Disgaea 5: How I took out Carnage Baal

In this video I became one of only 87 toons that  have managed to defeat Carnage Baal on Disgaea 5 for the PS4.  I tested this on normal difficulty because I had not tried it before and did not want to pull this on 20 stars until I could beat it.  The 20 stars strategy will come at a later time but I found some strategy on a random website and tried putting it to use.

You only need 2 squad attacks – so put your two strongest people in the squad with the 20 people each = and both as leaders.  I use Foot Solider and Supply Depot squads.

The characters you will need:

  • Two maxed out Sages to be your main attackers
  • 2 Bears, with enough HP to enter the map
  • 1 Nine Tails, preferably Izuma
  • Usalia
  • 1 Maid with Erylander Z overload
  • Logan with his overload
  • Zeroken with his own overload
  • Christo with his overload
  • 6 Archers with Erylander Z overload

For the sage, the first sage that squad attacks Baal will be setup with an Evility setup

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The second Sage that squad attacks the Baal Bits will have this setup:

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The first Sage gets a Bear and Usalia,  The Second Sage gets a Bear and Izuna for magic change.

Zeroken and Logan will have evility setups that are wrestler oriented with Pro Tosser and allows them lift from two squares away.  Before you magicchange any monsters, position them to help Zeroken clones to throw the geo blocks ATK and DEF onto purple, then the one enemy boost block from purple onto yellow.  Equipping Beetle on both of them is helpful for this fight but both must have revenge ready to go as soon as they enter the map.  If they got other unique evility slots use the Maid and Kunochi ones.

Archers Evility Setup looks like:

  • Support Attack, Evil Eye, Lovely Song, Cursed Dance as Uniques
  • Common:  Lock Eyes, We All Get Along, Second Attack, Flying Bullets, Power Shot, Bad Trip

Maid Evility Setup

  • Unique:  Lovely Song, Evil Eye, Cursed Dance
  • Common: Know How to Use It, Licensed Caregiver, Angel Leadership, Angel Flight, Dark Song

Christo Evility Setup:

  • Unique: Tactician, Superlative Ally, Cursed Dance, Evil Eye, Lovely Song
  • Common:  Dark Song, Lock Eyes, Angel Leadership

Zeroken Evility Setup:

  • Unique: Flowing Water, Underdog Bravery, Support Attack, Cursed Dance, Evil Eye
  • Common:  Power Throw, Flying Bullets, Vacuum Lift, Dark Song, Lock Eyes

Logan Evility Setup:

  • Unique: Support Attack, Cursed Dance, Evil Eye
  • Common: Power Throw, Vacuum Lift, Flying Bullets, Dark Song, Lock Eyes

Usalia and Izuma setups

  • Unique: Bully, Evil Eye, Cursed Dance
  • Common: Unity, Ambush, Dark Song, Lock Eyes

Bear setups:

  • Unique:  Bully, Rage Charge, Cursed Dance
  • Common: Ambush, Dark Song, Lock Eyes

In this battle, All Out Attack is required but Final Trump Card is NOT.  Note that I do not have the evility setups for all the characters as I was merely dry running the fight but somehow won in this battle:

I did not use Sardines in this battle but the Sage only needs enough SP for Squad Attack.

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Football Manager 2018 – 8 clubs to manage

With Football Manager 2018 about to come out in a few weeks here are a few clubs that you may want to consider a career mode with.

  1.  SKA Khabarovsk, Russian Premier League

This team is playing in the top flight of Russian football for the first time in history – and this club is located less than 20 miles from the border with China and less than two hours from the Pacific Ocean.  Because of its remote location, this club is more likely going to focus on homegrown talent than bring in a big signing.  The stadium only has 15,000 capacity, so your main focus is staying in the top flight for a few years focusing on mid table obscurity before you make that main push to the top, upgrading your youth facilities and camping the United States and China based amateur prospects for your transfer needs.

