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!

Videos Galore!

Last week (the 13th through the 20th) I posted a staggering amount of 8 videos, I believe the most I ever have in a week (or at least spread out in a week)!! Five of them were Challenge responses, one was just a 6×6 solve, and the final two were actually rather vlog-like.  Not many comments on the  challenges, then again they are challenges, however I put some effort into making sure that they (only 3 of them) were different from the regular vs. video.  So I hope everyone liked what I posted, and keep your comments coming it’s always nice to hear good feedback!