*10 months ago*

Hi everyone - it's been a little while since I've posted on here, been rather busy with other things. This is a long overdue post, reconstructions and commentary for my 5.69 WR average. I've done posts for the last two sub 6 WRs, so I definitely had to do one this time!

I got this average in the third round of Koalafication Brisbane 2019 - the rest of my solves that competition were pretty terrible, but a combination of reasonably easy solutions, good execution, and a tiny bit of luck helped get this average over the line.

Big thanks to Stewy on Reddit for these reconstructions!

**Scramble 1: ****D2 F D2 B' U2 F2 L2 B L2 B U' R2 B' D L F' U2 B2**

This scramble had a pretty nice extended cross on red. I could solve the first 3 cross edges and preserve the red-white-blue corner, and then finish off the last cross edge and white-blue edge.

Inspection: z y2

X-Cross: U R' F R2 (U' D) L2' D2'

In inspection, I could see that the white/green pair was going to end up in the top layer, and the quickest way to insert it at that point was to do:

2^{nd} pair: U R U2' R' L U2 L'

So, I'd solved the first two pairs really quickly into the left hand side of the cube without any rotations at all. Normally this is an excellent position to be in, however I got a bit unlucky with the next two pairs and the number of oriented edges. The first thing I saw at this point was the blue-yellow F2L pair, which I solved with:

3^{rd} pair: U' R' U2 R d' L' U L

Ideally, I would have inserted the last pair with d' U' L' U2 L, which would have connected the final pair and been a good multislotting solution, but I missed that solution during the solve.

Last pair was a bit weird - I decided to insert it with U2 R U2' R' to give myself a slightly easier OLL case for which I am indifferent between 3 different OLLCP algorithms, but wasted a bunch of time and moves in the process.

4^{th} pair: U' R U R' U R U' U R' U R U2' R'

OLLCP was very messy, recognised the case incorrectly and wasted some moves yet again.

OLLCP: U F F' r U' r' U' r U r' y' R' U R

PLL: R U' R U R U R U' R' U' R2 U'

**6.90 seconds, 64 moves (ETM), 9.28 ETPS**

**Scramble 2: ****D' U2 L2 F U2 F R U' B' R F2 D2 U2 L' B D2 B2 U'**

In inspection here I saw a lot of options - decided to go with the blue cross as it enabled me to easily insert two pairs into the back of the cube to start my F2L.

Inspection: y' z'

Cross: R' U' F R' (U' D)

First two pairs were fairly standard.

1^{st} pair: R U' R' y' L U L'

2^{nd} pair: L' U2 L R' U R

Here's where it gets a bit more fun. At this point, it's fairly easy to see the remaining two F2L pairs. I knew that if I solved the red-white pair first, it would give me a pretty bad F2L case for the last pair, so I decided to solve orange-white.

After setting up the orange-white pair with the initial sledgehammer, I also knew that a standard insert would give me a terrible last pair case. Fortunately, inserting with sledgehammer not only oriented my remaining last layer edges, but also served to connect the final F2L pair for a simple 4 move insert.

3^{rd }pair: U R' F R F' U' R' F R F'

4^{th} pair: U' L' U L

Uhhh, I don't know a good ZBLL alg for this case. Recognition was kinda bad, but the execution of my very long LL solution was decent.

ZBLL: U' R2 D R' U2' R D' R' U' R' U' R' F R2 U' R' U' R U R' F' U'

**5.64 seconds, 57 moves (****E****TM), 10.11 TPS**

**Scramble 3: ****B' R2 F' U2 B U' F2 U2 R' F2 D' U B U' F2 R' D2 U'**

Green cross on this solve is by far the easiest option. The only choice here is to decide between solving the white/green or red/green piece first. Solving the red piece first means that the white/orange pair gets paired up and can easily be inserted into the back left slot.

Inspection: z'

Cross: R U' r' D'

1^{st} pair: L U2 L'

At this point, the best thing to do would have been to insert the white/red pair starting with L' U' L U and get most of the LL edges oriented. However, during inspection I planned the orange/yellow pair instead, so quickly rotated to solve that one fairly easily.

2^{nd} pair: y U' R U' R' U R U' R'

Decided to do a y2 rotation here in order to a) execute the third pair more quickly, and b) leave the FR slot open for the final pair in order to give myself a bit more flexibility with regard to how I solve the last two pieces.

Conventional wisdom is to avoid this y2 rotation, but there are certainly special situations like this where it can be viable.

3^{rd} pair: y2' R U' R2' U' R

Had a reasonable suspicion that I could orient two LL corners if I did EO + 2gen last slot to give myself a shot at a ZBLL here. I wouldn't normally do this sort of solution for the last pair purely for the sake of orienting edges, I only did it here because I was pretty sure I could get either a U or T ZBLL, based on gut feel and how the LL corner orientation was looking at that point.

EO: U' R U R' y'

4^{th} pair: U' R' U R U' R' U R

The slight risk paid off, and I got a ZBLL with no AUF. Recognition could have been slightly better here but no complaints.

