k0nfig puts post-injury doubts to rest as Astralis beat NIP

A showdown between two debuting lineups saw Astralis take the cake on the back of a massive Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke performance.

In a match between two new rosters, Astralis got off on the better foot at the BLAST Premier Fall Final with recent additions k0nfig and Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer, taking down NIP in a 2-0 series (Nuke 16-7, Overpass 19-16). The Danish side will next face off against Vitality on Thursday at 18:00 in the upper bracket semis, while NIP have fallen to the lower bracket to lock horns with Liquid.

Dubbed "the berserker," k0nfig put up a monstrous showing over the course of the two maps to help his new team secure their first victory in Copenhagen. Averaging a 1.52 rating in his first official match in four and a half months, the 24-year-old put any doubts over his form to rest after he spent some time away from the game due to a wrist injury.

"I think this was the best thing that could happen, honestly. I've been kind of afraid of if I would get back on my level," k0nfig said in a post-match interview on the broadcast. "Maybe I'm just lucky, but two maps in a row can't be lucky, right? (laughs)"

k0nfig stole the show with a godlike performance

The former Complexity star's exceptional performance was far from the only thing to be learned from the new Astralis' first official appearance, however, as the match gave us insight into the team's intriguing new approach towards the AWP. Surprisingly, the big green gun was seen mainly in the hands of Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and k0nfig instead of Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald, who had been the Danish squad's main sniper ever since his addition over the summer.

Despite the big changes, the Danish powerhouse was too much to handle for NIP, who had brought in Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen to replace Linus "⁠LNZ⁠" Holtäng on the roster ahead of the tournament, a swap that the team has admitted would take some getting used to due to the introduction of another Dane to a Swedish-speaking team.

The new NIP combination looked competitive at times throughout the series, but the Terrorist side woes that had plagued them at the PGL Major continued on Nuke, and they had no one come anywhere near matching the individual output of k0nfig.

Another poor start meant Astralis had the upper hand on Overpass, as well, and with k0nfig maintaining the level that he had shown on Nuke, it seemed as if the series would come to a swift finish. A win with just pistols in hand put NIP back in the game, however, and the two teams continued to trade blows to stay on even ground until late in the map.

Astralis eventually strung four in a row to reach match point after turning around several man-disadvantage situations, and although NIP proved difficult to finish off, gla1ve and company got the job done in overtime on the back of a flawless offense.

