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A while I had an idea for a method where you’d separate colours first, then orient them. I’ve found all the algs for it and I think it has some potential. I don't think this idea has been thought of before.

1. Separate two opposite colours into their own layers, with at least two adjacent pieces oriented. This sounds a bit weird, but basically, you need a bar, and two pieces beside that bar that are the same colour as it.

2. Orient all the pieces

3. PBL

I kind of used an OFOTA style name, so SOAP stands for Separate, Orient All, Permute.

One of the advantages of this method is it has a fairly low alg count. In total, there are 7*8 - 3 = 53 cases, but 7 of those are Ortega, 16 (8 without reflections) of them are SS (easy ones you should learn anyway), and the remaining 30 you need to learn, but 8 of those 30 are reflections, so if you can reflect algs, there’s only 22 cases you need to learn.

This method can be used fairly well as a supplement to Ortega, since it allows for two corners to be twisted in the FL.

One issue I see with this method is that most of the cases are one move away from an SS case, but this does have fewer algs, and is more of an intermediate method than advanced method.

Algs can be found here. I used the MGLS numbering for the odd OLLs, since I didn't know of any other standard naming system. I'm sure there are some better algs for some cases, let me know if you have any good ones and I'll add them.

I'm planning to learn the algs for when I get these cases, since a first step skip is somewhat common, and it'd be nice to be able to force an OLL skip.

Some examples:

I’ll just do the separation, since the rest is obvious.

Scramble: U R2 F' U R' F2 U' F' R2

Solution: U’ R2 or x y2 U2 R’

Scramble: U' R2 U' R U' R U R' F U’

Solution: x2 z U2 R2 or z2 R U2 R

Scramble: F2 U' F2 U' R2 U' F' U F2

Solution: U’ R2 or z2 y U R2

1. Separate two opposite colours into their own layers, with at least two adjacent pieces oriented. This sounds a bit weird, but basically, you need a bar, and two pieces beside that bar that are the same colour as it.

2. Orient all the pieces

3. PBL

I kind of used an OFOTA style name, so SOAP stands for Separate, Orient All, Permute.

One of the advantages of this method is it has a fairly low alg count. In total, there are 7*8 - 3 = 53 cases, but 7 of those are Ortega, 16 (8 without reflections) of them are SS (easy ones you should learn anyway), and the remaining 30 you need to learn, but 8 of those 30 are reflections, so if you can reflect algs, there’s only 22 cases you need to learn.

This method can be used fairly well as a supplement to Ortega, since it allows for two corners to be twisted in the FL.

One issue I see with this method is that most of the cases are one move away from an SS case, but this does have fewer algs, and is more of an intermediate method than advanced method.

Algs can be found here. I used the MGLS numbering for the odd OLLs, since I didn't know of any other standard naming system. I'm sure there are some better algs for some cases, let me know if you have any good ones and I'll add them.

I'm planning to learn the algs for when I get these cases, since a first step skip is somewhat common, and it'd be nice to be able to force an OLL skip.

Some examples:

I’ll just do the separation, since the rest is obvious.

Scramble: U R2 F' U R' F2 U' F' R2

Solution: U’ R2 or x y2 U2 R’

Scramble: U' R2 U' R U' R U R' F U’

Solution: x2 z U2 R2 or z2 R U2 R

Scramble: F2 U' F2 U' R2 U' F' U F2

Solution: U’ R2 or z2 y U R2

Last edited: Oct 17, 2009