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A few questions. I'm going to a comp with FMC and wanna get sub 35ish before I go. I know basic blockbuilding, NISS, Pheudo blocks, and some EO. No insertions, edge cylces or anything super advanced.

What algs/things are most important to get sub 35 before the comp in just under 2 months?

Should I always have a backup solution (I do really want a mean), and what is a good place to learn time management?

A few questions. I'm going to a comp with FMC and wanna get sub 35ish before I go. I know basic blockbuilding, NISS, Pheudo blocks, and some EO. No insertions, edge cylces or anything super advanced.

What algs/things are most important to get sub 35 before the comp in just under 2 months?

Should I always have a backup solution (I do really want a mean), and what is a good place to learn time management?

Insertions are the most important. Learn how to do 3/4 corners (and also 5 corners, or twist, but it is basically the same thing). You will need corner commutators for this (just the "pure" cases). You can also try edge insertions or other things, but go for corners first.

It's a good thing to have a backup solution written at some point, maybe after 30 minutes or so, but you don't need to in case you some half-solutions and you are confident you can finish them in time.

For time management, I can't give any advice, except: pratice. Do 1hr attempts and try to see what's going wrong when you run out of time.

If there is no good blockbuilding start, it may be a good idea to start with EO. In this case there is no very good EO case (on all orientation it's 6 or 8 bad edges), but you can do something like this, on the inverse scramble:

EO: (D R2 F' B D)

which doesn't look very good, you can modify it to:

So I just came up with this solution for the Weekly Competition 2018-16 and I am pretty happy with it over all, but if anyone has any tips that they see that I should keep in mind for future solves (especially for the 2x2x2 and 2x2x3 blocks), then I am more then open to ideas. Thanks.

Scramble: R' U' F U2 L2 F' B' R F B U2 R' U L2 D2 F2 U L2 D R2 U B2 D R' U' F

R2 D' R2 D2 F D2 L' F//2X2X2 8/8
D2 U' L' U//2X2X3 4/12
D B' L B L2 D L//F2L-1 7/19
B' ^ R' B R2 D' # R' D//AB4C 7/26

^ Insert at ^ D' R' U' R D R' U R
Insert at # D R U2 R' D' R U2 R'

Final solution: R2 D' R2 D2 F D2 L' F D2 U' L' U D B' L B L2 D L B' D' R' U' R D R' U B R' U2 R' D' R U2 R2 D (36 Moves).

Hey guys, i found a really good start for the weekly fmc(open spoilers only if you arent competing pls)

Spoiler

F B' L2//SQUARE
(L D2)//2X2X2(at this point i thought i was gonna get something really good, but got a 38 :/
U' R U' R' L U' L' U' R' U' B' R B R' U' R U2 R' U'//Couldnt find anything, AB4C and IF gives 34 in a million places lol. However i failed and took to much time to find the first insertion and ended up doing 4C in 14. Also I thought there had to be something better :/

help would be greatly appreciated, i really wanna avg low 30 before Indian Nationals and I know NISS, pseudoblocks, insertions
Also would you insert 3C+2TC or just leave it? i got that once(before, not on this one)

R' U' F L2 B U2 F U2 R2 F U2 R2 B F U F' D B' F2 R' B' U' L' R' U' F

L2 D' B L' - Pheudo 2x2x2 3/3 L U2 L U F U' - F2L-1- 1 EDGE 5/8
(B R' F' B U F B') - F2L-1 7/15
(D R2 D' F' R2 F)- EO 6/21
(D R D') - F2L+EO 1/22
(D R' D' R' D R' D' R') - ab3c 6/28

Moves in Bold are cancelled.

IF:
L2 D' B U2 L U F [@1] U' R D R D' R D R D' F' R2 F D R2 D' B F' U' B' F R B'
Insert at @1: F' U B2 U' F U B2 U'
Fewest moves: 33. 4 moves cancelled
The final solution: L2 D' B U2 L U2 B2 U' F U B2 U2 R D R D' R D R D' F' R2 F D R2 D' B F' U' B' F R B'

2nd place tied with Mats at Elsass Open 1st is Reto with 23 ! One of the best podium ever !:
R' U' F R D2 B2 R' F2 U2 R' B2 D2 B2 R2 D F' R2 U' F' D' F D R U2 R' U' F

( F' U2 F ) // P222 + EO (3)
L' // 222 (1)
( R' F2 D' ) // 223 (3)
R D' F2 D L D R2 D' L' R' // 3C (10)
S // L' R D' F2 D L D R2 D' L' R' D F2 R F' U2 Fϟ ϟ F U' F' D2 F U F' D2 (-1 )
Solution : L' R D' F2 D L D R2 D' L' R' D F2 R F' U2 F2 U' F' D2 F U F' D2
- 24 -

First official FMC attempt ever! 32 moves. Not too good, I've been doing lots of sub30s, but hey it's not either too bad!
Tied the NR of Chile, Iceland, Lithuania, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, South Africa (AfR), Uruguay, and Venezuela. Wut hahahhaha

Scramble R' U' F D F2 U' L2 D U' B2 U' B' L D' R D2 L' R' F R2 D2 B R' U' F

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Inv F' U R B' D2 R2 F' R L D2 R' D L' B U B2 U D' L2 U F2 D' F' U R'

L B L' B' D //2x2
U' R B' U R B' //2x2x3
(R' B U B2 R B) //F2L-1 + EO
(U R' U2 R U' R' U R U2) //Pair -> L3C

Skeleton: L B L' B' D U' R B' U R B' U2 R' U' R U R' U2 R U' B' R' B2 @ U' B' R (26+8-2 = 32)
@: B2 D F2 D' B2 D F2 D'

Final solve: L B L' B' D U' R B' U R B' U2 R' U' R U R' U2 R U' B' R' D F2 D' B2 D F2 D' U' B' R (32 HTM)

Hey guys, i found a really good start for the weekly fmc(open spoilers only if you arent competing pls)

Spoiler

F B' L2//SQUARE
(L D2)//2X2X2(at this point i thought i was gonna get something really good, but got a 38 :/
U' R U' R' L U' L' U' R' U' B' R B R' U' R U2 R' U'//Couldnt find anything, AB4C and IF gives 34 in a million places lol. However i failed and took to much time to find the first insertion and ended up doing 4C in 14. Also I thought there had to be something better :/

help would be greatly appreciated, i really wanna avg low 30 before Indian Nationals and I know NISS, pseudoblocks, insertions
Also would you insert 3C+2TC or just leave it? i got that once(before, not on this one)