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Nuke
16
16
Overpass
19
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 43 -5 68.8 0.93
38 - 43 -5 72.2 0.90
32 - 44 -12 72.2 0.87
35 - 42 -7 58.6 0.76
25 - 46 -21 60.9 0.69
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
60 - 36 +24 99.0 1.52
49 - 35 +14 89.5 1.30
43 - 30 +13 81.7 1.25
34 - 37 -3 73.2 1.02
32 - 32 0 50.8 0.97
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1550
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1420
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
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Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
742
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.60
Sweden Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
253
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
INSANE
2021-11-24 22:02
29 replies
#10
ele | 
Russia ctronic
SO EZ for k0nfig&blameF
2021-11-24 22:03
28 replies
+1
2021-11-24 22:05
17 replies
Robotic implant really worth its price for k0nfig
2021-11-24 22:14
16 replies
XD
2021-11-24 22:16
14 replies
They're already the best Astralis players. Xypex and Gla1ve are completely washed up.
2021-11-24 22:41
13 replies
Device malding rn
2021-11-24 22:56
#70
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United Kingdom Ludax
xyp maybe yeah but gla1ve hit some really nice shots in these games, I'd say Lucky is the main problem
2021-11-24 23:09
-1.25 rating -Washed up Pick one
2021-11-25 01:36
Xyp straight up got a 1.25 rating, what are you even on about?
2021-11-25 01:39
4 replies
Ooowwww Botypex had a good game. He isnt washed up anymore because of one game.
2021-11-25 03:21
3 replies
He is not supposed to be a fragger. He plays support/anchor roles. As long as he clutches he's good. Dont look at stats while judging entry fraggers and support players. Look at their impact in game.
2021-11-25 11:00
#141
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Bulgaria VolatileX
Imagine being a level 4 and a Gold Nova and commenting on the performance a pro player and that player is the clutch minister of all people. lol, just lol :D
2021-11-25 11:54
1 reply
he is top 20k player in uruguay, don't bash him plz...
2021-11-25 13:12
#107
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Denmark Kon10R
Just a ridiculous line of thought. If any. I guess you are in the early teens ... right? Howbowd THIS analysis: The "old squad" are letting the youngster do whatever he wants to do. He of course can't replace Dev1ce (NO ONE CAN!), so he has to develop his own play. Config and BlameF replacing Dupreeh and Mag1sk? Same same. "Motivation" seems to be the difference. In short: The "old guard" take on all the "heavy responsibilites" and Lucky can develop over time. THAT'S how Astralis will regain the spot as THE numba one in the world. The "washed up" bs is juzz a youngster who wants to see flashy stuff, but in fact doesn't consider what "experience" is all about.
2021-11-25 04:19
1 reply
+1111
2021-11-25 11:01
xyp had the highest KAST rating of all the players over 2 maps. the only thing washed is you and your comment.
2021-11-25 06:52
1 reply
+11
2021-11-25 11:01
#123
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Denmark Astrali5
Xyp washed? nt
2021-11-25 09:14
XD
2021-11-24 22:41
#31
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Finland Cucumber))
but not so ez for es3tag i'm so sad!
2021-11-24 22:06
9 replies
feel bad for es3tag because he has not had much time to settle in any team long-term and show some results (other than that period in Astralis). hopefully, NiP dont kick him after 3 months but actually give time for the project to work
2021-11-24 22:35
7 replies
Only thing he has to do is be better than Lnz which is easy, I don't see any other swedish player that will replace him
2021-11-24 22:40
The most overrated danish player ever
2021-11-24 23:58
2 replies
I think that he feels overrated since leaving Astralis because I remember he was very good in both Heroic and Astralis
2021-11-25 15:35
1 reply
he's not a bad player at all. But he was decent and did his job in heroic, but he wasnt a stand out player like BlameF was in Heroic
2021-11-25 16:12
#118
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North America soduk_db
Yeah Astralis should've just kept es3tag on the lineup instead of him wasting his time and talent on a dying coL and I don't know how long gla1ve will last especially when blameF is on another whole level entirely when it comes to the fragging department! But on the real if they still had device instead of Lucky they would be a favorite going into the next Major IMO.
