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Rubik's Cube | Advanced F2L

teacher avatar Byron Erwin, Efficiency Is Key

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7 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Preface + 1st Set

    • 3. 2nd Set

    • 4. 3rd Set

    • 5. 4th Set

    • 6. 5th Set

    • 7. Congratulations!

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              This course will break down the more complicated cases in F2L. I will give algorithms for cases that require them and will explain the best ways I know how to execute difficult cases. Following this course should allow your f2l time to drop and knock it out more efficiently. So grab your cube and lets get into it! 

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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. Introduction: open my course on the advanced beginners method. My name is Byron. I've been a competitive speak uber for about the last 10 years or so, and this course is gonna be directed towards those that have recently learned how to solve the cube using EFTA well, or even if you have been solving using after well, for a while, you may run into some difficult cases that can take you a lot of time to solve. And this is gonna be explaining and breaking down those difficult cases to make it as efficient and as easy as possible. So when you come against those, you're gonna be able to just knock it out as fast as possible. So with that being said, let's get into it. 2. Preface + 1st Set: Welcome to the course. You guys, I just wanted Teoh preface this video Just letting you know that this is gonna be the last F 12 video I'm gonna be posting just for a little bit. I really want to get you guys started on the last layer and knocking this out significantly faster with a new method. So I will get back to F too. Well, after I knock out those videos which I believe there should be two or three, maybe even four videos at that. But I will get back to F too. Well, because after well, does have a ton of different things that you can learn. So I will touch base back on that again. Also, keep in mind if you guys were interested in picking up this cube. Any loops I use as well as this beautiful map, all the links will be in the description so you guys can pick up some for yourselves. So the first case I'm gonna be showing you guys is one of the more common ones you'll run into, Which is when you have the edge pair together and it's flipped in the wrong way. Just like that a lot of people. What you'll see do is they will go like this. They'll bring it back, bring the cornerback will probably rotate, see that they have to do this and then they'll and started like that. That is an incredibly inefficient way to go about this. So the way you would want to go about this is like this. You're going to bring this corner in the back like that, and that will separate them, and they're gonna bring at the edge over. Bring the edge down here, move the cornerback, and then when you hide the corner, this will come up and you compare it just like that and then insert, we have a corner in the bottom layer that's already solved, and then we have it's correct edge, but flipped in the wrong slot. If you guys are unfamiliar, we have two things that we're trying to avoid during after, well, were trying to avoid re grips, which is grabbing the cube like this, or like this, or like that, or anything similar to that. We're also trying to avoid cube rotations where we have to rotate the entire que so any time we can get into a position where we can avoid that, depending on its efficiency, we should be able to go that route over taking the route with the re rip or a key rotation . So and these other videos will be showing you guys how to avoid that. So you set up the case again. So the same case that we had before, But this is a different way to go about it. That is re grip Lis, for the most part. So I'm also going to teach you guys something called Sledgehammer. If you haven't heard of Sledgehammer before, it is just a sequence of moves that come up a lot, especially in EFTA. Well, but as well as in the next step, I'm gonna be teaching you guys in the next video I'm gonna be putting out. So sledgehammer is right. Inverted fronts, right front inverted. Those are those are the four moves that you want to remember because it's gonna be what we call a trigger, which is something that you should recognize and other algorithms in the future. So what that does is that takes that pair that was there and shoots it up here to the top layer. And then you can handle this case the same way that I showed you earlier. Just like this, just like that. 3. 2nd Set: So for this case, you have the completed pair in its correct slot. But it is facing the wrong direction, as in its up instead of down. This is, ah, kind of frustrating case because a lot of people will take this out turn and then they will insert it like that which, yes, that does work. However, if you notice, it does require a key rotation and sometimes a re grip, depending on your skill level. Even though you can just insert it like that, where do you do that you to? So the way you would want to go about this case is we're going to move the corner in the back and then you're gonna perform Sledgehammer, which was right inverted front, right front inverted. So it will be right. Inverted front, right front, inverted. And then you have your pair right here and you just insert it. If you happen to run into this case and the pair is still in its correct slot, same thing that we had before, but it just is flipped the wrong way. But you have it in the back this time. What a lot of people typically do is they will take it