### MikeMirzayanov's blog

By MikeMirzayanov, 4 weeks ago,

Hello, Codeforces.

It's time to take stock of last year. Shall we begin? And we are happy to sum up the results of the last season of Global Rounds. We announce the results!

We remind you that the global rounds are a joint initiative of XTX and Codeforces.

We hold 6 such rounds per year. All of them are open to both divisions. At each such round, 50 brand T-shirts were handed out, and we are happy to give T-shirts to all problem authors.

The prizes for the 6-round series are:

• In each round top-100 participants get points according to the table.
• The final result for each participant is equal to the sum of points he gets in the four rounds he placed the highest.
• The best 20 participants over all series get sweatshirts and place certificates.

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By MikeMirzayanov, history, 4 weeks ago,

Hello, Codeforces!

The year 2022 is finally coming to an end. Let's be clear. It's been a terrible year. Tomorrow I will make a wish, and you can easily guess which one.

I am writing these lines, and in a few minutes the Good Bye 2022 round will begin. And this inspires optimism and even pride in the community. Despite all these difficulties and troubles, we make rounds together and participate in them. Let's be grateful. And for this, let's say symbolic thanks to 2022 and a lot assistants: coordinators, problem writers, testers, participants and sponsors. We are many and we are together.

Can I have a little more detail on the Codeforces team?

Let me separately say thanks and words of admiration for the work of the coordinator of coordinators KAN and the senior developer geranazavr555. Both of you bring a lot to Codeforces, but your activity is not always noticeable. We appreciate it. Thank you!

I send thanks to Una_Shem: in the difficult conditions of broken global logistics, you do a lot so that the gifts are delivered to the winners, and the authors receive their reward.

Thanks to unreal.eugene for contributing to the development and kuviman for helping with setting up ci and other pipelines.

Who I will not say thank you to, it's cheaters! Ugh, to be like that. Please stay in 2022.

I'd like 2023 to be the year we regret leaving exactly one year from now.

Make our wishes come true.

* Image by ligrenok.

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By MikeMirzayanov, 5 weeks ago,

Dear Santa Claus. Please make 2023 a happy year, not just that. Please, we all need this.

Hello, 2023!

#### Change Handle Feature

Hurry! Only until the 10th of January, you can change your handle (but only once)! Note that it will be possible to roll back the changes or change the handle again only after a year. Be careful what you wish for.

You can change your handle to the new one which wasn't used before by anybody or which was used by you before. The links to a profile page with an old handle would automatically redirect to the actual profile.

Again, this year if you took part in at least 10 rounds you can request a handle of an inactive participant. It means that the participant should have a period of activity on Codeforces of at most 180 days, this period should be in 2020 or earlier. The inactive participant can't have posted comments, messages, and so on. It can't take part in more than 2 contests. It will be automatically renamed and informed by email. A user has the opportunity to request back his/her handle: in this case, we will roll back the change and return your previous handle to you. If you can't change your handle to another, it means that some requirements don't meet. Please do not ask me to do something with it. Especially, I do not like requests like "this is my second account, I took an interesting handle myself". I'm not Santa Claus.

reminisce the following story. Once a user wrote me the message: "Please change my handle from I_love_Valya to I_love_Sveta, as I no longer love Valya ..."

#### New Year's Masquerade of Colors and Ranks

The traditional magical tab has appeared in the profile setting. Happy New Year!

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By MikeMirzayanov, 5 weeks ago,

Hello Psyho, this is Mike. We are happy to help with likes. So, Codeforces?

I believe that 40 facts are too few for us. We need more!

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By MikeMirzayanov, 2 months ago, translation,

Hello!

Tomorrow (December 7th) the ICPC Northern Eurasia Finals (previously known as NEERC) will take place. The competition will be held at several venues: St. Petersburg, Barnaul, Kutaisi and Almaty. Almost 300 teams will take part in it.

Onsite Contest Current Standings →
Don't look in it if you take part in the online mirror contest

We invite you to join the online mirror of the competition: 2022-2023 ICPC, NERC, Northern Eurasia Onsite (Unrated, Online Mirror, ICPC Rules, Teams Preferred). It will start at Dec/07/2022 11:05 (Moscow time). We recommend participating in teams, but experienced individual participants will also have fun.

The duration of the competition will be 5 hours. Of course, the round is unrated.

Good luck!

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By MikeMirzayanov, 3 months ago,

Hi.

Sometimes it seems like all you have to do is change a couple of inscriptions on the site and that's it. But it's not that simple.

For example, I decided to change my friends to followers/subscribers. In fact, the relation we have here is more like a following or a subscription than a friendship.

But there's a tiny issue.

Sometimes this relationship is used in the interface in one direction (we are talking about those who follow us). Then everything is easy in this case, we can mention them as your followers.

Sometimes, it's about those you're following. Then a little more difficult. The best thing that I came up with and advised me is the term "following". But replacing "Friends Standings" with "Following Standings" (or "Followings Standings"?) looks so-so. Likewise, what was "Friends Rating Changes" and will it be "Following Rating Changes" (or "Followings Rating Changes")? Looks really clumsy.

Probably, you can change the interface so that to get rid of these menu items at all. But I don't want to do that now. It would be wonderful to find some way of writing that would be most successful.

Thanks to Ivan and Peter, with whom I have discussed this problem a little, but I haven't found a good solution.

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By MikeMirzayanov, 6 months ago,

Hello, Codeforces.

Look what an interesting thing I've been working on the last few days. Now, if a problem uses test cases and its validator is written in the recommended way (using setTestCase), then the example inputs are displayed using different colors.

Just follow the link and see how beautiful it turned out: https://codeforces.com/contest/1714/problems!

So far I have enabled this only for the last few rounds, but if everything works as intended, I will enable it for more rounds.

In order to support this, I had to tinker a lot. I made changes to testlib.h so that the validator can return test markup. Support for this markup required changes in various system services. But I think it's worth it!

The coolest thing is that it was possible to implement all this without changing existing problems. If a validator is used using the setTestCase feature, then this improvement can be applied to this problem.

Of course, it would be cool to have similar highlighting in example outputs as well. And even, say, synchronously highlight an input-output test case pair when hovering over. Unfortunately, standard checkers are often used, in which information about test cases is lost. Perhaps I'll apply some heuristics to make it work in most cases.

