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Alex

AM hack saga: the second most common eye colour seems to be... black!

Alex @ Friday, August 21st 11:42PM   [link]

Movement

#3 Andrew Math scored a new WR this week -- his 5th Combined record! Read about it below.

#10 Ryan Stevens scored a top-10 time on Mario Circuit lap with a 27"89, citing pleasure in finally scoring a sub "90 lap. His previous time was ranked 14th and this is Ryan's 10th top-10 time.

#189 Mike Koehoorn went flying up the charts after a super week culminating in a 55pt AF cut. He reached the top-200 already after starting out as #244 last week. Although his goal was week was to aim for Hero, he said that this week he particularly focused on removing his weakest Expert times and two outlier Advanced times. To that extent Mike increased his Hero times from 4 to 9 -- not quite enough to reach Hero yet, but enough to became an Expert A -- and also slashed his Advanced times by multiple standards. His biggest cut was on his weakest time, a 35"0 lap in Daisy Cruiser ranked 465th, which Mike improved to a top-250 time of 33"47. He increased his number of times ranked 100-200 from 5 to 18, albeit many were fairly close to the borderline and just needed a push. His best ranked time currently is a Mushroom City 3lap of 1'38"2, which is his top standard of Hero B and his top rank of 115th place.

#478 Elliot Griffiths sent in a couple of submissions over week totalling 13 PRs. He improved his AF score to 500.6, a cut of 21pts and gain of 14 positions. He now has 15 scores ranked inside the top-500, or two more compared to last week, which is why his average is so close to 500. Elliot is still searching for his first Expert times outside of DK Mountain, where he's had double-expert for some time but has not yet repeated the feat on another track. He has Advanced A times on varied courses such as Dry Dry Desert, Mushroom Bridge, Waluigi Stadium and Rainbow Road, and this week added Bowser's Castle lap and Daisy Cruiser into the mix, so those are the prime candidates for the elusive third Expert time.


New Records

Andrew improved his Rainbow Road time from 2'54"527 to 2'54"464, seemingly a small cut on his old time (set last month) but a vital shave because he was only 0"001 behind Richard's 2'54"526 (also set last month). Andrew's new record is also the first G+3 time and, of course, also a 60Hz record. He said that he was happy with the time despite a lacklustre final lap... perhaps some nerves and anxiety got to him, knowing that he only needed 0"001.


New Players

None this week.
Alex

My quest so far to set a Gwent high score rests at 412 points. Just worked out there's a glitch with the decoys that might get me another 10-20pts.

Alex @ Sunday, August 16th 05:27AM   [link]

Movement

#11 Ryan Stevens was the highest active player, with 2 new PRs on Mario Circuit. He improved his 50Hz lap to 27"93, a tidy 0.05 cut to gain a couple of places in the red charts. He also subbed 1'28 on the course with a 1'27"98, becoming the thirteenth player to do so and pushing up his time from 22nd place to 12th. Ryan reduced his AF by 0.3 pts, reducing the gap between himself the the top-10 to 2.0 pts remaining.

#23 Mikael Johansson raced a frustrating 24"000 lap on Sherbet, just missing out on a great sub. He still gained a few places with his new lap, ranked 12th, but missed the Myth A standard by 0.001. Through no fault of his own, Mikael once again has a time ranked 50+ since his Peach Beach was ousted into 50th place by Jordan H.

#35 Jacob Purcell passed Scott D and Jake S after reporting 5 PRs set over the past few weeks. He was particularly pleased with a 1'07"94 in Peach Beach, securing the sub and improving his time from 20th to 12th place, which is one of his top three rankings. A new 1'15"5 in Sherbet Land got him a top-50 time, and he broke a new standard on the lap, but Jacob thought he could do better. He also managed cuts in Dry Dry Desert, without gaining a place, so it was Peach Beach that did most of the heavy lifting to gain Jacob two rungs on the ladder.

#39 Jordan Haack send in his first PRs after 9 months of inactivity. He may have been collecting them for some time because the 13 PRs amounted to a large 8.6pt AF cut, enough to pass 6 players -- Yannick, Luke, Alejandro, Mike H, Kris W, Gregor -- and reach the top-40. As mentioned earlier, Jordan's 1'08"7 on Peach Beach was a win against Mikael, but it was not Jordan's biggest PR. For example, he improved his Dry Dry Desert times from 44th/44th places to 28th/27th, the Daisy Cruisers from 63rd/62nd to 28th/32nd, and Bowser's Castle from 56th/51st to 22nd/22nd. Thanks to a few more standards shaved on Rainbow Road lap, Wario Colosseum and Mushroom City, Jordan's became a Myth D, the 39th player to earn that title.

