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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description A Benalish shield
Design Mark Rosewater (lead)
Aaron Forsythe
Ethan Fleischer
Ian Duke
Kelly Digges
Gavin Verhey
Richard Garfield
Development Erik Lauer (co-lead)
Dave Humpherys (co-lead[1])
Alli Medwin
Andrew Brown
Doug Beyer
Ethan Fleischer
Kelly Digges
Ken Nagle
Peter Lee
Ryan Spain
Sam Stoddard
Art direction Mark Winters
Release date April 27, 2018
Plane Dominaria
Themes and mechanics Historic cards (Artifacts, Sagas, as well as legendary permanents and sorceries)
Keywords/​ability words Kicker, Crew
Set size 269 cards
(101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares, 20 basic lands)
+10 Planeswalker deck exclusives
+1 Buy-a-Box promo
Expansion code DOM (also DAR)[2]
Development codename Soup
Core Set 2019 Standard
Ixalan Rivals of Ixalan Dominaria
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Challenger Decks Dominaria Commander Anthology Volume II

Dominaria is the 78th Magic expansion. It was released on April 27, 2018.[3] It is not part of a block.[4]

Set details[ | ]

“  Gather Legends  ”

Dominaria is the first set to follow the Three-and-One Model, which abolished blocks. Richard Garfield was on the design team, for the first time since the original Innistrad set.[4] It contains 269 cards (20 basic lands, 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares), and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Ten additional cards are found in the set's planeswalker decks (2 mythic planeswalkers, 2 rares, 2 uncommons, 2 commons, and 2 common dual lands). These are numbered #270/269 to #279/269. A unique Buy-a-Box promotional card numbered #280/269 is also considered to be part of the set.[5] Nostalgia and legendary creatures are major themes. Each booster contains at least one legendary creature,[5][6][7] though this does not apply to the 8-card booster packs on MTG Arena.[8] The expansion symbol depicts a Benalish shield.[9] Because of its similarity to the Darksteel symbol, the common version has an inverted color scheme (more white than black).[10][11][12][13] As a gimmick, all the names of sets taking place on Dominaria (including Alpha, Beta, Revised, Unlimited and Origins) or Rath (which was overlaid with Dominaria) are mentioned in card names or flavor text.[14] Five of the basic lands feature a tiny silhouette of the Skyship Weatherlight in their art. Starting with Dominaria, Wizards of the Coast applies a new coating method for cards in English booster packs.[15]

A substantial part of the set was accidentally spoiled six weeks before release, when Wizards of the Coast China published the release notes for Dominaria, instead of those for Masters 25.[5][16]

The expansion code of Dominaria is DOM in the Information below the text box, but DAR seems to be used by Wizards as well.[17]

Storyline[ | ]

DOM booster Jaya

Dominaria booster featuring Jaya Ballard

Dominaria is set on the plane of the same name, for the first time since the Time Spiral block (or Magic Origins if sets involving multiple planes are included). Sixty years after the Mending, this world is healing from its wounds. Returning legendary characters are Teferi, Jhoira, Jaya Ballard, and Karn.[18] Dominaria’s story starts right after the events of Hour of Devastation. Gideon and Liliana have arrived on Dominaria following the Gatewatch’s defeat at the hands of Nicol Bolas. Together, they begin a mission to kill Belzenlok, the final demon holding Liliana’s contract.[19]

Phyrexian Scriptures

Dominaria Saga card

Karn's Temporal Sundering

Dominaria Legendary Sorcery card

Teferi Hero of Dominaria

Dominaria Planeswalker card

The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Dominaria are: Broken Bond; Final Parting; Settle the Score and In Bolas's Clutches.[5]

