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Wicked Siege
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
High Performance
- Coverstock: Propel X
- Color: Black / Purple Pearl All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Hardness: 75-76
- Factory Finish: 500 Siaair Micro Pad Rough Buff Finish
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
- Weight Block: MACE Two-component Asymmetrical Core
- RG max: 2.579
- RG min: 2.529
- RG diff: 0.050
- Average RG: 4.8 of 10
- Hook Potential: 165 (Scale 10-175)
- Length: 115 (Scale 25-235)
- Typical Breakpoint Shape: 90 Angular (Scale Smooth Arc 10-Angular 100)
- Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium to Heavy Oil
- Description: PROPEL X COVERSTOCK: Introducing Propel X reactive coverstock, the newest addition in Brunswick coverstock technology. Propel X features an enhanced pore structure to provide Xtra consistency from shot to shot and Xtra versatility on a wider variety of lane conditions.
MACE CORE: Mechanical Asymmetric Core Engineering. The MACE medium RG core has three major benefits, medium RG core system for a breakpoint further down lane, high RG differential to increase backend traction and high RG asymmetric differential to quicken the response time to friction.
BALL MOTION: The Wicked Siege combines the new Propel X coverstock and the MACE medium RG core to produce a ball motion that is clean through the front, consistent in the mid-lane with a quick response to friction on the backend. With its consistency from shot to shot and versatility across the lane, the Wicked Siege will be the first ball out of your bag and a new benchmark ball for Brunswick on medium to oily lane conditions.
REACTION SETUP: The Wicked Siege can be drilled using the standard drilling techniques developed for asymmetric bowling balls.
LIGHTWEIGHT ENGINEERING: The unique core shape of each Brunswick ball is used for weights from 14 to 16 pounds. This approach to lightweight ball engineering provides bowlers with consistent ball reaction characteristics across this weight range. The same drilling instructions can be used for 12- and 13-pound balls. This is because Brunswick uses a generic core shape with an RG differential that is close enough to the 14-16 pound shape.



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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 10:25:09 PM »
Ball Review: Wicked Siege
Date: 11/13/2010

Bowler Information:

Initial ball Speed: 17-17.5 mph
Tilt: 15 Degrees
Axis Rotation: 35 Degrees
Rev Rate: 300-340 RPMs

Coverstock - Propel X
RG min - 2.529
Differential - .050
Asymmetrical Diff.0.020

Ball 1:
Pin to PAP - 4 1/2Ē
Degree From VAL: 40"
Vertical Pin Orientation: UP
Drill Angle - 55"
NO Balance Hole

Surface Preparation: OOB

Ball 2:
Pin to PAP - 4 3/4Ē
Degree From VAL: 70"
Vertical Pin Orientation: Down
Drill Angle - 40"
P4 Hole 15/16 3" deep

Surface Preparation 2000 Siaair Pad

If you haven't heard, the Wicked Siege is the newest advancement in High-Performance bowling balls from the great folks at Brunswick.  This one has garnered rave reviews at the World Series of Bowling and its no wonder why!  I'm sure many of you have heard staff reviews talking about how great and different a new release is but this one truly is!  This is hands down the most versatile brunswick release I have ever thrown that cleared the front part of the lane.  The ball clears the first 30 feet effortlessly, makes a controlled move late in the midlane, and then arcs into the pocket with incredible continuation.  I don't see any kind of medium lane condition this ball won't match up on with the right surface. There isn't a ball past or present that I can compare it to.  The range of motions available to you by the Wicked Siege is really almost endless!  As the lanes breakdown, the ball clears the fronts just as well as it did on the fresh house condition and the ball motion is powerfully predictable.  Ball 1 gives me length an a quick transition on the backend and Ball 2 gives me a stronger read of the midlane but is still has a quicker response than most Brunswick balls at the breakpoint.  My similarly drilled C System v4.5 is about 5 boards weaker than my pin up Wicked Siege.  The pin down Wicked Siege is about 3 boards stronger and several feet earlier than My similarly drilled Anaconda.  The Wicked tends to have a stronger read of the midlane than the 4.5 and is a little cleaner than the Anaconda.  If Your looking for a versatile ball on a medium-type of pattern, it's time to get Wicked!
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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2010, 12:50:03 AM »
Wicked Siege #1

