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Pantheon Build Guide by berronii

Top [10.11] "Aut *** Scuto, aut in Scuto" -Pantheon TO

By berronii | Updated on June 3, 2020
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Runes: CLASSIC

1 2 3
Domination
Electrocute
Sudden Impact
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Precision
Triumph
Coup de Grace
Bonus:

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

1 2
Primary
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

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Ranked #35 in
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Win 50%
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Champion Build Guide

[10.11] "Aut *** Scuto, aut in Scuto" -Pantheon TO

By berronii
Either with shield, or on shield
Pantheon
x Intro
x Skins
x Lore

x Pros/Cons



Pre-Game
x Runes
x Spells
x Tips & Tricks
In-Game
x Match-Ups
x Abilities
x Items

x Warding

Game Phases
x Early
x Mid
x Late


Hello. I am berroni. My current division is Platinum 1 on EU:NE, and Diamond 3 - EU:W and I main Volibear. Pantheon is a champ I have mained since I remember of me playing League and I must say that I've never stopped playing him - I'm still maining it right after the Voli. After years and years of my experience with Pantheon, I've decided to make a guide and help the people at their start. This guide is completely offensive gameplay related, and if it's not your game style this guide may be a miss for you.



Abilities






Pantheon - "Aut *** Scuto aut in Scuto"
"Do or die", "no retreat". A Greek expression said by Spartan mothers to their sons as they departed for battle.

Winrate: 50.9%
Average KDA: 7.2 / 6.5 / 7.1
Average Damage per Game: 16,475


Pantheon is one of the League's oldest champions, less popular ones yet incredibly powerful warrior. As he is not popular like some of the new champs, for example, his ban rate is 2.5%, so abuse that fact. They did rework Pantheon, but yet Pantheon still is what he once was - Lane Bully.



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Pros


One of the strongest 1v1 champions at early
Fast, Safe & Quick wave cleaning
Easy to hit abilities(stun too)
Greatest yet easiest roaming in the game due to his R
Your R replaces Teleport
Awesome Engage
Wins the trade before engaging(Q)
When mastered, R can be used to escape dangerous situations.
One of the strongest passive abilities in the game
Can oneshot each damage carrier at late, adc/mid.

Cons


Weak late(compared to early)
Weak if behind
Mana hungry through the early
When countered - countered well
One of the oldest champions in the game, if not the oldest one that got changed(not modern)
Ugly-looking skins, except for Slayer & Dragonslayer ones.
Must win lane
Weak against tanks(rush Lord Dominik's Regards if you're playing against one)




DOMINATION

Electrocute is the main reason we're playing Domination runes. It's bonus burst damage is just insane on Pantheon, and we can't miss it. It is surely my main pick whenever I'm playing an assassin or any champion that has an easy-to-use combo, and Pantheon works well on it. It will win many trades and grant you lane adventage over your opponent whatever he is playing, or make you two equal if he's playing electrocute too.
Sudden Impact grants us 7 Lethality and 6 Magic Penetration for 5 seconds whenever we leave the bush or use our W, teleport or dash, or even deal any admage to enemy champion + the triggering damage will also benefit from penetration. It has only 4 seconds cooldown(on expiration). Combined with our other items it works amazingly well on Pantheon, and we can't miss it. We could go for Cheap Shot in certain matchups, but 80% of our games we'll go for Sudden Impact. .
Eyeball Collection is an item that will increase our AD or AP(adaptive) per each eyeball we collect, up to 12 AD or 20 AP total. Eyeball is collected by each takedown we make on the enemy champion(kill or assist), and when we takedown each one of them we'll get additional bonus of 6 AD and 10 AP which makes Eyeball's bonus 18 AD and 20 AP at its maximum.
Ravenous Hunter heals for 1.5%(+2.5% per Bounty Hunter stack) of the damage dealt by your abilities.
To collect Bounty Hunter stack, you need to get an takedown on enemy champion(same as with Eyeball Collection). Ravenous Hunter is quite important o pantheon even tho healing is reduced to one third on AoE abilities(our E), as it works well with Eyeball Collection and as it will boost our survivability.
There is no need for explanation of these choices, you'll play 2 diamonds 99% of your games, your combine armor with MR depending on your lane opponent and enemy team composition.