out, rotate and then they will insert. Now that works. But yet again, it's pretty inefficient. The easiest way to go about this is actually a pretty cool trick. So you're gonna perform a right inverted up, right? Inverted front, right front inverted. Right. So I have that in the back. So this is a case. I'm sure a lot of you guys run into very often and you're probably wondering exactly how to go about this. Typically, when you run into this, a lot of people, if you don't already know the solution of this will move the corner, take out the edge, line it up and then inserted. Although you can do that, there is a much faster solution to that. This is what we in the keeper community call sexy. Sexy is right up, right, inverted up, inverted. And just repeat it two more times and that will solve that corner. What I like to do personally is they have something called reverse sexy, which is, instead of right, upright, converted up, inverted or right up. Our prime. You prime is if you end up going up right, you prime our prime personally for my right hand. It's a little bit faster to do that than the other out. I can actually knock that out a little bit easier, but I believe that for my left hand, it's gonna be about same. The beauty of this is you can perform it in any location about the same. So I moved back here this time, As long as you perform roughly the same move, it will do the I'll do the rear ones a little bit slower. So back left. I'm doing up L you prime l prime. And just repeat that two more times for the back, right? I'm going. Do you prime our prime? You are, repeat two more times, and that was handled that case. So this is the case. You will typically see when someone is doing enough to, well, pair, for instance, they have something like this. They insert it and then you see that this case and you just immediately just knock it out. You'll see people solving, and then you'll see them, which really fast. That's typically the case they run into, and everyone knows this as sexy, so if you run into that, they call it sexy because when you solve in your speed, solving it's sexy. 4. 3rd Set: This case is a very easy one, Teoh. Recognize because you have white facing you and then you'll have the edge lined up on the side like this, green and green or whatever your side color is. Typically, people will take that out and then they'll notice they have this case and then they will put the corner on top. So the easiest way to go about this actually is to hide the edge and place the corner directly on top of it. And there's your pair. Then you can insert it. When you run into this case. I know that this case will typically cause a lot of grief for a lot of people. Because once you see this, you already know this is gonna be a lot of moves and this is going to kill your time. So you would typically kind of go like this, do you to to separate them. And then, you know, you have to move the edge over. So there's actually a very efficient way to go about this, and it's very, very fast, regretful. It's really, really nice. So first thing we're gonna do is gonna bring the corner down there, so you're gonna stepping aside, open the door, step in and close the door, and then you're gonna move this edge over, and now you're presented with this case, which we covered earlier, where you just put the corner on top and insert. So I know we have all run into this where you have the pair already taken care of, and it belongs in the slot right in front of you. However, it does require a rotation. In order to insert that pair, you can avoid a rotation, especially if it is already in the back. By performing this trick, I'll post the the notation up ahead. But it is very fast. It does require a re grip, but a re grip is typically better than a key rotation, depending on if it's ah applied well enough. In this case, I believe this is one of those special cases that if I just paired something up back here and it belongs in here, then I should be able to perform this without a key rotation. So it looks like this. So when you get this, just set it in the back very fast and you can perform this on the left hand side to pretty much just is easily. This one goes down here and it's sitting in the back very easy. There is another way to handle this case. Instead of putting it in the back and then performing that insertion, there is a way that you can insert it and you can end up putting it in like this with both layers and then do the middle. This one is not as fast to me personally, but there is a lot of people that can perform this extremely, extremely quickly. So try it again. So show you guys what that looks like again. You can also insert that same case in the back slot. So, like this, you typically have to rotate to insert this. But there is a way to insert that back here without even doing a key rotation. Just follow this algorithm, and it's basically going to be the same thing that we did a second ago, but for the back. So show that to you again a little bit faster and done faster. It looks like this pretty quick 5. 