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Alex

Jurassic World - a 1995-style movie supposed to have been made in 2005, released in 2015, and making us feel like children again. Not bad.

Alex @ Monday, June 22nd 05:31AM   [link]

Movement

#41 Jacob Purcell continued to gain on US-rival Alejandro, reporting two PRs and finishing just 0.05 AF pts short of taking over the USA #6 spot. Jacob's 27"93 lap on Dry Dry Desert was an improvement from 15th to 8th place, making it his new best time and his first top-10 time. He is not far off the top-10 on several tracks, e.g. 11th place in Peach Beach and 15th place in Dino Dino Jungle. Jacob also had a Mushroom Bridge 1'19"6 to send in, breaking the 1'20 mark by almost half a second and securing a 14th Myth time. Jacob has only a couple more standards to go before reaching 50% Myth, and is also approaching a milestone promotion in ARR...

#84 Noah Murad has been working on several 3lap times this week and it paid off with 4 PRs, although two of them were on flap legs of 3lap attempts. His new Peach Beach lap of 22'11 was a nice ARR cut from Titan+ to Myth C, skipping over one standard. He also improved his Baby Park lap to 8'64 and can see a sub-1'06 in the works, if only the consistency was there. Finally, Noah's Mushroom Bridge lap dropped down to 1'37"1, scoring a new Titan B time. The AF cuts were good enough to pass #85 Joost C and #86 Paulo P, and the ARR cuts were good enough to reach Titan C level.

#324 Stephen De Winter bounced ahead of 7 players this week, including the legendary Dave Hines, thanks to two large cuts on Mario Circuit. He raced a 29"92 lap, his first sub-30 and an improvement of almost thirty positions, and also slashed his 3lap from 1'34"6 to 1'33"4, a jump of 85 positions. The 3lap was the last Advanced time that Stephen had left to conquer, and he beat it convincingly to reach 32/32 Expert.

#573 Ben Stoneman maintained his unbroken activity streak for a seventh week with 4 new cuts, spread over Yoshi Circuit, Peach Beach, and DK Mountain. The beach and mountain were two of Ben's worst tracks with lowest ranks, and he managed to take his times to more respectable levels albeit still below his AF level. Ben managed to take his PB lap down to Advanced level (his 19th Advanced time), but the others remain Intermediate for now. Hot on Ben's heels is #574 Elliot Griffiths. Elliot raced 7 PRs for a 21pt AF cut, enough to swoop in just one position behind Ben. He said that his goal for the week was to reduce his number of Advanced times, and managed to get them from 16 to 9 before hitting a road block on Yoshi Circuit: his 37"2 lap was Advanced D but he couldn't quite beat his 3lap yet. Elliot's other PRs included a few impressive cuts, such as Dino Dino Jungle 38"2 (ranked 541st, down from 712th) and Waluigi Stadium 36"3 (ranked 560th, down from 687th). Elliot's DK Mountain times, ranked ~350, are still by far his best, but he's making progress on other difficult tracks (Waluigi Stadium is quite difficult!).


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

E3: 'my body is ready'

Alex @ Sunday, June 14th 10:10PM   [link]

Movement

#24 Mikael Johansson scored 4 strong times in exchange for a 1pt AF cut, taking him without striking distance of #23 Michael D. His new Waluigi Stadium times of 1'39"1 and 31"26 were both good cuts, but the lap was particular good because it was Mik's new best ranked time (14th place) as well as several standards better (from Titan+ to Myth C). He also improved both Wario Colosseum times from Titan+ to Myth D with 2'00"3 and 59"4, but says he is still hasn't executed the R-tech spiral even once as good as he's seen in videos. Mikael has 27/32 Myth times now, with a few scattered Titans remaining in DK Mountain and Special Cup.

#579 Ben Stoneman did enough to stay ahead of nearby #593 Elliot G, grabbing 11 PRs over the week and a 25pt AF cut. He breached the top-600 comfortably and has momentum to continue at this pace. ben's new times were concentrated around Special Cup tracks, with the occassional foray into DK Mountain. Even though he already reached Advanced D level last week, he reduced his number of Intermediate times from 18 to 14 this week to finally get an Advanced majority. His biggest cuts of the week were on Bowser's Castle, taking off 100+ positions in both 3lap and 1lap to touch on 2'36"5 and 51"1.

