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Alex

RPG fans take note: ToX2 release is this weekend

Alex @ Friday, August 22nd 02:20AM   [link]

Movement

#46 Jacob Purcell enjoyed the last days of his summer break by producing 4 PRs, enough to pass Stephen M, Kyle C, and Stefan van D. He also passed Kyle C and Fernando M in 60Hz to park in the No. 28 spot. His biggest cut was in Daisy Cruiser lap, going from 68th to 31st place with a sub-32 lap. It was also an improvement from Titan B to Myth C, giving Jacob his tenth Myth time. Jacob also cut half a second off his 3lap, gaining twenty positions there. His other new times were on Rainbow Road: he managed to sub-3 minutes with a 2'59"7 and improved his lap to a top-50 standard of 58"7. Jacob's 0.25pt cut in ARR wasn't enough for a promotion, but he reduced his ARR level to below 7 and is many steps closer to Titan+ and perhaps eventually Myth. Unfortunately, college session restarts soon and Jacob is not yet sure how much free time he'll have.

#338 Stephen De Winter spent a while trying to go below 1'20 on Luigi Circuit. He improved it last week and improved it once again this week, but could not manage to go faster than 1'20"09. Stephen needs to get the sub to score the Expert standard, so I suspect that he will try again.

#505 Jocelyn Sitek scored a 25pt AF cut, once again cruising up the charts and once again improving his best course, DKM. Jocelyn said that he didn't run into any walls this week during his 1'52"4 run, which was a 1.0s cut on last week's time and ranks in at 212th place. Jocelyn's new 36"5 lap was an equally impressive 0.5s cut, and scored him his top-200 time (he was 263rd here, now 200th) as well as his first Expert A time. His other improvements were all in Special Cup's tracks, where he improved most of his times to top-500 level.

#669 Mark Vizza scored a plentiful 21 new PRs and moved up 12 places. Among them was a 33'7 Dry Dry Desert lap, which was his second (besides Rainbow lap) Advanced time but was his first top-600 time. Mark also improved his Luigi Circuit lap and both Mushroom Bridge times by fifty positions. Two new players also joined this week a little ways behind Mark, which perhaps give him some rivals.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Dan Lewis, USA (892nd, Beginner B)
Zach Orlosky, USA (810th, Intermediate D)
Alex

Got punched right in the childhood this week

Alex @ Friday, August 15th 05:23AM   [link]

Movement

#2 Andreas Rudmarker had three forgotten PRs to report. He said he raced them a few months ago but that they were very small cuts and didn't help him against #1 Richard. Two of his cuts were in DK Mountain: a 0.03s cut in the 3lap and 0.01s cut in the lap. He didn't gain any places with those. However, his third and final PR was a 60Hz record and it helped him reduce his 60HZ AF to below 6 points (where he is still No. 5).

#42 Mikael Johansson improved both of his Luigi Circuit times from Titan+ to Myth D level. His 1'15"8 course time was a 0.15s cut and was nearly a top-30 time, while his 24"65 lap was an gain of 10 positions. Mikael maintains a seven position lead on nearby rival Jacob.

#339 Stephen De Winter also improved both of his Luigi Circuit times. He improved his 3lap time by 0.4s, moving it up from 433rd to 386th place, and made a small cut in the lap. Luigi Circuit is one of Stephen's weaker tracks and accounts for 2 of his last 6 remaining Advanced times, so he may be motivated to go for 32/32 Expert if he can score a good result there.

#356 Daniel Pabst returned, after ten months away, with 7 new times in lovely 60Hz. His biggest improvements were grabbing a sub-1'20 on Sherbet Land, a 36"2 Dino Dino Jungle lap, and a 49"2 Bowser's Castle lap: each of them was a new Expert D time and each was about 60 positions improvement. Daniel is already an Expert, so his immediate target and goal is mostly likely to finish his 60Hz timesheet and aim for top-250 in 60Hz -- he is only missing two scores.