4th Set: So this is another pain case. That's just ah, just a pain in the rear in order to handle. So if you have this corner white on left and it belongs right here and you have same colors on top and they're attached like this, this would be that case very, very easy Way to go about this versus the way. I'm sure most people ended up doing which typically one of the ways is Teoh go like this and then move the corner over the edge and then you're set up with this case that would require a keep rotation. So the easier way to go about this is just by performing this algorithm, which is very finger trick friendly, and this could be done very quickly. You can also perform this on the oversight on the right hand side, the exact same way you would perform it on the left hand side, just smeared, and it would look like this. This is honestly one of my favorite cases to perform. It's when you have the corner that belongs in that spot that is directly above it with white on top. But they are joined up like this with matching colors on the side. This one would typically be done by people separating it like this, realizing that their matching colors and then have to adhere rotation on order to pair it up. So in order to handle this pretty effectively, they're going to perform this algorithm. Basically, it's going to be sledgehammer but reversed, and that's just called a reverse sledgehammer. And then you just insert the pair so you perform it and then you end up getting this parrot here, and it just inserts it as part of the end of the algorithm. So this is pretty, pretty efficient, and I get excited when I run into this case because it's really, really fast. This is a pretty cool case when you run into it or you have the corner above where it belongs, with white on top, and you have the edge over there that lines up with color in front of you. It is a very fast algorithm, just goes like this, and it could be done very fast. 6. 5th Set: for this case, You don't even really need Teoh. Learn this as an algorithm. But you have these two right here with matching colors on the side. A lot of times, people will move the corner over and take it out like that, realize that they need to pair up and then just go back into it like that. But that is basically skipping something that would be very easy. A faster way to go about this case is just hold it like this. Gonna pull the cornerback and notice red here and red there. When you go to hide this corner, you can just move it over. And then when you bring the corner back up, you have your pair. So when you run into this case, this one can take a little bit of time for people that are starting out. But it is very fast, very easy. So just take this corner in the back and hide it and just move that edge over to dealers site and then bring your cornerback and then you'll have a nice three Move. Insert this case where you have white on the side and nothing matching and the edges matching that color on the side. Very easy. You basically just bring the two up and break them up like that. And then you're presented with a normal white on top case. So you line up your edge, place the corner, they got your pair, and then insert. This is another pretty easy one. But I typically will see people try and break them up as they bring it up in the top layer , which is the right thing to do at first, when you are learning because you think you're accomplishing things a little bit better and then the you'll param up and then insert them as the pair. But the correct way to go about this at least finger trick friendly is that way is not bad is to take them out to gather like this. Then you're gonna break them up, and then you can insert of like that and this can be done very quickly. All right, you guys, this will conclude the course for now. As I said in the beginning, I will be touching back on F tool after I take care of the last layer. I want to teach you guys, so be ready for that. So go ahead and follow me if you haven't already. So that way, when I put that video out, you guys will be able to pick that up and start learning that I got tons of tricks and tons of tips for that one for you guys. So keep in mind if you guys are interested in the Cube, the loop or any in this Matt, this beautiful Matt that I have, You guys can look in the description of the video and where in the course, and you guys can pick up some of these for yourselves as well as anything that I may recommend for beginners or people who are at this level. So I'll see you guys in the next video. Go ahead and stay tuned. Follow me, Review the course and I'll see you guys next time. 7. Congratulations!: congratulations on finishing the advanced F to all course. This is going to be something is gonna take you really far in your accu being journey. I would say going to competitions, racing your friends. This is something that's going to be applied left and right in almost every solved, even four by fours and up. You're going to be using a lot of these same principles and learning other more advanced algorithms in the future. These algorithms for advanced after, well, can help you. I understand some more unique finger tricks. So I wanted to let you guys know that I do have my next video already uploaded and it's gonna be based on the last layer. So, for instance, how I taught you the 1st 2 layers and then I taught you how to do them faster using F 20 I have the same kind of system for the last layer where I taught you how to solve the last layer. And now I'm gonna teach you how to solve the last layer much faster. It's gonna be a much faster, much more efficient way to go about it. You're gonna have to learn a few algorithms but it's not too many, and it's gonna be really, really fun. And it will get you started a stepping stone into learning how to solve the same way that, let's say, Felix's end eggs, which is one of the world record holders he can solve. Basically, everyone uses the same method for the last layer a little bit more expanded, but this is a good way to get you started. So go ahead and look at my courses that I have up. And this is gonna be the last layer, basically, how to solve it like a pro. I'll post the thumbnail up for you right here. So go ahead and take a look at that. If you guys feel like you're ready for it, and then you're gonna start dropping your times down significantly and I'll see you guys in there