#593 Elliot Griffiths followed Ben into the top-600 with 11 PRs of his own, amounting to a 31pt AF cut. Elliot spent most time on Flower Cup where many of his weakest tracks were, and improved by levels by big amounts. For example, his Mario Circuit lap 32"8 -> 31"3 was a jump of 199 positions, and he improved his worst track, Peach Beach, from high Intermediate levels to something closer to his ARR of high Advanced. Speaking of which, Elliot's 0.44 cut in ARR was enough to promote him to Advanced D level and his breakdown currently is 16/32 Advanced, 16/32 Intermediate.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Barca just unstoppable. Copa America starting soon.

Alex @ Tuesday, June 9th 02:40AM   [link]

Movement

#11 Ryan Stevens pulled 0.1 AF pts clear of #12 Raphael S, enough to prevent losing his spot from unforseen AF fluctuations. His pround new PR of the week was a 27'99 Dry Dry Desert lap, his first sub-28 and a one-tenth cut. Ranked 9th place, it was also his sixth single-digit ranked time and was his 13th god time in 50Hz.

#331 Stephen De Winter raced two new Luigi Circuit times, helping him inch past #332 Sebastien R and #333 Aleks H in the rankings. Luigi Circuit was one of his weaker tracks and Stephen managed to erase one of his last remaining Advanced times with a 25'99 lap: a tidy cut, a sub, and new Expert D time. He has just one Advanced time left on Mario Circuit before reaching 32/23 Expert.

#460 Matt Piper produced a strong 30pt AF cut over the week to climb 28 positions. He played Luigi Circuit, which was one of his better tracks, and managed to cut this times even further. His new 1'19"4 course time and 25'79 lap were both Expert C--Matt's first Expert Cs--and this is one of only three tracks where Matt has a better time than Stephen. The course time was ranked 302nd place, oh so close to top-300, and is less than half the rank of Matt's weakest times. His other highlights included a 1'08"0 Baby Park, up by over 150 positions.

#605 Ben Stoneman continued his activity for the sixth week running, this time with 12 PRs to report. Ben increased his number of Advanced times to 14/32 and reached Advanced D level in ARR, permanently departing the Intermediate ranks even though 16 of his scores are still Intermediates. Mushroom City and Bowser's Castle were the two tracks where Ben improved the most--by several hundered positions--reflecting how quickly he is learning the tracks and their individual quirks. Ben's best time is still Yoshi Circuit lap, ranked 400th place, suggesting that he still has lots of room for improvement on his numerous 600+ and 700+ ranked times.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

This title is not about FIFA.. unlike everything else on the internet!

Alex @ Wednesday, June 3rd 10:41AM   [link]

Sorry about the delay guys -- I'm out of town and got back to my hotel quite late today.

Movement

#4 Andrew Math raced a new WR this week, once again in Bowser's Castle. Check it out below.

#11 Ryan Stevens passed two former champions--Raphael S and Marius M--to claw his way two more rungs up the ladder. He now sits just behind the top-10, backed by Vincent vdF. His most helpful PR this week was 1'15'00 Sherbet Land since it was 8 positions higher (25th to 17th) than before and very helpful towards his AF cut as well as ARR cut since it was a new Myth C time. Ryan also raced new times on DK Mountain, a 1'45'1 and 33'8, which both also qualified for new standards. The lap was his 31st Myth time, while the 3lap is his only remaining Titan time: he still improved it to Titan A, and as consolation got 32/32 times ranked in the top-25, but is still missing that one last elusive Myth time.

#24 Mikael Johansson visited Sherbet Land recently and saw some success, taking his 3lap down from 39th to 24th place with a 1'15"1. He also improved his lap several times over the week, finally settling on a 24"03 that is ranked 16th place: his best ranking. Both of Mikael's improvements are teasing the sub barriers and both were upgrades from Titan to Myth level, increasing his tally from 22 to 24 Myths.

#41 Jacob Purcell was active again and working on catching up to his closest USA rival, #40 Alejandro H, who is just one spot ahead. Jacob said that he spent some time trying to sub 1'08 in Peach Beach (he has a 1'08"2) but instead managed to get his lap down to 21"80. This time is ranked 11th place and is a four position improvement on his previous best-ranked time (15th) on Dry Dry Desert.

#87 Noah Murad just flew back in town and had to recover from jet lag, but not before he pulled out his GCN and pulled off a 0.4s cut on Mushroom City with 1'37"3. After waking up he raced his 2nd Myth time and 2nd top-50 time with a 31"5 lap on the same track. Let's hope the jet juju is still in his system because it seem to be a boon rather than a deficit.

