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Rafaello's Personal Progress Thread (Progressing in squan)

Rafaello

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Hey guys, I decided to make my progress thread on all WCA events (maybe I'll add some non-WCA events for fun later). There will be my averages week by week, goals, mains and other info. If You have any tips that could make me better, post it here.
Note: My "week" here is Sunday-Saturday - day one Sunday, day 2 Monday etc.
Events:
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~3.6
Week 4: ~3.5
Week 5: ~3.45
Week 6: ~3.4
Week 7: ~3.45
Week 8: ~3.4
Week 9: ~3.4
Goals:
Sub-3.5 global - set week 1, achieved - week 5
Sub-3.3 global - set week 5

Main: The Valk 2 M
Method: CLL
Other: I'm one looking, when my 1st layer is 4 moves or less. I'll propably use CLL until I'm sub3, then add EG1 algs
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~11.5
Week 4: ~11.5
Week 5: ~11.5
Week 6: ~11.5
Week 7: ~11.45
Week 8: ~11.5
Week 9: ~11.4
Goals:
Sub-11 global - set week 1, achieved - not yet

Main: GAN 356 XS
Method: CFOP
Other: I need to work on my inspection, sometimes I'm stuck after I do cross. Also, my TPS during LL isn't that good.
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~51
Week 4: ~50
Week 5: ~50
Week 6: ~50
Week 7: ~49.5
Week 8: ~49.5
Week 9: ~49.5
Goals:
Sub-50 global - set week 1, achieved - week 7
Sub-47.5 global - set week 7

Main: MoYu AoSu GTS2 M
Method: Yau
Other: Almost always predicting F2C, bad F3E, almost pauseless L4C (although not very good TPS). I need to work on look ahead on 3-2-3.
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~2:25
Week 4: ~2:25
Week 5: ~2:25
Week 6: ~2:21
Week 7: ~2:21
Week 8: ~2:21
Week 9: ~2:21
Goals:
Sub-2:10 global - set week 1, achieved - not yet

Main: MoFangJiaoShi MF5
Method: Redux
Other: I'm bad at 5x5+. Not really sure what I can do to improve. Splits: centers ~50-55, edges 1:10-1:15, then 3x3
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~5:00-5:10
Week 4: ~5:00
Week 5: ~5:00
Week 6: ~5:00
Week 7: ~5:00
Week 8: ~5:00
Week 9: ~5:00
Goals:
Sub-4:30 global - set week 1, achieved - not yet

Main: MoFangJiaoShi MF6
Method: Redux
Other: Again, I struggle with edges,and I'm spending too much time to looking for edge pieces
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~9:20
Week 4: ~9:20
Week 5: ~9:20
Week 6: ~9:20
Week 7: ~9:20
Week 8: ~9:20
Week 9: ~9:20
Goals:
Sub-8:30 global - set week 1, achieved - not yet

Main: LeFun 7x7
Method: Redux
Other: Same as 6x6.
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~27
Week 4: ~26.5
Week 5: ~25.5
Week 6: ~25.5
Week 7: ~24.5
Week 8: ~24.5
Week 9: ~25
Goals:
Sub-25 global - set week 1, achieved - week 7
Sub-23 global - set week 7

Main: GAN 356 XS
Method: CFOP
Other: Pretty good F2L, but my fingertricks for LL...meh
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~3:00
Week 4: ~3:00
Week 5: ~2:45 - switched to M2
Week 6: ~2:40
Week 7: ~2:40
Week 8: ~2:40
Week 9: ~2:50
Goals:
Sub-2:30 global - set week 1, achieved - not yet

Main: GAN 356 XS
Method: M2/OP
Other: Success rate is ~90% (because I go pretty safe), I should try to don't stop during exec
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~56
Week 4: ~53
Week 5: ~45 - start using EO, pseudoblocks and comms
Week 6: ~45
Week 7: ~45
Week 8: ~45
Week 9: ~45
Goals:
Sub-50 global - set week 1, achieved - Week 5
Sub-40 global - set week 5
Main: ---
Method: Blockbuilding, skeleton, then commutators
Other: insertions are too difficult for me.
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: none
Week 4: none
Week 5: none
Week 6: none
Week 7: none
Week 8: none
Week 9: none
Goals:
Learn it - set week 1, achieved - not yet

Main: ---
Method: ---
Other: When I'll learn M2 for 3x3, then I'll work w/ that. Memo shouldn't be problem in safe solves.
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: none
Week 4: none
Week 5: none
Week 6: none
Week 7: none
Week 8: none
Week 9: none
Goals:
Learn it - set week 1, achieved - not yet

Main: ---
Method: ---
Other: I'll try after 4BLD
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~4pts, 23:00
Week 4: 5/5 in ~37:00
Week 5: 5/5 in ~37:00
Week 6: 5/5 in ~37:00
Week 7: 5/5 in ~37:00
Week 8: 5/5 in ~37:00
Week 9: 5/5 in ~37:00
Goals:
5/5 attempt in sub-25:00 - set week 1, achieved - not yet

