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Hello everyone who sees this thread. The name's AceTheGuy Timona. I'm Nigerian and I've been cubing on and off for around 4 years since 2018. I did the basics, learnt beginners method and got good with it. I should have made this thread a lot sooner but I ignored it.

Currently, my main method is CFOP and I currently average around 16 secs and my PB time is 10.56. The NR for my country is around 8 secs and I would like to hold the record in my country; I'm so close yet so far.

I've been watching J-Perm Vids on how to be sub-15, so I guess ill start from there. I know full OLL and PLL, I still have to learn the right fingertricks so i can be faster at those. I think ill also learn some more advanced algorithms when I average sub-15, I'm stopping myself from learning them now so I can learn full F2L for all slots.

I also plan one becoming an all-rounder for all the events.

Hello everyone who sees this thread. The name's Guy, AceTheGuy. I'm a Nigerian speedcuber, I've been cubing for around 4 years now. I should have made this thread a lot sooner but I ignored it.

My main method is CFOP and I currently average around 16 secs and my PB time is 10.56. The NR record for my country is around 8 secs and I would like to hold the record in my country; I'm so close yet so far.

I've been watching J-Perm Vids on how to be sub-15, so I guess ill start from there. I know full OLL and PLL, I still have to learn the right fingertricks so i can be faster at those. I think ill also learn some more advanced algorithms when I average sub-15, I'm stopping myself from learning them now so I can learn full F2L for all slots.

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

xCross
y' U2 R' U2 F2 U2 (White Cross, Blue/Red pair solved)

1st pair
z2 U' L U L'(BL Pair)

2nd Pair
U R U R' U R U' R' (FR Pair)

3rd Pair
U' L' U2 L U' L' U L (FL Pair)

OLL
f R U R' U' f'

PLL
E perm, Started the E Perm at 10 secs

AUF U'

Some things I should point out
-My main cube is the Qiyi Warrior S (yeah, it's old, i know)
-Generally, my solving breakdown is 3 secs cross, 10 secs F2L and 4 secs LL
-I already learnt some advanced algs like VLS and Winter Variation when I first averaged sub-20, so sometimes I use them in my solves but I've decided I shouldn't learn more

My main problem is that right now, I don't know what area I should focus on to improve.

Ao12

Generated By csTimer on 2022-01-26
avg of 12: 16.38

Time List:
1. 15.18 D F R' U B R2 F U B2 D2 L2 B' U2 D2 B' U2 R2 D2 F U'
2. (21.69[F2L just sucked]) L' F B R' F U2 R U' F2 U2 L' D2 R2 U2 F2 R2 L U2 F2 U
3. 16.58 F' U' B2 U2 D2 B' R B2 R2 B2 U D2 B2 U' B2 D' F'
4. 16.18 B' L' D B2 L2 U' F2 U' B2 L2 U' R2 U B2 L F U2 B D B R
5. 14.65 D2 R' L2 D' L2 F2 U B2 U' F2 D2 B2 D U' F D2 L B R2 D' U2
6. 18.13 D B L2 B' L2 F L2 B' R2 B U2 R2 L D2 L2 D' U2 R' F'
7. 17.74 L2 B2 D' U' F2 D' B2 L2 U L2 B D L F' L R B D L' R
8. 15.46 F2 U2 F2 R F2 R' B2 D2 L B2 U2 L2 U' B U F' L2 R' B U' L'
9. (12.51) F2 U2 B D R' D F' B2 U2 F2 B2 D' R2 F2 D' B2 U2 D' F D
10. 18.42 F2 R2 F2 D R2 B2 U2 L2 F2 R2 F2 B' D2 L' U' R F' R' D L B'
11. 15.24 D' F2 U R U F2 L' B' R2 L2 B U2 R2 F' L2 F R2 B' D' R'
12. 16.20 B U' D' F' L' U2 F2 L F' R' L2 F2 R2 U' L2 D F2 B2 D2 R2 L2

