Mystic Cubikon 2023

Aug 20, 2023
Groton, Connecticut, United States

Groton Elks Lodge

700 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340
Organization team
Broden Gudbrandsen, Charles Amarello, Cube New England, Jaustin Gudbrandsen, Michael Amarello, and Patricia Gudbrandsen
WCA Delegates
Alex Cohen and Evan Liu
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

This competition is recognized as an official World Cube Association competition. Therefore, all competitors must be familiar with the WCA regulations. If you are new to competing, please refer to the Competitor Responsibilities tab.

Main event
Competitor limit
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Registration period

Online registration will be open from to .

Registration requirements
Create a WCA account here if you don't have one.
If this is not your first competition, associate your WCA ID to your WCA account here.
Register for this competition here.
There is a competitor limit of 100 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $30 (United States Dollar).
The registration fee has to be paid through Stripe here once registered.
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 50% of your registration fee.
Registrants on the waiting list may be accepted onto the competitor list until .
If you are a registered competitor you may change your registered events until on the Register tab.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators are only permitted as companions of competitors.
Competitors may bring at most 1 guest.

NOTE: Only 1 guest per competitor allowed due to venue restrictions.

Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 5:00.00 Top 32 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 5:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 5:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Ao5 5:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 5:00.00
Clock Final Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00
Pyraminx Final Ao5 2:00.00
Skewb Final Ao5 2:00.00

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Schedule for Sunday (August 20, 2023)

From 08:00 AM
To 08:15 AM
Lodge Room
From 08:15 AM
To 08:30 AM
Tutorial for new competitors
Lodge Room
From 08:30 AM
To 09:30 AM
3x3x3 Cube First round
Lodge Room
Time limit
Top 32 advance to next round
From 09:30 AM
To 10:30 AM
2x2x2 Cube First round
Lodge Room
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 10:30 AM
To 11:30 AM
3x3x3 One-Handed First round
Lodge Room
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 11:30 AM
To 12:30 PM
Clock Final
Lodge Room
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 30.00
From 12:30 PM
To 01:15 PM
Lodge Room
From 01:15 PM
To 01:45 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Lodge Room
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 01:45 PM
To 02:40 PM
Skewb Final
Lodge Room
Time limit
From 02:40 PM
To 03:35 PM
Pyraminx Final
Lodge Room
Time limit
From 03:35 PM
To 04:30 PM
4x4x4 Cube Final
Lodge Room
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
From 04:30 PM
To 05:00 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
Lodge Room
Time limit
From 05:00 PM
To 05:30 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Final
Lodge Room
Time limit
From 05:30 PM
To 06:00 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Lodge Room
Time limit
From 06:00 PM
To 06:15 PM
Lodge Room
From 06:15 PM
To 06:30 PM
Clean Up
Lodge Room

Registration Process

Before You Register

All prospective registrants need a WCA account. New competitors can create their own WCA account by clicking here and entering the required information.

How to Register Online

Prospective competitors register by:
1. Signing into their WCA account;
2. Clicking "Register" on the left side of this webpage, selecting the events they would like to compete in, and submitting their registration;
3. Paying the registration fee of $30.00. (The registration fee is the same regardless of how many events are selected.) Your registration is not complete until you have paid the registration fee.

The competitor limit for this competition is 100. The list of approved competitors can be found by clicking "Competitors" on the left side of this webpage. If there are already 100 competitors on that list, it means the competition is full, and any future registrants will be placed on the waitlist.

Competitors MUST register and pay online in order to compete. No at-the-door registrations or payments will be accepted.

Any requested changes to registration before 8:00 PM EDT on Saturday August 12, 2023 will be honored. Your registration is not complete until your name shows up on the list.

How to Pay for Registration Online

Payment is processed through Stripe. Click on the "Register" tab on the left side of the webpage to register and pay all in one place! You can start the payment process by clicking "Pay your fees with card."


Approved competitors who cancel their registration before 8:00 PM EDT on Saturday August 12, 2023 are eligible for a refund for half (50%) of their registration cost. After this date, no refund requests will be honored. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.

Waitlist Information

We will be keeping a waitlist for this competition. To secure a place on the waitlist once 100 competitors have paid, simply pay the registration fee. If a competitor emails us to drop out before 8:00 PM EDT on Saturday August 12, 2023 you will be notified if you are the next competitor on the waitlist. After that deadline, all remaining competitors on the waitlist will be emailed letting them know they did not get off the waitlist and will be fully refunded.


For First-Time Competitors

All newcomers must be familiar with the WCA Regulations before competing. This video gives a basic overview of the rules.

In addition, please read this document before coming to the competition.

For All Competitors

When you arrive, you will receive a card with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event. In addition, you will also have judging/scrambling assignments on your card. Every competitor is expected to help out during the event(s) they are registered for. The card will look like the following:

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.

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 possibly 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!

Staff applications can be submitted through this link:

Staff Application

Please note that full time staff still have to pay upfront, and you will be refunded after the competition if you are selected, you attend, and are actively helping.

Lunch and snacks will be provided for staff members.

Connecticut currently has no Covid-19 restrictions in place. However we do ask the following of all competitors and guests:

1 - Please respect others desire to socially distance.
2 - Wear a mask if you feel safer doing so.
3 - Please bring only 1 guest maximum. If you are 18 or older we encourage you to come alone if possible.

NOTE: If you have been accepted to the competition and signed up more than 1 guest --- be forewarned that only 1 guest will be allowed inside the competition venue. We must enforce this to ensure we do not exceed the venue's capacity - which could result in the competition being cancelled and everyone asked to leave the building. The venue is very strict in enforcing capacity limits! If this policy results in you not wanting to participate please inform the Organizer ASAP and we will remove you from the competition, refund your entry fee, and move the next person on the waiting list into the competition.


There is ample parking at the Groton Elks Club.


Enter 700 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340 into your GPS.

Public Transportation

Unfortunately there is no public transportation direct to the Groton Elks Club.

Air Travel

The RI TF Green International Airport is a 1 hour drive to the Groton Elks Club.

The Hartford Airport is a 75 minute drive to the Groton Elks Club.


There are several dozen hotels within 10-15 miles of the Groton Elks Club.

There are a few places within 5 miles of the venue:

Sneekers Cafe
Supreme Hot Dogs
D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
Kyoto Sushi
The Spot Cafe
Pizza Palace
Empire Wok
Christopher's Cafe
Mana Cafe
Chester's BBQ
Dan's Rice Box
Ju Sushi

Custom printed 3x3x3 Cubes with the event logo printed on the white face to all individual event winners plus the top Rookie (first competition) and Senior (35+) in the 3x3x3.

Certificates to all event podium (top 3) winners plus the Youngest and Oldest Competitors in any event, 13th place in the 3x3x3, the top Rookie (first competition) in the 3x3x3, and the top Senior (35+) in the 3x3x3.

This competition is sponsored by TheCubicle!

The Cubicle will be providing prizes in the form of gift cards for all of the podium placers. Huge thank you to them!

Award Amounts:
3x3 Podium:
1st: $35
2nd: $25
3rd: $15

Other podiums:
1st: $10
2nd: $7
3rd: $5

NOTE: The Cubicle prizes will be emailed to the winners several weeks after the competition.

The Cubicle will also be providing special Gift Cards to all First Time Competitors!!!

Event Polo shirts will be on sale here shortly.

Groups will be posted several days before the competition.

A link will be posted prior to the competition start time.

The current list of wait-listed competitors (by initials) will be shown here:

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This competition is organized by Cube New England, a group dedicated to growing the speedcubing community in New England, USA.

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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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