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Alex

Two epic matches tomorrow: Liverpool ManU and El Clasico

Alex @ Saturday, March 21st 07:52PM   [link]

Movement

#29 Stacy Needham and #30 Jamie Disley were the highest active players this week, both passing the same 4 karters: Kevin B, Sebastien L, Mikael J, and Cedric W. Stacy made it over the line and earned a coveted 20s ranking while Jamie is on the border of top-30. Jamie's cuts were both in Baby Park, reducing his 7lap from 1'05"6 to 1'05"000 on the dot to halve his position on that tracj from 66th to 33rd. He also scored a new Myth A times on the lap with an 8"61. Stacy had new PRs on Sherbet Land and Yoshi Circuit, improving his SL to Myth D level with a 1'15"2 and also nabbing a new Titan A and sub-1'43 course time on YC with a 1'42"8. Stacy is 0.2 AF points ahead of Jamie and 0.5 points behind #28 Olivier L.

#42 Jacob Purcell passed Kris W this week by racing two new god times on Dry Dry Desert. His new 1'30"7 3lap was a half-second cut and is now ranked 17th, while his new 28"08 was a quarter-second cut and is now ranked 15th. These are his highest ranked times at the moment, comparable to his 16th place in Peach Beach lap. Jacob's ARR improved to 5.86, which means there is only 0.36 further to go until a myth is written about him.

#101 Noah Murad queue jumped David L and is standing on the welcome mat of the top-100 club (#100 Ben Z is the bouncer). He was particularly surprised by his 0.26s cut in Dry Dry Desert lap to race a 28"6, which become his best ranked time (57th place) and surpassed his pride-and-joy and only Myth time on Mushroom Bridge lap (58th place). Noah subsequently felt motivated to try and beat his Bridge lap and make it his golden goose once again. It didn't work out, but he managed to improve his 3lap down to 1'20"20. Noah's other PRs included a first-try PR on Peach Beach 3lap, as well as his 10th Titan time on Bowser's Castle lap.

#140 Matt Wills had some new Peach Beach times to report as well, but was most pleased with his new Rainbow Road PRs of 3'02"3 and 59"89. His old PRs were among his last remaining 2014 PRs and he felt that they were overdue for improvement. The 3lap was a 2.0 second cut an his 24th Hero time, a big cut despite Matt feeling that it could go down a lot further. The lap was his 25th Hero time and first sub-minute time, even though he missed an MT. Matt has 7 Experts remaining, all of them Expert A.

#450 Mark Vizza passed three players this week to reach the next round number along the ladder. His 6 PRs included an impressive cut on Yoshi Circuit lap, from 35"58 to 35"14, to score his 4th top-400 time. It is ranked 380th place, only seven positions behind his all-time best score. His other big PR was a 0.53s cut on Waluigi Stadium to reach 21/32 top-500 times.

#510 Matt Piper had a 17pt AF cut to report, a sign that he can breach the top-500 in the next week or two. Matt focused on upgrading his old Intermediate times and he managed to convert 4 of them to Advanced level, leaving only 2 remaining. Matt's biggest cut was on Sherbet Land lap, going from 27"6 to 26"8 and jumping almost 120 positions. However, his best cuts were on Dry Dry Desert, where a 1'39"6 and 31"3 became his new highest-ranked times (381st and 384th). Unfortunately they were not Matt's first Expert times, both a little shy of the requirement, but Dry Dry now appears to be the most likely track to yield his first Expert.

#540 Martin Stevenson reported 18 PRs and managed to pass the inactive #547 Chance M, who is taking a break. All 8 of his remaining Intermediate times were taken up a notch, so Martin now has 32/32 Advanced. He also had 100+ position cuts in Luigi Circuit 3lap (523rd), Baby Park 3lap (547th), and Mario Circuit lap (546th), the last one being a 140 position jump. Thanks to these cuts Martin reached Advanced C status in ARR.

~786 Maxime Chailloux had a few new 3lap times to report, further improving the course half of his timesheet. His new times included a 1'11"6 Peach Beach (ranked 248th) and a 1'19"4 Luigi Circuit (ranked 304th). His top time is still his Hero time in Baby Park (176th), but he now has 8 top-400 times.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Alec Kircheberger, USA (~810, Intermediate C).
Alex

PSG v Chelsea, what a game!

