2018 Plans, Goals & Predictions

4 weeks ago

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Hi everyone, 

I had a little bit of a break from cubing over the Australian summer, but am now home and keen to get back into a bit of practice before university starts up again. I’m competing in Hobart this weekend at the first ever WCA competition in Tasmania. It’s a small-ish comp with only a few of my main events. I’m looking forward to seeing a bit of the city of Hobart, having not visited Tasmania before.

As per the title of this blog, I’m simply going to talk a little bit about my plans for the year in cubing, as well as a few goals and predictions for speedcubing in 2018.

First up – a couple of people have been asking about my competition schedule and what that looks like. I recently signed up for CubingUSA Nationals 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. I haven’t been to US Nationals since 2014, and so this was the major competition that I wanted to attend this year. Given that it starts less than a week after the European Championships, I probably won’t be visiting Madrid for that, and instead may do a bit more travel and competing around North America. I haven’t made any specific plans beyond that just yet, but there are definitely things in the works.

Other than that, attending the Asian Championships in Taiwan would definitely be good fun, but it probably just depends on the dates. The only Asian Championships I’ve ever attended was the inaugural event back in 2010, when I was just 14 years old. (footage). This was my first time attending any sort of major competition, and I was pretty thrilled to be able to meet and watch many top cubers I’d only seen online. I started out the finals with a 13 second solve, but managed to save the round with four 9s in a row after that, ending up with a 9.43 average. Back then, 9.43 was pretty handy :p

In terms of speedcubing goals for the year, I’d basically like to continue gradually improving both at home and in competition. I think I can take a more disciplined approach to training for competitions - yesterday I found myself practicing 6x6 and 7x7, despite having a competition this weekend with other events, and probably no competitions with these events for a few months. Not the best idea. In terms of concrete goals, I’d really like to keep all my competition averages below 7.5 seconds in 2018, but this might be a bit tricky. I want to try and keep up with Max across all his disciplines, but if that’s proving impossible, then I’ll try and narrow my focus. Lastly, I’d like to keep improving my results across all WCA events (minus feet) and am looking forward to a battle with Jay to maintain the top spot in Kinchranks.

The title also said I’d throw out a few predictions, so here goes.

In terms of plans for the website, the two main ways to improve it are breadth and depth. Initially, my focus was depth, as I wanted to make high-quality and comprehensive tutorials. Now that I'm becoming reasonably happy with the number of videos for each puzzle, I'll probably try and expand the repertoire a little bit. As I've mentioned to people previously though, I don't plan on making tutorials for events in which I'm not an expert - even for the Megaminx videos, I was a bit reluctant, as there are people who are definitely more skilled and knowledgeable in that area. When the time comes, I'd definitely be interested to collaborate with event specialists and help them create free tutorial videos.

In the immediate future, I'll be cleaning up a few bits and pieces on the site and adding a few more resources and 3x3 example solve videos. After that, I have a couple of different options - either work on some introductory Roux method tutorials, some 2x2 videos, or 6x6 and 7x7 videos. Kevin Hays' Tuesday Tips series is already a very comprehensive set of tutorials for big cubes (check it out on his YouTube channel!), so if anything, I'd start out those modules by filming some example solves, and then go back and make the tutorial videos.

As always, keen to hear suggestions for the site, as well as any goals and predictions you may have for speedcubing this year :)

Feliks


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Caleb Clark

Caleb Clark Posted 4 weeks ago

Good luck!

I'm predicting you, Max and Kian all tie on the US Nats podium with an average of 6.63, kicking Bill off with a 6.82 average.


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 4 weeks ago

Noooo can't do that to Bill!! 


Shawn Zhuang

Shawn Zhuang Posted 4 weeks ago

Why don't you have any predictions about yourself :<


Rhys and Cole Armagost

Rhys and Cole Armagost Posted 4 weeks ago

feliks, what lube do you use on your 3x3 main


Brandon Mendez

Brandon Mendez Posted 4 weeks ago

Make it out to California if you can! It would be awesome to see you compete!


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 4 weeks ago

#feliksgettheohback


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 4 weeks ago

feliks i dont think the more than 40 multiBLD will come true, the record is at 41 since ages, but you never know.

i predict you will win 5 by 5 and oh at nationals. come on feliks, you are the 5 by 5 god

and lets all hope nahm gets a world record cuz he reallyy deserves it.