#257 Adrien Guyot scored a 24pt AF cut thanks to 11 PRs. Instead of ironing out his weaknesses and playing tracks he didn't like, Adrien played some of his favourite and best tracks, and managed to improve them further. His Sherbet Land times, previously 77th/100th, were his best by far and he improved them to 1'15"9 (63rd) and 24"34 (62nd). Both were Titan times -- his first pair. Peach Beach was perhaps Adrien's second or third best track after Sherbet, and he smashed his 3lap from 1'11"2 to 1"09"87, securing a third Titan time ranked 107th place. His Yoshi Circuit and Rainbow Road times also improved by 100 positions each, although they are in the Expert territory and not quite Hero or Titan. Adrien eached Expert B level in ARR, but there may be more big cuts to come because there are some tracks that he hasn't touched for a while that are ranked far lower than his AF.

#351 Stephen Collins scored a sizeable 46pt AF cut, gaining 40 places. He also reached the USA top-100 and is currently No. 89. He scored 22 new times and said that his goal is reach 32/32 Expert and all times in the top-400. This week's PRs were a good start: he reduced his 400+ ranked times from 21 down to 9 remaining, and now also has only 9 remaining Advanced A times. His new Mario Circut lap, Rainbow Road lap, and both DK Mountain times, were each improvements of ~120 positions. With the majority of his times already Expert, Stephen reached Expert D in ARR and is already half-way to the next minor rank upgrade.

#492 Elliot Griffiths scored a 5pt cut this week, keeping his lead on Ben a little longer. He had a handful of PRs to report and his best cut among them was perhaps the 1'36"2 Mario Circuit, which was almost a whole second faster than last week's PR. #505 Ben Stoneman, itching to reach the top-500 himself, was active again and reported a 12pt cut to make up some lost ground on Elliot. Ben's 11 PRs were spread over all cups and included his first Expert time, a 25"94 lap on Luigi Circuit. It was his first sub there and is currently ranked 365th place, which ranks slightly higher than Ben's previous best time on Yoshi Circuit. He had another stand-out PR with a 1'02"4 Rainbow Road lap, which was 99 positions higher than before and almost a top-400 time; he was also unlucky to miss out on scoring his second Expert time there by a few hundredths of the second, and had to settle for Advanced A. The race continues...


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Mike Koehoorn, Netherlands (#244, Expert B)

Mike plays 60Hz and has set a goal for himself to reach Hero level. He has five top-200 times so far, including 2 Hero times: a 1'17"8 Luigi Circuit (153rd) and 1'10"8 Peach Beach (165th). Not bad!
Alex

Downloading 1.08 right now. That last Crinfrid is mine!

Alex @ Friday, August 7th 08:47PM   [link]

Movement

#11 Ryan Stevens kicked off the new month with two PRs on Dino Dino Jungle. He improved his 1'43"9 to 1'43"3, but thought he could do better, and later in the week improved it to 1'42"8 (and still thought he could do better). It was a nice jump from 24th to 13th place in the Jungle, and a cut from Myth D to Myth A. Ryan also scored a god lap with a 33"13, ranked 11th place and his first god time there. Finally, he improved his 50Hz Bowser's Castle time by a whole second, but it was still a whole second slower than his 60Hz time and didn't contribute to his Combined metrics. Nevertheless, Ryan's 0.4 AF cut was a nice escape from #12 Raphael, but he still has much ground to cover before he catches up with #10 Vincent and the other top-10s.

#78 Noah Murad passed #79 Francois C after racing a 1'32"8 in Dry Dry Desert, average under 31' per lap for the first time. His previous 1'33"6 was Hero A and 103rd place, whereas Noah's time was Titan and 72nd. He has 11 remaining Hero times, but only two of them are in Mushroom of Flower Cups, so at least the first half of Noah's timesheet has been ironed flat. He may be able to improve the Desert further since his lap is several standards higher and his fourth best-ranked time.