Magic Story[ | ]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (continent or archipelago) Featuring
Return to Dominaria: Episode 1 Martha Wells 2018-03-21 Dominaria Sadage, Needle, Dakkon Blackblade, Belzenlok, Jhoira, Hadi, Ziva, Gideon, Liliana, Nissa, Chandra, Raven Man, Josu Vess, Ana
Return to Dominaria: Episode 2 Martha Wells 2018-03-22 Dominaria Liliana, Raven Man, Belzenlok, Gideon, Josu Vess, Gerrel, Rael, Corin, Thiago
Return to Dominaria: Episode 3 Martha Wells 2018-03-28 Dominaria Jhoira, Ziva, Tiana, Hadi, Tien, Shanna Sisay, Belzenlok, Danitha Capashen, Raff Capashen, Arvad, Ajani
Return to Dominaria: Episode 4 Martha Wells 2018-04-04 Dominaria Tiana, Lyra Dawnbringer, Arvad, Afra, Tien, Hadi, Farim, Mari
Return to Dominaria: Episode 5 Martha Wells 2018-04-11 Dominaria Ajani, Jhoira, Hadi, Tien, Gideon, Liliana, Lyra Dawnbringer, Rael, Thiago, Shanna Sisay, Raff Capashen, Tiana, Arvad, Jodah, Naban, Thom, Arongi
Return to Dominaria: Episode 6 Martha Wells 2018-04-18 Dominaria Teferi, Niambi, Gideon, Jhoira, Raff Capashen, Liliana, Shanna Sisay, Tiana, Arvad
Return to Dominaria: Episode 7 Martha Wells 2018-04-25 Dominaria Teferi, Subira, Kwende, Maket, Akime, Niambi
Return to Dominaria: Episode 8 Martha Wells 2018-05-02 Regatha, Dominaria Chandra, Jaya, Prossh, Baird, Karn, Multani
Return to Dominaria: Episode 9 Martha Wells 2018-05-09 Dominaria Chandra, Jaya, Karn, Multani, Teferi, Gideon, Liliana, Jhoira, Tiana, Shanna Sisay, Arvad, Raff Capashen, Jace
Return to Dominaria: Episode 10 Martha Wells 2018-05-16 Dominaria Slimefoot, Karn, Arvad, Tiana, Shanna Sisay, Raff Capashen, Jhoira, Liliana, Gideon, Teferi, Jaya, Chandra
Return to Dominaria: Episode 11 Martha Wells 2018-05-23 Dominaria Gideon, Liliana, Jhoira, Teferi, Sayrah, Slimefoot, Arvad, Tiana, Yxarit, Iyrgth, Syl-Stalker, Chandra, Raff Capashen, Shanna Sisay, Jaya, Karn, Yargle, Whisper, Belzenlok
Return to Dominaria: Episode 12 Martha Wells 2018-05-30 Dominaria, Ravnica Liliana, Yargle, Shanna Sisay, Arvad, Raff Capashen, Jhoira, Jaya, Tiana, Gideon, Chandra, Radha, Slimefoot, Yxarit, Muldrotha, Belzenlok, Whisper, Teferi, Karn, Urgoros, Nicol Bolas, Jace

Rules changes[ | ]

  • The "Planeswalker redirection rule" is removed. Instead, each relevant card will tell you on the card specifically whether the card dealing direct damage can target planeswalkers. Some older cards will be errata'd to have “player” changed to “player or planeswalker”. Others will refer to "any target".[5][20][21][22][23]
  • As of Dominaria, the use of the term "mana pool" has been discontinued in the card text. Abilities that pertain to mana production will simply refer to the mana type being produced.[5][23]
  • As of Dominaria, Magic uses "they" as the preferred third-person-singular pronoun for a player, replacing "he or she", "him or her" or "his or her.".[5][23]
  • Abilities that modify how a spell behaves on the stack, such as additional costs, now refer to themselves as "this spell" rather than by using their card name.[23]

Marketing[ | ]

