Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Teppen's Latest Card Pack Brings RiCO to the Game

The final act of Teppen's "War of the Goddess" trilogy is due on March 1st and it brings a new card pack called "Defying the Light". As always, there's plenty of amazing artwork to look forward to. But this time is special. Rockman X DiVE's very own navigator, RiCO, is jumping from the Deep Log to the Land of Illusion!

Find all the details after the break!



Following the official website preview of this new card pack published a few days ago, the news broke during today's Teppen Headline.

RiCO will join Teppen on March 1st in the form of at least two cards with another extra card expected to arrive in April (pictured above) when new supplemental cards will be released.

This marks the third time RiCO has appeared in a game outside of Rockman X DiVE. She first appeared as a playable character in Tower of Saviors and later was part of the crossover story in Shironeko Project.




What's more? RiCO isn't the only thing Mega Man fans can look forward. Mac from Mega Man X3 will star in a few cards, X will wield Zero's Buster, and the modified Death Rogumer will fly the skies again, among other surprises.

As always, we'll bring you all the card artwork and flavor text when the time is right! Meanwhile, let us know what you think. Do you fancy X and Zero's Teppen designs will be playable in Rockman X DiVE one day?

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  1. We may be getting closer to seeing RiCO in canon.

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    1. Wouldn't work without retconing her character completely.
      Would rather see Nana return anyway.

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    2. I don't know much about Rico's character. Just saw her in one video a long time ago acting cute around the time she was introduced. Also I doubt she will be in an X9. Most likely it would be Alia (almost surely) and likely Pallette and Layer. Pallette will probably appear more mature and womanly, like how Alia evolved to have a more womanly body and face, depending on how much time passes between X8 and X9.

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    3. My peripheral understanding is RiCO exists in an either an alternate or the real world while X and co are only data treated as video game characters in that world. Or some such stupid bullshit. So yea, they would have to come up with an entirely different story for her.

      But like Sprite says, X9 ain't happening so it's moot. I think that is a safe bet, at this point.

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    4. If X9 isn't happening, which has to be demonstrated in any case, that means that capcom went back on its word about if MM11 and X collections did well, X9 would come out. why am I not surprised? I guess selling well isn't good enough. Maybe we should in fact blame Dive. The only real reason I followed all this was because when MM11 came out, it was supposed to be a big revival. But I guess the main timeline and thus real MM is dead, and funny all the hype about a 2022 MM game, which also has to be demonstrated. I guess then that Protodude should just close this all down and not report all this useless stuff lately. Nothing to celebrate. LOL to the fact the celebrate MM anniversaries, as if there is nothing to celebrate for years now.

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    5. X9 isn't happening because that would be one of many smart decisions Capcom can make. Always bet on stupid. Whatever they are doing (if that is even still a thing, I'm not convinced) is gonna be something out of left field. Because stupid.

      They are too busy milking Resident Evil, Street Fighter and Monster Hunter anyway to care. Also, keep an eye on Capcom Taiwan. I imagine they will be having some real big problems this year. We shall see, but it doesn't look good.

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    6. Well if they want to lose fans, they can keep that shit up. The only reason I'm here is in hope of some main time line continuations.

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    7. Then how would one explain 11? It's one thing to dismiss it as "too conservative", but another to not consider it for the future at all.

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    8. 11's in the past. I'm just guessing what's in the immediate future. But in all honesty, it would be great to be proven wrong.

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    9. Because MM11 did it right and introduced new stuff without destroying what MM is supposed to play like or be, and felt like an actual sequel, was a sequel, story too, and gameplay was similar enough, like most games in the whole main timeline, like comparing MM4 to MM3 with a new charge shot, or X to Zero series (very similar still but with nice differences and continuing the story) or 2D X games and I would argue even X7 (it is ok, but could be better and play better, which X8 fixed a lot of). Like all MM games should, like they always did in the 90s and even in the 2000s in the main time line (most of the time). Dive, Command Mission, MM soccer, MM racing, Super Adventure Rockman, and games like that aren't the same and I never even touched those aside from CM, but took CM back. Never touched lame looking Battle Network or Star Force either and I remember when it came out in the 2000s and even the Battle Network cartoon of it. All Dive is is let's rack up points, minigames, not tied to the story, and silly DLC to keep making money from the desperate. A Gacha is not how Megaman plays. A game that is just a collection of minigames is not how MM plays. A story mode platformer is how a MM game plays. Also not reusing characters and assets from older MM games and dressing them up. How is playing dress up relevant to MM?

