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Insider: Looking Ahead by Looking Back

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 3 Comments

To start, I’m glad my concept of the “dead zone” in Magic (and by extension, Magic finance,) was received so well. Last week I talked about…

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Insider: MTGO Standard Market Snapshot

Posted on Aug 24th, 2012 - By Matthew Lewis - 4 Comments

Something interesting is happening on MTGO. For a few weeks now, Avacyn Restored (AVR) Limited events have been far outpacing Innistrad/Dark…

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Insider: 10 Collection Gems You Didn’t Know Were Valuable

Posted on Aug 30th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 2 Comments

When I wrote about the Dead Zone in Magic finance, one of the things I suggested doing to pass the time was to go through your collection, as well as…

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Insider: What, oh What, To Do With Our Lands?

Posted on Sep 13th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 7 Comments

Return to Ravnica spoilers are everywhere now, and I want to get this out of the way up front. I think Zombies are insane. It looks 100% to be the…

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Insider: The Value of Sealed Product

Posted on Oct 4th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 22 Comments

I hope everyone’s Return to Ravnica prerelease was as awesome as mine! I played both Golgari and then Azorious and liked both, though I found I…

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Insider: Masters of Modern (and Nivmagus Elementals)

Posted on Oct 31st, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 5 Comments

Let me guess how you checked in coverage from the Pro Tour last weekend, which featured the Modern format.   Right? While the Top 8 certainly…

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Insider: The Myth of Making Profits, Revisited

Posted on Dec 13th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 8 Comments

This is what started it all. “Marianne: So how did it go? Me: It was okay. I went 3-1 playing, but I made like $30 trading! Marianne:…

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Insider: Out for the Holidays

Posted on Dec 27th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 2 Comments

Editor's Note: As Corbin is out for the holidays, we're running one of his articles from earlier this year. While the predictions may be dated, it's…

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Insider: The Months Ahead

Posted on Jan 4th, 2013 - By Matthew Lewis - 0 Comments

January The Modern PTQ season is currently in full swing online. On top of that, there is a Legacy MOCS scheduled for early February. Just prior…

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Insider: What to Expect from Shocklands

Posted on Jan 11th, 2013 - By Matthew Lewis - 7 Comments

As a set, it appears that Return to Ravnica (RtR) has found a price bottom in recent weeks. The chart below is an index produced by mtggoldfish.com…

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Buying

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Insider: A Magic Online Move and a M13 Hidden Gem?

Posted on Jul 11th, 2012 - By Chad Havas - 5 Comments

I never thought I'd ever have to say, that the day the angels went away, was the very best day. Not even sure what that means, but I like the sound…

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Insider: Looking Ahead by Looking Back

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 3 Comments

To start, I’m glad my concept of the “dead zone” in Magic (and by extension, Magic finance,) was received so well. Last week I talked about…

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Insider: Where Will All the Fatties Go?

Posted on Aug 16th, 2012 - By Chad Havas - 2 Comments

Standard PTQ season is winding down as we anticipate Return to Ravnica spoilers and From the Vault: Realms. Many of the cards we considered Standard…

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Insider: Izzet True?

Posted on Aug 29th, 2012 - By Chad Havas - 5 Comments

Well, over the weekend, we’ve gotten a full spoiler of the Izzet vs Golgari Duel Decks. What a great way to kick off the excitement into the new…

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Insider: 10 Collection Gems You Didn’t Know Were Valuable

Posted on Aug 30th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 2 Comments

When I wrote about the Dead Zone in Magic finance, one of the things I suggested doing to pass the time was to go through your collection, as well as…

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Insider: Looking Forward, Looking Back (and Valakut!)