DOM White Theme Booster

White Dominaria Theme Booster

Dominaria is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks and the Dominaria bundle. The boosters feature artwork from Karn, Scion of Urza, Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle, Jaya Ballard, Shalai, Voice of Plenty, and artwork of Teferi not used by any card (which was also used in the package in Teferi's planeswalker deck).[24] With the release of Dominaria, Wizards of the Coast began testing a new product at 300 Walmart locations across North America called the “Dominaria Theme Booster”. These contain 35 cards (a variable amount of commons and uncommons, and 1 rare or mythic rare) from a given color or theme. The MSRP is $6.99. By limiting this test to a single large account, WotC hoped to perform a controlled test that allowed them to more efficiently and accurately interpret sales results that would help inform future decisions about this kind of product.[25] Color boosters may contain artifacts, as well. As a test, players in New Zealand were able to get MTG Arena codes inside select Dominaria booster packs, providing Closed Beta access as well as in-game items.[26]

Events[ | ]

Promotional cards[ | ]

Tokens and emblems[ | ]

Dominaria features fourteen tokens and two emblems.[36]

  1. {W} 2/2 Knight creature with vigilance, for Aryel, Knight of Windgrace, Call the Cavalry and History of Benalia.
  2. {W} 2/2 Knight creature with vigilance (alternate art)
  3. {W} 1/1 Soldier creature, for Sergeant-at-Arms and Memorial to Glory
  4. {B} 0/1 Cleric creature, for Rite of Belzenlok
  5. {B} 2/2 Zombie Knight creature with menace, for Josu Vess, Lich Knight
  6. {B} */* Nightmare Horror creature, for Chainer's Torment.
  7. {B} 6/6 Demon creature with flying, trample, and "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice another creature, if you don't, this creature deals 6 damage to you." for Rite of Belzenlok
  8. {R} 3/1 Elemental creature with trample and haste, for Valduk, Keeper of the Flame.
  9. {R} 1/1 Goblin creature, for Siege-Gang Commander.
  10. {R} 4/4 Legendary Dragon creature with flying named Karox Bladewing, for Verix Bladewing.
  11. {G} 1/1 Saproling creature, for Deathbloom Thallid, Fungal Infection, Fungal Plots, Saproling Migration, Spore Swarm, Verdant Force, Slimefoot, the Stowaway and Yavimaya Sapherd.
  12. {G} 1/1 Saproling creature (alternate art)
  13. {G} 1/1 Saproling creature (alternate art)
  14. {C} 0/0 Construct artifact creature with "This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control," for Karn, Scion of Urza.
  15. Emblem for Jaya Ballard
  16. Emblem for Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Verix Bladewing features a new template for creating tokens with names. "Create Karox Bladewing, a legendary 4/4 red Dragon creature token with flying" is functionally identical to the text "create a legendary 4/4 red Dragon creature token with flying named Karox Bladewing."

Themes and mechanics[ | ]

History is the major theme for Dominaria,[37] examplified by a significant number of legendary creatures and other legendary permanents. There is also a tribal theme for the Wizards, with several cards costing less when you control a Wizard.[38] A minor Knight tribal theme was taken from the never completed second Dominaria set, codenamed Salad.[39]

The set debuts legendary sorcery cards that capture extraordinary moments from main characters' pasts.[40] These powerful spells can only be cast while you control a legendary creature or planeswalker.

The set sees the return of kicker, a keyword ability that allows the player to pay an extra cost for a bonus effect.[40] Kicker was first featured in the Invasion block and last seen in the Zendikar block. Crew is used for the Weatherlight Vehicle.[4]

Dominaria introduces "Hexproof from [quality]" as a variant of the hexproof ability.[40] "Hexproof from black" means "This permanent can't be the target of black spells your opponents' control or abilities of black sources your opponents' control." It also introduces "equip [quality] creature" as a variant on equip. For example, "equip legendary creature" means "this equip activated ability can only target a legendary creature."

Double is a keyword action formally introduced for Grunn, the Lonely King.

Dominaria features the following limited archetypes:[41][42]

Card types[ | ]

The set introduces a new enchantment subtype: Saga.[40][43] Each Saga tells the story of a key event from the past as it unfolds during each of the player's turns. As the Saga enters the battlefield and after the player's draw step, that player adds a lore counter, which triggers the appropriate chapter ability. Once all abilities have been triggered (for Sagas introduced in Dominaria, each has exactly three), the Saga is then sacrificed. Saga cards have a special vertically-aligned frame treatment.[44] The rules text with the three chapter abilities is on the left side, and the art is on the right side.

