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Learn to Solve the Megaminx!

teacher avatar Byron Erwin, Efficiency Is Key

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Cube Notation & First Layer

    • 3. Second Layer with F2L Example

    • 4. Second F2L (S2L)

    • 5. Orient your Corners

    • 6. Commutators

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About This Class

            In this course, I will teach you how to solve the megaminx puzzle. Please do not be intimidated by this crazy looking thing. The prerequisite for this course is you must be able to at least solve the first 2 layers of the normal 3x3 Rubik's cube. As long as you can do that, this should be a very simple and fun course! So Good Luck and Happy Solving!

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Cube is lubed with:

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Byron Erwin

Efficiency Is Key


Hey Everyone. My name is Byron. Getting the opportunity to teach people the joy of the Rubiks Cube all over the world is amazing. It's incredibly addicting and very fun. What I find really enjoyable is teaching people how to solve it then watching them grow into faster and faster cubers. This platform gives me the chance to do just that - but on a larger scale. I'm excited to meet and talk to you guys about this awesome past time. Lets get started. 

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1. Welcome: welcome my course and how to solve the megabanks. My name is Byron. I have been a competitive speed silver for about the last 11 years. And within that time I've taught well over 300 people how to solve various types of puzzles . This course is gonna be dedicated towards those that are interested in learning how to solve the mega makes The mega minks is a very interesting puzzle. It looks very intimidating. However, if you already know how to solve at least the 1st 2 layers of a three by three, I'm gonna be teaching your algorithms that you already know which is gonna make learning this a piece of cake. If you don't know how to solve at least the 1st 2 layers of the few by three, I do have a course that will teach you how to solve that because this is going to be based off of the three by three models. So as long as you at least have the knowledge of that, this is gonna be a piece of cake. So with that being said, let's get started 2. Cube Notation & First Layer: All right, you guys. So getting into this. Like I said, you have to be able to solve at least the 1st 2 layers on the three by three in order for us to move forward. But this is a pretty straightforward puzzle. It's actually a little bit easier than you may expect. So here's what we're gonna do. I normally in my tutorials I will go over Cuba notation saying, What's this movement? What's this movement was that movement? However, because you already know how to solve the three by three, or at least the 1st 2 layers, Then I can skip that. We're just gonna assume whatever face you're looking at is the f face R l you etcetera. So we'll just go with three by three notation because any other notation is really not needed here. All right, so I got all mixed up. Now, before we get started, I just want you guys know if you guys were interested in picking of this mega minx this cubing, Matt, anything I use in my videos, it will all be linked in the course description so you guys can pick some of the stuff up for yourself now the first thing we're gonna be doing is going to be establishing a color we want to solve based on the center color. So if I wanted to solve yellow, I would pick this or this pale yellow or blue. If I wanted to solve the blue side, I would find the blue center similar to a three by three. It's all the same. Now we're gonna be doing is getting our cross essentially just like a three by three. However, on here instead of across is actually a star shape. So I personally like to start off with the white side. So here I have this yellow and white. So if I find the yellow and white, I'm gonna put it there. It's basically you self explanatory. You're just gonna find those pieces throughout the Q or throughout the puzzle, and they're gonna move it all the way over. So, for instance, like this one, it is white and green. My Whiteside is up here. I just have to move this, carry it all the way around the the puzzle. He wanted to say, cube, until I get it in position. So just do that with the rest of the ones that you have. So once you have your star done, it should look just like this with matching colors on the side, just like a three by three. And now we're going to be getting corners. Now, at this step, if you're familiar with how to do F too well on a three by three, then you can also use F too well for this step. However, I'm going to be just explaining the beginners method. I might throw in a little bit of f too well on one of these examples. So you just gonna find a corner that you want to place, Let's say, going to look around. I see this one, and I know that it's gonna belong over here because of the blue and red, and this one is blue and red. So I'm just gonna carry this around without messing up what I've already done. And now the corner needs to go up here. Sums could do