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By MikeMirzayanov, 6 months ago,

Hello, Codeforces.

I have wanted for a long time and now, finally, I sat down and did it.

Many of you are familiar with my Testlib project. This is a library that helps you develop problems if you are using C++. In the case of problems for Codeforces rounds, its use is mandatory. It seems to me that it is almost a de facto standard for preparing materials for completely different olympiads and competitions.

The history of С++-Testlib is almost lost in centuries, I published the first version in 2005.

Nowadays, making edits to Testlib has become tricky. The code grown to thousands of lines, also it has too long a history. This increases the likelihood of accidentally changing some aspect of behavior, which will jeopardize the holding of a Codeforces round or another important competition. In short, making a bug in this code or changing behavior anywhere is highly discouraged.

So I recently took the plunge and wrote some tests for Testlib. Here's what tests can do now:

• check that all cpp files in the repository are compiled (test test-000_compile-all-cpp)
• check the plausibility of the behavior of a simple sval.cpp validator on a series of files (test-001_run-sval test)
• check the plausibility of the behavior of the two checkers fcmp.cpp and wcmp.cpp on a series of files (test test-002_run-fcmp-wcmp)
• check that the behavior of the random number generator has not changed (test test-003_run-rnd)
• check the behavior of some functions and the behavior of InStream and opt in a series of unit tests (test test-004_use-test.h)

More good news. All this was automated through GitHub Actions. Tests are automatically run on any push or pull request.

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By MikeMirzayanov, 7 months ago,

Hello, Codeforces.

We have exciting news! Look at the logo. See the changes?

Yes, we are happy to announce our new sponsor and partner – the TON Foundation!

We appreciate their support!

The Open Network (TON) is a fully decentralized layer-1 blockchain designed by Telegram to onboard billions of users. The TON Foundation is aimed to further develop and advance the TON Blockchain and its related products for a mass audience.

Andrew Rogozov, founding member at the TON Foundation, says, "We strongly believe in the idea of competitive programming itself, because it is in the TON Blockchain DNA." The TON Blockchain protocol was designed by Nikolai Durov — who is a two-time ICPC world champion, a three-time IMO gold medalist, a multiple IOI medalist, and a co-founder of Telegram — and other winners of international competitions. Now the TON Blockchain core team consists of winners of blockchain contests held by Telegram.

The TON Foundation has already supported the CodeTON Round 1 earlier in March 2022. More than 22K users were registered, and 12K participants made at least one submission. "Codeforces is an unparalleled platform for developing the programming skills of coders all over the world. We are of one mind with the Codeforces team that such contests reveal a treasury full of talents," adds Andrew Rogozov.

I send rays of gratitude to Telegram and personally to Pavel Durov, who has supported our community for many years. With this help we have come a long way — we have run hundreds of rounds, developed the ecosystem, our community has grown hundreds of times. And we are moving forward! Support from the TON Foundation pleases with its succession.

I'm happy to announce that starting July 2022, we have the option to increase problem writer payouts. Hooray!

• Div. 2: $300; • Div.1 + Div. 2:$600;
• sponsored round: $900. In addition, we continue to encourage payments in cryptocurrency. In this case, we pay out +25%. I look forward to new rounds on our platform. — Mike Mirzayanov • +1188 By MikeMirzayanov, 8 months ago, Hello! I always like to think that Codeforces is not only a place where you come to compete but also a place where you can learn. Learn new things. Two years ago, we launched the EDU subproject, a platform for publishing classes. There are already several classes, but there are so many interesting topics around! The Codeforces team can write the platform, make the technical foundation, but it would be great to write content with the support of the community. Thanks to the support of competitive programming alumni, we have a budget for targeted grants for the preparation of new classes in the EDU section. Hope we have new content soon! We are looking for lesson authors who could prepare and record one or more lessons. Those who are now red or have ever been red are invited. We assume that one lesson (class) consists of: • 3-5 steps: break the lesson into logical parts, • video materials explaining the topic (usually, the total duration is 60-120 minutes), • text summary • a thematic training set of problems with a wide range of complexity (from the most basic on this topic to quite tricky ones) • first of all, we would like to cover the main topics of competitive programming — DP, graphs, basic data structures, etc. Please note that we expect you to record and edit the video by yourself. Look at already recorded lessons to understand the expected format and structure of lessons. We have a rich history of teaching, so you can count on our advice and assistance in preparing lecture plans and problems. If video editing scares you, then here we can help. We invite you to help grow the community and make history. I am sure that the recorded classes will be watched by tens of thousands of people (or more?). The reward for recording one class is$1000.

If you are now red or have ever been red and you are interested in this offer, then fill out the form (open until June 28th).

Apply →

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By MikeMirzayanov, 8 months ago,

Hello, Codeforces!

Recently, we have repeatedly encountered the fact that community members get confused in rounds, mistaking unofficial training in mashups with a round, which is prepared by the Codeforces team and the writers together with our coordinators.

To make it a little clearer, I ask you not to use "Codeforces Round ..." in the names of unofficial training rounds (mashups). Probably, if you are doing a series of such rounds, then you better come up with your own naming — this will make it clearer to the audience.

P.S. If you see that any author has not noticed my appeal, then please let him know.

Thank you!

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By MikeMirzayanov, 9 months ago,

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By MikeMirzayanov, 10 months ago,

Hello.

In the meantime, the onsite event has already begun. You can follow the results at the link https://nerc.itmo.ru/archive/2021/standings.html (refrain from viewing if you want to plan to write a mirror and want the conditions as close as possible to the participants in the competition).

There is great news. This year it was possible to get together without any online participation. Teams write from one computer! Good old ICPC.

And I suggest you join the online mirror. It is designed for team participation by those who have passed the qualifying competitions. Ready to try? Use the link: 2021-2022 ICPC, NERC, Northern Eurasia Onsite (Unrated, Online Mirror, ICPC Rules, Teams Preferred).

Good luck!

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By MikeMirzayanov, 10 months ago,

Hello.

I started processing responses on the form where we collected your TON wallet addresses. Unfortunately, many winners did not complete the form. I contacted some of them in PM and it turned out that this was not intentional.