65 Degree drill angle x 4.5" Pin to PAP x 30 Degree VAL angle
Pin High above fingers
No Hole
OOB Surface

On the Wicked this layout gives me easy length with a very strong controllable move to the pocket. I haven't had a Brunswick ball with a shape like this EVER.  

On the USBC Blue #3, the Wicked shined and recovered from the outside where the 4.5 burned a little too early to carry. As the shot transitioned deeper, I never had to ball down to the Damage as the Wicked was still giving me enough length on the 38' pattern(6 game block).

Great job on the core/cover match up on the Wicked!
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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 05:39:14 PM »
Ball specs:
15lb. 4oz.
2.80 top weight
4Ē pin
Drilling Specs: 45 X 5 X 70. This places the pin below the center of my bridge. CG just above the thumb hole and MB approx. 3Ē left of the thumb. No weight hole.
Brunswick has raised the RG of the MACE core to move the breakpoint further down lane and quicken the response time to friction. The coverstock is a enhanced version of Propel which is called Propel X. The pore structure has been enhanced to be more consistent and versatile on a wider variety of lane conditions.
The previous two offerings in the Siege line were only useful to me on limited conditions that I encountered and therefore I was never able to get much use from them. On the flip side, I drilled numerous Siegeís for customers that loved the balls, and would be the first ball out of their bag on many conditions. That being said, since drilling the Wicked Siege for myself this past Friday, I cannot put this ball away, nor have I had to put it away. I tested the ball out quickly in my home house immediately after drilling it. After about 8 shots the ball was rolling so beautifully I just wanted to keep rolling it to see what else it could do and was almost late getting to league that night. I did find in league that I needed to go to my 4.5 for the best carry and entry angle as I have been using it most successfully at that particular house. The Wicked Siege had an earlier breakpoint than the 4.5 and carry was adversely affected on the pattern. A slight surface adjustment is all that would be needed to correct the carry issue.
Sunday was another story. No surface adjustment needed here. I was able to use the Wicked Siege from game one all the way through until we were finished 8 games later. The ball read the lane perfectly and back end motion was continuous and predictable shot after shot. Even in the 8th game getting the ball through the heads was not a problem. No carry issues at all.
This Wicked Siege is just another outstanding and versatile ball in the current Brunswick line. If you didnít get much use from a previous Siege release because ball motion was a bit too smooth or maybe you expected more movement on the back end, give this one a try. Kudos to the design and testing crew at Brunswick on this ball. Keep up the great work.

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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 10:15:28 PM »
The Wicked Siege brings what I was looking for in the Pro line. After having some success with the Siege and loving the Evil Siege... I couldn't wait for this release.

Ball #1 is drilled 45 x 4.5 x 75 with the xhole 2.5" below my PAP on the VAL.
My intentions for this ball was for the fresh patterns we see at regionals. I was in need of a more aggressive ball that cleared the fronts well and didn't want to jerk off the spot. This one has been getting alot of use at my one league center and just rolls great.

Ball#2 is drilled 70 x 4.75 x 40 no xhole.
I wanted this ball to compliment my 3.5 drilled 70 x 5 x 40. When the 3.5 is a little early I can change to this ball and get the added length needed and it still corners great. This is a layout I can use in the later parts of the blocks to get that ball to the hook spot and not have to worry about it getting back. I will use this ball alot on the longer patterns once they start to burn up.

