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By galen_colin, 6 days ago, In English

UPD: We are doing this duel May 19th (today) 17:00 GMT.

Hi. NAC (ICPC's North America Championship) is in less than two weeks. We've done absolutely fucking nothing for it. So, what better way to get in shape than public humiliation?

Our team — Shayan, sam571128, and me — will stream (on Shayan's channel) a form of head-to-head duel against each other. For now, it will be on something like 1400's. If this turns out to be fun, we may do more of these streams, on harder problems (maybe up to 3000). It will tentatively start on Thursday, 9 AM ET (you'll also see it on the stream sidebar sometime soon) and will run for however long it takes me to have a winning score.

Tentatively, the format will be the simple idea of choosing a large set of problems and racing to finish it/solve the most in a fixed amount of time. We'll say that we can't look at each others' profiles or submissions. We can tell each other how many we've solved (we'll be in person together). Lying will be allowed (and encouraged). If you have a more interesting idea, let us know.

This is far from the best form of practice, but it's at least fun, so why not? There's some symbolism here — Shayan is a relatively new youtuber, and I'm a dinosaur, so this is in some sense a battle of the generations. That, or, it's not that deep. Either way, look forward to it. There will be plenty of banter involved, probably. Also maybe a bet for some amount of $.

Feel free to try to predict who will win. Wrong answers will be reported for "False information/Misinformation". Good luck.

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Instead of doing all that, you should run around with sticks and hit each other and see who is the last one standing. I believe that Shayan would win and it wouldn't be close.

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    We can do that after the world final. Before that, we all need each other in a healthy state.

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      I believe that partaking in such an event before the competition might prepare you better for mishaps that might happen during the competition. You wouldn't want to get hit in the face while you're solving the final problem and not know how to recover properly. Remember, "everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth" — Mike Tyson.

      Now, of course, getting hit in the face during the competition isn't likely, but I believe that training for such an occurrence is a more effective practice strategy than spamming out 1400-rated problems.

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        I think we should hire you as our coach for the world final. You seem to know how we should train.

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          touché

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    This is a serious suggestion btw cuz it is true shenanigans. Plus exercise increases cognitive ability, probably more so than solving problems 1000 points below your rating. Imma be mad disappointed if I click on the stream and I don't see something like this happening.

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    I don't think they'd want to replicate the incident during the Turkish IOI camp....

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      Why would they not want a chance to win world finals?

      (Note that according to my calculations this strategy has also a 20% chance of death so I guess it's not that advisable)

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    Last man standing match Shayan vs Sam vs Galen

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Great blog, I look up to you Colin!

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Shayan will win for sure.

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It will be a close competition between ostad Shayan and galen_colin

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I recommend watching anime instead for the optimal skill boost

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    Do you recommend Blue Eyes Samurai? (I know it's not considered an anime in principle, but anyway)

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      Sir, you can watch death note, It will definitely increase your skills of deception and give a boost to your intellectual abilities.

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      Watch classroom of the elite or haikyu

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      Watch Mob Psycho it's so good.

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It feels like an intense showdown between Gojo Satoru and Ryomen Sukuna, as well as Shayan and galen_colin. Both of them are perfect but I'm eagerly awaiting the outcome!

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Fuck it, it is 5:30 over here, we have to start in 3 hours and I couldn't sleep yet. I don't understand what is going on. I hope you haven't poisoned me guys.

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are yall not doing it?

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I messed up guys. It was 7 and I wasn't been able to sleep yet. I decided to go to uni right away. Next frame, it was 12! I have no idea what happened since I even had my alarms on for 8.

I hope we'll have a chance to do this another time.

Feel free to downvote this comment. I messed up and deserve that.

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    Next time you should share your channel with one of your teammates so they can stream in case you are sleeping.

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      This never happens again. But, definitely, I will share the channel with them.