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Saturday, June 18, 2016
- June 1st half - No news update? Hah! -
by Kyle at 9:36 pm

Hey guys, Chris is busy dorwning his sorrows after Iceland choked away the win, so you're stuck with me this time to tell you about the news from this half. But that just means you get another update with me! Let's get started!

New Players

Patrick Taylor joins us this half with a full timeset. He's at the Beginner A rank, and debuts at #802.
Kyle Begley (hey, that's me!), who's been a longtime member, sent in a pair of KD SC times to debut on the shortcut side.


World Records

Non-Shortcut

Tons of NTSC records this half, with Daniel Burbank leading the resurgence. 7(!) new records this half makes it almost more to list than possible, but we'll try! So Daniel started his tour off with WS, where he got a 3'38"62 (4'22"87) on the 3lap and a 1'12"10 (1'26"69) on the flap.

Dan would also set both WRs at SL, with a 1'36"61 (1'56"16) on the 3lap and a 31"60 (38"00) on the flap. Some nice cuts there, but Dan would continue the snowy theme and attack FS. His 1'40"27 (2'00"56) on the 3lap is just enough to open up a small lead against his competition. The last few records Dan would set would be at more sunny and (presumably) warm tracks. YV 3lap was next as he take another one from Karlo, with an impressive 1'25"61 (1'42"94) He'd go on to set the KTB 3lap Record with a 1'19"67 (1'35"80) to cap off an amazing half for him (and anger some of the staff for having to update all these times :p)

Non-SC Movement

The highest active karter this half would be #35 (35)Frankie Morgan, with a pair of FS PRs. His flap saw a good sized cut, as he moved into the TOP15 there. Meanwhile, his 3lap cut 0"15, and he's now only 0"06 away from the hardest GOD in the game. Still 5 to go for Overall GOD, but Frankie keeps inching closer. Will he get it before the month ends?
#48 (46)Leif Christian Tode came back after a short hiatus and sent in 2 new PRs as well. These 2 cuts wouldn't help him pass anyone, but he inches closer to his good friend Paddy. If his goal is to catch him, he's got a bit of work to do. But it's a very realistic goal.
#77 (77)Kyle Begley found a bit of time in between writing things to set 3 new PRs. None of them were too big of time cuts, but they all cut one standard and help him inch closer the next rank promotion. Kyle feels there's much more potential on these tracks, so time will tell if he can advance them any farther.
#89 (90)Jayden Ly made the biggest cuts of anyone in the TOP100. He sent us 11 PRs, and cut just over 12 AF to pass 9 players on the WRL. Jayden is close to a rank promotion, so we'll see if he can break through and continue his tear up the charts!
A bit farther down the list we have #127 (128)Lewis Richards, who came back after a way too long break. Lewis sent us 10 PRs, with the most impressive being his KD 3lap. He cut just over half a second and passed 50 people on that one track alone. He also got a rank promotion, and is now King A. Hopefully Lewis sticks with MK64 for a bit and can push to the TOP100.
#249 (257)Ben Stoneman was next up, and he'd have a huge week. Ben sent in 13 PRs which allowed him to pass 33 people and earn Elite B ARR. He had many big cuts, including FS flap which would see a 0"73 cut and become a Legend D time. Keep up the good work Ben, we could see you shoot up these charts!
#408 (414)Greg Gray was also active this half, and sent us 12 PRs. This allowed him to pass 19 people, and gave him a rank promotion to Pro B. Greg has a fairly balanced timeset, which is unusual for a player around his rank. However that consistency can be rewarded, as one giant breakthrough can lead to confidence in the other tracks, so keep it up Greg!
#479 (475)Gerard Seinstra sent us a good haul this half. With 19 new PRs, Gerard passed 46 players and moved to Semi-Pro B. Gerard's best time is now RRd 3lap, which is ranked #307. If he can get the rest of his times around that, he could be ranked much much higher.
#619 (640)Daniel Simpson sent us 4 PRs, mostly on longer tracks. He passed 10 people in the process.

SC Movement

The highest rank player this half would be #12 Jake Walter. He would set a lone FS flap PR, cutting 0"02. Unfortunately, he was stuck in a gap and didn't pass anyone. He's got another 0"04 to go to catch another karter, but the good news is once he does that he'll have tons of AF to gain with tiny PRs. Keep at it Jake!
#85 Lewis Richards would set 7 new PRs this half. Most of them were small cuts that only passed a few players, but he had an impressive time was his DKJP flap, which he improved to be #52. He still has quite a bit of potential on the SC side, so we'll see if he can continue his progress.
#219 Daniel Simpson was the last player to record PRs this half. He set 3 new SCs times, each with small cuts, but managed to pass 7 players in the process.

That's it for this half. Chris should be back for the next news update, but I hope you enjoyed this one! ok, bye bye!

-Kyle

Tuesday, June 07, 2016
- May 2016 POWs -
by Kyle at 11:21 pm

Hey everyone, it's time for another POW update. Sorry I'm a bit late this month, I've been a bit swamped with other stuff so I couldn't find the time to write this until now. Anyways, before we get to it I'd like to add a few announcements. As Chris said, the 7th edition of the Karter Contest is underway on the forums. We're almost through group stages, so the bracket stage should begin this weekend. Plenty of members of the MK64 community are still in contention, so go there and vote for your favorite karters if you haven't already! Also, the 10th annual Virginia meet is underway. Head on over to https://www.twitch.tv/theelitegaming if you're looking for some good 4p vs action. Ok, with that out of the way, let's get to the awards!

May:


Week 1
Jayden Ly picks up the first award for this month. His 11 non-sc PRs were enough to pass 6 people and inch him closer to the TOP100. Jayden also made the jump to become an overall Legend F player, so congrats to him!

Week 2
This weeks award would go to an older name in the community. Stacy Needham made a pair of improvements at DKJP count during a down week, as he would improve the 3lap to Legend B and the flap to Legend A. These PRs would be enough to pass 3 players, and give Stacy a rank bump to Legend C overall. We'll see if he decides to continue to grind away at this game and get some new GODs ;)

Week 3
This weeks winner would be a new one, and by my best estimation, the only one to have won it for his country! Osman Camargo had a HUGE week. 22 PRs would be enough to let him pass 107(!!!) players en route to the TOP350. He would destroy his current rank, moving from Pro C to Elite D in the process. Congrats to Osman, and here's to more big weeks!