We are extending the deadline for completing the form until 2022-04-06 23:59:59 (UTC +3). Please, if you want to receive coins, then fill out the form. A valid address looks like a random 48-character string. To register a wallet, follow one of these links: https://tonkeeper.com/ or https://wallet.ton.org/

The form can be filled out at https://codeforces.com/userForm/203c74605996e40f

Coins will be received by those who are at the top-1000. Additionally, those who solved at least one problem in this round will receive 1 coin each. Details can be read at the link.

The form will be processed on April 7th. And in a week after it, we will send out coins. Please do not disturb me or the organizers with questions that are answered in this post.

Also I remind you about TON Smart Challenge contest aimed at contract source code optimization: https://t.me/toncontests/26 It's not too late to connect and try your hand

TON Smart Challenge 1 →

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By MikeMirzayanov, 10 months ago,

Hello, Codeforces.

We live in difficult times. And, unfortunately, our community is highly dependent on world events around us. Three years ago, it seemed easy to send a t-shirt anywhere in the world. Now it's a quest with many unknowns. Just a few months ago, it was not difficult to send a reward to the problem writer. But now, we are cut off from the outside world and regulated by multiple new laws.

And here it is very important not to lose, not to break what has already been done. Don't stand still, move forward. I am very glad and grateful to the problem writers and coordinators that in March we managed to hold 10 ratings (we held 9, come to participate in the tenth). Thanks to everyone who took part in the preparation!

And I want to share another great news. Our friends NEAR has come up with the initiative to support the community during this difficult time. We are pleased to announce that the upcoming rounds will be funded by NEAR, which will help with the payment of rewards to problem writers and coordinators. This is a timely and important help. Thanks!

It will be easier and faster for us if the problem writers or coordinators have the opportunity to accept a reward in the form of a cryptocurrency transfer. In this case, we are ready to transfer 25% more and make the transfer much faster. Oh, it's a pity we can't send t-shirts with crypto.

And I remind you that the next round (and Codeforces Round #780 (Div. 3)) is waiting for you) will take place very soon, on Mar/31/2022 17:35 (Moscow time). I hope to see you among the participants.

— Mike

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By MikeMirzayanov, 10 months ago,

TLTR: If you are in the top-1000 of CodeTON Round 1, then fill out the form by the link https://codeforces.com/userForm/203c74605996e40f. Also, anyone who solved at least one problem in the round can fill out it and get 1 TON airdrop. The deadline is 23:59:59 (UTC +3) 04.04.22.

Hello. Great news from the TON Team. I give them the floor.

Good news everyone!

We decided to celebrate the successful finish of the CodeTON round by airdropping all the people who have solved at least one of the problems (officially, practice and virtual participation don't count) of the CodeTON round. Such participants are eligible for 1 TON airdrop and a memorable NFT. Please do note that such NFT bears only symbolic value and is not entered to have any financial or investment value.

Please submit your TON wallet address via the link https://codeforces.com/userForm/203c74605996e40f if you are eligible for such an airdrop by 23:59:59 (UTC +3) 04.04.22.

Winners are more than welcome to provide organizers with the TON Wallet addresses to claim their prizes.

We also want to invite all of you to try yourself at TON Smart Challenge contest aimed at contract source code optimization: https://t.me/toncontests/26

TON Smart Challenge 1 →

Thank you for taking your part, hope you enjoyed the round, looking forward to meeting you later!

TON Foundation

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By MikeMirzayanov, 11 months ago,

I can't write for the entire Codeforces, because this community consists of different people and opinions. I will write for myself. I have two children — my sunshine daughter Tanechka and Codeforces. Recently I talked with Tanya and called what is happening a catastrophe, a big evil, and pain. As a child, I was brought up that war is the greatest of tragedies. So I repeat this to my second child. No war! I dream of waking up in a world where people don't hide in bomb shelters. The offensive of the Russian troops is a terrible dream and a nightmare. The government has given the order, and now people are dying, families are being torn apart and cities are being destroyed. Geopolitical ambitions are above all. It would seem that civilization is here it is, but troubled wild times have come again. Ukraine is a sovereign free country, our friends and colleagues are there.

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By MikeMirzayanov, 12 months ago,

Tomorrow will be the first global round of this year. And we are happy to sum up the results of last season. We announce the results!

We remind you that the global rounds are a joint initiative of XTX and Codeforces. We are happy to announce that they continue into the new year.

We hold 6 such rounds per year. All of them are open to both divisions. At each such round, 50 brand T-shirts were handed out, and we are happy to give T-shirts to all problem authors.

The prizes for the 6-round series are:

• In each round top-100 participants get points according to the table.
• The final result for each participant is equal to the sum of points he gets in the four rounds he placed the highest.
• The best 20 participants over all series get sweatshirts and place certificates.

The final standings after six rounds (sorted by total points in four best placed rounds):