Historic is a new game term that refers to a card that has the legendary supertype, the artifact card type, or the Saga enchantment type.[40][45] Some abilities trigger "whenever you cast a historic spell."

Jaya is the newest planeswalker subtype. Returning creature types, typical for Dominaria, are Homarids, Kavu, Thrulls and sapient Apes.

Card frame[ | ]

Counter types[ | ]

Cycles[ | ]

Dominaria has nine cycles:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
MMM creatures Benalish Marshal Tempest Djinn Dread Shade Goblin Chainwhirler Steel Leaf Champion
A cycle of powerful rare creatures that cost three mana of their respective colors.
Legendary sorceries Urza's Ruinous Blast Karn's Temporal Sundering Yawgmoth's Vile Offering Jaya's Immolating Inferno Kamahl's Druidic Vow
A cycle of rare legendary sorceries. Primevals' Glorious Rebirth is a multicolored card of the same type.
Rare Sagas Fall of the Thran The Antiquities War Rite of Belzenlok The First Eruption The Mending of Dominaria
A cycle of rare Sagas. The Mirari Conjecture is the sixth, but the only Saga where the in-universe text is not quoted elsewhere.
Uncommon Sagas Triumph of Gerrard Time of Ice Chainer's Torment The Flame of Keld Song of Freyalise
A cycle of uncommon Sagas. The Eldest Reborn is the sixth, with its novel source being the newest, the only one from the Time Spiral era.
Memorials Memorial to Glory (Gerrard) Memorial to Genius (Urza) Memorial to Folly (Gerrard and Urza) Memorial to War (Karona) Memorial to Unity (Eladamri)
A cycle of uncommon utility taplands that can be sacrificed for an additional ability. They depict monuments to characters from Dominaria's past.[46]
Mythic Legends Lyra Dawnbringer Naru Meha, Master Wizard Demonlord Belzenlok Verix Bladewing Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar
A cycle of mono-colored mythic rare legendary creatures.
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W}
Allied draft archetype legends Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage (Historic Fliers) Rona, Disciple of Gix (Historic Control) Garna, the Bloodflame (Sacrifice Aggro) Hallar, the Firefletcher (Kicker Ramp) Shanna, Sisay's Legacy (Go wide)
A cycle of uncommon allied colored legendary creatures, each representing a draft archetype.[47]
Cycle name {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Enemy draft archetype legends Arvad the Cursed ("Legendary matters") Adeliz, the Cinder Wind (Wizard Tempo) Slimefoot, the Stowaway (Saproling Tribal) Tiana, Ship's Caretaker (Auras and Equipment) Tatyova, Benthic Druid (Value and Ramp)
A cycle of uncommon enemy colored legendary creatures, each representing a draft archetype.[47]
Enemy check lands Isolated Chapel Sulfur Falls Woodland Cemetery Clifftop Retreat Hinterland Harbor
A cycle of rare lands that tap for two colors of mana and enter the battlefield tapped unless you control a land of one of the two associated types.[48] Originally printed in Innistrad.

Pairs[ | ]

Dominaria has six mirrored pairs.

Mirrored Pairs Description
Academy Journeymage
Ghitu Journeymage
3/2 Wizard creatures with an enters the battlefield triggered ability
Knight of Grace
Knight of Malice
Knights with a mana cost of {1}M , power/toughness of 2/2, first strike and hexproof from the other's color.
Wizard's Retort
Wizard's Lightning
(Lightning Bolt)
Instants that are cheaper to cast if you control a Wizard. In that case, they are functionally identical to classic spells.
Caligo Skin-Witch
Ghitu Chronicler
Human Wizards with a mana cost of {1}M, power/toughness of 1/3, and a kicker cost of {3}M.
Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood
Shalai, Voice of Plenty
Legendary creatures with activated ablities that are off-color, going in opposite directions on the color wheel.
On Serra's Wings
In Bolas's Clutches
Legendary Aura spells that make the enchanted creature also legendary, and have names that mirror each other

