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Alex

The heck, since when are ManU allowed to score three zip against a top team?

Alex @ Monday, December 15th 01:56AM   [link]

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#45 Jacob Purcell has been quiet for some time because he was unsuccessfully trying to score the God time on Peach Beach (his 1'08"31 is 0"02 away), but he switched track briefly to Mushroom Bridge and managed to improve both times. His new 1'20"0 course time was a 0.6s cut and pushed him up from 93rd to 55th. Meanwhile his new 25"93 lap was a sub as well as a new Myth+ time, and is ranked 31st. Two two improvements gave Jacob a 0.16 AF cut, which puts him 0.15 away from a rank promotion. Jacob's times we enough to pass Frenchman #46 Rodolphe G this week, and next up lie fellow Americans Gregor and Jordan.

#121 Noah Murad scored a 1'37"9 on Mushroom city, claiming a new sub, but narrowly missed out on a sixth top-100 time -- his time ranks 102nd. However, he improved his lap from 31"88 (90th) to 31"73 (72nd), which is currently his second best time after Mushroom Bridge. Noah said he he still had room to improve on this track despite it already being one of his best. He aims to get a Titan time and also focus some efforts on Luigi Circuit, which is one of his weaker tracks where his 3lap is not as the quality of his lap (Hero C vs. Titan C).

#189 Matt Wills reached the top-200 this week after scoring 6 new times. His 14th AF cut carried him ahead of 16 players, including Arnaud G, Michael J, Shaun T, Jordon W, and Derek C. Matt had 6 PRs to report and they were all large cuts: on Dry Dry Desert, a 29"98 lap was half a second quicker than his previous time from last month, and also 69 positions higher, and his new 1'35"6 course time was also a top-200 time; on Waluigi Stadium, Matt improved both times from Expert B (ranked 240-280) to Hero D and ranked 150-160; and he raced his 9th and 10th Hero times on Dino Dino Jungle, with a particularly impressive 34"5 lap ranked 133rd place (from 208th place). Matt's 0.31 ARR cut was almost enough to take him across the last stretch of Expert runway, but he will need a few more cuts to reach the Heroes.

#335 Stephen De Winter had 4 new Yoshi Circuit and Waluigi Stadium times to send in. His Stadium times, set in 50Hz, were both Expert D and good improvements on his previous Advanced times, but they were not quite as fast as his existing 60Hz times. However, his Yoshi Circuit times were large improvements and helped his Combined stats: a 1'48"9 course time (0.7s cut) and 34"66 lap (0.8s cut). The lap is currently Steven's seventh best time, ranked 303rd and an improvement of 111 positions. Stephen passed 4 players as a result, and also reached Expert C level.

#539 Mark Vizza made his final submissions of the year, just prior to leaving on a few weeks holiday. He had 22 new PRs to send in, accumulating a healthy 20pt cut in AF and reached Advanced C level in ARR. Among his highlights were a 30"50 Mario Circuit lap (ranked 428th, new his best time), a 1'46"7 on Mushroom City (new Adv D), Wario Colosseum 1'05"6 (up 80 positions), Dino Dino Jungle 1'59"6 (sub and new Adv D), and Bowser's Castle 2'39"9 (sub, new Adv D). Mark also improved his DK Mountain times this week, getting them to Intemediate A level; they're his only Intermediate times remaining, so perhaps he will return to DKM after his holiday.

#633 Eric Tapani had a busy week, reporting on four different days to collecting 10 PRs and a 24pt AF cut. Much of his effort was in converting Intermediate times to Advanced and it paid off with 6 new Advanced times, including Luigi Circuit lap (up 78 places), Peach Beach lap (up 100 places), DK Mountain 3lap (up 165 places), and Rainbow Road lap (up 110 places). Apart from slicing 11 seconds off his 3lap totals -- mostly thanks to DKM -- Eric nearly reached the Advanced ranks. He's still Intermediate A, but with now 14/32 Advanced timesheet, it's only a matter of time.

#819 Dan Lewis has 8 PRs and a 22pt AF cut to report, mostly focusing on Special Cup. He improved all of his remaining Newbie times to at least Beginner B level, and even raced his 13th and 14th Intermediate times on Bowser's Castle, a track that he hasn't invested much time in so far. Newcomer #870 Aubrey T is not too far behind Dan and already has 6 wins on him, so they could motivate each other over upcoming weeks.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

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Aubrey Taylor, USA (#870, Beginner A)
Alex

So it only recently clicked in my head that Breloom is actually an umbrella mushroom.

