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Долгожданное Интервью с NAVI illias

January 26, 2020

We tried so hard but it wasn’t enough… Now go on and watch the replay… – Go. – I won’t. Listen, I’m preparing for an interview with Illias. I don’t know him well and he’s not really known in the scene either, so I’m gathering questions, what would you like to know about Illias? What is his favorite music genre, and what was his favorite class in school? I take it he’s still in school, right? – He is 17. – There you go then. I hope it’s art. I have no idea what classes kids like now. Is there a story you could tell about him? Anything happen between you? – I mean not you two. – What are you implying? We are making an interview with Illias tomorrow, and you know him better. Is there a question or a story I could ask him about? The only question I have in mind is whether he keeps in touch with his classmates and whether they are aware of him being a NAVI player. Like is he a cool and well-respected guy or not? He should be. We’re making an interview with Illias tomorrow, so I’m looking for some interesting stories or questions I could ask him about. Do you have any? Yeah, ask him how to become dead inside because he knows that stuff and I have no idea what it is all about. Girls. Ask him about a girlfriend. How did you spend time in Singapore? You know, we need questions that reveal his personality. His personality… Something about his favorite country, music, movies, etc. Yeah, thanks, you’ve just asked three questions. – Nice! – Good job. High five. We’re still in Leipzig and today I want you to meet our player, Illias Ganeev. – Hey. – Hello. First off, I want to congratulate you on joining NAVI and making it to the Major. At your age of 17, this is quite an achievement. Pound it. The question about ways of getting into esports is pretty common, and with you coming here like a storm, it’d make sense if you answered it. Tell us your story: how did you make it into esports, what did you do to be where you are now? There is no definitive guide, really. To make it as a noname, you gotta have a lot of MMR. This is the way to get matched up with good players and get noticed. If you can keep a consistently good level of play, you might eventually get invited to tryouts for pro teams. That was my case at least. Let’s go from the start: how long have you been playing Dota? I first tried it in 2013, but since I had a low-end PC, it wasn’t comfortable to play. Then a couple years later I got a good laptop and started playing properly – I think it was 2015. When did your ranking start to go up? Was it a constant steady climb, or did it skyrocket at one point? I believe it was a sudden spike when I really grew fond of Dota in around 2016 and realized the higher ranking the better. So I figured I might have as well tried harder rather than just doing it for fun, started playing smartly and following pro players. – Did you originally have a goal to make it into esports? – No. – Did you play for fun? – At first, yes. Like anybody else. Who did you follow anyway? I didn’t watch anyone in particular. I just followed Majors, and whoever performed well, like VP, Secret. If you started your way in 2016, VP were one of the strongest teams back then. OG, who else? Who was your favorite at the time? I can’t remember. OG were definitely one of them because I’ve always liked all their rosters a lot – the ones they won Majors and TIs with. I also watched a lot of Virtus Pro at their peak when they were doing well and winning Majors. How did you end up joining NAVI? I know Mag scouted you out and invited you. Tell us your part of the story. It happened before the second qualifier for the Major. I had a few other offers on the table. They wanted to talk first and find out my view on the future, but things didn’t work out. I was tilted, thinking I would miss out on another qualifier. But in a few days, I noticed a message from Andrey Chipenko. I opened it and it was Mag inviting me for the NAVI tryouts. It was supposed to be over in one day. We played a day of scrims, we won 5 out of 6, then Igor, our manager, asked me to stick around for another day. I was like, “Wow, sure.” So we played one more day, our record was something like 4-2 against T2-T3 teams. After that, I was told it was a pretty high chance of them picking me, and they did – that’s how I made it. What was going through your head at the time? To be honest, nothing. I figured I was likely going to be picked anyway, given they invited me to play for two more days of tryouts. Everything went pretty smooth, huh? You didn’t feel too excited about it? Not really. On your first day with NAVI, were you nervous or anxious? I didn’t know the guys too well, so I didn’t talk much. I did provide information, but not the way I do now. Andrew eased me in and shared tips on how to communicate to avoid being shy, so he helped significantly. You do seem a bit shy, how difficult was it for you to get along with the team? It took about a week: we bonded pretty well and it made things much easier. I wouldn’t say we became friends right away because it didn’t happen until we met in real life, in Singapore. – Mates. – Yeah. – I guess it fits better. – It does. What was your first impression of the players? Impression? Well, they are great. Who is the person you are most comfortable or hang out more with? – Among the team? – Yes. I can’t really pick anyone as I hang out with all of them. I think that’d be Andrey as we share a room a lot at bootcamps and tournaments. Did you make money playing Dota before joining NAVI? Maybe at some tournaments, but it wasn’t big money. – So NAVI is your first esport salary, right? – Yes. How did your parents react to you becoming a pro player? Since joining NAVI or overall? You can go over what it was like before, if you want to. You’ve been spending a lot of time playing video games since you were young. Some parents think it’s a good thing and some are rather negative towards it. When I started playing Dota and nearly quit school, they weren’t happy about it. They are people of a different generation, after all, so they don’t really understand it’s possible to play video games while in school. It was not until I started earning my first money and could finally help them financially that they changed their mind. After I joined NAVI, they finally realized what this is all about and how serious gaming