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Rubik's Cube | Last Layer Like a Pro

teacher avatar Byron Erwin, Efficiency Is Key

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15 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction


    • 3. WHAT IS 2-LOOK?




    • 7. T PERM

    • 8. H PERM

    • 9. Z PERM

    • 10. U PERMS

    • 11. EXAMPLE SOLVE 1

    • 12. EXAMPLE SOLVE 2

    • 13. EXAMPLE SOLVES 3 AND 4

    • 14. COMPLETION

    • 15. The Next Step to Get Faster

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            Here I will teach you how to solve your last layer much faster. This will teach you the introductory steps to OLL and PLL. 2-look last layer is a much faster method over traditional beginners method last layer. Combined with F2L, you should be solving very quickly. I will teach you all the algorithms I use in competition as well as a step by step way to recognize and execute the cases. Example solves are also included so you will know exactly how to go about executing these cases. 

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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: welcome my course on to look last layer. My name is Byron. I've been a competitive speak uber for about the last 10 years. And within that time frame, I've taught somewhere around 75 people or so. And this video is gonna be aimed at those that console the Rubik's Cube already and are interested in getting their last layer significantly faster. This is gonna be a transition step to get two full olo and full pillow. And in this course I'm gonna be explaining exactly what that entails or exactly what Olympia Low is. How to use it, how to see him, how to recognize it. I'm gonna give you guys the same algorithms that I use when I go to competition for the to look method, Some of them. I still transfer over to full on full pillow, so this should be able to help you out if you're looking to get your last layer faster. So with that being said, let's get started 2. WHY SHOULD I LEARN 2-LOOK?: before we get started, I wanted to explain to you guys exactly why the to look. Method is so handy. To look involves two different systems. One is called Ole L, and one is called Pillow in the next video. Since I'm shooting this video after I already made that video, I'll get more into detail as to what exactly that is. But basically, this pattern that you're gonna have on your last layer is going to have 57 different possibilities, however, with to look, you're going to make the cross like you normally would. And then you're going Teoh narrow that 57 down to seven when it comes to the PLL pillow is going to be similar to that. But it's gonna be moving these side pieces and it's gonna have 21 different possibilities. But utilizing an algorithm be able to narrow that down to just four different possibilities . So let me give you and breakdown of exactly what's going on here. Now keep in mind, I am going to be explaining this again in greater detail in the next video. This is really what I wanted to explain to you guys here, so we have alot and we have pillow and then we have algorithms so full and to look so with full olo, there is 57 different possible olo cases in full Pl Oh, there is 21 different cases that will give you a total of 78 algorithms that you would have to learn if you wanted to learn full olo and full pillow. However, with to look, we actually narrow that down a lot. We're bringing that down from 57 solos down to seven and then as faras peels are bringing that number from 21 down to five, so we're only having to learn 12 Al Groom's. It's a much friendlier number here, so I'm gonna be explaining everything is gonna be some key that's going to seem kind of repetitive in the next video. Um, some of the stuff I'm saying here, but I'm gonna give you a more detailed breakdown of exactly how this is all applied in the next video 3. WHAT IS 2-LOOK?: All right, you guys, before we get started, just wanted to let you know if you guys were interested in picking up this Matt, this cube, any of the Loubser cubes that I recommend Go ahead and take a look at the description of the course, and you can pick some up for yourself. So here, I'm gonna be teaching you guys 12 algorithms. I recommend that you pick up a clipboard or go right around here on the side of the page. Where is going to say clipboard or no pad or something like that? And make sure you have or have a pen and paper and write down these algorithms because you guys are gonna want a reference these when these cases come up and you could just follow them. It's on Lee a few cases, so you will see them very often. And that's really where a lot of your practice and a lot of your memorization is going to come in. So go ahead and get a pen and paper or get ready to write down some algorithms at the end of the video. We're gonna take all these algorithms and we're going to put them all together in a few example solves that way you can see exactly how this is all applied. The method that you're gonna be learning here is called to look last layer, in other words, is called to look allele and P l o. So basically what that is is an olo stands for the orientation of the last layer that will take on the side. There's yellow side. This is my last layer. It'll take all of the yellow stickers they're not facing up, and it will make them face up just like this, keeping the rest of your layers intact. This is called an olo. The algorithm I just did is called an allele algorithm. There's going to be 57 different solos. We don't let that discourage you. This is actually a system that narrows 57 oils down to seven. So it's gonna be much easier for you to learn, and then you can work on the rest of those. As time goes on, it's also going to be teaching. I'm also gonna be teaching you p l o p. L o stands for the permutation of the last layer. Permutation of last layer basically