The New(?) System

I admit I’m very hesitant about posting this announcing a new system or method that I am using. Mostly because it is so similar to Petrus, yet at the same time not at all. I’ll mostly let the reader decide what to call it and tripple check with people before naming it after someone (especially me). Soooo here’s the story.

It’s a late thursday night, I’m cubing, after a hideous 23.xx average but with one amazing 16.xx single. This 16.xx was the last solve of the 5 and I had gotten an extended cross on it (the cross with 1 F2L slot finished) so then I realized, “Hey I always get good times where I have an extended cross or some sort of 2x2x2 form, so why don’t I always start with a 2x2x2 block?” It took only a few solves to try this new system out and sure enough my times dropped. A lot.

Just look at the averages drop.
Just look at the averages drop.

So after a video glitch in an average of 12 with this new system it seemed to work! So what is it all together? I’ll try to elaborate. Before I start, I think it’s safe to say that color neutrality is very advantageous.

1. Get a 2x2x2 block somehow, doesn’t matter how, sure look ahead a bit for the next slot after it, but you really can’t plan all that well.

2. Finish up the next two layers either by adding the two last edges to make an extended cross. Or by making the 2x2x2 into a 2x2x3. From the 2x2x3 you can choose the side the LL will be on.

3. Do LL how ever you want to.

So for those interested and who understood those three consise yet complex steps, call the system what it is, and if it isn’t around then what you want. I’ve misnamed things in the past before so I’m not making any calls here just to be safe.

An Intriguing and Very Intuitive System

So here’s what I find out: I get better times when I can establish a 2x2x2 block in the corner. So you think: oh Petrus, cool you should try / use it.

Here’s the contradicting statement though, I only have enough brain power right now to plan the 2x2x2 block, and only just enough. This means that anything beyond that, the other two first layer edges, and the three other slots, is entirely intuitive. I basically have to spot and insert, then go from there!

Oddly enough it has been working kind of well. It’s very flexible at this point, while I start off by solving the 2x2x2 block on the Blue-Orange-White side, if I so happen to insert the next slot before the edge, then it’s a 2x2x3 block. From there I can decide which the edge will be placed into the first layer, and ultimately which color the LL is. It’s all very strange, and no doubt sounds all too much like Petrus, people have said that I use Petrus in many of my 3×3 videos, even though I’m using nothing close to it.

But dont celebrate yet, I’ll have to try this system out more, a lot more before I can deduce if it is actually faster or not. I’ll see if I can capture a Sunday Contest average with it this weekend. Until next time, keep cubing!

V-Cube 6 Extended Review

Before I start I’d like the revise a statement about the 6×6 tutorial in the video. I might make one, I’m considering a written guide rather than a video tutorial as its more common of a medium for communicating How-To’s. So I’ll make the final decision on that later.
If you’ve already seen my most recent video on YouTube then you already know the majority of my opinions about this cube. What I wasn’t able to mention were the things that I’ve found out on the second day of owning it.

To start, this cube isn’t perfect, no cube is there are some cons and pros I wasn’t able to list in the initial review due to that I only wanted to have an hour to try it out and make a video of it showing my true first thoughts on this product. It’s a little over 24-hours since I made the video, and despite the cons and pros I’ve discovered over the last few hours, my opinion that was expressed in the video remains unchanged.

    Discovered Pros:

  • You can cut corners like a pro without popping: As mentioned in the video this cube is extremely sturdy and takes a lot to pop it significantly. The only limit is how willing are you to push this characteristic to it’s advantage. Even on the second day of owning it I still move the sides rather cautiously, but at least twice as fast since yesterday.
  • Without lubrication, it’s still pretty fast: (wow that’s dirty) Like any cube it can be worn down, and is naturally adjusted to your solving style, this cube does exactly that.
    Discovered Cons:

  • Like a Rubik’s 5×5, the center corners occasionally twist: This is the scariest con I’ve discovered, anyone whose seriously tried a Rubik’s 5×5 knows of the curse of the center corners twisting and sometimes breaking. You’d think that this fear completely carries over to the 6×6. However the two pops I got today are reassuring, closer examination of the center corners reveals that they’re built totally different than a flimsy Rubik’s 5×5’s center corners. So while they may not break (phew) they still twist (awwww).the center corner ahhh!!

Yes, I only discovered one con. The final thing I want to write about is why I only got the 6×6 and not a 5×5 or 7×7. There are several reasons behind this. For one, I already have a 5×5, it’s not very fun, somehow the 6×6 with all it’s parities is. As for the 7×7 this one’s a no-brainer for me, as much as I’d like a massive cube with pillowed sides, if the WCA introduces any of these cubes into competition, It’s most likely going to be the 6×6, due to it’s size and the time it would take to solve it, i believe that the the 7×7 will not be introduced to competition.
So there you have it, hope you’ve enjoyed the the pictures that came with this post. Keep cubing!