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The Solve Critique Thread

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My Method/Algs:
Cubeshape is advanced/optimal cubeshape
CO is intuitive (now working on that)
EO is 2 Algs, 1 for 1 Edge/layer and one is M2 (will maybe learn the other cases)
CP is 2x2 Ortega
EP is H,Z,Ub-Perm + M2 U2 M2 (parity on both layers) + Parity on one layer

EP Algs:
Z-Perm: M2 U M2 U' M2
H-Perm: M2 U2 M2 U M2 U2 M2
Ub-Perm: 1,0/0,-3/-1,0/3,0/1,0/0,3/-1,0/-3,0/
Double Parity: M2 U2 M2
Parity: Can't write it, but can execute it in 3-4 seconds

What EPs should I learn? H,Z,Ub on the bottom or Parity EP on Top or something else?

2 Centers: Good, learn fingertricks for r U2 r' and other inserts for the yellow center
3 Edges: Needs work. Hold the two solved Centers on the left and on the right, build the edges on the middle layer with r, r2 and r' and use U and L moves to put them to their correct position
Centers: Don't pair it center by center, do it slice by slice. First do the left center half (+maybe bottom center), then to the right one, first the bottom center, then back or front. The last 1.5 Centers are really fast, sub1 is possible.
Edges: For the last cross edge, don't rotate that much. Correct the cross during Centers, and NEVER using your whole hand. Remember to focus on the unsolved edges/3x3 stage during the edge flip algorithm, to decrease pauses.
3x3: Practise 3x3 helps you getting faster in 4x4. You can do OLL parity where you want, only auf if you have a solved edge which would get flipped. In the first solve, you did U2, U would have been enough. Recognise PLL Parity faster, don't AUF.
Solved cube: Don't waste time before pressing the spacebar.
And your cube could turn faster.
 
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2 Centers: Good, learn fingertricks for r U2 r' and other inserts for the yellow center
3 Edges: Needs work. Hold the two solved Centers on the left and on the right, build the edges on the middle layer with r, r2 and r' and use U and L moves to put them to their correct position
Centers: Don't pair it center by center, do it slice by slice. First do the left center half (+maybe bottom center), then to the right one, first the bottom center, then back or front. The last 1.5 Centers are really fast, sub1 is possible.
Edges: For the last cross edge, don't rotate that much. Correct the cross during Centers, and NEVER using your whole hand. Remember to focus on the unsolved edges/3x3 stage during the edge flip algorithm, to decrease pauses.
3x3: Practise 3x3 helps you getting faster in 4x4. You can do OLL parity where you want, only auf if you have a solved edge which would get flipped. In the first solve, you did U2, U would have been enough. Recognise PLL Parity faster, don't AUF.
Solved cube: Don't waste time before pressing the spacebar.
And your cube could turn faster.
Thanks a lot for your detailed suggestions. I will try to put them into practice.
 

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My Method/Algs:
Cubeshape is advanced/optimal cubeshape
CO is intuitive (now working on that)
EO is 2 Algs, 1 for 1 Edge/layer and one is M2 (will maybe learn the other cases)
CP is 2x2 Ortega
EP is H,Z,Ub-Perm + M2 U2 M2 (parity on both layers) + Parity on one layer

EP Algs:
Z-Perm: M2 U M2 U' M2
H-Perm: M2 U2 M2 U M2 U2 M2
Ub-Perm: 1,0/0,-3/-1,0/3,0/1,0/0,3/-1,0/-3,0/
Double Parity: M2 U2 M2
Parity: Can't write it, but can execute it in 3-4 seconds

What EPs should I learn? H,Z,Ub on the bottom or Parity EP on Top or something else?
Do you know Adj-adj? That alg is probably the most important one you can know. You can use it for solving U-perms top or bottom or any combination of non-parity EPs in few moves.
For example, you can do adj-adj U adj-adj to solve a U-perm or you could do adj-adj U D adj-adj to solve 2 U-perms at once.
It's also worth it to learn a few algs on bottom rather than on the top, like Z and H-perms which you can substitute Us for Ds.
 

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I uploaded an average of 12 if anybody would like to review and critique !!
(Info in the description on YouTube)
Thanks everyone !

(Full screen 720p for best picture)
 

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Hello, so I decided to record a cubing video where I do 3x3 cube as fast I can, and then upload it here and ask how I could make it faster etc..

I know this is crappy quality etc but hope u see my cons.
So question is: How could I improve at cubing?

My recent personal best (PB) were a 1:21 which I also made today.
Method used: Beginner CFOP, except cross is done for white side first.
I'll take any advice given, thanks for helping!

Click here for a video
 

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Hello, so I decided to record a cubing video where I do 3x3 cube as fast I can, and then upload it here and ask how I could make it faster etc..

I know this is crappy quality etc but hope u see my cons.
So question is: How could I improve at cubing?