ZBLL: U R2' F2 R U2' R U2' R' F2 R U' R' U R

**5.57 seconds, 49 moves (ETM), 8.80 TPS**

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**Scramble 4: ****L R' B D R F2 D' U B D F L D' L2 F2 U' L B'**

Red cross pieces are in a slightly annoying position here, but there was a pretty nice solution I found to preserve the first pair, with the second pair also presenting itself very nicely.

Inspection: z

Cross: r U' r' U2' R U R u

Dream first two pairs here

1^{st} and 2^{nd }pair: U' R U' R' U R' U' R

Third pair was also very straightforward and allowed easy lookahead into pair 4.

3^{rd} pair: y' R U' R' U R U' R'

Solve was going very smoothly here, just needed to orient edges and hope for a decent LL and it was very much on track to be at least a sub 6.

4^{th} pair setup + EO: U' L' U L d

Summer Variation (OLS with disconnected pair): R U' R' U' R U R' U' R U' R'

Really cooked the PLL here though... doing a U instead of U' would have given me a much faster alg and avoided a U2 AUF, definitely panicked a bit on this one.

PLL: U' R2 U R U R' U' R' U' R' U R' U2'

**5.79 seconds, 53 moves (ETM), 9.15 TPS**

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**Scramble 5: ****D2 B F L2 R U' L2 U' B U2 L2 B2 L D B' L2 F'**

Nerves set in big time here, thankfully I was bailed out by a pretty easy start to the solve. Just needed to do one setup move to preserve a free pair in addition to a very easy cross.

Inspection: x2 y

Cross: r R' F D F'

1^{st} pair: U L U' L'

Second pair was fairly simple as well, managed to insert it into the back left slot and leave the two slots open on the right.

2^{nd} pair: d R U2' R' U L U L'

At this point I was fairly screwed. I had to go for the blue/white pair, but I knew it would leave me in a terrible position going into the last pair, with none of my LL edges oriented

3^{rd} pair: R U R' U' R U R'

Had to go for the absolute hail mary move here, and try to get myself either directly to PLL or to an easy ZBLL. Doing last pair and OLL + PLL definitely wouldn't have given me the WR.

Also didn't really think do do the R' D' r U r' D R2 U R' solution, which also would have given me a pretty easy LL case.

4^{th} pair + EO: U' y U' R U' R' U R U' R2' F R F' U2' R' F R F'

Saved!!! PLL execution was very clunky, but got the job done.

PLL: M2' U M2' U2 M2' U M2'

**5.63 seconds, 49 moves (ETM), 8.70 TPS**

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## Kacper Kopacz

Posted 10 months agoBrilliant!

## Noah Marsh

Posted 10 months agoNice!

## Silas Lickliter

Posted 10 months agoGreat solves! I know how hard it is to get a good average when the first solve isn't optimal.

## Steven Chau

Posted 10 months agoWere you expecting an OLL skip from solving the last pair that way on Solve 5?

## Steven Chau

Posted 10 months agoIf you did, how did you know?

Was it just pure intuition or is there an algorithm set for those cases?

## Noah Marsh

Posted 10 months agoHe solved the last pair using an algorithm designed to orient the edges on the top layer, and it was luck that the corners were oriented as well.

## Kevin Walsh

Posted 10 months agoCongratulations on another WR.

## Sam Durocher

Posted 10 months agoWait. Did that kid steal your cube?

## Silas Lickliter

Posted 10 months agohe might have been a delagate

## Jakub Straszewski

Posted 10 months agoThank you for these comments. It's astonishing how much thinking you can squeeze in less than 6 seconds.

## Paddy Eldershaw

Posted 10 months agonice

## Ethan Varn

Posted 10 months agoI’ve Never seen anything like that last slot of the 5th solve! Such a great way to get the record!

## CuberHuang 黄昱bo

Posted 10 months agoFeliks !You’re so niubi!

## Dac Philippe Nguyen

Posted 10 months agoJust to say : Your world record of 4 secs has been beaten by a chinese teen ! He did it like 3 sec !

## Dac Philippe Nguyen

Posted 10 months agohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm5vp4z5l5Y the link to the video

## Sam Durocher

Posted 10 months agoDude. Dac. Everyone already knows that.

## Silas Lickliter

Posted 9 months agohas anyone noticed that before a lot of Feliks' world records Jack Cai is called up by a delagate?

## Dac Philippe Nguyen

Posted 9 months agoHey Sam Durocher! My name is Philippe, not Dac. Et es-tu du ''rocher'' ? LOL XD

## Janis Grinvalds

Posted 8 months agoWe definitely need some popularity boost in Latvia. Please come one day! Maybe also interested to visit ancestry locations, relatives :)

## Tung Duong Ngo

Posted 8 months agoHey Feliks, the first solve has a wrong move on OLL:

It should be "U F F' U'....."

## Bryan Leung

Posted 7 months agoHi, Feliks. Where do you find your zbll and ollcp algs?

## sri hari

Posted 5 months agoHow much time did you train...?

## Reza Gharaei

Posted 4 months agoIn the first scramble, in the extended cross section we can insert 2 F2l pair:

Inspection:z y2

X-cross:U R' F R2 D U' L2 u R U' R' u