Week 4
Osman Camargo wasn't done yet. Another good week, although not quite as good as last week. Osman would "only" beat half his timeset, but would still pass 52 players by cutting 14.8% of his AF. He would also end the month with an overall ranking of Elite B. Congrats for the big improvements!


POM
Some people think this is long overdue, and they may be correct, but the timing was finally right for Jayden Ly to take home his first POM! The Australian wonder set 24 non-SC PRs, as well as 1 on the SC side. He would pass 17 people in the non-sc rankings, which would vault him into the TOP100! His ARR also moved from King A to Legend D in the process. Congrats to Jayden, this is the first of many I would imagine.

That's all for now, join me next month (as long as you vote for me :p) to see who performed exceptionally well!

Friday, June 03, 2016
- May 2nd half - KC 2k16 has started! Don't forget to vote! -
by Chraizy at 8:27 am

Hey guys, it's Chris! It's time for another news update. But first things first, if you haven't already seen it, you can find the Karter Contest 2016 edition on the Message Board now, which just started with it's group stage. If you are eligible to vote (have at least one full timeset on any of the 8 Kart sites and a Forum account with at least 50 posts, both from before January 2016) do so! Vote for your favorite karter and help to promote him!

New Players

Nope!

World Records

Non-Shortcut

Daniel Burbank played some NTSC this half and provided us 2 new WRs. The first was a WR tie on MR, tying Lukes long standing flap with a 23"05 (PAL: 27"72)!

The other one was on YV flap, where he first tied Jamies and Matthias' flap, and then beat it by 3 more hundreths to a 26"14 (PAL: 31"43)!

Matthias Rustemeyer sent in his missing FS record from the start of may and beat his old record by 0"01 seconds. The new time is a 2'00"16 (NTSC: 1'39"93)!


Non-SC Movement

MK64 Non-SC time Trial Champ Matthias Rustemeyer sent in his 0"01 second cut on FS from last month which he forgot to send in. No stats have changed (except for the 0"01 in 3lap totals!).
#15 (15) Jeffrey Gutierrez sent in a new BB 3lap time and passed one player on the charts there with a 0"05 second cut. It was no big cut, but it helped to get a bit more distance from Michael, who is a threat with his unexpected Non-SC TOP10s out of nowhere! Better watch out!
#37 (35) Frankie Morgan hit 2 new PRs on LR and FS 3laps. Both of them are considered as some of the strongest GOD times, and he brought both down to Legend A level. His LR time is 0"18 seconds away from the GOD time, and FS is 0"21 seconds shy. Both are relatively close, and with a bit more dedication and maybe finding out some spots where he loses time those 2 could be in his bag by the next update. For now, he passed 2 players with a 0.9 AF cut, reducing his ARR to 0.28 for now.
#77 (77) Kyle Begley hit 6 new times on CM and SL 3lap and MR, WS, BB and RRd flaps. All of them saw nice cuts with 2 new TOP100 times and a 65th ranked BB flap which was the best time of the submission. Kyle passed 4 players with a 2.8 AF cut and is 2.2 points away from the TOP75.
#83 (85) Stacy Needham continued his adventure in the jungle on the flap and extended the cut by ~0"2 seconds. It was enough to give him his second GOD time after the RRy flap. Another target this time was the YV 3lap, which saw a successful 0.8 seconds cut down to sub 1'47 and another TOP100 time. Stacy passed Craig Makepeace for the 85th spot in AF with a 2.7 AF cut.
#98 (99) Jayden Ly hit 14 PRs in the end of May with a few really strong cuts and a total of 4 new TOP100 times. His best time, a RRd flap is not only the best of this submission, but also his best in general now, ranked 59th, 12 ranks better than his only GOD time on RRy flap. In addition to that, he also passed 9 players to force his way through the TOP100 barrier, landing in the double digit spots at 99th! Well done! His ARR also jumped out of the Legend F ranks up to Legend D!
#199 (200) Alexander Schiller hit a similar milestone, only 100 ranks higher: he breaks into the TOP200 with a 2 AF point cut, passing 2 players and lands exactly on the 200th spot! Alex hit 3 new records on DK 3lap and BB dual for 3 new TOP200 times and 2 new King times on DK and BB 3laps. DK saw the biggest cut from 203rd to 170th, achieved with a 1 second cut.
#227 (228) Aljoscha Schneider hit 21 new records, getting rid of a few of his worst times. He beat his last 2 Master times to get a full Elite/King timeset! Aljoscha passed 21 players with a big 26.5 AF cut and also made the jump from Elite B to Elite A! Most notable times in this update were his MMF times, which saw big cuts at the 3lap from #313 to #223 and the flap from #270 to #221.
Another german, #241 (243) Martin Wille was active in the ~#200 block and sent us 19 new records. He hit a few really strong improvements with MMF being his best improvement aswell from #362 to #279 on the 3laps. He also eliminated his 4 last Master times, tried to beat the Pro C time on YC, but could only get up to Master C here to leave a lone Master time behind for now. Martin passed 20 players with a 20.5 AF cut, giving Aljoscha a nice battle to race to the TOP200! In addition to that he also made the jump from Elite B to Elite A!
#262 (268) Tyler Chambers hit 7 new times on LR BC and YV flap and TT and RRd dual. All of them were smaller cuts except RRd, where he gained 2 new TOP200 times! His 3lap was a 2.15 second cut and went from #248 to #190 and the flap was a 0"99 cut and went from #266 to #189, his biggest PR in this submission. Tyler passed 11 players with a nice 7 AF cut, boosting him closer to the TOP250.
#278 (283) Osman Camargo had a fantastic finish of may with 26 improvements to report and a lot of new TOP300 and Elite, yeah even 3 King times! Osmans best time in this update was his MMF flap, which almost hit the TOP200 there. His AF dropped by a whopping 155 points to help him pass 150 players and easily reach the TOP300! His ARR also made a huge jump over the complete Master standards from Pro C to Elite B!
#282 (293) Ben Stoneman was the last member active in the TOP300, and I couldn't have said that last time as he just made it into here with his latest 14.4 AF point improvement! 9 players have been passed with 9 really nice PRs, with FS being his best ranked times in this submission at #235 and #232! He hit his 3rd King time on FS with those PRs. He still has 2 times left at Semi-Pro and Pro level, namely DK and YV 3laps. Both of them are hard to master without the hard strats and the knowledge, so if he invests a bit more time into those he could probably easily get a few more Elite times out of it!
#373 (385) Toby Hooper, the New Zealand champ sent us 10 new records, a bit unbalanced ranging from #576 on LR flap to #122 on WS flap. He beat 3 of his last non TOP600 times, only leaving BC 3lap behind in his timeset. Toby passed 14 players with a 14.4 AF point cut. He also jumped from Master F to Master D!
#476 (474) Michael Kwasnik hit 17 new times across all cups and got times ranging from #327 to #557. He improved his AF by 27 points and passed 23 players. His ARR also jumped from Semi Pro C to Semi Pro A!
#479 (485) Rick Kwasnik reported us 21 PRs which resulted into a 46.4 AF cut to help him jump 55 players and reach the TOP500 comfortably. He got a bunch of new TOP600 times and also eliminated a few of his Expert times to improve his ARR from Expert A to Semi Pro C!