      I even watched a video of you fighting the Dive version of Final Sigma W. All I saw was points pop up for each hit, then it ended, no explosion, no dialog. How lame. Also makes no sense story-wise since he is long gone. Iris is long gone too. She won't be coming back. so it makes no sense for all these to appear here. Just fan service. Sorry, it isn't how MM is supposed to be. It is not rocket science and shouldn't have to be explained unless one has no experience playing MM and started with this. How about more go play actual MM and experience that instead. Many here probably have, but I bet any in the world have not and just played only Dive.

      I don't have to even play dive to know I won't like it. I watched it on youtube and read a bit about it, and it being made for a phone is an automatic lose for me anyways, even if it is on steam now. The effects and explosions look like crap, which is typical for any mobile game. I wonder why the PSP and mobile phones are so lousy at special effects and explosions in a game. Maverick Hunter X had horrible boss explosions. The way sigma's first form exploded in the SNES MMX was better vs than the way his first form exploded in MHX. I did like MHX, except I did not like it on a small screen or no gamepad (I could probably emulate it though if I wanted, but it is not canon now). I prefer its better graphics over the original and normal enemy explosions were ok, but it needs those graphics made for a big screen.

      Also be better quality make MM games for the big screen and a gamepad. Compare this formula for to all classic games, even most MMX games, Zero, etc. It doesn't care to the formula of battle network, silliness, CM, dive, MM soccer, and other side nonsense. Is that so hard to see? I start to think many playing dive never played most oft he main timeline games and don't know what they are missing by the way many defend dive. Sad. Age isn't an excuse not to have played them because we can buy the collections today or use emulation. You don't have to be as old as myself or Shrap to experience it.

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    10. Also yeah. let's hope they do continue the main timeline and an X9, despite people saying it won't happen. Maybe Capcom should read this thread so they know what we all want. MM11 and collection sold well, so what's the excuse not to do X9 or others? I thought they said X9 would depend on those successes, so why not?

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    11. The only thing I didn't like about MHX is they did Dr. Cain dirty. They changed his story too much.

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    12. About continuing the old timeline, I get the feeling they may want to partially reset the timeline instead, with all the fanservice to certain specific games about, especially given Iris has had fanservice going back to Project X Zone. The timeline as it stands has a ton of things that wouldn't fly today; be they Early Installment Weirdness, Values Dissonance, or Voodoo Sharks, among others. While not as Voodoo Shark-tastic as Sonic 4 and onwards, the X series timeline still has a ton of problems. X4, even if Iwamoto put it better than the games did, is a Shaggy Dog Story no matter how you look at it, and gets shaggier and shaggier with every game. Why didn't Zero terminate Axl on the spot, knowing the heartbreak Repliforce (and the Nightmare Investigators) ensured? If Doppler could somehow shrug off the virus after a pummeling, why was this never considered again? Why did nobody think of using Iris as a bargaining chip to put Zero on their side? When in X5, when they say that Repliforce have become Maverick, are they still falsely accused, or have they become genuine Mavericks? In Zero 2, is Colonel being lumped in with Vile an example of Neo Arcadia's draconian cruelty or is it an indication Repliforce really were as nasty as him? Why does Colonel fight X twice, making all that suffering for nothing? How can Vile come back after being OBLITERATED UNDERWATER, yet apparently IC Chip damage is too much for certain other Reploids? If the Rebellion's names were cleared, did the same happen to Repliforce?

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    13. They had the chance with Maverick Hunter/Irregular Hunter X to play with the timeline. If they wanted they have multiple 3D assets now for X2 and the others. If Capcom were smart, they would take those assets, remix them and do Maverick Hunter X2. Drop it on all console systems for like $15-20 bucks. It wouldn't be as trapped as MHX was on just the PSP, would likely sell better, and they can try again. Ideally, they would leave the canon alone, and just spruce it up a bit like in the first MHX. MHX didn't violate canon, all it did was add to it, EXCEPT for Dr. Cain, which may or may not be a thing depending. All they have to do is include Dr. Cain in MHX2 and explain how.

      But... This is Capcom we are talking about. They aren't even smart enough to put Gi wearing Dr. Light in Street Fighter's PLETHORA of DLC. A no brainer, if you ask me. They also aren't smart enough to add the option of renaming a fighter in their fighting game to match the cameo skin, i.e, Zero -> X in MvC3. Another no brainer if they thought ahead... I am pretty sure Injustice was able to do that with Green Lantern. It's like a new character with almost none of the work.