Generated By csTimer on 2022-01-26
avg of 12: 16.38

Time List:
1. 15.18 D F R' U B R2 F U B2 D2 L2 B' U2 D2 B' U2 R2 D2 F U'
2. (21.69[F2L just sucked]) L' F B R' F U2 R U' F2 U2 L' D2 R2 U2 F2 R2 L U2 F2 U
3. 16.58 F' U' B2 U2 D2 B' R B2 R2 B2 U D2 B2 U' B2 D' F'
4. 16.18 B' L' D B2 L2 U' F2 U' B2 L2 U' R2 U B2 L F U2 B D B R
5. 14.65 D2 R' L2 D' L2 F2 U B2 U' F2 D2 B2 D U' F D2 L B R2 D' U2
6. 18.13 D B L2 B' L2 F L2 B' R2 B U2 R2 L D2 L2 D' U2 R' F'
7. 17.74 L2 B2 D' U' F2 D' B2 L2 U L2 B D L F' L R B D L' R
8. 15.46 F2 U2 F2 R F2 R' B2 D2 L B2 U2 L2 U' B U F' L2 R' B U' L'
9. (12.51) F2 U2 B D R' D F' B2 U2 F2 B2 D' R2 F2 D' B2 U2 D' F D
10. 18.42 F2 R2 F2 D R2 B2 U2 L2 F2 R2 F2 B' D2 L' U' R F' R' D L B'
11. 15.24 D' F2 U R U F2 L' B' R2 L2 B U2 R2 F' L2 F R2 B' D' R'
12. 16.20 B U' D' F' L' U2 F2 L F' R' L2 F2 R2 U' L2 D F2 B2 D2 R2 L2

Generated By csTimer on 2022-01-28
avg of 12: 16.61

Time List:
1. 15.30 L' R2 B2 D F2 U L2 F2 D U2 F' L' D R' B2 F' L' B2 R
2. 18.94 D2 R2 F2 U' B2 F2 D L2 B2 R B2 U L D' B' D' B2 D F2
3. 14.77 B R2 D' L2 R2 D2 B2 D R2 F2 L2 B' D F U2 R' D L' B' R
4. 17.07 D2 L2 R2 B2 R2 D2 U2 B L2 F L2 U L F R2 D B' L2 F2 R'
5. 15.54 R' B U' L2 F2 U' F2 U2 L2 R2 D' L2 D' L2 R' U' B' L D R2 F
6. 15.90 L B L2 B' R F L' U B D U2 F R2 F2 B' D2 B' D2 L2 B U2
7. 15.43 D2 B' D2 R2 B' F2 L2 F2 D2 U2 R2 L B' D' L2 D2 L' F L2 R2
8. (22.16[****ed up F2L]) F D F L U2 F' L' B' R' B2 L2 U' B2 L2 U B2 U2 L2 U' B2 L2
9. 20.74[I gotta work on F2L...] F2 L2 B L2 D2 F2 D2 B L2 R2 D F U2 L2 F' L B' D' B2
10. 15.73 B2 D2 B2 R U2 R' U2 L' F2 U2 D L D R D2 U F D F'
11. (12.07[Holy ****]) F' B2 D L2 U' F2 L2 D' U2 R2 F2 B U2 B U L R' U' F' L
12. 16.72 U L' F2 L2 D' L2 D' R2 B2 R2 U2 F2 D2 U' B' D' U F' L' D B2

The thing that takes longest for me is F2l, so I have to work on that, mostly rotationless. I already know Intuitive F2L but I rotate a lot,

I'm think I'm finally sub-15, I'll do some more Ao12s to test that
Heres today Ao12

Generated By csTimer on 2022-01-30 (solving from 2022-01-30 19:22:28 to 2022-01-30 19:36:42)
avg of 12: 14.89