Alex @ Saturday, March 14th 08:48PM   [link]

Movement

#33 Stacy Needham's 0.6pt AF cut was enough to pass fellow countryman Jamie D in the rankings, and it brought him very close to Cedric W. In Sherbet Land, Stacy's new Titan+ time of 1'15"4 pushed him from 50th to 40th; similarly, a 0.1 cut in Yoshi Circuit lap pushed him from 44th to 35th; and finally, his 28"34 lap in Dry Dry Desert was fast enough to hit the Myth B standard. Stacy has only two scores remaining that are ranked outside the top-50.

#147 Matt Wills raced a 8"75 lap on Baby Park that instantly became his third best standard, hitting Hero A level. It was also his fourth best ranked time and is currently in 126th place. Matt also beat his two oldest times from last year, on Mushroom Bridge, with a 1'21"6 and 26"5 -- both about 0"3 quicker and both reaching Hero B status. The three little ARR cuts from these PRs were enough to get Matt over the line to become a Hero C player.

#285 Jocelyn Sitek made a strong return from two months break with 15 PRs resulting in a 26pt AF cut and passing more than twenty five players on his journey to the top-300. Luigi Circuit was his only remaining Advanced time and worst ranked time, but Jocelyn was pleased to race sub-1'20 there and improve it at least to Expert D level. With this he reached 32/32 Expert, and hopes to get 32/32 Expert C soon since he only needs two improvements. Despite his frustration with the LC 3lap, Jocelyn blitzed the lap with a 25"5, up from 354th to 238th place, which is now his highest ranked time outside of DK Mountain. If he can do so well in the lap then perhaps he will resolve his 3lap problems. Jocelyn's other highlights include: a 29"78 lap in Mario Circuit, his first sub-30; a 1'41"1 in Mushroom City to slice a full second (and 67 positions) off his old time; a big cut in Dino Dino Jungle from 1'52"5 to 1'50"5 to break two standards; and a 2.5s cut in Bowser's Castle after figuring out how to avoid the fireballs, racing a 2'28"3 as a result.

#452 Mark Vizza had a few new PRs to report, and is getting quite close to the next ARR standard. His biggest cuts were a 1'47"7 on Daisy Cruiser (0.9s improvement) and 1'49"6 on Waluigi Stadium (1.5s improvement), and he increased him number of top-500 times to 19/32.

#526 Matt Piper is on the other side of the top-500 but raced a 20pt AF cut to reduce the distance. Matt's biggest cut was on Baby Park, no doubt figuring out an improved strategy because he improved his time from 730th place to 441st and got it down to Advanced A level, currently his equal best standard. Among his 10 PRs were a few other big moves, such as Peach Beach 1'14"2 (up 70 places), Dry Dry Desert 31'5 (up 75 places), and Mario Circuit 1'37"5 (whole second cut). Matt's PRs were all in the first two cups, so he likely still has many levels that he didn't attempt last week.

#546 Chance Mewherter kept pace with Matt by racing a 21pt AF cut himself. He reached Advanced C level and had 13 PRs for the week but intends to take a small break to rest his hands. From those 13 PRs, 11 were focused on converting his Intermediate times to Advanced and he succeeded for 11 out of 12 of them, which means he has a single Intermediate time left, on DK Mountain, preventing him from getting 32/32 Advanced. Many of Chance's improvements were similar in size of about 60-70 positions, including Luigi Circuit x2, Waluigi Stadium x2, Sherbet Land x2, Yoshi Circuit x2. One PR that stood out more than the others was Dry Dry Desert lap 32"8, down from 34"4, a jump of 120 positions, and suddenly Chance's second best time.

#566 Luke Hubbard kept pace with both Matt and Chance by racing a 21pt AF cut himself. His 11 PRs were focused on Star and Special Cup tracks, where he managed to upgrade 4 Intermediate times to Advanced and reduce his remaining Intermediates to only 7 left. A few of Luke's cuts were similar in size to Matt and Chance's but his showpiece PR was no doubt the 1'56"1 Dino Dino Jungle: a huge 4.5s cut for Luke, and his second top-500 time. Currently ranked 481st, it's second only to his 439th-place Dry Dry Desert lap from earlier this month and is forty places higher than his next best.

~809 Maxime Chailloux had 16 new PRs for all courses, including a super 1'06"5 Hero D on Baby Park. Most of Maxime's other times are ranked 300-400, although he still has a few tracks that he has not yet figured out. Perhaps he will submit his lap soon in order to receive a ranking?


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

John Toland, Ireland (~1082, Beginner D).

