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By Riot Magus

It all comes down to this, the final event of the 2015 World Championship. It’s time for the ultimate showdown in Berlin between the top two teams who will face-off to be crowned world champions.

Here’s the important information that you need to secure your seat at Finals below:

 

TICKETS

 

Q: When do Finals tickets go on sale?
Tickets will go on sale on July 29 at 8:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM CEST via Eventim.

 

Q: How much are tickets?
A: Tickets are €59.55 / $65.38 for lower level and €45.75 / $50.23 for upper level seats, plus applicable fees. All ticket prices will be listed in Euros on the ticket site.

 

*US DOLLAR PRICES ARE ESTIMATES BASED ON CURRENT EURO TO USD CONVERSION RATES AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

Q: Can you confirm the ticket prices after all fees and taxes?
A: Fees vary based on the individual buyer since you might need to pay taxes based on your location. Fees also vary on how you decide to receive your ticket such as e-ticket, will call, mailing, etc. Find out more information over on Eventim.

 

Q: What languages is the ticket site available in?
A: German and English.

 

Q: Do I have to make an account to buy tickets?
A: Yes, Eventim requires an account to purchase tickets. To save time, we recommend that you sign-up and create an account before tickets go live.

 

Q: Will there be a queue/waiting page for tickets?
A: If the event is in high enough demand, an automatic system will go live to mitigate the traffic for Finals. Remember that being in the queue or lobby doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to purchase tickets.

 

Q: Are seats assigned? I want to sit with my friends.
A: If you want to sit with your friends, buy tickets together. Seats are assigned for every ticket.

 

Q: Where are the best seats in the house? What does the setup look like?
A: As we announced in our Semifinals Q&A, for the first time at a World Championship, we’ll be presenting both Semifinals and Finals ‘theatre-in-the-round’ – meaning that the action will be in the center of the venue with the audience around it rather than our traditional stage setup. This central staging setup allows us to welcome more fans and maximize the view from each seat at Finals.

 

Q: Are tickets refundable?
A: Tickets are non-refundable.

 

Q: How many tickets can I purchase at once?
A: Six tickets may be purchased per order.

 

Q: Will there be more tickets in August?
A: There will be extremely limited quantities including a small number of floor seats released in August based on our final production setup. If you want to guarantee a seat at Finals, we suggest not waiting until August since we cannot guarantee availability after the initial wave of Finals tickets coming on July 29.

 

Q: When will more tickets go on sale?
A: We’ll confirm August ticket sale timing in the coming weeks.

 

EVENT

 

Q: Where is Finals?
A: Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin, Mercedes-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin, Germany (Google Maps)

For your navigation system, enter Mühlenstraße 12-30, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain

 

Q: When is Finals?
A: Finals takes place on October 31.

 

Q: What games are being played at Finals?
A: The final two teams will face-off in a Best of 5 to determine who will be crowned the 2015 World Champions. We won’t know the final two teams until Semifinals are done.

 

Q: What language will the live commentary of the event be in at Finals?
A: Live commentary in Berlin will be in English.

 

Q: Will there be radios with other languages available?
A: We’ll have options to listen with other languages available.

 

Q: When does Finals start?
A: The show begins at 12:00 PM CET with some pre-game analysis and the opening ceremony.

 

Q: When do doors open at Finals?
A: Doors open at 10:00 AM CET.

 

Q: Will there be other events (cosplay, merch, etc) at Finals?
A: We’re still working on our final plans so we’ll confirm when we we get closer to the event. Cosplayers and costumes are welcome especially since the Finals takes place on on Halloween!

 

Q: Is there an age restriction for players to attend Finals?
A: The venue requires all attendees under 16 be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. The accompanying adult is required to have a valid ticket for the event.

 

VENUE

 

Q: What’s the best way to get to Mercedes-Benz Arena?
A: Head on over to the Arena’s Getting There & Parking page for more information on your transportation options.