#528 Jocelyn Sitek moved closer to the top-500 this week, reporting 6 new cuts. A few of them were in his self-professed 'weakest' tracks, such as Peach Beach and Yoshi Circuit. He raced a 0.7s cut in the former and a 2.1s cut in the latter, although his times are still not better than his average. Apart from playing his weakest, he also played his strongest track and was particularly annoyed at hitting a wall on the last lap of DK Mountain and still managing to improve his time from 1'54"1 to 1'53"5 (good enough for top-250!). He also improved his lap to 37"0, further cementing the Mountain as his best track.

#681 Mark Vizza had 10 new times this week and focused on his weaker level, notably reducing his number of remaining Int C times from ten left to just four left. The rest of his timesheet is either Int A or B, with the exception of Mark's two Advanced times, which explains why he focused mostly on those particular courses.


New Records

Andreas improved the 60Hz Wario Colosseum lap record to 57"625, a 0"3 seconds cut for him. The previous record was Ryan Stevens' 57"87, so Andreas beat it by some margin. His time also beat Andrew Math's lap, which cost the 60Hz champion a small amount of AF. Andreas is now back on the 60Hz WR tally with 1 record, dispossessing Ryan from his only record. Andrew Math continues to lead that tally with 22 records, 14 of which he raced this year.


New Players

None this week, but Anna Moon submitted her missing Rainbow Road from last week. She debuts in the AF charts in 718th place and moved up to Intermediate B level.
Alex

Dragon's Dogma is great

Alex @ Friday, August 8th 05:34AM   [link]

Movement

#42 Mikael Johansson decided to do some "cleaning up" and defeat his nemesis, DK Mountain. His old times from January were ranked around 140th place and both were Hero D, whereas his new 1'47"3 3lap and 34"8 lap are Titan D and ranked in the top-75. They're certainly not Mikael's strongest times, but they were big cuts that pushed him to reach Titan+ level. His current weakest tracks are Rainbow Road and Wario Colosseum, which are still top-75 anyway, so Mikael doesn't have many weaknesses left. Unfortunately, despite scoring such nice times, Mikael only passed one player in the ranking this week (Gregor F).

#49 Jacob Purcell was also active and reported a sub-2'02 course time in Wario Colosseum. It was one of his equal-weakest Titan D times, and his new cut was Titan C.

#537 Jocelyn Sitek managed to improve his last 6 remaining Intermediate A times to Advanced level (3x Adv C, 3x Adv D), laying claim to 32/32 Advanced. He reported that he worked on DK Mountain a lot over the weak with the intention of improving it to 60Hz top-100 (it's currently 262nd overall and No. 188 in 60Hz), but couldn't manage to beat it. Meanwhile, he managed to sub 2 minutes in Dino Dino Jungle and raced a 100-position cut in Waluigi Stadium 3lap. However, Jocelyn's best cut of the week was Mushroom Bridge lap 28"8, which was a 130-position improvement for him. But, for some mystery reason, he only managed to improve his 3lap by four positions! His cuts were enough to get him over the next line and reach Advanced C ranks.

#693 Mark Vizza pushed past the top-700 barrier with 8 new PRs, including a 0.6s cut in Yoshi Circuit lap. Three of his new times were newly Intermediate As, which helps his goal of reaching 32/32 Intermediate A in the coming weeks.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Anna Moon, UK (~757, Intermediate C)

Anna joins us from the SMK and MK64 sites, so the Double-Dash physics--crazy MTs and hurty fingers--are a little confusing at first, but she hopes to get the hang of it. She submitted 15 of the 16 tracks, so I assume she hasn't yet completed Rainbow Road without messing up.
Alex

Shiny!

Alex @ Sunday, August 3rd 05:45AM   [link]

Sorry about the late update, guys. Our webserver was being upgraded and we had some down time. This update is for times submitted before 1st August.