John has only played Bowser's Castle and his scores are both Advanced B level, just outside the top-500.
Alex

5M

Alex @ Monday, March 9th 01:38AM   [link]

Movement

#15 David Schiering was the highest active player this week after improving his 60Hz Wario Colosseum time from 41st to 29th with a strong 0.7s cut. It was a new Titan A time for David, but unfortunately he lost a position in the 60Hz ranks (from No. 24 to No. 25) because he was passed by Jacob.

#31 Mikael Johansson got ahead of Cedric W in the ranking following two new Bowser's Castle cuts. Mikael said that he still much room for improvement, despite both times reaching Titan+ level and slicing off a few standards. His course time was his first sub-2'20 time and was ranked 32nd place.

#43 Jacob Purcell scored 5 PRs that included his second and third god times. First up was a 1'08"2 on Peach Beach, a small cut for Jacob but an important upgrade from his previous Myth+ time. It's ranked 20th place and is his second best time after his 16th-place lap on the same track. Next up was a 32"2 lap on Mushroom City, upgrading by two standards. Jacob's other highlight was a 24"56 Luigi Circuit lap, a big three-standards jump from Titan+ to Myth B and an equally big jump from 47th to 25th place. He also visited Mush City 3lap and Bowser's Castle for his other PRs, accumulating a 1.7pt AF cut and 0.3 ARR cut. As mentioned earlier, Jacob reach the 60Hz No. 24 spot by passing both David S and Gregor F.

#150 Matt Wills thought about switching Kart games last week but still gave Baby Park another go this week. He came within 0.01s of beating his flap multiple times, including tying it, which he found infuriating. But Matt also managed to improve his 7lap to 1'06"35, a new Hero C time and his ninth top-150 time. Matt remains Hero D in ARR and needs another 0.04pts to reach the next title upgrade.

#210 Will Dykstra raced a 4pt AF cut this week to push a few places closer to the top-200. His highlight was a 0.9s cut on Dry Dry Desert, progressing from 1'35"9 to 1'35"1 and scoring 167th place on the level, which was his seventh top-200 time. Two of his other cuts got very close: Daisy Cruiser 1'42"1 and 33"2 were nice cuts in terms of time saved and positions (about 40 each) but ended up ranked 203rd and 204th, just slightly outside the top-200.

In the first of a series of M- players, #456 Mark Vizza had 10 PRs this week and scored his 18th and 19th top-500 times. He has 13 of them left and, somewhat surprisingly, none of them are in the 'difficult' Special Cup that always gave me trouble. #543 Matt Piper is a slight distance behind Mark but made good progress with a 23pt AF cut. Matt has seven top-500 times but raced his first top-400 time this week with a 1'39"9 on Dry Dry Desert, ranked 398th. He said that it took him a long time to get it and that he was racing for the sub, so the top-400 placement was a bonus. Matt also improved 5 of his 14 remaining Intermediate times to Advanced level, which leaves him with 9 Int A times remaining and no more Int B times. He became an Advanced C player thanks to these multiple ARR cuts. Not to be confused with either Mark or Matt, #572 Martin Stevenson scored a 58pt cut from 21 PRs to make up a lot of ground on both other Ms. He is 27pts behind Matt at the moment, which is not a big distance. Martin's large 0.9pt ARR cut bestowed him with Advanced D status, perhaps enough to motivate him to give chase on the other Advanced players. Martin's times are primarily in the 600-700th range but he scored some abnormally strong times, such as 404th place on Baby Park lap -- a 200 position cut and his first Expert D time.


New Records

None this week.


New Players

Welcome to...

Zack Mosenson, USA (~1004, Beginner C).
Alex

What do you mean, blue-and-black? Blue maybe, but there's no black.

Alex @ Sunday, March 1st 07:16PM   [link]

Movement

#32 Mikael Johansson and #34 Stacy Needham continued their runs from last week, both moving up equal amounts. Mikael passed Scott D, Jake S and Jamie D to get a few steps closer to top-30 in AF. He played Sherbet Land once again and improved on both of last week's times with Titan+ times. His 24"15 lap was a jump from 56th to 32nd place, giving him a nice cut, while his 1'15"4 course time was a 0"2 cut but had an equally fast 24"18 final lap in it where Mikael must have made up a lot of time on his ghost. Stacy likewise passed Scott and Jake (almost catching Jamie) after racing three new times: a 1'31"4 on Dry Dry Desert, which was a new top-30 time and new Myth time; a 24"5 Luigi Circuit lap, which as also a new top-30 and new Myth time; and 1'15"96 Luigi Circuit to score a difficult sub. The new Myth times tipped the scales and Stacy now has a majority of Myth times.