 

Q: Wait, I thought Finals was at O2 World (Berlin), did you change venues?
A: In July, O2 World (Berlin) rebranded to Mercedes-Benz Arena. It’s still the same venue that we confirmed in our Worlds venue announcement.

 

Q: Is there parking available at the arena?
A: Yes, head on over to the Mercedes-Benz Arena Parking page for directions and details.

 

Q: Can I bring my own food and drink into the arena? Where can I smoke? Can I bring a backpack to the arena?
A: Mercedes-Benz Arena has an extensive FAQ that will answer most of your questions and outlines the venue’s policies.

Don’t miss any of the journey toward Worlds as teams begin to qualify for the 2015 World Championship in August and September.

 

Official Announcement

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After a series of roster changes in June, the Copenhagen Wolves will shuffle their roster yet again as Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema has left the team.

Leaving Elements in April,  Shook finds himself a free agent in the offseason. On Saturday, Hartsema took to twitter to announce his availability.

 

 

Finishing in 10th place in the European LCS, the Copenhagen Wolves have been auto-relegated to the Challenger series. It is yet to be seen who they will bring in as their new starting jungler.

 

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ESL has issued a statement regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs, or PEDS. Starting with it’s ESL One Cologne event on August 22nd, ESL will conduct skin tests on all professional players involved in competition to ensure competitive integrity.

Today we are announcing the beginning of the steps we’ll be taking as an organization in order to determine enforce guidelines and rules surrounding the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) at ESL events.

 

In order to maintain the spirit of fair play within esports, ESL has partnered with NADA (the Nationale Anti Doping Agentur, which is headquartered in Bonn, Germany) to help create an anti-PED policy that is fair, feasible and conclusive while also respecting the privacy of players. ESL will also be meeting with WADA (the World Anti Doping Agency, based in Montreal, Canada) so they can be actively involved in the making, enforcing and dissemination of this policy to additional regions such as the US, Asia and Australia.

 

In the meantime, we will taking immediate action to ensure that ESL’s company values of exemplary sportsmanship and integrity are maintained. As such, we will be administering the first PED skin tests at ESL One Cologne this August, with a view to performing these tests at every Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL ESEA Pro League event thereafter as soon as the official PED policy is established and tournament rules updated accordingly.

We will remain proactive in ensuring all professional players and organizations involved in ESL competitions will be kept informed of the initiative’s progress. Updates on changes to tournament rules including the list of banned substances, methods of testing and potential disciplinary actions for players caught using PEDs and/or admitting to having used them will be provided to players via their respective team managers and/or owners.

 

This policy comes after Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen, a Counter Strike: Global Offensive player under Team Nihilum, admitted last week to using Adderall at ESL One Katowice, in March, under former Team Cloud 9.

 

 “I don’t even care. We were all on Adderall. I don’t even give a f–k. It was pretty obvious if you listened to the comms. People can hate it or whatever.”

 

Currently, the ESL Rulebook does not name any substances specifically, though it does state:

 

To play a match, be it online or offline, under the influence of any drugs, alcohol, or other performance enhancers is strictly prohibited, and may be punished with exclusion from the ESL One.

 

Adderall is an amphetamine that is commonly used to treat Narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Adderall is also banned by Major League Baseball, the NBA, Major League Soccer, the NCAA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which regulates Olympic sports.

 

Official Statement by ESL

 

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Rift pulse returns with the latest standings and news from around the scene. In the LCS, Fnatic closes in on a perfect season in EU and Gravity looks to take NA for their first ever bye into the semifinals. Regions across the globe are taking their final shape  as we look towards the 2015 World Championship.

 

North America

 

  • Calitrlolz will be leaving the LCS after the Summer Split, stating on twitter that this weekend will be his last.
  • Andy “Reginald” Dinh will step in as Head Coach for Team SoloMid as of Monday, July 20th.
  • Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal will coach Team Dignitas in place of Sami “Rico” Harbi as he tends to personal business.
  • Adrian “Adrian” Ma has stepped down from Team Impulse, citing that he does not feel like he is part of a team.
  • XiaoWeiXiao has been suspended pending investigation into Eloboosting allegations.