Movement

#43 Mikael Johansson powered up to finished the month strongly, passing players such as Rodolphe G, Trystan P, Stefan v D, Kyle C and Stephen M this week. Mikael once again built up a lead on Jacob, refusing to let him through. His 6 PRs were all quite substantial cuts. First, on Peach Beach, came sub-1'09 and sub-22 improvements, the former becoming a new Myth D time and the latter touching the God standard (3 standards cut!). Although it was Mikael's first god time, it actually isn't his highest ranked time (31st place). His highest ranked time is his new Waluigi Stadium 3lap of 1'39"5 (27th place), which was a whole second cut. Mikael expressed surprise at how high it ranked and suggested that perhaps WS is an underplayed course. Last but not least, Mikael improved both Baby Parks from Titan D to Titan+, subtracting about 35 positions from each. With a 0.53 ARR cut, Mikael is now only 0.04 away from a promotion.

#49 Jacob has some PRs waiting in the queue, but they came through only yesterday and I'll update them next week. For now Mikael is enjoying his safety buffer.

#547 Jocelyn Sitek had a single day to play over the week, but made it a success by scoring 6 PRs. His aim was to get all times to Advanced level and he succeeded in converting 4 Intermediate times to Advanced D. He has 6 more remaining. Highlights from Jocelyn's PRs this week are Luigi Circuit 1'22"0 and Daisy Cruiser 1'48"8, both of which were 100+ positions cut for him. Meanwhile, his 32"7 Dry Dry lap was a 114 position cut.

#647 Matt Wills's 54pt AF cut was not quite enough take him to the Advanced Ranks, but it was plenty to promote him to Intermediate A and half-way through towards Advanced. With 23 new times under his belt, this week saw Matt raise his number of Advanced times from 3 to 11. His best time is still the Dry Dry lap from last week ranked 528th, but this week Matt raced two new top-600 times on Peach Beach and Bowser's Castle. Expect more next week?

#701 Mark Vizza reported 5 new times and gained a few positions, but stopped just shy of passing the 700 barrier. He reduced his remaining Intermediate C times from 12 down to 10, and is hoping to soon have 32/32 Intermediate A.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Still more World Cup news: apparently Germany partied so hard that the players damaged the trophy

Alex @ Wednesday, July 23rd 06:12AM   [link]

Movement

#48 Mikael Johansson remained in 48th place this week, but produced two strong times on Mario Circuit to continue his long activity streak. His new times were both ranked in the top-30, which was a new record for him. The course time of 1'28"6 was Titan+ and the new 28"14 lap was a leap of two standards down to Myth B, which is his equal best. Actually, both times are Mikael's first top-30 times, which makes Mario Circuit his top track at the moment.

#49 Jacob Purcell reached the top-50 as well, and also hit Titan A level, after improving his Dry Dry Desert for a second week in a row. He cut 2.7pts in AF to pass Jean L, Emmanuel D, and Flynn H in the rankings. This puts Jacob back to one position behind Mikael, and he might be to overturn the tables on his rival for the first time since January. In a replica of last week, Jacob cut a full second off his 3lap time (1'32"3 to 1'31"25), which not only ranked in the top-25 but was an upgrade of five standards (Titan A to Myth A). His lap improvement was even bigger: a 54-position cut and jump by seven standards (Titan D to Myth B)--which makes me wonder why his previous time was so poor. Jacob made sure to let us know he was pleased with his improvements by submitting them four times. Somewhat surprisingly these cuts don't make DDD Jacob's best track since he already has very strong showings in both Baby Park and Dino Dino Jungle, but at least Dry Dry is no longer dragging him down.

#340 Stephen De Winter improved his Bowser's Castle lap and passed Phung T and Michael J in the rankings. His new 48"3 lap was a 0.4s cut and gained him 30 positions in its chart. It was Stephen's fifth best time to date, and pushed his ARR a little lower: he needs another 0.1 points to reach the next standard up.