the same thing as beginners method. I'm gonna put it right there, and we're just going to repeat that again. So I just use this as another example. So I have green and purple, so I find my green and purple, which is right over here. So I was gonna carry this all the way over, and then I'm just gonna perform my normal corner algorithm for the three by three. There you go. Now it's gonna repeat this for the other corners. All right? Gonna give you guys an example on exactly how to go about F two? Well, I have all my corners solved, but one, this is the last one. And of course, this is gonna be on the bottom if you're doing after. Well, it's typically how you do it. So I found this one and it's pair belongs. Or actually, it's pair is I had a second go back here. So we're just gonna move this nearby and for instance, it's just like this so I could move it. You know, you're gonna have the sexy algorithm, or we can just take that out and then we have a pair right there. We could just place it on top, and then we have a pair. Then we'll just insert it like normal left 12 so you can do F 12 for all of these. And just like beginners method, it's gonna same. Same thing's gonna follow. You're gonna be doing the same thing on the middle layer. So we're gonna be doing the first middle layer, or I guess the first F 20 3. Second Layer with F2L Example: Now that we have the first layer completed, we're going to be moving on to the first middle layer are basically F 12 and you can just basically you have 12 for all those corners and edges if you are familiar with it. But if you're not, just follow along. So now we're gonna place this on the bottom. We have a corner solved and we're gonna be solving that edge That's right in the middle. So you're gonna locate that edge? Fortunately for us, it's already here, and we're just gonna line it up on the side, and we're gonna basically be doing the same thing that beginners method would do. If you needed to move this edge over here, you would follow the normal algorithm or whatever algorithm you're comfortable with to insert that edge. Now, we're just going to repeat the same process to all of these edges on that first layer. All right, we're gonna get started on something that you can use f 12 4 yet again. Or you can just do beginners method. I'm gonna be showing examples of both. So here we have our self side on the bottom. And now we're going to just put that on the bottom. We have our middle layer taking care of. Now we're just going to start solving Let's say this area right here, which is noticed how that kind of zigzags up and down. We're going to solve the down one right here. So just gonna place a corner there first. And I got the corner right here. So that one's properly placed. Now we're gonna do is you're gonna choose to solve either this edge or this edge. Either one is fine. So I'm gonna probably go with this one. Maybe so just locate the edge, which I have it right here. And this one is gonna be orange and yellow. Now, keep in mind if I were to move this here and do beginners method just like this, I would actually, if I had this area right here solved or anything else, I could potentially mess that up. So typically, what you would do here is you're going to move and I have the edge appear. You're going to move the corner to this position and then you're going to perform F 12 like this with your salt layer all the way in the bottom and you're gonna be working from there to there or from there to there if you're going the other direction. So now that it's here, gonna perform my algorithm and then once you're done, you just move it back down here where it's nice and solved. So now doing that for every case may seem like it's a lot of work. However, if you do f too well, there is a faster way to go about it. And I'll show you that in a moment. So next thing you're gonna want to do is solve the other edge on the other side of this. I located the edge right over here, so I'm just gonna move it over now. I have to step aside because I have to bring this one up here and now I can solve it like this. Now, if this is matching there and that's the same color that you know, you're in the right position to do the beginners method algorithm to move it to the right. So now I'm gonna move this piece to the right, and then I'm gonna position it back down in the starting position. And there you go, now, you should have three either side by side, just like this that are solved. And you're gonna repeat the process for all of the other sites. So if you know how to do left Well, this is gonna be the explanation of exactly how to go about this kind of second middle layer thing with after. Well, so first thing you're gonna want to do is solve one of the edges. First, it can either be this one, or it can be this one. Whatever one you're comfortable with. I'm gonna go with this one because it's easiest. It's already right up here. Someone's gonna move that down, solve that, then you're going to solve this corner in that edge as an F to L. A pair. So, for instance, I found the piece here and there. And now I'm going to treat this as an after well, so I would hide the corner like this. Move the edge over. I have my f to l. A pair and then you're going to step aside. You're gonna bring this up right here, and then insert your F 12 like normal and then bring it down and there you go So that is how you would do it with F too well, and you could follow the same thing for the rest of those spots. 