Alex @ Sunday, December 7th 11:42PM   [link]

Movement

#38 Mikael Johansson took to Daisy Cruiser this week and improved his lap from 35th to 26th place with a 31'7. Mikael said that he had hoped to go even faster than that, but managed a big enough cut to beat #46 Jacob's 31'8 lap and claim his 21st win against his rival. Jacob was last active six weeks ago and Mikael said he misses the rivalry.

#121 Noah Murad didn't gain a spot this week, but focused his efforts on improving his Dry Dry Desert course time, which was his second-lowest ranked time from the first eleven tracks. He beat last week's 1'34'8 PR with a 1'34'2, lopping off 0.67s and pushing his position up to 123rd place. He also scored a new Hero C time, leaving only a handful of Hero D and Expert As left. Noah is now one AF point clear of #122 Rhodri M but still two points behind #120 Cole G.

#326 Jocelyn Sitek reached Expert C level this week thanks to a new 23'16 lap in Peach Beach -- a handy 0.25s cut that pushed his score from 386th to 312th place. It's currently his third best ranked time, although he has a number of similar scores that are Expert C and almost-top-300 level. Jocelyn also breached the 60Hz top-250, reaching No. 248 after passing Jeff U and Andrew V.

#557 Mark Vizza had 6 PRs to report sparead across Dry Dry Desert, Sherbet Land, Yoshi Circuit and Dino Dino Jungle. His 32'9 DDD lap was a 0.35s cut and 37 positions higher (562 to 525th), while the 1'22'5 in Sherbet Land was 41 positions higher. Mark's Dry Dry 3lap and Dino Dino lap were also new Advanced D times, leaving only five remaining Intermediate times. Mark is inching closer to a rank promotion in ARR, but was content to pass five players this week that included SMK legend KvD.

#843 Dan Lewis had his first major update since September, scoring 22 new times to bolster his timesheet. He increased his number of Intermediate times from 2 to 12, but still has a few Newbie times remaining on the tracks he didn't play this week. His best times were perhaps on Yoshi Circuit (Intermediate B/C) and DK Mountain (Intermediate C), although he was unhappy with his DKM 3lap compared to his lap (no doubt the shortcut proving difficult). Dan's 71pt AF cut and 1.3pt ARR cut was enough to get him out of the newbie area in the chart, but there is still a long way to climb.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

DexNav! *creep* *creep*

Alex @ Wednesday, December 3rd 01:51AM   [link]

Movement

#121 Noah Murad returned after a 2.5 year break and scored a 4pt AF cut. He also passed 6 players, including Remi T, John H, Tory W, and Rhodri M, which means that right now he's behind veterans #120 Cole G and #119 Simon L, with more big names to come. Noah says he is itching to get back into form and will try and improve all of his old PRs. This week he had 8 times to report spanning Baby Park, Dry Dry Desert, Mushroom City, Sherbet Land and Yoshi Circuit. His 8"73 Baby Park lap was a nice improvement from 153rd to 115th place, skipping over Hero B to land into Hero A territory. In fact, Noah missed what could have been his sixth Titan time by only 0"01. He did end up claiming his sixth Titan soon enough by subbing 32" seconds on Mushroom City lap with a 31"8, ranked 90th. Noah's other cuts also helped out a little bit, and he managed a 0.25pt ARR cut. He remains at Hero B level for the moment, so let's see how he fares in coming weeks.

#205 Matt Wills continued to creep closer to the top-200 barrier, holding back in the last moment as he accumulated a 9.2pt AF cut to finish the month 5 points shy of #200 Derek C. Matt's 7 new times included 3 new Hero times that doubled his Hero tally. The new 25"28 Luigi Circuit lap was a big cut from 258th to 169th position, whereas the 22"81 Peach Beach lap was a very tiny cut from 213th to 209th but still good enough to breach the Hero barrier. His new 1'11"1 on the Beach was the third Hero time, and also a top-200 time, which means that half of Matt's Mushroom Cup times are top-200 now. Outside the Mushroom Cup, Matt's other PRs were both on Daisy Cruiser and both improvements by 35-40 positions. He said that he will aim for Dino Dino Jungle next.