SC Movement

The highest active mover was #2 (2) Beck Abney, who set 3 PRs on MR flap, WS 3lap and RRy flap. MR cut 4 ranks, WS and RRy 3 ranks each. Those 10 ranks were enough to bring Beck down to 2.8 AF points, cutting half a point from his old AF, or 13%. 0.8 points seperate him and Vincents #1, and so the 2nd combined charts that he would dominate after gaining the Universal crown!
#13 (13) Matthias Rustemeyer hit a new DK 3lap after learning how to properly do it in the recent 100% and skips runs. It was an 8 rank improvement into the TOP20 and is also a new Legend time for him. Only 2 Legend times are missing in his SC timeset which are CM and WS 3laps. CM could be an easy, but also not so easy pick for the next Legend, as the Weathertenko means instant improvement, but it's hard to hit, so that's the other side of the medal. For now, he passed Michael Fried for the 13th spot and is 6 points behind Penev, who is occupying the TOP10 entry.
#51 (51) Michael Arendshit 3 new PRs on LR 3lap and MR dual. His LR was a fluke first try after many failed attempts with 3/3 easy SCs, gaining a new GOD here, his 9th in total! Michaels mission to hit a 54/54 GOD timeset is tough though, as many of those depend on good SC knowledge and hitting a few really hard SCs 3 times can be a pain. However, his MR SC looks fine with a 0"7 improvement on the flap, gaining him a King A time. This is one of the annoying SCs to hit, his 3lap shows it as it still is in the 1'22 range. A 3/3 hit, even with bad driving can already give you an easy TOP100 time. Michael passed 5 players with a healthy 6.5 AF cut.
#79 (73) Daniel Burbank hit a new RRy 3lap time with a 14 seconds improvement over his old time which resulted into a 18 ranks cut. He passed one person with a 0.7 AF cut.
#336 (323) Rick Kwasnik hit a new FS 3lap time and cut 2.3 seconds off of it. He cut 13 ranks on the charts and landed in the TOP250 here. He passed one player in the progress.

That's it! Hope you enjoyed it! See you next time.

~Chris

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
- May 1st half - can't think of a proper title.. -
by Chraizy at 8:26 am

Hey guys, it's Chris. It's been quite quiet lately due to a lot of Grand Prix runs that are going on lately. Check the MB for the newest runned MK64 mode 100%!

New Players

Bryton Daniels decided to give MK64 a shot and sent us a timeset with 20 times. Bryton debuts at #893.
Osman Camargo, who joined us at the beginning of the month sent us also a SC timeset, only missing the LR and KD SC times. He debuts at #135. He already got a few fairly strong times like a 41st ranked YV 3lap!

World Records

Non-Shortcut

Nope...


Non-SC Movement

The highest active player was #37 (37) Frankie Morgan, who decided to get rid of the most annoying flap GOD standardwise. He made it with a small 0"03 cut, but it was enough to beat the GOD standard and to claim the 27th GOD standard as achieved. Only 5 times are left: LR, TT and FS 3laps and WS dual.
#81 (81) Kyle Begley sent us a new MMF flap and a KTB flap, both ranked 70th. MMF saw a bigger improvement from 92nd and gave him a nice cut on that ranking. Both times are new GODs, number 4 and 5. Kyle cut 0.7 AF points to close the gap to David, who is still the barrier to enter the TOP80.
A few spots down we have #85 (86) Stacy Needham who got the urge to try some MK64 again. DK was the target, and without expecting too much, he got a nice double PR out of it! The 3lap is a new TOP100 time and jumped from 101st to 69th. The flap was a smaller cut from 91st to 74th, but not bad at all. Stacy passed 2 players with a nice 1.4 AF cut and is closing in to the TOP80 (where he once was, but as time went by he got passed by many new players rushing through the ranks).
#107 (108) Jayden Ly had a nice half with 15 new times across all cups. 4 new TOP100 times have been achieved and also 5 new Legend times. Jayden made the jump out of the King ranks and is one of the Legendary players now! He cut 10.5 AF points and passed 9 players.
#142 (143) Anastasia Steingold hit 3 new times this half with a double PR on TT and a new MR 3lap time. TT saw smooth cuts, 0"32 seconds off the 3lap and 0"16 off the flap. The MR time barely missed the sub 1'15, but still reached the Legend ranks! Stacy passed 3 players and is approaching some kart legends like MKDS pro Fabien Da Silva and Nick Meade, the former MKW champ.
#199 )202) Alexander Schiller hit 4 new times on KD dual, BB 3lap and RRd flap. The KD flap is a new TOP200 time and a new King B time. Alex passed 4 players with a nice 2 AF point cut and also progressed to the King D ranks!
#225 (228) Eric Tapani sent us 2 double PRs on FS and RRd. RRd saw really great cuts with the 3lap going from 308th to 227th and the flap from 267th to 231st. His RRd flap also is a new King time. Eric passed 4 players with a healthy 5.4 AF cut.
#409 (414) Stephen Weber sent us a double PR for Bowser's Castle with both times hitting the TOP500. Stephen subbed the 2 minutes mark at the 3lap, the flap barely missed the 39 seconds sub at 39"01. He passed 2 players with a 3 AF point cut.
#437 (433) Osman Camargo who joined us last half completed his timeset and jumped almost 500 players to land at #433! Osman definitely has some potential, as he already hit a few TOP300 times and has 7 Elite times. Some of his other times are not on this level and are still in the ~#600 area. However, he cut 412 AF points and almost halfed his AF with those PRs! He also jumped from Newbie A straight to Pro C!
#459 (438) Rey Directo sent us 13 new PRs with a few really nice improvements, especially on the flaps. His LR, KTB and FS 3lap times all made their way to the TOP400 and all in all he cut 40 AF points to pass 38 players. His ARR also went from Semi Pro A to Pro C!
#923 (852) Ben Plath sent us a double PR for MMF and BB and made some nice progress here. He passed 3 players with a 2.1 AF cut.