AND FELIKS DO NOT GIVE UP ON MAX, WE ALL LOVE YOU, WE WILL ALL SUPPORT YOU, DO NOT LET HIM OVERTAKE YOU. i guess you're just worried that someone came to your level for the first time in 8 years, but you cannot let him get better. be optimistic

YOU ARE THE BEST FELIKS :)


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 4 weeks ago

Feliks don't make roux tutorials, in my opinion we all are waiting for that 6 by 6 and 7 by 7 guide, also kevin's tuesday tips are very specific, they are not very comprehensive. really waiting for a comprehensive big cube guide. Also have you tried yau6 and yau7 like jayden Mcneill does?


jegannath s

jegannath s Posted 4 weeks ago

feliks don't worry you will breake all records soon.

 


Connor Liu

Connor Liu Posted 4 weeks ago

JUST DO FEET AND BEAT JAY


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 4 weeks ago

hahahaha connor liu, feliks finds feet disgusting :p


Stanley Chapel

Stanley Chapel Posted 4 weeks ago

I hope to shake up that kinch battle sometime this year :P


Sam Durocher

Sam Durocher Posted 4 weeks ago

Feliks, how do you set up your Air SM? (Tensions, Lube, etc.)


Edward Connell

Edward Connell Posted 4 weeks ago

"Very easy to see, but by the end of the year, there'll be 5 people with >40 point MultiBLD results in competition."

Not with a blindfold it ain't :p


Aaditya Sikder

Aaditya Sikder Posted 4 weeks ago

What's about you? Wouldn't you break a wr ?


William Yang

William Yang Posted 4 weeks ago

Hey Feliks

I am just at the border of sub 20 I have gotten sub 20 times a few times but just can't jump past it. I know full PLL and in the tracking stage in F2L. OLL I know a few but I'm inconsistent with my F2L times. any tips?


Tien Tran

Tien Tran Posted 4 weeks ago

Feliks,

What is the reason why you don't do feet?


Jack Gentile

Jack Gentile Posted 4 weeks ago

Feliks just set the 3x3 wr again lol


Sai Swayam Shree

Sai Swayam Shree Posted 4 weeks ago

Congrats for your 4.594 secs 3x3 world record today...


Jerry Li

Jerry Li Posted 4 weeks ago

Wait, is it a real world record?


Jerry Li

Jerry Li Posted 4 weeks ago

I'm not sure

 


Zachary A.

Zachary A. Posted 4 weeks ago

Oo I’ll get to see you solve in person at Nats for the first time lol. Also congrats on 3x3 WR single!


Ian  Sciturro

Ian Sciturro Posted 4 weeks ago

Congrats on your wr! Btw what cube (or cubes) do you use in your tutorials? It looks like an SM, but i don't know for sure.


Pavel Trudolyubov

Pavel Trudolyubov Posted 4 weeks ago

He uses an SM. Congrats on the WR! They've already put it up on the WCA website.


Joseph Ferreras

Joseph Ferreras Posted 4 weeks ago

Congrats on your 4.59 solve (hehe the battle of decimals has begun) but can you make like tutorials on how to be sub (40,30,25,20,17,16,15,14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1)


William Yang

William Yang Posted 4 weeks ago

Max Park will break more than a dozen world records in 2018, and claim US National Championship titles across all his main events (3x3-7x7 and OH

 

(Breaks the record with 4.59)

 

Lol that is funny but congrats on the wr

Next up the OH single


Aaditya Sikder

Aaditya Sikder Posted 4 weeks ago

His prediction failed by himself.


Idris  Sentjurc

Idris Sentjurc Posted 4 weeks ago

Could you please do a lookahead video on 5x5, I think thats one of the biggest problems on big cubes.


Bora Aksakal

Bora Aksakal Posted 4 weeks ago

Hi Feliks,

Congrats on your WR, and have you ever thought about recording bld videos? 


Sam Durocher

Sam Durocher Posted 4 weeks ago

Feliks, how do you set up your Air SM? (Tensions, Lube, etc.) Congrats on the WR!


Shamika Dalvi

Shamika Dalvi Posted 4 weeks ago

Hi Feliks,

Congrats on World record


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 4 weeks ago

Stanley - sounds like a challenge!

Sam D - Yellow nuts, Medium tensions, and DNM 37 lubricant.

William - check out the free 3x3 intermediate F2L videos, should be more than enough information to try and process :)

Ian - yep, the SM

Idris - hmm, I'll have a think about what more I could explain regarding 5x5 lookahead, in addition to the videos already up.

Bora - probably not until I'm much better :)


Ethan Varn

Ethan Varn Posted 4 weeks ago

Love your website! You’re doing a great job with it and congrats on the world record!


