Rubik's Nations Cup is an unofficial national team tournament that started at World Rubik's Cube Championship 2017. In this year's edition, 48 teams, where each team consists of three competitors of the same nationality, will compete in a relay format. This tournament will happen on Monday evening, the third day of the competition. Please read the rules below and we encourage everyone interested to team up and apply!
Rubik's Nations Cup 2023 is a knockout tournament event with at most 48 teams.Out of the 48 teams, the 16 teams with the fastest total times will advance into the Round of 32 through a walkover and 16 out of the 32 teams will advance after another match.Each team consists of three members, who will each solve a single 3x3x3 cube, one after another. Thus, the 3 team members will solve 3 cubes at 3 timers in a predetermined order.The winning team is determined by the fastest total time. In the case of a draw, the best individual solve for each team is used to determine the winning team.Standard WCA penalties (e.g. misalignment, timer stops/starts) apply for the solves.The three timers used by one team are independent timers that are not connected to each other. Each team member's times will be added manually and the sum will be considered the team's time.Results will not be stored in the WCA database.There is one judge per team.The judges for this event may exercise discretion in the case of disagreements and rule interpretation - their decision will be final.
Each team consists of three members of the same nationality determined by his/her nationality on the WCA profile on the qualification deadline for WC 2023.Team record refers to the sum of the members' official WCA 3x3x3 personal record averages (on the qualification deadline for WC 2023).48 teams will be selected based on the team record.Every country with at least three competitors participating in WC 2023 is guaranteed at least one team, regardless of the team record.Every country may have at most 3 teams. If there are less than 48 registered teams, then some countries may have more teams.Process of selecting the 48 teams: Each country's team with the fastest (lowest) team record is guaranteed a spot → After this process, the remaining spots will be filled with the fastest (lowest) teams records.
Inspection starts at the same time for both teams and applies to all three team members.Inspection must start only by the judge or the official MC. The judge or official MC must confirm whether both teams are ready to begin inspection before announcing the start of inspection time.Right after 8 seconds of inspection, the judge or official MC says "8 seconds".Right after 12 seconds of inspection, the judge or the official MC will start a countdown of 3 seconds. All team members must put down their cubes on the mat and place both their hands on the timers. If this is not done within the countdown, the team will receive a DNF.
Starting the Solve
The judge or the official MC announces the start of the solve/match immediately after the countdown. Only the judge or official MC can announce the start of the match.
During the Solve
While the first team member is solving, the second and third team members must keep their hands on their timers. The same applies to the third team member when the second team member is solving. Otherwise, penalty: DNF. While another team member is solving, the other team member(s) are allowed to continue inspection as long as their hands are kept on the timer(s). The second team member and third team member must start only after all previous team members have finished solving and put both hands back on the timers.