2019 Goals & Predictions

6 months ago

Speedcubing Thoughts

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I wrote on here, but since I did a 2018 goals/predictions post, I thought it would be nice to revisit that and do one for next year.

Here are the goals I wrote at the start of the year:

And, here are the predictions I made at the start of the year. 

So, on to my speedcubing goals for the year. I think that goals are most effective when they are in that slightly uncomfortable zone. Too easy and you won’t stretch yourself, too hard and you’ll get demotivated. I also like to keep the focus fairly narrow. I took a look at my old goals (since 2015), and of the quantifiable goals, I've actually only achieved 3 of 8. These are definitely stretch goals.

Besides general improvement and competition performance, my specific goals for this year are:

Now for the fun - prediction time!

Safe bet:

Slightly Riskier:

Crazy:

Let me know if you have any goals or predictions for speedcubing this year :)


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Charlie  Valiente

Charlie Valiente Posted 6 months ago

Prediction : someone will get a sub 5 3x3 wr average


Steven Chau

Steven Chau Posted 6 months ago

Sub-5 avg is a really big drop from the current 5.80 WR avg, but ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE AS LONG AS YOU BELIEVE!!!


Noah Marsh

Noah Marsh Posted 6 months ago

Prediction: Max Park gets OH single WR


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 6 months ago

I don't think anybody will get a new 3x3 world record single anytime soon 


Ethan Varn

Ethan Varn Posted 6 months ago

Prediction: Lucas Etter will finally return to competition and get a sub 7 average.


Noah Marsh

Noah Marsh Posted 6 months ago

I'm not sure if you were talking to me, Silas, but I meant One-Handed WR single.


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 6 months ago

I wasn't :)


Sam Durocher

Sam Durocher Posted 6 months ago

Hey Feliks. Three questions. How did you set up your GAN356X? Lube? Tensions? Magnets? Nuts? (Hee Hee.) :p

Two, are you going to do a ZBLL section with videos and a pdf? I'm pretty sure you've said you know full T ZBLL? It would be really nice to know! 

And lastly, what is this GAN Infinity cube? Do you use it? (If you can only say some things or nothing, it's okay.)


Steven Chau

Steven Chau Posted 6 months ago


Mohammed Cherkaoui

Mohammed Cherkaoui Posted 6 months ago

I think the 3x3 wr single will be broken only once and thats it.

 


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 6 months ago

lol just got 3.47........ on a 2x2


Leandro170 170

Leandro170 170 Posted 6 months ago

That's great!

will you add some new tutorials here on this year?i'm really interested in learning 2x2 and Skewb.


Master Jamin Hendricks

Master Jamin Hendricks Posted 6 months ago

Goal for myself: become sub 25 :) ( I'm a 33 second solver on 3x3)


Master Jamin Hendricks

Master Jamin Hendricks Posted 6 months ago

go to a COMPETITION (my first)

get a 7x7 and learn square-1

get better 4x4-6x6

get faster in general!


Alejandro Liñán

Alejandro Liñán Posted 6 months ago

 

upload tutorials on how to do BLD!!
you are the most speedcuber in the history of rubik´s cube.


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 6 months ago

my goals are to get sub 20 and to finally start speedsolving the 4x4 and maybe get good at 5x5


Max Chan

Max Chan Posted 6 months ago

Feliks,

I want to be sub 10 on 3x3 and sub 1:20 on 5x5. Also, I have some solves on my channel if you can critique it, that would be great. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxEgmfLvG7jy4Jw8e4KHpqA

 

 

 


Brandon MacDonald

Brandon MacDonald Posted 6 months ago

do you think 2 seconds will ever be possible to get on a a 3x3

 


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 6 months ago

easily....not yet though


Sam Durocher

Sam Durocher Posted 6 months ago

Steven Chau thanks for the stuff, but i've seen that pdf already. I just wanted to see what algs Feliks uses. Thanks though!


László Csonka

László Csonka Posted 6 months ago

 

Steven Chau What's the point of the ZBLL trainer?


Moshi Tang

Moshi Tang Posted 6 months ago

Who do you think would be the 5 people with sub-6 averages on 3x3?


Liam Gerard

Liam Gerard Posted 6 months ago

I want to be sub-15 on 3x3(been working at it for around a year) and sub-2:00 on 5x5. I'll probably just record a bunch of solve critiques.