Reprinted cards[ | ]

Dominaria First Seen Last Seen
Aesthir Glider Alliances Anthologies
Divination Magic 2010 Conspiracy: Take the Crown
Fire Elemental Alpha Magic 2013
Gaea's Blessing Weatherlight Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis
Gilded Lotus Mirrodin From the Vault: Twenty
Gideon’s Reproach Battle for Zendikar Battle for Zendikar
Goblin Warchief Scourge Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning
Icy Manipulator Alpha Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas
Juggernaut Alpha Eternal Masters
Llanowar Elves Alpha Eternal Masters
Nature's Spiral Magic 2010 Magic 2011
Opt Invasion Ixalan
Rescue Urza's Destiny Urza's Destiny
Serra Angel Alpha Iconic Masters
Siege-Gang Commander Scourge Eternal Masters
Skirk Prospector Onslaught Vintage Masters
Tragic Poet Urza's Legacy Urza's Legacy
Verdant Force Tempest Commander 2015
Isolated Chapel Innistrad Innistrad
Woodland Cemetery Innistrad Innistrad
Hinterland Harbor Innistrad Innistrad
Sulfur Falls Innistrad Innistrad
Clifftop Retreat Innistrad Innistrad
Meandering River Oath of the Gatewatch Amonkhet
Timber Gorge Oath of the Gatewatch Amonkhet

Rare to uncommon[ | ]

Uncommon to common[ | ]

Functional reprints[ | ]

Card comparisons[ | ]

Preconstructed decks[ | ]

Dominaria features two planeswalker decks:[49]

deck name
Colors Included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Teferi W U Teferi, Timebender
Chandra R G Chandra, Bold Pyromancer

Notable cards[ | ]

  • Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain is a blue-red creature that cares about artifacts, fulfilling a popular request by Commander players.[50]
  • Lich's Mastery is an alternate-loss card.
  • Weatherlight is one of the few cards having the same name as an expansion. Now a vehicle, each individual crew member can crew it on their own, except for its stowaway, who can do this with a Saproling token.
  • Mox Amber was nearly the first Mox printed that was able to pass through Standard without significant impact, after Mox Opal, Chrome Mox and Mox Diamond all proved too powerful. Alas, Kethis, the Hidden Hand arriving in Magic 2020 meant that it had a brief seasonal stint as the linchpin of a powerful combo deck that later caused Kethis to be banned in Pioneer as a precaution.
  • Goblin Chainwhirler is an efficient red creature with a mass 1-toughness removal ETB effect. It became a staple for Standard, its triple Red mana cost being so restraining and iconic that the premier deck of the format was known as Chainwhirler Red.
  • Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is a 5-costed blue-white planeswalker with 4 starting loyalty that has every quintessential planeswalker requirement - unconditional card advantage, targeted removal, and a game-ending ultimate - with the cherry on top that the positive loyalty ability untaps two lands, resulting in a net three-mana planeswalker. It proved to be so powerful that it was an automatic staple for control decks during its standard lifespan and continues to see play in UW decks in formats up to Modern. It was often used as the finisher of choice in combination with Approach of the Second Sun from Amonkhet and later in Nexus of Fate decks.

Callbacks[ | ]

Many cards reference past cards and places from past blocks set on Dominaria.

