70.1 0.87
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 39 - 60 -21 66.1 0.84
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 39 - 56 -17 68.5 0.81
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 40 - 53 -13 62.4 0.78
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
626
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
826
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1258
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1040
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1079
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
> STANISLAW: "ECS LIT A SPARK IN US; WE SHOWED WE'RE NOT PLAYING AS BADLY AS WE THOUGHT" > also Stanislaw: lost to #14 team NA CS SO BAD LOL
2019-12-05 18:21
brehze is a baiter
2019-12-05 18:22
This #14 team is gonna be a top 3 team soon :)
2019-12-05 18:23
#88
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Europe clockworkk 
navi is the most inconsistent team after faze rn
2019-12-05 20:10
#98
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India KNOX23 
Lol , good joke
2019-12-05 20:38
#108
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Europe clockworkk 
ok india
2019-12-05 21:21
Imagine calling a team who's been shit all of 2019 as inconsistent... no they're just shit and sometimes they get a fluke run here and there, s1mple need to find new team where he can main awp again honestly because as rifler even electronic is out shinning him every game I'm watching. BTW I'm not watching only stats, electronic has a way harder role than s1mple, electronic does all the dirty work for Na'vi and having those stats while playing this role is actually impressive af.
2019-12-05 23:27
#116
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Indonesia lumayan 
Are u drunk? Find a team where he can be the main awper? Why are u creating harder solution when there is simle solution? Find a better awper than guardian.
2019-12-06 00:13
No. The other dude is right.
2019-12-06 02:42
#129
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Lithuania N0PEr 
No the other dude is just dumb simple fan
2019-12-06 08:30
#130
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Finland J3bediah 
S1mple’s awp skills are too goot to not be used imo
2019-12-06 08:31
#131
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Indonesia lumayan 
Well... 1st, he likes to rifle more he said himself 2nd, his impact on rifle is not worse than his impact on awp
2019-12-06 15:03
current roster 2 only months yo. kovac needs to be rehabilitated or replaced. the current roster has 3-4 excellent riflers who have a lot of experience at tier 1. at the expense of winning the finals - its very difficult to constantly win, playing against the first ten teams. there is always a chance of randomness and stakes are too high. no one can always win. no astralis, no one else. not a fan of navi, absolutely.
2019-12-06 04:06
#132
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Indonesia lumayan 
Wtf u mean by rehabilitated? xD
2019-12-06 15:08
#23
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
#14 is way off. But NA CS is pretty bad.
2019-12-05 18:23
navi not #14, today's top - is rofl top
2019-12-05 18:24
Why does rating mean so much to you?
2019-12-05 18:24
#35
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Russia ToughGuy 
looking on hltv ranking KEKW
2019-12-05 18:25
#60
k0nfig | 
Liechtenstein mary69 
so true OMG🤣
2019-12-05 18:41
WOHOOOOOO😂😂😂🤣 back to na😛
2019-12-05 18:43
#87
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Ukraine GaRden144 
they are not really top 14 you know right ?
2019-12-05 20:08
Na’Vi below 13 other teams KEKW
2019-12-05 22:32
#2
 | 
Spain Granjero 
Ez
2019-12-05 18:21
#24
YEKINDAR | 
China |x^2| 
Ez number two
2019-12-05 18:23
#44
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Spain Granjero 
Why change flag and flair mens))
2019-12-05 18:29
#47
YEKINDAR | 
China |x^2| 
I’m Spanish-German
2019-12-05 18:30
#48
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Spain Granjero 
nt me
2019-12-05 18:32
#51
YEKINDAR | 
China |x^2| 
I’m zeolikk not Granjero wtf
2019-12-05 18:33
#61
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Spain Granjero 
nt I know that you are Chinese FBI
2019-12-05 18:41
#81
YEKINDAR | 
China |x^2| 
I hope we can work together Mr. Stasi)))
2019-12-05 19:56
#85
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Spain Granjero 
Stasi doesn't exist anymore 🙄
2019-12-05 20:01
0/8 Explain how VNG is always the first comment then
2019-12-05 21:07
#105
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Spain Granjero 
That's a secret between me and him
2019-12-05 21:07
Expected from German secret police
2019-12-05 21:16
#107
 | 
Spain Granjero 
GSG9 VNG + zeolikk
2019-12-05 21:17
so ez for mrcheeks 😎🙏
2019-12-05 18:24
#42
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Spain Granjero 
That's a new one also took ages to load again
2019-12-05 18:29
S1MPLE EZ TOP1 2019
2019-12-05 18:22
He will ever be the best!