#274 Jocelyn Sitek said he found little spare time to play this week, but managed to produce a new Dino Dino Jungle lap of 35"5 lap. It was not as fast as Ryan's lap, above, but was a healthy 0.6s cut for Jocelyn as well as a top-250 time. It was one of Jocelyn's only two remaining Expert D times, and he upgraded it to Exp B. The only one remaining now is Luigi Circuit 3lap, which is not even Jocelyn's worst-ranked track---he has a sub-1'20 course time and his lap is ranked 240th---but just so happens to a standard that has given Jocelyn some trouble in recent times.

#497 Elliot Griffiths once again got the jump on #516 Ben S, taking the lead in their rivalry.Ben was inactive this week, giving Elliot the chance at reaching the top-500 first. Elliot's 8 new PRs were spread over Mushrooom Bridge, Mushroom City, Mario Circuit, Daisy Cruiser, and Waluigi Stadium. The Bridge times were quite large, shrinking his former 643rd ranked 3lap to 479th place. The Stadium was also a large cut, from 617th place to 481st. The other cuts were smaller but contributed to Elliot's goal of beating his weakest time: he had 10 time last week ranked outside 600th place, and now has only 5 remaining. Elliot is no doubt looking for his first Expert time outside of his specialty track, but his times this week consisted exclusively of low Advanced times, not quite at Expert level. However, Elliot's 0.4 ARR cut was enough to get him over the line from Advanced C to Advanced B, once again leaving Ben with some work to do.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Final Witcher DLC should be a physical gwent deck, damnit. Gwent is where it's at.

Alex @ Saturday, August 1st 11:29PM   [link]

Movement

#23 Mikael Johansson raced a new 24"01 lap on Sherbet Land, narrowly missing the sub. It was his second top-15 ranked time and just one position behind his best ranked time (14th place in Waluigi Stadium lap).

#29 Sebastien Legay continued playing Waluigi Stadium this week. He didn't manage to improve his 3lap top top-50 level, but beat his lap once more to 31"58. As a new Titan B lap, this resulted in a small boost in ARR. The corresponding 0.25 AF gain was more useful to Sebastien, however, since it allowed him to pass both #30 Olivier L and former champion #31 Paul Tanney. Sebastien's next target is #28 Fernando Moritz, the former champion that briefly lost the title to Paul.

#56 Thomas van Leeuwen raced his first PR in 8 years, and it was a strong Titan lap on Waluigi Stadium. It wasn't a large cut, but Thomas said he has been practicing behind the scenes and trying to rediscover his skills by scoring Titan times on all tracks. Perhaps some A-tech or R-tech practice could help him conquer his old times? Thomas is currently Dutch #10 and, although it may take some time to reach the level of Aron or Marijn, he has a few fellow countrymen in Flynn and Ivo standing only three rungs higher on the ladder.

#79 Noah Murad worked on Baby Park and Bowser's Castle this week, and was pleased to beat both records in a single night. He also improved the laps there, resulting in a 2.9pt AF cut and passing of #80 Yohan F, #81 Andrew J, #82 Julien B, #83 Alex P, and #84 Yoann S. The Baby Park cut, from 1'06"1 to 1'05"8, was a Hero A time and finally a sub-1'06. The Bowser's Castle times of 2'20"5 and 45"89 were also big cuts: the lap was a sub, while the course was 2 seconds faster and Noah's 20th Titan time.

#273 Alex Viande scored a 17pt AF cut, reporting 8 new times since his last outing two weeks ago. His cuts were fully concentrated on Mushroom Cup, such as 1.0 second cuts on Luigi Circuit (259th to 167th) and Peach Beach (270th to 163rd). His Baby Park cuts were bigger still, from 354th down to 199th. These PRs are still not quite as high-ranked as his Sherbet Land lap (131st), but they're getting close... and Alex already equalled his SL lap's Hero C standard with a Hero C on Peach Beach. Alex reached Expert B level, but this may be a temporary stepping stone. Will he continue onto Flower Cup next?

#391 Stephen Collins aims to reach the USA top-100 soon and he is well on his way towards that goal thanks to 26 new PRs this week to propel him to USA No. 104. In the Combined charts, his 93pt AF cut translated to a climb of 96 positions, and first time entering the top-400. Stephen has started racing Expert times regularly and increased last week's count of 2 to 11 currently. He also eliminated his six remaining Advanced D times, and has only one Adv C time left before his timesheet is Adv B or better. Among his many cuts, the biggest was perhaps the 23"18 Peach Beach lap (634th to 325th), which is at present his equal best standard and second highest rank.

