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2025-2028 MAG Code of Points
Updates, Clarifications, and 
Changes from the previous cycle

This page contains the most significant changes for the Men's Gymnastics

2025-2028 Code of Points from that of the previous cycle, bringing together clarifications, interpretations, and updates from newsletters and other reliable sources*.

The changes listed here are based on the version of the

MAG 2025-2028 Code of Points that was released in July of 2024.

This resource will be updated when clarifications and interpretations are communicated through MTC Newsletters, the FIG Judges’ Course presentations, and

FIG Competition Judges’ Instructions.

In short, this page should serve as a single source for changes, corrections, and updates that can be used in conjunction with the actual Code of Points.

The most recent updates, clarifications, and changes are noted in BLUE

Attention is brought to rules and long-standing elements that have been removed,

as those changes are otherwise easily overlooked

Some personal observations and comments are in italics.

While every effort is made to maintain accuracy, this is not an official FIG document. 

This page is intended to be a handy reference, a resource for sharing information,

and supplement to studying the 2025 Code of Points, not a replacement. 

Note: This page uses the following terminology:

  • Swallow = Maltese/Hirondelle/Support Scale at ring height

  • Planche = Support Scale (above ring height)/Top Planche

  • Back Lever = hanging scale rearways

  • Flair = Flare/Thomas

  • Basket = Peach/Felge

*Resources include:

Updated 17 July  2024   

Coming Soon - Practice Routine Evaluations

General Rules

  • 50 second touch warm-up period for all apparatus (not just Parallel Bars) (Article 2.1)

  • Note: The -0.5 deduction for a coach speaking directly to or signaling a gymnast during a routine still remains. (Article 3.3)

  • Floor Time judges must give an audible signal at 60 and 70 seconds (Article 5.5.1)

  • 8 counting elements (7+ dismount)

    • Maximum 4 elements from the same element group (Article 6.1)

  • Added table for averaging E scores based on the number of E judges available (Article 6.1)

    • 7 E scores: average middle 3

    • 5 E scores: average middle 3

    • 4 E scores: average middle 2

    • 3 E scores: average the 3

    • 2 E scores: average the 2

  • Updated short exercise table for 8-element routines (Article 6.3) (see table)

  • Added J element = 1.0 (Article 7.1.1)

  • Connection may be awarded only for directly connected recognized high value elements performed without a fall

    • I.e., Connection can be awarded with a large error

Element Group Modifications:

  • Floor Exercise now has four element groups (Article 7.2.2)

  • Vault: Round off entry vaults have been divided into 2 groups (IV & V) (Article 13.2.2.1)

  • Parallel Bars: EGs I and II have been swapped (Article 14.2.2.1)

  • 0.5 is awarded for each element group fulfilled with a D or higher value element (Article 7.2.5)

  • 0.3 is awarded for each element group fulfilled with an A, B, or C (Article 7.2.6)

  • 0.5 is awarded for EG 1 (on all apparatus except for vault) for an element of any value (Article 7.2.6)

  • Dismount Element Groups are awarded the same value as the value of the dismount element. (e.g., F dismount gets 0.6 Difficulty Value and 0.6 Element Group value) (Article 7.2.8)

  • +0.1 stick bonus for stuck dismounts of C or higher value (and Vaults with saltos), except on Pommel Horse. (Article 7.2.9)

  • Angular deviations for strength hold and simple hold positions have been modified. (Article 9.2.9)

The following have been eliminated:

  • Removed: Coach’s responsibility to participate in awards ceremony (previously Article 3.2.i)

  • Removed statement that judges need to possess the category necessary for the level of competition they are judging (previously Article 5.1.b)

  • Removed Time Judge for Parallel Bars (previously Article 5.3)

  • Removed point about Elements in the same box with different values may be performed in the same exercise with both elements contributing to D score as those elements have been divided into separate boxes in this code. (previously Article 7.1.6)

  • Removed statement that dismount is always counted first on Pommel Horse and Floor exercise (previously Article 7.4.9)

General Rules
Specific Apparatus Rules

Floor

Floor
  • Noted that line judges observe the 2 lines closest to them “if seated on the field of play” (Article 10.2.1.2.a.ii)

  • Time reduced to 70 seconds since there are now only 8 counting elements. (Article 10.2.1.2.b)

    • An audible warning signal will be given at 60 and 70 seconds.