The Wicked Siege brings a different ball motion i have ever seen in the Brunswick Line. I am loving what I am seeing and find it very hard not to throw this ball. This ball will fit all bowling styles and will be useable on almost any pattern you may see.
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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2010, 10:16:52 AM »
Ball Name - Wicked Seige

Bowler Specs
Right Handed
15 Miles per Hour
Out of the box Surface
Axis 5 3/4 over, 3/16 Up

Description: The Propel X features an enhanced pore structure to provide Xtra consistency from shot to shot and Xtra versatility on a wider variety of lane conditions. The MACE core is a medium RG core that produces a breakpoint further down lane and a high RG differential to increase backend and high RG asymmetric differential to quicken the response time to friction.

Drilling - 60 x 5 x 45, no weight hole

Reaction - This ball is very clean thru the fronts just like the 4.5 and gives and aggressive strong arc with continuation from the breakpoint.  FOR ME, the ball sometimes went a little too far and  was fighting to get back to the pocket.  When I settled down and let the ball do the work, it was magic.  All night, I never left a 10 pin.  This ball is control personified.

Overall - If you are looking for very nice and controllable ball to add to your arsenal, take a good look at the Wicked Seige.

Thank you to Billy O, Rep Brian Bever and all the folks at Brunswick.

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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010, 08:18:17 AM »
I have the ball drilled 4 3/4 x 4 1/2, which put the pin through my ring finger, and a hole on my midline. This is going to be the ball of the year for Brunswick. By far the most versatile ball they have come out with, the Wicked Siege will clear the heads and pick up towards the end of the mids, giving the ball a very strong, but controllable motion down lane. The ball also drives through the pins with little to no deflection. It makes for an impressive benchmark ball and has enough pickup and turn that it can also be very beneficial late in the block for tournaments. Overall, this ball will definitely improve any bowlers arsenal!
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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2010, 08:30:05 AM »
Bowler Specs:
PAP: 4 over by 1-1/4 up
Rev Rate: 350 RPM
Speed: 20 at the foul line
No Weight Hole

Out of Box

Lane Condition:
Typical House Shot

The goods:
From the very first shot until my very last shot in practice today, the ball performed consistently in all areas of its ball reaction. I know that might seem like a weird statement so let me clarify it a little bit. I bowled for one hour today directly after drilling my ball, the Wicked Siege reacted consistently for me the entire time I used it.

As for the shape of the reaction, I would definitely say the Wicked Siege gets down the lane with no problem whatsoever, and always gave me a firm breakpoint that was arc shaped rather than angular. To me this type of reaction leads to great carry throughout the night, and allows me to play the lanes numerous ways without having the ball over react or roll out down the lane. I was able to play up ten without having the ball check early and I was able to play fifteen to ten and lose any recovery or carry. I value that kind of versatility a lot when choosing a ball to use on tough patterns.

I know I pretty much have made this ball out to be the best ball on earth, so I will tell you the one bad thing I did see when I used this ball for my short practice session. The ball gets down the lane so well that it could trick you into playing parts of the lane you should not be in. So it is my suggestion that if you intend to use this ball on tough shots and in tournaments I would put some surface on it to help the ball slow down a bit and read the pattern a little more evenly.

One last remark in comparison to my c-system 3.5, which is drilled very similarly, the Wicked Siege is about three to four boards stronger down the lane, but certainly can not handle the same volume of oil in the middle and front part of the lane that the c-system can.

I intend to post another review after making some surface changes, and throwing the ball on some more challenging patterns. Thanks for reading, and thank you to BrunsNick and Brunswick for the great opportunity.

Update: I have been attempting to use the ball for three weeks now in my league, my last effort was this Monday and I had the ball at 500 grit. This helped me smooth out the back-end but it was still too much ball. All in all I think this is a great ball from Brunswick that gives them a totally new shape on the lanes that they have not had in a while. My suggestion though, if you have a good amount of hand and want to be able to use this ball on a THS you better drill it a bit on the weaker side. I am looking forward to bowling on the shark in the next few weeks, I can only imagine how well the ball will do.



