Reposting from Facebook for anyone not in the FM group.

Reconstructions of my 22.00 PR Mo3 at Minnesota Qualifier 2024

A1- 23

R' U' F R2 B R2 U' F2 R2 U' R2 B2 F2 U B' F U' L' B F R' F' R' U' F

6/6/4 0

R B' U' F’ R // EO, DR-8c8e (5)

U' R2 D F B // DR, 4a3 4e (10)

D2 L2 D'* (L2 D2* L2 F2 D'* F2 D) // HTR (20)

(F2 D2* L2) // 23 to Slice

*widen (+0/23)

Optimal after DR. I’m quite pleased with this solve, given it felt like a worse than average scramble. There are a few variants of this 8c8e DR, but they’re all 23 optimal. I didn’t really have much else.

A2- 23

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

6/4/6 0

R (U B R) // EO, DR-4c4e (4)

U D F2 B2 U' F' // DR, 4a1 4e (10)

(R' L' D2 R L' U') // HTR (6-2=4/14)

L2 B2 U2 L2 B2 U2 L2 // 21 to Slice

[U2 L2 U]->[U D F2 U2 D'] (+2/23)

This one is a bit iffy. I finished writing my solution with no seconds to spare and almost DNF’d due to bad handwriting. For some reason I missed that you could do the DR without the parallel move, so it would’ve been 9 to DR. And, since it gives a different slice, it’s solvable in +1 instead of +2. So I missed a 21 here. I’m not too mad though, since it’s very rare to have a mo3 where everything’s perfect. I’m glad I actually got sub-24 here and not DNF.

A3- 20

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

8/8/6 1

F R D L // EO, DR-4c4e (4)

F2 U R2 B' // DR, 4a1 4e ( 8 )

(B2 L2 F2 R2 D) // HTR (13)

(R2 B2 U2 B2 U2 R2) // 19 to Slice

[U2 B2 U2 B2 R2 D']->[D2 F2 U D R2 F2 U'] (+1/20)

Optimal after EO. This is the star of the show. 8 moves to 1qt. I found this DR pretty early in and literally didn’t check half my EOs. There’s another DR in 8 by starting with L2 B2, and I tried 9-move extensions as well, but they weren’t better. Mallard doesn’t find better than this 20, so I found the best possible solution. Lowering my PR single from 22 to 20 feels amazing.

Overall, this 22.00 mo3 is exactly what I wanted from this competition. My practice had paid off. Even though there’s still a gap between me and wen/jay/radek/LMR/shota/etc, I have a high enough ability to win competitions against top level players and I get sub-23 mo3’s very commonly at home. I have more official FMC coming up, and to be completely honest I do not expect to beat this, but I’ll do my best.