4. Second F2L (S2L): Once you've gotten that section done, it should look like this all way around. And now we're gonna be doing is we're going to solve this corner, and then the edge of that goes on top of it, or you can do F 12 and yet again, I'll show examples of both. So starting with beginners method, where you're gonna want to do is locate the corner. And I think this is it right here. And you know that this is the right corner cause you have red, pink and yellow, and this is red, pink and yellow. So we're gonna insert this corner the normal way, just like that. Now we're going to solve the edge that belongs on top of it, which should be pink and like a pale yellow, which is right there, You're gonna line it up and you're gonna move it over to the right just like regular second layer beginners method. So you're gonna do the same algorithm and then that will be it. You're just gonna repeat that same thing for all of these in this, these basically last two layers except for the very last one. So just go ahead and do that and I will catch up with you then if you are familiar with F too Well, this one is going to be done using F 20 This is a parent here. So what I would do is I would take it out just like this. I would line up my edge because my bottom color would be purple and it's sitting on top. Go away from the side. It matches. Place the corner on top of it, fix my cross, and then there's my after well pair. Go ahead and insert it like normal, and that is how you would accomplish this with F 12. So if you either use F 12 or beginners method, you're just gonna continue the same process for all of these sides until you just have the last layer remaining. Now, once you get to the point where you're on the last layer were really close, almost done, you're going to be presented with just a couple of patterns. That may happen. It's either going to be a dot case backwards l It's going to be a line, or it's gonna be the cross or a full star, and that's gonna be similar if not exactly the same as what you would see on a regular three by three. So in this example, we have a dot You're gonna hold this anywhere you'd like for the most part. But I typically would like to have the one that's flipped that correctly here, and we're just trying trying to get a full gray star at the moment. So you're gonna perform the normal algorithm, you it for getting your cross on the three by three. And that's gonna be this and then you're going to get your backwards. L kind of looks weird, but that's basically kind of like a backwards like you get all the three by three. You're gonna hold it just like this and you're gonna perform this algorithm. Now, you can omit that last step if you wanted to keep it down and just do the algorithm one more time. However, this is basically what the line would look like. And it kind of looks like an arrow. You always want the arrow to be facing your right hand if you're going to perform this algorithm, but you're just gonna do the same algorithm again in order to get across or the Star Cross think so. Now, once all edges are correctly flipped, then we're ready to move on to the next step. Now, keep in mind if you finished all of the puzzle down to your last layer and you already have your gray star or your top star is already there, then you basically skip this step and move on to the next step. 5. Orient your Corners: Now we have the Grace side or the Gray Star handled. Now we're just gonna be working on lining up the grave star similar to our cross on three by three. Now, in order to do this, we are going to locate two that are next to each other. However, you may as faras like gray, gray, yellow, yellow and gray gray being pink. You're looking for at least two of these That lineup, they may be next to each other. They may be across from each other, or you may only be able to find one. If for whatever reason, all of these are already lined up, then you have skipped this step. However, I'm gonna show all the cases. If you have two that are next to each other, you're gonna hold one in front of you and one on your left hand side, and you're going to perform the algorithm. Are you our prime? You are. You two are prime. And then you're going to look here if this one is solved than you're good. But if it's not, just perform the algorithm one more time. Now, in this case, where the two that lineup are across from each other. You're going to have it just like this. So they're kind of facing you right there. And you're going to turn this clockwise and you're going to see if one of these two back edges get solved, which this one does now, If it didn't, I would just turn it the other way. Look back and see. So in this case, there isn't. So this is the only one I can work with. Once you find it, you're going to face it and you're gonna perform that same algorithm I showed earlier. So you're looking to see if something here is solved, which it's not, So we're just gonna do it again, and now it is. Now, once you find