Ethan Varn

Ethan Varn Posted 4 weeks ago

Do you have any tips for being sub 14 or 13? I know full OLL, my f2l is around 8-9 seconds, and I’m trying to become color neutral.


Carol Lee

Carol Lee Posted 4 weeks ago

Can you do tutorials for skewbs?


Rafly Hanggaraksa

Rafly Hanggaraksa Posted 4 weeks ago

hey feliks, i want to ask a question.

What lube do you usually used in your cubes??? thanks :D


Kjell de Groot

Kjell de Groot Posted 3 weeks ago

I predict Max will get the first 7x7 sub2 official single


William Yang

William Yang Posted 3 weeks ago

Lol got sub 20 averages after just switching to green nuts but thanks anyway feliks


Jack Gentile

Jack Gentile Posted 3 weeks ago

How do I get faster at 4x4? I just started and I average around 2:30


William Yang

William Yang Posted 3 weeks ago

Hey Feliks just a recommendation but in the future do you think you can tell us the scramble when you do example solves and Friday Fours (If you are planning on doing it again)

Also relating to Friday Fours do you think you will ever do it again


Sam Durocher

Sam Durocher Posted 3 weeks ago

Hey Feliks, how do you decide what lubricant to use? Do you just experiment?


William Yang

William Yang Posted 3 weeks ago

DNM 37


Noah Zacharia

Noah Zacharia Posted 3 weeks ago

i think kevin will get the first sub 2 7x7 single. he already has several unofficial solves


Fabrice Imparato

Fabrice Imparato Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi Feliks, some example solves on 6x6 and 7x7 would be appreciated in order to be more efficient with center building and improve look-ahead for edge pairing. Also it would be useful to get your view on how to practice to break certain barriers such as 2/4/6 and 1/2/3 on 5x5, 6x6 and 7x7.


William Yang

William Yang Posted 3 weeks ago

Feliks what do you recommend to do first after 3x3, 2x2 or 4x4 and if so what cube


William Yang

William Yang Posted 3 weeks ago

Also do you have any tips for OH I average around sub 1 and can't seem to improve


Sam Durocher

Sam Durocher Posted 3 weeks ago

Hey Feliks, how do you decide what lubricant to use? Do you just experiment and put all types of lube in a cube? Like, put one in, test it, then repeat until you find one you like?


Kieren Marsh

Kieren Marsh Posted 3 weeks ago

I love watching Sebastian solves. That long pause at the beginning then a quite aggressive blur of fingers. He gets visibly annoyed as well when the parity gods are against him. A real charcter.


zuhayr Haq

zuhayr Haq Posted 3 weeks ago

Good Job on 4.59


Showdown baxa

Showdown baxa Posted 3 weeks ago

Hope you can make it to a Mumbai competition in the near future.


James

James Posted 3 weeks ago

I'm currently trying to become method neutral and the Roux method tutorial would help greatly.


William Yang

William Yang Posted 3 weeks ago

Also Feliks do you think Gans will ever make a stickerless 3x3 I'm getting annoyed that my stickers a re chipping


Ethan Varn

Ethan Varn Posted 3 weeks ago

Hello Feliks! I’ve been watching your example solves and I’ve noticed some interesting things you do for AUFs. You’ve mentioned that you don’t like doing AUFs after Z perms and H perms. Also if you have an A perm that is aligned you’ll rotate before the algorithm instead of and AUF before and after PLL. Are these things just your preference or do they give faster results? 


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 3 weeks ago

helo feliks, could you do some 7 by 7 example solves in cubeskills extras? and, if not full solves then atleast a fair few centre building techniques, because i find myself doing rither 1 by 5 bars or inner 3 by 3 blocks 


Felix Yu

Felix Yu Posted 3 weeks ago

Is listening to music while cubing a good idea?


Titus Tsui

Titus Tsui Posted 3 weeks ago

You gotta practice more 3x3 to keep up with Max and also to get a new WR.


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 3 weeks ago

What color nuts does felids use on his gan.


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 3 weeks ago

I use blue.


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 3 weeks ago

How can I get sponsored by a speed cube company?


Liam Gerard

Liam Gerard Posted 3 weeks ago

John, if you are on their website, some have a "Sponsorship" section, where it shows how to get sponsored. If not, you might want to email the company with your questions.


Cuberious The SpeedCuber

Cuberious The SpeedCuber Posted 3 weeks ago

All of Feliks's past predictions are true.