Main: GAN 356 XS, GAN 356 Air SM, Gan 356 i v2, Meilong M, MF3RS
Method: M2/OP
Other: I'm doing too much recalls.
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~3.7
Week 4: ~3.6
Week 5: ~3.55
Week 6: ~3.45
Week 7: ~3.45
Week 8: ~3.4
Week 9: ~3.45
Goals:
Sub-3.5 global - set week 1, achieved - week 6
Sub-3.3 global - set week 6

Main: X-man Bell Design M
Method: L4E
Other: I should 1look more solves. And work on my TPS.
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~6.5
Week 4: ~5.75
Week 5: ~5.7
Week 6: ~5.55
Week 7: ~5.5
Week 8: ~5.5
Week 9: ~5.45
Goals:
Sub-6 global - set week 1, achieved - week 4
Sub-5.5 global -set week 4, achieved - week 9
Sub-5 global - set week 5

Main: X-Man Design Wingy M
Method: Sarah Intermediate
Other: My 1st layer takes me too much time
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~2:05-2:10
Week 4: ~1:57
Week 5: ~1:57
Week 6: ~1:57
Week 7: ~1:57
Week 8: ~1:53
Week 9: ~1:53
Goals:
Sub-2:00 global - set week 1, achieved - week 4
Sub-1:50 global - set week 4
Main: X-Man Design Galaxy v2 LM
Method: Westlund w/LBL LL
Other: Look ahead and finding pieces are my bad points.
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~32
Week 4: ~30.5
Week 5: ~30
Week 6: ~30.5
Week 7: ~30.5
Week 8: ~30
Week 9: ~22
Goals:
Sub-30 global - set week 1, achieved - week 9
Sub-20 global - set week 9

Main: X-Man Design Volt v2 Full Magnetic
Method: Vandenbergh
Other: Propably another algs would make me better. Also I'm slow at doing cubeshape.
Avgs week by week:
Week 1: ~22
Week 4: ~18
Week 5: ~17
Week 6: ~16
Week 7: ~15.5
Week 8: ~15.5
Week 9: ~15.5
Goals:
Sub-20 global - set week 1, achieved - week 4
Sub-16 global - set week 4, achieved week 7
Sub-14 global - set week 7
Main: LingAo Clock
Method: Beginner
Other: My clock is bad. I think I should buy magnetic clock, but not sure where, Mine locks up a lot.
 
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I haven't updated it for ~3 weeks, because I was busy. Now I have more free time.
I have achieved my goals for 2x2, skewb and megaminx. This week, I've focused on pyraminx - I did ~650 solves.
Plans for week 5: Doing 3x3 and pyraminx mainly, also I'll try to improve in FMC. Any tips for fewest moves? I'm using normal blockbuilding (222->223->F2L-1), then F2L->OLL->PLL, but often give up and do CFOP solve.
 
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Thanks, I just did my first attempt with both EO, NISS and pseudo blocks. Skeleton was 28 moves:
Scramble: R' U' F D2 F2 R2 D2 R2 F' R2 B2 F' D L' B D' B F' R' D R' U' F
L B' F' L' F//EO
R' F2//pseudo 222
(U)//222
D' L D R D' R'//pseudo 223
(D)//223
D' B2 D L D' B2 D L' B2//F2L-1
U' L' U L'//skeleton 5C
Then, I did 3 comms, because I can't do insertions. Finally, solution was 48 moves.
 

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I bet if you got a good 6x6 and 7x7 you could shave a bunch off of your time.
Yes, main reason my times for 5x5+ stay the same for a lot of time is that I don't do big cubes most weeks - ~12 solves/month. That's because they are long - for example, 7x7 solve takes me ~12:00 (~2:30 scramble, inspection and ~9:20 solve). Also, my hardware for 5x5+ is a lot worse than other event, and there is no motivation for me. I'll propably buy Valk 5 M with my next order. Then, I think Shadow M/MGC for 6x6, and Spark M/Hays 7 M for 7x7
 

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Yes, main reason my times for 5x5+ stay the same for a lot of time is that I don't do big cubes most weeks - ~12 solves/month. That's because they are long - for example, 7x7 solve takes me ~12:00 (~2:30 scramble, inspection and ~9:20 solve). Also, my hardware for 5x5+ is a lot worse than other event, and there is no motivation for me. I'll propably buy Valk 5 M with my next order. Then, I think Shadow M/MGC for 6x6, and Spark M/Hays 7 M for 7x7
The MGC 7x7 is also something to look out for, and right now it seems like it can beat the spark
 

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Updated for week 9. This week I did a lot of square 1, learned scallop-kite cubeshape, full CO, CP and EO. My times went down by ~8 seconds. Now, I'm wondering which EPs I need to learn (I know adj-adj, opp-opp, o-opp, opp-o, both Us on top, H and Z)

Edit: My Valk 5 M will arrive to me on Monday, so I'll propably practice 5x5 a lot more
 
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