that it is, then we're just in the same situation as we were earlier. So we're gonna have one in the front, one on the left, and we're going to perform the algorithm again. And when it's not solid, just gonna do all more time. And now it is. So that will take care of all. If you have the case where no matter which way you turn this, you will only ever get one edge that lines up and that's it. Then all you're gonna do is do the same algorithm from any side, and then you'll be given a different case. So now we can look around, and now we have two across from each other. And then you're just gonna perform this the same solution that you did earlier for this case. So we're gonna turn this way. We have nothing that lines up. We're gonna turn this way, and this one lines up, and now we're gonna do our algorithm. Check this one. It's not there, so I do it again. Now it is. So now we're gonna have one in front of us, one to the left. We're gonna do the algorithm again, and this is all the same algorithm, and we're gonna do it again because this isn't lined up. All right, there we go. So that's how we take care of that step. So what we're gonna do now is we're going to orient all the corners. So that way, this whole face is gray. So all you're gonna do is find a corner that is not gray facing up like this one. That one or that one. These two are facing up, so that's fine. We're gonna leave those alone. I'm gonna start with this one, and we're gonna do the telegram that you learned that Beginners method When you do your final corners, which is our prime d prime r d kind of like that. Just repeat it until you see gray on top. And then once you see gray on top, make sure you do that Final de and we're just gonna pick one of these other corners and was gonna do it again until we see Gray on top again. And now this one. All right, so now we have Grey on top. We can line up are star edges. Now what we're gonna do is something called commentators. Commentators is basically where we're going to move the corner. We're gonna put it in a holding position in the bottom. We're gonna rotate where it's supposed to go, for instance, this one is pink and yellow. It belongs between pink and yellow. So right here. So we're gonna bring it down and hold it. Move the slot over, and then we're gonna put it back in, and we're gonna switch these two out. I'll make this easier to understand. In the next video 6. Commutators: So what we're gonna do is we're gonna select a corner. So I'm gonna start with this one, and we're going to look at the colors who have pink and yellow. We have a set up move, and we have a I would say return move. So the set up move is basically going to be our prime de prime are. And then we're going to do the reverse of that move, which I guess you could say is going to be like, uh, algorithm number two, which is going to be our prime d are. So that's going to just put that corner back up where we had it. So I'm just gonna say the set up move and then they return move. So the set up move is what we're gonna do. We gonna go our prime d prime are, and we're going to move. Which the corner we had was pink and yellow. We're gonna move it in the spot between pink and yellow. We're gonna move that over, and then this corner on that corner are going to switch. So we're gonna remember this color now, which is orange and blue. So we're going to do the return move. And now we're gonna find orange and blue, which is right here. So we're gonna move this corner over here. Now, we're going to do our set up move, which is basically going to move this cornerback up there where it belongs. And we're gonna bring this one down in the bottom. This one we have to remember, which is pink in green. So we're gonna go do our Senate move. And now we're gonna find pink in greed pink and green. And they were going to do the, uh, the reverse. Sorry, I can't remember. I can't keep track of what I'm doing. What that one was called, we're gonna be Basically, the return move is what we're gonna be doing. So this one is gonna be green and orange. So let's do the return move. We're gonna find green and orange, which is right here, green and orange, and we're gonna do our Senate move. All right? And then the final one we got to do is this one And there you go. That is how you solve a mega mix. All right, you guys, I really hope you enjoyed this course. The megabanks is a ton of fun to solve. As you can see, it's got a couple extra steps. But as Faras three by three Zehr concerned, it's basically the exact same thing. Just, yeah, you got to do it a lot more often. That's pretty much it, but it's been a pleasure teaching it. So I just want to let you guys know if you guys were interested in picking up this mega banks this, Matt, anything that I use in my videos, you're more than welcome to look in the course description that pick some of that stuff up for yourself. And I do have more courses coming, especially with the three by three. If you guys are looking at getting faster or anything like that, maybe you don't know if too well and you'd like to learn. I have videos and beginners courses for all of that, so go ahead and look at the courses I offer, and I'm sure you'll find something that you're interested in