CubingUSA Northwest Championship 2018

Aug 10 - 12, 2018
Portland, Oregon, United States

Holiday Inn Portland Airport

8439 NE Columbia Boulevard

Falls Ballroom


Eric Zhao, Matthew Dickman, and Ryan Jew
WCA Delegates
Chris Brotzman, Kit Clement, Matthew Dickman, and Ryan Jew

Northwest Championships 2018 is open to all competitors in the USA and the world, and prizes will be given to the top competitors. Residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska are also eligible to win the title of Northwest Champion.

Main event
Registration period

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Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 225 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $50 (United States Dollar).

There is a $50 registration fee for the event, payable through the WCA Stripe payment system. Your registration will not be confirmed (moved from the waiting list) until payment has been completed. We will not accept on-site/cash registrations for this event.

Northwest Championships 2018 will have a competitor limit of 225 people. Competitors must register online by July 15th and pay online in order to reserve their spot in the competition. We will grant refunds to those who let us know before July 15th, but no refunds are granted after that date.

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Anthony Brooks won with an average of 8.13 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Luke Tycksen finished second (8.54) and Paul Mahvi finished third (8.57).

Event Name Best Average Citizen of Solves
3x3x3 Cube Anthony Brooks 7.56 8.13 United States 8.297.568.088.039.73
2x2x2 Cube Luke Tycksen 2.27 2.58 United States 2.673.442.392.272.67
4x4x4 Cube Luke Tycksen 25.90 28.82 United States 31.7825.9026.61DNF28.08
5x5x5 Cube Kevin Hays 47.14 51.04 United States 48.8047.1450.5853.7356.11
6x6x6 Cube Kevin Hays 1:29.28 1:32.86 United States 1:29.281:34.421:34.89
7x7x7 Cube Kevin Hays 2:07.71 2:10.07 United States 2:07.712:08.922:13.57
3x3x3 Blindfolded Max Hilliard 21.78 DNF United States DNF21.78DNF
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Ishaan Lal 30 30.67 United States 303131
3x3x3 One-Handed Luke Tycksen 12.18 13.89 United States 15.3313.8412.1815.7512.49
Megaminx Ethan Davis 41.22 41.62 United States 41.7241.8941.2444.8141.22
Pyraminx Elijah Brown 1.55 2.94 United States
Skewb Aiden Bartlett 3.25 3.61 United States 6.834.113.273.453.25
Square-1 Benjamin Gottschalk 7.22 9.11 United States 9.337.228.7711.389.23
4x4x4 Blindfolded Enoch Gray 4:57.30 DNF United States DNFDNF4:57.30
5x5x5 Blindfolded Enoch Gray 10:15.00 DNF United States DNF10:15.00DNF
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Enoch Gray 18/21 45:53 United States 18/21 45:53
3x3x3 With Feet Benjamin Gottschalk 47.15 50.25 United States 47.151:05.8147.7155.1547.88
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 75% advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 60 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:10.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 4:00.00
5x5x5 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 5:00.00
6x6x6 Cube First round Bo1 / Mo3 10:00.00 1 attempt to get < 4:30.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Mo3 10:00.00
7x7x7 Cube First round Bo1 / Mo3 10:00.00 1 attempt to get < 6:30.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Mo3 10:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 20:00.00 cumulative * Top 12 advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3 1 hour
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 3:00.00
Megaminx First round Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 5:00.00
Pyraminx First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
Skewb First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
Square-1 First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 40.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:20:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo1 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
3x3x3 With Feet Final Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00

The Holiday Inn Portland Airport has been amazing in their help on finding a venue for our Regional Championships. They have also generously offered a discounted room rate of $139 for all competitors attending the event!

You can book the rate here.

Please click this link to view our updated schedule!

This is the first annual CubingUSA Northwest Championship, part of a series of Regional Championships supported by CubingUSA. The goal of these competitions is to allow competitors from all over the country to compete for regional titles. The Northwest region is comprised of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana.

While only residents of these states are eligible to win the title of Northwest Champion, residents of any state or country are welcome to compete. This competition also serves as a Nationals qualifying competition, so your results could enable you to compete at a future CubingUSA Nationals.

This competition will take place on August 10-12, at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport.

As this is the Northwest Championship, we will be recognizing Northwest Champions for each event. We will recognize as the Northwest Champion the top finisher from one of these states:

We ask that competitors expecting to have a chance at a Northwest Champion title bring proof of residence (current driver's license or school ID, etc.)

More information regarding eligibility can be found HERE.

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!

We wanted to let you know this event is perfectly fine for cubers of any age and experience. We just ask you know a couple things before coming to compete...

First, please be familiar with the WCA Regulations, found here:

Of course, those regulations contain a lot of legalese, so we have a video made specifically for new cubers, just to show them the basics of competing. This video will explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know.

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial, Saturday morning of the competition. That would be the perfect time to ask those questions and clear up any confusion.

If you are stoked to compete and ready to sign up, head over to the registration tab, click register, and fill out the information it asks for. This will help you get set up the WCA's system and one step closer to your first official solve!


Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?

A: YES! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete, however, we will have a vendor at this competition, from which you can buy puzzles if your current ones have seen better days.

Q: What is the normal age of competitors at these events?

A: All ages are welcome, but in general competitors are between 10 and 20 years old. Don't let this stop you though, everyone can and should cube!

Q: What is the competition like?

A: Competitions are a bunch of tables where nerds like us get to sit and discuss our favorite thing, Cubes! Of course in addition there is competing, which will occupy one side of the competition hall, where you will see lots of timers flickering with contestants new personal bests, and a vendor, where you can purchase all you cubing related needs. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into heats, as to better organize who competes when. (Check the Groups tab and listen at the competition for more info on this.)

Q: How do I find results?

A: All results are posted on the WCA page a couple of days after the competition finishes. However, for the day of competing, go to to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about 2nd and 3rd rounds of events.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?

A: Make sure you pay you entrance fee in order to be automatically placed on the registered list, which will also guarantee you a spot in the competition. If payment may be any issue, or you are not sure if you can attend, use the contact button to talk to us, and see if we can work out another payment strategy, or have you pay on arrival at the compeition. No matter what you situation may be however, please register online. It is much easier for us to have you register now and pay later, then to have to input information at another time.

Q: Are there age divisions?

A: Nope! All cometitors compete in the same group.

Q: Can I have fun at this event?

A: HECK YES! Cubing is amazing, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the competition!

Time limit

If you reach the time limit during your solve, the judge will stop you and your result will be DNF (see Regulation A1a4).
A cumulative time limit may be enforced (see Regulation A1a2).


The result to beat to proceed to the second phase of a cutoff round (see Regulation 9g).


The format describes how to determine the ranking of competitors based on their results. The list of allowed formats per event is described in Regulation 9b. See Regulation 9f for a description of each format.

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