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    14. As far as I'm concerned, only the main timeline and its sequels is Megaman. Everything else is something else. If it is not the main timeline and attached to the actual story, it may as well not be called Megaman, like how MN9 was its own thing. If they can't bother to keep making real MM, they may as well admit it and stop misleading fans into thinking they will. I'm only here for MM, not all this side nonsense.

      How is it that despite selling the collections and MM11 so well, they have no motivation to make more, even after saying they would if it sold well? Just proves in life, profit isn't everything, even for a company that is entered around profit, I guess. Maybe just lazy and want to troll real fans? The fact that even put it on mobile vs the big screen comes across as being lazy, like when they were dumb enough to try and put a Legends 3 on 3DS (I'm happy that did not happen; that was probably why it was canned because no one wants it on a lazy cheap quality hand held). I would just emulate it then. I'm not buying a hand held just to play one game and looking at a tiny ass screen to play a game or watch a show, and I prefer putting it on my PC choosing any controller I want.

      Is it me of are people's standards these days decline, not just in food, but in how they watch and play games? who in the right mind would be content only watching and playing on a tiny screen. Can't take advantage of hi-res on such a small device anyways. I tell others that and they agree it is dumb to only watch show and play games on a small screen. sorry, kind of pisses me off and feel the need to rant. It ruins it for us who want more released on the big screen in a resolution made for the big screen. Not only do I think many are being stupid being pleased being stuck on a tiny screen, but that encourages companies not to make things for big screens, and that hurts us all, just like when they discontinue a food product we like, like many restaurants have been doing lately or some items at the store the past 10 years (Can't even find a red baron taco pizza anymore and that was before this pandemic). Like how Izzy's pizza here in Oregon ended. That needs to stop, else just release the recipe so we an all can make it at home or from a 3D printer someday or something. No reason we should all suffer just because not enough people are buying enough of it. then those who want it lose out with no other way to produce it.

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    15. "Why didn't Zero terminate Axl on the spot, knowing the heartbreak Repliforce (and the Nightmare Investigators) ensured?"

      Because he came across as innocent and explained himself + no desire to fight Zero or X. Repliforce and other not only challenged them but fought to the death (unlike Dynamo who knew went to stop and retreat).

      "If Doppler could somehow shrug off the virus after a pummeling, why was this never considered again? "

      I always thought General did get infected and shrugged it off after he exploded yet survived. Maybe the explosion cleanses Doppler somehow? That combined with how badly infected they are. If badly infected like Gate was, if the reploid somehow survives the explosion, it may not help. Also it was explained in X6 by Alia when a professor Jim (I think he was called), was infected, he managed to control himself.

      "Why did nobody think of using Iris as a bargaining chip to put Zero on their side?"

      Maybe no one knew if he cared much about her. He did not show his feelings until she died in his arms. Also Zero being put on the enemy's side wasn't the goal in X4, and he may not even go along with the coercion regardless. It took massive infection in X5 to even get him that way.

      "When in X5, when they say that Repliforce have become Maverick, are they still falsely accused, or have they become genuine Mavericks?"

      Maybe after being accused, they started acting maverick. They were attacking places after being deemed maverick, as mentioned about those 8 maverick bosses (Jet Stingray and Slash Beast were mentioned too, I think, even though 2 bosses (Cyber Peacock, Split Mushroom) were posers who knew, like Double, what was going on behind the scenes. Dragoon has the maverick emblem because he outright became maverick and defected. They also have the Sigma maverick emblem in their health bars while others have the Repliforce emblem.


      "In Zero 2, is Colonel being lumped in with Vile an example of Neo Arcadia's draconian cruelty or is it an indication Repliforce really were as nasty as him?"

      Or just fan service and random trash that Phoenix was using. Besides, after being accusedf, like I said, that was when Repliforce said hell with it, and started attacking things. Being accusses is what drove em to act the oart for their own independence and security. So they did become maverickjin the end.

      "Why does Colonel fight X twice, making all that suffering for nothing?"

      What suffering? He just escaped like some do to fight another day. Had things to do, probably, but fought to the death when X or Zero was endangering their escape to space.

      "How can Vile come back after being OBLITERATED UNDERWATER, yet apparently IC Chip damage is too much for certain other Reploids? If the Rebellion's names were cleared, did the same happen to Repliforce?"