Place Contestant = GR 13 GR 14 GR 15 GR 16 GR 17 GR 18
1 Radewoosh 3291 291 1000 1000 1000 291
2 tourist 2815 135 403 1000 706 706 346
3 ksun48 2201 135 706 706 443 346 265
4 maroonrk 1894 1000 226 142 226 265 403
5 Petr 1730 575 497 575 83
6 Benq 1662 497 575 346 244
7 jiangly 1501 497 346 63 497 161 4
8 Um_nik 1199 176 575 346 102 34
9 dengyaotriangle 1094 94 1000
10 DmitryGrigorev 1065 706 176 70 54 113
11 duality 1045 277 371 186 211
12 Golovanov399 1017 254 277 138 325 161
13 tatyam 969 291 161 325 29 192
14 hos.lyric 888 128 254 181 325
15 lumibons 871 325 265 176 105
16 aid 868 226 145 218 198 226 29
17 Subconscious 812 171 125 403 113
18 fantasy 767 192 575
19 sunset 742 371 371
20 gisp_zjz 725 153 198 60 277 97
21 yosupo 724 4 14 706
22 SSRS_ 715 68 90 31 186 371
23 dlalswp25 707 204 161 131 211 92
24 QAQAutoMaton 700 575 125
25 kotatsugame 659 149 105 277 128
26 hitonanode 657 181 62 307 107 8
26 qazswedx2 657 403 254
28 Ormlis 642 171 48 235 149 87
29 inaFSTream 641 198 443
30 never_giveup 626 218 192 74 142 58
31 244mhq 625 218 291 116
32 LayCurse 622 149 265 192 16
33 He_Ren 582 371 131 80
34 natsugiri 574 166 110 80 218
35 mango_lassi 555 119 135 97 204 11
36 LJC00118 523 198 325
36 dreamoon_love_AA 523 52 307 72 92 37
38 Maksim1744 517 54 244 66 153
40 yhx-12243 511 443 68
41 nuip 499 166 90 171 72
42 afo 497 497
42 he_____hezhou 497 497
44 SpyCheese 489 46 443
44 snuke 489 27 218 244
46 ugly2333 484 138 54 74 218
47 Toxel 468 90 76 254 48
48 AndreySergunin 444 244 78 122
49 RALZH 443 443
50 hank55663 420 63 235 122
51 NotaMotuaQAQ 417 110 307
53 Alice_foo_foo 403 403
54 Endagorion 399 211 1 17 166 5
55 Farhod_Farmon 397 153 102 142
56 ecnerwala 391 346 45
57 hanbyeol_ 390 291 99
58 dorijanlendvaj 385 10 52 166 157
59 zh0ukangyang 383 157 226
60 blackbori 377 83 50 244
61 huyinghao0706 371 371
62 sansen 370 116 254
63 TLEwpdus 362 2 211 149
64 Heltion 351 235 116
65 dario2994 350 94 128 58 70
66 tmwilliamlin168 348 41 307
67 turmax 339 142 119 78
68 ko_osaga 325 325
69 Karry5307_AK_NOI2023 321 110 211
70 TLE 320 149 171
71 heno239 312 176 70 66
72 p_b_p_b 307 307
72 353cerega 307 52 153 102
72 HIR180 307 307
75 Marcin_smu 301 265 36
76 receed 300 102 198
77 Alan233 299 113 186
78 tute7627 297 27 58 70 142
79 Froggygua 291 291
80 fanache99 288 131 105 52
81 Isonan 281 107 157 17
82 MyBotDear 277 277
84 jiangly_fan 273 157 116
85 Rafbill 272 80 87 105
86 mtsd 269 138 131
87 fivedemands 265 265
88 risujiroh 262 58 204
89 TheQueenOfHatred 257 22 235
89 Temotoloraia 257 226 10 21
91 Elegia 254 254
92 gs18115 252 192 60
93 Egor 244 244
93 AliShahali1382 244 85 24 135
95 l1ll5 238 34 204
95 atomicenergy 238 46 16 135 41
97 kotamanegi 235 235
97 _h_ 235 235
99 noimi 225 94 34 97
100 potato167 216 37 22 58 99
101 kmjp 215 22 27 116 50
101 AutumnKite 215 153 62
103 Argentina 212 186 26
104 baguettes 211 211
105 RussiaMustDie 210 116 94
106 mystery 204 204
106 renascencepjw0510 204 204
108 wasa855 202 26 176
108 fastmath 202 92 110
108 amethyst0 202 181 21
111 errorgorn 199 43 78 78
112 Froggay 198 198
113 ainta 195 119 76
114 uwi 192 192
115 Geothermal 188 157 31
116 nantf 186 186
116 YeongTree 186 186
118 voidmax 181 181
118 Rainbow_qwq 181 181
118 scott_wu 181 181
121 Torta 177 80 97
122 nick452 176 176
123 fedoseev.timofey 174 39 63 72
124 cnoi 171 171
124 MAOooOAM 171 171
126 nutella_waxberry 166 166
126 PetelgeuseRomaneeconti 166 166
128 Nachia 164 138 26
129 huhaoo 161 161
131 Ra16bit 158 66 92
132 dsgrekova2 157 157
132 peti1234 157 125 32
134 krijgertje 153 119 34
134 Y25t 153 153
136 Egor.Lifar 152 8 16 128
137 isaf27 150 63 87
138 Swistakk 149 149
139 Amoo_Safar 145 145
139 __fishingprince__ 145 145
139 137_345_2814 145 145
139 mnaeraxr 145 145
144 abc864197532 144 125 19
144 saba2000 144 125 19
146 ppavic 142 142
147 m_99 141 22 119
148 Xellos 140 92 48
149 neal 138 138
149 why_no_girlfriend 138 138
151 crackersamdjam 135 135
151 gyh20 135 135
151 conqueror_of_tourist 135 50 37 48
154 flashmt 131 94 37
154 shb123 131 131
156 oleh1421 130 4 94 32
157 qwerty787788 128 128
157 Zhtluo 128 128
159 Noam13 126 2 2 122
160 Melania 125 125
161 AlesyaIvanova 124 74 50
162 Arayi 122 122
162 Hazyknight 122 122
162 djq_cpp 122 122
165 Suiseiseki 119 119
166 yuyue 116 116
166 Merkurev 116 116
168 simonlindholm 113 113
168 Yongaron 113 113
168 chenyanbo 113 113
171 Pyqe 108 45 63
172 Itst_boyfriend 107 107
172 Tiramister 107 107
172 asdsasd 107 107
172 rama_pang 107 107
176 Wu_Ren 105 105
176 ix35 105 105
178 Alex_2oo8 102 102
178 chi1012 102 102
180 antontrygubO_o 99 99
180 krismaz 99 99
180 tabr 99 99
180 Comet_Honeymoon 99 99
184 Vercingetorix 97 41 56
184 donentseto 97 97
184 Suika_predator 97 97
187 BurnedChicken 96 60 29 7
188 Kodaman 92 92
189 ljcleo 90 90
189 TeaPot 90 76 14
189 Kubic 90 90
193 Aishiteru. 87 87
193 Enchom 87 87
193 antekb 87 87
196 God_Of_Blunder 85 85
196 voover 85 85
196 sumitacchan 85 85
196 sys. 85 85
196 Skyqwq 85 85
201 szhlg 83 83
201 skywalkert 83 83
201 emptyhope 83 83
205 djq_fpc 80 80
205 Roundgod 80 80
207 scli_weapon 78 78
209 C.S.T.T 76 76
209 AoLiGei 76 76
209 orzdevinwang 76 76
209 dXqwq 76 76
213 PinkieRabbit 74 74
213 prick 74 74
213 Snow-Flower 74 17 56 1
216 szb 72 72
216 KevinWan 72 72
218 zscoder 71 37 34
219 hamlet 70 70
219 timmyfeng 70 70
221 est_stella 68 68
221 happyguy656 68 68
221 veckoper 68 68
221 Izumi_Chiaki 68 68
225 kektus 66 66
225 awoo 66 66
225 K_T_O 66 66
228 Rubikun 63 39 24
228 Kalptaru 63 63
228 YLWang 63 63
228 AnandOza 63 36 27
232 jonathanirvings 62 62
232 jcvb 62 62
232 izone 62 62
235 AlexLuchianov 60 60
235 20I6wudi 60 60
235 saketh 60 60
238 Monogon 58 58
238 peltorator 58 58
240 PolarFlea 56 56
240 tfg 56 56
240 Quirrel 56 56
243 balbit 54 54
243 Pa.Nic 54 54
243 NeoOrgano 54 54
246 alireza_kaviani 52 52
246 lzoi.win 52 52
248 s_r_f 50 50
248 icypiggy 50 50
250 _Ash__ 48 48
252 mshcherba 46 46
252 Barichek 46 46
252 yspm 46 46
252 PuRpLe_FoReVeR 46 46
252 maspy 46 46
257 wifiiii 45 45
257 Gary 45 45
257 LMOliver 45 45
257 physics0523 45 45
261 zhangzy 43 43
261 suyiheng 43 43
261 xuanyi 43 43
261 arvindf232 43 43
265 MofK 42 26 16
266 lucaperju 41 41
266 jiangIy 41 41
266 doped.silicon 41 41
266 shennong 41 41
270 shb 39 39
270 kostia244 39 39
270 Maripium 39 39
273 cheissmart 37 37
273 stevenkplus 37 37
275 Wailydest 36 36
275 leaf1415 36 36
275 klimoza 36 36
278 Iscream2001 34 34
279 Bellalabella 32 32
279 soltanbh 32 32
279 olmrgcsi 32 32
279 Sung.An 32 32
283 SamBankman-Fried 31 31
283 Mandy-Sa 31 31
283 FluffyT 31 31
283 MonkeyKing 31 31
287 Nyaan 29 29
287 amnesiac_dusk 29 29
287 Marckess 29 29
290 dragonslayerintraining 27 27
290 budalnik 27 27
292 catupper 26 26
292 Tlatoani 26 26
294 A-SOUL_Bella 24 24
294 KeNaj712 24 24
294 ALILILILILI-KHAN 24 24
294 Zayin 24 24
298 hexagonwarrior 22 22
298 16silver 22 22
300 sava-cska 21 21
300 sugarrr 21 14 7
300 sd0061 21 21
300 loveye 21 21
300 yuto1115 21 21
305 w0nsh 19 19
305 rniya 19 19
305 S2speed 19 19
305 almogwald 19 19
309 1092515504 17 17
309 HoshimiOWO 17 17
309 xay5421 17 17
312 C137 16 16
314 CXY007 14 14
314 Nero 14 14
314 dendi239 14 14
314 cuom1999 14 14
318 olphe 13 13
318 destination 13 13
318 eecs 13 13
318 SW2000 13 13
318 PaiGuGou 13 13
323 Akulyat 12 7 5
324 _Guoyh_ 11 11
324 Yukikaze_ 11 11
324 wiwitrifai 11 11
324 JeanBombeur 11 11
324 Atreus 11 11
329 Obsidian 10 10
329 Laurie 10 10
329 al3xstr33t 10 10
329 xwp 10 10
333 Ali.Kh 8 8
333 nweeks 8 8
333 magga 8 8
333 Kostroma 8 8
337 EnAnimant 7 7
337 Nots0fast 7 7
337 zyb 7 7
340 NoLongerRed 5 5
340 kamer 5 5
340 craborac 5 5
343 TheScrasse 4 4
343 tin-jyu 4 4
343 strongerthanspeed 4 4
346 iaNTU 3 1 2
347 dfcmd 2 2
347 caoyue 2 2
349 Jlytxdy 1 1
349 Werner_Yin 1 1
349 GRT_2018 1 1