My recent personal best (PB) were a 1:21 which I also made today.
Method used: Beginner CFOP, except cross is done for white side first.
I'll take any advice given, thanks for helping!

Click here for a video
Learn some finger tricks and f2l
Use CrazyBadCubers tutorial for f2l
 

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List of things which seem to be the most regretted by more experienced cubers:
1) Not exploring other methods (I would recommend checking out at least Roux, CFOP and ZZ before deciding on one to stick with).
2) Not starting off colour neutral (fully for CFOP, x2 y for ZZ or Roux)
3) Not learning to use inspection effectively (basically just try to plan as much as you can with unlimited inspection).

Other useful advice/stuff:
1) Try to learn fingertricks and find multiple ways to fingertrick each move (such as push, lefty reverse flick and normal righty flick for U moves)
2) links to the point above, but try to move your hands as little as possible to perform each move as this will increase time.
3) lookahead: basically, while you are doing one step, try to plan for the next step (so for CFOP, while doing cross, plan your first F2L pair, while you do your first F2L pair, try to plan the second).
4) try to avoid pauses: this is similar to the above but try slow solving where you never stop turning but don't turn at the fastest you possibly can remember: slow is fluid and fluid is fast.
5) Linking to point 2, try to make all your movements smooth and blend into each other rather than being separate and jerky (see Alex lau and feliks zemdegs for good examples of this).

Anyway, I wish you luck on your cubing journey and remember: you can only get better from here! :)
 

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Hello, so I decided to record a cubing video where I do 3x3 cube as fast I can, and then upload it here and ask how I could make it faster etc..

I know this is crappy quality etc but hope u see my cons.
So question is: How could I improve at cubing?

My recent personal best (PB) were a 1:21 which I also made today.
Method used: Beginner CFOP, except cross is done for white side first.
I'll take any advice given, thanks for helping!

Click here for a video
My advice,

Solve your cross on bottom, it takes some getting used to but in the end it's worth it

Learn intuitive F2L, again it may seem slower but it's really not

Learn Full PLL

Use 'fingertricking'

Learn basic 'look ahead'

Become color neutral

For all of these tips, there's tutorials I'd recommend you watch a few tutorials for each of these steps.
 

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Please analyze my solves and help me improve my mistakes!
Thanks! :)
You're faster than me, so my critiques are probably rather limited, but either way...
I'm noticing two things:
-It looks like, at least on a couple of them, you're only planning out your cross and then going from there. If that's the case, you should try to plan out at least the first F2L pair in inspection.
-You're doing a lot of hunting and looking at the back of the cube, you should do slow solves to work on fluidity and use something like the Coracle lookahead drill to rely less on looking around the cube.

Those are just minor things that get better with practice, though.
 

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Everything? OLL/PLL? I know perhaps 35 OLL and 16 PLL, which has brought me down to a average of 27-28 and a pb of 17.
Here's a video...

another one:

Obviously I should learn more OLL/PLL algorithms. Anything else? Thanks in advance... :)
 

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Doing cross blind helped me a lot, also I find it strange that you know that many OLLs but don't know full PLL. Definitely go Full PLL -> Full OLL and don't worry about F2L and Cross, they get quicker over time as long as you have some good intuitive F2L Algs and a fairly efficient blind cross.
 

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Don't rotate so much. Especially during PLL, I see that you rotate to skip the AUF, don't do that, it's much better to just do U moves.
 

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I am back after not cubing for like three years. I have been practicing for a week getting my mojo back and I average in the 20 seconds once again! I am back to where I was now looking to get sub-20. I have a video of a solve and example solve below. Please watch and give some constructive criticism. Thanks! Also, what happened to SneaklyFox? I knew her well back 3 years ago.


 

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I am back after not cubing for like three years. I have been practicing for a week getting my mojo back and I average in the 20 seconds once again! I am back to where I was now looking to get sub-20. I have a video of a solve and example solve below. Please watch and give some constructive criticism. Thanks! Also, what happened to SneaklyFox? I knew her well back 3 years ago.


Welcome back! And welcome to the forums!:)
I'll watch the video soon, but could you explain what you know? Are you using Full OLL and PLL? Also what cube are you using now?
 

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Welcome back! And welcome to the forums!:)
I'll watch the video soon, but could you explain what you know? Are you using Full OLL and PLL? Also what cube are you using now?
Thank you! I know everything there is to know about CFOP. I solve cross on bottom, try to look ahead and not do any Y2's, I know full PLL but 2LOLL.
 

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Thank you! I know everything there is to know about CFOP. I solve cross on bottom, try to look ahead and not do any Y2's, I know full PLL but 2LOLL.
Ok, that is great!

What cube are you using? If you have something old, like a Zhanchi getting a new GOOD cube can get you sub 20 in a few hours/days. You probably need one anyway.

A great spot to start learning and improving is CubeSkills.com I would start with the Intermediate F2L and Cross: https://www.cubeskills.com/categories/3x3
 
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