#103 Noah Murad finally raced a Peach Beach lap he was happy with. His 22"18 reached Titan+ level and, ranked 69th, is his second best position after Mushroom Bridge (58th). Noah also continued practicing Bowser's Castle's tricky final lap obstacles and managed two new times, a new top-100 lap and a 0.9s cut on the 3lap that turned the Castle from his second worst time into one of his highest ranked course times. The Special Cup continues to give Noah some worry since his weakest tracks are there, especially Dino Dino.

#150 Matt Wills raced two new times on Luigi Circuit that ended up helping him achieve several of his immediate goals: first Titan time, first top-100 time, and reaching top-150 overall. His 1'16"7 and 24"9 (down from 1'18"3 and 25"3) were actually both Titan times and both top-100 times, and the 3lap was even Titan C. Matt also races two Yoshi Circuit times, the highlight of which was his 33"6 lap ranked 127th, his fourth best time at the moment. Together, these 4 PRs gave him the 7pt AF cut he needed to pass eight players standing in his path to #150. There remain 9 Expert times that Matt can try to convert to Hero level, but he says he may take a break and play a different Kart game.

#458 Mark Vizza advanced 5 positions and had 6 PRs to report, including a new top-500 time on DK Mountain that tipped the balance in favour of top-500 times with 17 against 15. His biggest PR was a 1/3sec cut on Peach Beach, racing a 1'14"4 to improve what was otherwise his third weakest time. His next weakest time is Baby Park 7lap where, incidentally, he has an Expert-level lap ranked 150 positions ahead of his course time. Perhaps it's due for a reboot?

#565 Matt Piper completed his timesheet and debuted slightly ahead of a couple of active players. He filled in his 8 missing times and scored another 7 improvements on his existing times to progress from Intermediate C to Advanced D. He also raced 3 Advanced A times, his best standard to date, and looks poised to get an Expert time soon. His best time at the moment is 1'40"3 Dry Dry Desert, ranked 416th, and he has six top-500 times, but he also still has a number of times ranked 700+ and therefore Matt could spring many rungs up the ladder if he improves them.

#570 Chance Mewherter did a good job minding his own progress by scoring a 54pt AF cut, not noticing that Matt was about to emerge a few positions ahead of him. He particularly focused on his 7 remaining Intermediate B times, and upgraded five of them to Int A and two of them to Advanced, which gave him 20/32 Advanced and 12 Intermediate A time remaining. Chance also raced his first Expert D time this week: a 9'12 Baby Park lap ranked 385th and almost half the rank of his Yoshi Circuit times. Chance's 25 PRs are too many to list, but we can tell you that they resulted in a 0.8 ARR cut that allowed him to finally reach Advanced D status.

Both Matt and Chance should be wary of newcomer #584 Luke Hubbard, who is moving quite quickly behind them. Armed with an 87pt AF cut, Luke's first week on the site saw him score 20 PRs and shift weight to 21/32 Advanced times, enough to jump from his Intermediate B debut to Advanced D level already. He cut about 7 seconds on both DK Mountain and Dino Dino Jungle, so perhaps he starting taking risks with the shortcuts knowing now that he has to go for the shortcuts or fall behind on those levels. Luke's best time, by a good margin, is his 31"8 Dry Dry Desert lap ranked 438th. The Desert is his best course time anyway (536th), but his lap is Advanced A and perhaps his best chance at locating his first Expert time.

#636 Martin Stevenson ended his first month on the site with a 39pt AF cut, report 10 new scores for the week. He raised his Advanced tally from 6 to 11, and in the process managed his first Advanced B time (and so far his best ranked time) with a 39"6 lap on DK Mountain ranked 543rd. His previous lap was a few seconds slower, so no doubt this was a case of Martin getting the hang of the shortcut. It's only a matter of time before he makes some equally big cuts on his 3lap time. Martin's 0.7pt ARR cut now places him quite close to the Advanced-Intermediate border and he should be seeking a title upgrade soon.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Champions League again this week!

Alex @ Sunday, February 22nd 09:29PM   [link]

Movement

#4 Andrew Math set a new WR this week -- currently his third Combined record that was set in 60Hz. Check it out below! His AF improved by 0.06, bringing him a little closer to #3 Kouider B.