PRECISION

Triumph is the rune that must be played on Pantheon as we're playing offensive and we need an ability to survive long enough to deal what we can deal, do maximize the damage. It's a rune that will restore 12% of our max health + it will grant 20 additional gold whenever we takedown an enemy. It's a rune that will allow us to 1v2 with a great boost, it's a rune that will avoid each ignite(if ur not bleeding or so). Must play against each AD lane opponent!

Coup de Grace is the rune that will also increase our trade winning chances at any stage of the game, due to the 8% more damage, against low-hp(less than 40% of max. hp) champions, it grants. It can be replaced by Cut Down at certain matchups, against tanks, but yet I'm not using it - I stick with Coup de Grace and it works well.



PRECISION

Press the Attack is the rune we must choose if we want to play Precision Pantheon and nothing else can't replace it. It's a rune that works well on Panth due to the 40-180(depending on level)bonus adaptive damage it grants after 3 basic attacks, and we surely will do a lot of them with our early CD's.
Triumph is the second rune choice we'll go for on Precision Panth, that must be played on Pantheon as we're playing offensive and we need an ability to survive long enough to deal what we can deal, to maximize the damage. It's a rune that will restore 12% of our max health + it will grant 20 additional gold whenever we takedown an enemy. It's a rune that will allow us to 1v2 with a great boost, it's a rune that will make u survive each ignite(if ur not bleeding or so). Must play against each AD lane opponent, whether Precision is primary or secondary rune choice![
Legend: Alacrity is useful as it will increase our attack speed without us needing to buy items for it and we need attack speed for PTA, it's not a must-take choice but I prefer playing it as it makes the game easier. It grants 3% attack speed for every Legend stack we get(10 max), and we'll get 10 stacks in the first 3 minutes of the game - if not earlier.
Coup de Grace is the rune that will also increase our trade winning chances at any stage of the game, due to the 8% more damage, against low-hp(less than 40% of max. hp) champions, it grants. It can be replaced by Cut Down at certain matchups, against tanks, but yet I'm not using it - I stick with Coup de Grace and it works well.


DOMINATION

Sudden Impact grants us 7 Lethality and 6 Magic Penetration for 5 seconds whenever we leave the bush or use our W, teleport or dash, or even deal any damage to enemy champion + the triggering damage will also benefit from penetration. It has only 4 seconds cooldown(on expiration). Combined with our other items it works amazingly well on Pantheon, and we can't miss it. We could go for Cheap Shot in certain matchups, but 80% of our games we'll go for Sudden Impact.
Ultimate Hunter grants our R - Grand Starfall 5% CDR + 4% per each Bounty Hunter stack. Bounty Hunter stacks are earned by every time you get a first takedown on each of the five enemy champions. 5% + 4 per all of them makes it 25% CDR on Ultimate, which is something that can help us boost our R quite a lot so we'll have even stronger roaming. Can be replaced by Ravenous Hunter!



INSPIRATION

Kleptomancy is the rune we must choose if we want to play Advanced Pantheon, Inspiration Panth. Kleptomancy grants extra gold for each time we use two auto attacks, and there is also a possibility to get a special consumable, from MANA Potion to extra 22-100 gold. You can use items you get, or you can sell them(at shop).
Perfect Timing the name of this rune speaks of its worth. You'll find this item useful if you time it well, and you'll also be able to upgrade it to Guardian Angel if you decide that it's the finishing item you want.
Biscuit Delivery is the rune that is going to help us with our mana need through the early, and that will also work extraordinary well with the Time Warp Tonic we're choosing. Besides restoring mana, it also restores health, so don't be afraid of minor trading with any champion due to these runes.
Time Warp Tonic is the rune that boosts any mana/health potion restoration by granting 50% of it's worth immediately, and you'll find that useful against ignites or after trades. Combined with Biscuit Delivery you have a free early, if you play smart - and that's what Advanced Panth is for. Brain.