2.  Burton Albion, Sky Bet Championship

This club has managed to survive a season in the second tier of English football, which the clubs in that league can basically put their run of their money when paired against any other club in European top flight.  The transfer budget is shoestring, but you got the top facilities to compensate and the objectives mean just survive in the championship.  Burton plays in a 6700 seat stadium so if you get promoted you will be moving to a nearby town like Leicester just to play home matches until you build a new ground.  The main plan is to stay within your means and survive for a few seasons until you get enough money to build a new stadium, then make that push.

3.  CD Leganes, La Liga

Last year not only they played their first season in the Spanish top flight but survived.  This year this Madrid based club is making run in the top half of the table, largely using youth academy rejects from the other La Liga teams and wisely using the loan market for the rest.  The facilities suggest that Leganes was trying to keep up with their local rivals, but the stadium only accommodates 11,000 peeps.

4.  Spennymoor Town FC, Conference North

This club is in the England 6th tier for the first time in history and has a stadium that accommodate 3000 peeps, which is a big one in this league.  While this squad has a lot of veterans, there is some U23 prospects that were youth academy rejects of Premier League clubs and in real life they are going for promotion once again.

5.  Sutton United, National Conference

Last year this London based club hosted Arsenal in the FA Cup and gave that club all they could handle.  Piegate aside, this club is once again in the top part of the table and that is despite the fact this is their second season in the 5th tier, the highest they been.  While their home ground is artificial turf, it does seat 5000 and for a non league side their facilities are decent – and they are fully professional.  A career mode run might be making this club the top dog in London within 10 years first by making wise use of youth academy rejects from the major clubs then staying within your means as you upgrade facilities.

6. Qarabag FK, Azerbaijan Premier League

It suggest that the shirt sponsors that Atletico Madrid ran about this nation came back to haunt them in real life, when they drew this club in the group stage (a club that was happy just to get this far), went on the road and failed to leave with 3 points.  This league only has 8 teams and runs a format similar to Scotland but teams often have to deal with finances.  Qarabag has made it to the group stage of the Champions League in real life – the first club from the nation to get that far, and have the best facilities in that nation.  Focus on youth development, set up a custom database with the youth intake age at 14 (because nobody else is touching your talent until 18), and make the big clubs sniff around your talent.  This league is lenient with foreign players but the transfer and wage budgets are not your friend.

7. Europa FC, Gibraltar Premier Division

In previous years Gibraltar was a useless nation in Football Manager.  However, hardcore players have realized that it remains the EU, only requires players to stay in the nation for 3 years to get citizenship, and have some of the most lenient foreign player rules in Europe (though majority of the players are Spanish).  As an result, this nation is often exploited for loaning purposes by more experienced Football Manager players – and uncapped players that manage to stick around for 5 years – often switch nationality to play international football.  The main reason why we went with Europa FC is the fact they won the league last year and the goal is somehow get them into the Champions League group stage.

8.  Yeovil Town, Sky Bet League 2

The majority of this squad are U23 with just one veteran striker, no transfer budget, no wage budget, and the goal is to survive.

#FFXI – The 30 Day Relic Weapon Challenge

I’m in the middle of doing this challenge on my main character, which I have been playing off and on for 15 years (took a 3 year break from 2013-2016 when ESO and FFXIV came out along with real life additions to the family).  I been working on getting my first relic and currently got it in Stage 3 dagger, which will be nice for my Thief for farming.  Speaking of Thief, I been farming the currency and spending long hours in Dreamworld Dynamis.

The rules for this challenge are:

  • Finish this in 30 days or less.  This may be harder for some people due to real life jobs, but for others it can be doable.
  • All Original Dynamis zones unlocked – this means clearing the cities and Beaucedine to unlock Xarcabard.
  • Dreamworld Dynamis unlocked – you don’t need to clear these zones, just have these zones for currency farming.  This is available once you clear CoP 3-5.
  • Under no circumstances you are to buy dynamis currency.  You must farm it from the mobs and that will means long hours battling Nightmare type mobs.  You may buy the appropriate crafting items required for Stages 2 and 3 but not currency.
  • The portion of Rhaposides of Vanadiel mission line that unlocks instant reentry to Dynamis.  This part is very important as it will speed up the currency farming and you will no longer have to wait for JP midnight to reenter.
  • Trusts – certain trusts are necessary and the progression of the RoV storyline to have 5 trusts out at once is required.