2021-11-25 07:30
2 replies
es3tag doesnt have shit on gla1ve
2021-11-25 11:05
I mean, Cloud9 offered Astralis like 1 million dollars I think
2021-11-25 15:34
es3tag cursed
2021-11-24 23:03
#2
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United Kingdom T1LT_
nice
2021-11-24 22:02
very cool
2021-11-24 22:02
pog k0nfig
2021-11-24 22:02
Ez
2021-11-24 22:02
ripnip
2021-11-24 22:02
6 replies
rip Lucky i think you mean. It's not a good sign when glaive is awping over you
2021-11-24 23:03
5 replies
Think theyre having lucky develop as a support rifler since hes good with util and is fairly decent in the clutch Still not a good sign
2021-11-25 00:11
4 replies
They are just using him to fill in roles until they find good awper, maybe farlig
2021-11-25 01:03
1 reply
Fessor left astralis talent and fr0slev came in instead. I think they are gonna put fessor on their main aep and move luvky to academy team or on bench
2021-11-25 07:06
theyll dump him next chance they get unless he improves as an awper
2021-11-25 02:07
1 reply
Blame is playing lurk roles which glaive used to play. As an igl, glaive can't sit back in support roles. So awping makes more sense for this team and let lucky develop into support player considering his performance with rifle. Also roles wouldn't be finalized yet I guess with just two weeks of praccs.
2021-11-25 05:15
#7
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United Kingdom DB_R20
K0nfigs world
2021-11-24 22:02
K0nfig won this game by his own tbh
2021-11-24 22:03
1 reply
#100
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United States BigDudley
Yea I think nip minus esetag a better team right now. Konfig doing konfig things got astralis over the line
2021-11-25 02:25
Astralis mvp Esetag
2021-11-24 22:03
#11
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Netherlands nxther
god k0nfig
2021-11-24 22:03
Great match - k0nfig was feeling himself for sure :D <3
2021-11-24 22:03
chadf1g > nip beta males
2021-11-24 22:04
#14
B1T | 
Switzerland C01N
The Berserker.
2021-11-24 22:04
#15
SPUNJ | 
Albania F4lKs
K0nfig is scary. 1 year hardly playing due to injury and he just pops off like this
2021-11-24 22:04
1 reply
#80
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Denmark 12inchNRG
1 year? it was maybe 3 months max.
2021-11-24 23:48
what doesnt kill you(r career) makes you stronger , Konfig back with a bang! New Astralis looking good already , shame we didnt get to see Mirage though
2021-11-24 22:07
2 replies
k0nfig and blames home map they could carry Astralis across the line there, too, if need be lol
2021-11-24 22:07
1 reply
yea we probably expect them both to pop off big time on that map in specific if they do actually play it someday
2021-11-24 22:08
GODFIG
2021-11-24 22:05
GOD!
2021-11-24 22:05
#20
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Macau Lacerta
Es3tag same bad like LNZ
2021-11-24 22:05
god play
2021-11-24 22:05
G0DFIG
2021-11-24 22:05
#23
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Asia flipflop
He did sth fishy with his broken wrist
2021-11-24 22:05
device would love to be in that lineup lmao
2021-11-24 22:05
1 reply
Yeah imagine -lucky +device. Lol
2021-11-25 11:06
Very good game K0nfig pog <3
2021-11-24 22:05
g0dfig
2021-11-24 22:06
Device top 1 without gla1ve they said 😄😄
2021-11-24 22:06
How many times will perform like that k0nfing? There are a bit better , but ... Next time can be different
2021-11-24 22:06
faked his injury so he could get out of complexity smooth and easy. 10/10 k0nfig i applaud u for leaving that snake org
2021-11-24 22:06
Godfig > s0mple
2021-11-24 22:06
8 replies
#34
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Finland dvlx
s0mple joke ded just so u know
2021-11-24 22:08
2 replies
oh really.........
2021-11-25 09:21
1 reply
Coz he won the major. 0 stood for 0 majors. Since you're an Indian, I thought you might've lived under the rock and didnt know the meaning behind the meme!!
2021-11-25 11:09
#48
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Europe tsken
Are you living under a rock?
2021-11-24 22:23
4 replies
Well he’s not wrong if we go by performance in this tournament only so far.
2021-11-25 01:05
3 replies
#125
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Europe tsken
Thats true. I Am only pointing out that S0mple is not valid meme anymore, since he now has a major win :)
2021-11-25 10:26
2 replies
Yeah I noticed that after I commented. I guess it’s pretty hard to take in though since the S0mple meme has been used for years and now it’s suddenly not true anymore.
2021-11-25 11:00
1 reply
#136
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Europe tsken