means you're gonna keep all the yellows on top, you're gonna keep your 1st 2 layers solved and you're going to per mute. These Thies this last layer, you're gonna move these pieces sideways where they need to go throughout the cube. And you can do that by just performing another algorithm and that will solve the cube there . Maybe in some cases of this method that you have to perform an additional step and it's just one algorithm, it's not a problem. I'll be teaching you guys that. So essentially, once you get your 1st 2 layers, the first thing you're going to be doing is you're going to be establishing the cross like you normally would. And let's say that we didn't get our olo automatically. Once you get your cross, you're going to perform and olo algorithm. And instead of 57 different all those, there's gonna be seven different cases you may run into. So you're gonna perform that algorithm once you get the oil. Oh, done. You're going to be presented with one of 21 different PLL cases, but you can actually perform an algorithm that will narrow that down to four different cases and This is one of the four cases and you perform an algorithm and that finishes it off, so it's gonna make your last layer much faster. So I'm going to start by teaching you guys the oils, and then I'm gonna be teaching you guys the peels afterwards. So that way we can knock out our last layer a lot faster. 4. SUNE AND ANTI SUNE OLLS: the ola algorithm I'm presenting to you now is called soon s u N E. It kind of looks like a fish that's got its little tail fins and it's facing you. There's two different soon cases. I'll be teaching you one when the fish shape is facing you. One of the cases you will have a dot here and another case, you will have a dot here that's called anti soon. Either way, it's gonna be the same algorithm the way I like to teach this. And there's many different ways for you to learn this algorithm. But we'll start off here, is going to be facing the fish away from you or the soon case away from you. And you will have this dot back here. And you will do this algorithm left you. L prime you l you too l prime. And that will do your olo. And the inverse of that is going to be anti soon. So here we have the same shape. But we have it on this the dot on this side instead of this site Anti soon has performed the same way. Have it faced the back and you'll see the dot back here and you're going to be performing the algorithm as such. It will be our prime. You prime! Are you prime? Our prime? You to our that will take care of your olo. Those are the two soon cases and now we'll take a look at few the other cases. 5. BRUNO AND DOUBLE HEADLIGHTS OLLS: this case is known as Bruno. It's when I first started cubing about 10 or so years ago. This is what this case was recognized, as is called Bruno. There's a couple of other names for it, though, but for the most part, that's what it is. This case is going to have headlights right here, and headlights is just gonna be the same color right here, kind of looking like headlights of a car. So it'll have headlights here, and then you'll have opposing corner colors right here to perform this all over them. It's gonna be really, really easy. You can start in your normal starting position, and you won't have to regret whatsoever. That's going to be, are you to are to you Prime are to you, prime our to you too far. And that will take care of your old Oh, this algorithm is called double headlights or double Superman. It's where you have headlights here and you have opposing headlights on the other side. Or they call a double Superman because this is like Superman holding his arm out. Same thing here on the other way. So, like to Superman, I don't really like that one. I like the double headlights better. So there's many different ways to perform this. You can hold it like this. This is the way. Personally, I like to do this algorithm. Soldiers teach you this way and you're gonna hold it. So that way the headlights are going across. I decide. And you're gonna do this. Our prime. You prime, Are you prime? Our prime? You are you prime our prime. You too are sounds like a lot of moves, but it's really just repetitive. You can perform it that way, or you can have the headlights facing you and away from you. And you can perform the same algorithm you normally do to get your cross where you dio f are. You are prime, you prime and just do it. Two more times are you are prime New prime are you are prime new prime and f prime and that will knock it out. So pretty easy, Olo, for you to learn 6. BOWTIE, HEADLIGHTS AND CHAMELEON OLLS: this olo is known as bowtie. As you can see, it kind of looks like a bow tie both size going to have two corners that faced the same direction in the same general direction. Like they're going this way. But on the other way, you won't see anything. So I like to look at this right one and hold it just like this. The algorithm I like to perform for this is pretty easy. It's very similar to the double headlight algorithm I just taught you. And it goes like this Our prime, you prime, Are you prime? Our prime? You are you prime our prime. You are you prime, our prime you to are. So it's the same algorithm as double headlights. You just perform that normal form of set one more time to accomplish this. This case is called headlights because it's kind of like a car, and the headlights are facing you. Just one set of headlights. There's nothing else. So in order to accomplish this, you just hold the headlights facing you. And you. This does require some D moves. You want to be good with your ring fingers and you're gonna perform the algorithm like this are to de our prime. You too are. And you can push with your ring finger for a D prime, our prime you to our prime and that will handle it. The last olo algorithm you'll need for to look is called chameleon. At least that's what I'm usedto referring it to when I