#114 Matt Wills overtook #115 Andrew Manning this week thanks to 3 PRs. He played Baby Park, as promised, but settled for a 1'06"03 instead of the sub that he wanted. It was still a bit improvement of 33 positions, but maybe not fully satisfying since it was so close to his goal. Matt also improved his Bowser's Castle lap and scored a Hero C time, erasing one out of his last three remaining Hero D times.

Further down the ranking there is significant activity among three very close players. #623 Anna Moon is still leading the trio after scoring a 44pt AF cut. She had 12 PRs to report, including 7 upgrades of Intermediate to Advanced times. Anna said that she finally feels like she is getting the hang of each track, and even felt comfortable enough to switch vehicles on a few tracks (Toad Kart on DKM and DDJ) and scored big cuts. She also became an Advanced D player after powering through the Intermediate A standard. #630 Ben Stoneman created 15 PRs over the week for an impressive 80pt AF cut, almost catching up to Anna. He played all of the tracks that he hadn't touched since April, when he was still a Beginner, and consequently made some epic cuts of 300-400 positions on some tracks. Ben's ARR drastically improved as well, taking him to Intermediate A level and he is even very close to joining Anna with the Advanced players. Last week's newcomer, #631 Elliot Griffiths, mimicked Anna's 44pt AF with a 41pt cut of his own borne out of 10 PRs. He is one spot behind Ben and eight spots behind Anna. He scored his first Advanced C time, on Baby Park, and increased his his number of Advanced times to 11. Like Ben, Elliot needs only a few more PRs to get through a big ARR milestone...


New Records

Andrew M has improved his Bowser's Castle record several times recently, and finally scored the next sub with a 2'16"983. It was a 0.1s cut for Andrew and gives him a 0.42s lead over second place, as well as the first G+10 standard on this track (second place is G+4). Andrew said that he was pleased with getting a new sub that nobody has got before, even though he thinks there is more potential to be squeezed out of this track.


New Players

None this week.
Alex

Goodbye, David Letterman

Alex @ Friday, May 22nd 12:21AM   [link]

Movement

#24 Mikael Johansson passed Rene B this week after 1.9 AF points worth of cuts from DK Mountain. The Mountain has long been his weakest track, but his new 3lap of 1'45"2 was 2.0s quicker compared to his old PR from last year, and it was a big jump from 64th place to 24th place. Mikael missed the Titan+ standard but still improved from Titan D to A. He also lowered his lap to 34"1, about 1/3rd of a second quicker and now in 25th place, which is lower than his 30.2 AF. This means that Mikael has converted DKM from his worst track to an above-average track, and he even says there is more room for improvement. Only a few of his times remain outside the top-40. The lowest one is Peach Beach 3lap ranked 49th, even though it's a Myth time and not one of his 10 other remaining Titan times.

#116 Matt Wills raced his sixth and seventh Titan time this week on Mushroom Bridge with a 1'20"7 and 26"37 lap. His lap was a 0.2s cut to gain 20 positions, and the 3lap was a slightly more impressive 0.9s cut to go 40 positions higher. It was also ranked 99th place, making it Matt's third top-100 time. Matt intends to try some Baby Park next, where his last PR was more than two months ago and he feels that he should be able to go under 1'06. He passed Piet in the ranking this week.

#664 Anna Moon played lots of Star Cup, lopping off 100 or more positions from each of Sherbet Land 3lap as well as 1lap, Yoshi Circuit 3lap and 1lap, and Mushroom City 3lap. Her only PRs not to be such a big cut was Mushroom City lap, where she already had a decent time. Anna's motivation was to improve her Star Cup to at least Intermediate A level, and she managed to score an Advanced D lap on Sherbet Land to add to her existing collection of 8 Advanced times in Mushroom and Flower Cups. She intends to try DK Mountain and then move onto Special Cup and take those to Int A, as well.

#706 Ben Stoneman powered through many 20 PRs across multiple submissions over the week and accumulated a 122pt AF cut. A few of his cuts were by big jumps of 200+ positions, likely because he hadn't played them very much. His best times were perhaps on Yoshi Circuit: a 1'52" 3lap ranked 565th and a 35"9 lap ranked 484th makes it his best track, particularly the lap because it's his first top-500 time and first Advanced B time. Ben has 8/32 Advanced so far, 6 of which he created in the past few days. Hard to say where his first Expert time will be, but expect more Advanced times soon. He hasn't played a few courses--such as Cruiser, Desert, and Stadium--for a month and still has Beginner times listed, so Ben is not out of options on what to try next.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Elliot Griffiths (668th, Intermediate A)

Elliot is an MKDS player who wants a bit of variety. He joins just behind Anna in the rankings, and even has some Expert times on DK Mountain.
Alex

Wow, Juve, that was neat. But can you do it again?