2019-12-05 18:24
#34
Frankie | 
Italy Laxity 
he shold win this champ
2019-12-05 18:24
+1
2019-12-05 20:23
ez nadzvychajno lehko)
2019-12-05 18:23
#99
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Germany b1azed 
tezh tak gadayu)
2019-12-05 20:41
Why fakeflag?
2019-12-05 20:42
#110
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Germany b1azed 
cuz i live in Berlin and have german nationality ¯ \ _ (=_=) _ / ¯
2019-12-05 22:01
Oh , then ok)
2019-12-05 22:02
#101
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Ukraine vovatorsher 
Jakos duzhe lehko)
2019-12-05 20:42
#5
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Slovakia furmios 
WTF
2019-12-05 18:21
stanislaw - ECS lit a spark in us s1mple - dude it's short circuit...let us fix this
2019-12-05 18:22
good one
2019-12-05 18:23
Haha nice
2019-12-05 18:33
#66
AdreN | 
Germany YouGin 
That spark was each beginning of the round when Guardian was leaving him with 30hp in middle haha
2019-12-05 18:57
ez clap
2019-12-05 18:22
#8
kioShiMa | 
France neibaf 
gg
2019-12-05 18:22
#9
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Serbia luc1ferms 
Na'Vi era coming
2019-12-05 18:22
Virtus pro
2019-12-05 18:22
who?
2019-12-07 14:21
Ur mom
2019-12-08 18:27
NA CS KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-12-05 18:22
s1mple 1.50 Meanwhile EG no one with positive rating LUL.
2019-12-05 18:22
ez4navi
2019-12-05 18:22
#16
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Sweden PentaPenguin 
Nice Navi
2019-12-05 18:23
#17
s1mple | 
Canada roylin 
So easy
2019-12-05 18:23
flamie is no longer the weak one at the beginning of this year. s1mple comes back after changing the mouse back. electronic is quite stable. bloombl4's IGL skill is convincing.(Better to be more decisive when having some instant advantage, and try to maximize player's advantages instead of balancing their performance) Guardian Although the performance in the second half of the nuke is approval. But miss so many direct awp shot is unforgivable. Give the awp back to s1mple when can't aim properly can be a better choice. When the awper's aim isn't that accurate, it's rather an unresponsible behavior to the whole team and teammates who trust you. (I apologize for my English skills)
2019-12-05 18:23
does your little small brain damaged from poverty doesnt understand that s1mple doesnt want to play awp? for real navi has got the dumbest fans ever. do you understand that with awp s1mple would perform way worse?
2019-12-05 18:36
why be toxic. Guardian is not upto the point is what he is saying. Not that s1mple should awp.
2019-12-05 18:38
>give back awp to s1mple when he (guardian) cant aim properly.
2019-12-05 18:41
#64
s1mple | 
Romania OMW 
I think he was talking just about some rounds in a game when everyone can see that Guardian is not on point with it... And if that's the case, he is true... Sometimes Guardian is really missing easy shots and he better can play a smg or rifle as support and let s1mple take an aggressive awp round or just let the awp on him for few rounds. But i don:t know if you got the point seeing how dumb you are to just be toxic the a guy who just said his opinion which is not wrong
2019-12-05 18:50
thank you
2019-12-05 19:02
I've been navi's fan from 2010 when following my dad to watch cs1.6 matches and have watched LAN matches for several times. I don't want to blame anyone just want to point out the truth. Last time he missed 7 awp shot on OVP broke my heart indeed. When device hasn't good performance on some days he just passes his awp to dupreeh. We can see sometimes bloombl4 bought SMG for many rounds just to buy awp for Guardian but he didn't gave enough threat to the enemies.