 

Feliks, can you do another speedcube comparison video? It's "2018 or so"


Leo Chapman

Leo Chapman Posted 3 weeks ago

I really want to see 2x2 or 7x7 because I find it hard to learn cll on 2x2 (my best solve on 2x2 was 2-3 seconds with Ortega) and I average 12-13 minutes on 7x7 :(


Leo S

Leo S Posted 2 weeks ago

Hey Feliks, what do you think about adding a blind solving module on Cubeskills? 


Barney Woodrow

Barney Woodrow Posted 2 weeks ago

Hey Feliks, where is the best place to get lube in the uk? 


Gustaf Dunedin

Gustaf Dunedin Posted 2 weeks ago

I think those predictions are kinda funny, btw do you know if max is going to euros? And are you?


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

Is anyone else here wondering how to get sub 15?


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

Where is the Sponsorship section


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

I am looking to get sponsered by Gan or Moyu.


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

Feliks do you have any pro tips or tricks I can use to get faster?


William Yang

William Yang Posted 2 weeks ago

Feliks I just noticed that you didn't put what a psuedi cross is in the glossary do you think you can add the definition


Russel Castillp

Russel Castillp Posted 2 weeks ago

Hello


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ewoireoirjfoidsjfiweoj eoijfoiewjfoiejs Posted 2 weeks ago

Hey! i've never been to a competition before! can you give me some advice for going there?

 

 


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

same here

 

 


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi John & above (not typing out those letters :p)

Check out this link for general advice, and then for some specific tips about competing, check out the "Competing" tutorial module on CubeSkills.

 

Barney - Not too sure about the UK stores, sorry!

Gustaf - I don't think either of us will, but better not to take any attention from the European competition :)


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

thanks feliks  

:)


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

the link had some good advice


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

i want to set a world record like you


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

can you add a 3x3 blindfolded section


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

how do i get sponsered i really want to get sponsered


Teo

Teo Posted 2 weeks ago

How do you lube your GAN 356 Air SM?


trevor ogilve

trevor ogilve Posted 2 weeks ago

what timer website do you use on you pc for solves?


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

ruwix


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 2 weeks ago

Trevor what is your average


Cuberious The SpeedCuber

Cuberious The SpeedCuber Posted 2 weeks ago

Trevor the correct website is qqtimer + personalized background colors


Shrijan  Pal

Shrijan Pal Posted 2 weeks ago

You are the best cube teacher.


Ian  Sciturro

Ian Sciturro Posted 2 weeks ago

Agreed.


Vaclav Tikalsky

Vaclav Tikalsky Posted 2 weeks ago

I love you Feliks, you are the best!


William Yang

William Yang Posted 2 weeks ago

Do you think that there will be an one handed events for any other cubes


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 2 weeks ago

Hey Feliks, I've been having issues with my Cubicle Wuque M. It's an amazing cube but im having trouble finding good tensions and lubrication. I'm well aware that the cube is quite tight out of the box and performs better eith some loosening. However on looser tensions I'll get reslly annoying catches particularly 3x3 stage. I only really use safe finger tricks for bigger cubes and appropriate algorithms. So my question is how is your Wuque tensioned and lubed and if there are any other tips you have with outer layer catches.

 


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 2 weeks ago

hey james, i have a cubicle version too. mine performs really well. For me very slightly looser tensions work, not very lose or else this will happen

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iROFg1pXJBI

but, have tight tensions, add some dnm 37 regularly, and if you really like fast cubes add speedy and if you like gummy ones then add traxxas, but too much traxxas will make it tooo slow


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 2 weeks ago

hey feliks PLEASE REPLY TO THIS

can you try and make a last two centre example solves video (cubeskills extras) at like sub 4 for 7 by 7 and sub 2:30 for six by six. I use two commutators way too often and my last two centres are my only reason im not improving much at big cubes. whoever wants this please support 


Vaclav Tikalsky

Vaclav Tikalsky Posted 2 weeks ago

I’d like that, my times for bigger cubes aren’t improving a lot lately.


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 2 weeks ago

Lol I dont do 6 and 7


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 2 weeks ago

Oh and @Mahor Nagda, what kind of traxxas 30 or 50 since those r the only two I have

 


Meng Li

Meng Li Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi Feliks,

This is silly, but can you make a simple tutorial for 2X2, how to assemble a cube, and your thoughts on how to set up your own cube?

Thanks,

ML


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 2 weeks ago

James & Meng,

The upcoming order of tutorials will likely be: COLL Recognition, 6x6 & 7x7 tutorials, and then I may do 2x2 after that.


Ethan Varn

Ethan Varn Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi Feliks, I’m looking into the premium membership and I’ve noticed that the yearly membership option is no longer there. Is there any specific reason for this?