SC Movement

#56 (56) Michael Arends sent us a dual LR time to fill his timeset. The 3lap is still improvable and barely missed the TOP100, the flap however was a nice new GOD time. He cut 9.5 AF points and jumped 7 places up the ranks.
#104 (108) Jayden Ly hit a new TT flap time with a 0"7 seconds cut and reached the Legend D rank here. His overall rank improved to Elite B while he passed 3 players with a 1.5 AF cut.
#182 (200) Ben Plath hit a new FS 3lap time but remains at the same spot, yeah even the same AF as the new player above made him lose AF points.

That's it for now. Sorry for the shorter news than usual, I am really tired and have no time otherwise than today this week, so yeah.. hope to see you next time!

~Chris

Tuesday, May 03, 2016
- April 2016 POWs -
by Kyle at 3:47 pm

Hey guys, we're back with some more POWs! Not a lot of activity, but still some impressive feats this month. Let's get to it!

April:

Week 1
The first week belonged to Tim van Ham. Tim came back after a short hiatus, and set 10 PRs. This allowed him to pass 14 people and trim his AF by 9%.

Week 2
Beck Abney wins this weeks award, thanks for 5 total PRs (3 SC, 2 non-SC). His most notable time was his 2'02"82 (1'42"15) on KD SC 3lap, beating his own World Record by about 1/4 of a second.

Week 3
Some nice improvements from Rey Directo earns him his 1st POW. His 23 PRs helped him cut 13% of his AF as he passed 92 people.

Week 4
Similar to last month, the final week belongs to Jayden Ly. 14 PRs would help Jayden pass 17 people with a 10% AF cut, as he come close to the TOP100

POM
Even with limited activity, there were still quite a few impressive improvements, but none more impressive than Beck Abney. Beck set 9 total PRs, 3 of which - KD 3lap, CM flap, and YV 3lap - were SC World Records. Congrats to Beck, and here's to hoping for more impressive World Records in the month of May!

Monday, May 02, 2016
- April 2nd half - Activity slows down -
by Chraizy at 12:52 pm

Hey guys, it's Chris! Activity was a bit low this time,l but we got a bunch of active persons nonetheless! Let's see:

New Players

Osman Camargo was the only new player in the last 2 weeks of April. With dual CM and MR times he joined us at #914. His flaps look stronger than his 3laps, both ranked in the TOP300 range while his 3laps are right above the TOP500 mark. Some promising times, and his potential seems to be TOP300ish if he finishes his timeset!


World Records

Non-Shortcut

Nop.

Shortcut

Beck Abney hit a WR on Yoshi Valley 3lap, by beating it in NTSC he kicked Alex out of the WR tally and also beat the longest lasting WR on the site! The new time is a 27"76 (PAL: 33"38)!