#15 David Schiering improved his 60Hz Baby Park time, a 1'05'"6, from Titan D to Titan B. It was enough to take him past Gregor F and Jacob P in 60Hz, where he moved up to No. 24 and one position behind his fellow countryman Kris Will.

#35 Mikael Johansson scored a pair of new Sherbet Land times: a new Titan A 3lap of 1'15"6 and a new Titan B lap of 24"29. They resulted in a 0.1 ARR cut to bring Mikael to a milestone ARR of 5.000. He said that he was not completely happy with either time and thinks he can go faster. Mikael cut 0.41 pts in AF and needs another 0.1 to pass Scott D. #36 Stacy Needham, one place behind Mikael, was also active and improved his Wario Colosseum lap to 59"60, but needs a little more to close the gap with Mikael.

#104 Noah Murad returned to the Bridge and Beach, as promised last week, but couldn't manage a PR. Then he tried Dry Dry Desert and cut down his time from 1'34"2 to 1'33"8 on his second attempt. Later in the week, Noah made a big improvement to his Bowser's Castle lap -- 46"9 down to 46"4 and 45 positions faster -- but said he was struggling with the 3lap because he was not yet accustomed to the positions of the obstacles on the last lap. Although still outside the top-100, Noah's 1.7pt AF cut got him ahead of Alan D and a few steps closer.

#146 Ashley O'Hara returned from a year away to score some new PRs on Mushroom City and Peach Beach. His 1'39"0 in the City was half a second quicker than before, and converted one of his 11 remaining Experts into Hero D. Meanwhile, Ashley's Beach times were quite large cuts: 3lap from 1'11"2 to 1'10'01 was a jump of 90 positions, 4 standards, and oh-so-close to the sub; and lap from 22"74 to 22"39 was a jump of 70 positions, 5 standards, and is now his fourth best-ranked time. Ashley passed seven players thanks to a 6pt AF cut to move back into the top-150 (although he didn't reach #144 Zach B, who had passed him last month), and he also became a Hero C player.

#158 Matt Wills had a 10pt AF cut to report and moved 11 positions up the ladder as a result of some large cuts in Daisy Cruiser. He slashed his lap from 33"4 to 32"7 (up 110 places) and his 3lap from 1'43"2 to 1'40"5 (up 153 places). Both times were Hero B and big jumps from their former Expert selves. The 3lap is ranked 113rd and is currently Matt's best ranked time by twenty positions, and he commented on how close it was to the top-100. Matt also improved his Yoshi Circuit from 1'46"3 to 1'45"4, up nearly 50 places and his 22nd Hero time. He has 10 Experts remaining, but they are all Expert A and not far from the Hero cut offs. Matt's victims this week included #160 Alvin v. A, #161 Lars N, #162 Matt F, #163 Timur A, and #166 Matt V.

#463 Mark Vizza made three submissions over the week, gathering 12 PRs. His highlights were a 39"0 lap in DK Mountain (a 0.8s cut) that was 68 positions higher, a 1'02"2 Rainbow Road lap (a 0.4s cut) that was 58 positions higher and his 4th Expert D time, and his 5th Expert D time on Baby Park with a 9"1 lap. He also increased his number of top-400 times from 1 to 3, and his number of top-500 times to 16/32.

#628 Chance Mewherter reported 11 new times and a 17pt AF cut, advancing 19 positions. He increased last week's 11 Advanced times to 15 and is getting very close to reaching Advanced level in ARR: still Intermediate A, but only 0.12pts remaining. Chance appeared to focus on his weak tracks this week because he improved 6 of his scores ranked lower than 700, leaving only 5 of them. Perhaps he will hunt them down next week.

#712 Anna Moon had a 5pt AF cut to report, taking a few steps closer to top-700. She played Peach Beach and Dry Dry Desert only, and really wanted the Advanced time in the Desert but had trouble keeping the mini-turbos straight in the end section with the bumpy dunes. Anna scored an Advanced D time in Peach Beach, her fourth so far, but had to settle for an Intermediate A in the Desert until she figures out how to get through the dunes without losing too much time.


New Records

Andrew improved his Bowser's Castle time from 2'17"56 to 2'17"337, improving his own 60Hz record but also scoring a new overall record. He beat Kouider's 2'17"45 and Richard's 2'17"40 (from 1.25 years ago) 50Hz times to get the overall record, and extended his 60Hz record lead over Richard to just over half a second. Andrew felt that his time was good but improvable, and he can see a 2'16 being possible.