2019-12-05 19:10
Dude you are mentally sick
2019-12-05 20:29
fan of jame, the overrated tier 15 player. good one. remind me when he makes it to tier 2 or tier 1 team.
2019-12-06 15:47
You just proved it one more time
2019-12-06 15:59
bro youre literally having a russian flag like what are you trying and why are you calling someone else mentally sick meanwhile coming from russia, the only country thats behind arab states in terms of being stuck in 14th century
2019-12-06 16:14
lol, dude, every your comment make you more and more stupid. Do you even understend what are you writing ? Compare Russian and Slovakian science, literature, music, cinema, sport, we are better in everything. The only thing you are above us is average salary and even it is only because of main EU countries (Germany, France, UK)
2019-12-06 20:07
yeah except education. also no fucking doubt youre better in most of the things when youre comparing a country full of 150m retards to a 10m country, and even then we rekt you in the most important sports (basketball, football and ice hockey). cinema? russian fucking films? who is watching them except russia you retard? music? literally the same like cinema, no one but russians are listening to your music. literature the same, science the same. only for russians. sad thing youre ''better'' than anything and still living in poverty like dogs on streets.
2019-12-06 20:42
Well, you said you has better education, and then you said Russian literature and music only for Russians God, if you had above 50 iq you would understand how stupid your comments are
2019-12-06 20:58
youre the one who cant even aim at the flag and notice a difference in czech republic and slovakia, your iq cant be higher than 30 you dumb dog, go back to street or farm or wherever you live. how the fuck you even have internet over there?
2019-12-06 21:03
As i said before, you are mentally sick person, and it's unfixeble
2019-12-06 21:05
nice iq buddy from kazachstan
2019-12-06 21:21
Simple is better than guardian in both rifleing and awping.
2019-12-06 02:48
simple is better than everyone in the world
2019-12-06 04:41
Can we just move on from this nonsense debate already? s1mple can OP and will OP when he wants to. The thing is he likes the flexibility between OPing and rifling because he is amazing with an AK too. Having GuardiaN as main AWPer, he can do double-OP with GuardiaN or running around with a rifle. Without GuardiaN, he has to OP for the most part. Sometimes it can be difficult in certain situation that he has to clutch. If s1mple wants the AWP in his hand, I'm sure GuardiaN will give it to him and you can see sometimes s1mple running AWP when GuardiaN is with a rifle. You guys always want to #FreeS1mple. Now he is actually free from being the main AWPer in this team. End of the story.
2019-12-05 19:21
What is OP ?
2019-12-05 19:51
OverPowered
2019-12-05 20:03
AWPing sounds like "OPing" or "ORBing" when pronounced i guess. He just haven't made the connection 🤪
2019-12-05 20:12
#90
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Poland Lukovsky 
OPing LMAO I lost my shit here
2019-12-05 20:13
Lmao same
2019-12-06 02:46
I agree
2019-12-06 02:46
I think GuardiaN should still AWP because he's still better at AWPing than rifling and s1mple is insane with both weapons.
2019-12-05 19:58
#19
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Poland Crai9Xen 
Hope so navi is coming back for top5 spot
2019-12-05 18:23
#79
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Russia Horthy_Miklos 
I guess they already done it by winning this match. Semi-final spot in EPL will boost them up to 3-5 place in rating. They even can be in finals or win the tournament.
2019-12-05 19:45
#137
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Poland Crai9Xen 
yeah i really hope so to see them at finale
2019-12-06 19:47
S1MPLETRONIC
2019-12-05 18:23
+100500
2019-12-07 14:21
#21
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Indonesia timothy8 
expected
2019-12-05 18:23
nice
2019-12-05 18:25
#27
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CIS LRtx 
nice
2019-12-05 18:24
#31
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
EZ
2019-12-05 18:24
#32
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Alright then, s1mple...