Time List:
1. 14.10 B U2 B' L2 B D2 F2 D2 B U2 R' U L F R' B2 L2 U2 F2 D' @2022-01-30 19:22:28
2. 15.62[****ed up the T-perm] F2 L2 F2 D R2 U2 L2 U' B2 D R2 U F' D L B2 L2 B2 R B' R2 @2022-01-30 19:23:06
3. (11.91[Cross solution...]) R2 D' L2 B2 D U2 F2 U' R2 U R2 U2 L D' R' U' F' R D B2 D2 @2022-01-30 19:26:46
4. 14.17[Cross solution...] B L' U' R B' U D' B2 D2 R F2 D2 R' D2 L' F2 B2 R' B2 F' @2022-01-30 19:28:07
5. (17.27) U F' L B U B L F B D2 R U2 R B2 R2 B2 L2 D2 R F2 L' @2022-01-30 19:28:56
6. 16.86[Did U3 before I did F-Perm] F B U' D F' U2 L D R B2 R F2 R' U2 L2 U2 B2 R2 F2 U' @2022-01-30 19:29:39
7. 12.54[Cross solution] L2 F B2 D2 F2 U' L2 U L2 B2 U F2 U2 R2 L' B D U' B R B @2022-01-30 19:31:24
8. 12.95[Cross solution] R U' B L2 B R2 B' R' F' U2 L2 F2 L2 D2 R2 U2 B' D2 F' D2 @2022-01-30 19:33:28
9. 16.59 U2 R D2 L F2 L B2 F2 D2 L U2 D L' F' D L U2 F2 L2 U' @2022-01-30 19:34:34
10. 14.52 F2 L D' L2 R2 U2 B2 F2 L2 F2 U' R2 U R B U L F' R' D2 L' @2022-01-30 19:35:18
11. 15.85 R' D R2 F R' U B U' L R2 D B2 D2 F2 B2 U B2 L2 B2 R2 @2022-01-30 19:35:52
12. 15.70[Cross solution] F2 R F B R' F D F' U' B2 L2 F2 U F2 U' D2 L2 F2 U @2022-01-30 19:36:42

I couldn't work on F2L last night cus I had church today, so I worked on the cross. I never bothered about cross because I knew the basics and I would always do it the same way, with the same time, 3 secs,so I decided to work on it today. In the solves, the ones where I bothered to plan out the cross I commented Cross Solution and I have to day the times are better than the solves she I winged the cross. I'll also try to work on that alongside F2L

Fully planning your cross every solve, down to the last move, is definitely crucial in looking ahead to first pair, good to see you're working on that. Also congrats on sub-15!

Generated By csTimer on 2022-01-31 (solving from 2022-01-31 17:13:17 to 2022-01-31 17:16:58)
avg of 5: 15.11

Time List:
1. 13.80 R U2 F' U R2 F2 R2 B2 D L2 U R2 F2 D' L' B' F2 R' B' L' U @2022-01-31 17:13:17
2. (17.16) L' B L2 F' D' L F' L2 U' R U2 D2 R2 U2 L' B2 R' D2 R2 U2 R @2022-01-31 17:13:59
3. (12.73) D L B2 L2 F2 R2 U' L2 D2 F2 U' R2 D L R' F' D2 U L R F' @2022-01-31 17:14:54
4. 15.58 R2 B2 D2 L2 U' B2 U' F2 U2 R2 U' L D2 U L' F' R U2 B' D' B' @2022-01-31 17:15:28
5. 15.96 L2 F2 U' L2 U' L2 D2 R2 B2 U' F R' D' L' U' L' B2 R F2 R' @2022-01-31 17:16:58

And another one...
Generated By csTimer on 2022-01-31 (solving from 2022-01-31 17:34:48 to 2022-01-31 17:38:49)
avg of 5: 14.14