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 1 week ago

Hi Ethan,

The main reason for that change is that the premium membership in its current form will be ending in February next year.


William Yang

William Yang Posted 1 week ago

What is the best tensions for a wuque from out of box I am sub 3 with a couple of sub 2 times because I have horrible look ahead for edge building any tips and what tensions


Rvin Cuber

Rvin Cuber Posted 1 week ago

Hello World


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 1 week ago

Hey William, 

Nothing too different to stock tensions should be okay, it probably won't have a huge impact on your times. Check out the 4x4 tutorials section for solving advice! :)

Feliks


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 1 week ago

Wait, if premium membership is off than does everything that requiredthe membership become open to regular membership?


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 1 week ago

Also what are the differences between the cosmic and cubicle wuque since I know that u youve mained both


Unsalted  Peanuts

Unsalted Peanuts Posted 1 week ago

Please make 2x2 tutorials first :) I love your teaching style in your tutorials. Keep up the good work Feliks!


William Yang

William Yang Posted 1 week ago

Thnx and also I was watching your intermediate 4x4 vids in the intro did you mean that people should switch to Yau after getting sub 3 times or when your times are near the 2 minutes


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 1 week ago

If your comfortable with reduction on 4x4 and up then you should definitely switch to yau. At least thats what I think

 


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 1 week ago

James - I'll probably announce the changes at the end of the year. For 2018, CubeSkills will remain the same :)

The differences are minimal, to be honest. I really like them both.

Peanuts - After 6x6 and 7x7! :) There are plenty of 2x2 tutes on the internet already, and it's a simpler event.

William - Switch once you can do Reduction quite comfortably without thinking at all. Exact timing doesn't matter too much.

Feliks


Ethan Varn

Ethan Varn Posted 1 week ago

Hi again Feliks, do you have any tips to recognize F2L pieces when becoming color neutral? The way I’m learning it is choosing the color based off of oriented edges and if no edges are oriented then I’ll do white or yellow (the two I already know) so I’m constantly getting different pieces. I want to get the benefits of color neutrality but it’s hard when the pieces aren’t easy to find.


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 1 week ago

Ethan, color neutrality takes time. At first you're going to have trouble finding pieces since up until now you've only seen "white" stickers as being "cross pieces." If you take a look at your scramble and find a reasonbly easy cross go for it. But try to rarely ever do white and yellow. Your not helping yourself by practicing what you're already used to. I'm not color neutral but I find that practicing megaminx helps with color neutrality since you have to recognize other colors besides white as being f2l pairs

 


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 1 week ago

about color neutrality, feliks, how do you recognize pieces to make an x-cross on a non white and yellow cross. Especially since one cant exactly memorize every color scheme. 


leonardo vilca

leonardo vilca Posted 1 week ago

esroy ansioso sobre los videos de 2x2 ya que es mi enfoque bajar de los 3 seg

 


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 1 week ago

what

 


Yash Raj

Yash Raj Posted 1 week ago

From my opinion,Mats can also time a new WR having tie with you


László Csonka

László Csonka Posted 1 week ago

Hello, Feliks.

 

Do you think 9.97 seconds is good for a beginner solver? (Beginner=cross, all the corners, all the edges, using about 30 olls and all plls.)

I use the SM and at the moment my fingertricks are not the best; my global average is 16-17. (O.o)


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 5 days ago

I average around 6 secs I need some tips to get faster

 


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 5 days ago

I use gan air sm

 


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 5 days ago

1.  Learn things like vls, cls, wv, ble, f2l, coll, zbll, and keyhole these will help you improve your times.

2.  Get good speed cube.  Check out some cubes like wailing its v2 gan valk etc. find witch is comfortable.

3.  Practice in the 15 sec range practice f2l it takes up most of the solve and can drop your times by a lot learn all 77+ f2l cases. Jpermhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKRtFQmnKfs has some good tutorials. 

4.  If you hit a wall practice some other cubes such a skewb, megamix, pyramix, etc. I found that this helps a lot.  Or just take a week brake from cubing.


Stanley Wang

Stanley Wang Posted 3 days ago

Covenant Musoba 

you don't average 6. That's a blatant lie.


Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes Posted 2 days ago

Covenant Musoba you mean 56 sec? :D

You won't get a sub-10 in your life. xD


James

James Posted 1 day ago

after 2x2, are you still planning to make roux tutorials?


Nameless Person

Nameless Person Posted 46 minutes ago

Feliks are you going to Canberra Autumn 2018?



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