2019-12-05 18:24
WTF is happening with Brehze? He is supposed to be the fragger of EG EG is showing considerable inconsistency. Can't be #1 like this NaVi has its merits tho. Look at those s1mple stats...
2019-12-05 18:24
He can't buy SG as often as before((
2019-12-05 18:27
There's only a very small number of players that are able to be consistent over longer periods of time. Brehze is still somewhat new and doesn't have that part down yet. The players that do are almost all in the top 10. Elige, magisk, device, simple etc.
2019-12-05 20:15
ez
2019-12-05 18:25
s1mple GOAT <3
2019-12-05 18:27
eg is good but nothing you can do against simple 1.50 rate
2019-12-05 18:27
#40
Jame | 
Russia Divait 
o may gad, navi, vi wto, crazy?
2019-12-05 18:28
omaygadble
2019-12-05 19:57
Omaigarbl
2019-12-05 21:49
s1mple silencing all the haters
2019-12-05 18:29
+1 i hate haters they really write s1mple is top 5 and zywho device top 1 loooll stupid haters no face
2019-12-05 18:36
#70
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North America AlanSmith 
tak i est'
2019-12-05 19:08
s1mple greatest baiter of all time
2019-12-05 18:29
+36 hater.
2019-12-05 20:22
A baiter who has impact rating higher than all of his teammates. Clearly a better baiter than baitzera no?
2019-12-06 02:49
aight s0mple fankids only for you s0mple +36 with 87.7 ADR electronic only +18 with! 85.1 ADR same ADR but one guy have +36 kills and the other +18 greatest beiter of all time
2019-12-06 03:46
Did i deny the fact that he's a baiter?? Maybe u misunderstood. Although he is a baiter he is having impact thats what i meant. Electronic is supposed to be an entry fragger. Thats how their team has practiced.
2019-12-07 09:40
#45
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
S1mple in god form oh my lord
2019-12-05 18:30
#46
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Switzerland x676 
Expected
2019-12-05 18:30
expected
2019-12-05 18:33
#52
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United States sorcrcrc 
yikes
2019-12-05 18:34
turok -21 HAHAHHAHAHA
2019-12-05 18:34
#54
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Russia AR4ER 
GeGe NaVi. gl in semis.
2019-12-05 18:34
#57
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United States EmperorTrump 
s1mple hypercarry as always
2019-12-05 18:37
The spark stan talked about was Mirage only.... They played mirage on both bo1 and the first one here?
2019-12-05 18:40
ez for navi
2019-12-05 18:55
ez for ruski! axaxax
2019-12-05 19:01
s1mple slowly getting his form back.
2019-12-05 19:05
+1 yes he is a god
2019-12-05 19:12
Expected from pros
2019-12-05 19:12
WOOOOOOOOOO!
2019-12-05 19:13
#75
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United States Fanta_Boy 
*Everyone Liked That*
2019-12-05 19:16
#77
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India JW_BesTesT 
S1mple carried
2019-12-05 19:38
-88/8
2019-12-05 20:22
S1mple still wants that #1
2019-12-05 19:42
Looks like s1mple wants that #1 again
2019-12-05 20:00
Retards who told shit about S1mple, where are you? +36
2019-12-05 20:22
#102
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Europe detluff 
there were significant mistakes, Sasha can play much better
2019-12-05 20:56
I would really like to refrain from that excuse, but, I don't think that s1mple has fully mastered himself on the CT sides of quite a few maps yet, particularly Nuke.
2019-12-05 20:59
Agreed ct side nuke is hard for him apparently. Mini is a hard position to play. U can get mollyed and flashed from countless angles
2019-12-06 02:53
#97
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
EZ for #1 csgod
2019-12-05 20:31
Krieghze LMAO
2019-12-05 22:15
#128
shox | 
India iejesus 
Xaxa
2019-12-06 08:23
S1mple and elec so good
2019-12-05 23:30
Even Cerq can't carry the NA bots.
2019-12-06 03:29
#127
shox | 
India iejesus 
Was there any fucking doubt?
2019-12-06 08:23
Expected outclassage by pros from UA / Slovak and RU
2019-12-06 15:48
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