  • The same diagonal may only be used no more than 2 times in a row (Article 10.2.1.2.c)

    • -0.3 ND for violations (taken once per exercise by D1 Judge)

  • Clarified that each element or series must end in a visibly controlled landing and stop before continuing to any other type of element. (Not just non-acrobatic elements and includes choreography) (Article 10.2.1.2.e)

  • Element Groups are as follows (Article 10.2.2)

    • I.   Non-acrobatic elements

    • II.  Acrobatic elements forward

    • III. Acrobatic elements backward

    • IV. Single salto forward and/or backward with 1 or more turns

  • Dismount must be a multiple flipping salto element for seniors (Article 10.2.2.3)

    • Must be inside the 8 counting elements

    • -0.3 ND by D1 Judge if not performed

  • Roundoff with ¼ turn to land facing forward (Tinsica) is not permitted (Article 10.2.2.6.l)

    • If performed, the next element will not be recognized

  • Gymnasts must show a (listed) balance element on one leg (Article 10.2.2.6.m)

    • May be outside the 8 counting elements

    • -0.3 ND by D1 Judge if not performed

  • Maximum of 1 strength element (Article 10.2.2.7.a)

  • Maximum of 1 circle, flair, or Russian element (Article 10.2.2.7.b)

  • Added specified deductions for “Deviation from plane of movement” (E jury deduction table)

  • -0.1 or -0.3

Floor
Element Value Changes

  • I.27 Support lever (Planche) = C (not B) Shares the box with Swallow

  • I.34 Planche press to handstand = D (not C) Shares the box with Swallow press to handstand

  • II.36 Double salto forward with 1/1 turn = F (not E)

  • II.48 Zapata 2 - Double salto forward stretched with 3/2 turn = G (not H)

  • III.5 Merged Double Salto Bwd tucked with 2/1, 3/2, and Korosteljev = E

  • III.10 Merged Arabian double salto tucked with Arabian double salto tucked 1/2 = D

    • III.4 Tsukahara - Double salto backward tucked with 1/1 = D (in a separate box)

  • III.11 Arabian double salto forward piked (also with 1/2 turn) = E (not D)

  • III.16 Double salto backward piked = D (not C)

  • III.18 Luikin – Triple salto bwd tucked = I (not H)

  • III.24 Nagornyy – Triple salto bwd piked = J (not I)

  • III.35 Salto bwd straight with 1/1 and salto bwd piked. = E

  • III.41 Tamayo - Arabian double salto forward straight = E Shares box with Double salto bwd straight

  • III.41 Double salto bwd straight = E (not D) Shares box with double salto stretched with ½ twist and Tamayo.

  • III.48 Double salto bwd straight with 1/1 twists = F (not E)

  • III.42 Double salto bwd straight with 3/2 twists = G (not F)

  • III.54 Double salto bwd straight with 2/1 twists = G (not F)

  • III.30 Double salto bwd straight with 5/2 twists = H (not G)

  • III.60 Minami - Double salto bwd tucked with 7/2 twists = H

  • III.66 Double salto bwd straight with 3/1 twists = I (not H)

  • III.72 Jarman - Double salto bwd straight with 7/2 twists = J

  • All single Saltos (forward & backward) with 1/1 or more twists moved to EG IV (no notable value changes)

Pommel Horse

Pommels
  • Deductions for angular deviation from a perfect cross or side support is taken for each skewed element (not per circle) (Article 9.2.12.b)

  • “Russian wendeswing travel elements end when the travel action or Russian wendeswing action is interrupted by additional or intermediate support or ended in some other way.” (Article 11.2.2.2.a.2.vi)

  • A Wu Guonian requires two hands between the pommels (Article 11.2.2.2.a.7)

  • “All travels with spindle should be started from the additional circle in appropriate position.” Article 11.2.2.2.a.10

  • “All scissors through handstand on one pommel require a leg change (like double scissor) to receive value.” (Article 11.2.2.2.c.8)

  • Added example to clarify on Flops that a gymnast may not do the same element three times in a row 

    • LLLS will receive B-rep-rep-NR

  • Condensed Special Repetition rule regarding a maximum of two 3/3 cross support travels (reduced to 6 elements) to reflect merging of elements into the same box. (Article 11.2.2.3.a)

  • Maximum of 2 Bezugo and/or Sohn-type elements, including combined and handstands (previously 2 of each were permitted of each) (Article 11.2.2.3.g)

  • Maximum of 4 elements in flairs are permitted for value (not including the dismount) (Article 11.2.2.3.h)

  • “Busnari-type elements: an exercise cannot include more than one variation of the same type of element. In this case, the elements with the highest difficulty value will be counted” (Article 11.2.2.3.i)

  • Travel elements: an exercise cannot include more than one variation of the same type of element.