is today. Let’s clarify one thing, did you finish school? I completed 9 grades. When was it? About a hear and a half ago. So you didn’t go to college and decided to devote all your time to playing Dota, right? No, I enrolled in IT, but two months later I stopped attending classes and in half a year was expelled. Did you stop attending because of Dota? It was not about Dota… Classes weren’t interesting: first year of college was like 10-11th grade in school. It was pretty much school-level stuff. – Did you have conflicts with your parents? – Of course. – But you stuck to your guns and won. – I guess I did. How did they accept the news about you joining NAVI? How did you tell them about it? I told them a general idea of Dota was about, pro teams, players, salaries. And the concept of organizations taking care of things. I told them NAVI is one of the best clubs in the CIS, and I was lucky to join them. What did they think? They didn’t really get it, but said it was great as long as I enjoy it and am able to make a living off it because I don’t have a degree. Them being worried about you makes total sense. One’s gotta be good at something in their life, so I’m on board with them on this one. While we’re at it, I got a few questions about school from our players and CrystalMay. CrystalMay asks, “What was your favorite class in school?” I think that’d be math. We had the best teacher in school, and she was really great. I’d totally go back to her class now. Were you an A student? I did well when we had tests or did exercises on the board while learning new material, but since I wasn’t much of a homework doer, my grades weren’t really the best. What did you have in your report card? Or they don’t hand out those anymore? – You mean diploma? – Yes. Mostly C’s. – It’s okay. – Some A’s in classes that required little homework. Okay, now from Zayac: “Do you keep in touch with your classmates? Do they know you’re a NAVI player?” With some of them who I was friends with in school, yes. As far as I know, they are aware and they were surprised when they found out. – So now they’re your die-hard fans, huh? – Yeah. – The next question is from pasha. – Pasha? Our Pasha? – Yes. How does one become dead inside? Dead inside? You need to put up a Tokyo Ghoul profile picture, listen to its opening, have a private profile on Steam and VK. Also, hide your friend list to have 0 friends and 30 followers, and make one VK post of an anime song. Could you explain to me, as an older generation person, what is this ‘dead inside’ all about and where does it stem from? As far as I know, ALOHADANCE was the one who set this trend in the community, but what is it in a nutshell? I feel like a teacher who asks a student about their favorite meme or something like that. It is more like a meme now; so if you claim you’re ‘dead inside’, everyone will laught at you, because it actually is a meme. It stems from the Tokyo Ghoul anime series. I see, it’s complicated. Vlad asks, “What’s your favorite country? What music and movies do you like?” Country… – Have you traveled a lot? – Not really. I think I’ve been to only 3-4 countries. Okay, my favorite one is probably Italy. My favorite movie is Pulp Fiction. Now my favorite song… Or was it a band? Song. No, sorry, your favorite band. Bring Me the Horizon. – And song? – That’d be Drown. – By them? – Yes, obviously. – Well, I just wanted to make sure. Okay, let’s talk a bit about the Major. This is the first Major ever and second LAN you’ve attended, right? – Or have you been to more LANs before? – Yes, but they weren’t big. What impressed you the most? This one isn’t really different from what it was like in Singapore: you arrive days before the kick off, participate in media activities and photo shoots, and then you’re pretty much down to playing scrims with meal breaks at the hotel. Standard stuff, nothing surprising. Playing at the Major, does it feel like competing for a huge prize pool and DPS points? Sure. You get to meet tier one players and it makes you realize this is one of the only five tournaments a season and not some local LAN. So yeah, it does feel like that. Were you impressed by meeting any of the players? No, I’m not really impressionable. We’re bumping into other teams all the time at breakfast or lunch. Is there a player you’re looking forward to meeting? – Meeting? – Yes, shake their hand, have a talk. – Yes, there’s one. – Who? – I won’t tell you. Okay, I’ll let you keep it a secret. – Flash quiz. – Bring it on. Do you watch anime? I do, but only top shows and only once in a few months. – So you’re not an anime fan, right? – I’m not. You mentioned Tarantino’s work… This is not really a flash quiz we’re doing now. Do you like all of his movies? Or only some of them? – I’ve only watched two films. – What’s the second one? His most recent, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I watched it on the plane on the way back from Singapore and I didn’t really like the movie. What kind of sports attracts you the most? Sports? I think that’d be tennis. Regular tennis or ping-pong? The former. Have you ever played it? I played a lot as a kid in PE. Do you follow it? Not really, I just liked playing it. – Do you follow any sports? – No. – What about football? – Not into it at all. I only know some big names when I come across the news on my feed, but that’s about it. Who’s the best Dota player ever according to Illias Ganeev? I think it has to be n0tail as he’s a two-time TI winner, after all. Okay. What’s the best Dota patch ever? The current one as it allows supports to be more than just creeps. Well put. What’s the best game of Dota ever played? Best game… I think the last game of the series between OG and LGD in the final of TI. It was really good. Okay, what’s the worst Dota hero? Techies. The best hero? Disruptor. Up top! From Alive_person, “Would you like to be a captain one day?” That’s a good question. For now, our team doesn’t need another captain as we have Zayac who shares this responsibility with Pasha, so I’m gaining experience and learning from them, and should any changes happen, I could become one. But at this point, I’m not ready for it. – So you’re saying you’d like to try your hand at it sometime down the line? – I guess so. Being a captain imposes a huge responsibility and having one makes your team’s life easier, and besides, there are very few captains in the CIS region. Good one. That’s a wrap.