PRECISION

Triumph is the rune that must be played on Pantheon as we're playing offensive and we need an ability to survive long enough to deal what we can deal, do maximize the damage. It's a rune that will restore 12% of our max health + it will grant 20 additional gold whenever we takedown an enemy. It's a rune that will allow us to 1v2 with a great boost, it's a rune that will avoid each ignite(if ur not bleeding or so). Must play against each AD lane opponent!

Coup de Grace is the rune that will also increase our trade winning chances at any stage of the game, due to the 8% more damage, against low-hp(less than 40% of max. hp) champions, it grants. It can be replaced by Cut Down at certain matchups, against tanks, but yet I'm not using it - I stick with Coup de Grace and it works well.




SUMMONER SPELLS
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FLASH:Flash is an summoner spell which must be played on Pantheon each time you play it. It's a spell that helps with escapes, engages and everything else that has any relation to movement. Basically, it's a simple press-use spell which teleports your champion a fixed distance towards your targeted area. It's used to get over the walls, escape abilities, catch up the enemy, run away from the enemy and everything else. Each champion has a need for Flash, except a few ones that can teleport the same distance, in the same way, like Shaco for example. There are numerous combinations you can practice to master your Flashing skill.
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IGNITE: Ignite is not an usual pick for a top-laner, but as our Ultimate Ability Grand Starfall can replace Teleport we don't need it so Ignite can replace it quite well by giving us true damage boost.
TELEPORT: Not necessary as our Grand Starfall replaces it, but if we're playing against a champ from "Extreme Hard" chapter we can pick it as we surely will need to back a lot.



  • Pantheon is strongest at early, abuse that fact.
  • Try to abuse your Ultimate Grand Starfall by using it only when the opponent gets into your turret range, as he will be afraid to fight back - and won't.
  • We max Comet Spear not only due to it's powerful early but also due to its lower cd and mana cost each time we upgrade it.
  • Do the best you can to take the first blood, it grants more than a normal kill and we need an early advantage.
  • Don't recall before you reach level 6, we're using Grand Starfall for Teleporting back to lane, not for the damage it deals.
  • You can take the first blood as soon as you reach level 3, read the "Game Phases->Early" chapter for a guide on how to do it.
  • When you use your Grand Starfall at Late, your opponent's will try to stun you as soon as possible. Use Edge of Night before you use Grand Starfall as it will save ur attempt each time, and it fails a lot without it.
  • Don't get your opponent too low, keep him at 50% or he'll run under his turret
  • If your lane opponent is tank, build Lord Dominik's Regards first and then continue with build, skipping Dusbklade of Draktharr




MALPHITE
DETAILED

SION
DETAILED

OLAF
DETAILED

TRYNDAMERE
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SHEN
DETAILED



UDYR
DETAILED



VOLIBEAR
DETAILED

DARIUS
DETAILED

ELISE
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VLADIMIR
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RUMBLE
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RYZE
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TEEMO
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GAREN
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GNAR
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PASSIVE ABILITY
Mortal Will

INNATE: Pantheon gains a stack when he lands a basic attack on-hit or casts an ability, up to a maximum of 5. At 5 stacks, Pantheon's next basic ability consume the stacks to gain additional effects.


Pantheon gains full stacks upon starting the game and upon respawning.



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Comet Spear

FIRST CAST: Pantheon Channeling iconwinds up for up to 4 seconds, increasing Comet Spear's range while being Slow icon slowed by 10%.

✦SECOND CAST: Pantheon Projectile hurls his spear, dealing Attack damage physical damage to all enemies hit, increased against enemies below 25% of their maximum health, and with the total damage reduced to 50% against enemies beyond the first.