#514 Ben Stoneman and #518 Elliot Griffiths both took a few steps toward reaching the top-500. Ben's 44pt AF cut, containing times from a couple of weeks of work, brought him ahead of Elliot for the first time since June. Elliot scored a 12pt AF cut of his own, enough to keep Ben in sight. Ben reported 21 new times, most of them ironing out crinkles in his timesheet and dragging his worst times up, but he also scored some reasonably strong times. The most obvious example was a 35"0 lap in Yoshi Circuit, his first top-400 time, rankeed 370th. He almost scored a second top-400 time in Luigi Circuit, so there will be more coming. Elliot improved his worst record, Luigi Circuit, by 108 positions, and scored 5 other PRs. In ARR, Ben joined Elliot at Advanced C level and both players are 0.3 pts away from their next promotions.

New Records

None this week.


New Players

Mehdi Hacini, France (734th, Intermediate B)

Mehdi joins with 32/32 Intermediate times, and has a few that are not far from Advanced level.
Alex

In today's episode: Andrew, King of the West, wins a decisive battle against former king Kouider to bring his legions closer to King's Landing

Alex @ Thursday, July 23rd 12:58AM   [link]

Movement

#3 Andrew Math scored a 0.2pt AF cut to finally take the 3rd place position from former champion #4 Kouider. Both players are very close, sitting on 3.46 and 3.53 AF points. Andrew's new scores included 1 overall WR and a few 60Hz WRs, and he suffered a game of win-some-lose-some against Richard by winning one WR by 0"001 but missing another by 0"001. Andrew's only new time that wasn't a record was a 57"76 lap on Wario Colosseum, which was still a 0"15 cut but needs another 0"15 to challenge the record. You can read about Andrew's new records below.

#11 Ryan Stevens has made it a mission to catch #10 Vincent, although the gap between them is several AF points. He decided to complete his 50Hz timesheet first, so he spent a while on 50Hz and raced 9 PRs. One of them, a Luigi Circuit 1'14"995, was faster than his 60Hz time. He said it 'took forever' to get the sub, but it was a top-10 time and psychological triumph. His other 50Hz times were somewhat quick-and-dirty and Ryan said that he didn't spend much time on many of them in favour of getting something down for every cell. His 50Hz ranking is now No 14, sandwiched between Tristan E and Alex H, and his timesheet rates in at Myth A level, which is equal to his 60Hz-only level, although his Combined level of both timesheets is Myth+.

#23 Mikael Johansson passed Michael Duerr in the ladder thanks to a 1pt AF cut. He played Wario Colosseum exclusively during the week, practicing his R-tech, and beat his PRs several times. Ultimately he ended up beating both lap and 3lap in the same run. Mikael's 1'58"6 and 58"7 were large cuts on his old 2"00"3 and 59"4 times, and the new times are ranked 16th and 18th compared to the previous 30+. He said that he missed two MTs in his lap even though it was Myth A level and his 4th best-ranked time.

#31 Sebastien Legay had a new 31"6 Waluigi Stadium lap to show us, video and all. It was his last remaining Hero time, marking a great milestone for Sabastien to reach 32/32 Titan. Despite missing an MT in the lap, it was still top-50 quality and Sebastien now has 7 times remaining without a top-50 ranking.

#38 Jacob Purcell got the better of Xavier V in the rankings this week thanks to two new Rainbow Road times. Rainbow was Jacob's equal-worst track, alongside Yoshi Circuit, but the new 2'57"9 and 58"2 make it one of Jacob's top-5 tracks. The 3lap was nearly 2 seconds faster than his previous time from last year, and hit the Myth D requirements -- a jump of four standards. The lap was a top-25 time (previously 48th) and Jacob's 18th Myth time. Jacob also passed Scott D and Marc S in the 60Hz ranking to claim the No. 20 spot there, and is getting very close to the USA #5 spot held by #35 Jake Sopcak.

