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Hey y’all! I am a professional Rubik’s cube solver who holds the National Record for 3x3 average and single in my country AMA

Yes competitively solving Rubik’s Cubes is a thing and it’s called Speedcubing. It’s crazy fun and not at all what you expect when you first get into it.

Anyway I basically know everything about Rubik’s Cubes(which there’s a lot to) and competitions and so on. Ask away!


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blisterman

At that speed, are you still trying to solve one piece at a time or multiple pieces simultaneously?


Explodidoshas

Definitely multiple pieces simultaneously. In fact, at a certain level you have to be solving not only multiple pieces simultaneously, but also solving the next pieces inside of your mind so that when you finish solving the pieces you were doing, You can go straight into the ones you were solving in your head without any pauses. It’s called “look ahead”

Sounds complex but start small and when you reach that level, you’ll have a good laugh at how simple it can actually be.

rtmoose

Have you ever tried to solve a shitty non-speed cube and found that you can’t remember the algorithms unless you can do them fast?

I couldn’t tell you how the hell to do any of the double spin PLL algs, and I can’t do them on a slow cube, but with my Zanchin my hands just know the moves.

Would you say there are algs that your hands know but your brain doesn’t?


Explodidoshas

Absolutely!! There’s this “algorithm” in blind solving that I can ONLY do while blindfolded, and If I look or do it any slower than normal. I’ll get completely lost, it’s pretty funny

dbulger

not at all what you expect when you first get into it

How so?


Explodidoshas

very good question! So people usually ask me “don’t you get bored of repeating the same thing over and over again”? And I ask them, don’t you get bored of watching Netflix the whole day?

Believe it or not, it’s the same thing. EVERY SINGLE scramble I’m given to solve, requires a different combination of moves in order to solve the cube. It’s like scrambles of the Rubik’s cube are like shows in Netflix, it’s completely different every time. In fact it’s almost like every scramble has its own personality and once you solve it, you’ll never meet that “personality” ever again. Repeating moves for a scramble In order to solve it is practically impossible.

There’s 43QUINTILLION different ways you can scramble a Rubik’s cube. If you were to arrange every possible scramble for a Rubik’s cube in a line each Rubik’s cube back to back, they’d be able to match the whole diameter of the Milky Way almost 3 times :)

Apart from that; the lessons I’ve learnt from being a speedcuber are endless. For example I’ve literally learnt how to learn lmao. I’m not kidding though, anything skill I pick up snaps into my head 10x quicker than when I wasn’t a speedcuber it’s crazy. I learnt how to juggle 3 balls in 2 nights of like 20 minute practice each.

LunacyNow

Do you have some mental dictionary of algorithms/ move sequences that you work from or are all of the moves done on the fly? It's always fascinated me how people can do this considering the staggering number of configurations that a cube can be in.


Explodidoshas

Great question!

So in the advanced method called CFOP(Cross-F2L-OLL-PLL). There’s literally 4 steps you need to know in order to solve the whole thing. For each step, besides the first one(Cross) which you have to do with ya brain. There’s a set of algorithms you’re supposed to know.

How we memorise those algs is literally by doing it so many times that it just slips into our muscle memory and we can do it very fast and on demand. In a solve when you see the case during one of the steps, it’s like your hands know what to do.

So in F2L there’s 42 algorithms and OLL there’s 57 and PLL there’s 21. If you cram those, you can solve any scramble of the cube. It’s a bit hard to explain the whole thing in full, but I hope you get the gist.

edit: you should also know that learning all those algorithms is NOT necessary to learn how to solve the Rubik’s cube. The beginners method has like 7 algorithms in total and they’re super duper simple. CFOP is only for the sake of efficiency and speed.

DrShovelFoot

Of all the colors on the cube, which one is your favorite?


Explodidoshas

My sticker configuration allows me to have pink. So I’d say pink, but otherwise I think Orange is pretty nice

Stewy_

a professional as in you get paid to do it, or?


Explodidoshas

Unfortunately not. It just means I’m pretty fast and I stand a good chance at a podium in official competitions. No money (at least not yet) it’s a pretty young sport

didgeridude2517

What kind of money are we talking about in the cube game? You say professional, but does that mean technically above the poverty line or does it mean you own a nice boat? What are we talking here?


Explodidoshas

I get this question a lot lmao. In really really big competitions like this 1st place gets like $1,200 and 3rd place gets $500.

But in normal casual competitions there’s usually not any prize money, which literally nobody in the community complains about because meeting other speedcubers you can talk to about stuff that other people wouldn’t understand and getting your times officially recognised is more than enough payment.

Speedcubing also happens to be one of the only sports with no one even attempting to cheat. It’s pretty wholesome. But if money is what you’re interested in, the people who arrange this competitions (delegates) usually get the big bucks, idk how much but it’s enough.

