US Nationals 2016
US Nationals 2016 (often shortened to US Nats 2016 or Nats 2016) was a United States national speedcubing championship held at the Columbia Conference Center in Portland, Oregon from 29 July 2016 to 31 July 2016, delegated by Kit Clement and Tim Reynolds.
- Lucas Etter won the title for 2016 U.S. 3x3x3 Champion with an average of 7.54, and 2016 U.S. 2x2x2 Champion with an average of 2.18
- Max Park won the title for 2016 U.S. 4x4x4 Champion with an average of 30.30
- Kevin Hays won the title for 2016 U.S. 5x5x5 Champion with an average of 55.49, 2016 U.S. 6x6x6 Champion with an average of 1:49.80, and 2016 U.S. 7x7x7 Champion with an average of 2:32.04
- Ishaan Agrawal won the title for 2016 U.S. 3x3x3 Blindfolded Champion with a single of 32.33
- Brandon Harnish won the title for 2016 U.S. 3x3x3 Fewest Moves Champion with an average of 28.33
- Justin Mallari won the title for 2016 U.S. 3x3x3 One-Handed Champion with an average of 12.32
- Joshua Feran won the title for 2016 U.S. Clock Champion
- Andy Denney won the title for 2016 U.S. Megaminx Champion with an average of 48.22
- Livia Kleiner won the title for 2016 U.S. Pyraminx Champion with an average of 2.99
- Jayden McNeill won the title for 2016 U.S. Skewb Champion with an average of 3.86
- Ty Marshall won the title for 2016 U.S. Square-1 Champion with an average of 10.75
- Cale Schoon won the title for 2016 U.S. 4x4x4 Blindfolded Champion with a single of 2:59.91, and 2016 U.S. 5x5x5 Blindfolded Champion with a single of 8:38.84
- Mark Boyanowski won the title for 2016 U.S. 3x3x3 Multi-Blind Champion with a single of 33/35 56:44
- Drew Brads got a WR in Pyraminx for average (2.14)
- Juan Pablo Huanqui got a WR in Megaminx for single (35.50) and for average (40.94)
- Jayden McNeill got an OcR in 3BLD average (36.89)
- Bill Wang got a NAR in 4x4x4 Cube average (27.91)
- Kevin Hays got a NAR in 5x5x5 Cube single (49.85), 7x7x7 Cube single (2:25.87), and 7x7x7 Cube average (2:32.04)
- Mark Boyanowski got a NAR in 3x3x3 Multi-Blind single (33/35 56:44)
- Max Park got a NAR in 4x4x4 Cube average (29.06)
- Square-1 Tips and Tricks (Michael Young, Rowe Hessler, Tommy Szeliga)
- ZZ-CT (Chris Tran)
- TheCubicle.us QnA (TheCubicle.us)
- History of Scramble Generators and How They Work (Lucas Garron)
- Cracking the Cube (Ian Scheffler)
The GuanLong Challenge made a return at Nats 2016.
The Chaos Challenge was a 64-person elimination tournament in the bracket format. Anybody was allowed to register regardless of speed. The tournament required the events of each round to remain secret until they were done.
In the first round, teams of 2 competed against each other to solve a single 3x3x3, except each team of 2 used the same timer and the person on the left hand side of the timer had to use their left hand and the person on the right side had to use their right hand to help. Solvers were not allowed to let only one person solve it one-handed, rather they had to each try to help with the solve with one hand each solving the cube. Afterwards, each winning team selected one member of their respective opposing teams to join them in the following round.
In the second round, two of the three members of each team were blindfolded while the remaining team member told the blindfolded solvers the moves to solve the cube. This round, the two blindfolded solvers were still using one hand each to solve the same cube simultaneously (again, left side of the timer used their left hand and the right side of the timer used their right hand).
In the third round, teams did what Keaton Ellis, the host of the unofficial event, called this "Evil Team-Blind". One of the callers from each of the losing teams were added to each of the winning teams, meaning there were two people now telling the blindfolded solvers what moves to do. The callers were swapped so that one of the callers on each team were assigned to sabotage the solver's result by telling them incorrect moves.
The event was called short at 11:21 due to it not ending by the time they had to leave, 11:00. Competitors who had made it to that point were given a free X-Cube.
The rounds that were meant to follow round 3 were the "No-D Challenge" in the fourth round in which 5 team members were solving the same cube but each member could only turn one face and nobody could turn the D-layer (the bottom layer) or rotate the cube, and a 6-person factory solve where each person had to do a different color in the final round.