Absolutely :)
2021-11-25 11:13
#33
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Indonesia lukerey
glad to see new astralis. This roster is a banger. Meanwhile, NiP..... lol
2021-11-24 22:07
#36
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India aR__
Ez 4 SP4RMAN
2021-11-24 22:10
This title sounds like a basketball sports article
2021-11-24 22:11
EZ FOR SPEARMAN
2021-11-24 22:13
#39
ropz | 
Singapore suisei
Gonna be a wild night for the couple today
2021-11-24 22:14
Get rid of lucky to contest Navi for 1st place.
2021-11-24 22:15
1 reply
If only they still had device
2021-11-25 01:39
well done cfg-man
2021-11-24 22:16
#44
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United Kingdom novaseer
wp astralis, I'm a konfig fan now kinda crap showing from the boys though not gonna lie
2021-11-24 22:17
3 replies
One game and you change flair lol One day your Man U fan the next man City lol typical Britt fan…
2021-11-24 22:31
2 replies
#63
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United Kingdom novaseer
no? I never changed flair also idgaf about football
2021-11-24 22:45
1 reply
ok have a nice weekend sir
2021-11-25 19:22
He broke his arm on purpose and had mechanical aimbot put into his wrist! Smh my head...
2021-11-24 22:17
'K0NFIG PUTS POST-INJURY' more like 'K0NFIG PUTS POST- cheats abuse
2021-11-24 22:21
#47
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Europe tsken
Geez K0nfig looking so good!
2021-11-24 22:22
#49
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Poland ryhupeja
bot3tag
2021-11-24 22:24
#50
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Other the_dark
Amazing
2021-11-24 22:27
#51
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Russia mshkoda
insane hungry player
2021-11-24 22:30
#53
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Czech Republic sobrez
GOD K0NFIG
2021-11-24 22:32
Gg astralis
2021-11-24 22:32
beast
2021-11-24 22:33
#57
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Canada firtlast
just your average shounen protagonist
2021-11-24 22:37
k0nfig and blame to astralis was the best roster move in history.
2021-11-24 22:42
3 replies
+1, Magisk and Dupreeh are washed.Gla1ve is still the best IGL in the world and Xyp is still a great support/clutch player, insane move by Astralis tbh.
2021-11-24 23:01
#137
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Finland kalza1
this got me thinking, what are the best roster moves in cs history? blamef and k0nfig might honestly be the best move including 2 or more players, tho
2021-11-25 11:19
1 reply
#143
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Greece hekzy
Olof and krimz to fnatic French shuffle 2.0 Magisk to astralis
2021-11-25 12:24
denmark bought hltv home screen ???
2021-11-24 22:43
2 replies
It’s because it’s all happening during a Danish event (Blast). Didn’t you notice how everything had a Swedish flag during the major?
2021-11-25 01:07
1 reply
worse than not much, I think it's because the Danish flag draws more attention
2021-11-25 03:04
Lucky
2021-11-24 22:46
#66
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Palestine __rQ__
What a beast konfig is..but I guarantee you the new vitality with dupreeh and magisk will perform even better than astralis.
2021-11-24 22:59
2 replies
Most likely yeah after a few monthes
2021-11-25 01:41
#138
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Finland kalza1
I mean yeah they have the Woo. Depends if blamef goes 2020 mode again
2021-11-25 11:20
Astralis could win the next major with this lineup
2021-11-24 23:15
3 replies
We don't know yet, it was their first game and NIP didn't know how to antistrat them
2021-11-24 23:31
1 reply
Atleast they look good on paper
2021-11-25 00:49
Not with lucky.
2021-11-25 11:11
Lucky might be a bottleneck for this team, blame and konfig looking good tho
2021-11-24 23:18
1 reply
He's on the chopping block already. He'll get kicked as soon as they find an awp
2021-11-25 01:42
Gg k0nfig, cmon!
2021-11-24 23:20
Godfig
2021-11-24 23:22
Lmao NiP such a horrible team, es3tag actually was a downgrade firepower-wise
2021-11-24 23:30
Plopski top-rated on NIP? Damn nip need to get better if their support is on top
2021-11-24 23:31
lnz died for this btw.
2021-11-24 23:41
With k0nfig on the team, gla1ve won't be as agressive as he used to. He will hang back with the AWP, and do a decent job. -Lucky +Valde Astralis era inc
2021-11-24 23:45
2 replies
Yeah, that lineup would be unstoppable for at least the next year. Only NaVi could compete with them.
2021-11-25 00:26
1 reply
Farlig would be a good option too
2021-11-25 00:58
Someone needs to teach and tell Hampus how to igl … LOL Device probably re-thinking his decision LOL