Posted on Sep 20th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 7 Comments

Edit: Since I initially composed this article, [card]Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle[/card] has been unbanned in Modern. The easy calls were in the…

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Insider: Corbin’s Return to Ravnica Prerelease Primer

Posted on Sep 27th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 12 Comments

After what seems like an eternity of previews, here we are again! It’s time for my Prerelease Primer (or set review, if you will) that I do for…

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Insider: The Value of Sealed Product

Posted on Oct 4th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 22 Comments

I hope everyone’s Return to Ravnica prerelease was as awesome as mine! I played both Golgari and then Azorious and liked both, though I found I…

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Insider: Reprint Speculation on MTGO

Posted on Oct 19th, 2012 - By Matthew Lewis - 2 Comments

Before the Return to Ravnica (RtR) prerelease weekend, it was anticipated that there would be a small window in which the newest printing of the…

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Insider: Casual Hits from M13 & Return to Ravnica

Posted on Nov 8th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 4 Comments

Quick question. How much is [card]Parallel Lives[/card] worth? How about [card]Adaptive Automaton[/card]? [card]Asceticism[/card]? Chances are,…

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Selling

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Insider: Playing to Your Outs

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2012 - By Chad Havas - 5 Comments

As far as lessons we have to learn while playing Magic going, playing to your outs is one of the most important. Top decks that save games only even…

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Insider: The Pros and Cons of Bulking

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 3 Comments

It seems like the perfect scenario. Your trade partner has some expensive cards you want, whether it’s a Sword or a [card]Bonfire of the…

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Insider: 10 Collection Gems You Didn’t Know Were Valuable

Posted on Aug 30th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 2 Comments

When I wrote about the Dead Zone in Magic finance, one of the things I suggested doing to pass the time was to go through your collection, as well as…

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Insider: The Value of Sealed Product

Posted on Oct 4th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 22 Comments

I hope everyone’s Return to Ravnica prerelease was as awesome as mine! I played both Golgari and then Azorious and liked both, though I found I…

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Insider: My Spec Jumped, Now What?

Posted on Nov 29th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 9 Comments

What are the biggest movers of the last few weeks? While there are a couple, let’s start with one I’ve been on for the last month or so (along…

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Insider: The Next Big Thing

Posted on Dec 6th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 4 Comments

In my job as a sportswriter covering local high schools and University of Oklahoma sports, I’ve found that nearly everything is measured in terms…

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Insider: The Myth of Making Profits, Revisited

Posted on Dec 13th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 8 Comments

This is what started it all. “Marianne: So how did it go? Me: It was okay. I went 3-1 playing, but I made like $30 trading! Marianne:…

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Insider: Just Around the Corner

Posted on Dec 20th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 3 Comments

The first Modern PTQs are three weeks away. I know. It came as a surprise to me too. Under the “traditional” schedule PTQ season runs from…

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Insider: New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on Dec 28th, 2012 - By Matthew Lewis - 6 Comments

It's that time of year where people take stock of their lives and make resolutions about how to improve over the coming year. Your fearless Modo…

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Insider: The Months Ahead

Posted on Jan 4th, 2013 - By Matthew Lewis - 0 Comments

January The Modern PTQ season is currently in full swing online. On top of that, there is a Legacy MOCS scheduled for early February. Just prior…

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Trading

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Insider: Whose Value Are We Talking About, Again?

Posted on Jul 18th, 2012 - By Chad Havas - 6 Comments

This past weekend I had the distinct privilege of working on the Judge staff at San Diego Comic Con for the Magic Events, while also attending a…

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Insider: Looking Ahead by Looking Back

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 3 Comments

To start, I’m glad my concept of the “dead zone” in Magic (and by extension, Magic finance,) was received so well. Last week I talked about…

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Insider: “Way Back” Trade Stacks #2

Posted on Aug 9th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 13 Comments

In case any newer readers don’t know, when I first started writing for this site almost two years ago, every week I would record the trades I made…

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Insider: My Plan to Own GenCon

Posted on Aug 16th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 2 Comments

There is a huge amount of excitement for GenCon this year, with the World Championships along with the FNM championships going on. That does not even…

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Insider: The Pros and Cons of Bulking

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 3 Comments

It seems like the perfect scenario. Your trade partner has some expensive cards you want, whether it’s a Sword or a [card]Bonfire of the…

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Insider: What, oh What, To Do With Our Lands?