    • The elements with the highest difficulty value will be counted.

    • This rule applies to the following travels ONLY: (Article 11.2.2.3.j)

      • i.  3/3 Russian Wendeswings travel elements:

        • II.64 From support 1-2, 3/3 travel in Russian type wendeswing with 630° or more turning.

        • III.65 Any 3/3 travel in Russian type wendeswing with 720° or more turning (Wu Guonian).

        • III.70 Any Russian wendeswing with 360° t. and 3/3 travel (Roth).

      • ii. Tong Fei style travel elements:

        • III.57 From support on 1 pommel, Russian wendeswing to the other end without support on or between the pommels (side to side support, side to cross support).

        • III.58 From support on end, Russian wendeswing to the other end without support on or between the pommels (side to side, side to cross, cross to side, cross to cross) (Tong Fei).

        • III.59 On the leather, from cross support, Russian wendeswing with 360° or more over both pommels (Vammen)

      • iii. Nin Reyes style travel elements:

        • III.22 Travel fwd. 3/3 with ½ Spindle from one pommel over the other pommel (Nin Reyes).

        • III.23 Travel fwd. 3/3 over both pommels with ½ Spindle (Nin Reyes 2).

        • For example:

          • Nin Reyes (III.22) + Nin Reyes 2 (III.23). D jury action: Rep + E value

          •  Nin Reyes (III.22) + Keikha 4 (III.23). D jury action: D Value + E value

          • Titov (III.22) + Nin Reyes 2 (III.23). D jury action: D Value + E value

  • Added Non-recognition on the table of deductions for:

    • Handstand with visible strength

    • Pausing or stopping in handstand

  • Element performance modifications:

    • Element I.16 Mikulak - Removed "with hop" from the description

    • Element II.8 Circles in cross support on 1 pommel - Must finish on one pommel (Box II.8 pictogram)

    • Element IV.1 Wende from circle dismount also includes from Russian 180º or 270º

  • PH Removed Statements & Articles:

    • Removed: from Article 11.2.1.c: “Circles with a slightly hollow position are permitted” (i.e., a slight hollow position is no longer permitted)

    • Removed statement. 11.2.2.2.a.2: “Unless otherwise indicated all 1/2 turns (Czechs & Stocklies) have the same value.

    • Removed statement that "flops can only be of D, E, or F value (i.e., 3 or 4 elements)" (previously Article 11.2.2.1.d.1.i)

    • Removed upgrade exception for flops performed in flair (previously Article 11.2.2.1.d.1.i)

    • Removed -0.3 D Jury deduction for non-utilization of all 3 parts of the horse.

Pommel Horse
Element Value Changes

Many elements changed location for better organization. 
Only location changes with value changes are noted here

Element Value Changes:

  • II.26 Keika 2 - Side support, 1/2 spindle with both pommels between the hands = B (not C)

    • Shares box with “Any 1/2 spindle”

  • II.36 Cross support, 1/1 spindle w/ hands between the pommels = F (not E)

  • II.58 Sohn - Kehr with 1/1 turn on 1 pommel = D (not E)

    • Bezugo remains E

  • All Russians with 360º of turning or more on 2 pommels or on leather, including dismounts, are downgraded one letter:

    • II.91/II.103/IV.7 Russian with 360º or 540º = A (not B)

    • II.92/II.104/IV.8 Russian with 720º or 900º = B (not C)

    • II.93/II.105/IV.9 Russian with 1080º or more = C (not D)

    • Values of Russians on a single pommel or with hands between the pommels remain unchanged

  • III.35 Driggs - 3/3 Cross support travel forward over both pommels with hop = E (not F)