 

 

NA LCS

 

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Europe

 

  • Team Roccat has added Korean Top Laner Jae Seung “Dart” Jin to their roster. No official announcement has been made regarding the addition.
  • Jungler Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek has stepped down from Unicorns of Love, and joined Challenger team Gamers2.
  • Unicorns of Love add Berk “Gilius” Demir as starting Jungler, as well as Cho “H0R0” Jae-hwan and Karim “Airwaks” Benghalia as substitutes for the Jungler position.
  • Forg1ven has been suspended for the next four games due to excessive negative behavior.
  • Gambit added 3 new substitutes to their roster in Amaury “Moopz” Minguerche, Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi and Karim “ImSoFresh” Bbahla. They will play with Moopz in week 9 in light of Forg1ven’s suspension.
  • Tony “Shlaya” Carmona has been added to Fnatic as a substitute mid laner.

 

 

EU LCS

 

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China

 

 

LPL

 

LPL

 

 

 

Korea

 

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LCK

 

 

 

SEA

 

  • LMS playoffs will take place July 24-26. Schedule below.

 

LMS

 

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Scene Updates

 

 

 

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Team Impulse Yu “XiaoWeiXiao” Xian has been suspended pending investigation, accord to Riot Games Associate eSports manager, Hunter Leigh.

On Tuesday, July 21st, a thread discussing Elo boosting rumors popped up on reddit, with a screenshot of a conversation allegedly held between the TiP mid laner and  a possible client. Here is that conversation, translated:

 

TIP Wexiao: You’re annoying.

TIP Wexiao: If you don’t believe me don’t come to me.

TIP Wexiao: I said I’ll play once I get the money.

Other preson: Ok. I won’t press you. It’ll be in five days. I won’t press you.

TIP Wexiaio: Money’s here.

TIP Wexiaio: I’m playing now.

Other guy: Ok.

Other guy: PAYPAL.

TIP Weixiao: (email account)

Other guy: I can pay 1400.

Other guy: To Masters 100LP, then 1400. Is that safe?

TIP Wexiao: To Masters. Then the other half (of the money).

Other guy: Anything you want. As long as you uphold your end of the bargain.

Other guy: How much did you receive?

TIP Weixiao: 980 altogether.

TIP Wexiaio: And 410 from last time.

TIP Wexiaio: 1300.

Other guy: Agreed.

Other guy: Now?

Other guy: I require payment.

(I’m not sure what they’re talking about here)

TIP Wexiaio: Ok.

TIP Wexiaio: After I withdraw (money).

 

On July 22nd, Hunter Leigh tweeted on the situation:

 

 

Team Impulse tweeted out their response:

 

 

Riot has ruled on Elo boosting in the past. Most recently, Shern ‘Shernfire’ Tai of OPL team Dire Wolves was suspended for all Riot-affiliated League of Legends competition for the remainder of the year.

This suspension comes just before the final week of the LCS, where TiP currently sits at 11-5. Riding a six game win streak, Team Impulse looks to secure a second place finish with games against Gravity and Team Liquid in week 9. NoL will continue to update this story as it develops.

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By Riot Magus

By Semifinals, two stages of Worlds will be complete. The final four teams will have conquered so much, but there are still two last battles left that they must win. On the stage in Brussels, we’ll determine the two teams who will face-off to be crowned 2015 World Champions.

Here’s the important information that you need to snag your seat at Semis below:

 

TICKETS

 

Q: When do Semifinals tickets go on sale?
A: Tickets will go on sale July 22 at 8:00am PDT / 5:00pm CEST via Ticketmaster – Belgium.

 

Q: How much are tickets?
A: Tickets are €39 / $42* for the floor seats and €29 / $31* for the bleacher seats, plus applicable fees. All prices are listed in Euros.

