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Will Clock get removed as an official event?

Aerma

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Feet was recently announced to be leaving the WCA official event roster (which is possibly still up for change).
Will clock get this same treatment? It's been a debate in the cubing community for a while. Clock is seemingly difficult to host as an event for various reasons (DGCubes made an elaborate post regarding this a little while ago), and it's obviously not as popular of an event as most. Many people also don't think it's enough of a traditional Rubik's-type puzzle to be in the WCA, and some people also see it as too trivial of an event.
Personally, I really really hope it stays. I've started really getting into clock for the past half year, and it's so much fun, but I'm worried that all of this practice will be wasted if the WCA decides to remove it as an official event. Will this happen, or will clock stay an event?
 

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I personally don't think clock is going to be removed any time soon, especially with people getting into magnetic clocks and what not
 

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I’m a prominent supporter of clock being removed as a WCA event because in my opinion it’s more like Magic than 3x3, but like @Juicejam above mentioned, hardware is getting decently better. Knowing the community, like what happened in the past with Square 1, people will hate the event and after the good clocks come out people will love it.
 

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If we assume another event will be removed, I would be extremely surprised if that event is anything but Clock. That doesn't mean I think it should happen or will happen soon, but it's definitely the highest-risk event in my opinion.

You should still practice Clock though! Seeing as Feet isn't even being removed until 2020 (and even that isn't 100% confirmed) and we were given a lot of advance notice, Clock will almost definitely remain until at least 2021.
 

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Does anyone have the data of how many official attempts have been made in every event? Or something similar, like percent of competitions with each event or number of attempts in each event in 2018? That data could be useful.
 

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To clarify, Erno did not invent the clock, but bought the patent off the actual inventors to sell under his name.

Edit: I'd say ninja'd, but doesn't take a ninja to beat you by 2 hours. Apparently I had this page open for a while before I decided to respond.
 
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Clock must stay because it is super fun and still yet so undiscovered! Only one method has been found which leaves room for so many other ideas and techniques to be found. It would be a major shame if it was removed.
 
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Clock must stay because it is super fun and still yet so undiscovered! Only one method has been found which leaves room for so many other ideas and techniques to be found. It would be a major shame if it was removed.
No, I made the noflip method years ago and demoed it in comp. Nobody seems to care about using a method that's faster and more interesting though, they'd rather just complain about the normal method.
 
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Clock shares a few of the cons feet had primarily being harder to organize due to clock hardware being very bad which makes scrambling a pain and pins can easily be pushed in or fall without proper covers. If those two points aren’t fixed then I could definitely see a proposal for the removal of clock being made soon. The ideal solution would be for a company to release a new clock that has excellent hardware and would draw people in and also cubestores doing things selling 3D printing clock covers (which makes running comps so much easier). With those fixed pretty much the only negatives I see with clock is lower competitor count (would most likely increase with better hardware being released similar to Qiyi sq1 but probably not to the same degree), it’s less intuitive to judge (but 1e2 covers that so minor point) and that lots of people consider it to be too simple and repetitive (which has never really been the reason to remove an event as far as I’m aware)
 
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