New Players

Welcome to...

Luke Hubbard, UK (#672, Intermediate B).

Luke joins half-way between Chance and Anna. He has a full timesheet and his seven best times are ranked 500-600, but his eight worst times are ranked 800-900, so it looks like he has not played some tracks to his full potential.
Alex

Plant the chocolate, eat the flowers

Alex @ Sunday, February 15th 02:37AM   [link]

Movement

#43 Jacob Purcell scored two powerful PRs to pass USA rival Gregor F in the overall ladder, and take the No. 25 spot from David S in 60Hz. Gregor is still one position ahead of Jacob in the pure 60Hz ladder, but the difference between them is only 0.1 points. Peach Beach was already Jacob's strongest track and he improved his lap from 20th to 16 place with a 21"85. He also sliced 0.5s from his Daisy Cruiser to go sub-1'39 and clinch his sixteenth top-50 time.

#169 Matt Wills advanced 4 positions this week, making his way past Bill S, Jonas P, Roman T and Leandro C. He raced a 1'39"1 on Mushroom City 3lap, cutting almost 0.7s, and lowered his lap to 32"3. Both were new Hero times and the lap, ranked 154th, is among Matt's top five times to date.

#212 Will Dykstra is gradually closing in on the top-200, scoring 6 new times leading up to Valentine's. He had new times on Dry Dry Desert and Yoshi Circuit but his biggest cut was a 1'50"6 on DK Mountain, over two seconds quicker than before. It was also Will's new best-ranked time at 154th place, marginally ahead of his Mush Bridge lap, and he also improved his lap from 254th to 185th. Although he missed out on the Hero times in both cases and had to settle for Expert A times, Will already has three Hero times to his name.

#478 Mark Vizza raced 8 PRs and passed 5 players this week by reducing his AF to 498.4, his first time under 500. He also scored his second ever top-400 time, a 30"2 Mario Circuit lap ranked 391st, which was slightly behind his Wario Colosseum lap from last month (378th). This week's update also included his third Expert time, which somewhat surprisingly came from Baby Park, one of Mark's weakest tracks. Perhaps he will be able to improve his 7lap next

#647 Chance Mewherter powered ahead to a 55pt AF cut, passing 48 players. Chance said that he was trying to race smarter rather than harder, and thinking more about his mushrooms and racing lines. It paid off with 25 new PRs across the board. One of his biggest cuts was Baby Park lap 9"27, an improvement from 676th to 508th place and also an Advanced B time, his best standard. He scored similarly large 100-150 position cuts on Peach Beach, Dry Dry Desert, Sherbet Land, Wario Colosseum, and Bowser's Castle. Chance also became Intermediate A, partly thanks to increasing his Advanced times from 2 to 11.

~769 Matt Piper had 19 new times to report, filling in most of his missing timesheet and having only a few tracks to go. His ARR improved by three notches to Intermediate C, and his newest scores included 5 new Advanced times. Matt's best time is still his Dry Dry Desert 3lap (ranked 567th) from last week, but he submitted some new times very close behind it and should be able to beat it when he returns to the Desert.


New Records or Players

None this week.
Alex

Atletico take revenge for CL rout

Alex @ Sunday, February 8th 10:49PM   [link]

Movement

#4 Andrew Math improved two of his 60Hz WRs this week, which also helped his Combined AF a little bit and he is now 0.4 AF points behind #3 Kouider. Check his new records further down.

#35 Mikael Johansson passed both Xavier V and Stacy N this week. He had two new cuts on Wario Colosseum, both new Titan+ times: a 2'00"5 on the 2lap and a 59"71 lap. The lap was a top-50 time and beat Jacob's lap from last week, while Mikael's course time was a large 0.7s cut and a jump from 53rd to 39th place.

#105 Noah Murad forgot about the Bridge and Beach this week (maybe next time?) and took to the Road instead by racing new RR times of 3'02"5 and 59"29. I think these were part of his beat-all-my-2012-times quest, since his previous 3lap was a second behind and his previous lap was half a second slower. His new improvements rank in at 140th and 90th place, so the lap is better than expected but the 3lap is still below Noah's average rank of 111.5. Either way, the lap was Noah's 11th top-100 time and he is getting ever closer to reaching the overall top-100.