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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010, 09:44:31 AM »
My specs: RH, Power Player
PAP: 5 over, 1/2 up
Rev Rate: 400+ RPMS
Ball Speed: 17.5-18 Mph
Axis Rotation: Med High
Axit Tilt: Med High

Ball Specs: 15 lb, 1.9 oz. Top Weight
Drilling/Layout: 5" pin, 60* MB, No Hole
Surface: OOB

So far i have used this beast at a couple different houses which use totally different shots.

House 1: As i have said before, taking care of the lanes in this center is not high on management's agenda. The shot is not very consistent, especially for guys like me with a higher rev rate.

With that said i really like this ball on the fresh in this house. While it offers plenty of strength, i opt to play as straight as i can to start, usually around 10 going to a breakpoint around 6. This ball rolls great at that angle, it gets really good length despite not being highly polished, and checks in the mid lane for a nice strong continous backend. The shape on the backend is one that i havent gotten from other Big B pieces ive had in the past.

Whats really surprising is the traction from the Propel Coverstock. Normally with pearls, even sanded i get over under issues. Not the case here, this core/cover combo is a perfect balance of power from the core, with the cover to put that power to the lane.

House 2: This is by far better conditions for testing a ball. Typical House shot, anything outside of 6 better be 40 ft downlane or its going through the nose for me. Good volume up front thats holds up for three games. I generally start with the Wicked around 15-17 at the arrows, with a breakpoint in the 6-7 board range. Whats really fun is once the pattern gets broken down around ten, taking this bad boy inside of 20 and looping the lane. This is what i am really impressed with, it allows you to open up the lanes and not have to worry about recovery-something i havent had alot of faith in Big B stuff in the past.

I still am thinking of tinkering with the surface. As good as it is, I think it could be an all 3 games ball for me with a slight adjustment. We left the option of a weight hole to, so i might go that route.

For a quick comparison, The Wicked Falls just under My Virtual Gravity and Momentum in overall strength, and it is about 5-6 boards stronger than my 607a that is pin-down.

Closing thoughts: Color me impressed...Honestly if i didnt get the ball from Brunsnick i wouldnt have given it much thought. I've had limited success with Brunswick, although when the Sapphire Blue Zone came out way back when you would not find a bigger Big B supporter than me. So more often than not I compared every Big B ball to the Sapphire which maybe wasn't fair.

Brunswick doesnt have very many users in my area. I can tell you that i have had ALOT of people asking me about the Wicked when I throw it. Hopefully im some way i can be a part of getting the word out on this ball. Overall, I cant tell you how pleased/impressed I am with the Wicked. Due to this ball, in the future i will give Brunswick a look when i need a new ball. Finally Brunswick is headed in the right direction!

Thanks again to BrunsNick, and Brunswick Corp. for the opportunity!!
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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2010, 12:12:50 PM »
Right Handed, Cranker style, I usually play between 3rd and 4th arrows, 16 mph speed
Box Surface - 500 grit Micropad, then Rough Buff
My PAP is 5 3/8" over and 7/8" up, Dual Angle Drilling Layout - 70 Deg x 4 1/2" x 50 Deg which puts the pin below my ring fingers and no weight hole
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I wanted this ball for when the lanes began to break down, and one that wouldn't react too hard off the friction spot down lane. The Wicked Siege is really good through the heads and smoothly responds to the friction point. The ball reacts well for multiple games bowled with minimal moves on the approach during the night. It doesn't over-react when the lanes start breaking down, meaning there only has to be small moves not a 5 plus board jump to the left. This ball works good on the fresh or on a second shift league because of the Propel X coverstock being smooth. I haven't historically done well with Asymmetrical bowling balls because they seem to wiggle down lane for my style of bowling, but this one has a good smooth arcing motion with continuation at the pins. This ball is a must have for league and tournaments with its versatile coverstock.  Thank you Nick Smith and Brunswick for giving me the opportunity of getting this ball early in order to review and get the word out about this great ball!   
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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2010, 07:36:39 PM »
Brunswick Wicked Siege
Ball Specs
The ball being drilled was a 3Ē pin out with 3.00 oz top weight.
Drilling: Storm's 5X4X3, drilled out pin in ring finger, no weight hole

