Pennsylvania 2018

Aug 17 - 19, 2018
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Lancaster County Convention Center

25 South Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603

Commonwealth Ballroom


Pencil Mania Organizational Team

Billy Burier and Eric Zhao
WCA Delegates
Corey Sakowski, Ryan Jew, and Zachary Garber

Please read the Registration Requirements and the "Competitor Information" tab.


Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
This competition is over, click here to display the registration requirements it used.
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 500 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $55 (United States Dollar).

Before You Register
All prospective registrants need a WCA account. Competitors can create their own WCA account by clicking here and entering the required information. For returning competitors (i.e. have competed before), you will need to claim your WCA ID.
The competition's delegates will assist competitors trying to connect their WCA account with their WCA ID. Please contact us via email if you have any trouble.

How to Register Online
The competitor limit for this competition is 500.
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 cost of $55.00. (The registration cost is the same, regardless of how many events are selected.)

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!

Withdrawing Registration
If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us via email.
If you withdraw your registration before registration closes, you are eligible for a 50% refund for half of your registration cost.
If you withdraw your registration after registration closes (due to reaching the maximum number of competitors, or reaching August 1st 6:30 PM EST), you are eligible for a 50% refund on the condition that there is someone on the waitlist willing to take your spot. There will be no refunds issued on or after August 3rd at 6:30 PM PDT. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.

Any requested changes to registration before August 7th 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 so that we can assist you.
*Competitors MUST register and pay online in order to compete. No at-the-door registrations or payments will be accepted. *

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Luigi Soriano won with an average of 8.65 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Will Callan finished second (8.85) and Kymberlyn Calderon finished third (9.01).

North American records: Tanzer Balimtas‎ 3x3x3 Cube 4.64 (single).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Luigi Soriano 7.79 8.65 United States 9.288.898.708.357.79
2x2x2 Cube Christopher Chi 1.57 1.87 United States 2.051.702.371.851.57
4x4x4 Cube Ray Bai 29.64 31.47 United States 32.9630.4429.6437.5231.01
5x5x5 Cube Brandon Nunez 49.93 57.55 United States 1:00.9449.9354.041:04.1657.67
6x6x6 Cube Brandon Nunez 1:47.16 1:48.16 United States 1:47.271:50.041:47.16
7x7x7 Cube Evan Liu 2:42.07 2:50.40 United States 2:53.532:42.072:55.61
3x3x3 Blindfolded Ben Marlin 29.90 DNF United States DNF29.9034.00
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Christopher Chi 25 26.67 United States 252926
3x3x3 One-Handed Ray Bai 14.21 15.16 United States 15.8714.2116.8514.2115.39
Megaminx Alexei Sinyavin 39.64 42.11 United States 41.9041.0139.6443.41DNF
Pyraminx AJ Kamal 3.51 4.29 United States 3.974.303.514.615.26
Square-1 Christopher Chi 8.96 9.62 United States 9.609.849.4211.758.96
4x4x4 Blindfolded Ben Marlin 4:01.76 DNF United States DNFDNF4:01.76
5x5x5 Blindfolded Evan Liu 10:13.00 DNF United States DNFDNF10:13.00
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Will Callan 6/8 52:48 United States 6/8 52:48
3x3x3 With Feet Roy Lee 40.90 44.99 United States 40.9044.5844.4545.9553.53
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 48 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 2:30.00 2 attempts to get < 1:15.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:30.00
5x5x5 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 3:30.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 3:30.00
6x6x6 Cube First round Bo1 / Mo3 5:30.00 1 attempt to get < 3:45.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Mo3 5:30.00
7x7x7 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 7:00.00 1 attempt to get < 5:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3 1 hour
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 40.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
Megaminx First round Bo2 / Ao5 3:30.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 3:30.00
Pyraminx First round Ao5 1:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Square-1 First round Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 40.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo1 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
3x3x3 With Feet Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:30.00

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

Our staff is currently full, however, feel free to apply in case someone currently on staff drops out.

Your $55 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 (Friday and Saturday nights), and free lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Event Format Round Cutoff Time limit Proceeding
2x2x2 Cube Average of 5 Round 1 1:00 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 1:00
3x3x3 Cube Average of 5 Round 1 10:00 Top 96
Average of 5 Round 2 10:00 Top 48
Average of 5 Round 3 10:00 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 10:00
4x4x4 Cube Best of 2 / Average of 5 Combined Round 1 1:20 2:30 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 2:30
5x5x5 Cube Best of 2 / Average of 5 Combined Round 1 2:00 3:30 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 3:30
6x6x6 Cube Best of 1 / Mean of 3 Combined Round 1 3:45 5:30 Top 16
Best of 3 Final 5:30
3x3x3 One-Handed Best of 2 / Average of 5 Combined Round 1 0:40 1:30 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 1:30
Square-1 Best of 2 / Average of 5 Combined Round 1 0:40 1:30 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 1:30
Megaminx Best of 2 / Average of 5 Combined Round 1 2:00 3:30 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 3:30
Pyraminx Average of 5 Round 1 1:00 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 1:00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Best of 3 Final 10:00 Cumulative
4x4x4 Blindfolded Best of 3 Final 60:00 Cumulative
5x5x5 Blindfolded Best of 3 Final 60:00 Cumulative
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Best of 1 Final 10:00/cube up to 60:00
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Mean of 3 Final 60:00
3x3x3 With Feet Best of 2 / Average of 5 Combined Final 1:30 3:00
7x7x7 Cube (TENTATIVE) Best of 1 / Mean of 3 Combined Final 5:00 7:00

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

Friday 8/17

Time Event Round
8:30 AM 3x3x3 Fewest Moves (Attempt 1) Final
9:45 AM 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final
11:15 AM 3x3x3 Multi-BLD Final
12:45 PM Lunch
1:30 PM 3x3x3 Fewest Moves (Attempt 2) Final
3:00 PM 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final
4:15 PM 3x3x3 Fewest Moves (Attempt 3) Final
5:30 PM 3x3x3 With Feet Combined Final

Saturday 8/18

Time Event Round
7:30 AM New Competitor Tutorial
7:30 AM Check-In
8:00 AM 2x2x2 Cube Round 1
9:15 AM 6x6x6 Cube Combined Round 1
10:15 AM 5x5x5 Cube Combined Round 1
11:30 AM Square-1 Combined Round 1
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM 3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
2:10 PM Megaminx Combined Round 1
3:10 PM Pyraminx Round 1
4:25 PM 3x3x3 One-Handed Combined Round 1
5:25 PM 7x7x7 Cube Combined Round 1
6:25 PM - 7:00 PM Buffer

Sunday 8/19

Time Event Round
8:15 AM New Competitor Tutorial
8:15 AM Check-In
8:45 AM 3x3x3 Cube Round 1
10:15 AM 4x4x4 Cube Combined Round 1
11:45 AM 6x6x6 Cube Final
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM 3x3x3 Cube Round 2
1:45 PM Pyraminx Final
2:00 PM 2x2x2 Cube Final
2:15 PM 3x3x3 One-Handed Final
2:30 PM 3x3x3 Cube Round 3
3:00 PM 4x4x4 Cube Final
3:20 PM Megaminx Final
3:40 PM Square-1 Final
4:00 PM 5x5x5 Cube Final
4:20 PM 3x3x3 Cube Final
5:15 PM Awards

Groups will be posted here as the event approaches!

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CubeDepot will be sponsoring and vending at this competition!

Thanks to them for providing prizes!

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. You will be able to book a room at a discounted rate! You an book it at this link.

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 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).
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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