✦PHYSICAL DAMAGE:»
75 / 115 / 155 / 195 / 235 (+ 100% bonus AD)
Releasing the ability within 0.35 seconds causes Pantheon to instead thrust his spear, dealing physical damage to all enemies hit and Cooldown reduction icon refunding 50% of Comet Spear's cooldown.


If Pantheon is interrupted during the charge, or the charge completes without reactivation, Comet Spear is cancelled and the ability is put on full cooldown but refunds Mana icon half the mana cost. Comet Spear's total damage is reduced by 10% against Minion icon minions.

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Shield Vault

ACTIVE: Pantheon Dash dashes to the target enemy unit, dealing them physical damage and Stun icon stunning them for 1 second.
Mortal Will : Pantheon's next basic attack within 4 seconds strikes his target 3 times, dealing 50% AD physical damage per hit, up to 150% AD. Each hit applies on-hit effects.

The ability can be dodged if the target moves 800 units away.


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Aegis Assault

ACTIVE: Pantheon braces his shield for 1.5 seconds in the target direction while striking in a cone, during which he is slowed for between 0% − 50% based on his movement direction relative to the shield's facing direction. Aegis Assault cannot be interrupted by crowd control.

For the duration, Pantheon is Cosmic Radiance invulnerable against damage dealt by enemies (Turret icon turrets included) from the target direction, and deals 「 up to 100% AD physical damage over the duration 」 to all enemies struck, reduced by 50% against Minion icon minions, and by 15% against Monster icon non-epic monsters.

Mortal Will: Aegis Assault's duration is increased to 2.5 seconds, dealing 「 up to 166.6% AD physical damage over the duration 」.
Its passive grants Pantheon's Q and basic attacks 100% crit chance against enemies below 15% maximum health.
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Grand Starfall

ACTIVE: Pantheon Channeling iconchannels for 2 seconds to leap high into the air, then marks and reveals his destination before crashing down along the target area 2.4 seconds later. He remains Hallucinate vanished until the landing is complete.

The landing deals Magic damage magic damage, decreased by up to 50% at the edges of the area.

MAGIC DAMAGE:»
300 / 500 / 700 (+ 100% AP)
Grand Starfall instantly readies Mortal Will Mortal Will.


Grand Starfall's Cooldown reduction icon cooldown is reduced to 30 seconds if the channel is interrupted or cancelled.





STARTING ITEMS


These are the standard Starting Items. As Pantheon is a mana hungry champion, we need Corrupting Potion so we don't need to back each second
- or so we can keep poking the enemy. It also restores health, by the way. Also, we're going for Warding Totem as we need vision over the map, enemy jungler usually focus Pantheon so he doesn't get fed - if that happens it's over for them.

FIRST BACK
These are the items you should get on your first back.
Serrated Dirk is an glorious first item on Pantheon, due to lethality it grants and the attack damage, for 1100 gold it's just glorious, there is nothing else we can say. Boots of Speed so we are sure our enemy is not going to escape and Control Ward to have eyes over the whole top side, so our opponent's jungler can't destroy our streak.

FIRST ITEM
Youmuu's Ghostblade is the item we'll build First on Pantheon, as soon as we can afford it. It grants a nice amount of AD + CDR, and besides that it has passives with awesome movement speed bonuses and lethality. It also has an active which will grant insane movement speed burst for few seconds, and it might help us escape or chase the enemy down very often. Many Pantheon players prefer to buy Duskblade of Draktharr as the first item, and that's a mistake. Scroll down this chapter and find the text where I explained the difference between these two items.