Professional just means if I show up to a competition I’m likely to be one of the fastest cubers there and that’s all the media cares about, so you get to be on TV a lot. Also it’s very unlikely that you’ll ever meet someone who can do it faster than me, kinda like being a GM in chess.

DoorDiKKK

Hey! I am a cuber, and my PB is still 10.94. Do you have any tips to get sub-10?


Explodidoshas

It’s so vital that you ensure you have all your fundamentals down. That means;

  1. You need to know full CFOP.

  2. Learn all the essential fingertricks

  3. Make sure you can do all of your LL algs in under 1.5secs.

  4. Your F2L should take 6.5s maximum; so make sure you rotate wisely, make sure you can do all your F2Lpairs blindfolded from any angle in about 1 second.

  5. Learn how to do 1st pair in inspection once your comfortable with all the above.

If you do that, sub10 will be yours

TheDevilsTurtle

What country do you hold the records for?


ApXv

Do you have an estimate of how much time you have spent on this? I practiced a lot a while ago and got down to about 30 seconds. It's really impressive how good people have gotten!


Explodidoshas

I’ve done the math and very roughly about 207hours of practice.

But don’t let that intimidate you, in half that amount of time you could be doing under 20sec

mattdamonsapples

How do you feel for that poor guy that was about to break the world record and then dropped the cube with 1 second left?


Explodidoshas

One of the saddest moments of the year honestly. And i share a name with him as well, so I hope it doesn’t happen to me like that :[

kangki8

Do you use 1 method of solving most of the times or do you have multiple depending on what the scramble is?

Are you Feliks?

Do you have any tips for me? I have an average of 20s with cfop


Explodidoshas

There’s currently no one who uses 2 methods depending on the scramble it’s just inefficient and unnecessary. But it’d be pretty cool

No, I’m not Feliks unfortunately. But I’d love to race him

If your doing 20s and you know full CFOP then your weak points are most likely fingertricks. Also your cross by now should under 2secs every solve

HHS2019

It is impressive to watch some of these performances, but I'm curious if there's any evidence that doing this helps develop cognitive abilities that are useful for anything other than speedcubing.

In other words, is there data showing a correlation to an increase in performance speedcubing to mathematical abilities, spatial thinking or logical analysis, etc.?

Good luck to you!


Explodidoshas

Short answer; No. Long answer; I’ve learnt more lessons and skills from speedcubing than I’ve ever learnt in My life skills classes in school. Big misconception is that the cube requires math and truth is it really doesn’t. You can be the worst in your class at maths and still be as fast as your willing to work for.

For me personally I’ve learnt so much from doing this that I can’t even write them all here. You can find out for yourself, give it a shot it’s definitely worth it :)

emosGambler

My highscore is around 18s but it was done by me like 7-8 years ago. Back then I was solving using Friedrich(?). Then I stopped as I thought it's Just not giving me anything in return, sorry for that.

Question is, what is the Best solving method right now? Is it similar to Friedrich? Do you think of any other idea that could help solving the cube quicker?

What's the Best 3x3x3 cube on the market right now ? I might buy it Just for fun.

Also in you opinion what's the most boring cube to speedsolve? Is it Just getting much boring when you for Instance take 6x6x6 and compete?


Explodidoshas

“CFOP” is extremely reliable for reaching unimaginably fast speeds. So it’s sufficient. Another better looking method that also works for many is “Roux”. Either of these two are the best.

There’s no “best” 3x3 right now. A good 3x3 is what gives you the best times, I personally like slow cubes that are kinda heavy but don’t strain your fingers when turning fast. The Guanlong cubes do that well for me.

There’s no boring cube to solve. They’re all fun for their own reasons

fleischio

How long would you say you've had to work on algorithms, specifically F2L and OLL? This is assuming you use CFOP, of course. I can solve using the basic layer building method, but learning the algorithms for CFOP seems kind of daunting. Thanks!


Explodidoshas

It took me 9months to learn full CFOP from the day I started cubing. Which is a hella lot more time than it should have. But hey, I made it anyway.

My point is, just pick up the cube and learn an OLL when you feel like it. No rush. F2L on the other hand can be learned extremely quickly since you technically aren’t doing algorithms.

Start with “beginner F2l aka intuitive F2l” and “beginner OLL aka 2-Look OLL” then you can go to intermediate later. That’s what I did and that what is recommended.

But never push yourself too hard, Cubing is all about having a good time

capitcode

I got two questions:

1- I believe there was a research paper saying that optimally, you can always solve a rubik's cube in under 21 moves, did that effect the way serious players play the game in any way?