first learned it is full yellow on top. But you have a little eyeball here and a little liable here. Kind of like a chameleon has eye on each side of its head. So that's why we call it Chameleon. The best way to attack this and this could be done left or right, of course, is I like to hold it with the eyeball on my right hand side, just like this, and you're going to perform it like this. This does require some little moves or, ah, lower case notation where you move to layers at the same time. But it's going to look like this. You go little al inverted you prime. L you are you prime l prime you and that takes care of it. 7. T PERM: the first peel I'm gonna teach you is called a T perm. This is something that is going to be a transition algorithm If you end up seeing appeal Oh , that you don't recognize this algorithm will convert it into something you do recognize. As I stated earlier, I'm going to be posting example solves at the end. So for now, just understand the case and understand the algorithm. Write it down, and then at the end, we're gonna go through everything, and I'm gonna show you exactly how it's all applied. So a T perm, You don't necessarily need to know what it looks like. But in case you wanted to know, it does look like this. If you have a solved block right here and you also have another solved block over here, you have headlights where the center color is opposite the headlights. That is what a T perm looks like. They call it a t perm because if you look, this corner belongs over here, and this corner belongs over here as well as this. Orange edge belongs on the orange side in this red edge belongs on the red side. So if you look at it. These corners switch and these corners switch. So if you drew lines, it kind of looks like a T. So this is why this is called a T perm. The T permutation is one of the fastest algorithms that you will ever learn. It's very, very quick. It's very fast. And if you're solving your last layer and you recognize you have a T perm, you can typically get, uh, with lots of practice, a sub one second pillow algorithm. The T perm you're gonna take the jacked up bar on the right hand side were left hand. If you're left handed and the algorithm is gonna go like this, it's going to be right up our prime, you prime our prime f are to you prime our prime view prime, are you our prime f prime? This is a very fast algorithm, and even though it seems like a lot of moves, it can be easy to remember. I like Teoh. Remember? It is right up our prime, you prime and I take that block right here and I just do sledgehammer. And once you do sledgehammer except the final f prime, you're going to line up this block right here with those. And then you're gonna move this over tow line those up. You're gonna bring this down, and you're gonna put this line right here, and then you're going to go. Are you are prime. And then that's where your F prime comes in. Sounds like a lot. It's very, very common algorithm you're gonna run it into. 8. H PERM: this is going to be a very fast peel. I'll just similar to the t purpose faras how fast it can be done. This is called the H perm. The H perm is signified by all corners being solved. And you have these on all four sides where it is on their opposite colors. So if you memorize the color scheme of your cube, you know, red is the opposite of orange. You know, green is the opposite of blue and so on and so on. You can perform this algorithm from any side and it goes like this. This is going to require the use of your ring finger and your middle finger. Eller to do M slices is what they call it. I end up doing ring finger and then middle finger. It's going to seem really weird at first, but with practice you should get better. So it starts off with an empty you prime m two. You too. I m too. You prime m two. This can be done very, very fast. 9. Z PERM: this pillow is known as a Z perm. It's signified by four edges that need to be swapped adjacent to each other. So these two need to switch, and these two need to switch. I like to hold it with the two that need to switch on my left and in front of me. And just like this. And if you want to, you can also mirror this algorithm by having it like this and just do the mirror of the album about to show you. So hold it like this for this algorithm and I start off by doing a m two. You prime. You're gonna do an M two. You prime an inverted You too. I m too. You too. I m inverted you too. 10. U PERMS: Now this is gonna be called a you perm. You perms come in two different flavors. You have clockwise and you have counterclockwise. Here's what I mean. You perms are easily found by finding a solved bar and then you're going to have three messed up messed up edges. These edges are going to be going like green goes here, Orange goes there, red goes here. That's a counterclockwise rotation. And there's another you perm that goes clockwise will show you that in the next video. So for the counterclockwise, you will hold the solve bar in the back. Same thing for the clockwise. At least. This is how I do my algorithms. Keep in mind there's different algorithms for every single case. So if my algorithm doesn't seem to suit you, you guys can look them up yourselves and find a different algorithm that may suit you better. So this is a counterclockwise. You perm. This one is done like this. Are you prime? Are you Are you Are you prime? Our prime you prime are to So this is called a clockwise you perm. It's gonna be a solved side, and then you're gonna have an edge. That belongs here, an edge that belongs there and an edge that belongs there. So it's gonna be a clockwise rotation of edges. That's how you're able to identify this case. The algorithm that I used for this you're gonna have the salt side in the back and you're going to do a m two. You prime. I m you, too. M inverted you prime m two. 11. EXAMPLE SOLVE 1: So I did a random scramble here, and I just