2018 Plans, Goals & Predictions

8 months ago

CubeSkills News

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 8 months 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 8 months ago

Noooo can't do that to Bill!! 


Shawn Zhuang

Shawn Zhuang Posted 8 months ago

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


Rhys and Cole Armagost

Rhys and Cole Armagost Posted 8 months ago

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


Brandon Mendez

Brandon Mendez Posted 8 months ago

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


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 8 months ago

#feliksgettheohback


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

 


Connor Liu

Connor Liu Posted 8 months ago

JUST DO FEET AND BEAT JAY


Mahor Nagda

Mahor Nagda Posted 8 months ago

hahahaha connor liu, feliks finds feet disgusting :p


Stanley Chapel

Stanley Chapel Posted 8 months ago

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


Sam Durocher

Sam Durocher Posted 8 months ago

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


Edward Connell

Edward Connell Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

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


William Yang

William Yang Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

Feliks,

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


Jack Gentile

Jack Gentile Posted 8 months ago

Feliks just set the 3x3 wr again lol


Sai Swayam Shree

Sai Swayam Shree Posted 8 months ago

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


Jerry Li

Jerry Li Posted 8 months ago

Wait, is it a real world record?


Jerry Li

Jerry Li Posted 8 months ago

I'm not sure

 


Zachary A.

Zachary A. Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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


Joseph Ferreras

Joseph Ferreras Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

His prediction failed by himself.


Idris  Sentjurc

Idris Sentjurc Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

Hi Feliks,

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


Sam Durocher

Sam Durocher Posted 8 months ago

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


Shamika Dalvi

Shamika Dalvi Posted 8 months ago

Hi Feliks,

Congrats on World record


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

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


Ethan Varn

Ethan Varn Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

Can you do tutorials for skewbs?


Rafly Hanggaraksa

Rafly Hanggaraksa Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

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


William Yang

William Yang Posted 8 months ago

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


Jack Gentile

Jack Gentile Posted 8 months ago

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


William Yang

William Yang Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

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


William Yang

William Yang Posted 8 months ago

DNM 37


Noah Zacharia

Noah Zacharia Posted 8 months ago

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


Fabrice Imparato

Fabrice Imparato Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

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


William Yang

William Yang Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

Good Job on 4.59


Showdown baxa

Showdown baxa Posted 8 months ago

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


James

James Posted 8 months ago

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


William Yang

William Yang Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

Is listening to music while cubing a good idea?


Titus Tsui

Titus Tsui Posted 8 months ago

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


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

What color nuts does felids use on his gan.


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

I use blue.


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

How can I get sponsored by a speed cube company?


Liam Gerard

Liam Gerard Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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


Barney Woodrow

Barney Woodrow Posted 8 months ago

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


Gustaf Dunedin

Gustaf Dunedin Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

Is anyone else here wondering how to get sub 15?


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

Where is the Sponsorship section


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

I am looking to get sponsered by Gan or Moyu.


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

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


William Yang

William Yang Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

Hello


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ewoireoirjfoidsjfiweoj eoijfoiewjfoiejs Posted 8 months ago

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

 

 


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

same here

 

 


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

thanks feliks  

:)


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

the link had some good advice


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

i want to set a world record like you


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

can you add a 3x3 blindfolded section


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

how do i get sponsered i really want to get sponsered


Teo

Teo Posted 8 months ago

How do you lube your GAN 356 Air SM?


trevor ogilve

trevor ogilve Posted 8 months ago

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


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

ruwix


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

Trevor what is your average


Cuberious The SpeedCuber

Cuberious The SpeedCuber Posted 8 months ago

Trevor the correct website is qqtimer + personalized background colors


Shrijan  Pal

Shrijan Pal Posted 8 months ago

You are the best cube teacher.


Ian  Sciturro

Ian Sciturro Posted 8 months ago

Agreed.


Vaclav Tikalsky

Vaclav Tikalsky Posted 8 months ago

I love you Feliks, you are the best!


William Yang

William Yang Posted 8 months ago

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


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 8 months ago

Lol I dont do 6 and 7


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

Hello World


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 8 months 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 8 months ago

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


James Sehr

James Sehr Posted 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

 


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 8 months ago

what

 


Yash Raj

Yash Raj Posted 8 months ago

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


László Csonka

László Csonka Posted 8 months 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 7 months ago

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

 


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 7 months ago

I use gan air sm

 


Covenant Musoba

Covenant Musoba Posted 7 months 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 7 months ago

Covenant Musoba 

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


Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes Posted 7 months ago

Covenant Musoba you mean 56 sec? :D

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


James

James Posted 7 months ago

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


Nameless Person

Nameless Person Posted 7 months ago

Feliks are you going to Canberra Autumn 2018?


