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The "I quit / pause / return / change / etc." thread

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I'm back after a few year break. I starting cubing May of 2008, and stopped sometime early 2014.

I've got three questions. First, are there any major regulation changes over the last few years? And second, I'm still using an old as **** "Godly GuHong" I got modded by a member here ages ago. What's the newest hotness when it comes to hardware? Interested in pretty much all puzzles. Lastly, any new forum rules I should watch out for?
Welcome back!

Probably the main change would be the fact that you can use stickerless puzzles now, but other than the addition of skewb as an event (which you might remember if you stopped in early 2014), there haven't been too many important regulation changes.

Puzzles wise, MoYu, QiYi and YuXin + their sub-brands are probably dominating the market for most puzzles, apart from 2x2, and 3x3s are now a matter of preference, rather than there being a be all, end all cube. The main puzzles that are used are: 2x2: Dayan, 3x3: matter of preference, 4x4: Moyu Aosu/YuXin, 5x5: YuXin, 6x6: MoYu Aoshi/ YuXin red, 7x7: MoYu cubic AoFu, Pyraminx: MoYu, Skewb: Moyu/Qiyi, Clock: Rubik's, megaminx: DaYan/modded Shengshou/the new X-Man megaminx, square-1: QiYi and I think that most people use an F2 for feet. Basically, there are now a load more options for cubes and many come down to a matter of preference, if you watch reviews on YouTube, you should be able to get an idea of if they are what you're looking for.

Apart from the new forum design, nothing has really changed, apart from the numerous world records. Oh yeah, people also got good at pronouncing cube names...

Sorry for the long post :p.
 

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Welcome back!

Probably the main change would be the fact that you can use stickerless puzzles now, but other than the addition of skewb as an event (which you might remember if you stopped in early 2014), there haven't been too many important regulation changes.

Puzzles wise, MoYu, QiYi and YuXin + their sub-brands are probably dominating the market for most puzzles, apart from 2x2, and 3x3s are now a matter of preference, rather than there being a be all, end all cube. The main puzzles that are used are: 2x2: Dayan, 3x3: matter of preference, 4x4: Moyu Aosu/YuXin, 5x5: YuXin, 6x6: MoYu Aoshi/ YuXin red, 7x7: MoYu cubic AoFu, Pyraminx: MoYu, Skewb: Moyu/Qiyi, Clock: Rubik's, megaminx: DaYan/modded Shengshou/the new X-Man megaminx, square-1: QiYi and I think that most people use an F2 for feet. Basically, there are now a load more options for cubes and many come down to a matter of preference, if you watch reviews on YouTube, you should be able to get an idea of if they are what you're looking for.

Apart from the new forum design, nothing has really changed, apart from the numerous world records. Oh yeah, people also got good at pronouncing cube names...

Sorry for the long post :p.
Good stuff! Thanks for the reply.
 
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Right, cracking on with cubing after a year's break. Stopped due to illness and kinda lost interest around the same time - my times had plateaued and I didn't have the patience to learn to fix my bad habits, like not looking ahead, not solving the cross in inspection, not knowing full OLL.

Anyway, I'm determined to come back strong, and commit to both full OLL and blind cross as short-term goals. Just thought I'd record a pre-return Ao50 for posterity.

number of times: 49/50
best time: 14.41
worst time: 28.69

current avg5: 19.70 (σ = 1.90)
best avg5: 19.32 (σ = 0.60)

current avg12: 20.40 (σ = 1.78)
best avg12: 20.34 (σ = 1.73)

current avg50: 21.25 (σ = 1.96)
best avg50: 21.25 (σ = 1.96)

Times:
18.74, 19.94, 18.64, 19.28, 21.59,25.98, 20.89, 21.73, 21.18, 22.53,20.21, 20.76, DNF(24.05), 22.48,17.89, 21.91, 21.24, 20.00, 22.80,21.53, 19.47, 22.12, 20.26, 20.35,20.34, 27.78, 14.41, 21.37, 24.55,23.14, 21.23, 17.63, 21.06, 26.51,21.62, 23.35, 28.69, 21.28, 20.29,22.07, 24.98, 19.42, 17.60, 22.79,20.80, 21.80, 19.20, 16.55, 18.10,21.89
 
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Hey, I've taken a break from cubing for a couple months due to school obligations, and I'm looking to start back up. What did I miss? I left at around the time the YueXiao and the Weilong GTS came out. Which cubes should I get? I want to buy something at the Cubicle's Black Friday sale. Thanks!
 