    • Shares box with Travel forward in cross support over both pommels (without hop)

  • IV.13 From side support wendeswing forward with 1/2 turn to support followed by Wende = A (not B)

The following elements have been removed:

  • Circle in side support on 1 pommel (previously B value II.2)

    • Circle in cross support on 1 pommel (B value II.8) still remains

  • All travels with ½ spindle in cross support 1/3 travel (previously B value III.20)

  • All travels with ½ spindle in cross support ½ or 2/3 travel (previously C value III.21)

  • Bilozerchev - From front cross support on end, travel forward in 2 circles to 1st pommel to 2nd pommel with 1/4 turn to side support on other end 3/3 (previously C value III.45)

  • Urzica - From support on end, Kehr forward around 1st pommel, reverse Stöckli around 2nd pommel to side support, pommel between hands (previously C value III.57)

  • Kroll- From side support pommel between hands, Russian wendeswing 360º with travel to other end in side support (previously C value III.81)

Rings

Rings
  • Angular deviations for strength elements and simple hold positions have been modified (Articles 12.2.1.4, 12.2.3.3).

    • A deviation up to >5º from a perfect hold position is permitted without penalty.

    • Also applies to swing to strength hold positions

  • Added Honma to support, then lower backward to inverted hang to list of -0.3 compositional errors (Article 12.2.1.6)

  • Yamawaki or Jonasson directly to a swing to a held handstand gets upgraded one letter value. (Article 12.2.2.5.h)

    • Held handstand must be within the 8 counting elements​

  • Clarified deductions for Jonasson/Yamawaki elements as (Article 12.2.3.2)

    • “clear support” = -0.5 large deduction and non-recognition

    • “interruption” = -0.3 medium deduction

    • “slowly” = -0.1 small deduction

  • Added criteria for strength presses from hang that the press should start in a hang position with arms and body vertical and straight (Article 12.2.3.5)

  • Added criteria for Nakayama-type elements to be performed slowly (Article 12.2.3.8)

  • Added example to show distinct movement of the body for Swallow press to Planche (Article 12.2.3.9)

  • Removed: Maximum of 2 Guczoghy-type elements as all Guczoghy-type elements have been condensed to 2 boxes. (previously Article 12.2.2.4.b)

Rings
Element Value Changes

Element Changes:

  • I.22 O’Neill - Straight double salto backward to hang = D (not E)

    • Shares box with Piked Guczoghy.

  • I.44 Yamawaki = B (not C)

  • I.45 Johansson = C (not D)

  • II.4 Inverted Cross = D (not C)

  • II.15 Cross = C (not B)

    • Shares box with V Cross

  • II.52 Tay - Azarian to V Cross = D (not E)

    • Shares box with Azarian to cross or L cross​

  • II.58 NG Kiu Chung - Nakayama to V cross = D (not E)

    • Shares box with Nakayama to cross or L cross​

  • II.66 Tulloch 2 - From hang, vertical pull up to inverted swallow = G (not F)

  • II.77 From L-cross, press to inverted cross = E (not D)

  • II.78 From cross, press with straight body to inverted cross = F (not E)

  • II.84 From swallow, press to inverted cross = F (not E)

  • II.90 Carmona - from back lever, press with straight body to inverted cross = G (not F)

  • II.132 Balandin 1 - From hang, vertical pull up to swallow = F (not E)

  • II.138 Balandin 2 - From hang, vertical pull to inverted cross = G (not E)

  • III.50 Deltchev = B EG III (not EG II)

  • IV.42 Whittenburg – Triple salto backward piked = I (not H)

  • IV.45 Double salto backward tucked with 3/2 twist = C (not D)

    • Shares box with Double salto backward tucked with 1/2 twist and 1/1 twist

The following elements have been removed:

  • Back uprise to straddled L sit (previously B value I.62)

    • Will now be evaluated as 2 separate elements​

  • From inverted cross, press to handstand (previously D value II.4)

  • Slow roll forward straight to handstand (previously D value II.33)

  • Slow roll forward straight to inverted cross (previously D value II.34)

  • From planche, press to inverted cross (previously D value II.82)

  • Ait Said - From hang, slow roll backward with straight arms and body to handstand through swallow (previously E value II.113)

  • Kato - Back uprise to V cross (previously D value III.34)

Vault

Vault
  • Round off entry vaults have been divided into two Groups​

    • Group I     Single salto vaults with complex twists.