Noah Marsh

Noah Marsh Posted 6 months ago

I would like to get sub-1 minute on 4x4, get much faster at 5x5, and learn full CFOP (Just need a few PLLS and 45 or so OLLS)


Emerson Duarte

Emerson Duarte Posted 6 months ago

I just got sub 20 on 3x3. Hoping for sub 1.20 on 4x4. Also get sub 3.00 on 5x5. Happy 2019!

 


Steven Chau

Steven Chau Posted 6 months ago

 

László Csonka The point of the ZBLL trainer is to help you practice ZBLL - to remember it better since there are such a huge number of cases.


Sandy Sharma

Sandy Sharma Posted 6 months ago

All the Best for the World Championship in your home country.
Really Gunning for you !!!


Cuberious The SpeedCuber

Cuberious The SpeedCuber Posted 6 months ago

#PleaseuploadsomeBlindfoldedtutorials

 

Predictions:

-Lucas Etter will rise again and will podium in 3BLD for U.S. Nationals and Worlds 2019.

-Mats Valk will break the 3.47 world record with a last layer skip.

-Feliks Zemdegs will become 3-time World Champion and he will do it with the help of a new designer orange hoodie provided by GAN.

 


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 6 months ago

These will all happen^


nathan devine

nathan devine Posted 6 months ago

my goal is to be sub 10 by the end of the year on 3x3. 14.5 at the moment


Tomasz Kartasiński

Tomasz Kartasiński Posted 6 months ago

I am going to get sub10 3x3 avg in comp this year and sub40 avg in 4x4 and sub1:10 avg in 5x5.


Tyler Roundy

Tyler Roundy Posted 6 months ago

Average sub-4 or 5 on Pyraminx (only about 10 - 15), average sub-15 or 20 on 3x3 (only about 35 right now), and learn and get 7x7.


Tom Rasmussen

Tom Rasmussen Posted 6 months ago

Sub 5 2x2

Sub 15 on 3x3

Sub 55 on 4x4

Sub 2:30 on 5x5

Acquire and get decent at 6x6 and 7x7 (Hopefully the shadow and spark)

Sub 2 on Mega

Sub 10 on Pyra

And I have no clue about sq1


Master Jamin Hendricks

Master Jamin Hendricks Posted 6 months ago

another goal of mine is to get all WCA event cubes and learn to solve them quickly.

learn 2x2 BLD


Sourajit Bhattacharyya

Sourajit Bhattacharyya Posted 6 months ago

Goal is to get sub 10 by the end of the year. Started cubing a month ago; thanks Felix for your tutorials!


Arav Jain

Arav Jain Posted 6 months ago

Well your predictions can be true but some might not happen

My prediction is that you will break the 3.74 record and be three time world championshion- the fastest cubers in the world Feliks Zemdegs


Charlie Holland

Charlie Holland Posted 6 months ago

I wanna get Sub-15 This year... averaging 18ish right now!


Daniel Zepeda

Daniel Zepeda Posted 6 months ago

I'm aiming for a sub 50 average on Megaminx this year, currently averaging around 59, as well as a sub 10 average on 3x3, which I currently average 12 ?? 


Elijah Brown

Elijah Brown Posted 5 months ago

I just want an official sub 7 single on 3x3 at the moment.


Jacob Shum

Jacob Shum Posted 5 months ago

My goal is to get to sub-10 on 3x3 and clock; and get to sub-15 on square-1


George Dilworth-Wild

George Dilworth-Wild Posted 5 months ago

My goal is to cut times on everything and to go to more competitions. My main goal is to try and decrease my 3x3 average from 20 seconds to possible sub-13, perhaps getting a few sub-10s.


Jairo Santiago

Jairo Santiago Posted 5 months ago

My goal is to solve 3BLD for the first time, get a sub-10 average on 3x3 and many more things.


Peter Osudar

Peter Osudar Posted 5 months ago

To share with the world the fact the these twisty puzzles that people are so "mad" about have a pure mathematical purpose.

They help one understand how to do mathematics in a matrix using:

Chromogeometical properties
Hyperbolic geometry Properties
"rational"(finite) trigonometrical formulas
fintie fields
And the notions of multisets that allow for: maxels, pixels, vexels, and singletons...