2- With all the time you've put into it, do you ever think that it would be much better to get obsessed and really good at sth more profitable or more empowering? so for ex, probably programming/engineering would be compatible for you (given you're good at rubik's cube solving)


Explodidoshas
  1. Yes. It’s possible to solve any Rubik’s cube in 20 different moves or less but we still don’t fully understand how a computer is able to do it. In official competitions you only have 15seconds to inspect your cube anyway, so even if we knew we wouldn’t be able to figure it out quick enough.
    What’s even funnier about this is, even if we theoretically were able to figure out these magical 20 moves, doing them would take longer than doing some fingertrick friendly 55move solution. Seems odd, but cubers are crazy xD

2.What do you do for leisure? Well...us we cube lmao. It’s a lot of fun, and I think that’s what really matters

GreedyParasite

Hi! I've never solved a Rubik's cube in my life, but I want to learn how to do it. For those who are interested in learning like myself, what tips can you give us?

Also, does it necessarily make you smarter if you start learning how to solve it? If yes, what differences did you experience prior to learning and after?


Explodidoshas

u/topppits has answered well enough.

APicketFence

Why is it such a sausage fest?


Explodidoshas

There’s a lot of phenomenal female speedcubers all around the world and we would love to see even more of them. Maybe they just haven’t been exposed to it as much as males which isn’t fair, but that should change for sure!

damnallthejellyfish

Why oh why do new Rubik's cubes come pre -solved. What is the actual point !!!!???


Explodidoshas

haha. I like this question. Actually some scrambles are impossible to solve without removing pieces. So when it comes solved it just shows that it’s possible.

sweetpea122

My daughter is 10 and she can solve the standard kind in 17 seconds. She loves solving them and taught a lot of her friends how. How does she progress from here or how do I support her?


Explodidoshas

that’s amazing. I always love to hear of young guys getting into it, and the fact that she’s a girl makes her an automatic treasure.

The number 1 advice I’d give to parents is to support their kids throughout. I never received proper support when I was starting and I almost quit completely.

Also take her to competitions, it’ll give her motivation to become faster and meet very good people who can help her. Check out the world cube association website to look for official competitions in your area

kegoodman90

I can solve a 3x3 with little issue. I have to look up guides for parody’s when I get in to the void cube and 4x4 and 5x5. Do you have any particular websites, books, instructional videos or tips on how I can get better and retain the algorithms easier? (I really only use my own algorithms that I “made up” that make sense only to me. Mostly it’s muscle memory at this point.) I’m still solving the cube by turning it multiple directions and using the same few fingers repeatedly. I know I need to hold the cube still and turn around it, but it’s hard to wrap my head around the mechanics.

I don’t intend on getting to speedcubing status, but I’d love to be faster than the average person, or at least fast enough to show off a little. Plus it’s fun to get better at certain skills, you know?


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here

  2. Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.

  3. Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.

  4. Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.

  5. Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that. This is enough to let you average like 25secs or less

  6. Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.

  7. By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.

  8. Have a heck load of fun :)

KhaosElement

...I realize I'm setting myself up for "pick up a cube" but - How do you even get started into this world? Rubik's Cubes confuse me and make me feel like a caveman.


Explodidoshas

Don’t feel down. You should also know that solving it on your own without watching a tutorial will probably frustrate you to death.

Go on YouTube and explore the world of speedcubing there, those guys are super duper helpful. Make sure you’re only watching beginner tutorials at first, they’re a good place to start

magestromx

Do you think you would make a good teacher for someone who wants to get in speedcubing?


Explodidoshas

Absolutely. I’ve taught countless people and I love doing it

TDog46810

how many comps have you been to ?


Explodidoshas

Probably like 5. I don’t keep track, I just go and have fun

PeytonSpearman

Are you Felix? Mats? Or are you a smaller name in the community?


Explodidoshas

smaller name for sure. But between my last competition and now, I’ve improved so much from then, that you might just get to hear my name come up when this pandemic clears

Arcygenical

I've met one other speedcuber in my life, so this comes more from our observations of him than I... Are you better than average at manipulating other geometrical matrices in mental space?


Explodidoshas

Not at all. Actually I have Aphantasia

newarkbidude

How do I solve a rubiks cube without peeling off the stickers?


Explodidoshas

this is all you need to watch. Getting frustrated at first is common, but keep pushing and anyone can do it. I promise :)

DrBimboo

At the highest level, is solving still 'just' applying the known patterns, or are the top solvers adapting to the situation way more?
Obviously adapting is way faster, but to what extend is it possible in such a short timespan?


Explodidoshas

The average solve is completed at 8turns per second or higher for a top level solver. And yes that is actually VERY practical, it’s done all the time. But for someone to be turning that fast, things need to be as automatic as possible.

So at first you just have to know. But since there’s so many people in the game, you have to have a little something up your sleeve once in a while in order to give you an edge

c-f-k-n-tha-boyz

When you’re falling asleep after a long day of cubing, do you see turns and patterns jumping around in your head?