  • Reply Василь Гошовський January 26, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    лойс ильясу за брингов

  • Reply Shikamaru Alexeevich January 26, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Верните соннейко

  • Reply Ritme January 26, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Приятный парень, по сравнению с Эпилептиком, хотя они и близкие друзья.

  • Reply Іван Сулима January 26, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    17:57 Яна с подвохом?)

  • Reply catalin January 26, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Какой же у него голос приятный

  • Reply Business Navigator January 26, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Блин, ппц он сдержанный. Молодец, удачи ему.

  • Reply Igor verest January 26, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Все хорошо, Ильяс красавчик, удачи в нави, очень нрав твоя игра, хейтери всегда есть и будут

  • Reply Denis Andreevich January 26, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Яна топчик, как же делаешь контенточень мило и приятно, БОООООООООЛЬШЕ

  • Reply Іван Сулима January 26, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    20:11 Когда нави отлетели топ-12

  • Reply пллалп лалаьаьаь January 26, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Илюха желаю успехов в Нави,топлю за вас на каждом турнире,любю вас.очень нравится когда побеждаете))

  • Reply Was not that Bad January 26, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Чуваша кикнули и вернули, найс команда

  • Reply 88Faraon January 26, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Пожалуйста!!!!! Не продавайте Зайца в Virtus pro! Не повторяйте своих ошибок как было это с Роджером!

  • Reply Oleshchuk Demian January 26, 2020 at 1:47 pm


  • Reply Dara Uali January 26, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Расстроили фанов

  • Reply easy 2286 January 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    бляя что с нави стало, эта хуета не вылезет с топ 16 украины

  • Reply SoloV January 26, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    По моему его преследует цру, он постоянно оглядывается

  • Reply Tram madol January 26, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Спасибо за интервью. Верю в НАВИ

  • Reply Нодирбек Касимов January 26, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Возьмите Дахака в Нави

  • Reply acid head January 26, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    да купите уже шампунь кристалику

  • Reply Panda ZZZ January 26, 2020 at 1:58 pm


  • Reply 문 문 January 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Эмо челка бесит, норм причесон нужен, а то как то совсем 💩

  • Reply Олексiй Васильев January 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Приятный парень💪. Успехов и побед. #gonavi

  • Reply Самуил Ветреный January 26, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Яна, научи молодых не смотреть в камеру. Тупо смотрится на интервью.

  • Reply Andrew January 26, 2020 at 2:04 pm


  • Reply Микола Красовський January 26, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Ухахахха))) Кристалик топппп !!