All of which all one to literally calculate their way through to a solution the same way one would solve 2x+1=5... i.e. a system of equations in a matrix...(kind of)

First step... relax on the algs... allow yourself to breath in the mathematics and realize there are only so many possibilities and not the "quintillion" nonsense thrown around.

Also... I'd like to prove this by getting my 3x3 time to a competitive level.

I.e. I need someone on a major cubing channel to mention the ideas I am talking about. I suppose they might mention me but I would much rather them talk about this "method" i.e. the natural mathematics of it. A calm and cool collected method that allows one to learn this in a reasonable amount of time.


Yeshua Zayas

Yeshua Zayas Posted 5 months ago

My goal is to try to learn how to BLD, OH, and learn OLL and PLL properly.


Angel Gabbott

Angel Gabbott Posted 5 months ago

My goal is to get sub 10  by January.


Angel Gabbott

Angel Gabbott Posted 5 months ago

Mabey 3BLD too

 


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 5 months ago

are you going to add any 2x2 videos?


明鉴 魏

明鉴 魏 Posted 5 months ago

could you teach us some EG


Noah Marsh

Noah Marsh Posted 5 months ago

I agree! And CLL


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 5 months ago

yeah it would be pretty awesome if you could try doing some 2x2 videos with ortega for intermediate and for advanced being able to choose which side to do and cll algs with finger tricks


Sam Durocher

Sam Durocher Posted 5 months ago

Hey Feliks. Three questions. How did you set up your GAN356X? Lube? Tensions? Magnets? Nuts? (Hee Hee.) :p

Two, are you going to do a ZBLL section with videos and a pdf? I'm pretty sure you've said you know full T ZBLL? It would be really nice to know! 

And lastly, what is this GAN Infinity cube? Do you use it? (If you can only say some things or nothing, it's okay.)


Avi Garg

Avi Garg Posted 5 months ago

I would like you to do some 2x2 videos! That would be awesome! 


George Brown

George Brown Posted 5 months ago

Teach 3bld


shoaff shoaff

shoaff shoaff Posted 5 months ago

3Bld for sure


Jacob Shum

Jacob Shum Posted 5 months ago

Just go watch Graham or Noah for BLD


Aneurin Hunt

Aneurin Hunt Posted 4 months ago

I wouldn't call that 3bld prediction risky.


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 4 months ago

Feliks will get a sub three and beat Yusheng Du's solve by a landslide


jim chan

jim chan Posted 3 months ago

feliks, get a sub 2 on 3x3 so that you'll become a LEGACY

 


Leo Venturini

Leo Venturini Posted 3 months ago

A minute later, Feliks gets a 3.46 with Yusheng Du sitting next to him in comp!

 


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 3 months ago

lol totally 


UnKnown Cuber

UnKnown Cuber Posted 3 months ago

what is better GAN 356 x or GAN 356 air SM?


Samantha Alexendra

Samantha Alexendra Posted 3 months ago

Teach 3by3 bld


Noah Marsh

Noah Marsh Posted 3 months ago

GAN X


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 3 months ago

@Unkown Cuber I prefer the SM because of its stability but the X is still really amazing in my opinion so jus get whatever you want depending on how much money you have


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 3 months ago

oh btw if you decide to get an X but instead want to pay less money and you know how to magnetize a cube, go for the R along with a magnet kit and you would only pay 25 dollars instead of 60 :P


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 3 months ago

congrats on the new wr average Feliks!


Noah Marsh

Noah Marsh Posted 3 months ago

Please watch your profanity. Most people like the GAN X very much, as it has 5 stars out of 64 reviews on Speedcubeshop.com, and it also has 5 stars out of 52 reviews on theCubicle. Chill out.


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 3 months ago

^


Leo Venturini

Leo Venturini Posted 3 months ago

Laszlo Csonka, thats just your opinion, I think the X is great!

Congrats Feliks on your World Record Average!


Ritvik Sadhu

Ritvik Sadhu Posted 3 months ago

your videos are nice/cool 

I wish you had 2x2x2 rubix videos'

this 2019 SM is killing me out

Yours truly

Ritvik 


Ritvik Sadhu

Ritvik Sadhu Posted 3 months ago

the competions is wow i cannot belive it becauseits freaking me out

People are getting 2sec-13sec in 3x3x3/2x2x2

its fun Filex very fun

my friend Yash goes to a bunch of different competitions.He went to 260 COMPETITIONS!!!!