Alex @ Friday, May 15th 12:53AM   [link]

Movement

#13 Ryan Stevens cut a large chunk of what was already one of his best times, on Rainbow Road, dropping it from 2'55"6 to 2'54"8. He said that it was only 0.3s off his personal best splits and he didn't expect to surpass it anytime soon. Ryan's new score is 3rd place overall, just 0.15s behind Richard and Andreas, which is higher than his previous best time (ranked 4th) on Wario Colosseum lap. Ryan also improved his lap time to 57"51, contributing a little more to his 0.16 AF cut. This cut wasn't enough for a position switch just yet, but he reduced the gap to Raphael S and Marius M to only 0.3 AF points. Ryan's ARR cuts, however, were enough to promote him to Myth+ status, and he now 17/32 God times -- just over half.

#117 Matt Wills is still on track to reach the top-100 after he made a 4.5pt AF cut this week. With 20 further points needed to reach #100 Ben Z, the target is closer in sight. Matt started the week with a pair of new Peach Beach times, but was annoyed to miss two subs by 0.01 each. He continued playing the Beach and scored the subs later in the week: 1'09"96 and 22"41. Both were jumps of 3 standards each, and both were Titan times, giving Matt his 4th and 5th Titan. He added a 1'44"66 Yoshi Circuit and 2"22"9 Bowser's Castle to the mix later on, both jumps of about 30 positions, and both nice subs. Matt's victims this week included #119 Rob van Z, #120 Jivago da S, and veterans #121 Simon F and #122 Cole G. Coming up next? There's Piet d D, Florian V, Dave T, Jeffrey G, and all the way to Ben Z and the top-100.

#676 Anna Moon scored a 26pt AF cut this week and moved up some 30-odd positions. Her 8 new PRs included four new Advanced times, increasing her tally from 4/32 to 8/32. A 26"6 lap on Luigi Circuit was one of her new Advanced times, and Anna said she's tried to switch a mushroom to the last corner but is not yet in the habit of pulling it off well. She also went under 1'40 for the first time on Mario Circuit, one of her weaker courses, and managed to get two more Advanced times there. Thanks to her 0.4pt ARR cut, Anna reached Intermediate A level. A similar effort repeated 2-3 times should take her to the Advanced ranks.

#818 Ben Stoneman focused on three of his weakest tracks: Mush City, Bowser's Castle, and Rainbow. The City is still giving him trouble and his 3lap remains at low-Beginner level despite chopping off 2 seconds off his best lap, but perhaps he is getting the hang of it. His Rainbow Road exploits fared far better, subtracting over 300 positions off his old times to get a pair of Intermediate As. They were 0.1s away from becoming his 3rd and 4th Advanced times, so maybe Ben will try to improve them again. He also improved his Castle times to Intermediate, much better than his previous Beginner C times, and became an Intermediate D player overall.


New Records

Andrew Math, 60Hz Champion, lowered his own Bowser's Castle record to 2'17"073, a 0"11 improvement that bumped his standard from G+7 to G+9. Andrew has a comfortable 0"33 lead over second place (and 0"79 in 60Hz) but was still frustrated to miss out on G+10 and the sub.

New Players

None this week...
Alex

After those crazy Champions League first legs, next week will be must-see tv.

Alex @ Friday, May 8th 06:56AM   [link]

Just a quick update for the past six days.

Movement

#25 Mikael Johansson decided to try his luck on his worst track, DK Mountain, which happens to be the one of only two tracks where his times are not ranked in the top-40. He improved his lap on the Mountain from 34"8 to 34"51, moving it from 64th to 45th place. A 45 is still far from his AF of 32.1, but it's progress. Mikael reduced his AF by 0.6 from this one single cut, and is now 1.1pts behind #24 Rene B.

#849 Ben Stoneman scored a 63pt AF cut, a healthy start to his new tenure in MKDD. He only sent in 8 PRs, so he's just warming up. All 8 of his PRs were Intermediate or better, which is his first batch of Intermediates, and two of them were even Advanced. His best time at the moment is a Yoshi Circuit 36"7 lap, ranked 584th, but that will no doubt change with his next update. Ben became a Beginner A with this week's ARR cuts, and is on the cusp of reaching Intermediate.