 

*US DOLLAR PRICES ARE ESTIMATES BASED ON CURRENT EURO TO USD CONVERSION RATES AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

Q: Can you confirm the final prices after fees and taxes?

A: Fees vary based on the individual buyer since you might need to pay taxes based on your location. Fees also vary on how you decide to receive your ticket such as e-ticket, will call, mailing, etc. Find out more information on Ticketmaster – Belgium

 

Q: What languages is the ticket site available in?
A: English, French, and Dutch.

 

Q: If tickets are in high demand, will there be a queue?
A: Yes, Ticketmaster uses a queue system that will select purchasing order by random lottery. Keep in mind that being in the queue does not guarantee that you will be able to purchase tickets.

 

Q: Do I have to create an account to buy tickets?
A: Yes, Ticketmaster – Belgium requires an account for any purchase. To save time, we recommend that you sign-up and create an account before tickets go live.

 

Q: How many days are my ticket(s) good for?
A: One ticket gets you a seat at one day of the event.

 

Q: I want to go to multiple days of the event. Can I buy a ticket package?

A: There’s no multi-day ticket package available. You’ll have to purchase your tickets individually for each day.

 

Q: Are seats assigned? I want to sit with my friends.
A: If you want to sit with your friends, buy tickets together. Seats are assigned for every ticket.

 

Q: How many tickets can I purchase at once?
A: Six tickets may be purchased per order.

 

Q: Are tickets refundable or can I exchange them?
A: Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

 

Q: Will there be more tickets in August?
A: There will be extremely limited quantities released in August based on our final production setup. If you want to guarantee a seat at Semis, we suggest not waiting until August since we cannot guarantee availability after the initial wave of Semifinals tickets is released on July 22.

 

Q: When in August will more tickets go on sale?
A: We’ll confirm August ticket sale timing in the coming weeks once we’ve finalized our production plans for all the venues.

 

Q: When will tickets for other Worlds events be released?
A: Head on over to our 2015 World Championship ticket guide for more information:

  • Group Stage tickets are currently sold out
  • Quarterfinals tickets are currently sold out
  • Finals will go on sale on July 29

VENUE AND EVENT DETAILS

Q: Where is the venue?
A: Brussels Expo, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Ville de Bruxelles, Belgium (Google Maps)

 

Q: When does Semis start on each day?
A: Brussels Semifinals:

  • October 24: 4 PM CEST
  • October 25: 2 PM CEST

 

Q: When do doors open at Semifinals?
A: Brussels Semifinals:

  • October 24: 3 PM CEST
  • October 25: 1 PM CEST

 

Q: Will there be other events (cosplay, merch, etc) at Semis?
A: We’re still working on our final plans so we’ll confirm when we get closer to the event. Cosplayers are always welcome to attend any esports event.

 

Q: What language will the live commentary of the event be in at Semifinals?
A: Live commentary in Brussels will be in English.

 

Q: Will there be radios with other languages available?
A: We’ll have options to listen with other languages available.

 

MATCHES

 

Q: What games are being played on which day?

A: The match schedule will be released after the Semifinals. Please be advised that you might not see your region play on a particular day.

Stay tuned to to Lolesports to see what 16 teams will compete in the 2015 World Championship. We’ll share more information about Finals tickets on Monday, July 27.

 

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After several weeks of declining performances, Andy “Reginald” Dinh will take the reigns as head coach of Team SoloMid.

With the Airing of TSM: Legends Episode 21 on July 17th, we were given a behind the scenes look at and the teams coaching structure. That same day, Reginald took to twitter to express his thoughts on the current state of the team.

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Right now Loco is having a difficult time keeping the conversations productive,””Multiple players have expressed that they’re not confident with giving Loco complete authority.

Starting Monday I will be stepping in as head coach and I’ll be leading discussions within the team in a productive manner. (I won’t be on stage.)