  • Reply 문 문 January 26, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Кстати копетаном может стать через года 2,

  • Reply Roman Kravchuk January 26, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    ебать он черепаха

  • Reply джагга Бек January 26, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    челик у которого нет ответсвености который проебывает занятие и был отчислнен какои нахрен капитан не смешите плз

  • Reply EXCELSIUS January 26, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Ты кто

  • Reply ALAN KOKOEV January 26, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    че это за нуб ? рот ебал всех а точнее ТЕЛКИ

  • Reply Bogdan Pedan January 26, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    1:35 в голос просто)

  • Reply Yuri Kukota January 26, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Долгожданное? Высоссаный из пальца говноконтент сдохшей тимы от царевны борща и сала. 0 почтения к зрителям, 0 креатива, 0 самоуважения, зато выебонов как-будто кому-то интересно. Сука, долгожданное, ахаххахах, не могу. Marple и то приятно смотреть хотя-бы. Украинка завидует 100%.

  • Reply Swacky_fx Comedowne January 26, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Бесполезный кристалайз самый худший кэрри на мажоре

  • Reply Илья Бородин January 26, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Неплохой паренек,спокойный,уравновешенный. Удачи ему !

  • Reply Yolo Baggins January 26, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    когда закончил школу ?
    ну наверное два или полтора года назад
    ты не помнишь что ли? лол

  • Reply Wokiii ! January 26, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Харош, все)

  • Reply Рома Романов January 26, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Приятный человек общается очень приятным человеком, можно смотреть бесконечно.

  • Reply Максим Олейник January 26, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Успехов в НаВи

  • Reply ZoLtOn January 26, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Большая проблема про игроков в доте, это их тупость в реальной жизни. Как и в любом другом спорте. Вот только если в спорте часто решает физическое состояние, то вот дота – это стратегическая игра. Я не говорю что Ильяс, или другие игроки – тупые. Много игроков едва закончили 9 классов. Но образование – это не только оценки, это умение мыслить, решать сложные задачи, искать решения для задач, которые кажутся тебе невыполнимыми. Далеко не всем удаеться открыть в себе эти умения самостоятельно. Из-за этого и токсичность, одни и те же грабли все время, не стабильность и глупое поведение.

  • Reply Федор Балакирев January 26, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Приятный парень, речь норм, в отличии от большинства молодых дотеров, оставляет хорошее впечатление, удачи ему.

  • Reply Leymelorik January 26, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Это же Слардар!

  • Reply muha tebuev January 26, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Течис лучший герой, он перепутал просто

  • Reply Евгения Макарова January 26, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Спасибо людям, которые дарят нам столько стоящего контента! Прекрасное интервью, Яна научилась искать подход к абсолютно разным людям, и Ильяс вообще не показался скованным и закрытым, такой интересный молодой игрок, надеюсь, его ждет большой путь в киберспорте!

  • Reply Роман Бодян January 26, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    помойте кристалайза

  • Reply Котов Котиков January 26, 2020 at 2:45 pm


  • Reply Yaro Zeli January 26, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Для 17 лет отличный чел короче)

  • Reply Carry January 26, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    он закинулся перед интервью

  • Reply Артем Климов January 26, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    че за нонаме

  • Reply Kirill January 26, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    На вьюхе замазали все акне Илльяса. Не увожение к игроку. #вернитеакнеилибайкотн0вей

  • Reply Асхат Сабитов January 26, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Оригинальный дединсайдер

  • Reply Tortilla S January 26, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Родители у данного игрока умные люди , ибо воспитание не выглядит на 17 лет , хороший парень .

  • Reply Сергей К. January 26, 2020 at 3:09 pm


  • Reply ollOf January 26, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Коротко о составе Натуза:
    Кристалайз-вообще не понимает что происходит
    Ильяс-пришел на похуях потыкать кнопки
    Заяц-делает 99%всей работы
    Магикал-онли рофлит над этой тёлкой
    Паша-охуевает с пиков

    Маг-делает 1% всей работы

  • Reply asdasd January 26, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Янка молодец
    ильяс крусувчик

  • Reply Stanislav Gilbert January 26, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    За брингов сразу уважение❤️

  • Reply Ivan Durbala January 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Очень приятный игрок, удачи и успехов!)

  • Reply Александр Ефремов January 26, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Адекватный паренёк, мне кажется ему стоит поменять имидж. А если хочет в будущем быть капитаном стоит стать более уверенным в себе.

  • Reply DrakeSweet January 26, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Как же его приятно слушать,афигенный чел,пожелаем ему успехов вместе с составом

  • Reply Ckristof921 January 26, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Нормальные у него вкусы музыкальные и кинематографические, респект!