2ND & 3RD ITEM


After Youmuu's Ghostblade we're building Duskblade of Draktharr as we actually need to start destroying enemy wards at this stage. Besides that passive, it also grants a nice amount of Lethality/AD/CD - combined with Youmuu's Ghostblade is just way too OP. After being unseen for 1 second, your next basic attack will deal 30-150(at levels 1-18) bonus physical damage to the enemy. Ninja Tabi or Mercury's Treads - between these two boot options, take the one depending on the enemy team - Ninja Tabi against the AD team or Mercury's Treads against an AP team or a team which has a lot of CC champions. Boots of Mobility when you're quite confident in yourself and quite ahead of opponents.


THEN



Edge of Night is an item you're going to build against champions with abilities strong enough to make you useless like stuns for example. You'll need some time to master it, but when you do it you're going to play without threats. You can activate Edge of Night, then R and teleport - they'll try to stun you as soon as possible but as you have Edge of Night activated they're not going to do it. Maw of Malmortius is an item you're going to build against strong AP-poking champions, like Zoe for example, as it will save our life many times. Dead Man's Plate is an item which will surprisingly help us move faster throughout the map with it's glorious Passive.


RANDUIN'S OMEN
Randuin's Omen is an item we're going to build ONLY if enemy team is all AD, or has 2+ ranged ADC champions. It's passive is going to reduce the damage we're going to take by an enemy quite a lot, and it's active is going to reduce the enemy's movement speed.It's one of the greatest damage-reduction items against the AD champions, if not the best one, so surely we will think of building it in certain games.
DEATH'S DANCE
Death's Dance is an item that we can build on Pantheon, and we surely will do it quite often as it's an item that heals us as we damage the enemies, and as we'll deal 40k+ damage per most of our Pantheon games(following this guide) - it surely will heal us a lot. We'll never build it before we build each other item - decide whether you want to finish your build with Guardian Angel or Death's Dance.
GUARDIAN ANGEL
Guardian Angel is an item that musn't be brought if we're not ahead of our enemies a lot. It's an item that gives a nice amount of AD and armor, which logically tells you that it's not bad to pick it against the AD team, but with Guardian Angel you don't need to look at your enemy team composition. It's simply an item that will give you a second chance to do something you've failed at, and that's not something any other item can offer. Buy it whenever you're ahead, but don't buy it if you need to carry your team hardly.

STERAK'S GAGE
Sterak's Gage is an item that will make our life last longer and that's going to give us an ability to damage enemies more than we already have done, or that will increase our escape chance.
DUSBKLADE OF DRAKTHARR
Duskblade of Draktharr is an item you're going to build against squishies. Surely, we will play it in appro 70% of our games.
THE BLACK CLEAVER
Black Cleaver surely is a good pick for Pantheon as it gives a nice amount of CD reduction, armor reduction, AD. You will often see it as a must-buy Pantheon item in most guides on mobafire, and all these guides are not wrong. It is a must-buy item in certain match-ups, but as we're playing full aggressive we don't need it at early. You can buy it as your 3rd or 4th item.

SPEAR OF SHOJIN
Spear of Shojin is an item that can be brought as a third or second item on Pantheon as it grants you sustain and with it's passive it grants you an ability to do much more when you R into a TF or something similar. Decide whether you want to buy Spear of Shojin or The Black Cleaver as your 3rd/4th item.
RIGHTEOUS GLORY
Righteous Glory is an item you won't build often, but may be useful due to its passive which grants you insane amount of Movement Speed, and due to its stats that grant a nice sustain.



YOUMUU'S GHOSTBLADE
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DUSKBLADE OF DRAKTHARR
Youmuu's Ghostblade is winning this versus due to it's stronger passive that works better on early, and as we're rushing one of these two as the first item we need the better one. Movement speed is logically more important through the early, and as these 2 items have quite the same stats - passive ability is the only thing we are looking at. Draktharr can be purchased but later on through the game, as we surely need more than a control ward for vision control at mid/late. Its powerful stats and passive ability can be used on Pantheon, especially at late and mid. It grants a nice amount of Lethality, combined with each other CDR item we should reach the maximal 40% of it, also it's AD boost will work well with our other items, and vision control is something we must have at late - this will boost our Control Wards amazingly well.