Explodidoshas

Even in class when the teacher is teaching. Things just move in my head and especially when I’m learning new algs

martijnonreddit

Is learning the last ten LL cases easier than learning the first time? I have two-look down now but it seems every time I learn a new alg I forget how to do an old one. Not looking forward to learning full LL that way.


Explodidoshas

That goes away with time trust me.
I recommend you just do the algorithm you want to master over and over again until it enters your muscle memory naturally. You can tell by when you can do it very quickly without thinking about the moves consciously

Sarcherre

I’ve been solving Rubik’s cubes for years, but I never learned the faster method - I still use the beginner method, layer by layer. Do you have any advice for the transition from beginner to faster method? And any advice for how to improve further, once you have basic memorization of algorithms and such nailed down?


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here

  2. Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.

  3. Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.

  4. Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.

  5. Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that.

  6. Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.

  7. By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.

  8. Have a heck load of fun :)

SheriffBartholomew

Hello. I keep a couple of cubes on my desk and solve them when I get bored videoconferencing for work. My current time is probably about a minute. What advice do you have for getting my time below 30 seconds? I only know one set of algorithms, which are the ones that come in the official Rubik’s solving guide.


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here

  2. Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.

  3. Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.

  4. Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.

  5. Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that.

  6. Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.

  7. By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.

  8. Have a heck load of fun :)

NikplaysgamesYT

If you want to eventually become a speedcuber, where is the best place to start and how do you improve from there?


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here

  2. Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.

  3. Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.

  4. Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.

  5. Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that. This is enough to let you average like 25secs or less

  6. Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.

  7. By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.

  8. Have a heck load of fun :)

InfectionZoey

I can do beginer method, how can I start learning CFOP?


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here

  2. Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.

  3. Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.

  4. Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.

  5. Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that. This is enough to let you average like 25secs or less

  6. Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.

  7. By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.

  8. Have a heck load of fun :)

CO2Exhaler59

Any tips for consistently getting sub-20? I average low to mid 20s with 2 step OLL and most of PLL.


Explodidoshas

If you improve your F2L by a lot and have good fingertricks ONLY. You can even get sub15 consistently :)

F2L is like a magic key, once you master it and then have good crosses together with 2-step OLL and PLL, then you can go very far w/o stressing too much on learning many algs

misanthreddit

what's the best way to train?


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here

  2. Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.

  3. Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.

  4. Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.

  5. Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that. This is enough to let you average like 25secs or less

  6. Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.

  7. By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.

  8. Have a heck load of fun :)

Bobzyouruncle

I know almost nothing about this beyond playing with a cube once every couple years. I'm curious, though: If there's a method to solving a cube, is there also a method to scrambling one? And if so, is there a point at which further scrambling is unnecessary? For example, if you make X number of permutations to scramble a cube, would X+50 make it harder or just different?

I guess this boils down to whether all cubes are equally difficult to solve at a certain point, and therefore all competitors are on an equal playing field.


Explodidoshas

that’s a really interesting question. Nop, there’s no method to scrambling a Rubik’s cube. But then no one has really thought of such a concept since scrambling is as simple as ensuring as many pieces are far from their solved positions as possible.

If you add 100moves to a normal scramble, the odds of it become harder or easier is 50%. What matters is if the pieces are easier to solve or not, solving for longer has absolutely no relation to the difficulty of the scramble...Good question

kdods22402

I remember when I was in high school that Edouard Chambon was one of the first to set a Rubik's record in the 8 second range. How has competitive speedcubing been affected as the fad for Rubik's cubing has died down over the last decade or so?

Also, who are some of your favorite professional speedcubers? I remember when Tyson Mao was featured on Beauty and the Geek. Moments like those really helped spread awareness of our hobby.


Explodidoshas

The whole hype around Rubik’s cubes yes has died over the last decade. But the community of Speedcubers has exponentially grown! These days people are getting times that would seem fictional in 2015.

My favourite speedcuber is definitely Lucas Etter, I can watch him solve all day :)

Rogahar

Have you ever used this skill as/as the basis for a pick-up line and if so, how did that work out?

I figure everyone else is asking about the cubing itself, but it is Ask Me ANYTHING, so... :P


Explodidoshas

lmao. I’ve seen people do it and it made me a bit sick to see smn learn how to do something just so he/she could get a persons number or in their pants. I mean, let the woman/man love you because of who you are right?

Although it’s very doable

immajuststayhome

I love solving cubes, but I'm slow as hell. I've studied pages and pages of algorithms, but after playing around for a couple years, I'm still just pretty slow lol. Of course I have a million other things to do... but I think I'm just sort of slow in general (derp) because even intuitive F2L, I don't find incredibly intuitive. I learned to solve cubes at age 35 or something.

Did you learn while you were young?