• +194

By MikeMirzayanov, 12 months ago,

Hello, Codeforces.

Unfortunately, we have to declare the round unrated.

Absolutely, these are not issues of the side of Codeforces code, but rather it is a hardware issue. Probably, electricity, power unit or something else. This led to unexpected repeated reboots of the server with the database. I hope that we will be able to quickly deal with this.

We apologize to the writers of the round and its participants.

P.S. Please, do not downvote the round announcement: the writers are not to blame for what happened. And in general, this time it is difficult to blame someone. Sometimes hardware fails.

Mike.

• +1497

By MikeMirzayanov, 13 months ago,

But why not!

Many people here seem to know me. Or maybe not quite? I am ready to answer your questions. Ask me anything! I plan to spend no more than 3 hours on answers. Sorry if I can't answer all the questions.

Let's more or less follow the rules from here https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/wiki/index

Below is actually a quote from the rules.

The interviewee begins the process by starting a post, describing who they are and what they do. Then commenters from across the internet leave questions and can vote on other questions according to which they would like to see answered.

The interviewee can go through and reply to the questions they find interesting and easily see those questions the internet is dying to have the answer to.

Because the internet is asking the questions, they're going to be a mix of serious and lighthearted, and you'll find yourself sharing all kinds of things you won't find in a normal interview.

Comments will be removed under a few circumstances:

• Requests for personal favors from the OP (For example, "OP, can you send me a signed autograph").
• Comments where there would be no possibility of a real answer, especially where it is deliberately creepy or offensive.
• "I bet OP won't answer this"-type responses, which usually come after the OP has finished responding to questions.
• "Fluff," non-contributing responses from users, responding to all of the OP's comments for karma/attention.
• Repeatedly asking the same question.

Please, don't attempt to bypass the rules by adding a ? to a nonquestion.

Questions must be directed toward the individual(s) doing the IAMA.

Under our policies, astroturfing is the practice of an individual or group of individuals who plant questions in an IAmA post for a particular purpose. This kind of behavior is forbidden.

UPD 1: Oh, I'm kind of tired of doing this. Please keep asking questions. Tomorrow I will answer again. Don't forget to vote for the most interesting ones. I will not have time to answer everything, I will choose something. Thanks!

