Incredible Pencil Mania 2018

Feb 10 - 11, 2018
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Lancaster County Convention Center

25 South Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603

Heritage Ballroom

Organization team
Billy Burier, Dan Selzer, and Eric Zhao
WCA Delegates
Corey Sakowski, Dana Yi, and Keaton Ellis

Registration Fee:

Any requested changes to registration before the deadline will be honored. Your registration is not complete until your name shows up on the list. If you believe you paid and your name isn't showing up, please contact us and we will work it out.

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us. If it is before February 3rd, you are eligible for a refund for half of your fee on the condition that there is someone on the waitlist willing to take your spot. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.

The registration fee will be $40 per competitor and there is a competitor limit of 350. Registration will open on Thursday September 7th at 8pm EST and will close on February 3rd, 2017 or when the competitor limit is reached. Competitors MUST register and pay online in order to compete. No at-the-door registrations or payments will be accepted. ALL SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND FOR FREE.

Please read the "Competitor Information" tab before registering.

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 350 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $40 (United States Dollar).
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Patrick Ponce won with an average of 7.94 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Phillip Lewicki finished second (8.06) and Daniel Rose-Levine finished third (8.21).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Patrick Ponce 7.23 7.94 United States 7.767.238.288.387.79
2x2x2 Cube Luigi Soriano 1.89 2.28 United States 2.522.121.892.213.11
4x4x4 Cube Patrick Ponce 22.34 28.27 United States 33.5928.4528.3028.0622.34
5x5x5 Cube Patrick Ponce 53.61 54.92 United States 56.2653.9353.6154.57DNF
6x6x6 Cube Patrick Ponce 1:46.35 1:54.13 United States 1:53.102:02.931:46.35
7x7x7 Cube Aryan Kejriwal 2:24.04 2:29.44 United States 2:36.672:24.042:27.62
3x3x3 One-Handed Justin Mallari 10.06 11.23 United States 10.5111.3610.0611.8213.26
Megaminx AJ Kamal 44.08 48.50 United States 49.0448.6047.8644.0856.65
Pyraminx Daniel Goodman 2.44 2.75 United States 3.692.822.992.442.44
Skewb Alex Maass 3.00 3.78 United States 5.684.
Square-1 Brandon Lin (林博浩) 7.47 10.07 United States 9.227.4710.8210.1715.14
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 96 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 32 advance to next round
Semi Final Ao5 10:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Ao5 1:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
4x4x4 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:20.00 Top 32 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
5x5x5 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 3:00.00
6x6x6 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 6:15.00 1 attempt to get < 4:00.00
7x7x7 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 7:30.00 1 attempt to get < 5:45.00
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 64 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 1:30.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
Megaminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
Pyraminx First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 16.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Skewb First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 15.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Square-1 Final Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 40.00

The competitor limit for this competition has been reached.

You can still register for the waitlist by registering and paying the registration fee normally. We will send you an email if you make it to the competitor list.

If you are on the registration list and find that you cannot make it, please let us know! We will refund your registration fee and let another competitor onto the list. We want to allow as many people to compete as we possibly can.

The deadline for this is January 28th, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT. No refunds will be given to registered competitors past this point.

On January 28th, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT, if you are still on the waitlist and you have paid, your registration fee will be refunded. So, you will not lose your fee if you never make it to the competitors' list.

Get up to date results here:

Please note that results will be uploaded as quickly as possible, but we will have our staff focus on making sure the competition itself runs smoothly.

Our staff is currently full, but feel free to apply in case any of them drop out. In order to guarantee a spot at the event, please complete payment for your registration.

To staff at this competition, you must complete this application.

Staff will be given a (busy) schedule to follow throughout the competition. Staff for this competition will be limited to approximately 30 applicants.

Your $40 registration fee will be refunded if your application is accepted, but you must register and pay for the competition to be eligible for the refund. Anyone who does not register for the competition will not be able to compete.

Benefits for staffing at this competition include waived registration fee, free hotel stay, and free lunch on both days of the competition.

The registration fee for this competition is $40.00. The WCA Stripe payment system is being used for this competition. You will be prompted to pay following registration. You are not considered registered until you compete. Any requested changes to registration before the deadline will be honored before registration is closed.

If you paid but don't see your name on the registration list within 48 hours, please email the organizers.