2021-11-25 01:29
1 reply
To teach how to eco and not 'play' unwinnable stupid 3v5 or 2v5 retakes too
2021-11-25 01:43
price3tag
2021-11-25 02:07
Konfig is a beast
2021-11-25 02:07
pretty sure he didn't broke his arm. K0nfig: Doc, i have an injury on my arm. Doctor: Damn, the wound should have been already recovered if you arrive a bit more later.
2021-11-25 02:19
#save device
2021-11-25 03:04
-Lucky + es3tag
2021-11-25 03:19
🤔 Some would ask if he was ever really injured?* *said in sarcastic Thorin voice
2021-11-25 03:20
1 reply
i hate thorin so much. usually i like to hear what the desk thinks about the matches i watch, but honestly during the major it was so unbearable to hear thorin on the desk. idk how the fuck did thorin even get that gig.. did he offer to work for free? he behaved on the desk like he does on twitter and i think that at a prestigious tournament like the major you don't want an analyst who people can't even bear to listen to, because he's a 38-year old twitter edgelord.
2021-11-26 03:45
-Lucky + dev1ce another major incoming
2021-11-25 04:12
1 reply
nodoubt
2021-11-25 14:43
Glad he got recovered.
2021-11-25 04:45
Yo, if you guys watched the game, blameF looked like a sulky little b*tch. What's up with that?
2021-11-25 06:39
7 replies
He sick bruh
2021-11-25 06:47
3 replies
Oh okay. Was worried it's some internal thing team wise. Hope the dude get's better soon then, cause they looking hot.
2021-11-25 07:08
2 replies
#139
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Finland kalza1
he tweeted that he puked before, between and after the games :D:D
2021-11-25 11:23
1 reply
Sounds like food poisoning, lol.
2021-11-25 12:07
Yep. As mentioned in the interviews with danish TV afterwards he is really sick (as k0nfig said: he hasn't been sick for 2 years, and know he he gets sick when they have to play their first tournament). He was out puking before the match, between the maps etc.. - so he was just feeling really really bad...
2021-11-25 08:17
He was crying due to not feeling well at all and he also puked in-between matches as #139 said. Mans really wanted to play, hope he gets better soon!
2021-11-25 15:01
1 reply
Respect the grind😎
2021-11-25 16:06
Was there an injury at all?
2021-11-25 06:51
Astralis is back lads!!
2021-11-25 06:54
it seems no good with team chemistry and atmosphere . eventually disband.
2021-11-25 07:27
2 replies
wdym? on cams their chemistry just looked fine
2021-11-26 03:40
1 reply
astralis formation, protocol aged. these two integation is heavily individual skill. glave also already washed anyway. Timely Glave will send more pressure each players
2021-11-26 11:42
such a good player
2021-11-25 07:34
2 replies
+1 I hope k0nfig peaks in astralis and they win a major
2021-11-25 09:04
#126
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Finland vjlle
And what a nice person nowadays
2021-11-25 10:50
-bot lucky +decent awper and Astralis gods again
2021-11-25 07:48
The thing is, k0nfig and BlameF put up those numbers even after k0nfig having broken his wrist and BlameF being so ill. Imagine them all in form. Also, Lucky's really underwhelming, that's sad to see. His time is limited.
2021-11-25 11:02
#140
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Europe Vallon4
Godfig. So glad he didn't become a wasted, forgotten talent like Kjaerbye.
2021-11-25 11:50
I'm so happy to see k0nfig performing at this level, I was so afraid that this wrist injury would make the same to him as it deed to olof or GuardiaN. Astralis played insane this match, maybe we finally get a roster that could challenge NaVi? I can't wait to see more of their matches. This match was insanely bad from NIP tho you can't hide it, they looked trashed by Astralis individually, on a team level, and if not some crazy opening kills from dev1ce this could've looked much much worse. GGWP!
2021-11-25 14:42
im always saying. he is top 10 player
2021-11-25 15:19
#149
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Germany Teztyment
Damn k0nfig tore it up. Where was this in coL?
2021-11-25 15:31
How many times is es3tag going to be shit before people realise?
2021-11-25 18:39
2 replies
how many times do you want to hear that es3tag is more a "glue player" than hard carry... when he had a proper opportunity to shine, he did exactly what he had to do otherwise he played in a c9 roster that had nowhere to go, a falling complexity, and it's only his first game in nip ffs what do you actually expect him to do?
2021-11-26 03:53
1 reply
Get some frags? Make some impact?
2021-11-26 13:18
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