euros-2133.txt (7995B)

1 1. 2 Scramble: R' U' F L' B2 U D2 L' F2 L F L' B2 D L2 B2 D B2 U' R2 F2 R' U' F 3 Solution: U2 L D2 L2 U2 D' R2 D2 F B' L2 F' U2 D F U' D F' L D2 (20) 4 5 U2 L (D2 L') //EO (4/4) 6 (F) //RZP 3-3 aka 3c6e (1/5) 7 (D' U F' D' U2 B [3e]) //DR 4a1 (6/11) 8 (R2 D U2 L2 D2) //All but 3 edges (5/16) 9 [3e] = B' F L2 B F' D2 (6-2/20) 10 11 This scramble was a nightmare unless you found the right DR, in that 12 case it was really easy. This EO was the only 4-mover I had, I missed 13 (F) F D' B and its variation with F'. There were a total of 14 linear 14 5-movers, 58 if you include NISS which is extremely few. The DR trigger 15 is also non-standard, but I am familiar with it. 16 17 I found this solution at around 20 minutes, and then spent most of 18 the attempt trying to improve on it. There were many slice moves - the 19 "corner skeleton" of this solution is ony 12 moves. So I am quite bummed 20 that I missed Jan's 18. It could have been found like this: 21 22 [3e] = S' R2 U2 S U2 R2 (8-6/18) 23 24 Or by slicing away the L2 B F' D2 in my final solution: 25 26 L2 B F' D2 R2 D U2 = D2 R2 F' B D (-2) 27 28 Skill issue I guess. I am not too mad about this because in the fantasy 29 world where I found this replacement then Radek surely does too, and he 30 still gets ER + 1st place while my 20.67 would just be NR + podium. 31 32 Good job Jan for finding an amazing solution, well deserved :) 33 34 I had a few other DRs in 12 on this scramble, nothing worth 35 noting. Literally tunnel visioned on the one good thing, easily the 36 right call. 37 38 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 39 40 2. 41 Scramble: R' U' F L F' U2 B' R' U2 F2 U2 F2 R2 D2 B' D' U2 B2 F2 R' D R' U' F 42 43 My working sheet is a bit of a mess but I think this is what I submitted: 44 45 Solution: D L' F' R B F2 L2 B2 L2 U' F2 U2 L2 U2 R2 B2 R2 U' L2 F U' F' U D (24) 46 47 D L' F' R //EO (4/4) 48 B (D' U' F U F') //DR 4a2 (6/10) 49 (L2 U) F2 L2 B2 L2 U' //HTR (7/17) 50 F2 U2 L2 U2 R2 B2 R2 //Finish (7/24) 51 52 A boring solve. I was not feeling good during this attempt, both mentally 53 and physically: I was stressed about wasting my first chance in ages to 54 get a good mean at a big comp, it was too hot in the room and I needed 55 to pee throughout the attempt. From this point of view, I am actually 56 happy that I could pull out a somewhat average result. 57 58 I could have easily found this 23 from My DR: 59 60 (L2 D) F2 R2 B2 R2 D //Basically my HTR, I tried this one too (7/17) 61 F2 U2 R2 F2 L2 F2 //Finish, not that hard to see but I missed it (6/23) 62 63 And there was also a 22 with 4qt, not easy at all IMO: 64 65 F2 U B2 R2 U2 L2 D' R2 D' F2 B2 U {F2} (13-1) 66 67 I had this other DR that I worked on quite a lot: 68 69 (U F' R D') //EO (4/4) 70 (B' R' B' L B') //DR 4a3 (5/9) 71 72 And in the last minute I found this: 73 74 L (R2 U2 L) F2 B2 D2 B2 R //HTR (9/18) 75 F2 U2 R2 B2 U2 R2 //Finish with suboptimal leave slice (6/24) 76 77 Which I thought could be sliced to 23, but It does not look like. Anyway, 78 I was close to this 23 that I think Tommaso found: 79 80 L (L2 D2 L') U2 B2 L //HTR (7/16) 81 F2 U2 L2 U2 F2 D2 F2 //Finish (7/23) 82 83 I had multiple ways to find a 23, if not for skill issues and a subpar 84 mental / physical state. But after finding out about other people's 85 result, I knew I still had a shot for podium. 86 87 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 88 89 3. 90 Scramble: R' U' F U2 F2 U2 B2 F' U2 F2 L2 R D' B R' L2 D U2 B D F' R' U' F 91 Solution: D R F B' U R U2 B2 D' R2 D U' F2 R' F2 R2 L' U2 L2 D2 (20) 92 93 D R F B' //EO (4/4) 94 U R //JZP (2/6) 95 U2 B2 U' * //DR 4b2, one of the many variations (3/9) 96 (D2 L2 U2 {L' B2 R}) //HTR (6/15) 97 (F2 B2) //Leave double slice (2/17) 98 {} = L R2 F2 R //Solve M slice (+1/18) 99 * = U D' R2 D U' B2 //Solve E slice (6-4/20) 100 101 Although not quite as bad as the first scramble, this scramble is not 102 good either *unless* one finds the good DR. And once again I was blessed 103 that I found it early on, and I wrote down my 20 before the 20 minutes 104 mark. Regardless of what everyone else did, at this point I had already 105 reached my goal of showing that all the work I put in the last months 106 has been useful, and that I can still get an NR. 107 108 Once again the solution is very slicey (15 move corner skeleton), so I 109 tried to look for a simplification not to repeat the show of the first 110 attempt. If I submitted the 20, Kai "just" needed a 19 to beat me and 111 sneak on third place, while Jay and I think Louis-Marie needed an 18. 