Non-SC Movement

The highest active player was... #16 (16) Michael Arends! Not a single person in the TOP10 was active! However, Michael had another shot at the LR 3lap which gave him so much trouble, but in the end he successfully beat his old PR by a great margin!... for LR standards. A 0"15 cut has been made and helped him to reach a 8th ranked time! It's his ninth TOP10 time now and lowered his AF score by 0.2 points. He is 2.5 points behind Jeff, who is still enjoying a comfortable lead. His TOP15 spot might be in danger, as a goal that is not moving is not safe at all!
#37 (38) Frankie Morgan sent in 4 PRs for Choco Mountain and Sherbet Land dual. His CM times are both new GOD times as he missed them last time by only a few hundreths. He has a total of 26 Non-SC GODs now, only the most annoying 3laps and hardest standards left: LR, TT and FS 3lap, MR flap and WS dual. I'd say TT is still the easiest of them, but that depends on the player. Frankie passed Myles for the 38th spot with a healthy 1.9 AF cut.
#82 (81) Kyle Begley had 2 PRs to report, namely MMF 3lap and BC flap. His MMF 3lap was a nice 0"45 seconds cut and a new TOP100 time for him (#104 -> #78). Kyle only got 2 times left that are not in the TOP100, WS flap and SL 3lap. His BC flap, which was a #100 time, saw a slight improvement of 0"13 seconds and gave him a nice 82nd ranked time. Both times reached the Legend C standard, and he cut 1.3 AF points to pass 3 players. The TOP80 is currently blocked by David Schiering the old MKDD legend, who sits 1.1 points above Kyle.
#115 (117) Jayden Ly had a fantastic finish of April with 19 new records, with a few really strong improvements among them! 2 new TOP100 times have been achieved on FS 3lap (#145 -> #78!) and SL 3lap (#125 -> #100). 6 new Legend times are within his improvements, which increases his counter to 16 Legends. He barely missed the jump from King B straight to Legend F, but he got the cut to King A nonetheless! Jayden cut 20.6 AF points to make a big jump over 20 players!
#147 (146) Anastasia Steingold improved her Bowser's Castle times and beat one of her weaker times. The BC flap was among her lowest ranked times, but jumped up to one of her better ones. The 3lap was a 14 rank cut and is now ranked 134th, her 8th best ranked time. No time came very close to her strongest time, FS flap (#104) so far, but all in all she has a very consistent timeset. A good goal could be to bring every time into the TOP150, which would help her AF by a good margin. For now, she cut 0.6 AF points and closed the gap to Thomas van Leeuwen, another old MKDD legend ranked fairly high in the MK64 leaderboards.
#201 (206) Alexander Schiller improved 8 of his PRs, with 4 new TOP200 times and a 4 strong improvements on the other courses. His best improvement was the KD 3lap, coming from 2'10 down to 2'09"21 (#225 -> #181). All in all he cut 7.8 AF points and passed 2 players, coming out of an AF graveyard but slided directly into another one! Alex is closing in to the TOP200 now though, only 3.3 points are needed for that goal!
#231 (232) Eric Tapani scored 10 PRs in the last half of April and had a few nice improvements, including 5 new TOP300 times! Eric eliminated his last three Master and Pro times to make his timeset a 32/32 Elite one! He cut 18 AF points to pass 13 players. He also left the Elite B ranks and became our newest Elite A player.
#275 (279) Tyler Chambers hit 5 new PRs on TT 3lap, RRy and RRd dual. They saw decent cuts, especially his RRd had great improvements, with a 2.3 seconds cut (#310 -> #247) for the 3lap and a 0"6 seconds cut (#324 -> #265) for the flap. Tyler passed 4 players with a nice 6.3 AF point cut, bringing his AF down to sub 300.
#321 (321) Nathan Truchan scored 6 PRs, with 3 new Elite times on MR, WS and SL flaps. He still has 9 times left that haven't reached the Elite ranks yet, but with his current timeset he is far into the Elite ranks already. Nathan passed 7 players with a 7.6 AF cut, closing in to the TOP300.
#481 (476) Rey Directo sent us an almost complete new timeset with 30 new records, only missing the FS times. Rey hit a few nice improvements, the best being a TT flap (#741 -> #347)! He also achieved a few Elite times, and eliminated many of his Advanced times. Rey passed 146 players with a huge 131 AF point cut, and also jumped from Expert F directly to Semi Pro A, almost skipping two complete standard blocks!
#642 (686) Sam Smith hit 15 new records across all cups. His main improvements were in Special cup were he got 6/8 PRs. He reached many new Expert times, even a Semi-Pro C and a Pro D standard! Sam passed 61 players and comfortably reached the TOP700 with a nice 48 AF point cut!

SC Movement

#2 (2) Beck Abney set a new World Record thanks to a wrong NTSC conversion. It'd be the same cut nonetheless so his current AF has been improved by 0.22 points, closing in to the sub 3 AF! Vincent, who still sits on the SC throne is constantly losing AF due to Becks activity. A 1.3 cut is needed to reach him, but Beck has the most WRs at the moment. He still got a few really weak courses like MR and WS though, so plenty of room for improvement!
#158 (173) Tyler Chambers set two new records for Choco Mountain with a nice ~5 second cut on the 3lap and a 1.5 second cut on the flap. He cut 1.7 AF points and passed 4 players in the progress.

That's it for this time! Hope May brings some more fresh activity into MK64 world! Until then, cya!

~Chris

Monday, April 25, 2016
- Video Proof for World Records -
by William at 1:27 pm

For a while now, there have been concerns about World Records without videos. So starting immediately, all Non-Shortcut World Records will require a video in order to be added to the site. No exceptions will be made. Your time will not be added without proof. This shouldn't change anything really, as most top players regularly record every session, and only DKJP and Rainbow Road require constant recording of every attempt. This is a decision that's overdue.

For now, this rule will not apply immediately to Shortcut World Records, due to the extra strain on recording. However, anyone submitting a Shortcut record without video proof, will be publically shamed, vilified, and t-shirt memes created. I feel like we should introduce the same strict rule for Shortcuts as well, so that we have a video for every single record in future, but the community can discuss this further on the Message Board.

Sunday, April 17, 2016
- April 1st half - subs subs subs... -
by Chraizy at 6:41 am

Hey guys, it's Chris! A bit in a rush today, as I am going to leave the land tomorrow for a few days. However, we had a quite a bit activity, so let's see what happened!

New Players

No new players...

World Records

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Matthias Rustemeyer was on a quest to get his 100th PR month in a row and succeded with a strong FS performance. He first improved the old 1'40"00 NTSC time that barely missed the sub with a 2'00"21, followed by a 2'00"17 (NTSC: 1'39"94)! This was one of harder subs in MK64, but Matthias is not done yet. His best splits show potential for the PAL sub 2, which would be absolutely ridiculous!

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Vincent Tolhuis is back from a break and surprised us with a new LR flap WR! His run had a great Mylestyle hit and made him beat the old WR from Greg by 0"15 seconds and stands now at 25"67 (NTSC: 21"35)!

Beck Abney hit 2 new WRs this time. The first was a new sub on KD 3lap, where he improved his own WR with another 3/3 SCs run. His goal was to beat the train in lap 3, but barely failed it. He still beat his old time by a good margin and is now a 2'02"83 (NTSC: 1'42"15), the first sub 2'03!
The other improvement was on CM flap, where he claimed a small cut to his own WR. The new time is a 3"14 (PAL: 3"78)!