Bowler Information:
Track diameter is 10 1/2.
PAP is measured at 5 3/8 over and 1/4 up.
Average ball speed (foul line to head pin) is 16 mph.
Axis rotation is typically 90 degrees
Initial rev rate is typically 260 rpm, "Tweener"
Lane Condition and Pattern:
New Berlin Bowl THS, HPL 9000 Panels

The Wicked Siege for me was a strong smooth mid lane predictable ball. It reminded me very much of the Wild Ride with a couple boards more hook. Same family of coverstock. Keeps the pins very low. Was 3 and 2 stronger than my Damage and about the same hook and back end of my Storm Tropical Heat. Great ball for various styles because of it's readable movement down lane.

Thanks for reading my review.

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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2010, 10:46:02 AM »
First,I need to thank Ron Bragg for this ball. His support has been very encouraging.
I made the mistake of drilling this ball too strong. I threw it on a fresh white and watched it roll out at about 45 ft. Took the surface (in steps) to 2000 polish. At every level, this ball is smooth and very strong. I have too much rotation for this ball to work on less than a 42 ft flood. Carry is spotty at the higher polish levels. Carry is awesome if ball is dull and lane has lots of oil. People watching me roll this ball have ordered one, it hooks and it hooks smoothly. I like the ball very much and if you are weak in the rotation department, you will love it. I just adore the shark pattern now.
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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2010, 11:58:01 PM »
My PAP is 4 1/2 over and 3/4 up.  That being said, I drilled my Wicked Seige with the pin over the bridge and the mass bias in a strong position, about 1 inch right of the thumb hole.  This drill is pin 4 1/2 to PAP in about a 80 degrees mass bias.  The pin was only out about 2 inches from the CG, so I had to drill the fingers fairly deep and used a small, low hole to get the side weight legal.

After bowling about 30 games with this ball, all I can say is I like it VERY much.  It reminds me so much of my Zone Classic.  Very clean in the front, nice length, with a strong move to the pocket, not so much a snap.  If I really try to catch it (which I don't do much anymore) this ball can be pretty "Wicked" on the back end.  With my regular release it is still very strong, and finishes all the way through the pins.

After bowling some games with it, I have done 1000, 2000, and Black Magic polish to it, try and get some skid/flip out of it, and it does.  Very long on a fresh house pattern, still with a strong back end.  Overall, not quite as snappy as the Zone Classic, but still gives that same hook shape.  It is very consistent as to what I do with my hand, it can be a dart if I really lay off, and snappy if I grab on it.  Grabbing is not really my "A" game anymore, so I like the control I get at the break point with a softer release motion.

I think the straighter players would want to drill this ball strong, as it is really clean in the front.  The boomers would probably want to use their favorite layout, as this could be a benchmark ball for this type of player.  The tweeners would probably find the most use for this ball, maybe not on oily lanes, but most anything else.  Adding some surface, say 500, 1000 Abralon should make the ball read earlier and be smoother down lane.  This ball should do very well as it is a very versatile ball for both bowler and driller alike.

Thanks to my buddy Robert Lawrence for sending me this ball and asking me to participate in his program.  Also looking forward to trying the Damage, Revolver, and Anaconda bowling balls too!