  • Reply lich fist January 26, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Тупа робби с гравити фолз))

  • Reply The_Fill January 26, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Сейчас все школьники начнут бросать школы и катать в доту)

  • Reply Kim Bon Hwa January 26, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Гнать в шею тренировать 5ки. Надо расширять пул)))
    А так, чел стеснительный шо капец)

  • Reply Daniyar Abdualiev January 26, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    кто он по национальности? почему такой вопрос пропускают?

  • Reply Нурсултан Махсотов January 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Ебаааать он няяяяшка,такой муси пуси

  • Reply Андрей Черкашен January 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Красавчик, Ильяс. Вот если нави реально читают комменты под волосами. Надо расширять пул пятерок, хотя бы на2 – 3 персонажа, легче потом драфтить будет. А так, респект

  • Reply Keril Finini January 26, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    нормальный чел,надеюсь при большем перфомансе лысая тварь его не просрет как Бакыта

  • Reply Александр Диденко January 26, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Этот парень будет лучшим капитаном в СНГ в будущем, если сравнивать его с тем же рамзиком в начале карьеры, то это небо и глубокое подземелье. Респект, чел ведёт себя на возраст +21

  • Reply L1NK1CE SUKA BLYAT January 26, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Дотеры,КС лучше

  • Reply Асхат Раманкулов January 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    В нави норм керри нужен

  • Reply Константин Иванов January 26, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Вы что ебобо Зайца продавать?

  • Reply MASSIVE# January 26, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Земляк тащи)

  • Reply abysswalker January 26, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Лучше скажите что зайца в вп не забрали

  • Reply Mihail Banzarov January 26, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    на дракулу похож, из мультика монстры на каникулах

  • Reply Ruslan Trachuk January 26, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Лучшая игра за все время – когда Хвост вокруг деревьев водил

  • Reply Макс Митрофанов January 26, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Интервью классное, но мне интересно, кто у вас будет капитаном ?(

  • Reply Михаил Федорчук January 26, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Это травоман в парике ?

  • Reply Скромный Красавчик January 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Кто он по национальности?

  • Reply Мадияр Абилев January 26, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    У него смех маньяка

  • Reply ALOHA DANCE January 26, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Инсту Яны дайте

  • Reply Valentine Smith January 26, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Бакыт, не переходи ВП!!!

  • Reply Dauren M January 26, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Кристаллайз сам то толком не раскрылся, как он может знать что может раскрыть личность какого-либо игрока?

  • Reply Ataman January 26, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Все правильно НАВИ топ 1 СНГ Бакыт гаси всех алга 😂✊

  • Reply Yustas Gaming January 26, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Насчёт зайца это рили что его кикнули ???

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  • Reply [SSLVT] Esdeath January 26, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Откуда он?

  • Reply Daulet Bekmurza January 26, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Извините,но w_Zayas переходит в ВП?

  • Reply Набираем 50 000 подписчиков без видео January 26, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    поршу подвишитесь поддержите❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply rub1lovo January 26, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Я знаю, что это сообщение скорее всего удалят. Но! Реально этот чел вообще неприятен. Я бы сказал полностью неприятен. Я уверен, что он 90% комьюнити именно неприятен. Говорить об уровне игры сложно, потому что это не паблик, а именно команда. Давайте будем быть честными – чел реально неприятный, даже не смотря на то, что он имеет международный опыт.

  • Reply rub1lovo January 26, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Яна, Спасибо за терпимость !

  • Reply Ы Ыч January 26, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Приятный парень,удачи ему и команде 🤞🏿🤞🏿🤞🏿

  • Reply V1sser January 26, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Верните мой 2007

  • Reply Vadim Belinskyi January 26, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Когда он сказал что любит Bring me the horizon мое сердечко ёкнуло +уважение

  • Reply TheAntoxaxaxa January 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    "родители, мы с вами на одной волне" – Яна нас ждёт какая-то новость?) (шутка)

  • Reply myau kaki January 26, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    питання для ілліаса: "ти емо?"

  • Reply Анна Тітова January 26, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Ето вам не епилептик с рамзесом.Красава нету слов!!!

  • Reply Приколы Подборки приколов 2014-2015 January 26, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Чувак удачи тебе!

  • Reply Music Live January 26, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Первое интервью, не стебите парня 🙂

  • Reply andrey polyanskij January 26, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Жалко НаВи(

  • Reply Бульбаш January 26, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Почему все молодые выглядят так, как будто их всю жизнь пиздят.

  • Reply Dondo Dendi January 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Пад насваем чтоле?😂😂😂

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