Warding is surely one of the most important things in League of Legends, and it's worth knowing that it's important equally for each role. You can't win a game without warding, and you can't master it at once. It requires a lot of work and study to know the places you should ward and the exact times when you should ward them as they can bring nothing bad. It's worth knowing that it's important equally for each game phase, too, early/mid or late. At the early phase, enemy jungler will surely try to gank your enemy laner, and without ward, you will have to choose whether it is worth flashing(with any chance of survival) or dying, there is no third option.


At the picture above we can see the options for vision control on Baron, as the blue team. Don't think that you must place each ward like in pictures, no, these wards are some sort of "possible placements" and you can decide where you need your ward. Place them just so you can see if the enemy will try to steal or take baron.


Term "Invade" stands for stealing jungle camps from enemy junglers. It's more popular nowadays than ever before, and almost every game must have a jungler who'll invade at level 1. If you let them invade, your jungler will get behind in most cases. Do your best to ward each road your enemy jungler might take towards your jungle, and don't let him steal our jungle camps.







If you want to play Pantheon, you must play offensive even in the beginning of the game. But honestly, and actually, it's easy to do it with Pantheon as he is one of the strongest Lane Bullies in the game. At level 1 you need to damage your opponent as much as you can with your Q, don't let it get off cooldown - just spam it. If you've done it well, your opponent should be on 70% or less. Q-W-AA to proc your Electrocute, and your opponent is no higher than 50% HP. Wait for your W but don't spam Q a lot now because he may run away under his turret if he gets too low, keep him at 50% - don't let him heal until you get your W back. Now, you should be level 3. Do Q-W-AA combo, and hit E if you think you can get him without ignite(20-70 hp), otherwise ignite him and you've got the first blood. Don't back until you reach level 6, your opponent is dead and you need to push the lane so that your enemy loses as much XP as possible from minions. By the time he gets back, you are level 5. Play safe, don't push. Reach level 6, clear minions and B. Now, your opponent will try to make you lose some XP by pushing his minions into your turret, but as we're level 6 we can prevent that by ulting back on the lane and in best cases that R will grant us another kill on our lane. It's very important to get the first blood, as in 80% of games it decides the winner of the lane and Pantheon must win Lane if he wants to be able to do anything at mid-late.



At this stage, Pantheon should be looking forward to helping his teammates on mid/bot if they're behind. You are higher level than your lane opponent, so do the simple way of Pantheon's roam. Push your lane and start going towards mid. Wait for enemy mid laner to be in a good position for you, do Q-W-E combo, he will flash. If your teammate from mid can catch him up, let him do it - you don't have time. Now, when you've helped mid take kill or at least get ahead with XP - start going bot. Use Grand Starfall on them as soon as you reach the distance and they get into position, take double there. If you can see your opponent on top, recall and go back to your lane. If your opponent is missing from your lane - don't recall but go straight mid from bot so you can prevent the possible gank.


Pantheon is quite weak at Late as a top-laner, and if you've had someone like Garen on top and that Garen took 2/3 kills on your teammates - you can't win a fight against him even if you are ahead a lot. But, we're not fighting tanks at this stage - we focus the enemy ADC and MID - damage carrier firstly. Whenever we get a chance to fight each of them 1v1, we must use it or the team fight will suffer and end badly for our team. Each ADC can be one-shotted by you if you've finished youmuu's, edge of night and draktharr and you're playing electrocute. So, the point of this "Late" chapter is trying to tell you that Pantheon can't fight and do much to tanks at late, but can win each team fight even before it starts - by taking down a carrier of enemy's team, damage carrier..



So, we have come to the end of this guide. This guide surely will be updated with every patch. If you liked this guide, please let me know with your vote, and if you have any questions - feel free to ask me down in the discussion section.


Good luck in the Fields of Justice & thank you for reading..

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