UPD 2:

• +1062

By MikeMirzayanov, 13 months ago,

Hi.

Here is the list of top-voted blog posts in 2021. Find something interesting for yourself?

1 The Ultimate Topic List (with Resources, Problems and Templates) 4383 YouKn0wWho
2 Codeforces Round #752 3156 YouKn0wWho
3 User activity in the profile! [new, Feb. 2021] 3055 geranazavr555
4 Codeforces Round #712 2866 Monogon
5 Codeforces Round #733 (Div. 1 + Div. 2) 2795 tourist
6 Codeforces Round #735 (Div. 2) 2167 YouKn0wWho
7 Things I don't know 1965 Um_nik
8 My opinion on how to practice competitive programming 1899 Radewoosh
9 Goodbye 2021. Hello 2022! 1849 MikeMirzayanov
10 Corruption, Cheating at ICPC Yinchuan 1685 NXIST_buster
11 Codeforces Global Round 14 1595 FieryPhoenix
12 Evidence of ACPC Corruption 1547 ACPC_Corruption
13 C++20 Is Released 1524 MikeMirzayanov
14 Codeforces Round #743 Is Unrated: Investigating the Reason 1522 MikeMirzayanov
15 I compiled a list of almost all useful blogs ever published on Codeforces [update: till 09.06.2021] 1500 parveen1981
16 New Year Gift: Codeforces Catalog — Early Access 1448 MikeMirzayanov
17 Codeforces: Results of 2020 [list some changes and improvements] 1394 MikeMirzayanov
18 Codeforces Round #715 1371 Kuroni
19 Giving negative feedback to contests in comments 1347 antontrygubO_o
20 (The Ultimate) Code Library 1334 YouKn0wWho
21 Where are my pants 1323 sus
22 Codeforces Round #736 1253 Agnimandur
23 On Problems vs. Questions in Competitive Programming: My solution 1178 Ari
24 Competitive Programming Hall of Fame — cphof.org 1176 Ra16bit
25 Codeforces Round #732 1175 AquaMoon
26 Codeforces Round #722 1145 AmShZ
27 Codeforces Global Round 13 1092 star_xingchen_c
28 Polygon Updates (June — August 2021) 1013 unreal.eugene
29 Codeforces Round #742 (Div. 2) 967 ScarletS
30 Codeforces Round #741. How contest author is entertaining. 950 Wind_Eagle
31 Codeforces Round #723 (Rated for Div 2) 923 errorgorn
32 Petition to make (onsite part of) ICPC WF 2020 1-computer 914 Um_nik
33 Cheater Report in Global Round 15 910 kostka
34 Codeforces Round #703 (Div. 2) 908 okwedook
35 Codeforces Round #743 878 Markadiusz
36 Why didn't anyone tell me that Petr was in the Vatican? 872 Franchesco_virgoliniiii
37 [Tutorial] GCC Optimization Pragmas 854 nor
38 See your Codeforces 2021 Journey!! 830 abdude824
39 Discussion: Modern G++ Command Line 830 MikeMirzayanov
40 Codeforces Global Round 15 823 dario2994
41 China team won the IOI2021 820 Fuyuki
42 Codeforces Round #698 (Div.1, Div.2) 816 Nezzar
43 Codeforces Round #746 (Div. 2) 806 Hemose
44 Codeforces Round #754 (Div. 2) 805 JeevanJyot
45 Codeforces Round #745 Editorial 799 interlude
46 VK Cup 2021 — Final (Engine) and Codeforces Round #740 798 tourist
47 Codeforces Round #738 (Div. 2) 796 Bazoka13
48 Codeforces Round #708 781 shishyando
49 April Fools Day Contest 2021 781 Nickolas
50 Codeforces Round #761 (Div. 2) 773 dbsic211

• +214

By MikeMirzayanov, 13 months ago,

Hey!

Are you celebrating the New Year already? I wish you a Happy New Year. I wish you progress, joy and health.

We decided to show the current progress in the catalog of significant Codeforces posts.

So far, quite a bit has been implemented, but somehow you can already use it! Would you like to see it? Follow the link:

As planned, the catalog will collect and classify interesting and useful posts from Codeforces. Indeed, many useful articles have been written in Codeforces over 12 years (God, already 12 years!).

The catalog will be a kind of Codeforces golden fund in the future.

The catalog is a tree of topics to which posts can be added. We will still work on its functionality, for now there are only basic features. Don't be discouraged if something is not supported, which is very necessary — just let me know!

Any red user can enable directory editing. Remember that it is extremely important to make all changes thoughtfully and carefully. The tree should not become infinite in size. You need to have a sense of proportion when detailing topics. Please add only good, useful articles to the directory. If there is a disagreement on the contents of the catalog, the administration will make the final decision.

Hope this will be helpful. And together we can put together a catalog and keep the catalog up to date.

P.S. Many thanks to KAN who helped a lot with suggestions and catalog initial content.

• +1754

By MikeMirzayanov, 13 months ago,

Hello.

Here's a small improvement for posts and comments. Likes can now be specified in their markup. Maybe this will be useful for organizing some kind of polls or collecting feedback.

Here are some examples:

Markup
Use square brackets instead of round
Result
Simple likes widget
(likes:1)
Same keys means same likes widgets
(likes:2)
(likes:2)

Same keys and different groups can be used for exclusive choices
(likes:3,option1)
(likes:3,option2)

Yes, I know that this feature can be improved. I would prefer that we try to use it a little and understand what exactly is missing the most. Maybe we need to implement the fully functional polls.

Let's do a small survey using the new feature.

1. What is your age range?

• under 16:
• 16-20:
• 21-25:
• 26-35:
• 36+:
2. Tabs or spaces?

• tabs:
• spaces:

• yes:
• no:
• I don't know:
4. Lately, there have been a lot of meaningless blogs on Codeforces. Is it worth strengthening measures to fight against them?

• yes definitely:
• rather yes, but not necessarily:
• rather no, I read some of them:
• no definitely:

• +745

By MikeMirzayanov, 13 months ago,

Hello Codeforces!

Oh yes, 2021 ends! I recently realized that 2022 is pronounced like "2020 too". Not that. I want a completely different year!

Anyway, we did a nice job this year. I hope we have pleased you with interesting problems. Thanks to the round coordinators and writers! You make our community richer. Please make us happy in 2022!