Main article: Dominaria/Trivia

References[ | ]

  1. Dave Humpherys (April 3, 2018). "Designing Dominaria's History". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Information below the text box
  3. Wizards of the Coast (June 14, 2017). "25th Anniversery Announcement Day". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b c Mark Rosewater (Mark Rosewater). "Returning Home". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b c d e f g Dominaria Release Notes
  6. Mark Rosewater (April 22, 2018). ""The legendary creature appears in the slot of its rarity. If you get a rare legendary creature, that’s your rare for the pack."". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater (April 22, 2018). "What's throwing people off about the "Legend slot"". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  8. No guaranteed Legendary in packs feels wrong to the theme of the set. (Reddit)
  9. Mark Rosewater (April 20, 2018). "What does the Dominaria expansion symbol represent?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  10. Mark Rosewater (March 23, 2018). "What's the reason for the common set symbol color change in Dominaria?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  11. Mark Rosewater (March 30, 2018). "Wish commons would keep a black set symbol!". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  12. Mark Rosewater (April 22, 2018). "So, why was the common symbol colour changed?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  13. Mark Rosewater (May 14, 2018). "Odss & Ends: Dominaria". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Chocorojo and Kelly Digges on Twitter
  15. Tim O'Hara (April 17, 2018). "A Commitment to Excellence". Wizards of the Coast
  16. Blake Rasmussen (March 8, 2018). "Dominaria Leak". Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Wizards of the Coast (September 10, 2020). "Cards From the List". Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Product information
  19. Martha Wells (March 21, 2018). "Return to Dominaria, Episode 1". Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Aaron Forsythe on Twitter
  21. Mark Rosewater (October 07, 2017). "What planeswalker redirection rule change?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  22. Mark Rosewater (March 07, 2018). "How soon will we see the planeswalker redirection rule change implemented?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  23. a b c d e f Aaron Forsythe (March 21, 2018). "Dominaria Frame, Template and Rules Changes". Wizards of the Coast.
  24. (picture)
  25. Dominaria Themed Boosters Found at Walmart (Reddit)
  26. How To Redeem a Code On MTG Arena
  27. Gavin Verhey (April 16, 2018). "Dominiaria Prerelease Primer". Wizards of the Coast.
  28. a b Blake Rasmussen (March 22, 2018). "The Promos of Dominaria". Wizards of the Coast.
  29. a b WPN Standard Showdown
  30. Blake Rasmussen (March 21, 2018). "Dominaria Buy-A-Box Pre-Order Promotion". Wizards of the Coast.
  31. Firesong and Sunspeaker sets a dangerous precedent. (Reddit)
  32. "Wizards decided to stop producing mechanically unique cards outside of booster packs." (Reddit)
  33. About the exclusive buy a box promo thing.... (Reddit)
  34. Blake Rasmussen responding to criticism on Twitter
  35. Blake Rasmussen (February 5, 2018). "Friday Night Magic Nontoken Promo Cards Return With Dominaria". Wizards of the Coast.
  36. Blake Rasmussen (April 12, 2018). "The Tokens of Dominaria". Wizards of the Coast.
  37. Mark Rosewater (March 13, 2018). ""If your theme isn't at common, it isn't your theme"?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  38. Mark Rosewater (April 16, 2018). "Stories from Dominaria, Part 1". Wizards of the Coast.
  39. Mark Rosewater (May 28, 2018). "Odds & Ends: Dominaria, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.
  40. a b c d e Matt Tabak (March 21, 2018). "Dominaria mechanics". Wizards of the Coast.
  41. SEV8 (April 16, 2018), "The Limited Archetypes of Dominaria". MTGSalvation
  42. Marshall Sutcliffe (April 24, 2018). "A Whirlwind Tour of the Archetypes of Dominaria". Wizards of the Coast.
  43. Mark Rosewater (May 7, 2018). "The Saga of Sagas". Wizards of the Coast.
  44. Aaron Forsythe (March 12, 2018). "On Dominaria Previews and Moving Forward". Wizards of the Coast.
  45. Mark Rosewater (April 9, 2018). "A Historic Story". Wizards of the Coast.
  46. Chas Andres (April 4, 2018). "Memorializing Dominaria". Wizards of the Coast.
  47. a b Marshall Sutcliffe (April 24, 2018). "A Whirlwind Tour of the Archetypes of Dominaria". Wizards of the Coast.
  48. Melissa DeTora (April 6, 2018). "A Look Into STandard Mana Bases". Wizards of the Coast.
  49. (picture)
  50. Mark Rosewater (April 23, 2018). "Stories from Dominaria, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.

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