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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]

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#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.
Alex

Poland over Germany? Iceland over Netherlands? Is this backwards-week?

Alex @ Wednesday, October 15th 07:14AM   [link]

Movement

There were two ultra-active karters this week who raced a ton of PRs. Surprisingly Mark V didn't report any new times, which is only his third blank week since he joined over six months ago. I'm sure some other karters were active but simply had trouble landing tough PRs.

#322 Matt Wills climbed 46 positions this week after scoring 27 new PRs. He didn't have much trouble passing the top-350 barrier and says his next immediate goal is to join the top-300. Matt should pass players such as #312 Enzio "Coolest name ever" F, #310 Nick S, and even #300 William L on his way there. His latest batch of new times included a number of notable barriers broken, including a sub-1'20 and sub-26 Luigi Circuit, sub-1'08 Baby Park (although he missed the sub-9 lap by just 0.007), sub-1'39 Dry Dry Desert, sub-1'45 Daisy Cruiser, sub-35 lap on Yoshi Circuit, sub-2'10 Wario Colosseum, and sub'36 lap on Dino Dino Jungle. His biggest improvements were on Peach Beach (136 places in the course, 150 places on the lap) and Baby Park (130 places), although his best ranked improvements were the aforementioned subs of 34"6 Yoshi Circuit lap (289th) and 35"7 Dino Dino Jungle lap (281st). These two times are his second and third ever top-300 times, and rank similar to his previous best time on Sherbet Land lap (283rd). Dino Dino is ranked only two positions ahead of his Sherbet Land, and for the moment is his new best time. As well as adding 18 new Expert times to improve his timesheet to 32/32 Expert, Matt also reach Expert C level overall and scored his first Expert B time. Only four of the twenty-two players he intends to pass have scored a Hero time, so finding his first Hero before his self-proclaimed goal of reaching top-300 would be unexpected.

#382 Jocleyn Sitek returned after a week off to produce 22 new times. This pushed him 40 positions up the ladder and easily into top-400 territory. Jocelyn remarked that #378 Chad S and #322 Matt had gone too far unchecked and something had to be done about this, so he is now into the chase. Although he didn't manage to catch Chad and although Matt jumped further ahead, Jocelyn still had a productive week in which he improved a whopping 23 Adv B and Adv C times to Adv A or better, and 3 of those improvements were also Expert. Jocelyn's biggest single cut was 9"1 Baby Park lap (139 positions), although both PRs in Dino Dino Jungle were also large 120-position cuts. Finally, and unexpectedly, Jocelyn even improved his DK Mountain from 1'52"4 (212th) to 1'52"1 (201st). His lap is still ranked very slightly higher at 200th place, so there is no doubt that the track is by far his strongest. And thus, with both his DKM times rated at Expert A, Jocelyn has reminded us that he still has a little something that neither Chad nor Matt have quite reached yet.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Congratulations to Mark's pumpkin

Alex @ Wednesday, October 8th 05:08AM   [link]

Movement

#48 Jordan Haack elegantly reached the top-50 this week, scoring 10 new times and passing 8 (!) veterans. His victims en route to 50th place were TvL, Andre W, Ivo vdS, Flynn H, Emmanuel D and Jean L, and he then further secured his position by also passing Stephen M and Kyle C. #50 Stephen is currently holding down the fort, while Jean unfortunately fell to 51st. Jordan cherry-picked which tracks to play for maximum effect because 8 of the 10 PRs were his lowest ranking scores. Among his highlights are Luigi Circuit 1'16"2 (from 82nd place to 49th), Baby Park 1'05"4 (74th to 56th) and 8"60 lap (86th to 46th), Mario Circuit 28"37 (87th to 54th), and Rainbow Road 2'59"0 (67th to 49th). As you can see, he scored a couple of new top-50 positions, and even got all of his times to top-70. Surprisingly, in terms of ARR Jordan produced only one Myth time from a previous Titan, whereas his remaining improvements were from jumps from Titan to Titan. Despite this, he accumulated a large 0.8 pt ARR cut and became Titan A overall. In 60Hz, Jordan passed TvL to reach No. 31.

#337 Stephen De Winter had a couple of new 60hz times to report on Peach Beach, doing enough to mitigate damage from rampaging Matt Wills (below), and enough to stay ahead of Florent L in 60Hz. His new 23"77 lap was a new Advanced A time, which means that he has just one Advanced B time remaining.