The emphasis is efficiency farming the currency that you need as it is possible to get 3 to 4 stacks of a single currency type per 2 hour run.  While some switch mobs based on JA timers, it is possible to run 4 dynamis runs daily only focusing on a single mob that drops your currency of choice and get 12-16 stacks per real life day.  With these odds it is possible to farm an 10,000 byne bill in a week.

Trust setups

For the TE mobs use 4 hardcore DD and a healer and kill those mobs ASAP.  Use extreme caution if the TE mobs are near NIN and SMN type mobs – their two hours can wipe your entire party even if all precautions are taken.  If you are doing this as a job other than THF/DNC, you will need to consider a thief trust instead of a healer trust.

For the JA window, this is my main setup:

  • Gessho (Provoke)
  • Qutalda (Light Shot)
  • Uka (Steps)
  • Koru Moru
  • healer that does not melee

With this rig, I end up procing the mobs 90% of the time, and only fail to proc when the trigger is something that I don’t have.

For the WS window, this is my setup

  • Koru Moru
  • Zeid
  • F. Coffin
  • Valenrial
  • Qutalda

The WS window is not my favorite window and sometimes I will run to a nearby JA monster during that time instead of attacking the desired currency mob.  I only get procs about 10-15 percent of the time even if I use crappy weapons.

For the MA Window my setup is simpler

  • Koru Moru
  • Gessho
  • Shantotto
  • Ullegore
  • Joachim

Be prepared to release and recast trusts as they run out of MP.  The proc rate is better than the WS.  Keep your back to the mob unless there is a proc or you are running out of time.  Avoid Shantotto II as he will melee.

If you haven’t figured out by now, the Nightmare mobs in Dreamworld Dynamis have the best currency drop rates and as long all 5 TE mobs are down, the procs will always result in currency drops (beware that some mobs even after proc will only drop one currency).  Obviously the best farming Nightmare mobs are some of the all time classics:  Mandragoras, Crawlers, and Crabs in Buburimu, Goobbues in Valkurm, and Diremites and Tigers in Qufim.  You will quickly figure out that these camps only support one or two people so you may want to search an area before entering.  You will need enough inventory space to hold all the RareEx junk as well.

Last but not least, use all the homepoint telepoints and survival guide books unlocked as there will be several trips to the respective beastmen stronghold to exchange currency for 100 pieces.  You may utilize using Ambuscade hallmarks on currency, especially right before a version update.

UPDATE 9/22/17 – Finally obtained my first relic.  It took 19 days to finish the challenge.  By farming all the currency, I saved nearly 80,000,000 gil in the process.  I did a session before work and a session after work every day and averaged 4 1/2 stacks of dynamis currency per session.

#FFXI – Chocobo Digging Profit

Being an experienced digger in FFXI when it comes to Chocobo Digging, this is the best way to make major profit from digging.

  1. Blue Race Silks = a must have.  Obtained from Chocobucks.
  2. Personal chocobo, preferably with burrow/bore
  3. Chocobo Whistle

As long you got all three, you can dig and make money.

Behemoth’s Dominion

Target: Behemoth Hide, Heavy Metal, Darksteel Ore, Lightning Cluster

Heavy Metal is your top target as they go for 90K a pop but don’t rule out the Lightning Clusters that go for 100k per stack and the Behemoth Hide which is in demand by leathercrafters.

Marjami Ravine

Target: Akaso, Tulfarie Feathers

While you can get various ores with burrow, the main money makers are Akaso which is in demand by high level clothcrafters, and the feathers which are used in a quest.

Xarcabard [S]

Target: Sif’s Macrane, Rusor Fang, Dragon Heart

Highly recommended to have burrow to dig Jacranda Logs but the main goal is Sif’s Macrane.  While this zone is aggro hell having that home point by the Walk of Echoes is necessary and head towards the Beaucedine zone where there is a spot where zero mobs spawn.  While you will dig up a lot of junk items a single Sif’s Macrane is going for 200K a pop.  Burrow is very profitable here, as Lacquer Tree Logs sell for hefty profit and Oak Logs have a high turnover rate.  Rusor Fang sells to the NPC for good prices which may offset the low turnover rate at the AH.