#217 Will Dykstra scored a 7pt AF thanks to 8 new PRs. Some were quite small but he also had a few highlights, most prominently four new top-250 times: a 33"49 lap on Daisy Cruiser (from 33"8), a 1'46"8 Yoshi Circuit (down 0"6), a 35"5 Dino Dino Jungle lap (down 0"4), and a 1'49"5 on the 3lap. Will's weakest standards were 4 Exp Cs and 1 Exp D last week, but his new cuts reduced that to just 2 Exp Cs. He became an Expert A this week and already has three Hero times under his best, so focusing on more Hero times will help him rush through the Expert As.

#482 Mark Vizza slightly pulled ahead of #511 Luke Mendel again this week, with the latter playing DK Mountain exclusively. Luke's new 1'52"7 was almost 2 seconds quicker than last week and, as a jump from 276th to 222nd place, is by far Luke's best time. He mentioned that he intends to play other courses in desperate need for attention soon. Meanwhile, Mark raced a dozen small new PRs and increased his AF lead over Luke by two positions. His biggest cut was 0.9 seconds in Waluigi Stadium (34 positions), but his best time of the week was a 2'34"0 in Bowser's Castle ranked 446th, his sixth best rank.

#665 Martin Stevenson joined last week and scored 20 new times to begin his quest for glory. He managed a 51pt AF cut to climb over 51 players. Martin already had 3 Advanced times -- two on Rainbow Road and one on Mushroom Bridge lap -- and doubled the size of his growing collection with Advanced C on Baby Park lap and double-advanced on Mario Circuit. His many cuts carried him to Intermediate A level in ARR, and a repeat of this week's cut next week might even take him up and over the Intermediates.

#695 Chance Mewherter was motivated to race 13 new PRs following the activity in his vicinity. His 23pt AF was good enough to reach the top-700, even though it was not enough to hold off Martin taking a small lead. Still, Chance was pleased to finally beat his thorn-in-the-side Baby Park times with a 1'09"2 and 9"4. They were Chance's first ever Advanced times. The lap was actually Advanced C, skipping over D, and is currently his best ranked time at 629th place. Chance's other improvements were mostly on elevating his Intermediate C times: he improved 6 of his Cs to Bs and has only 4 Cs remaining.

#842 Rudy Weitze has set a goal for himself to reach the top-500. He reported 7 new times this week to score a 21pt AF cut and is on the cusp of passing over the Beginner ranks, since he increased his number of Intermediate times from 4 to 8 and needs merely another cut anywhere to push past Beginner A and onward to Intermediate.

~957 Matt Piper, newcomer with still many missing times, had 8 new times to report. They were a mix of Advanced and Intermediate times, the best of which was ranked Advanced C. Matt's ARR improved from Beginner C to B but there is still a lot of upside and big moves to be made when he submits his other missing scores.


New Records

Andrew improved his 60Hz Mushroom City lap record from 30"892 to 30"823, a 0.07 cut. His old record was from just over a year ago and he extended his lead over Andreas's 30"92 to a tenth of a second. He also improved his 3lap to 1'34"222, a similar 0.08 cut on his old record from just over a year ago. Kouider is second place in that course and is half a second behind.


New Players

None this week.
Alex

A guy passed a ball and now everybody is furious

Alex @ Monday, February 2nd 01:39AM   [link]

Movement

#4 Andrew Math, the current 60Hz champion, reported 7 new times and they were all new WRs in 60Hz! Check them out in the records section. Andrew slightly improved his 60Hz AF to 1.34. His Combined AF also decreased by 0.25 to 3.9, giving him decent breathing room from #5 Hendrik B and taking him 0.5pts behind #3 Kouider B.

#15 David Schiering scored two 60Hz PRs, a 2'59"1 on Rainbow Road and a speedy 31"69 lap on Daisy Cruiser. He is still not happy with his Rainbow expedition, but the Cruiser lap hit the Myth A standard and passed a couple of players. David has also motivated his family to play: his wife Vanessa and little brother Patrick. Vanessa joined this week for the first time, while #694 Patrick, who last played in 2009, scored 3 new PRs and David reported that he will try to get more. Patrick's new times included two top-600 times, which are now among his 4 best PRs.