    • Group II    Handspring salto vaults with or without simple twists, and all double salto fwd.

    • Group III   Handspring sideways and Tsukahara vaults with or without simple twists, and all double salto bwd.

    • Group IV   Round off entry and single salto vaults with complex twists.

    • Group V    Round off entry vaults with or without simple twists, and all double salto fwd. or bwd.

  • Added E Jury deductions for angular deviation during support phase 

    • -0.1 for ​≤30º

    • -0.3 for >30º-60º

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Vault
Element Value Changes

All Vaults have been de-valued by 0.4 for better parity of scores across all apparatus, as the other apparatus have been reduced to 8 counting elements. 

Element Changes:

  • EG IV and EG V have been reorganized according to vault post-flight instead of pre-flight. 

    • See screenshot for re-organization​

  • Added Element: 122 Tsuk tucked 5/2 = 3.6

  • 113 Handspring straight ½ (Cuervo straight) = 3.6

    • Moved to Group 1 (not 2)

  • 119 Tsuk tucked 1/1 (Kasamatsu) = 2.4

    • Moved to Group 1 (not 3)

  • 125 Tsuk straight 1/1 (Kas straight) = 3.6

    • Moved to Group 1 (not 3)

  • 101 Handspring tucked ½ (Cuervo tucked) = 2.4

    • Moved to Group 1 (not 2)

  • 107  Should be Handspring piked 1/2 (Cuervo piked) = 2.8  on the Vault quick reference chart

  • Vault numbers have changed for:

    • 102 Handspring tucked 1/1​

    • 103 Kroll - Handspring tucked 3/2

    • 104 Canbas - Handspring tucked 2/1

    • 108 Handspring piked 1/1

    • 109 Handspring piked 3/2​​

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The following elements have been removed:

 

  • All Scherbo-type vaults (Yurchenko 1/1 turn on to the table) have been eliminated

Parallel Bars

PBars
  • Changed order of first two Element Groups

    • I. Elements starting in upper arm position.

    • II. Elements in support or through support on 2 bars.

  • Added to list of empty reversal of direction (-0.3 deduction) (Article 12.2.1.4)

    • Back swing in support to handstand (also with 2 second hold), layaway to upper-arm hang, hang, or support.  

    • After swing to handstand, the next element must continue in the same direction (1/2 turn, Gatson, Healy, etc.)

      • This applies only to Element II.1 (Swing to Handstand)

      • Other non-turning elements that end in handstand (e.g. Press handstand, Back uprise handstand, or Tippelt) do not need to continue in the same direction. (MTC communication). ​

  • Added “For elements that are defined as finishing in a handstand, such as Diamidov, the gymnast must clearly show the handstand position (with straight arms) before proceeding into elements such as long hang or upper arm support. Otherwise, the element may not be recognized.” (Article 14.2.1.4.j)​

  • Element II.28 Diamidov with 1/2 to Handstand (D) must end in double undergrip (MTC Communication)

    • Otherwise -0.1 deduction for hand change​

  • 2 second hold requirement removed for swing to handstand (Element II.1)

    • However, the circle indicating a hold in the pictogram remains

  • Maximum two front uprise through handstand style elements (I.5, I.6, I.11, I.12, I.15, I.17, I.18) (Article 14.2.2.4.d)

  • Combined lack of extension at horizontal or uncontrolled regrasping after saltos into one set of deductions (-0.1, -0.3, -0.5).

Parallel Bars
Element Value Changes

Element Changes:

  • All double salto elements upgraded 1 letter

    • I.24 Dimentrenko – Front uprise to 3/2 salto backward to upper arm hang = F (not E)

    • I.30. Li Xiaopeng – Dimentrenko piked = G (not F)

    • I.54 Back uprise double salto forward to tucked upper arm hang = F (not E)

    • II.47 Morisue - Double salto tuck to upper arm hang = E (not D)

    • II.48 Huang Liping - Double salto piked to upper arm hang = F (not E)

  • II.52 Suarez - 3/2 salto backward with 1/2 twist to upper arm hang = D (was listed as E in April 2024 draft)