#273 Jocelyn Sitek reached Expert B level this week by reporting 6 PRs. His first order of business was to lower his Luigi Circuit time, which was his least-liked and lowest-ranked score. A 1'19"6 there was good enough for 325th place, which Jocelyn admits has much room for improvement but is too frustrating to play for long periods of time. Instead he moved onto Dry Dry Desert and secured a 1'37"3 course time and 30"6 lap time. Both were Expert Cs and both were ranked roughly in line with Jocelyn's AF, although he admitted that he is making too many mistakes on the levels with the quicksand, cactuses, pokey placement, and so on. His other PRs were comparatively less frustrating: a 1'06"8 in Baby Park and a 3'04"9 in Rainbow Road were both 50+ positions above his AF level and both Expert As.

#280 Adrien Guyot, recent recruit, scored a 43pt cut over his past two weeks on the site. He joined with times varying from 77th place to 600+, and good use of his first couple of weeks to iron out some of those bumps. Luigi Circuit was one of those victims, surrendering a 190 position improvement on the lap (from 424th to 237th). DK Mountain was the other huge cut, from 2'01" down to 1"53"8, saving 299 positions and doing wonders for Adrien's AF. His other 14 PRs over the week were spread tracks beginning with Mario, Daisy, Wario and Mushrooms, although they were not quite as colossal as 200-300 positions. Adrien still has seven times ranked below 400th place, which is quite far from his AF and his ranking, so there are still more bumps to punch. No question about his best track, which is still Sherbet Land, with both times ranked in the top-100.

#487 Stephen Collins has a few big cuts to report, most notably on Dry Dry Desert: he improved his 3lap to 1'40"3, saving 160 positions and equally his best standard (outside Yoshi Circuit) of Exp A. He produced a large improvement on the lap, as well, of around 100 positions. His other attention-grabbing cut was on DK Mountain lap, chopping off two seconds and 180 positions with his first sub-40 (even sub-39) race. I guess he's figured out how to hit the shortcut in a much faster way than before? His other cuts on Baby Park, Waluigi Stadium and Rainbow Road were modest in comparison: 'only' about 100 positions each!


New Records

Andrew M improved the Dry Dry Desert lap record to 27"592, a comparatively tiny 0"004 cut on his previous time but just enough to beat Richard by 0"001. Richard's old record was set in January 2014 and he and Andrew are the only players with G+10 laps here.

Andrew also improved both 60Hz records on Rainbow Road. His previous records of 2'54"87 and 57"31 were raced a month ago, and his new records stand at 2'54"527 and 57"244. No doubt that Andrew was motivated and aiming for Richard's 50Hz records set a few weeks ago. Richard kept the 3lap record by 0"001 (mirroring the frustration of losing the Dry Dry record by 0"001) and still has a 0"04 lead on the 1lap.


New Players

None this week.
Alex

Nobody called to tell New Horizons that it was taking pictures of a random rock (it was launched when Pluto was still officially a planet)

Alex @ Wednesday, July 15th 03:56AM   [link]

Movement

#2 Andreas Rudmarker submitted his first PR of 2015: a blazing fast 2'54"66 on Rainbow Road. He raced it a couple of weeks ago. His previous time, which was the WR, was from back in 2007, so Andreas may have briefly beaten the oldest standing record. Richard raced a 2'54"52 two weeks ago (the current record), so both players were probably playing at the same time. The next fastest player is Ryan Stevens with 2'54"8, raced two months ago.

#231 Dan Tarr played enough Baby Park over the week to start making right-hand turns everywhere in real life. His old time of 1'07"5, ranked 344th, was smashed down to a 1'06"4, ranked 157th. As well as being Dan's fourth Hero time, it was also his third best-ranked time so far, just a little behind Mush Bridge and Sherbet Land in rank. Dan also improved the lap by 0.07, which is a lot in Baby Park, but settled for an Expert A time. Perhaps it could be the next place for a Hero?

#278 Jocelyn Sitek, everybody's favourite DK Mountain specialist, had 5 new PRs to report, including his specialty track. He desparately wanted to beat Matt W's 1'49"6 to avoid a 32/32 defeat, and only had to improve his 1'49"7 by a very little amount, but instead beat it by a very large amount, down to 1'48"8. This was ranked 98th place, giving Jocelyn his first top-100 time (a jump of 35 places) and his first Hero B time. Jocelyn also improved both of his Wario Colosseum and Rainbow Road course times by about 50 positions, and made small cuts on their laps. He said that both levels had an R-tech spiral and playing them gave him good practice for it, so it should be possible to use his new skills to improve the laps further.