You must register and pay online to compete. No at-the-door registrations or payments will be accepted under any circumstances. We realize this may not be ideal for some people, but this allows us to have an exact count of people attending and lets us use staff resources more effectively the day of the competition. Spectators may attend for free.

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us. If it is before January 27th, you are eligible for a full refund. If it is after January 27th, you are eligible for a refund of half of your fee on the condition that there is someone on the waitlist willing to take your spot. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.

Event Cutoff Time limit Rounds
2x2 N/A 1:00 2
3x3 N/A 10:00 4
4x4 1:10 2:00 3
5x5 2:00 3:00 2
6x6 4:00 6:15 1
7x7 5:45 7:30 1
OH 0:45 1:30 3
Skewb 0:15 1:00 2
Square-1 0:40 1:30 1
Megaminx 2:00 3:00 1
Pyraminx 0:16 1:00 2

Please note that the amount of rounds is subject to change.

Saturday 2/10

Time Event Cutoff Time Limit
7:00 AM Setup - -
7:30 AM Registration - -
8:00 AM 7x7 Combined Final 5:45 7:30
8:45 AM Competitor Tutorial - -
9:00 AM 2x2 Round 1 - 1:00
10:15 AM 5x5 Round 1 2:00 3:00
11:15 AM Square-1 Combined Final 0:40 1:30
12:00 PM Lunch - -
1:00 PM Megaminx Combined Final 2:00 3:00
1:45 PM Pyraminx Round 1 0:16 1:00
3:00 PM Skewb Round 1 0:15 1:00
4:15 PM One-Handed Round 1 0:45 1:30
5:30 PM 6x6 Combined Final 4:00 6:15
6:30 PM-7:00 PM Buffer Zone - -

Sunday 2/11

Time Event Cutoff Time Limit
7:30 AM Registration - -
7:45 AM Competitor Tutorial - -
8:00 AM 3x3 Round 1 - 10:00
10:00 AM 4x4 Round 1 1:10 2:00
11:15 AM One-Handed Round 2 (Top 64) - -
12:00 PM Lunch - -
1:00 PM 3x3 Round 2 (Top 96) - -
2:00 PM 4x4 Round 2 (Top 32) - -
2:30 PM 3x3 Round 3 (Top 32) - -
3:00 PM Skewb Final (Top 16) - -
3:20 PM Pyraminx Final (Top 16) - -
3:40 PM 2x2 Final (Top 16) - -
4:00 PM 4x4 Final (Top 16) - -
4:20 PM One-Handed Final (Top 16) - -
4:40 PM 5x5 Final (Top 16) - -
5:00 PM 3x3 Final (Top 16) - -
6:20 PM Awards - -

Click here for the groups!

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CubeDepot will be sponsoring and vending at this competition!

Thanks to them for providing these cash prizes!

1st: $100
2nd: $50
3rd: $25

2x2x2, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, 3x3x3 One-Handed
1st: $50
2nd: $25
3rd: $15

All Other Events
1st: $25
2nd: $15
3rd: $10

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!

The official hotel for this competition will be Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Book a room for $129 a night here. You are able to cancel your reservation at no penalty until 48 hours before the arrival date, so book quickly as there are a limited amount of rooms available! The last day the rate will be available is January 19th.

There will be discounted parking at the garage next door, $10 if you are parking overnight, and $7 if you are only there for the day. The $10 discounted rate will automatically be charged to your room, and we will be giving out tickets for the $7 discounted parking! You will need both your original ticket and the discounted ticket to receive the rate.

The nearest airports are Lancaster Airport - LNS and Harrisburg International Airport - MDT.

If you are a first time competitor, please read this section carefully. If you are a returning competitor, please skip to the next section.


There are multiple things a first-timer must know before competing. All newcomers must be familiar with the WCA Regulations before competing. There is a video here for the basic overview of the rules.

In addition, please read this document before coming to the competition. Huge thanks to Olivér Perge and Niki Placskó for the document!


Please read this section carefully. We will have a change in organization for Slow N Steady Summer 2017 modeled off of Hungarian competitions in Europe. When you arrive, you will receive a lanyard with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event. In addition, you will also have staff assignments on your lanyard. Every competitor is expected to help out this competition. The card will look somewhat like the following:
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* S - scrambling
* R - running
* J - judging

Please note that everyone is expected to help only during the events they are registered for, and everyone need only help for one group per event. If you do not arrive to help during your scheduled event, and there are not enough staff members, we reserve the right to disqualify you from competing.

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).


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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