New Records and Players

No new players, but there's a rumour that another top-tier player (not just Ben) might join soon.
Alex

I feel about as young/old as yesterday.

Alex @ Saturday, May 2nd 02:58AM   [link]

Movement

#25 Mikael Johansson took the 25th place outright after breaking off the tie with Marc S. He had a new 59"6 lap on Wario Colosseum to report, but says he can go at least a full second quicker per lap if he could figure out the rhythm for using R-tech on the spiral. Mik's time, although top-40 material, is over two seconds behind the R-tech experts.

#27 Stacy Needham continued playing Bowser's Castle and improved his times from his last update. His new 2'19"6 course time was a Titan+ run, shaving off a third of a second, and his new 45"32 lap, ranked 19th, was his equal best position to date. It was a also a nice upgrade from Myth C to Myth A, taking Stacy very close to the next promotion.

#41 Jacob Purcell returned with a handful of new times after getting a new controller, and passed Mike H in the ranking as a result. He improved both Bowser's Castle times, taking the lap to Titan+ level and the 3lap to Titan B, although he only just missed on scoring a 2'20 sub there. His other big cut on was Dino Dino Jungle, from 1'44"0 to 1"43"4, which is ranked 15th at the moment and is his 4th time ranked in the overall top-20.

#87 Noah Murad's 7.2pt AF cut this week was well-executed in a dense area of players, and it propelled him ahead of veterans such as Rob C, Paul R, Leo B, Jon P, Kevin S, Max R, and Sylvin R. In 60Hz he also reached the top-50 by passing Rob, Paul and Sylvin, as well as Alex H and Jerrol H. Noah's primary focus this week was to beat Sherbet Land, the last of his remaining 2012 times, and he managed to beat both lap and course in the same run with 24"6 and 1'16"8. Both times were mid-Hero level and not as strong as his ARR of Titan D, so he should be able to improve them further. He also played Daisy Cruiser and turned it into one of his better tracks, going from 110th to 75th place with a 1'39"6, his first sub there and almost a whole second quicker than four weeks ago. Noah gave some attention to Wario Colosseum afterwards and improved both times from Hero to mid-Titan, both also top-100 times. Another two top-100 times came from 1'44"0 Yoshi Circuit (132nd to 95th) and from 1'29"89 Mario Circuit (112nd to 88th). Noah has only 9 times left ranked outside the top-100.

#122 Matt Wills scored a number of small milestones this week, passing 8 players to get to the top-125 in the Combined ladder, reaching the 60Hz top-75 (he is now No. 73), racing his third Titan time, and becoming a Hero B. All that from only 4 PRs? They must have been pretty good! Matt sliced a whole second off his Wario Colosseum 2lap, taking it down to 2'03"8, and 0"7 off his lap, taking it down to 1'01"2. Both were Hero B times compared to his old Hero Ds, and higher by about 50 positions each. Matt said he missed a mini turbo in both of them, so thinks he should have gone a little faster but is also struggling with being consistent with the R-tech on the spiral. His other new times, on Mushroom City, were both also about 50 positions higher: the 3lap, from 1'39"1 to 1'38"2, was a new Hero B time; and the lap, from 32'38 to 31"96, was a Titan time and very close to breaching the top-100.

#333 Stephen De Winter reported that he watched someone's youtube video of Baby Park and noticed that he was doing his shrooms all wrong. He quickly started practicing and smashed his lap from 9"38 to 9"05, a jump of over 120 positions. It was one of only three Advanced times that Stephen had left that were keeping him from 32/32 Expert, so he is now down to just two remaining: one on Luigi Circuit and and one on Mario Circuit.

#437 Mark Vizza scored two minor subs this week, a 31"9 lap in Dry Dry Desert and 2'32"9 course time in Bowser's Castle, and played some Waluigi Stadium as well. He passed Mark C in the rankings.

#708 Anna Moon felt inspired to play after watching some Twitch kart streams, and had 4 PRs to report. She was happy to improve her weakest track, Bowser's Castle, by about 80 positions on both lap and 3lap. She also beat her best lap on Daisy Cruiser with a no-shroomer during a 3lap race, so she spent some more time on it and lowered it from 36"8 to 36"3, a nice jump of 59 positions but unfortunately missed out on the Advanced D standard by a few hundredths of a second.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Ben Stoneman, Australia (#898, Beginner B)

This Ben suspiciously has the same name as one of the world's best MKDS players, so let's see if he chooses to dedicate more than a passing fancy to MKDD and climb the rankings.