#368 Matt Wills ploughed through the top-400 with a commanding 94pt AF cut, advancing 99 positions and reaching one position behind Sami C. You may not be surprised to learn that Matt improved 29 times to produce such a big cut. In his submission Matt nonchalantly said he 'picked up a few Expert times' on the way, which was perhaps a romantic way of saying he piled on top of his first Expert time from last week with 13 new ones this week, to reach 14/32 Experts. As a consequence, he progressed from Adv B to Expert D in ARR. Quite the week! His showpiece PR of the week was probably the 25"4 Sherbet Land lap: a leap from 502nd place to 283rd place, and his first top-300 time. He also reached No. 283 in 60Hz, gaining 77 places there.

#572 Mark Vizza passed 5 players overall this week, and reached the 60Hz top-450 (now No. 447). Although he spent some time practicing L-tech on Wario Colosseum, Mark's coolest cut of the week was his 30"64 Mario Circuit lap, which is his first Advanced A time and also his new highest ranking time (452nd place). Perhaps Mario Circuit is the most likely course for Mark to score his first Expert time on?


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Sunburn and jet-lag

Alex @ Sunday, October 5th 03:15AM   [link]

Sorry for the late update, everyone--I flew back into town this morning. This update is current as at the end of September.


Movement

Sporting a 0.4s cut on Waluigi Stadium, the highest active player this update was #15 Ryan Stevens. He said he raced his new time a little while ago, but finally submitted it. His 1'38"5 3lap was 13th place overall, a boost from 17th, and hit the Myth B standard. Ryan reduced his ARR from 1.54 to 1.51, coming dangerously close to a promotion...

#42 Mikael Johansson had two Mario Circuit cuts to report, both new top-25 quality: a 28'08 lap and 1'28"3 course. With these cuts Mikael passed #41 Kris Will in ARR, but is still slightly behind him in AF. He also reduced his ARR to 6.000, mostly thanks to his new 3lap jumping two standards (from Titan+ to Myth C). Incidentally, Mario Circuit is now Mikael's strongest track thanks to both of these PRs, edging out his Waluigi Stadium times by 6 positions.

#376 Chadsworth Silver sailed into top-400 territory after producing a 30pt AF cut this week, which added to his last week's comeback. He focused on improving his worst times to at least Adv A level and managed to increase his Adv A tally from 14 to 20 -- only two Adv B times remain. Chad's biggest cut was a 30"9 lap on Dry Dry (from 32'7) that was 180 positions higher than his recent PR from the previous week. He also scored two new Expert times to raise his count to 10/32 Experts. A few more times could see him reach a new level of play...

#467 Matt Wills had a 32pt AF cut of his own to flaunt, maintaining last week's 16-PR streak with 18 PRs this week. He also pointed out that he raced his first ever Expert time, a 9"14 lap on Baby Park ranked 396th. He also raced his new best-ranked time, a 31"32 lap on Dry Dry ranked 377th, which despite the higher ranking did not quite breach the Expert standards. The biggest cut among his other times was undoubtedly his 1'08"4 Baby Park 7lap, up 125 places and two standards higher than before. Perhaps Matt learned how to take the turns very tightly?

#549 Zach Orlosky admitted he was very happy with his haul of 22 PRs this week, including scoring 9 new Advanced times to increase his count from 15 to 24 Advanced. Rainbow Road was one of the few courses he couldn't managed to improve and, since it is now his second lower ranking time, suggested that he should work on it in coming weeks. In the meantime, Zach accumulated 0.9 pts of ARR cuts and, as a result, reached Advanced C level overall. With only 8 Intermediates remaining, and Rainbow being the worst among them, it seems almost obvious which track he will play next time...

#577 Mark Vizza had a handful of new times to report--enough to give him a small push up the rankings. His biggest cut was a whole second slice off his Luigi Circuit course time, with his new 1'22"3 time reaching Advanced D level. Mark also improved his Rainbow Road lap to Advanced B lap and top-500, which makes it his first track so far where both times are top-500.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

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Alex Matteson, USA (~899, Beginner A)

Alex is a friend of #586 Sam Smith and maybe be able to get some 'Advanced tips'. His best times are Intermediate level on DK Mountain and Mario Circuit.