 

In a second post, Reginald addressed the initial reaction from the community, confirming that locodoco will remain with the team.

“Even though Loco has made some mistakes with coaching TSM, he’s actively trying to fix his issues and become a better coach.

“Everyone on the team is working towards one goal, improving. I believe Loco will learn from this experience and he’ll be a better coach for it in the future.”

Sitting at 9-6 currently, Team SoloMid plays against Team Dignitas on Sunday, July 19th to round out their week 8 in a tiebreaker match for 6th place.

Heading into MSI what was your preparation like heading into the event? What were your expectations beforehand and did you feel confident that you could perform on an international stage?

We prepared like we did for playoffs in the NA LCS, but keeping in mind the meta in the other regions and what they’re likely to play. I don’t think we ended up having the best grasp on the Meta though, and we didn’t have enough time to adapt after playing all the international teams in scrims. I had pretty low expectations since I try to avoid having high hopes and disappointing myself, but I did have confidence that we could potentially do well.

After playing in scrims I felt pretty confident in my own individual play compared to the other mids in the tournament, I don’t think it was lacking. Our mid pool was very safe and independent of help, so it might not have looked like I had a lot of pressure/control in the matches.

 

Looking back, would you have done anything differently at MSI? What are your thoughts on your own performance?

For me personally I would have put a lot more practice into Leblanc and Azir as those were power picks that patch but we didn’t pick up on them in time. Azir is a champion that requires a ton of practice, and we thought we would be able to efficiently counter LeBlanc, but it’s very difficult considering her power level on that match. I think my individual performance was fine, I played pretty consistent in all laning phases but I also didn’t play champions with high kill pressure. Unfortunately I didn’t get to show much later in the game since we fell apart early in every match.

 

What are your thoughts on the MSI Finals? Did you expect EDG to win? 

I thought the final could go either way but SKT would take it in the end, was pleasantly surprised seeing EDG counter Fakers Leblanc and win the final game, definitely deserved!

 

What did you learn most from the event? 

Mostly to respect other regions and their meta/picks. Other teams had heavy focus on top lane and there were a couple of meta picks we didn’t pick up on before the tournament. It’s important to stay on top of the meta and play what is strongest if you want to compete internationally.

 

It always gets asked, but I have to: What was it like laning against Faker?

Laning against Faker on stage was a cool experience. I was nervous in the early game but he made a couple mistakes that let me get pressure and blow his summoners. I feel like they may have underestimated us and therefore he was going for aggressive trades that he normally wouldn’t have, which ended up getting punished.

 

How has your play changed since joining TSM? What do you believe you have improved on most?

When I joined TSM I played mostly assassins and some Orianna, but my Orianna was not near the level of the rest of my assassin champion pool. Since joining TSM I can play more playstyles and a bigger variety of champions. I also learned how to translate my own lead in lane to snowballing other lanes and winning the game, instead of trying to get more kills or a bigger cs lead.

 

How much impact does the mid laner have on the game and what should their primary focus or role be? 

Mid lane has a lot of impact on the game, since if you lose control of mid, their mid can move first to every skirmish or fight around the map. Also when you lose mid tower you lose a lot of control, and they can freely move into your jungle without being spotted by the first mid turret. The primary role or focus changes depending on what champions you play. You can go play assassin/split pushers, poke champions, team fight or supportive champions, the mid lane is very versatile in terms of its role.

 

How are you enjoying the current Meta? What changes, if any, would you make to the game right now?

I don’t mind the current meta, though it saddens me a little to see assassins falling out. Mid lane is mostly about fulfilling a poke or team fighting role depending on your team’s needs.

 

Who do you see occupying the top 3 spots before playoffs? Do you believe NA is a contender for the World Championship title, more specifically TSM?

I think the top 3 in NA by the end of the split will be us, Gravity and Team Liquid in any order. Gravity has really shown up this split and shown they can be strong, and Liquid is extremely solid. NA is looking slightly weak as a region but hopefully the top teams can pick it up with a bootcamp before worlds. With the right mindset I believe any of us can catch up with a month or two of boot camping.