Attoahwa Chasm

Target:  Iolite

The main target is Iolite, though there are some items that sell to the vendor quite well.  Iolite is a gobbiebag quest item and thus sells very well on the AH with high turnover.

#FM17 – Building a MLS Dynasty

Playing in Major League Soccer on Football Manager 17 is a challenge due to their salary cap and roster rules but it is easy to build that dynasty if your play your cards right.

  1.  The players that declare for the super draft are usually players that will need to go out on loan, regardless when they got drafted.

Lets get this straight.  Most of the players that are taken in the super draft are crappy players, especially you can get a better talent for a player of a similar age from a foreign nation on loan.

2.  MLS clubs that own USL clubs (LA Galaxy, RBNY, Orlando City, etc) are at an dramatic advantage over the clubs that don’t go that route.

USL is a great place to loan out your academy graduates and draft picks.  Make sure to use that custom database that unlocks the NASL and USL.  To ensure they get playing time, use a second head coach profile for that USL team.

3.  Look for bargains through transfer listed players and the waiver wire.

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Atlanta United made the mistake of putting this player on the waivers at the start of the 2017 season and I promptly made a claim.  I was awarded this player and before the season was over he was already a key member of the first team.

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Chivas transfer listed this guy but in real life is usually a first choice player or one of the first players off the bench for the RojiBlancos.  Cost me just 1.5M, key player for most MLS clubs to the point a DP slot is necessary, but importantly he is just getting into his prime.

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Use the waiver drafts to steal young talent, like this guy with high potential that I drafted in the 2016 draft from Houston.  Already a regular in the first team, usually as an starter or one of the first players off the bench.

4.  The academy intake day is very important.

Always save on December 25 (the 26th if the date turns out to be the 27th).  You have no control on what players come in, so you need to be able to reload your game if the intake is god awful.  Homegrown players are very important as it not only saves you money, but the MLS roster rules are much more lenient to those types of players.  Leave them in your academy unless they are about to age out (do not sign them until the window opens in December unless your team has been decimated with injuries).

5.  In real life the attendance at USL games have soared and for good reason:

Almost every MLS club has realized that the competition there is tough and have used it as a bridge between the academy to the first teams.  Other players go there with the hope of showcasing their talent to a bigger club.  If you unlock that editor file make sure to have a second head coach profile and control their playing time.

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Disgaea 5 – item world end game update

I had not had a lot of time in the game except on Sunday afternoon due to the fact I am working 6 days a week with my employer and most of my spare time has been limited to Sundays.  Since it takes roughly 2 hours to do an 100 day curry in an item world, I preferred to do it when I have more than 3 hours of spare time on the weekend.

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This is an item that just hit Kill Bonus 400 and has an training bonus of 295.

Notes to keep in mind:

  • Kill bonus until 400 does not add any stats.  Each point over 400 adds an fixed stat percentage increase but you will not truly find out that value until the item is level 9999.  Innocents have no impact on kill bonus.  Once at level 9999 the fixed increase is 2000 per kill bonus increase beyond level 400.
  • Training bonus is an multiplier.  It only works with the basic stat innocents that is shown in this image.  It goes by X being the Training Bonus and it is multiplied with the percentage of the innocent value and the item level.  Thus at first the bonuses when leveling an end game item in this manner will be very small at low levels but at level 9999 it will be almost as high as the stats that are naturally on the item.

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The math is that we will have to subtract 50000 from the innocent value and the value gained by the kill bonus (KBB = [CKB – 400]4000) and now the bonus gained from the item that now has training bonus 377 just from training bonus modifiers is 8064.  Diving that number from item level gives you 5.376, which you now divide from training bonus and the multiplier is roughly 0.014.  This will explain why the number does not increase every time the item levels up.