Explodidoshas

I learnt a relatively short time ago. I won’t reveal when coz I don’t want to set a bar for anyone. But a pro tip is that YouTube is your closest friend in the world of speedcubing. I learnt everything I knew as a beginner from there

DaemonCRO

Is this all about memory and memorising patterns, or is there some real-time brain processing of the given situation? I have a feeling that when you see a cube (mixed up) you can just invoke a pattern from memory and just run it with your fingers and that’s it. Am I wrong?


Explodidoshas

You’re right! But I’ve currently memorised up to 250algs in my muscle memory. And obviously I can’t use all of them in a single solve, so choosing what alg to use when at lightning quick paces and I’m talking .5secs decision making is the real processing

Whakefieldd

What's the largest amount of turns required to solve a puzzle? What I mean is how complex can you make the cube and how fast can that puzzle be solved?


Explodidoshas

Any scramble can be solved by a top level speedcuber in a similar amount of moves each time. And depending on how challenging those moves are, the time is affected. So if you give me a scramble and the moves required are a bit awkward, then I’ll take a longer time.

But if a cuber averages 8secs, it’s hard to give her/him a scramble that’d take above 10secs max to solve.

ArizonaRenegade

I don't know if you're still around and asking questions, but, if you are, here are a few questions that I would really be interested in getting your answers to.

1.) Are there Rubik's cube solver groupies? 1a.) Have you actually had any females want to hook up with you, because of this skill?

2.) Have you ever gambled against other people? 2a.) If you have gambled on this, have you ever lost?

3.) Do you like Eminem?


Explodidoshas

1.Yes. YES

2.Yes

  1. He’s one of my favourite artists. You stalking me or smth?! jk jk :}
Sulf2

I can't solve more than 2 colors on the standard 3x3. Any tips? I never owned one but the only times I had my hands on one, I only solved 2 colors. Do I really have to learn all those papers that tell you how to solve it or does it come with experience? (I tried maybe like 5 times but never seriously.


Explodidoshas

The best resource for learning how to solve the cube and get faster is YouTube, hands down. The community is amazing and r/cubers has very active users that’d be happy to answer any questions along the way

Haabermaaster

Hi! I got into speedcubing a few years ago and managed to get my speed down to average 22 seconds (18 seconds best) but I hit a wall and couldn't seem to progress after that. Once you've gotten that fast what are the things you can do to get *really* fast?


Explodidoshas

I’ve replied to a similar question somewhere around here but I can’t seem to find it. Some guy who’s also stuck asked a similar question and that advice definitely applies to you too, so look around the comments and you’ll be good :)

DragonborReborn

What’s your favorite dinosaur?


Explodidoshas

Pterodactyls sound pretty..............fly :L

thrasherxxx

Casual player for all my life. I just pick it, try a to achieve anything for 10 mins then toss it. I honestly hate it. I’d just paint the side or replace the stickers and move to the next problem. Btw. Do you think it’s possibile to finish it in 5/10 minutes without knowing anything about the techniques used to solve it?


Explodidoshas

It’s possible to solve it by yourself and figure out a method. But it’ll probably take a full month of trying and thinking very hard everyday

Cheeseman706

I always get bored solving the 3x3 just because it always feels repetitive and I'm now on the 5x5 which I'm also starting to get bored of. Any suggestions on how to not get bored?


Explodidoshas

I know exactly what you mean. Taking a break is very very healthy, although I’ve noticed that the less you know, the less fun it is. Just keep pushing and learning more stuff and it only gets more and more interesting as you go up!

mizary1

How many registered competitive player are there in the world? Not counting ones that haven't competed in over a year.

I'm always looking for competitive games that are similar in size to pinball which I am a competitive player. In the pinball world there is about 70k registered players, but I'd guess closer to 40k active in the past year players.


Explodidoshas

14,000+ people have taken part in an official competition

PixelSteel

When you started out solving Rubik's cubes and got better and faster at them, did you notice your increase in your ability to solve other puzzles that are not similar to the standard Rubik's cubes?


Explodidoshas

absolutely. Normally it would take me forever to improve. But because of the knowledge I’ve gained from 3x3. If I pick up a 5x5 today, I can cut my original times by half in the first week.

misanthreddit

what's the best Rubik's cube brand/model to use?


Explodidoshas

Speedcubes are very subjective to the cuber. I personally ironically like slow cubes that are still easy to turn and some people like the opposite. It depends on your turning style. Buuuuut, if you’re doing above 15secs solving, any good cube can work.

GAN, Moyu, Qiyi and Yuxin brands make the cubes that most speedcubers choose from

Sachmo78

I was given a cube in the hope of solving it on my own. I realize that it's not going to happen.

I've tried several methods over the internet but cant seem to correctly get past the cross. I know its like step 1.

What methods do you recommend or is there a link you can provide for someone like me?

Thanks.