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MK64 Non-SC Time Trial Champ Matthias Rustemeyer improved his FS 3lap WR by a total of 0"11 seconds in the last month and achieved a legendary sub in NTSC here! The sub 1'40 has been achieved, but the PAL sub is still 0"18 seconds away. His best splits allow it but it would require a nearly perfect run without any big mistakes. Can he achieve the probably hardest sub 2 in MK64?
#2 (2) Beck Abney hit 4 new PRs on LR and FS 3laps and TT dual. He shaved off 0"1 seconds off his LR 3lap, but didn't gain any ranks as the next two guys are 0"02 seconds away. TT 3lap saw the sub 2'59, the flap missed it by just 0"02 seconds! He may not have gained any AF cuts, but his total times fell by a good margin.
#4 (4) Daniel Burbank hit a new TT flap. A small 0"05 cut helped him to pass Thomas and Vincent and reach another TOP5 time. It's his 23rd TOP5 now, and the other ones are not too far away from it (5x #6, 3x #7, 1x #9). However, his current improvement helped Dan to cut 0.06 AF points and come closer to MJ.
The next Dan, #8 (8) Daniel Lunczer improved his FS 3lap time by almost 0"2 seconds and passed 4 players to reach the TOP10 on this chart with style. He missed the sub 2'01 barely by 0"02 seconds. Dan cut 0.12 AF points and is coming ever closer to William, who is only 0.15 points away!
#16 (16) Michael Arends improved his LR flap time yet another time with a bigger 0"03 seconds cut. His 37"74 time is a 5 ranks cut and lands on #13 in the charts, helping him to tighten the gap to Jeffrey by yet another 0.15 AF points! Michael is not too far away from the sub 20 AF, only 0.7 left to make it.
#40 (39) Frankie Morgan had a quick shot at Choco Mountain and managed to beat his times by quite a bit! The 3lap saw a nice 0"25 seconds cut and a quite big 0"2 seconds cut has been made on the flap! The flap barely missed the sub 32, which is required for the GOD time. His 3lap missed the GOD time by 0"14 seconds, which would be a sub 1'38. Standardwise he improved both to Legend A and brought his ARR score to sub 0.5! With his 1.4 AF cut he was able to pass Josh Layne and tie Matt V for the 39th spot and reach the TOP40!
#137 (137) Jayden Ly hit 18 new PRs in the first 2 weeks of April and had a few big improvements. He scored 3 TOP100 times on TT 3lap and RRd dual, those three are his first TOP100s in Non-SC aswell! He scored 7 new Legend times and increased his Legend count to 11. Jayden passed 19 players with a big 18 AF point cut. He also reached the King B ranks, barely missing the King A ranks by 0.25 ARR points.
#143 (143) Tim van Ham scored 12 new records, of which one was a new Legend time; FS 3lap. It is also his first TOP100 time, coming from #204 all the way down to #97! He got a few other nice improvements, like a sub 1'40 on KTB or a huge 3.5 seconds cut on RRd 3lap! Tim passed 25 players with a 22 AF cut and comfortably reached the TOP150.
#206 (208) Alexander Schiller had a very successful April so far with a mass of 20 PRs across all cups, but mainly on the Flower and Star Cups. 8 new King times were in his PR collection included
and increased his King counter to 20. He reached the King F standard in the progress and is our newest King player! In AF, he passed 19 players with a big 26.4 AF cut. He is coming closer to the TOP200 but still needs to improve 11 more points.
#246 (245) Eric Tapani improved 6 of his PRs with dual records on KTB, DK and BB. His KTB 3lap saw the biggest cut from #368 to #250. He also reached a new King time on BB flap. Eric passed 11 players with a 8.5 AF point cut and easily made the jump to the TOP250!
#279 (283) Tyler Chambers improved 12 PRs and eliminated 6 Master times and one Pro time. Tyler got a few new TOP300 times with a few nice improvements, like a double TOP300 on SL or a big 1.7 seconds cut on FS which helped him to jump from #395 to #289. Tyler passed 15 players with a 13.7 AF cut and also reached the Elite B standards!
#328 (328) Nathan Truchan got 3 new records on SL 3lap, YV flap and BB flap. All 3 of them are new TOP400 times and reached the Master/Elite ranks. He still has 5 times left that are in the Semi-Pro/Pro ranks, so he still needs to work a bit on them to reach a 32/32 Master timeset. For now he reached the Elite D standards and passed 7 players with a 7.7 AF point cut.
#346 (350) Mike Tontillo hit 8 new records and eliminated 7 Pro times. Mike has 3 Pro times left, so he is close to that 32/32 Master timeset aswell. He reached 5 new TOP400 times and improved his AF by 13.4 AF points to pass 16 players and reach the TOP350 just on spot!
#425 (426) Greg Gray hit 29 PRs and almost completely revamped his timeset. Many Expert times have been eliminated and a lot of new TOP500 and even a few TOP400 times fill his timeset now. Greg cut 17% of his AF with a 98 points cut and passed exactly 100 players to claim a position in the lower TOP500! He also jumped a complete standard from Semi Pro F to Pro D!
#474 (479) William R. Natalzia III improved a few of his weaker times this half and got a few really nice cuts. The biggest cut was his MMF 3lap which went from #642 to #317! A quite big 3 seconds cut made it possible. Apart from that he got 10 other PRs and scored an overall improvement of 32 points to pass 25 players and reach the TOP500 with ease. In the ARR rankings he left the Semi Pro D ranks and joined the Semi Pro B players. Well done!
#522 (506) Gerald Seinstra improved 30 PRs with a few really nice improvements. His strongest time, RRy 3lap has seen another cut to make it even stronger and lands at #259. Gerald improved 130 AF points with his PRs and passed 161 players to reach the TOP600 but missed the TOP500 just barely. He jumped from Advanced B all the way up to Semi Pro D, making him our newest Semi Pro player!
#625 (624) Rey Directo improved his complete timeset except his TT flap which was the only missing time here. He improved many of his non-TOP800 times into higher ranks, mainly into the TOP700. His new PRs ranged from #446 to #810, so still very unbalanced. It shows room for more though, so let's see what he can do by next week. So far he passed 197 players with a massive 178 AF cut. In ARR, he left the Apprentice B ranks and jumped all the way up to Expert F!
#657 (711) Brian Falencki hit 22 new records. Many of them saw 50-70 ranks cuts and helped him to pass 45 players with a total cut of 37 points. Brian also left the Intermediate standards and reached the Advanced D standards!