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 7 months ago

Yes (probably just for beginners) and yes! :)


occor zap

occor zap Posted 7 months ago

hi Feliks I just started cubing about 1 week ago my favorate cube is the megaminx so far i am hoping to get a 2x2 , 4x4 , and a 5x5 megaminx soon                     do you have any tutorials on any of those if you do i cant seem to find them. thanks

 


Jonathan Bai

Jonathan Bai Posted 7 months ago

Hello Feliks,

I am pretty decent at 4x4 and I am currently using my brothers old Shengshou 4x4. I was wondering if I should get the Qiyi Wuque non-magnetic or the Moyu Aosu GTS M. Which one should I get??


Assaf Shaham

Assaf Shaham Posted 7 months ago

I have a few things to say.

1) Jonathan Bai, I'm not sure.  The Wuque is good feeling and sometimes locks up.  People who are beginners to intermediates, this is definitely a good cube, as to the Aosu, I haven't tried it, so I'm not sure of the feel.  Look at JRCuber's review of it.

2) Feliks, I'm stuck on sub 20 (16-18 sec. average).  I know full PLL and almost full OLL.  I've been practicing for a month since starting to average this, and I've made no progress in decreasing my times.  Do you have any suggestions as to what I should do to help my times? 

3) Also, I should say that my F2L is maybe 8-10 sec. in total.  I do lack a bit of recognition of some OLL cases and some AUF on PLL, but this would affect my imes by 1 second if I mastered it.  I'm looking at going to a 15 average from this advice.

4) I'm trying a little of X-Cross and 8 move cross, but I'm not managing to meet the cross move count and I only manage to make unintentional X-Crosses, except maybe once every 100-200 solves, I'll get an intentional X-Cross.

5) Do you have any tips to help me beat this tough wall?  I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks,

A Very Happy Cuber In California

 

P.S.  I don't know if this sounds a little weird (please tell me if it does), but Feliks, you're who I look up to in life (yes, even in school...).  I see someone who made it through school well and still is incredibly fast today.  It makes me think that I can do the same.  I'm only 12 years old at this time, so I'm getting into the tough transition of school, and school is taking over my cubing life.  But whenever I think I'll fail cubing (HUGE exaggeration) because of school work, I think 'Hey, Feliks did it, and look at him.  I can do it if he can!  He had work like this when he was in Middle School!  I won't fail cubing!'.  And for this, I'm thankful for you, Feliks, for being an inspiration to me, and many other cubers, for if it weren't for you, I would have likely given up cubing at 3-6 months of cubing.  Thank you so much, Feliks.  You've definitely left a mark on this world already.  


Nameless Person

Nameless Person Posted 7 months ago

Assaf Shaham - It's not at all weird, I think Feliks is someone we can all learn from

Occor Zap - In the blue bar at the top of the page (the one with the cubeskills logo on it), click on tutorials. A drop-down menu will come up, which includes 3x3, 4x4, OH, 5x5, Big Cubes and Megaminx


Assaf Shaham

Assaf Shaham Posted 7 months ago

Nameless Person, he means 2x2 megaminx, 4x4 megaminx, and 5x5 megaminx, not 2x2, 4x4, and megaminx.  Besides, there is no 2x2.


Jonathan Bai

Jonathan Bai Posted 7 months ago

Is the qiyi thunderclap 4x4 good? I really want the Aosu GTS M though.. I only have a magnetic pyraminx.(My brothers shengshou 4x4 is really locky and bad.)


Assaf Shaham

Assaf Shaham Posted 7 months ago

Jonathan, it depends.  Out of the box, I'd assume (meaning I don't have it) that it feels a little clacky but smooth, like the 3x3 thunderclap.  The cubicle premium version is smooth and gummy out of the box.  The Aosu, I've heard (also meaning that I don't have it), is clacky and smooth, and a little loose with stronger inner magnets than outer.  Jonathan, depending on what feel you like, choose from the two.  If you choose the thunderclap (from cubicle premium),you can refund it within 6 months of purchase for something else (such as the Aosu) if you don't like it.  It's your choice.  Also, if this isn't enough info, I recommend that you just look at reviews of it.