#562 Jocelyn Sitek's vacation started and he had a new DK Mountain time to unveil: a 1'54"1, or 2.5s cut, to score his first Expert B time. It's currently Jocelyn's best ranked time (262nd) and substantially above his AF of 597, and it was also a 60Hz top-200 time. I'm not sure if "being on vacation" means Jocelyn will play more or less over the next week. We'll have to see.

#696 Matt Wills improved all 32 of his times in his first week on the site, scoring a 178pt AF cut and moving up 166 positions. He reported that he was still practicing SSMTs and not quite to the level of trying A-tech, but it's on his mind. His best times are no longer on Peach Beach: he is now a desert dweller with Advanced times in Dry Dry Desert, the best of which is ranked 527th. His ARR improved from Beginner level to Intermediate B, so another strong week could see him reach the Advanced ranks.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Crazy and unpredictable world cup draws to a close. Now to wait for the new club season.

Alex @ Wednesday, July 16th 05:48AM   [link]

Movement

#48 Mikael Johansson triumphantly broke into the top-50 by passing not just Ivo vd S, but also Flynn H, Emmanuel D, and Jean L. Mikael scored 4 PRs to make this move happen, and unfortunately #51 Flynn was a victim to it and fell outside the top-50 once more. Mikael's 3pt AF cut came courtesy of Special Cup improvements, in particular Dino Dino Jungle and Bowser's Castle. Although he says he still requires the shroom boost for the shortcut, his new 1'44'4 DDJ course time was a 0.8s cut and improvement from 55th to 32nd. He also improved his lap to Myth D level with a speedy 33'65. Meanwhile, in Bowser's Castle Mikael improved his course time by 0.7s and narrowly missed a 2'20-sub, but he made up for it by scoring a 46-sub. Mikael remains Titan A for now but has increased his Myth count to 9/32 and is steadily making his way towards the next promotion.

#52 Jacob Purcell moved slightly closer to the top-50 barrier himself by passing three players: Ivo, Andrew W and Thomas v L. He had only one improvement to report but it was a big one: a full one second cut in Dry Dry Desert from 1'33"3 to 1'32"3. The new time ranked in 55th place and was three standards higher than the old, despite Jacob missing out on the Titan+ standard by only a tiny margin. Jacob's ARR score dropped to 7.58 (Titan B), which means he's getting very close to joining Mikael at the next rank up.

#566 Jocelyn Sitek had a ton of new improvements to report--a total of 28 of them--and submitted his (yes, his!) last missing time. He debuted in the AF charts in 566th place, although is already showing promise by scoring a top-300 time in DK Mountain this week. His new cuts averaged 110 positions improved across the board, the biggest of which was a 239 position improvement in Baby Park lap. He instantly reached Advanced D level with his new cuts and so far has 2/32 Expert times. Jocelyn reported that his short term goals were to score a top-250 time (most likely in his best track: DKM) and to reach the AF top-500.

#862 Matt Wills, who is quite active in MKW, joined the MKDD rankings this week. He debuted in the lower half of the ladder and may take some getting used to MKDD's lack of bikes, wheelies and sensible control. Let's see how far he can improve! He has mostly Beginner times and a few Intermediates, the best of which are both in Peach Beach. That's a good level to practice A-tech in.


New Records or Players

Welcome to...

Matt Wills, USA (#862, Beginner A).
Alex

According to the MKDD country AF rankings, Netherlands beats Germany beats Brazil

Alex @ Tuesday, July 8th 06:49AM   [link]

Movement

#52 Mikael Johansson was impressed by Jacob's forays in Dino Dino Jungle last week and decided to return to the track, himself. He couldn't manage to beat Jacob's 1'44 but improved his own time from 1'45"7 to 1'45"2, nearly half a second and scoring a new Titan B time. It was Mikael's 23rd Titan B time: he still has several Titan C and Ds left, and two uncharacteristically weak Hero times remaining. Mikael gained some ground on #51 Ivo in the rankings and should pass him with his next PR, although #50 Flynn may require several PRs to reach.