Time List:
1. 13.42 L F2 L2 D2 R2 U B2 R2 U R2 B2 R U2 F2 U' L U2 B D' @2022-01-31 17:34:48
2. 14.39 F R' D' F2 B D' F B2 R F D2 B' U2 F B' L2 U2 L2 F' L2 @2022-01-31 17:35:58
3. (14.94) D' L D2 F2 D2 R' B2 R2 B2 F2 R2 F' R' U B' U L2 B2 U' @2022-01-31 17:37:27
4. 14.62 F' R2 F U2 F' R2 B U2 R2 U2 F' L B2 D F D2 U L' R' D' @2022-01-31 17:38:08
5. (13.23) L' B R D' L U B2 R' B' D2 L B2 L D2 L' F2 B2 R' D2 @2022-01-31 17:38:49

Generated By csTimer on 2022-02-01
avg of 12: 14.64

Time List:
1. (11.14) L2 R2 D2 F2 U R2 U L2 F2 U2 F2 B' L B2 D' B2 U' B' D U'
2. 14.22 F L R2 F2 L2 U2 R2 D' F2 U2 R2 D' F2 B U F' L2 D L F R2
3. 16.75 L2 D2 B2 R2 D' F2 U2 R2 U' R2 U L' D2 B2 L2 R' B' R' B F D2
4. 14.65 L2 D2 F2 U2 F U2 R2 D2 F' U2 B' D' B' L2 F' L B2 D2 L2
5. 14.54 L' R2 B2 R2 D U2 F2 D' R2 D B2 L2 F2 L' D U2 R B L2 U' R'
6. 13.72 B' L2 U F2 L2 R2 D R2 U' F2 D2 B' U L F U2 R2 B U2
7. 14.28 B' R U2 D' F R' L' U' R U2 R2 F2 L2 U2 B2 D2 B' L2 F
8. 15.02 D2 L' U2 B2 D2 F2 R F2 L' D2 R F2 D R U2 R' F' L D F'
9. 13.52 B L2 F2 R' U2 L' B2 D2 U2 R2 D2 U2 B F L' F' D R' F' R'
10. 15.28 R2 L2 B D' L' U B2 R' U2 L2 B2 D F2 L2 B2 L2 B2
11. (17.43) U2 B' U' R2 D L2 U' L2 U' B2 F2 L2 B L' B2 R U2 B2 F' D
12. 14.42 F2 R2 U' R2 F2 L2 D2 B2 D2 F2 L2 U R' F2 U B R' D R F' R'

I've been working on my F2L, I don't think I've made any significant progress though, ill still keep on working on that. Cross is no longer an issue for me since i worked on it.
My current splits should be Cross ~2 secs, F2L ~8 secs, LL ~4 secs
I still have a lot to work on

if anyone has any tips for me, they'll be greatly appreciated

Breakdown of a 10.50 solve i got today.

Generated By csTimer on 2022-02-01
single: 10.50

Time List:
1. 10.50 U' F2 D2 L2 F2 L2 D' F2 U2 F2 B' L' D' F' L' B2 L2 F2 D2 L2

I did 2 Ao12s today, to make up for not doing anyone yesterday

Generated By csTimer on 2022-02-04
avg of 12: 14.50

Time List:
1. 14.05 R' B2 L2 B U2 R2 B U2 B2 F' D2 U B' D' F2 U' R' B' F
2. 13.85 R2 B L2 D2 B2 F' D2 R2 B U2 F' R' F L2 F D U B'
3. 15.03 R B' U D' B' D' L' B2 U' F2 U2 D2 L B2 L F2 L' U2 D2 R'
4. 14.64 L F D2 L2 R2 B' R2 B' D2 B D2 F2 U R F2 R B2 F' U L
5. 12.98 U2 B2 D2 B D2 L2 B2 D2 B D2 L2 R U' F2 L2 B' L D U B' U2
6. (12.59[Try this scramble for urself and see what time you can get]) F' L2 F' U2 R2 D2 L2 F2 R2 U2 R U' F2 D2 B R' F' L' R U'
7. 14.82 U F' R' B2 R D2 U2 F2 R2 D2 R' F2 R D B' D U F2 D L'
8. 15.68 R2 F2 L2 U' R2 U F2 U R2 U B2 L' R D R U2 B2 L' F' R2
9. (16.51) D2 U2 B' L2 B F U2 L2 B D' L D R U2 L2 U2 L' F
10. 13.67 R2 F2 D B2 L2 D2 U F2 L2 R2 D L2 B D' U L' F' D L R2 U2
11. 13.92 B2 R U F' D B' D2 B' D F2 U2 R2 U2 B2 D2 R' U2 R D2 L U2
12. 16.36 U' R D' L' B' U R' F2 L B2 U D2 F2 R2 U R2 B2 D B2 U