      Same as Zero. Some parts were collected probably beforehand, like in MHX, if you play as Vile, you get killed by X and Zero, Sigma appears and orders Vile to be retrieved. Aside from that, you can revive reploids if you somehow get their DNA soul from cyberspace, no control chip required. Maybe sigma used the virus and its ties to cyberspace to bring back each of the 8 bosses you fight again in each X game, or how Dr Vile brings back reploids. You don't need their bodies once society discovered DNA souls and revives them that way.

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    16. Axl's not an "innocent".
      That probably more the same problem we all have: bureaucracy. The hunters weren't like Street Judges. They had a hierarchy and followed orders from up top, which reorganized at least twice. More like the police, I think. That's why Axl was taken into custody.

      Sigmas 8 bosses are probably just soulless husks when revived, like in MHX.

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    17. Okay, but still. It's a little weird future and past games never did that symbol thing except a few cases.

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    18. Axl's not an "innocent".

      Did Axl try to fight Zero and X or to the death? No, he surrendered and explained himself. If only others deemed mavericks, instead of fighting (Assuming non-infected and in control) disarmed and allowed themselves to be taken into custody, they too would not have been killed on the spot. Even Vile was arrested before being broken breaking out by Sigma. No, most want to fight X and Zero vs being smart and surrendering and coming quietly. That is why Axl did not get killed, obviously. If repliforce did what X said and disarmed and cam back to HQ quietly, they would still be alive. But no, they wanted to be stupid and think they stood a chance against X and Zero and not act logically.

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    19. Some health bars are just a skull. I figure that could represent Wily or just the virus in is original form without Sigma. Both variants are likely both around, or the original still in Zero all this time allowing Wily's viral self to communicate with him more strongly and more control into Zero, hence in X5, more virus infection = more Wily influence to control Zero's body when Wily told him to get up and wake up after the shuttle crashed in the Zero Maverick path, and how X said he felt something more evil than Sigma within Zero before battle, as if Wily was possessing him when that Viral aura was over Zero, then later shares bodies with Final Sigma W. Or else skull can mean no allegiance at other times.

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    20. Gary... Axl was a mercenary killing reploids in the opening. He may not be evil, per se, but he ain't innocent. I am pretty sure Red Alert was never sanctioned and were more like vigilantes.

      I am not sure X and Zero have the authority to kill at a whim. Hunters have rules and are always sortied to combat situations.

      They shown actual revived mavericks being brain dead. It probably isn't the virus, and the virus itself isn't needed when a simpler explanation is probable. The shown Launch Octopus on auto pilot...

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    21. He comes across that way. The way he talks and whines though comes across a child-like innocence. Innocent more so than other typical mavericks. Compare him to Vile or High Max or even That shark reploid maverick in X6. Innocent or not though, he did not challenge X and Zero and he surrendered like a good reploid. That is probably why he was not terminated.

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    22. In the dialog in some games, each of the 8 bosses were given chances to surrender, even in X6, but refused.

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    23. And another thing about the "Virus" that really bugs me, now that I think about it. The Virus has been associated as a catch all for every Reploid, ignoring the ones who chose to rebel vs become infected. I don't believe every Maverick is infected. That makes Zero sense, pun intended.

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    24. Virus seems to be the main cause though, but yeah, surely not the only cause.

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    25. @shrap
      the virus was the main cause in only three games - X3, X5 and X7. though i'd also add X8, the game doesn't explicitly much on the matter. for Maverick Hunter X, it's definitely not the virus, as there's nothing in the game that implies the virus even exists in the game's story, and same goes for X1, X2, X4 and X6.

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    26. I'd argue Gate was good and infected, at least.
      I don't think the virus was a factor in X8 since supposedly they chose to become maverick.

      X3, X5 for sure. Don't know about X7. CM its not either.

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    27. The virus was in all new gen reploids and part of the reason they turned, regardless of what they said. It is obvious they were infected, like sigma who was said to be immune but still was changed evil by the virus. It isn't like only some new gens choose to go maverick. They all did, as if infected and somewhat controlled, even Lumine's eyes turned red, indicating infection. The clue are as clear as day. But in the case of Sigma, they turned evil but not totally controlled by the virus, just a little controlled. So it still changes them, they just keep some mental faculties and reasoning ability like Sigma.