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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2010, 02:27:26 PM »
Brunswick has created a ball with even more backend direction change than any other ball previously. This ball gets down the lane and makes a left turn. Ideal for carry down and can still be used on the fresh if you get deep enough. The best thing about this ball is that you don't need a lot of hand to get a strong move on the back of the lane. Advantage Brunswick!
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Re: Wicked Siege
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2010, 02:31:26 PM »
Brunswick Wicked Siege

Bowler Stats:
Speed: ~19 mph
RPM: ~400
Axis tilt: ~15 degrees
Axis rotation: 30-50 degrees

Conditions Tested On:
39í THS (19.6uL)

Ball 1:
50 by 5Ē by 50 (no hole)

Ball 2:
70 by 2Ē by 30 (P1 hole)

Iíve been looking forward to the next addition to the Siege line because I think that the MACE core is one of the best cores in bowling right now. Iíve loved the rest of the Sieges and this ball is no different.

I decided to get two Wickeds. One would be drilled using my favorite layout for any asymmetrical that Iíve ever owned (Ball1), and the other would be an experimental layout suggested by my style from Mo Pinelís Dual Angle Methods (Ball 2).

Ball 1ís layout gave me the look that I expected from this ball. PERFECTION! There is a reason I knew Iíd love this ball with this layout. It gives me a perfect look throughout the entire lane. Glides through the heads effortlessly, a controllable read of the midlane, and a backend to die for. The backend is very controlled but very very powerful. Just what I was looking for in a ball for medium to med-heavy sport conditions, although it shined on my THS as well. For my THS, I started with a laydown at 26 with a breakpoint in the 6-8 board range downlane. This is the deepest Iíve ever been able to start on my fresh THS with this good of overall ball reaction and tons of recovery. When sent wide, this Wicked came roaring back from what I thought was Ďno mans landĒ for the angle I was playing and slapped pins across the deck. While notorious for not having a lot of hold, this pattern still allowed pulled shots to hold line and hit the pocket. With the reaction of the Wicked Siege, very few 10s were left for such an extreme inside angle with more than enough messengers. When compared to the Evil Siege with the exact same layout (plus a P1 hole) Iíd say that the Wicked is about 4 boards stronger overall with most of that coming from backend reaction alone. If you owned an Evil Siege and wanted just a little more pop off of the dry boards, than the Wicked is perfect for you. If you are looking for the Wicked to combat the everyday THS, then the box surface should work just fine for you unless you have a ton of speed and or little revs. If you are geared to more competitive patterns, Iíd suggest a light scuff with a 4000 grit pad to even out the ball motion just a little bit more. Since Iíve scuffed mine, the midlane has enhanced even more while maintaining almost all of the backend reaction and staying strong through the pins.

Ball 2 uses a layout suggested by Mo Pinelís system for THS based on my personal stats. I was a little skeptical at first but this layout amazes me. On the Wicked Siege, it gives me a very very strong continuing arcing motion compared to that of Ball 1. I donít want to give the impression that Ball 1 wasnít continuous, but it looked as if it had a hook/set reaction in comparison to the layout of Ball 2. Thatís how smooth Ball 2 is. Ball 2 hooks about 5 boards less overall than Ball 1, with Ball 2ís motion coming from much more throughout the entire lane. This smooth ball motion is just what I was looking for to combat the wet/dry reaction of many THSs that I see. This smooth reaction makes me really looking forward to testing it out on short sport patterns where I can play up the gutter. After starting with the box surface, I decided to add another coat of polish on the ball in order to allow me to play closer to the friction like I love to do. Unlike what other balls might do, I saw no over/under reaction with this extra coat of polish. When pulled, it greatly enhanced my hold room and when pushed, the Wicked still came back strong.

Basically if you are looking to add a versatile ball to your arsenal, this is the ball to buy. There is a reason that you hear so many people raving about it. Itís because the cover/core combo match up to such a wide range of styles and conditions. For the typical bowler, this ball will work for medium to medium-heavy conditions with a great read of the entire lane. Treat yourself this holiday season and put a great ball reaction in your bag. Slap your favorite asymmetrical layout on the Wicked and you wonít regret it.

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