I went to 4 or 5 COMPETITIONS!!! 

 


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 3 months ago

I only went to one lol


László Csonka

László Csonka Posted 2 months ago

Leo Venturini Yes, that's just an opinion. I'm gonna have an another X in the near future because it's better than the new SM, Valk cubes and 354 M are too small for me, so it's still the best choice right now. But I like more stable and not this flexible cubes better.


Silas Lickliter

Silas Lickliter Posted 2 months ago

^I totally get that.  Everyone has a personal preference though


László Csonka

László Csonka Posted 2 months ago

You can see videos about the X. You can see it's too flexible and you can't use it normally because of the misaligns, lockups and more corner twist compared to the SM.

You can see videos about the SM. There's no misaligns at all, almost 0 lockups and 0 corner twist.

Question?

 

People like the X more because it's newer, more quiet and basically smooth (but you need insane luck to turn it perfectly not to get lockup). And the interchangeable magnet system is perfectly unnecessary.


Hery Zo ANDRIAMANANTENA

Hery Zo ANDRIAMANANTENA Posted 1 month ago

Hi everybody! I'm not a big cuber for the moment but I work on it! let me introduce myself, my name is Zo and I'm a Madagascar Cuber, we had our first WCA comp in Madagascar a month ago. I would like to be sub 10 in 3x3x3 but my average is about 13 seconds actually I saw all the videos of Feliks Zemdegs and I work on it everyday but this is so hard! so can you help please?! what should I do?! what is the plan?! where shoud I begin surely I should focus one by one in Cross then F2L then OLL then PLL?! my last question is how do all of you do this?! it's amazing to see all of you in youtube and I thank all of you so much because now I love playing Rubik's cube too! :D


László Csonka

László Csonka Posted 2 weeks ago

Hery Zo ANDRIAMANANTENA 

Hello. You should practice F2L. In the inspection time you could plan the first 2 pairs. If you're color neutral, it's much easier because you have more options on more colors. If you practice enough and smartly, you will see you pieces changes their positions and you won't have to stop to find fairs.

Moreover J perm has advanced F2l cases PDF file below some videos of his, you can download them. Those F2L cases help you to solve some fairs in incorrect positions as well, so you don't need to take the pairs in the standard F2L positions to solve them.

Feliks knows many, many OLL cases and OLLCP algorithms. He can solve OLLs in more positions and he can solve the corners as well.

And he uses more PLLs, not 1 for each PLL.

 

But honestly, I don't think there will be many people who can get his times at home. Just look at his times back in 2009 and 2010. Many years ago he reached quite good times and averages and just a few people can reach these times nowadays althought they use much better cubes.


László Csonka

László Csonka Posted 2 weeks ago

+Feliks knows so many other algorithms like: VLS, Winter variation, ZBLL, BLE, CLS, TTLL, TSLE, etc.

And he can solve the pairs from every single view. And the F2L is the most important part of the solve. There are speedcubers who can solve the F2L in 3 seconds or 2.5. If they get a skip or an easy LL, it will be insane good.


Jacob Shum

Jacob Shum Posted 1 week ago

Your crazy wish came true and was exceeded lol


Jacob Shum

Jacob Shum Posted 1 week ago

Hery Zo ANDRIAMANANTENA

Your main focus should always be F2L, and at sub-13, you should also improve your LL to get faster. 

 

László Csonka

Planning first 2 pairs are very difficult to do alongside being color neutral because doing that within 15 seconds is barely possible, even at world-class level. Color neutrality gives you more options, but takes more time for inspection(I am color neutral). 

Also, as a Chinese descendant, I don't feel overly offended, but some people will be offended. This is the internet. Your opinion is different on everyone else, like J Perm, who doesn't like the Valk Power, but many other people like it. And it probably locks up because you/they didn't set it up. 


László Csonka

László Csonka Posted 1 week ago

Jacob Shum

I hate hatred, sorry. I was really disappointed in these cubes nowadays. I spent more than $500 for unuseable cubes, so I'm really disappointed.

Yesterday I got my first sub-14 avg100 with LBL (13.96) and it's so bad to see how my better times are keeping off with this cube (Gan 356 X). I ordered another cubes but I have to wait for months because our post service is horrible.



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