# I need help getting started!

#### Larfleeze

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Hi, I started cubing a couple of months ago and learned how to solve the 3x3, 2x2 and 4x4 using the beginners method. (in that order) I also have a megaminx and have solved all of it except for the last layer. I was wondering if I could have some tips for:

1. What method to use for 3x3/2x2? (I'll stick with the reduction method for 4x4 right now)

2. What are good semi-beginning puzzles?

3. What are the best overall Cubing brands?

Thanks!

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#### jms

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I'll just preface this by saying I'm a beginner too.... however

1. I am using CFOP as there is a lot of online resource for it, and it seems pretty fast. (That's for 3x3)
2. I guess 3x3.
3. Dunno... YJ seem to have decent cheap cubes. I have mostly Dayan cubes though.

#### Wylie28

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1. For 3x3 most people use CFOP I first recommend learning the begginers method where you orient the edges, orient the corners, permute the corner and then permute the edges in that order, then you can move on to expanding your algorithms with 2-look versions of the orienting and permuting.

2. Good beginner puzzles are pyraminx skewb and clock. I recommend getting a shenshou 5x5 if you can solve a 4x4 its very similar and require nothing new to solve besides a little more thinking for the intuitive parts but you should learn very quickly

3. The best brand im my opinion is moyu, dayan cubes 2x2 and 3x3 are good too but the pieces pop out on them easily and the moyu ones never have that problem. Moyu is a bit more expensive when you get into big cubes (4x4+) so if price is an issue shenshou big cubes are a good option as well but require a bit of solving before they become really good

#### brian724080

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For your first question, you should take a look at the link in my signature regarding choosing methods. Since you can already solve a 3x3, you can consider moving on to another method. You shouldn't feel restricted to CFOP as there are a handful of different methods that are all very good.

3. The best brand im my opinion is moyu, dayan cubes 2x2 and 3x3 are good too but the pieces pop out on them easily
Not if you use (and tension) them properly

#### Wylie28

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For your first question, you should take a look at the link in my signature regarding choosing methods. Since you can already solve a 3x3, you can consider moving on to another method. You shouldn't feel restricted to CFOP as there are a handful of different methods that are all very good.

Not if you use (and tension) them properly
No matter how you tension then you can not hand them to your 1 yr old cousin or even a friend that tries to immitate fast turning, which for me is a deal breaker because both my young cousins love rubiks cubes and my friends enjoy mixing it up, i never had a problen myself unless i was nervous but bad design is bad design even if its mostly avoidable

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#### Scruggsy13

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1. What method to use for 3x3/2x2? (I'll stick with the reduction method for 4x4 right now)
Since you know the beginner's method, the easiest method to learn will probably be Fridrich, but if you want to try more intuitive methods, Roux is a good choice.

2. What are good semi-beginning puzzles?
I would recommend a 5x5, Pyraminx, and Skewb in addition to your collection.

3. What are the best overall Cubing brands?
Most people would argue that it is Moyu, but it is all personal preference.

#### Larfleeze

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2. Good beginner puzzles are pyraminx skewb and clock. I recommend getting a shenshou 5x5 if you can solve a 4x4 its very similar and require nothing new to solve besides a little more thinking for the intuitive parts but you should learn very quickly

I'll be sure to check out the skewb, but what about a gear cube? Those have always looked fun to me

Since you know the beginner's method, the easiest method to learn will probably be Fridrich, but if you want to try more intuitive methods, Roux is a good choice.
I'll probably give both of them a try.

#### DeeDubb

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I'll be sure to check out the skewb, but what about a gear cube? Those have always looked fun to me
Gear cube is fun, it's not a WCA event though, so getting fast at it won't help you at competitions.

As for Roux, I have a beginner guide on my YouTube, click the link and check it out

#### Larfleeze

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Gear cube is fun, it's not a WCA event though, so getting fast at it won't help you at competitions.

As for Roux, I have a beginner guide on my YouTube, click the link and check it out
I'm about to watch your tutorial, and I like your thoughts about the gear cube, however, I'm not planning on entering any competitions soon so... yah