Jonathan Bai

Jonathan Bai Posted 7 months ago

Yeah, Assaf, I see what both cubes are like. I'm getting into 4x4, and very frequently I would get catches and lockups on the Shengshou 4x4. What cube do you use for 4x4?


Jonathan Bai

Jonathan Bai Posted 7 months ago

Also, which 4x4 performs best without much lube? I don't really have a lot of lube. P.S-You are a super good informer. Thank You


Jonathan Bai

Jonathan Bai Posted 7 months ago

My last question was very badly worded, Sorry. I meant to ask for your knowledge of all 4x4s, which 4x4 seems to perform best without lube?


Vishant  solanki

Vishant solanki Posted 7 months ago

Please make intermediate and advanced tutorials for 6x6 and 7x7.


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 7 months ago

Jonathan - well if you're buying any cubes it's worth it to get some lubricant. In my experience, the Wuque isn't that great out of the box and does require some setup, but the Moyu Aosu GTS is really solid out of the box.

Vishant - Yep, don't worry, they're coming! :)


Jonathan Bai

Jonathan Bai Posted 7 months ago

If I am going to get some lube, what lube should I get?


Assaf Shaham

Assaf Shaham Posted 6 months ago

Jonathan, I'd personally get a lubricant from thecubicle.us, which has great puzzles and lubricants.  I'd recommend the premium lube bundle.  DNM 37 is water based, so it can speed up your puzzle quickly and for a while.  Silk makes your cube less clacky.  Lubicle 1 makes your cube feel completely different by making its scratches and things like that on the pieces almost disappear (WARNING: Do Not Use On 3x3s Unless You're Sure You Want To, use it on bigger cubes, such as a 4x4s).  These are great lubes and I recommend you get this bundle.


Jonathan Bai

Jonathan Bai Posted 6 months ago

What about slowing lube..I have maru lube and I overlubed it....


Aryan Shivapuram

Aryan Shivapuram Posted 6 months ago

Hi Feliks ,

Why don't you come to India for a competition ?


Henry D

Henry D Posted 6 months ago

Hey, I want to move on from beginner algorithms on my 2x2, have you seen any got any good youtube videos for learning better 2x2 algorithms? Also, it would be great to get a 2x2 module soon. 


Jonathan Bai

Jonathan Bai Posted 6 months ago

Alg.db is a really good website for 2x2 algs.


Jonathan Bai

Jonathan Bai Posted 6 months ago

Never mind its algdb.net 


Joy Hatake

Joy Hatake Posted 6 months ago

Hi Feliks. I wanted to know that does Maru Lube is worth that much?


Noah Zacharia

Noah Zacharia Posted 5 months ago

Hey Feliks, 

I think you should get cubers that are good at specific events, like for example skewb or square-1, and they could help you make videos on those events 


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 5 months ago

Hey Noah - indeed that's an idea for future additions to the site :)


Wesley Pakulat

Wesley Pakulat Posted 5 months ago

Hey Feliks :)

I am almost sub 4.5 on 2x2 with LBL and Ortega. I would like to learn some more algs but I don't know if I should start with CLL or EG.
What would you suggest? 


Cuberious The SpeedCuber

Cuberious The SpeedCuber Posted 5 months ago

I think getting certain specialists to help out is a great idea, but wouldn't it ruin the white theme?


William Yang

William Yang Posted 5 months ago

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Aniket Sinha

Aniket Sinha Posted 4 months ago

Hey Feliks 

 Your megaminx and 3x3 tutorials helped me a lot to be a 15s avg cuber. :)

 


Yash Raj

Yash Raj Posted 4 months ago

hey Feliks,

congrats for your new 3x3 wr 4.22.......hope you will break it  :)

 


Yash Raj

Yash Raj Posted 4 months ago

Soon..:-)

 


Galvin Escalona

Galvin Escalona Posted 1 month ago

 Feliks, do you think you could add a blindfolded module?


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 1 month ago

Hey Galvin, 

Probably not in the near future - I'm nowhere near to an expert in 3BLD methods and techniques, and I would want to make more than just a beginner's tutorial if I was to add it to the website.

Feliks


Vuk Ilic

Vuk Ilic Posted 1 month ago

Feliks, You average under 1 minute in blindfolded, which is pretty good. You could just make a beginner's tutorial for people, who want to learn to solve the cube blindfolded.


William Yang

William Yang Posted 1 month ago

J perm has quite an intuitive method for blindfolded on his channel and also goes further into it with M2 method also



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