      Look at the viral tentacle coming out of Lumine, as if Sigma gave most of his viral self to him. The tentacle was a highly concentrated form of the virus, thus in a solid form. Part of that virus when into Axl's head at the end. That would also explain why sigma may not be coming back. He embedded most of his viral self in all those copy chips, deluding it so much he cannot restore himself. I came to that conclusion realized this way back in 2008. The virus clearly plays a part in every X game, at least to some extent. Wily's viral form, on the other hand, seemingly only in X2, X5, and X6.

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    28. Sorry, I mean way back in 2004, not 2008. Sadly we have no edit button here.

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    29. Well, both points of view are pure speculation as very little of it is explicitly said or documented. Fan theory and speculation isn't canon, just a fun distraction.

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    30. I can safely say they became evil because of the virus, like why Sigma did. It amplified his desires of supremacy and go all out evil vs just being a rebel. We know copy reploids are carriers of Sigma DNA by default and likely the virus too. No reason to think otherwise, especially when we see that tentacle and eyes glowing red in Lumine, just like we saw with Gate when he got severely infected, and then even a purple shard of the virus in his broken energon crystal cavity. The game does not have to get super detailed; anyone who knows the story and X can see it; just like we know Wily is integrated with the virus and possessing avatars, even leaving Isoc body with his disembodied voice telling Zero he is the strongest, like he did in X4 and X5, like a kind of ghost like Light.

      Also we know the virus is in the games. No reason why it wouldn't be in X8, Alia even saying their are dark forces at work behind the scene, and X and Zero saying they could feel Sigma (they feel the virus' evil energy, like in X5). Else we should not be seeing 'all' new gens going maverick; just a few here and there rebelling while most don't, even Redips in CM did the same and he was a copy reploid. It's pretty obvious that there is something darker here than just a choice, like how Sigma got infected. If Sigma is in the game, the virus is by default in any case, just like he took control of red alert 8 generals with the virus (reprogrammed them) because he got off on using coercion against Red vs infecting him too. Maybe X4 had the least infections occurring though and was mostly Repliforce feeling forced to, though we can safely say Double was infected, even having the purple aura and liquid viral looking substance, and that personality.

      Odd it is called awakening, the new gen reploids awaken. I guess Sigma transferred most of the virus to Lumine and with Sigma's death, it was intended that Lumine would now become the virus instead, or just with Sigma's consciousness no longer tied to the virus, all the new gens virus awakens in them? That last part is purely speculation.

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    31. In X2, the virus was said to be broadcasted around the world with that Magna Centipede super computer, but even in the collections description, the goal was to even turn destroyed robots in the junk yard into mavericks. Also: https://megaman.fandom.com/wiki/Sigma_Virus#Mega_Man_X2. Mentions X8 too. In X1, the world didn't know about it yet. Before X1, it came from Zero spreading it around before being found in the cave, and some reploids going crazy and being criminals. It was enough an issue to form the maverick hunters, so I wouldn't be surprised if at least 'some' reploids were infected in X1, especially since Sigma himself is in every X game directly, maybe at first not even knowing he was or could infect others. But yeah, the virus was probably not conceived of when X1 came out. X4 seems to be the game with the least infections along with X1. X6 is mostly the nightmare, but Gate was infected badly and that drew the attention of Wily and him using the virus like puppet strings attached somewhat, so he also used his Isoc avatar body possessing it through his viral self to make things, admitting he was building the nightmare for Gate, probably behind the scenes influencing Gate to create Nightmare, High Max, even bringing back Zero, and perhaps influence Gate to bring back Sigma, who never died or needed his help anyways since he would come back anyways. Drawing attention to Gate so Isoc/Wily could work behind the scenes. Wily then left that Isoc puppet body behind when the plan was in the process of failing after Gate lost, and his essence moved on elsewhere; from an outside perspective, looking like the erasure incident, but what no one knew was it was Wily possessing a reploid body that never belonged to a real reploid and he left it at will, the virus letting him act like a kind of ghost. Also notice that Serges and Isoc bodies have the reddest eyes, probably reflecting Wily's evil. They are red as can be, and while Isoc is an empty shell and the disembodied Wily voice called ?? leaves it and talks to Zero, you see the eyes of the Isoc body being transparent and empty, as if to indicate even the eyes housed his viral self (the red itself being some of that energy emanating from the eyes).

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  3. RiCO will be in X9. Mark my words.

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  4. Those artworks are pretty stunning. Ngl, Rico is the only XDive character I would accept becoming canon. Her personality just needs an overhaul and she'll be good to go.

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    1. The other characters are explicitly designed to not look like X characters, so I doubt they would canonize them

      That aside, I also don't see much reason for them to do that with RiCO

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