#329 Jocelyn Sitek scored a 5pt AF to to pass 5 players, including the legendary Dave Hines whose 1997-98 MK64 website was one of the progenitors of the current MK community. Jocelyn improved his Baby Park lap and Peach Beach course times, scoring a new Expert C there. He also cut a full second off his Wario Colosseum 2lap to score another Expert C. His last PR was on Rainbow Road, which was his 7th weakest time but is now closer to the middle. Jocelyn remains at Expert D in ARR but any single PR can get him over the line to a promotion.

#562 Mark Vizza had 11 new times to report, mostly focusing on Baby Park since it was in three of his submissions. His new lap was a new Advanced D time, removing one of his last remaining Intermediates (only 7 left). Mark's other highlights were getting a sub 27" lap in Sherbet Land and slicing 40 positions and 0.33s off his Yoshi Circuit lap. His other improvements were on Dry Dry Desert, Mushroom City, and Dino Dino Jungle, which seem to coincide with the tracks other players this update are playing. Mark reduced his AF by 0.1 and needs a further 0.15 to reach the next standard.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Richard returns in time for ORAS

Alex @ Saturday, November 22nd 07:12AM   [link]

Movement

World Champion, Richard Karlsson, had two new times to send us. Both were new records, which you can read about in the records section. Richard didn't gain any positions this week (because that's impossible), but improved his ARR to a new record low of -0.64.

#38 Mikael Johansson passed Luke M and Alejandro H this week to secure a top-40 position. His two big improvements were both on Dry Dry Desert: the 3lap from 1'32"3 to 1'31"5 (56th to 30th place) and the lap from 28"62 to 28"26 (56th to 22nd). They were Mikael's 16th and 17th Myth times, which means he now has more than 50% Myth times. In fact, Mikael just became a Myth D! The lap, in particular, was a cut of 5 standards and provided a huge drop in ARR to make it all happen. Mikael says he still has a lot of potential on the 3lap and has scored some impressive 1-shroomers, but so far hasn't nailed a consistent run.

#211 Matt Wills took a few more steps closer to the top-200 leading into the Thanksgiving week. His 10pt AF cut came from 6 new PRs and helped him pass 15 players, including Scott R, Geoff P, Tristan B, and Cooper L. His best showing was probably in Mushroom City, with new times of 1'39"7 and 32"6 eclipsing his old 1'40"9 and 33"0 from a few weeks ago. The 3lap, as well as being a 1+ second cut and a sub-1'40, was also a new Expert A time and 78 positions higher. The lap was 70 positions higher and also a new Expert A time. Sherbet Land lap 25"0 (from 25"4) and Dino Dino Jungle 1'49"3 (from 1'50"7) were similarly impressive 70-position cuts. Matt also improved both Mario Circuit times, scoring his 20th Expert A time on the lap.

#568 Mark Vizza was active for the first time this month and made small cuts on Baby Park, Sherbet Land, Peach Beach, and Dry Dry Desert. He scored a new standard on Dry Dry with a 33"2 lap, and dipped below 9"50 on Baby Park for the first time.


New Records

Richard improved both Dino Dino Jungle records. The new 3lap record is 1'41"508, a 0"10 cut on Richard's previous record from October last year. The new lap record is 32"831, a 0"02 cut on Richard's previous record from November last year. The lap was the same standard but the 3lap was an upgrade to God+6 level. Richard continues to hold 15/32 WRs.


New Players

None this week.
Alex

And the Mario Kart DLC era starts...

Alex @ Saturday, November 15th 07:20PM   [link]

Movement

#40 Mikael Johansson switched focus from Mushroom City to Mushroom Bridge this week, scoring a sub-26 lap that reached the Myth A standards. His new 25'97 was a small 0.1s cut, but improved his position from 50th to 33rd. He also lowered his 3lap to 1'19"6, progressing from 40th to 29th place. Mikael commented that competition in MB lap is stronger than in most other tracks, and that it's harder than he expected to get a high-ranked time.

#44 Jordan Haack had a monthly update with 13 new PRs, enough to pass several veterans: Rodolphe G, Jacob P, Trystan P and Stefan vD. He already reached the top-50 last month and now looks close to threatening Mikael and the top-40. He improved his Mushroom Bridge to 1'19"7 and 26"05, which would have been faster than Mikael last week but was slower this week. Jordan also improved his Waluigi Stadium to 1'39"6 and 31"5, both close to being top-30 ranked and both 0.1 slower than Mikael. However, his new Sherbet Land times (1'15"2 and 24"2) were quicker than Mikael, and so was his 1'46"4 in DK Mountain (a 1.0s cut!). Jordan's other big cuts were on Dino Dino Jungle, where he improved from 1'45"7/33"9 to 1'44"5/33"5. The lap was yet another new Myth time that contributed to Jordan increasing his number of Myths from 5 to 10. His 0.6pt cut in ARR was also enough to push him up from Titan A to Titan+.

