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First 2 Blocks: Subsets and Tips/Tricks

Discussion in 'Cubing Help & Questions' started by Roux_Over_CPOF, Mar 13, 2018.

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  1. Roux_Over_CPOF

    Roux_Over_CPOF Member

    Jan 28, 2018
    Hi! I am a fellow Roux solver. I have a weak spot in the first step of roux, and have found that others do to, so I made this thread for Roux solvers wanting to get better at the first step, and share there knowledge with the world! Good Luck!
  2. 1001010101001

    1001010101001 Member

    Dec 18, 2017
    I can either to FB efficiently or fast, but not both. I WANT TO DO BOTH!
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  3. Roux_Over_CPOF

    Roux_Over_CPOF Member

    Jan 28, 2018
  4. zentype

    zentype Member

    Nov 16, 2017
    This. I can do FB pretty efficiently averaging less than 9STM and I admit I'm really enjoying trying to find the best solve to FB but I'm slow as heck.

    If I try going fast I'm usually just using M and U layer as swap space and inserting from the top. Rarely doing so from the D layer.. Even though using the D layer to insert from the bottom usually reduces move count.

    I do find when you're trying to go fast, you tend to use a "small" move set that you defer to. I think the trick is to learn to expand that default move set.
  5. Mr.Roux86

    Mr.Roux86 Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    The first block is challenging. Becuase when we do first block we have the entire cube to work with. Plus the fact that you only have 15 seconds to inspect makes it more challenging to find what you need. So first it might be a good idea not to use timed inspection, (unless you are going to a competition and need to practice that) you should use as much time as you need to look at the cube. This gets your mind used to predicting the location of pieces and creating a solution in your head. Second, you want to experiment. By this I mean do slow solves whenever you can. Try to use different moves and techniques, even if you do not think it will work. Knowing more about how the cube works and how things move will help you find the most efficient solution. Eventually, something will work and you can use it on future solves. Now, slow solves and experiments are great, but sometimes we just need to extra boost cut down that movement. This is why you should watch example solves. Example solves are great, you get to see what other people do and apply those strategies to your own solving. There are so many ways to make the first block, just seeing other people do it really helps. I myself still need to be more efficient and faster, but I have other things like LSE and CMLL to work on first. I hope I helped in some way. I hope that you are able to cut down on move count. Happy Rouxing ~Mr.Roux86
    Look at the bolded phrases above.
    Use untimed inspection
    Do slow solves
    Experiment with the cube

    Yeah just do that and you should be good :)

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