I'm going to be inserting my last f to L. A pair. And now I'm left with nothing. So now I have to make my cross like I normally would. Once I get my cross, I'm going to establish one of my seven Ole L cases. So now that I have recognized, this is chameleon. I can tell by all this yellow up here and having an eye here and an eye there. I can perform my chameleon algorithm in order to get my olo. Now that the old Ellis finished, my goal is to look for headlights of any color along the sides. I don't see any headlights here, and sometimes you won't. So I'm gonna perform I t perm on any side here that I want. Once the T perm is done, I'm gonna look for headlights again. And I found him. They don't have to necessarily be lined up with the color. They just I just happen to find them like that. Once you find headlights, you're going to have them face your left hand. Then you're gonna perform your T perm again. Once that's done, you're gonna be presented with one of four different PLL cases. If you recognize this one, this is the clockwise you perm, cause this goes here, that goes there. And this goes here. So it's a clockwise rotation. So now you just pull up your notes. Look at your clock wise, you perm, and then you can solve the keys, and that will handle it. 12. EXAMPLE SOLVE 2: on this scramble. I have a line, so I'm gonna get my cross like I normally would. And now I'm going to be presented with one of my seven old all cases. This one is headlights. So I'm gonna knock this out using the headlight algorithm that I learned. Now I got my olo. At first thing I'm gonna do once the old I was done is I'm going to look for any headlights like this. So green and green doesn't matter what color it is. I found it. I'm gonna put it in my left hand and I'm gonna do my T perm algorithm. Now that's done. I'm gonna line up my corners and I'm presented with an H perm. So when you see in each firm, typically that's gonna be good, cause it's pretty fast. And there you go, 13. EXAMPLE SOLVES 3 AND 4: So here my scramble presented me with a checkerboard pattern, so I'm going to get my cross like I normally would. And now I'm gonna be presented with one of my seven oil wells. And this one is Bruno. I'm going to hold this on the little eyeball on my right hand side headlights on the left, and I'm going to perform it like this once That's taking care of I am actually already ready to go. I have a you permai recognizes perm. So now that you recognize the permutation, you could go right into it, and you just don't have to do your teeth firm. And that solved the cube on the scramble. I already got my cross taking care of. And now I can look at my olo and I'm presented with a anti soon case. So I'm gonna knock this out using my anti soon algorithm. Once that's taking care of I'm going to look for headlights, found it. I'm gonna hold those on my left hand side and I'm gonna perform I t perm algorithm. And now I'm gonna line up my corners and I am presented with a counterclockwise. You perm. Saddam is gonna knock that out. So as you can see, learning this is much faster than the old method that you probably were using before. This is pretty efficient, and this is also just a stepping stone into getting into full well and full pillow. 14. COMPLETION: All right, you guys good job With that being said, Now that you understand, this is going to take time for you to practice. Don't get discouraged. Just keep that note pad. When you run into these cases, you're gonna want to reference the note pad, and you're eventually gonna be coming across them so much that you're going to learn it. You're gonna memorize it. So just have that piece of paper, that little cheat sheet with you for a while, and things are going to be nice and easy, but this is a stepping stone to full on full peel. Oh, as I had shown you earlier, this is just to get you started. So you understand how it works. And over time, you can start learning more old lows and more pillows. I'm actually gonna be posting all pl Els, probably in my next video showing all the pillows, old wells. There's 57 of them, so I don't know if I'm gonna be able to put a video out for that, but I will do my best if I can. So that way you guys can learn those. It's been a pleasure making this video for you guys. I hope you guys were able to learn something. If you have any recommendations on something I could do better or if there's anything you liked or disliked, I would really like to hear from you guys to go ahead. If you can review the course, let people know what you think about me and what I'm teaching and my teaching methods or at the very least, follow me. So that way, when I post new videos on how to get faster, you guys can be one of the first ones to catch it and improve your times. I'll see you guys in the next course. 15. The Next Step to Get Faster: Congratulations on finishing to look, I know this is going to be a lot of information for you guys to absorb. It's just gonna take time and practice. But I guarantee you to look is going to, quintessential for you learning the next stage, which is full on full pillow full PLL is something that's going to be easier to do than Full olo. And all that is is instead of having to perform the algorithm where you have the headlights on the left and then you do your algorithm full pillow would give you straight to solving it right after you see your old Ellis completed. This is gonna be the next course, and I want to let you guys know I do have that available. So that way, if you want to learn all appeals and you don't have to do that transition algorithm, then you can learn it. You can go to that course. I'll tell you everything you need to know the best algorithms I use when I go to competition. So hopefully I'll see you guys in there. And if you can please review the course, I hope I can hear you guys either here or in the next course. Good job either way. And I'll see you guys there