112 In the end there was a 19, but I honestly would have not seen it, even 113 if I decided to try the righ 4qt HTR - why trying to insert a 2e2e in 114 18 when I already have a 20? For reference, here is the 19: 115 116 D R F B' //EO (4/4) 117 U R //JZP (2/6) 118 * U2 B2 U //DR 4b2 (3/9) 119 (R U2 R' F2 L' B2 U2 R) //HTR with fixed slice (8/17) 120 (F2) //2e2e (1/18) 121 * = B2 U2 B2 U2 B2 U2 (6-5/19) 122 123 Congrats to Jaye for finding this sub20, very cool solution! 124 125 As people pointed out, the first U after EO changes a 4-2 aka 4c4e RZP 126 into another 4-2. I did not even think about it, not sure if I was dumb 127 or smart :P 128 129 I had a bunch of other promising RZP from the 3- and 4-move EOs, 130 but nothing worth noting. This is the only other DR I had, again with 131 3c6e RZP: 132 133 R F D' B' //EO (4/4) 134 U //RZP 3c6e (1/5) 135 R U' L R2 D //DR 2c4 (5/10) 136 137 I started working on HTRs from (L' U2 L') but then moved back to finding 138 DRs and found the good stuff. 139 140 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 141 142 Comments. 143 144 Very weird scramble set: 1 and 3 and *one good think* and I was lucky to 145 find it, while scramble 2 is your average scramble where there is a bunch 146 of decent stuff but nothing stands out. I am somewhat surprise few people 147 got sub23 on it, and not at all surprised that I panicked and got a 24. 148 149 I practiced a lot this year - almost 200 solves since January, more 150 than 100 of which after FMC 2024. But I was very frustated because I 151 could not get convincing results at home. For reference, I recently 152 got new PBs for Avg25 (23.00), Avg50 (23.39) and Avg100 (23.70), but my 153 last 25 solves were back to the 23.9 range. Almost every attempt felt 154 like I was randomly smapping things and that I always missed something 155 stupid. Definitely not what I wanted after practicing DR for 5 years. So 156 going into Euros I was not expecting to do well at all, although I was 157 hoping to get something good, like a sub23 mean, and then perhaps close 158 my FMC adventure with a positive note instead of ragequitting. 159 160 Obviously I am very happy with this result. I was able to get an NR and 161 major championship podium 5 years after reaching my peak. I am also 162 incredibly happy to hear many people saying that they are happy for 163 me. Not just congratulating, multiple people said they were cheering 164 for me and that they are *happy* for me to get a good result. This fills 165 me with joy :) 166 167 FMC changed a lot with the DR revolution, and I am not sure I have the 168 right mindset for it. It feels like a completely different event. My 169 solves rarely feel more skill-based that luck-based, and when I can use 170 JZP / AR + double slice shenanigans (like in the 3rd attempt at Euros) 171 is one of the rare times when the opposite it true. 172 173 So, am I going to quit now? I definitely do not want to keep practicing 174 like I have done recently, with 1-2 solves per day where I constantly feel 175 frustrated for missing solutions that seemingly everyone else finds. I also 176 want to get back into blindsolving, which is likely going to kill off most 177 of the free time I have been dedicating to FMC. 178 179 But I am still going to compete of course. I still enjoy discussing 180 FMC with other people and sharing what I know. In the future I may work 181 on making nissy more usable and maybe try to develop some new theory - 182 AR + double slice solving might be the DR killer, and who knows if I'll 183 ever understand how to make Corner First consistent. (Although on this 184 last part I suspect DR *is* the way to make "Corner First" consistent, 185 becuase the trick is "aligning edges and corners" so that solving corners 186 with HTR drags edges along.) 187 188 Up to you whether you call this quitting or not. 189 At least it is not a ragequit :)