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[Help Thread] Big Cube Discussion (5x5 / 6x6 / 7x7 / etc)

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1. Practice
2. Look for a corner when you are ready to start your fourth center that has two of the colors you’ve already solved on it: if you get the third one in the right place relative to those two, you’re good
3. What I do, which is not optimal. Keep opposites opposite (easy, like you say) and when you get to placing your first f2l pair look to see if it lines up. If it goes in properly you’re set. If only one side will line up then insert it so the R or L side matches and the F or B doesn’t, then do Uw2 Mw2 Uw2 Mw2 to quickly switch your F and B centers and cross edges. It’s a bit of a cheap trick, and costs me a second or two, but I’ve got bigger fish to fry at 1:25.
I gave it a try and it works great. At least the first and second one does. I am quite new to the Yau method and haven't been practicing that much so I will take your first advice and start practicing. anyway, thank you for the advice. The colour scheme has been perplexing me a lot lately as I try to wrap my mind around the fact that a 4x4x4 has no center pieces. I should probably start practicing now. btw I do know how to solve the 5x5x5, as Redux 5 is more straightforward to me.
 
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Yes. This one. In fairness, I haven’t tried the Aochuang GTSM, but the Yuxin is better than the Wushuang.

On a different note, what is the best 4x4x4 on the market? Valk 4 M? Wuque M? Aosu GTS2M? Gan 460 M?
I main a Yuxin Blue M, I don’t know if that’s the best but it’s pretty good. If you want specifics on which magnets I used in either cube I can give you links, but the Blue looks like it’s been discontinued. You would have to find that one used or old stock, and I don’t know if it’s worth that.
 
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Like these https://cubingcheatsheet.com/algs5x.html

The most relevant page I could find is this tiny page which doesn't have any algorithms https://www.speedsolving.com/wiki/index.php/Big_Cubes_edge_pairing
(Was this post merged from a separate thread? Not sure what you're saying or asking.)

The first part of the bigcubes.com edge pairing method (for the first eight edge groups, aka F8E) is called "freeslice" these days, and you can find many tutorials on YouTube for that. Freeslice doesn't really use any algs.

The second part (for the last four edge groups, aka L4E) isn't really described to any detail on the bigcubes.com website, and you're kinda supposed to just solve it freestyle. The basic method for the L4E is to solve one piece at a time by using slice-flip-slice; since there are eight outer edge pieces to pair up with the middle edge pieces, you might have to use slice-flip-slice up to six times, along with a parity alg for the last two edge pieces (needed half of the time). More advanced methods solve two (or more) pieces at a time. Again, there are tutorials on YouTube. The only alg you have to learn here is a parity alg.

Also, a lot of the algs on the cubingcheatsheet website are bad or sometimes even completely wrong. The presentation is fantastic, the content… not so much. I highly recommend CubeSkills instead. Most of the usefulness of CubeSkills is in the video tutorials, but the cheatsheets there are pretty good too.
 

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(Was this post merged from a separate thread? Not sure what you're saying or asking.)

The first part of the bigcubes.com edge pairing method (for the first eight edge groups, aka F8E) is called "freeslice" these days, and you can find many tutorials on YouTube for that. Freeslice doesn't really use any algs.

The second part (for the last four edge groups, aka L4E) isn't really described to any detail on the bigcubes.com website, and you're kinda supposed to just solve it freestyle. The basic method for the L4E is to solve one piece at a time by using slice-flip-slice; since there are eight outer edge pieces to pair up with the middle edge pieces, you might have to use slice-flip-slice up to six times, along with a parity alg for the last two edge pieces (needed half of the time). More advanced methods solve two (or more) pieces at a time. Again, there are tutorials on YouTube. The only alg you have to learn here is a parity alg.

Also, a lot of the algs on the cubingcheatsheet website are bad or sometimes even completely wrong. The presentation is fantastic, the content… not so much. I highly recommend CubeSkills instead. Most of the usefulness of CubeSkills is in the video tutorials, but the cheatsheets there are pretty good too.
Thanks for letting me know. (this was moved from a post on the help forum to this thread.)

I find the 3x3 F2L list on the wiki very useful and I think the bigger cube algorithms should be listed on the wiki too, along with their discoverer if known, like here https://www.speedsolving.com/wiki/index.php/4x4x4_parity_algorithms#Dedges
 
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