NovaCube 2018

Mar 10, 2018
Chantilly, Virginia, United States

The nZone

14550 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151

From the main entrance, signs will clearly direct you to the competition, in the far back of the building.


Patrick Dennis

Ethan Dennis
WCA Delegates
Corey Sakowski and Keaton Ellis

$20.00 registration fee. There will be no registration at the door. Competitor limit of 200. Please note that this is a different venue from last year's NovaCube. Please read the "Competitor Information" tab before registering.

Main event
Registration period

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Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 200 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $20 (United States Dollar).
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Keaton Ellis won with an average of 8.16 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Ray Bai finished second (9.09) and Sean Belke finished third (9.13).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Keaton Ellis 7.54 8.16 United States 9.838.377.747.548.36
2x2x2 Cube Liam Chen 2.14 3.20 United States 2.793.922.904.102.14
4x4x4 Cube Ray Bai 31.03 33.83 United States 41.1833.7934.4831.0333.21
5x5x5 Cube Sean Belke 1:01.94 1:09.19 United States 1:09.341:12.531:01.941:09.621:08.60
3x3x3 Blindfolded Liam Chen 28.24 DNF United States 38.05DNF28.24
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 32 advance to next round
Second round 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 Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:20.00
5x5x5 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *

The registration fee for this competition is $20.00. 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.

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us. If it is before February 25th, you are eligible for a full refund.

We will be selling t-shirts (cash only) at the competition.

3x3: (3 rounds)
2x2: (2 rounds)
4x4: (1 round)
5x5: (1 round)
3x3 blindfolded: (1 round)

Tenative events

Time Frame Event Cutoff Time Limit Advancing
8:00 - 8:40 Setup / Check-in -- -- --
8:40 - 9:00 New Competitor Tutorial -- -- --
9:00 - 11:00 3x3 Round 1 N/A 10:00 Top 32
11:00 - 12:00 5x5 Combined Final 2:00 5:00 --
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch break -- -- --
12:30 - 1:30 3x3 Blindfolded Final N/A 10:00 Cumulative* --
1:30 - 3:00 2x2 Round 1 N/A 1:00 Top 16
3:00 - 3:30 3x3 Round 2 N/A 10:00 Top 16
3:30 - 5:00 4x4 Combined Final 1:20 3:00 --
5:00 - 5:15 2x2 Final N/A 1:00 --
5:15 - 5:30 3x3 Final N/A 10:00 --
5:30 - 6:00 Awards / Cleanup -- -- --

*The competitor will have 10 total minutes across all attempts combined
If there is extra time we will add the skewb and square-1 respectively, or other rounds of already listed events

Cube depot will be providing prizes as well as vending this competition!

The nZone facility features an excellent cafe with a range of food options. Also, the nZone is within two miles of Five Guys, Chipotle, Moe's, Subway, Jersey Mike's, Wendy's, Chick FIl-A, McDonald's, Arby's, Taco Bell, Ledo's Pizza, Quick Fire Hibachi and other options.

For out-of-town competitors, the nZone is just south of Dulles International Airport, near the intersection of Routes 50 and 28. Many hotels are nearby.

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!

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 please watch this video 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 on the 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 the area near the main stage, 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. We will 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!


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. Changes in organization have been made 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:

Image description

* 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).
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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