 

Are there any champions outside of the Meta you would like to see in competitive play? Who is your  favorite champion in Solo queue right now?

Even though he can be situationally viable I love playing yasuo and wish he would be a more competitive pick. He has such a high skillcap and outplay ability and is a champion you never stop improving on. Also the likes of Riven mid, miss those times.

 

Shoutouts?

Shoutout to all the fans for supporting us, especially after the fiasco at MSI, we’ll do better in the future! Also thanks for all our sponsors and TSM for giving me the opportunity to be here. I’m living the dream.

 


Tim Kimbirk is a Journalist and content creator for TSM. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

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After being auto-relegated at the end of the 2015 Spring Split, former MeetYourMakers Mid Laner Marcin “Kori” Wolski has joined NA side Challenger team Vortex, dailydot reports. Currently sitting at last place with an 0-6, Final Five rebrand Vortex makes this move in the face of being knocked out of the North American Challenger Series.

With the NACS playoffs approaching, NoL will continue to update with coverage of the finals , deciding who gains automatic entry into the 2016 Spring Split.

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Joining Riot Games in 2013, League Operations Manager Nick Allen will be moving on from the company at the end of July, taking up an eSports role at Twitch. Recently joining Riot as Associate eSports Manager, Hunter “Riot Hebble” Leigh will take up some of Nick Allen’s responsibilities as Riot continues to develop their LCS Operations team.

By Riot Magus

Hey LCS Fans,

Today we unfortunately have some sad news to share – our own Nick Allen will be leaving Riot at the end of July to be closer to family in Northern California.

It’s hard to say goodbye. It’s been an amazing run over the past two and a half years with Nick at the helm of League Operations, and we’ve loved working with him to steer and grow LoL esports worldwide. Family is incredibly important, and we support Nick’s decision to move to be closer to them. As esports fans, we’re also glad that Nick will be staying in esports and accepting a role at Twitch in esports partnerships. We’re looking forward to continuing working with him to evolve and innovate esports into something that’s worthy of you guys.

In terms of how this affects the LCS, while we can never replace Nick Allen’s full beard or his ability to be the butt of fine jokes, we’ve recently strengthened our LCS operations team with the addition of Hunter “Riot Hebble” Leigh. Expect to hear more from him in the coming months as he and the LCS team continue to improve how our league works from day to day to support teams, players and fans.

Esports and the LCS has grown tremendously these past few years, and it’s been an incredible journey that we’ve been honored to share with Nick. While it’s sad to see him go, we’ll remember his contributions to building the sport we love and are looking forward to seeing what he can do in the future. We know Nick will be just… fine.

 

Nick Allen’s Official Statement

 

Whoa, I can’t believe I’m writing this: I have decided to move on from Riot Games. I love my role in the LCS, but it’s time for me to move back to Northern California to be closer to family.

It’s been a wild ride. I’ve put my heart and soul into League of Legends esports at Riot for a little more than 2 years, and I feel good knowing that I leave behind a team whose #1 goal is to make players and fans happy. I’ve learned a ton of things during my time at here. Among them:

  • Operating a league, competitive rulings, and setting precedent are all challenging concepts–especially in the face of rapid growth.
  • Esports is continuing to grow at an extremely rapid pace, and no one is totally sure where it’s going. But, I have a feeling one day esports will be as culturally relevant as traditional sports.
  • Rioters can be just as creative as coming up with good “Nick Allen fine” jokes as you guys are.

Although I’ve decided to leave Riot, my esports journey continues as I’ve taken an esports partnerships role at Twitch which I am extremely excited about. I’ll still be around, and I’m looking forward to enjoying League of Legends esports as a fan.

Keep being passionate, keep giving your feedback, and keep pushing the esports industry to be the very best it can be. Its nothing without you.

Sincerely, Nick Allen

 

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