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To prove it, this is from a Glimmerblade with max training bonus of 3260, max item level, and a Kill Bonus of 450.  We will use the stat modifier of DEF, as the modifiers from HP are different than the modifiers of the other stats.

DEF of 2299976 – first we subtract the kill bonus modifiers because that is added after the training bonus so we will have to subtract 200,000 from that stat.  Now we have the training bonus stat of 2099976 which goes into the math equation where it is divided by item level and training bonus.  We first divide by item level and it will give you 210.018, and then by training bonus that now gives the bonus of 0.064.

This shows that the multipliers for Rank 40 item is somewhere between 0.014 and 0.064 but now the math is complicated.

#FM17 – evaluating prospects

While the scouting reports have improved in Football Manager 2017, the main trick is watching for the top prospects in the world as soon as they pop up in the game.

  1. Gauge the players stats – what you are looking for is several numbers in the double digits – particularly Determination, Work Rate, and Teamwork.
  2. Player personality – you are looking for positive traits such as Driven, Ambitious, Determined, and Professional.
  3. Natural Fitness stat – while you have no control about training this, players with higher natural fitness stats hold up better in the top flight.  These players are less likely to succumb to injuries.

Do not go with the star ratings by the scouts – those star ratings are affected by world reputation AND league reputation and have little to do with current ability of your player.  Instead you are looking for in the scouting report “suited for XXXX” with the X being your current league.

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This is why some of the top Football Manager YouTubers such as Jenkaldo always have the live editor enabled.  With the live editor enabled, you can see the current and potential ability as a number, not as stars:

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This makes it easier to determine whether to accept or reject youth candidates on intake day.

When it comes to scouting first team players, the process is similar:

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While the scouting team has doubts with this player, he has very few negatives.  Given he is a free transfer I would had made a bid for him if it wasn’t for the fact I already got a first choice GK and two decent backups behind him.  Sometimes the best roster moves you can make for your first team are the free transfers as every season a decent player or two is let go.  Even though this player has a current ability of 160-170, the scouts only gave him two stars – why?  He does not have a high world reputation at all.

#FM17 – The Monaco way

In real life AS Monaco has been known as one of the top clubs in the French Ligue 1, even though they are based in a tiny neighboring nation.  The nation they are based in is Monaco, and the club name is based from that nation, and the colors are the same colors of the nation.    This nation is so tiny that they are the only football club in the nation, thus the reason why they play in France.

In recent years the club had fallen on hard times due to financial fair play violations (which included a forced relegation in 2003 per French rules which was overturn only on appeal) and as recently as 2012-2013 was playing in Ligue 2.  It was around that time that the club made a change in philosophy of buying young prospects as soon as they legally could do so and put them straight into their first team or their main reserve team.  It was when they brought in Claudio Ranieri as their manager and the team started buying an handful of U23 prospects that he identified and rebuilding their youth team with proper scouting.  While Ranieri did leave at the end of the contract, the team was back in Ligue 1 with tons of exciting young prospects and eventually made a run in the Champions League.

The strategy

Three simple philosophies are based in the Monaco Way including:

  1. Buying top prospects as soon as they are able to, namely from Africa where France has lenient foreign player rules regarding those players.  This includes 16 years old for most EU nations, and 18 for South America.  The focus is the nations where it is easier to buy the players for five or six figure deals, not in nations where it costs at least 7 figures for a 16 year old.
  2. Avoiding the loans unless the player is already homegrown, the player is too old for the academy, OR it is clear that the player has no chance in making the first team.  Sometimes the loans are necessary due to France having a strict non EU rule.  The loans are usually done to the Belgium club Cercle Brugge, which is a nation that has much more lax rules regarding foreign players, or to Portuguese club Rio Ave (another nation with lenient foreign player rules), but occasionally to Ligue 2 clubs.
  3. Only buy players as roster spots allow in only the positions of need

When it comes to the bigger clubs wanting to buy their first team players, usually it comes down to whether or not the player is unsettled and the most important aspect: is there a player (substitute, out on loan, reserve player) capable of making that player expendable.  Almost every season at least one key player is sold but not before the club had made a 8 figure profit.

