Excuse us if we are still speaking a little bit of Russian, but we just got back from Moscow after our second season of the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup. And what an event it was!
With the top players from all over the world and some Russian flavor in the mix, the 2019 Moscow Finals of the Rubik’s Cube World Cup were filled with exciting action and surprising emotions. From the amazing story of Max Park dominating the tournament in the applause of everyone, to the newcomer Juliette Sébastien in the females-only speedcubing track and to the already viral Weyer brothers moment, this year was one we won’t forget anytime soon.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5. That’s right, it took Max Park 5 seconds (5.201 seconds to be precise) to be crowned the winner in the Speedcubing mode. He has also won the Fastest Hand mode, where he dethroned his rival and hero-best-friend, Feliks Zemdegs. All this considering Max competes with autism, which is what originally brought the Rubik’s Cube in his life, makes it even more memorable. Tears may have been shed by some of us at the awards ceremony.
Juliette Sébastien won the Speedcubing Female Finals against Dana Yi, our 2018 champion, while Ricky Meiler kept his top spot on the podium of the Re-Scrambling mode.
But undoubtedly, the moment of the night was the crazy Weyer brothers battle, where Philipp won against his brother Sebastian by 0,001 of a second! Yeah, we can’t grasp that either.
All in all, our Moscow Rubik’s Cube Finals were very exciting and we learned even more since our first Boston Red Bull Rubik’s Cube Championship in 2018. Once again, it was great to challenge the format of speedcubing by bringing top players head to head to compete with each other under pressure. Even Professor Ernő Rubik seemed quite impressed. Or were we the ones impressed by him? Maybe both.
What made our own experience memorable and what do we look forward to in the upcoming year? Here are our top 3 insights.
From the Russian team helping us out to make this happen to the local contributors and all the way to the players and their companions, everybody was extremely kind. Although it was a competition implying head to head battles, players were incredibly fair and respectful to each other. Seeing people from all over the world share the same love for this sport was truly humbling for us and we are glad we were able to provide a meaningful and player-focused experience to everyone who participated.
that Russians are cool.
We didn’t really know what to expect before coming to Russia, but what we discovered was a very hospitable culture. We learned how Russians drink vodka (and might have had some with them, for learning purposes only), but we also learned that they are very friendly, helpful and dedicated people, with great work ethics.
Another lesson we take is that speedcubing is a sport interesting for a large audience, both on-site and online, as per our popular twitch live streaming.
to broaden the horizon!
The impact speedcubing has on some of the people we met is incredible and we want to see more of that. We are looking to open this sport up to a wider community and reach a global audience with our next events. We will take the mission to connect people from all around the world who like to solve a Rubik’s cube and try our best to provide a meaningful experience for them.
by the Playful Solutions team