    • II.54 Kuavita - Double salto backward with 1/2 turn to upper arm hang = G (not F)

    • II.113 Double salto forward tucked to upper arm hang = E (not D)

    • II.114 Double salto forward piked to upper arm hang = F (not E)

    • III.59 Belle - From giant swing backward, double salto backward tucked to upper arm hang = E (not D)

    • III.60 Belle piked = F (not E)

    • III.66 Quintero - Belle with 1/1 turn = H (not G)

    • III.72 Tanaka - From Giant 1/2 turn 3/2 salto forward  tucked to upper arm hang = G (not F)

    • III.78 Esparza - Grom Giant 1/2 turn 3/2 salto forward piked to upper arm hang = H (not G)

  • All Healy-type elements downgraded one letter value

    • II.73 Healy to upper arm hang = A (not B)

    • II.74 Following min. B swing element on 1 rail, Healy to upper arm hang = B (not C)

    • II.75 Healy to support = C (not D)

    • II.76 Following min. B swing element on 1 rail, Healy to support = D (not D)

  • All Gatson-style elements upgraded on letter value

    • II.81 Swing backward with hop ½ turn to handstand = C (not B)

    • II.82 Swing backward with hop ¾ turn to handstand = D (not C)

    • II.83 Gatson 1 – Swing backward with hop 1/1 turn to handstand = E (not D)

    • II.84 Gatson 2 – Gatson 1 with ¼ turn to handstand on 1 rail and ¼ turn handstand on 2 rails = F (not E)​

  • III.122 Gagnon - Basket with salto backward tucked with ½ turn to upper arm hang = B (not C)

  • III.123 Gagnon 2 - Basket with salto backward piked with ½ turn to upper arm hang = C (not D)

  • IV.8 Salto forward piked or straight with 1/1 = B (not C)

  • IV.47 Added Element: From hang on end, double salto bwd straight = E

  • IV.48 Added Element: From hang on end, triple salto bwd tucked = G

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The following elements have been removed:

  • Straddle cut backward and salto forward to upper arm hang (previously B value 1.20)

  • Salto forward tucked or pike with 1/4 turn to hang on 1 rail (previously B value I.104)

High Bar

HBar
  • Connection bonus is now: (Article 15.2.2.2)

    • C Flight + D Flight = +0.1

    • D Flight + D Flight = +0.1

    • D or higher Flight + E or higher Flight = +0.2

    • D or higher EG 1 or 3 + D Flight = +0.1

    • D or higher EG 1 or 3 + E or higher Flight = +0.2

    • Must be inside the 8 counting elements

  • Only two Tkatchev & Piatti, Kovacs, Gienger, Jäger, Markelov or Saltos fwd over the bar style flight elements are permitted. The gymnast may perform a 5th flight if at least two flights are connected (Article 15.2.2.5.c)

  • Specified angle deduction for downgrading Yamawaki to B value as having a bent body of more than 45º (Article 15.2.2.9)

  • Revised angular deviation tables as follows: (Article 15.2.1.2.b) (See table)

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High Bar
Element Value Changes

Element Changes:

  • II.6 Walstrom – Yamawaki with 1/1 turn = G (not F)

  • II.18 Liukin – Tkatchev straight with 1/1 turn = G (not F)

  • II.36 Suarez - Piatti straight with 1/1 turn = H (not G)

  • Jäger-type elements upgraded:

    • II.40 Piked Jäger = D (not C)

    • II.41 Balbanov - Straight Jäger = E (not D)

    • II.42 Winkler-Pogorelev - Straight Jäger with 1/1 twist = G (not F)

    • II.48 Jäger straight with 2/1 twist = H (not G)

  • II.58 Gienger = D (not C)

  • II.60 Deff - Gienger with 1/1 twist = G (not F)

  • Gaylord-type elements upgraded:

    • II.65 Gaylord - Salto forward over the bar = E (not D)

    • II.66 Pegan - Gaylord with ½ twist = G (not F)

    • II.72 Kudinov - Gaylord with 1/1 twist = H (not G)

    • II.78 Gaylord piked = F (not E)

    • II.84 Maras - Pegan piked = H (not G)

The following elements have been removed:

  • Giant swing backward with inlocation (previously A value I.73)

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