#227 Matt Wills had 11 PRs to report this week en route to becoming an Expert A player. He accrued a 21.5pt AF cut, enough to pass 20 players including Freek S, Snorre H, ex-champion Bart S, and Arto J. Matt commented that he most struggled with breaking 1'07 in Baby Park; his raced a 1'06"9 and was disappointed to be 80 positions lower than his first Hero time on the lap last week. He also struggled with Bowser's Castle's fireballs getting in his way, but managed to overcome it by switching his shroom positions and improved both times from ~325th position to ~220th position. His other highlights were on Mushroom Bridge and Rainbow Road. On the Bridge, Matt destroyed his old 1'23"3/27"07 times with 1'21"9/26"7, promoting both to Hero level and cutting off more than 1.6s combined. They were his second and third Hero times, after Baby Park. And on Rainbow Road, Matt scored a big 1.3s cut on his lap with a 1'00"5, which was a top-200 time and 140 positions higher than his previous lap. He finished the race and realised that he also beat his 3lap in the same run, although only by 68 positions -- so there is still room for improvement.

#334 Jocelyn Sitek continued his activity streak with 8 new times, getting a 20pt AF cut and passing 13 players. He improved all of his remaining Advanced times to Expert level except for Luigi Circuit, where he is still annoyed that he hasn't broken the 1'20 milestone. He other Advance-to-Expert improvements spanned Luigi Circuit lap (sub-26s), Dry Dry Desert (huge cuts of nearly 4 seconds), Yoshi Circuit lap (sub-35), Mario Circuit and Daisy Cruiser (all four times improving by 50-100 positions). Dry Dry Desert perhaps was the biggest cut since it contributed 4s of cuts out of Jocelyn's 7s this week; his previous records from only last month were ranked 452nd and 416th, while his new times are 314th and 305th. There is a high chance Jocelyn will continue to play Luigi Circuit, for obvious reasons.

#715 Anna Moon returned after a few months break to score her third Advanced time with a 24"7 lap on Peach Beach. She also improved her course time by 84 positions.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

New Assassin's Creed out this week?

Alex @ Friday, November 7th 09:18PM   [link]

Movement

#40 Mikael Johansson changed his Mushroom City shroom spot and saw instant results, improving his lap from 31"42 to 31"24. This was Mikael's second ever god time, and was a top-25 ranked time as well. He also improved his 3lap by 0.6sec to 1'35"6, which was also up grade from 35th to 25th place. Mushroom City is now Mikaels second track, after Mario Circuit, to have both the course and lap ranked in the top-25. While Mik remains Titan+ in ARR for a little while longer, he scored a 0.6pt cut in AF to pass #41 Mike H and #42 Kris W.

#247 Matt Wills had another scary week with 19 new times to report, and a 40pt AF cut to show for it. He advanced into top-250 territory and passed veterans such as #251 Andre H, #254 Nicola T, #261 Tuomas D and #276 Sascha B. Matt's biggest improvement was no doubt a 8'83 lap in Baby Park, which was his first Hero D time and is also his highest ranked time (177th place). He also raced his second and third top-200 times in DK Mountain with a 1'51"7 and 36"4 lap -- both ranked 180-190 -- despite saying that he missed the final MT in his run. His other highlights included Mario Circuit 1'32"1 (up from 325th to 235th), Sherbet Land 1'18"0 (from 318th to 219th), and Wario Colosseum 2'05"7 (from 299th to 206th). Matt started the week having only 2 Expert A times (his best) and 22 Exp Cs (his lowest), but improved his timesheet to 9 Exp As and only 4 Exp Cs remaining.

#347 Jocelyn Sitek had 4 new times to report. Although now a hundred places behind Matt, Jocelyn scored his second Hero time by improving his DK Mountain lap from 36'15 to 36"05. Matt's new time there this week was 29 positions lower, so Jocelyn still has some tricks up his sleeve. He also upgraded his Yoshi Circuit 3lap to Expert status, improving from 1'49"3 to 1'48"0, and similarly upgraded Bowser's Castle lap from 49"8 to 48"8 (up 92 positions). Jocelyn said that that he will focus on upgrading his other 11 remaining Advanced times.


New Players or Records

None this week.
Alex

Merry Early-Christmas-Warning! Have your shopping malls started decorating yet?