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MK64 Shortcut Champion Vincent Tolhuis improved his LR flap time and beat Greg to secure the WR for himself. His AF lowered by 0.05 points and comes closer to reach the sub 2 again.
#2 (2) Beck Abney hit 5 new PRs on KD, FS, MR and YV 3laps and CM flap. MR and YV saw small improvements rankwise and helped him to pass Greg for the #2 spot in the AF charts! it's still a long way to reach VAJ who sits exactly 1.5 points above. Will Beck be able to reach him in the near future? Or the better question, will he beat VAJ or Matthias first? Seems like he got the option now hehe!
#12 (12) Jake Walter beat his WS 3lap time and barely missed the GOD time here! A 0"3 seconds cut helped him to pass 2 players in the charts here and also reach the Legend A standard.
#107 (111) Jayden Ly got the same idea and played some WS 3lap, with a nice improvement from his old PR. His time reached the Elite D standard and was a cut of 10 seconds. He passed 3 players in the AF charts and is not too far away from the TOP100 anymore.
#335 (325) Stefan Kok improved his TT flap time and shaved off 0"3 seconds. He got a new Legend D time and cut 0.9 AF points to pass 7 players.

Allright that's it! Quite a bit of activity this time... let's see if we can reach it again next week!

~Chris

Monday, April 04, 2016
- March 2016 POWs -
by Kyle at 10:43 am

Hey guys, it's time for some POW awards! For those of the more observant news watchers, you'll notice there's a different name updating this month. That's right, there's a changing of the guard. My name is Kyle Begley, and I'll be taking over the POW awards. Let's get started with the awards from the past month.

March:

Week 1
Quite a slow week for to start the month, but the most notable thing was William Lacey getting his DKJP 3lap World Record back, so he comes away with the award for this week. He also updated the site, so I guess that'd noteworthy too...

Week 2
This weeks saw more activity, including a historic week for Stefan Kok, who becomes our 22nd GOD by setting 9 new PRs, 7 of which were the GODs he needed to reach the perfect ARR. Stefan passed 4 players in the process.

Week 3
Frankie Morgan would not be outdone by Stefan, as he set 3 new PRs, 2 of which were new GODs. He became Legend+ in the process.

Week 4
The final week of this month was the most active, but Jayden Ly would take this weeks award with 27 new PRs, cutting 41% AF and passing 256 people.

POM
The most impressive player this month was Stefan Kok. Stefan showed his prowess, setting 22 new PRs, including the last 8 GOD times needed to become non-sc GOD. He passed 7 people in the process, landing at #32 (and possibly being the new WGE).


POQ
The first quarter of 2016 started off strong, but has slightly tapered off. That didn't stop Stefan Kok from being this quarter's top player, giving him his first POQ. He deserves it for sending in a brand new timeset, including 22 new non-SC GODs, to pass 26 people. Great work Stefan! We'll see just how far up the rankings he can get before the next update

Well that's it for this month. If there's any problems, let me know! Join me next month as we find out who performed well in April!

Saturday, April 02, 2016
- March 2nd half - Spring is coming! -
by Chraizy at 8:19 am

Hey guys, it's Chris! Hope you had a great Easter time. It was a really weird Easter time here in Germany as the weather jumped from sun to rain from one day to another. But man! We are not here to talk about the weather, let's see what happened!

New Players

C Edmondson sent us a nearly complete timeset and joins us as the highest new player in this update. Only the Rainbow Road times are missing, which are his only times in SC though. However, Edmondson starts in the rankings at #515. SC: #422.
Brian Falencki sent us a full timeset but starting slightly lower than Edmondson. He begins his journey at #756.
Rey Directo sent us a complete timeset aswell and lands on #841.
Gerard Smith joins us with 26 times, missing the KTB, SL and RRy dual times. He has a few TOP500s already and debuts at #686.


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Beck Abney is one fire yet again on the SC side, with 4 new World Records! The first he hit this half was on TT SC 3lap, with a small but effective cut to claim the WR. The new NTSC WR time is a 1'31"13 (PAL: 1'49"57)!
Beck than took CM 3lap SC under the scope, and hit another 2/3 Weathertenko run to improve his own WR! 3/3 was his goal, but 2/3 is already a hell of a run. The new overall WR time is a 43"72 (PAL: 52"57)!
The TT SC flap didn't come much later. It came after the last WR in this paragraph, a tie with Zoran was in Becks reach and after multiple 0"01 improvements he did it: a 34"66 (PAL: 28"83) was the result!
And now the biggest WR of all: LR 3lap! Well, it's known that LR is a really hellish course in whatever mode you play it. But what Beck pulled off is probably one of the hardest thing in the Mario Kart Universe. A 3/3 Mylestyle run secured him an epic WR that puts him on top of the list with a 3.5 second lead: a 1'12"73 (PAL: 1'27"45) run which is not only the overall WR, but also driven in NTSC! Well guess this one will stand for a while! Huge congratz Beck!