I wish you all interesting tasks and brilliant solutions! I wish you error-free code and wish us only rated rounds :-)

Hello, 2022!

#### Change Handle Feature

Hurry! Only until the 10th of January, you can change your handle (but only once)! Note that it will be possible to roll back the changes or change the handle again only after a year. Be careful what you wish for.

You can change your handle to the new one which wasn't used before by anybody or which was used by you before. The links to a profile page with an old handle would automatically redirect to the actual profile.

Again, this year if you took part in at least 10 rounds you can request a handle of an inactive participant. It means that the participant should have a period of activity on Codeforces of at most 180 days, this period should be in 2019 or earlier. The inactive participant can't have posted comments, messages, and so on. It can't take part in more than 2 contests. It will be automatically renamed and informed by email. A user has the opportunity to request back his/her handle: in this case, we will roll back the change and return your previous handle to you. If you can't change your handle to another, it means that some requirements don't meet. Please do not ask me to do something with it. Especially, I do not like requests like "this is my second account, I took an interesting handle myself". I'm not Santa Claus.

reminisce the following story. Once a user wrote me the message: "Please change my handle from I_love_Valya to I_love_Sveta, as I no longer love Valya ..."

#### New Year's Masquerade of Colors and Ranks

The traditional magical tab has appeared in the profile setting. Happy New Year!

• +1867

By MikeMirzayanov, 14 months ago,

In 2021 (as in 2019 and 2020), with the support of XTX Markets, 6 rounds of the new Codeforces Global Rounds are held: common rounds for both divisions of 7–9 problems each. The duration of the rounds is 2-3 hours, depending on the number and complexity of the problems. All such rounds are rated for all participants. At each such round, 50 brand T-shirts are handed out, and we are happy to give T-shirts to all problem authors.

The prizes for the 6-round series in 2021:

• In each round top-100 participants get points according to the table.
• The final result for each participant is equal to the sum of points he gets in the five rounds he placed the highest.
• The best 20 participants over all series get sweatshirts and place certificates.

Current standings after five rounds (sorted by total points in four best placed rounds):