#531 Elliot Griffiths is approaching the top-500 barrier with some good momentum, having just scored a 22pt AF cut to get ahead of ninteen players. His main focus was to eliminate his last three remaining Intermediate times, and he managed to do it for two of them. One was to improve Peach Beach from 1'16"0 to 1'15"4. The next was to improve Yoshi Circuit from 1'55"3 to 1'54"6. The last was to improve Luigi Circuit, still Elliot's lowest ranked time, but it wasn't to be. Elliot's other cuts were on Baby Park, Dry Dry Desert, and particularly Rainbow Road, where his new 3'10"3 course time narrowly missed the Expert barrier and became his third best time, ranked 438th.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Alex Viande, France (286th, Expert C)

Alex debuts in a high position and may be friends with many of the French players and their site. His best times are on Sherbet Land and he has a Hero time on the lap with a 24"7.
Alex

Time to start printing money on greece-proof paper.

Alex @ Thursday, July 9th 02:04AM   [link]

Movement

#4 Andrew Math scored a new 60Hz record on Bowser's Castle lap this week, scoring a small win on #1 Richard in the process to slightly improve his own AF. He is now just 0.15 AF points behind #3 Kouider in the Combined charts, which means he could very soon take the bronze medal.

#11 Ryan Stevens decided to switch from Rainbow to Baby Park and produced an impressive 8"49 lap, conquering a difficult sub. He improved from 13th to 9th place, getting his 11th top-10 time.

#240 Dan Tarr passed thirteen players and reached the top-250 after reporting 2 big PRs: a 1'21"7 and 26"79 on Mushroom Bridge. They are ranked 141st and 179th place, far superior to his old times ranked 308th/366th. They were also Dan's second and third Hero times thus far, adding to his old Hero D lap on Sherbet Land. In particular, the course time was a new best standard (Hero C) and new best-ranked time.

#411 Matt Piper reached 32/32 Advanced times after defeating his final two Intermediate times. This week's 4 PRs were on Waluigi Stadium and Yoshi Circuit, precisely his two weakest tracks, and he improved his old times by roughly 200 positions to score Advanced A and B times. Matt now has 15 Expert times and 17 Advanced times, so he is close to the tipping point of becoming an Expert: a 0.38pt cut this week, and another 0.38pts to go.

#491 Stephen Collins's 21pt AF cut was more than enough to take him across the line of the top-500. Armed with 15 PRs, he accumulated 1.4 ARR points in reductions to reach Advanced B level. The biggest improvements were on Luigi Circuit, where Stephen's 3lap and lap ranking jumped by 100 positions. However, his strongest time of the week was a 34"20 Expert lap in Yoshi Circuit, ranked 344th. This was already his best track by a margin, and he demonstrated that he can still improve even his best times.

#549 Elliot Griffiths and #551 Ben Stoneman continued moving up the ladder together in lock-step. Elliot's 8pt cut this week arose from 6 PRs, while Ben's 9 PRs allowed him to catch up by a few positions. Although Ben has a slight 17-15 lead in direct matchup, Elliot is still a few steps ahead in both ARR and in the rankings. Elliot's best improvement this week was perhaps his Adv B course time of 3'12"1 on Rainbow Road, a jump from 586th to 506th and almost scoring his third top-500 time. Meanwhile, Ben's best cut was perhaps his Adv A lap of 1'05"6 on Wario Colosseum, a jump from 548th to 455th and his fifth top-500 time.


New Records

Andrew M slashed the 60Hz WR on Bowser's Castle lap from 44"96 to 44"695, a straight jump from G+3 to G+10. He already held the previous record and his old time was from 2014. Although Andrew increased his lead over Kouider's 60Hz lap of 45"0, Kouider still has a slightly faster 44"60 in 50Hz for the Combined record.


New Players

Welcome to...

Adrien Guyot, France (316th, Expert C)
Christophe Clerc-Clement, France (495th, Adv B)

Adrien has been playing for the past year and improving his times quietly behind the scenes. His favourite track is Sherbet Land, where he has a Hero 3lap ranked 77th, and his other tracks are ranked both high and low between 205-623. Christophe has a more consistent timesheet of almost entirely Advanced times, with the occasional lower-ranked Intermediate and higher ranked Expert.
Alex

Rainbows... Rainbows everywhere.