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#4 (4) Daniel Burbank was the highest active player. He tried his hands on CM again, as this is one of his weakest tracks; well it was. A nice improvement from #6 -> #4 on the 3lap and a pretty nice 6 spots gain from #10 -> #4 with a relatively small 0"07 second cut helped Dan to gain a 0.25 AF cut. MJ is getting closer and closer, and soon will fall down to #4. Another .25 cut is needed to reach him. Can Dan make it by the next update? Only time will tell, but for now, Dan put all his scores into the single digit ranks with his latest flap improvement on CM which makes him the third person to have a single digit non-sc timeset at the moment!
#16 (16) Michael Arends put some more effort into his Luigi times and after several 3lap fails he was able to put a check behind this one and improved it into the TOP20 with a nice 0"2 second cut down to a 1'58"58. The flap saw a small 0"01 cut aswell, but helped him to improve another rank. Michael is now at 16/32 TOP20s, but on the other side still has a few non-TOP40 times left, so there's still a bit left to gain room on Jeffrey, who is only 2.9 points away after Michaels 0.6 AF improvement this half! Michael is a serious contender for the TOP15 now and passed his rival Marcos in the AF ranks to land on #16.
#32 (32) Stefan Kok seems to be hungry for more after his recent GOD hunt. A nice collection of 13 new records has been sent to us this time, with PRs across all cups. Stefan has a really consistent timeset, with times ranging from 22nd to 51st even though the MMF flap at 51st is his only non TOP50 time. In his recent submission he hit mostly small PRs, but also a few big ones like a 0"14 KTB flap improvement (#56 -> #36) and a LR flap improvement of 0"04 which gained him 12 ranks. He cut 2.1 AF points and secured the 32nd spot in the WRL. In AF he still needs to improve by 1.3 points to reach Finn, and 1.7 to kick Tuomas out of the TOP30. He is still the lowest ranked GOD at the moment, but at the rate he is currently going he will probably pass Cooper soon. Keep it up!
A few spots below we have #40 (41) Frankie Morgan, who got dual PRs for Mario Raceway and Rainbow Road. All 4 PRs showed impressive cuts, and Rainbow Road is a new double GOD with a really strong 1 second cut for the flap. The 3lap fell by almost 2 seconds and subbed 4'59 by a good margin. His MR 3lap has pontential and landed on a good 1'14"19, closer to the sub 1'14. His flap was a 0"05 improvement and is closer than ever to the GOD time! Frankie misses 8 GODs currently, which are statistically the hardest GODs such as FS 3lap, MR flap and WS dual. In the AF ranks, he cut a good 3 AF points and passed the AF graveyard almost in one jump. Josh Layne is only 0.25 points away blocking the entry to the TOP40. Go Frankie!
#76 (76) Patrick Hewson set a single MMF PR for the 3lap charts. He told us that it was more a full risk run as lap 1 with 3 shrooms wasn't so great. The risk paid off and the moles left him alone with a sub 1'30 as result! 1'29"87 was the final time and secured him another TOP100 position. Patrick cut 0.3 points, but still needs 1 full point to reach the TOP75.
#146 (144) Anastasia Steingold also sent in a single PR, but for Banshee Boardwalk. The flap was the target and the result was a sub 35 flap and a nice cut from #175 -> #133! It barely missed the Legend standards, but was an improvement from King C to King A nonetheless. Stacy passed 4 persons with a single AF point improvement. Sometimes you get more than you expect! For now, the TOP150 position is secured, and that's good as #156 (156) Jayden Ly is on his way to storm through the ranks. A total of 27 PRs and a lot of new TOP200 times helped him to pass 102 players with a massive 115 AF cut! He sent us the two missing DK times and the MR 3lap that left his timeset incomplete and now has a full set of times. Jayden got 3 new Legend times on LR 3lap and FS dual. LR is super close to be his first TOP100 time in Non-SC, but he missed it by 3 ranks. However, many other times stood out in this submission and so he got a few other times in the lower 100s like TT dual ranked 118th and 111th. In the ARR ranks he jumped from Elite C straight to King C, passing a whole standard with ease!
#223 (227) Alexander Schiller hit 25 new records this half, with 8 new King times, which increases his King count to 12. Alex eliminated the last 4 Master and the lone Pro time in his timeset to make it a complete Elite/King timeset. He also hit his first TOP200 times on FS flap (#188) and YV 3lap (#196). Alex passed 60 players with a big 59.7 AF cut and was able to leave the Elite B ranks. If he can hit a few more King times he will be our newest King player with the next update, for now he remains at the Elite A ranks.
#257 (256) Eric Tapani had a nice finish in March and scored 7 new records. His main focus was on the Flower Cup and the bigger improvements came on the 3laps. Eric brought 3 of his times into the TOP300 and also scored 5 TOP250 times. He added a new King time on KTB flap to his collection, which brings his King counter up to 9. He still has one Pro and 2 Master times left to eliminate to get that 32/32 Elite timeset. For now he passed 10 players but needs 6 more points to enter the TOP250.
#296 (298) Tyler Chambers had a successful last stretch of March aswell and brought us 6 new PRs. 5 new TOP300 times helped him to reduce his AF by 10 points, as many points as players he passed which was just enough to claim a TOP300 rank for him! He let his DK 3lap Pro time vanish and put a brand new Elite F time on the charts. That's his 31st Master/Elite time, and only YV 3lap is left alone with a Pro A standard. Tyler also reached the King ranks on KTB and MR flaps, both edging at the King F standard.


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#2 (3) Beck Abney had a fantastic last half in March with 4 new WRs on PAL and NTSC. 4 other PRs helped him to get a total of 7 overall PRs. MR saw a small improvement on the 3lap with a 0"3 seconds cut and the flap with a 0"03 seconds cut. The 3lap is a new TOP5 and the flap gained one spot. WS looks sharper with half a second shaped off and is also a single digit time now at #9. It makes him the only person that has a 54/54 single digit timeset right now! In AF Beck was able to cut 0.45 points. Greg is still #2 in the AF ranks, but should be worried, as an absolutely tiny 0.05 AF cut is needed to make Beck #2. Will Greg comeback and defend his position?
#110 (114) Jayden Ly sent us 11 PRs this half with 7 new submissions. He sent us mainly missing flaps, one of it was a YV flap which is ranked 35th and his first MK64 GOD time. He achieved 2 new TOP100 times and also improved a few of his times like MR dual and made a good cut. All in all he cut 55 AF points and passed 84 players, missing the TOP100 by 14 ranks! In ARR, he was able to leave the Elite F ranks and jump directly up to Elite C!
#336 (332) Stefan Kok tried his hands on TT SC and delivered us a brand new dual PR for his SC timeset! He already had good success with a TOP50 time on the 3lap with a mid 1'51 ranked Legend A. The flap looks good aswell ranked 66th and is a new King A time. It missed the Legend standards by only a tenth, so maybe Stefan will go for it again sometime soon. Stefan passed 81 players with a big 15 AF points cut.
#361 (345) Frankie Morgan provided a new MR flap time and joins this rank directly at #57 with a nice 19"23 time which lands exactly on the Legend F standard! Frankie hit a good 9.4 AF cut with this PR alone and passed 43 players.

That's it for now! Hope you enjoyed the read, see you next time! :)

~Chris

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