Posted on Sep 13th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 7 Comments

Return to Ravnica spoilers are everywhere now, and I want to get this out of the way up front. I think Zombies are insane. It looks 100% to be the…

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Insider: Tricks of the Trade – Thankfulness

Posted on Oct 24th, 2012 - By Gervaise Pechler - 3 Comments

I hope you enjoyed the Pro Tour last weekend. I enjoyed it with friends while playing on Magic Online, doing Sealed Release Events to practice for…

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Insider: Tales From the Floor – SCG Dallas

Posted on Nov 15th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 7 Comments

Finally back in Oklahoma and trying to recover from a crazy weekend! I was actually able to make it to a big event (a rarity for me during the…

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Insider: The Next Big Thing

Posted on Dec 6th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 4 Comments

In my job as a sportswriter covering local high schools and University of Oklahoma sports, I’ve found that nearly everything is measured in terms…

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Insider: The Myth of Making Profits, Revisited

Posted on Dec 13th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 8 Comments

This is what started it all. “Marianne: So how did it go? Me: It was okay. I went 3-1 playing, but I made like $30 trading! Marianne:…

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Doug’s Hidden Treasures

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Taming Tempest

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 8 Comments

Tempest holds a special place for me as a collector and trader. It was the first set where we saw “good” cards that were not just anomalies.…

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Searching Through Stronghold

Posted on Jan 10th, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 2 Comments

Stronghold is a fine set in itself, but it serves best as a unique example of the power and limitations of reprints. Most of the “money cards” in…

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Examining Exodus

Posted on Jan 17th, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 0 Comments

Exodus was a monumental set in a great block, and perhaps its greatest legacy is not any single card – it is the colored rarity symbol. For the…

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Scouring Through Saga

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 7 Comments

Urza's Saga is the first set in one of the financial powerhouse blocks of Magic. Though it was supposed to be themed around enchantments, I reckon…

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Scouring through Saga, Part Two

Posted on Jan 31st, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 2 Comments

This week marks the second half of our exploration into the mammoth trove of valuable cards from Urza's Saga. No other block contains as many solid…

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Looking through Urza’s Legacy

Posted on Feb 7th, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 3 Comments

Hello, and welcome to our exploration of Urza's Legacy! The second set in the Broken Block amped up the power even more for Magic. It was the first…

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Digging through Destiny

Posted on Feb 14th, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 2 Comments

This week brings us to the last part of Urza Block. We'll look at the set's theme of enchantments and their enablers while we go through a big…

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Meandering Through Masques [Free]

Posted on Feb 28th, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 721 Comments

For all the trash talk I gave to Mercadian Masques last week, it's still a pretty good set for traders to make a dime on. It has a few powerhouses…

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Meandering Through Masques, Pt. 2

Posted on Mar 7th, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 1 Comment

Welcome back to our romp through Mercadian Masques! We'll be taking a look at the back end of the set, along with the big-ticket foils in the set.…

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Plodding through Prophecy (yes, there are valuable cards in the set)

Posted on Mar 13th, 2011 - By Douglas Linn - 3 Comments

Prophecy... the set is the butt of jokes about worthless sets. It's like all the good cards were just used up in the previous sets and this is the…

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Magic: The Gathering Online (MTGO)

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The Price Signal: Understanding the MTGO Marketplace

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2011 - By Matthew Lewis - 14 Comments

The MTGO market is the place where buyers and sellers of digital objects meet and interact. Each market participant, or agent, has their own reason…

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Insider: Banned! or How to Make 200 Tix in 5 Minutes [MTGO]

Posted on Nov 8th, 2011 - By Patrick McGregor - 2 Comments

I recently returned home from the Star city Kansas Open, which was a hell of a lot of fun.  I won’t go too deep into how much non-Magic fun I had,…

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The Price Signal: Trade Book Snap Shot

Posted on Feb 9th, 2012 - By Matthew Lewis - 5 Comments

Outlined here are a number of predictions, pickups and positions that I have been taken in the past four months. Described is what originally…

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Insider: Food Chain, Time Spiral MTGO and Getting the Most of your Insider

Posted on May 7th, 2012 - By Douglas Linn - 4 Comments

This week, I'll be hitting on a few topics that are all related with a common thread: they are about pieces of tech and Insider info and how we get…