Explodidoshas

this tutorial is very well done

flying_pussyfoot

I bought my first cube yesterday! Is there something you started doing when you practiced that made a big difference on your performance?


Explodidoshas

Yes! Tell yourself that if what you’re practicing isn’t hard, then you won’t get faster. That helped me a lot and saved me a lot of time. Instead of doing mindless solves, I would have something I want to improve every session

ari5501

Since this seems like a niche competition, are there geographical areas where the top people tend to reside? Like Tri State Area, Bay Area, or something like that?


Explodidoshas

Not really. The fastest cubers come from all over the world. The 2019 world championship was won by a German and a bit before that was won by an Aussie

smurfey002

Who is your arch nemesis? You mentioned it's like being a GM in chess. So if you're the Kenyan Bobby Fisher, who do you want to topple to become world champ?


Explodidoshas

Definitely Sadiq Ahmed. I’ve been chasing that guy for a while

simonsanone

How many Rubik's Cubes did you build yourself from scratch?


Explodidoshas

If you mean like putting the pieces together. Then I’ve done that countless times while servicing my cubes. Most speedcubers have

Defdogg29

How did this become your hobby?


Explodidoshas

Saw some guy doing it on Instagram and realised he lives close to me. Went to his house and borrowed his cube... I’ve been hooked since

Scruffybob

I still do the cube one row at a time, moving onto the bottom cross etc. Best time is about 50 seconds. How can I (a 50 yr old) improve my technique without learning a new style?


Explodidoshas

Improvement from 50secs is actually very simple, but I wouldn’t say easy.

The method you should start learning once you get very comfortable with beginners method(which I’m assuming you have) is CFOP. Which stands for 1.Cross, then 2.F2L ,then 3.OLL and finally 4.PLL.

What I personally did when at your level, is I looked up what step I wanted to learn first (you can learn them in any order but I highly recommend F2L first) and put beginners in-front of it then search that on YouTube and watched some videos on it.

So for example I’d search up “Beginners F2L” on YouTube and follow what they teach. Once I’m comfortable with that, I’d search “Beginners OLL” and then master that. After mastering all the beginner versions of CFOP move to intermediate, then master that, then you can move to the normal CFOP and finally Advanced.

SuperJoey0

What tips could you give to anyone starting out in speed cubing?


Explodidoshas

If what your practising isn’t hard. Then you won’t get faster

Krololol

When did you first find an interest for cubing?


Explodidoshas

September 2018 is the month I leant how to solve it.

TheJaundicedEye

How much you earn a year doing that? Is this your full time job?


Explodidoshas

I’m very young. That’s as much as I’m spilling hehe

gruffi

Can you solve 3 while juggling them?


Explodidoshas

Working on it ; ]

Paulius2444

Ok, I'm not making fun of you or putting you down here, this is something I've genuinely always wondered:

Of all the things you could invest the time and energy into getting really, really good at...why solving Rubik's Cubes?

Like I said, I'm not judging (I mean, I've invested serious time and energy into hobbies with no practical purpose other than I just enjoy it)... but what attracted you to this is particular?


Explodidoshas

No that’s a good question. The truth is philosophically speaking, at the end of the road all that matters is how much fun you had on earth right. So if it seems fun to do, then flippin do it.

Also let me just say, that if you personally got into it and try for yourself which I highly recommend. You’ll understand exactly why it’s so captivating, I can remember what I used to think about Rubik’s cubes before I got into it and let me just say boy was I off.

The reason I decided to try it out was I saw some guy solving it on Instagram once, and he happened to live very close to me. So I asked for the cube as just some thing I was curious about randomly and I ended up getting hooked.

The_Player_X

Di you have any tips of learning new algorithms quickly? I am very slow at learning algs and forget them in solves


Explodidoshas

I know exactly what you mean.

I’m actually planning on making a video for this type of thing coz I haven’t seen anyone mention this tactic.

But if you focus on the front right F2L pair while doing algs and remember how it moves. You can memorise an alg in minutes. It’s a bit odd at first, but in the long run you’ll be able to learn new algs anytime you choose

embiggenedmind

What are the chances of that cab scene in Pursuit of Happyness actually happening? Will Smith’s character has no idea how to solve the cube and does it in a ten minute cab scene as sort of proof he should be considered for a job?


Explodidoshas

It’s practically impossible to figure it out on your own sadly.

edit: it’s actually technically possible. I just don’t want anyone relying on it because it’ll just frustrate you. Needless to say, you CAN do it and impossible would be inaccurate

swordgeek

I learned to solve the cube back in the early '80s, and it went layer-by-layer. Is there any way I can convert that knowledge into speedcubing (even if I have no desire to go crazy fast)?