Alex @ Saturday, November 1st 02:38AM   [link]

Movement

#42 Mikael Johansson was the highest active karter this week and scored two new Myth times on Yoshi Circuit. He said that the lap was one of the hardest Myths to get in the game, and so he was happy to score a Myth D with a 32"65. It was a 0"18 cut for him and a jump of two standards. His new 3lap time of 1'42"1 was an improvement of 0"3. Mikael increased his number of Myths to 15/32, but has 17 Titans left that are keeping him still in Titan+ territory in ARR.

#282 Matt Wills took a few more steps towards top-250 with a 15pt AF cut. He had 7 new PRs to report, including a 1'18"8 on Luigi Circuit (ranked 231st) and 22"83 lap on Peach Beach (ranked 213th). These are now his highest ranked times. Although Matt is still waiting for his first Hero time, the aforementioned Peach Beach was his second Expert A time and was only 0.014s away from the Hero standard, so he got very close. One of his other highlights was a new 34"39 lap on Yoshi Circuit, which was Expert B level (his third best standard) and ranked 246th (his fourth best position). In ARR, Matt remains an Expert C player but needs only another 0.13 cut to reach Expert B.

#350 Jocelyn Sitek moved up 14 positions thanks to 8 new PRs, and improved his already incredible DK Mountain times once again. His new times, at 1'50"1 and 36"15, are ranked 142nd and 169th place -- less than half of his AF score! Although he didn't manage to sub-1'50 this time, he scored the Hero D requirements to claim his first Hero time. This is something he reminded us that he is proud to have over higher ranked rivals like Matt. Jocelyn hopes to improve his DKM lap by another 0.06s to get his second Hero time. His other cuts this week included 2x Expert D on Mushroom Bridge, 2x Expert D on Dino Dino Jungle, and Exp D/Exp C on Rainbow Road. In total this leaves Jocelyn with 11/32 Advanced times left. Since all 11 remaining ones are Advanced A, don't be surprised if he gives all of them a little nudge into Expert status soon.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Liverpool v Real Madrid starts in a few hours!

Alex @ Wednesday, October 22nd 07:34AM   [link]

Movement

#45 Jacob Purcell reported a pair of new times this week to pass Trystan P and move a little closer to compatriot USA-#7 Gregor F, who is now just two places ahead. His first time was a 1'47"0 DK Mountain, an improvement by twelve positions and ranked 56th. His second was a big PR of 1'36"6 Mushroom City ranked 52nd, a jump from Titan C to A and a jump of 30 positions. Both times were also top-30 in 60Hz, where Jacob passed Trustan P again to move up to No. 28.

#294 Matt Wills reached the top-300 this week with a supercharged 17 PRs. He accumulated a healthy 29pt AF cut, which was not as large as either of last two weeks but was impressive nonetheless. Matt's cuts included a 2'08"0 Wario Colosseum ranked 299th, wherein he changed his shroomspot and saw instant results. He also improved his BC 3lap by 1.2s and lamented that his best splits are a further 2.5s quicker. For the rest of his improvements, it seemed that Matt focused on improving his weakest tracks: he had 16 Expert D times last week and only 4 left this week, which means he improved 12 of them. The best improvement was definitely 27"07 Mushroom Bridge lap, Matt's first Expert A time and best ranked time (241th); it was a jump from Exp C to Exp A and a saving of almost 120 positions in the chart. The 1'23"3 course time that came with it was also a 100+ position improvement, although it didn't quite reach Exp A status. Matt also cashed in big savings in Rainbow Road, improving his course time from 363rd to 268th. Overall he scored 9 new top-300 times to grow his collection of top-300 times from 3 to 12.

#363 Jocelyn Sitek scored 11 new PRs to reach Expert D level this week, shedding his Advanced coil. His new times included double Expert Ds on Peach Beach with a 1'12"8 and 23"4, and Jocelyn said it was mostly thanks to A-tech practice. Both were improvements of 80-90 positions each. He highlights were in Star Cup's Waluigi Stadium, Sherbet Land and Mushroom City, where he improved 5 Advanced times to Expert D. They were all top-400 times and he was particularly happy with Sherbet Land because he finally subbed 1'20.

#571 Mark Vizza found enough energy for a single time this week, scoring a 27'0 in Sherbet Land. It was a 0.2s cut and almost scored the sub, just missing out. But, at Advanced C, it was Mark's fourth best standard so far.


New Players or Records

None this week.