#55 Jacob Purcell expressed some disappointment over lack of play time this week but managed to eke out a new Mushroom Bridge lap, a 26"06, which was good enough for the top-50 and good enough to beat Mikael's time (in fact, to push Mikael's time to 50th place). It was also a new Myth C time for Jacob, who doesn't have any uncharacteristically weak tracks at the moment but is still waiting to join his rival in the Titan A ranks.

Newcomer Jocelyn Sitek sent in 15 of her 16 missing lap times to score a massive 3.6pt AF cut in ARR and jump from Beginner A to Intermediate B. She also improved her course times by about 10 seconds in total and welcomed a second Advanced time in Daisy Cruiser. Later in the week she played her best track, DKM, and pushed it beyond expectations, not only racing top-400 times but also her first Expert D times (both lap and 3lap). Each was an improvement of over 200 positions. Jocelyn is still missing a Rainbow Road time.

#704 Mark Vizza is heading out of town for two weeks and had limited time to play. He managed to score 6 quick PRs, enough to catch up to #702 Henrik S and Patrick S, but not enough to pass them. Jocelyn just passed Mark in ARR, so he may have a rival to contend with when he returns.


New Records and Players

None this week...
Alex

World Cup continues to excite with 90th minute goals and man-of-the-match goalkeepers

Alex @ Tuesday, July 1st 07:24AM   [link]

Movement

#52 Mikael Johansson reported a pair of new Yoshi Circuit times to finally reach Titan A level. His new 1'42"4 course time was his 8th Myth time and a big jump from 47th to 35th place, whereas a 32"8 lap was enough to secure a top-30 time but not quite the Titan+ standard. Mikael passed Andrew W and TvL in the rankings and moved a few steps closer towards a coveted top-50 spot. He said that he is enjoying the Swedish summer and that it's a good season to score big times.

#54 Jacob Purcell powered ahead of Benoit B, Jeremy M, Ian G and Christian K this week thanks to 4 strong PRs. He ended up cutting 3.5 AF points in the combined chart and also passed Ian and Benoit in 60Hz to reach No. 31 there. His showstopper PR was a 1"44"0 on Dino Dino Jungle, in which Jacob says he managed the shortcut without a mushroom and it helped him cut 2.0 seconds off his time: he improved from 81st to 24th in that chart and scored a new Myth time. Additionally, Jacob scored a new Myth time on DDJ lap with 33"5, also a top-25 time. His other cuts were on Mushroom City lap and Wario Colosseum lap, where he improved by 17 and 12 positions (resp.). Jacob gained a few lost positions on Mikael and is also threatening to displace someone from the top-50 soon.

#217 Brett Edwards passed 9 players despite expressing disappointment at his lack of time to seriously play. He still managed to produce 3 PRs: a 1'32"1 on Mario Circuit (up 40 places), a 1'44"6 on Waluigi Stadium (up 53 places), and a 33"2 lap on Waluigi Stadium (up 58 places). All of these cuts were Expert B level and they helped push Jacob over the line to become Expert A overall. Jacob's next likely goals are to reach Hero level--he has 5/32 Hero times so far--and the top-200.

#704 Mark Vizza targetted some of his weaker tracks and came up with 12 PRs for the week. He reduced his number of times outside 800th place from 8 down to 4. Perhaps his top cut this time was his new 9"56 Baby Park lap, a 0"1 cut for him and a gain of 62 positions on what was his weakest track.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Serena Briggs, USA (#897, Beginner B)
Jocelyn Sitek, France (~925, Beginner A) only 3laps
Robert Bullard, ?? (~1154, Newbie)

Three new players this week! Serena has a full timesheet and a few Beginner A scores, but not yet any Intermediate times. Jocelyn is ranked lower and is missing all of her laps, but also has an Advanced time on DK Mountain ranked 583rd. Robert has only submitted Luigi Circuit scores so far and most of his timesheet is blank.