Generated By csTimer on 2022-02-04
solves/total: 12/12

single
best: 12.01
worst: 16.44

mean of 3
current: 14.90 (σ = 2.50)
best: 13.98 (σ = 0.83)

Time List:
1. 13.92 L' F' L2 U2 F2 D' B2 U R2 B2 F2 D U2 R D2 U2 B R2 D U'
2. 14.00 F U R2 F2 U2 R' B2 U' D2 F2 D2 R2 F2 B R2 L2 D2 F D'
3. 14.81 F U' R2 F2 U2 R2 D2 U' L2 B2 R U2 R F' R2 U L D
4. 13.16 L2 F2 U2 R2 D L2 U F2 U2 R2 U' L D' B' F2 R' F L2 D2 R
5. 13.96 L2 F2 D2 U2 F' R2 D2 L2 F' D2 F' L B2 U2 F' D' L' B' U2 R'
6. 16.15 B2 R' B2 D2 L2 U' F2 D2 L2 R2 U' R2 F2 L' R' D R B' D' F
7. 15.99 L' U2 B' D2 R2 U2 F R2 F' D2 B' D2 B D L U' L' B L F' D2
8. 15.12 L' B R2 B R D' R2 U' F' D2 B2 U' F2 D' F2 U F2 R2 D' R2 B2
9. 13.22 B L' B2 L2 D2 B2 F2 R D2 B2 U2 B D L2 R F L2 F' D2
10. 16.44 U' L' F L2 R2 F' R2 D2 L2 B2 D2 B F D' B2 F2 D F U' F R'
11. 16.25 D L2 R2 B F2 R2 D2 B2 F2 L' D L2 U2 B2 L' R
12. 12.01 U' R B2 U L2 D B2 U2 R2 F2 D B2 D B2 L' D L2 B F2 R' F'

I couldn't make a Breakdown earlier because it was on Twisty Timer, but I know exactly how it was, PLL Skip from OLL 11

Okay, here's the breakdown:

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

//Cross
z2 D' L D' F R' F D' (Accidental xCross)

//Pair 1
R' U2 R L' U L

//Pair 2
U R U' R' U' R U' R' U R U' R'

//Pair 3
R' U R U2 f R f'

//OLL
U r U R' U R' F R F' R U2 r'

AUF U

I wrote accidental xCross there because I didn't plan the Red Blue pair, at the end of the cross it was solved and I didn't check it but i knew it was solved because the Red/Yellow and Blue/Yellow cross pieces were on the R face when I was done with the cross.

Generated By csTimer on 2022-02-01
avg of 12: 14.64

Time List:
1. (11.14) L2 R2 D2 F2 U R2 U L2 F2 U2 F2 B' L B2 D' B2 U' B' D U'
2. 14.22 F L R2 F2 L2 U2 R2 D' F2 U2 R2 D' F2 B U F' L2 D L F R2
3. 16.75 L2 D2 B2 R2 D' F2 U2 R2 U' R2 U L' D2 B2 L2 R' B' R' B F D2
4. 14.65 L2 D2 F2 U2 F U2 R2 D2 F' U2 B' D' B' L2 F' L B2 D2 L2
5. 14.54 L' R2 B2 R2 D U2 F2 D' R2 D B2 L2 F2 L' D U2 R B L2 U' R'
6. 13.72 B' L2 U F2 L2 R2 D R2 U' F2 D2 B' U L F U2 R2 B U2
7. 14.28 B' R U2 D' F R' L' U' R U2 R2 F2 L2 U2 B2 D2 B' L2 F
8. 15.02 D2 L' U2 B2 D2 F2 R F2 L' D2 R F2 D R U2 R' F' L D F'
9. 13.52 B L2 F2 R' U2 L' B2 D2 U2 R2 D2 U2 B F L' F' D R' F' R'
10. 15.28 R2 L2 B D' L' U B2 R' U2 L2 B2 D F2 L2 B2 L2 B2
11. (17.43) U2 B' U' R2 D L2 U' L2 U' B2 F2 L2 B L' B2 R U2 B2 F' D
12. 14.42 F2 R2 U' R2 F2 L2 D2 B2 D2 F2 L2 U R' F2 U B R' D R F' R'