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While typical Monaco techniques is to buy cheap prospects they rarely go with a large first team or reserve team.  They only buy to fill in the roster spots, partially due to the severe punishments that French teams face for violating domestic financial fair play rules.

How Monaco does this is the use of proper scouting, making use of scouting knowledge and the best scouts.  Their focus is Eastern Europe, Africa, and South America.  They have dipped into North America from time to time but the talent is not what they prefer and those players count as non EU slots, where in South America the talent pool is much better.

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Staff often come and go in the top flight but their staff members often come from several nations that the team often scouts players in.

Pulling this method off in Football Manager 2017 can be tricky but if you can do it right your club is simply reloading even if your best players keep getting sold.

#FM17 Bypassing the MLS Superdraft

If you have noticed MLS clubs may only sign youth players from their own academy in Football Manager 17.  So what if your rival team has a nice prospect that you really want that is in their academy?

The good news is that there is a way to get around the Superdraft but it will require some clever thinking.

Basic requirements:

  • Two head coach profiles, one for the MLS club of your choice and the other for a FOREIGN club with somewhat decent reputation in a nation where foreign player rules are very lax.
  • The use of editor to make the two clubs affiliated with each other may be necessary but there are some clubs that are already affiliated with.  To make things easier for yourself use the live editor but I have done this without.

Now the trick is

  • Always save the day before the youth intake date in the USA.  You actually have no control on which youth players come into the academy but you can keep reloading the save if the intake is awful.
  • Have your foreign club sign the prospects of the rival clubs around their 18th birthday.
  • Buy or loan the players the ensuing transfer window for a small fee.
  • Repeat

The best combo to run this is with Sporting Kansas City and Flumeinese – SKC has a B team and both sides got respectable youth setups.  Any other combo will need live editor but I had past success with SKC and Sporting Portugal.  NYRB is another good club to pull off the trick by using any of their European affiliates.

The main trick is trying to work around the MLS roster rules but with young players this is easier to do with the salary cap and by the time they are 22-23 the big boys are interested and you can flip the talent for profit.

How does this method works?

The Superdraft only applies to Amateur contract players based in the USA and Canada.

#FM17 – flipping young players for profit

I seen the one post about a player that did a revenue flipping technique for loans.  My approach (which I did in FM16 but not on a large scale) is simple:

  • Buy players on Amateur or Non Contract between the ages of 16-20
  • Buy only players with high potential
  • Sell to another club within 3 to 5 years

There are some databases you will need enabled.  First database is the USA.  Any database of a amateur club or a semi-professional club that always issues non contracts or amateur contracts (most of the African clubs in smaller nations go in this manner along with a lot of the smaller European nations) should also be enabled.

For the league, you should only go to a nation that has lax rules about foreign players.  Portugal and Gibraltar are two of the first choice nations (you will need a custom database for the latter.  Other nations with relatively lax rules include Belgium, Holland, Belarus (only in their top flight), Germany (10 year nationality rule is a drawback and can only do it in the top flight), and Sweden.  Portugal is a favorite of mine because you only need two homegrown players in the match squad in the top flight and as long the current ability is 95 or higher your player is suited to the division.   For FM17 an added bonus for Portugal was that the roster size limits were increased considerably along with when players could be registered, giving you more lee way on signing U19 players.  The roster rules are somewhat tighter in the lower tiers but all they care about is homegrown players.

With this setup I can bring in 10-15 players for less than 15,000 total (mostly in agent fees) at the age of 18, and by the time they are 19 or 20 another club sometimes pop in with bids.  You want bids at least in the 6 figures if their potential is above 140 and 7 figures if above 160.  The longer you hold on to them, the offering price will only go up, especially if they are a first team regular.  With the Americans, the MLS clubs will realize that this is a good way in circumventing the MLS draft and will often bid each other up and in most cases do not have to blow a DP slot.  As a result a lot of MLS clubs have set up affiliation agreements in Portugal on a real life basis with the big clubs.

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Turning a free transfer into a pure $170K profit with future add ons – always excellent piece of business.