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. ⁠Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here
  2. ⁠Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.
  3. ⁠Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.
  4. ⁠Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.
  5. ⁠Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that. This is enough to let you average like 25secs or less
  6. ⁠Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.
  7. ⁠By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.
  8. ⁠Have a heck load of fun :)
dog-loaf

But how many rubiks cubes can you sopve in an hour?


fierceTaint69

How does it feel to be a life long virgin?


Explodidoshas

you’d be shocked kid :<)

Rfalcon51

What advice would you give my 11 year old son who loves cube puzzles and is the only person I personally know who has solved them?

It was very impressive watching how much he has studied and learned about them, and how much quicker his times have gotten.


Explodidoshas

Honestly just keep encouraging him and being supportive. When I was starting off I never got any support because my parents and teachers would not care about the whole thing and thought it was a distraction from school.

I ended up quitting several times due to it and got a lot of stress. Also don’t push him, let him push himself, he’ll learn a lot from that. I wish him all the best!

DaniePants

From my 13 yo Rubik's fanatic:

"What is the difference between the Ganz 356XS and the Little Magic 3x3 with magnets?"

Spoiler alert: he says it's a joke because there is no difference other than price


Explodidoshas

lmao. The faster you get the more cubes start to feel completely different. Like when I was starting I wouldn’t know the difference between a MF3RS and a Thunderclap V1. But know all cubes feel very different, but all top speeecubes right now get the job done

itssupersaiyantime

My kids (6 and 8 yrs old) got into Rubik’s cubes 2 weeks ago, and my older one can solve it in 2 min now! He follows a layer-by-layer method, and he can do it consistently now. What’s the best next step?


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here

  2. Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.

  3. Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.

  4. Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.

  5. Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that. This is enough to let you average like 25secs or less

  6. Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.

  7. By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.

  8. Have a heck load of fun :)

For kids just make sure you’re supportive of them and I recommend you take them to competitions in your area. Which you can look up on the world cube association website

Marahumm

How do I get my hands on one of those super responsive cubes that I see in videos? All the ones I've ever had seem to lock up in janky ways (maybe because I'm not lining up the sides well enough?)


Explodidoshas

“speedcubeshop” has an online store. “The Cubicle US” has an online store. “Lightake” has an online store.

If you just search up one of those and buy any 3x3 that’s not below $10, then you’ll be 100% getting a legit cube.

zharth

I just spent the last year learning to solve the cube for the first time in my life. I would solve it once every night before bed as practice (it's become a bit of a relaxing routine). By now I've memorized the steps, and I can solve it reliably in about two minutes.

My question is, how do you go from solving a cube to speedcubing? You mentioned that there are a lot of algorithms to memorize. Considering that you can't really predict the scramble, do you have to memorize the algorithms all at once, or can you work on them bit by bit?

Also, is it hard to keep all those algorithms in memory? And if you don't keep practicing them, are you going to start forgetting them and get "rusty"?


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here

  2. Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.

  3. Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.

  4. Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.

  5. Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that. This is enough to let you average like 25secs or less

  6. Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.

  7. By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.

  8. Have a heck load of fun :)

Capital_Carpet

I recently lost all feeling in my left hand due to an accident, with that in mind, do you think you might one day be world champion?


Explodidoshas

I think one day(soon) I’ll have the potential of winning. These days there’s so many people who average the same time, that becoming world champion isn’t dependent on speed but on if you can calm your nerves in such a stimulating environment.

But I wanna be no.1 in my continent in every event

bleaksomber

If you stopped Rubik's Cubing for five years, and then started up again. Would you still remember how to solve it?


JayZ1979

My question is for when it comes to solving larger cubes. How many different algorithms do you need to learn. When people solve the 8x8 for example. Is most the tile movement intuitive or is everything an algorithm?

FWIW I can solve the 3x3 but I use don’t use the traditional layers. I solve the x on top then bottom then finish top and bottom and then solve the middle.


Explodidoshas

So for ALL larger NxN cubes. The first step is reducing it into a 3x3 using some somewhat intuitive tactics. Then solving it like a normal 3x3. It’s pretty simple, you don’t HAVE to learn many more algs

legendgamer38

What is your record?


Explodidoshas

6.948secs. And I stumbled a lot during that solve, it could have been faster

Dylan-L_2084

Hey! I'm an avid cuber who does 2x2 to 5x5, and am very curious to know a few things.

I know of many celebrity cubers, so which one are you? The Title and Bg have me believing your Feliks.

How important is lubing your cubes?

Have you ever considered how life could have been if you hadn't achieved fame in cubing.


Explodidoshas

I’m definitely not Feliks or even close to his calibre although I plan on racing him one day.

Lubing your cube could be the difference between a PB and bad solve. I’ve learnt that the hard way

I can’t even begin to imagine my life without speedcubing. It’s not even possible for me to estimate

JonnyBGood74

I bought a cube about 4 weeks ago - took me ages to get it but now I can solve in 1.5mins consistently every time and now I have 15 cubes of different sizes.

