CubingUSA Western Championship 2018

Jun 15 - 17, 2018
Berkeley, California, United States

UC Berkeley

2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Pauley Ballroom, in the MLK Jr. Student Union

CubingUSA Western Championship 2018 website
Brandon Harnish, Eric Zhao, Michael Young, and Ryan Jew
WCA Delegates
Brandon Harnish, Michael Young, and Ryan Jew

Competitor Limit
Entry Fee
$50 (United States Dollar)

Any requested changes to registration before June 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.

Please read the Registration Requirements prior to registering.

Registration period

Online registration will be open from to . Other forms of registration may be allowed (such as registration at the door). Be sure to read through all the competition details to find out.

Registration requirements

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 350.
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 $50.00. (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 June 1st 6:25 AM PDT), 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 June 1st at 6:25 AM PDT. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.

DoubleTree Berkeley Marina have generously offered a discounted room rate of $159 for all competitors attending the event! More details will be posted here as they become available.


Cutoff: Competitors need one of their first X solves to be faster than the cutoff. X is given by the "Best of X" format in the "Format" column. If a competitor does not achieve a solve better than the cutoff, they are not allowed more attempts after their first X attempts.
Time Limit: If a competitor reaches the time limit during a solve, they are immediately stopped, and DNF (Did Not Finish) is recorded as the result.
Cumulative Time Limit: If a competitor's elapsed time for all of their solves reaches the cumulative time limit during a solve, they are immediately stopped, DNF (Did Not Finish) is recorded as the result for that attempt, and the competitor is not allowed further attempts (marked as DNS (Did Not Start)).

Event Round Format Cutoff Time Limit Advancing
3x3x3 Cube Combined First Best of 2 / Average of 5 <1:00 2:00 Top 100
Second Average of 5 0:30 Top 8
Final Average of 5 0:30
2x2x2 Cube Combined First Best of 2 / Average of 5 <0:12 1:00 Top 64
Second Average of 5 0:30 Top 12
Final Average of 5 0:30
4x4x4 Cube Combined First Best of 2 / Average of 5 <1:10 2:00 Top 12
Final Average of 5 1:00
5x5x5 Cube Combined First Best of 2 / Average of 5 <2:00 3:00 Top 12
Final Average of 5 2:00
6x6x6 Cube Combined Final Best of 1 / Mean of 3 <4:00 5:00
7x7x7 Cube Combined Final Best of 1 / Mean of 3 <5:00 6:25
Event Round Format Cutoff Time Limit Advancing
3x3x3 Blindfolded First Best of 3 10:00 cumulative Top 12
Final Best of 3 2:00
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mean of 3 60:00, 80 moves
3x3x3 One-Handed Combined First Best of 2 / Average of 5 <0:40 1:00 Top 12
Final Average of 5 1:00
Megaminx Combined First Best of 2 / Average of 5 <2:00 3:00 Top 12
Final Average of 5 2:00
Pyraminx Combined First Best of 2 / Average of 5 <0:12 1:00 Top 12
Final Average of 5 0:30
Skewb Combined First Best of 2 / Average of 5 <0:12 1:00 Top 12
Final Average of 5 0:30
Square-1 Combined First Best of 2 / Average of 5 <0:40 1:00 Top 12
Final Average of 5 1:00
Event Round Format Cutoff Time Limit Advancing
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Best of 3 40:00 cumulative
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Best of 3 75:00 cumulative
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Best of 2 WCA Time Limit

Preliminary Schedule

last updated 4 March 2018

Click here to view the Preliminary Schedule

Sponsors will be announced soon!

This is the first annual CubingUSA Western 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 Western region is comprised of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado.

While only residents of the western states are eligible to win the title of Western 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 CubingUSA Nationals 2018.

Find out more about CubingUSA and Regional Championships

This competition will take place on June 15-17, 2018, at the Pauley Ballroom in Berkeley, California. You may be familiar with UC Berkeley from all of their previous WCA competitions.

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

We ask that competitors expecting to have a chance at a Western 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!

A link will be posted here to the live results once the date of the competition draws closer!