#37 Mikael Johansson reported 3 PRs this week. Mikael improved his Wario Colosseum lap from 1'00"33 to 59"95, gaining a new Titan A time and the sub. He also improved his Yoshi Circuit 3lap and Colosseum 2lap to score a 1.2pt AF cut. His nearby rival #44 Jacob Purcell reported 3 PRs this week. Jacob improved his Wario Colosseum lap from 1'00"25 to 59"85, getting a new Titan A time and the sub. He also prevented Mikael from stealing a win on him, despite being down 11-20-1 in match-ups at the moment. Jacob also scored some big cuts on Mario Circuit -- about 20 positions in both 3lap and lap -- to get a large enough AF cut to pass Jordan H in the rankings.

#107 Noah Murad pushed ahead of six players this week and aims to reach the top-100 in the next few weeks. With his 8 latest PRs, Noah has beaten half of his old times from 2012 since returning two months ago. This week's PRs included a new top-100 Peach Beach 3lap of 1'09"7 and a big 0.5s cut on Mushroom Bridge, from 1'20"9 to 1'20"4, that is currently Noah's third best-ranked time at 73rd place. He also improved his Mushroom City to 1'37"7, claiming his ninth Titan and tenth top-100 time. His 0.25 ARR cut was enough to ascend him to Hero A status this week, and he is confident of improving Beach and Bridge times further next update.

#173 Matt Wills passed three players this week thanks to two strong PRs on Peach Beach. His 22'64 lap, in particular, is ranked 154 and is his third best time to date. On the opposite side of the top-200 barrier, other-Will #288 Will Dykstra was frustrated by MK8 and 'returned to his original love' by hooking up his GameCube for the first time in twelve months. Will raced 18 new times, the highlights of which were a 32"5 Waluigi Stadium lap (his third Hero) and a full second cut on Rainbow Road lap 1'01"1 (up 120 positions). Will's 17pt AF cut saw him jump 17 positions, although it would take some work to reach Wills.

Closer to the top-500 area, #484 Mark Vizza and #511 Luke Mendel passed 7 and 5 players, respectively. Mark increased his top-500s count from 9 to 13 thanks to new times on Baby Park lap, Bowser's Castle and Dino Dino Jungle. These included Mark's fourth and fifth Advanced A times and Baby Park was only 0.06 away from being his first Expert time. In constrast, Luke focused purely on his strengths by continuing to play DK Mountain, the location of his only Expert times, and managed to improve both from Exp D to Exp C. Luke's new 3lap of 1'54"4 is ranked 276th and is far ahead of his AF score of 544, while his new 37"5 lap was itself a cut of 79 positions to reach rank 300. Despite Luke's impressive cuts, Mark slightly pulled away in AF and there are now 26 players between them.

#712 Anna Moon raced a 1'16"8 on Peach Beach this week, continuing building up her MT skills and trying to fit more MTs in each lap. She said she will continue playing the course in hopes of going a full second quicker. A few positions behind her, #715 Chance Mewherter found some free time from a busy schedule to score a 5pt AF cut and keep up with Anna. Both are gaining on #694 Patrick Schiering, who returned this week and may play more very soon, and all three are joined by newcomer #716 Martin S.

#859 Rudy Weitze had his exams delayed thanks to the snow storms, and invested his time wisely into some karting. He had 4 new times to report, particularly a big cut on Mario Circuit lap that earned him his first Advanced D time.


New Records

Andrew raced a number of new 60Hz records, many of them improvements on his own. The mark on Dry Dry Desert is 27"592, 0.03 quicker compared to Andrew's previous record from 2014, and also a G+10 time. In Mushroom Bridge, Andrew surpassed Kouider's 25"68 lap from 2012 with a 25"673, bumping up to a new G+6 standard. Sherbet Land lab 23"794 was a large 0.07 improvement on Andrew's old record from 2013, and is currently 0.1 ahead of second place. Andrew also improved both of his existing Yoshi Circuit records: 1'40"099 and 32"248, beating his own records by 0.1 and 0.01, respectively. Dino Dino Jungle 32"959 was a move from 3rd place to 1st, passing Richard and Kouider's times to score the first sub-33 lap in 60Hz. Finally, Andrew improved his own Bowser's Castle record to 2'17"565, up 0.06 and now 0.30 ahead of second place. Andrew now holds 24 of the 32 records in 60Hz.


New Players

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Vanessa Schiering, Germany (~1092, Beginner D)
Matt Piper, Canada (~1017, Beginner C)
Martin Stevenson, USA (716th, Intermediate B)

Vanessa has a few Beginner times in her blank timesheet but may receive some Myth-level tuition from #15 David. Matt has a few strong Intermediate times but is also mostly blank at the moment. Martin joins in an area with several active players to motivate him.