Alex @ Wednesday, July 1st 04:34AM   [link]

Movement

World #1 Richard Karlsson scored 2 new WRs this week on Rainbow Road, improving his 3lap time from 2nd (a cut of 0.18s) and his lap time from 4th place (a cut of 0.22s). Richard's AF score improved by 0.125 AF points (about 6%) to 1.96 thanks to these new 1st place times, while #2 Andreas's AF score slipped to 2.47.

60Hz Champion Andrew Math also played Rainbow Road and improved both of the 60Hz records. His 60Hz time was a little slower than Richard's 50Hz time, but he said that teh-urn could be half a second faster. Andrew also passed his 1000th day as 60Hz champion, with 976 straight days in his current run from 2012. He is still slightly behind Marius's 1154-day reign between 2004-07 and Marijn's 1615-day reign between 2008-12, but Andrew's run is no doubt set to continue for a while since he has a big lead in the 60Hz rankings.

#11 Ryan Stevens didn't want to left out of the Rainbow frenzy and set a 57"38 lap this week, almost a 0.15s cut. Ryan already ranks 2nd place to Andrew in both 60Hz charts, but decided to play some 50Hz and go for the overall lap record. Unfortunately Richard raised the bar by an extra tenth of a second, so Ryan would need to cut another 0.2 to get it.

#31 Sebastien Legay raced a 0.65pt AF this week, passing Jamie D and Kevin B. His new time was a 1'40"7 on Waluigi Stadium -- a new Titan C time and a cut of half a second. The Frenchman expressed his desire to reach the top-30 and, since he is only one position away from it now, then we can expect some more PRs from him very soon.

#38 Jacob Purcell continued experimenting on Wario Colosseum and had a eureka moment, finally nailing the ever-tricky R-tech on the spiral. He smashed his 2lap from 2'01"8 to get the sub of 1'59"8, which was a cut of two seconds. It was also a new Myth B time, skipping over 4 standards, and a jump from 72nd to 26th place on that chart. Likewise, Jacob's 1lap was a full second faster, multiple standards better, and a big jump in ranking. Jacob also had a minor cut in Luigi Circuit, very narrowly missing a sub-1'16. Jacob reached the top-40 with these new times, passing several players along the way. He also got promoted from Titan+ to Myth D! His new weakest time is on Rainbow Road 3lap, so perhaps he should join the Rainbow frenzy.

#428 Matt Piper had a 34pt AF cut to report after racing 12 new PRs. He raced his first top-300 time with a 1'19"3 on Luigi Circuit, moving up from 302nd to 284th place. His other big moves of the week were 100+ position cuts on each of Daisy Cruiser, Sherbet Land (x2), Mushroom City (x2) and Wario Colosseum (x2). The biggest cut was City 3lap of 1'42"1, a jump from 553rd to 366th, and currently his sixth best time. Matt reached Advanced A level in ARR, but at this pace of improvement may reach the next tier by the middle of the month.

#555 Elliot Griffiths and #562 Ben Stoneman continued their activity and rivalry. Elliot had a 17pt AF cut and overtook Ben for the first time, but Ben's 11pt AF cut maintained a close distance between them. Elliot's 11 PRs included 6 new Advanced times, reducing his Intermediates from 9 down to just 3 remaining. Meanwhile, Ben has 12 Intermediate times remaining and potentially some easy-wins if he can reduce his weakest times (ranked over 700) to somewhere close to his average (597).


New Records

Richard raced two records on Rainbow Road this week: a 2'54"526 and 57"208. The previous 3lap record was 2'54"68 by Andreas, and Richard was only 0"02 behind it. Meanwhile, his new lap edged out Hendrik B's ancient record of 57"31, which was set in 2007. Hendrik's lap was the oldest remaining record by several years, and the new oldest record is Kouider's Waluigi Stadium lap from 2010. In 60Hz there are still a few records from 2008.

Andrew raced two records on Rainbow Road in 60Hz this week: a 2'54"871 and 57"318 lap. He improved on both of his existing records of 2'55"18 and 57"39, set in 2013 and 2014.


New Players

None this week.