Place Contestant = GR 13 GR 14 GR 15 GR 16 GR 17
1 Radewoosh 3291 291 1000 1000 1000
2 tourist 2815 135 403 1000 706 706
3 ksun48 2201 135 706 706 443 346
4 maroonrk 1717 1000 226 142 226 265
5 Petr 1647 575 497 575
6 jiangly 1501 497 346 63 497 161
7 Benq 1418 497 575 346
8 Um_nik 1199 176 575 346 102 34
9 duality 1045 277 371 186 211
10 DmitryGrigorev 1006 706 176 70 54
11 Golovanov399 994 254 277 138 325
12 aid 868 226 145 218 198 226
13 tatyam 806 291 161 325 29
14 lumibons 766 325 265 176
15 sunset 742 371 371
16 dlalswp25 707 204 161 131 211
17 Subconscious 699 171 125 403
18 gisp_zjz 688 153 198 60 277
19 hitonanode 657 181 62 307 107
20 never_giveup 626 218 192 74 142
21 244mhq 625 218 291 116
22 LayCurse 622 149 265 192 16
23 Ormlis 603 171 48 235 149
24 QAQAutoMaton 575 575
25 natsugiri 574 166 110 80 218
26 hos.lyric 563 128 254 181
27 mango_lassi 555 119 135 97 204 11
28 kotatsugame 531 149 105 277
29 LJC00118 523 198 325
29 dreamoon_love_AA 523 52 307 72 92
31 Maksim1744 517 54 244 66 153
33 yhx-12243 511 443 68
34 He_Ren 502 371 131
35 he_____hezhou 497 497
36 SpyCheese 489 46 443
36 snuke 489 27 218 244
38 AndreySergunin 444 244 78 122
39 RALZH 443 443
40 nuip 427 166 90 171
41 Toxel 420 90 76 254
42 NotaMotuaQAQ 417 110 307
44 Alice_foo_foo 403 403
44 qazswedx2 403 403
46 Farhod_Farmon 397 153 102 142
47 Endagorion 395 211 1 17 166
48 ecnerwala 391 346 45
49 hanbyeol_ 390 291 99
50 blackbori 377 83 50 244
51 SSRS_ 375 68 90 31 186
52 huyinghao0706 371 371
53 sansen 370 116 254
54 Heltion 351 235 116
55 tmwilliamlin168 348 41 307
56 turmax 339 142 119 78
57 ko_osaga 325 325
58 p_b_p_b 307 307
58 353cerega 307 52 153 102
60 Marcin_smu 301 265 36
61 receed 300 102 198
62 hank55663 298 63 235
63 Froggygua 291 291
64 fanache99 288 131 105 52
65 Isonan 281 107 157 17
66 dario2994 280 94 128 58
68 jiangly_fan 273 157 116
69 Rafbill 272 80 87 105
70 ugly2333 266 138 54 74
71 fivedemands 265 265
72 Temotoloraia 257 226 10 21
73 Elegia 254 254
74 heno239 246 176 70
75 Egor 244 244
75 AliShahali1382 244 85 24 135
77 l1ll5 238 34 204
78 kotamanegi 235 235
78 _h_ 235 235
80 dorijanlendvaj 228 10 52 166
81 noimi 225 94 34 97
82 TLEwpdus 213 2 211
83 baguettes 211 211
84 mystery 204 204
84 renascencepjw0510 204 204
86 fastmath 202 92 110
86 amethyst0 202 181 21
88 inaFSTream 198 198
89 atomicenergy 197 46 16 135
90 uwi 192 192
90 gs18115 192 192
90 fantasy 192 192
93 Geothermal 188 157 31
94 Argentina 186 186
94 nantf 186 186
94 YeongTree 186 186
97 voidmax 181 181
97 scott_wu 181 181
99 Torta 177 80 97
100 nick452 176 176
101 fedoseev.timofey 174 39 63 72
102 cnoi 171 171
102 MAOooOAM 171 171
104 nutella_waxberry 166 166
105 kmjp 165 22 27 116
106 Nachia 164 138 26
107 huhaoo 161 161
109 Ra16bit 158 66 92
110 dsgrekova2 157 157
110 peti1234 157 125 32
110 zh0ukangyang 157 157
113 tute7627 155 27 58 70
114 AutumnKite 153 153
115 Egor.Lifar 152 8 16 128
116 isaf27 150 63 87
117 Swistakk 149 149
117 TLE 149 149
119 Amoo_Safar 145 145
119 __fishingprince__ 145 145
119 mnaeraxr 145 145
119 137_345_2814 145 145
123 saba2000 144 125 19
124 ppavic 142 142
125 m_99 141 22 119
126 Xellos 140 92 48
127 mtsd 138 138
127 why_no_girlfriend 138 138
129 crackersamdjam 135 135
129 conqueror_of_tourist 135 50 37 48
131 flashmt 131 94 37
131 shb123 131 131
133 qwerty787788 128 128
133 Zhtluo 128 128
135 Noam13 126 2 2 122
136 Melania 125 125
136 abc864197532 125 125
138 AlesyaIvanova 124 74 50
139 Arayi 122 122
139 Hazyknight 122 122
139 djq_cpp 122 122
142 errorgorn 121 43 78
143 krijgertje 119 119
143 ainta 119 119
145 potato167 117 37 22 58
146 RussiaMustDie 116 116
146 Merkurev 116 116
148 simonlindholm 113 113
148 Alan233 113 113
148 Yongaron 113 113
148 chenyanbo 113 113
152 Karry5307_AK_NOI2023 110 110
153 Pyqe 108 45 63
154 Itst_boyfriend 107 107
154 Tiramister 107 107
154 asdsasd 107 107
157 Wu_Ren 105 105
157 ix35 105 105
159 Alex_2oo8 102 102
160 antontrygubO_o 99 99
160 krismaz 99 99
160 tabr 99 99
160 Comet_Honeymoon 99 99
164 oleh1421 98 4 94
165 donentseto 97 97
165 Suika_predator 97 97
167 BurnedChicken 96 60 29 7
168 dengyaotriangle 94 94
169 Kodaman 92 92
170 ljcleo 90 90
170 TeaPot 90 76 14
173 Aishiteru. 87 87
173 Enchom 87 87
173 antekb 87 87
176 God_Of_Blunder 85 85
176 voover 85 85
176 sumitacchan 85 85
176 Skyqwq 85 85
180 szhlg 83 83
180 skywalkert 83 83
180 emptyhope 83 83
184 djq_fpc 80 80
184 Roundgod 80 80
186 scli_weapon 78 78
188 C.S.T.T 76 76
188 AoLiGei 76 76
188 orzdevinwang 76 76
188 dXqwq 76 76
192 prick 74 74
192 Snow-Flower 74 17 56 1
194 szb 72 72
194 KevinWan 72 72
196 zscoder 71 37 34
197 hamlet 70 70
197 timmyfeng 70 70
199 happyguy656 68 68
199 veckoper 68 68
199 Izumi_Chiaki 68 68
202 kektus 66 66
202 awoo 66 66
202 K_T_O 66 66
205 Rubikun 63 39 24
205 Kalptaru 63 63
207 jonathanirvings 62 62
207 jcvb 62 62
207 izone 62 62
210 20I6wudi 60 60
210 AlexLuchianov 60 60
210 saketh 60 60
213 risujiroh 58 58
213 Monogon 58 58
213 peltorator 58 58
216 PolarFlea 56 56
216 tfg 56 56
216 Quirrel 56 56
219 Pa.Nic 54 54
219 NeoOrgano 54 54
221 alireza_kaviani 52 52
222 s_r_f 50 50
222 icypiggy 50 50
224 _Ash__ 48 48
226 mshcherba 46 46
226 Barichek 46 46
226 yspm 46 46
226 PuRpLe_FoReVeR 46 46
230 wifiiii 45 45
230 Gary 45 45
230 LMOliver 45 45
233 zhangzy 43 43
233 xuanyi 43 43
233 arvindf232 43 43
236 lucaperju 41 41
236 jiangIy 41 41
236 Vercingetorix 41 41
236 doped.silicon 41 41
236 shennong 41 41
241 shb 39 39
241 Maripium 39 39
243 cheissmart 37 37
243 stevenkplus 37 37
245 leaf1415 36 36
245 AnandOza 36 36
245 klimoza 36 36
248 Iscream2001 34 34
249 Bellalabella 32 32
249 olmrgcsi 32 32
249 soltanbh 32 32
249 Sung.An 32 32
253 Mandy-Sa 31 31
253 SamBankman-Fried 31 31
253 FluffyT 31 31
256 Nyaan 29 29
256 amnesiac_dusk 29 29
256 Marckess 29 29
259 dragonslayerintraining 27 27
259 budalnik 27 27
261 wasa855 26 26
261 catupper 26 26
261 Tlatoani 26 26
261 MofK 26 26
265 KeNaj712 24 24
265 ALILILILILI-KHAN 24 24
265 Zayin 24 24
268 TheQueenOfHatred 22 22
268 16silver 22 22
270 sava-cska 21 21
270 sd0061 21 21
270 yuto1115 21 21
273 w0nsh 19 19
273 rniya 19 19
273 S2speed 19 19
273 almogwald 19 19
277 yosupo 18 4 14
278 HoshimiOWO 17 17
278 xay5421 17 17
280 C137 16 16
282 Nero 14 14
282 sugarrr 14 14
282 dendi239 14 14
282 cuom1999 14 14
286 olphe 13 13
286 SW2000 13 13
286 PaiGuGou 13 13
286 destination 13 13
290 Akulyat 12 7 5
291 Yukikaze_ 11 11
291 wiwitrifai 11 11
291 JeanBombeur 11 11
291 Atreus 11 11
295 Obsidian 10 10
295 Laurie 10 10
295 al3xstr33t 10 10
298 Ali.Kh 8 8
298 nweeks 8 8
298 Kostroma 8 8
298 magga 8 8
302 Nots0fast 7 7
302 zyb 7 7
302 EnAnimant 7 7
305 NoLongerRed 5 5
305 kamer 5 5
305 craborac 5 5
308 TheScrasse 4 4
308 tin-jyu 4 4
308 strongerthanspeed 4 4
311 iaNTU 3 1 2
312 dfcmd 2 2
313 Jlytxdy 1 1
313 GRT_2018 1 1

• +124