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Well, in terms of hardware, the Valk 3 came out to much hype and was very well received, TheCubicle started making magnetic cubes and everyone seems to love them and/or want them, they also came out with Lubicle Silk (most people praise it), the Gans Air came out (and even more recently the Ultimate version), Moyu made pretty much the first real competitor to the Qiyi squan, a couple new 5x5's and 6x6's came out that are apparently extremely good, and the X-Man Galaxy megaminx pretty much blew all the other megaminxes out of the water (at least per its reception).
(Of course there's more, but that's some highlights.)

In terms of other news, there was a weekend during which 7 WR's were broken, including the 3x3 single (and of course Feliks broke a couple, but not 3x3).
 
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Hey, I've taken a break from cubing for a couple months due to school obligations, and I'm looking to start back up. What did I miss? I left at around the time the YueXiao and the Weilong GTS came out. Which cubes should I get? I want to buy something at the Cubicle's Black Friday sale. Thanks!
I'd recommend getting a Valk (the GTS M isn't worth it) A 2x2 came out called the KungFu YueHun and many regard it as the Dayan Killer (I highly advise you buy this cube it's like 5 bucks). Some other revolutionary cubes that came out include...
X-Man Megaminx
Moyu magnetic Pyraminx
Moyu magnetic skewb
Weishi GTS 6x6
Yuxin 7x7 (soon to hit the market)
MF7 7x7 (only $29 but just as good as the aofu)
Shengshou Kilominx (likely to become WCA event in next year or 2)

and as far as cubing news goes...
Recent WRs
3x3 4.74/6.45
2x2 0.49/
5x5 41.27/49.32
6x6 1:32.77/1:37.85
7x7 2:20.66/2:25.06
Megaminx 34.40/39.43
Pyraminx /2.14
3BLD 18.50/24.38
4BLD 2:02.49/
5BLD 4:46.74
Skewb /2.63
Sq-1 6.84/9.33
OH /10.70
Clock /5.72
 
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Thanks everyone! So the KungFu 2x2, YueXiao, Weilong GTS, and Valk 3 are the big new releases lately?
Plus the Gans Air, X-Man Galaxy megaminx, WeiShi GTS and QiYi WuHua 6x6's, WeiChuang GTS 5x5, the much-hyped QiYi WuQue 4x4 is up for pre-order, and it looks like all the major companies (at least three of them) are gonna roll out new 7x7's.
These past few months have been... Active.
 
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I suppose this would be the appropriate thread to post this in. I haven't been into the community for a while. This is my first time logging in for quite some time. Could be two years maybe. My last cube purchase was in mid 2014, until earlier this week when I got a Gans 356 Air. I enjoy it a lot.

I just thought I'd mention this: I want to get back into competing and into this community with my few previous friends so I want to keep this account. The problem is that a while before the start of the mega hiatus, I was going through major changes. I am transgender and would prefer not to keep the username Jim. Is it possible to have a username change on here? I also want to do the same for my WCA profile. If I found out how to do the former before anyone responds, I'll edit this post.

Anyway, hello everyone. It's nice to be back.

EDIT: I have discovered how to change my username.
 
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I assume, if all non-personal discussion on this it put here, this should be "stickied". Though, if it really is going to be "stickied" the thread must be revamped to organize the posts.

Anyway, thank you to whoever gave valuable information in this thread, I can't thank them personally one-by-one.
 
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Yo, I haven't been cubing in the past 2 years and I want to return. Anyone have any tips about returning? I averaged sub 25 before I stopped and now I average sub 30. Main is meiying. (I am not up to date with latest cubes as I did not participate in any community news).
 
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