I've been working on my F2L, I don't think I've made any significant progress though, ill still keep on working on that. Cross is no longer an issue for me since i worked on it.
My current splits should be Cross ~2 secs, F2L ~8 secs, LL ~4 secs
I still have a lot to work on

if anyone has any tips for me, they'll be greatly appreciated

Looks like you should work on cross and F2L the most from your splits, as you will then be able to finish F2L sub-10 consistently. Think about fingertricks during your cross, and practice doing your cross without looking as it will give you a much better cross to F2L transition.
For F2L, improvement comes with time, and the only tip I can suggest is to find the fastest turning speed that is still slow enough for a (practically) pauseless F2L.
Also, a good idea might be to add ao100/ao1000 to your cstimer stats table so you can gauge your progress.

I havent posted here in a while because i felt I was getting worse. Anways, I decided to do an Ao12 to break my PB and I did

Generated By csTimer on 2022-02-10
avg of 12: 13.71

Time List:
1. 13.92 D2 L' F2 L D2 L B2 L' B2 D2 B2 R' U' F D' R' B' U B F D'
2. 14.33 L U' B L2 F L' U F D F' L2 F U2 F' R2 F U2 B U2 F
3. 16.13 F L' B' R L D B R' D' B2 R2 D' B2 U' D' R2 D B2 D' R'
4. 13.77 R2 B' L2 D2 B L2 U2 L2 D2 R U2 F R2 U2 B' D R U'
5. (16.64) L' D2 R2 U2 L2 B2 R2 D' B' F' U' L D' B D R2 B
6. (11.07) B D' B L2 F2 U2 L2 R2 F' D2 L2 U2 L' R2 U2 R' B' R' U2
7. 12.91 R2 B2 U B2 U2 B2 U2 F2 U' L2 R2 U' R D' L U' L' D' R2
8. 14.30 L D2 L U2 R F2 L' U2 R' U2 R2 B' R2 F U' L2 F' D' U L
9. 13.88 D2 B' R2 D2 R2 F' D2 B L2 B' U2 L D L2 R2 B' L R2 D' L'
10. 11.07 F' R B2 U R2 D L2 U2 R2 U L2 B2 R D2 U B' L2 D L' D'
11. 14.52 B2 U' F2 L2 B2 R2 F2 U' B2 R2 U B L' D2 F L R D U
12. 12.26 D2 U2 F U2 B' D2 F' L2 D2 F R2 F D' R' D R' F2 R U2 B'

There will always be that 16sec solve, still cant get rid of it.
In other news, I have also been practicing 4x4, I wasn't going to make a Progression thread until I hit my 3x3 goal, but for 4x4, I broke my PB Ao12, which is fun. If I'm going to make a progression thread for 4x4, it's gonna be for Sub-40, since my PB time is 1:03.33. But I can comfortably say that I'm sub-1.30 .

Concerning the poll, when I reach sub-10, I plan on learning VLS, COLL and ELL, not to use them in a particular method, but just to have a general knowledge of it. OLLCP is really cool too, like COLL but for all OLL cases. My only issue is that there's so many freaking cases

PR is Personal Record, which is your best time in competition, PB is just your best time (Personal Best). For example, my 4x4 PR is 1:23, but my PB is 53.