I’d highly recommend anyone interested to give it a go.

I’m about to start learning cfop. Will that bring me to about 30 seconds?


Explodidoshas

Ah. So there’s a graph for improving that everyone has to follow until you get so fast that your problems become unique. That’s usually at like 11secs average. But from even 5mins the progressions is the same.

  1. ⁠Make sure your using the proper beginners method, which you can watch here
  2. ⁠Get the proper fingertricks, which just means you should be using fingers to turn layers/sides instead of ussing your whole palm.
  3. ⁠Practice and this can get you to around 50secs average.
  4. ⁠Only when you’re comfortable, start learning the beginners speedsolving method. It’s called CFOP, and it’s as simple as searching beginners CFOP on YouTube and follow their instructions.
  5. ⁠Once you have *mastered the beginners CFOP, move on to intermediate and master that. This is enough to let you average like 25secs or less
  6. ⁠Once you’ve mastered that, just search full CFOP guide and once you master that you can even reach 10secs with practice purely.
  7. ⁠By this time you’ll know exactly how to improve more from the knowledge you’ve gained up until this point.
  8. ⁠Have a heck load of fun :)
rm-rfstar

I believe that once you rise to the top of the world on a skill set it sets you up to want to achieve that same success in other areas of life.

What else are you good at and does your success with cubes lead you to other goals?


Explodidoshas

It never has to be serious really. You could just do it coz it’s fun and much better than sitting in front of a screen all day.

buuuuut, I’ve been able to find what I want to do because of cubing and my piano has improved immensely due to the knowledge I’ve gained along the way. Also it’s how I met my best friend

wanked_in_space

Has anyone given you a doctored or prank cube (ie they replaced one sticker on one of the sides with another colour to make it impossible to solve) and if so, how many seconds did it take you to notice?


Explodidoshas

the last step of the advanced method allows you to find messed up pieces in a matter of mili seconds. So fixing it is usually a breeze

Brady12Gronk87

When did you know you had a special talent for it? Or was it something you randomly wanted to be good at and you pushed yourself to be this good?

Either way, this is a kickass accomplishment to have


Explodidoshas

Well both.... I did put in a lot of hours and effort into cubing. But I remember at my first competition I had only been cubing for 5months and I was averaging 21secs. And there was a guy who’d been cubing for 8years and he was averaging 15secs. That’s when I realised I was doing pretty well.

But there’s people who’ve improved at much faster rates and still blow my mind. Leo Borromeo is a good example

anonymousgirl99

Is this achievement/skill on your resumé and have you ever been asked for a demonstration in a job interview?

(I know you say you’ve gone pro so I assume you work with cubes full-time)


Explodidoshas

Ooooooh yes. People get very amused, even the most serious of people have a little grin on their face when I solve it really quick

foodbucketlist

What’s the most comprehensive tutorial for solving a Rubrik’s cube? Most guides online are incomplete and require you to get into certain patterns that are difficult to get into.


Explodidoshas

here is the best beginners tutorial out there

fulldiapey25

Are you worried about arthritis? When i see that stuff i just imagine it being tough on your fingers.


Explodidoshas

If you don’t take a break you’ll become really slow. So most speedcubers know when to chill

Ydidichoosethisname

How did you improve and get fast? I am an amateur cuber and how did u learn?


Explodidoshas

YouTube is your best pal. Literally search up how to get faster or how to improve turning or essential fingertricks and you will find everything you need. I promise

gouflook

How do they make sure it is equally difficult for the record to be broken?


Explodidoshas

in a single competition. Everyone will solve the exact same scrambles, but in different ones across the world. The way scrambling is done officially makes the scrambles completely random which I would say is a pretty fair ground. Luck is random and bad luck is random

SuperSaiyanSkeletor

Do you have a favorite breakfast and do you drink energy drinks or coffee?


Explodidoshas

I love toast and orange juice in the morning. But I don’t take coffee or energy drinks

MichaelNearaday

My own solve time is around 90 seconds. Any tips to improve from there?


Explodidoshas

I’ve written a bunch of tips for guys to improve here in the comments. Just snoop around and you’ll find a few. But at 90seconds you can start with getting your basic fingertricks in check and practising. That should get you all the way down to like 50secs

Acro_3

Just to verify youre real, CFOP or Roux? For speedsolves


Explodidoshas

I know both. But I main CFOP

permanaj

What is a good beginner tutorial at solving rubik cube?


Explodidoshas

this one is great

SirLoftyCunt

Did you get lucky during your best run?


Explodidoshas

A little yeah. It’s very rare to find people with fast personal bests that weren’t lucky scrambles

Shadowslip99

Is it a memory or a logical skill?


Explodidoshas

Definitely both

Atmadog

Do you have any degree of autism?


Explodidoshas

Haha. I see what your doing there :)

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