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MTGO IPA Draft – Name Three Reasons to Incinerate Tickets

Posted on Jun 27th, 2012 - By Ryan Overturf - 2 Comments

Everybody knows that 4-3-2-2 drafts are awful value. The prize pool for them includes one fewer pack than an 8-4 or a swiss draft. Additionally, you…

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Insider: Targeting Real Estate on MTGO

Posted on Jul 27th, 2012 - By Matthew Lewis - 5 Comments

The announcement of the structure of the new Ravnica block has opened up a good speculative opportunity. The first set, Return to Ravnica, will…

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Insider: M13 Release Impacts on the MTGO Market

Posted on Aug 10th, 2012 - By Matthew Lewis - 16 Comments

Looking over historical price trends, one notices that the price bottom for the cards from Mirrodin Besieged (MBS), as represented in the MTGGoldfish…

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Insider: Why MTGO Redemption Matters

Posted on Aug 17th, 2012 - By Matthew Lewis - 9 Comments

An oft-heard complaint about playing Magic online is that you don't actually own anything, even though you're putting money into the game. Cardboard…

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Insider: MTGO Standard Market Snapshot

Posted on Aug 24th, 2012 - By Matthew Lewis - 4 Comments

Something interesting is happening on MTGO. For a few weeks now, Avacyn Restored (AVR) Limited events have been far outpacing Innistrad/Dark…

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Insider: Listening to the Market

Posted on Aug 31st, 2012 - By Matthew Lewis - 6 Comments

Long Term Capital Management (LTCM) was a hedge fund set up in the 1990s that had a financial model designed to identify market discrepancies. Their…

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Set Reviews

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Insider: Digging up the Dark Ascension Set Review

Posted on Mar 30th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 1 Comment

It’s that time again! That time when I look back on my set review and see how I stacked up this time around. I really like writing these articles…

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Insider: Penny Stock Picks with Kelly

Posted on Apr 19th, 2012 - By Douglas Linn - 3 Comments

In the stock market, penny stocks are cheap, probably-junk securities that you get on the hope that they move up a few cents and show you a profit.…

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Miracle or Myth?

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 - By Mike Lanigan - 3 Comments

Avacyn Restored hits the shelves this Friday, and like so many other players I can't wait to unravel its mysteries. At the top of the list of…

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Avacyn Restored’s Impact on Standard

Posted on May 10th, 2012 - By Mike Lanigan - 0 Comments

I’m sure by now that you’ve read a lot about Avacyn Restored. There are a wide variety of articles available about this set, each by a different…

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Insider: Scouring Scars of Mirrodin

Posted on Jul 2nd, 2012 - By Douglas Linn - 3 Comments

It's hard to believe that Scars of Mirrodin is nearly two years old. It's nearing the end of its rotation through Standard and while many of the…

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The Ins and Outs of M13: What Will and Wont Survive Standard Rotation

Posted on Jul 4th, 2012 - By Mark Hinsz - 6 Comments

The entire Magic 2013 set has now been fully released, and we can identify areas where color power levels may change. What will we lose with the…

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M13 Arrives At Last!

Posted on Jul 5th, 2012 - By Mike Lanigan - 1 Comment

The prerelease is here! This is one of the most exciting times for Magic players because we receive the gift of new cards. With new cards come new…

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Musings on Magic 2013 Predictions

Posted on Sep 6th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 2 Comments

It’s that time again! No, I’m not talking about spoilers, although they are coming in quickly now and are awesome. Personally, I’m looking…

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Insider: What, oh What, To Do With Our Lands?

Posted on Sep 13th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 7 Comments

Return to Ravnica spoilers are everywhere now, and I want to get this out of the way up front. I think Zombies are insane. It looks 100% to be the…

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Insider: Corbin’s Return to Ravnica Prerelease Primer

Posted on Sep 27th, 2012 - By Corbin Hosler - 12 Comments

After what seems like an eternity of previews, here we are again! It’s time for my Prerelease Primer (or set review, if you will) that I do for…

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Tyler Tyssedal is the Director of Content at Quiet Speculation and a fan of Food Chain.

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