# TGM Improvement Logs

Thread in 'Strategy' started by XaeL, 17 Dec 2010.

1. ### XaeL

How long to...

Hi guys i'd just like some answers from some of the more accomplished guys.

How long did you play before:
1) Get GM in TGM1?
2) get 999/999 in TGM2?
3) get 999/999 in TGM3?
4) beat 500 torikan in tgm3 shirase?

2. ### Caithness

Re: How long to...

I haven't kept meticulous records like some people, so you'll have to settle for an estimate, but..

1) A couple years
2) A couple years
3) Haven't done it yet
4) Haven't done it yet

3. ### Zircean

Re: How long to...

1. 5 months
2. 11 months
3. Around a year and a half, I don't exactly know
4. 15 months as far as I can tell.

4. ### COL

Re: How long to...

1) 4 years roughly
2)few days (however I had previous heboris/tgm1 background)
3)haven't done yet (that's hard!)
4)idem (I don't play it actually)

5. ### DDRKirby(ISQ)

Re: How long to...

I hope this is just for curiosity's sake and not so you can go all Amnesia on us xD

from my records.txt, I have:
Started playing on 6/1/08
TAP Master S7 999 on 7/19/09
TexMaster Normal GM 999 (11:31:16) on 5/19/10
TGM1 GM 999 (11:53:55) on 5/21/10

So, for TGM1 it took me like 2 years, and TGM2 it took me like 1 year. But of course that's because I started with TGM2(+) and didn't even have a way of really playing TGM besides TexMaster for awhile. Actually, the first time I played TGM was when Kitaru brought it to Fanime, lololol. Before that I was like "what no firm drop? wtf"

As for TGM3, lolholdpiece.

This is all stupid though because I only really play death mode. So for TA Death...

I reached 100 on 6/28/08 (1 month)
I reached 200 on 7/19/08 (2 months)
I reached 300 on 9/21/08 (3.5 months)
I reached 400 on 2/15/09 (8 months)
I reached 500 on 6/2/09 (1 year)
Though the 500 was on NDS_TGM. I reached 500 on Texmaster on 11/5/09 some 5 months later, though I was busy doing other things like Typomino which explains the gap.

Also randomly I like to play with TAP movement on Shirase timings in NDS_TGM. I had a random game that went to level 455 on 3/11/09, which was better than my TAP Death mode record at the time I think, lol.

6. ### Caithness

Re: How long to...

NDS_TGM doesn't really count for Death mode, because it gives you bonus levels for clearing triples and tetrises.

7. ### DDRKirby(ISQ)

Re: How long to...

hence why i mentioned that

It also lets you do wallkicks with I pieces even in TAP movement mode.

8. ### Kitaru

Re: How long to...

I don't know precisely when I "started playing seriously," so these times are measured from the date on which I first achieved TGM1 S1 -- May 15, 2007. It's probably fair to tack a couple months on, as I might have started playing TGM with more persistence as early as December 2006. I had a brief stint with the game in 2003, but long enough for me to consider it time spent toward these goals.

1) ~5 1/2 months
2) ~10 months
3) ~1 1/2 years (if the first time posted a screenshot here is any indication, although it is entirely likely that I had worse 999s before that I didn't bother to post)
4) ~2 1/2 years (going off my Special Ti screenshot posted here, but I'm pretty sure I did it on Blockbox before that as well)

The TGM3 records are kind of crappy indicators of what someone could potentially accomplish, since those are modes I didn't really care to devote a lot of time to thus far. Zircean's 15 months seems more reasonable for a player with similar progression that actually cares about Shirase, haha.

9. ### rednefed

Re: How long to...

1. six months
2. 8-10 months (I searched the TAP thread here and it's unclear)
3. Just under a year
4. And a bit under 15 months

10. ### XaeL

Re: How long to...

Oh, and how many hours a day did you guys play? 4-8? or like 1-2?

11. ### Zircean

Re: How long to...

I played around 2-3 hours a day until I got TGM1 Gm. Then it started going down from there. I don't play nearly as much as I used to now.

12. ### aperturegrillz

Re: How long to...

First post on 2008/10/07 saying I had "just broken 400 in TAP Master". This took maybe one month after I'd started playing, so I guess you could add a month to each of these dates. When I first started playing TAP I wasn't all that serious about it, so it may have been longer but I hadn't really decided to play it with dedication until after I registered here.
First TGM1 Gm was 13:29:66 139097 pts on 2009/04/05, about 6 months after my first post.
First TAP Master 999 was S7 9:46:50 on 2009/07/16, about 9 months after my first post.
First Special Ti 999 was M7 6:03:23 on 2010/05/17, about 1 year and 7 months after my first post. I did a real TGM3 Master 999 later, during Sakuracon 2010.
First Sudden Ti 500 break was 599 3:00:91 on 2010/05/04, which is also about 1 year and 7 months after my first post. TGM3 Shirase break was also performed during Sakuracon 2010.

EDIT: and I doubt I've ever averaged more than 3 hours a day over any period of time. Probably less than that.

EDIT2: also, first TAP Master M was 8:44:75 on 2010/06/28, roughly 1 year and 9 months after my first post.

13. ### Muf

Re: How long to...

If you're a sucky Tetris player like me:

TGM1 Gm: 2.5 years
TAP 999: 3 years and counting
Ti 999: 3 years and counting
Shirase 501: 3 years and counting

14. ### cyberguile

Re: How long to...

Check my sign

15. ### Ai

Re: How long to...

I started playing TGM 05/01/08

1) 05/17/09
2) 05/27/09
3) Not yet achieved.
4) Not yet achieved.

I barely play Ti modes. The first year I played at least an hour of tetris a day on average. The amount then dropped to a few hours a week last year and this year probably not even 2 hours a week. About this year's resolutions... I'll have to do something about this next year. ;

If you want to make some fast progress I sugest you play frequently. I doesn't have to be very long and take a break every now and then.

16. ### aperturegrillz

As you may know, I've long had an interest in how people improve at TGM modes. After getting my TAP Master Gm I was interested to see my personal improvement. I made a little text file with a log of my records in every mode, viewable through here or my sig. Some noteworthy lengths of time:

First TGM1 Gm to first TAP Master Gm: 22.5 months
TAP Master first S9/999 to first M: 11.4 months
TAP Master first M to first Gm: 6.8 months
Sudden Ti first 500 to first torikan break: 8.7 months
TAP first Death M to first Master M: 2.7 months

Creating this took me about an hour of going through my post history; any other long-time players feel like making something similar? I'd be interested.

17. ### Kitaru

We had a similar thread in General a handful of weeks ago: "How long?"

I drew some of the information for that post there from a log I put together a while ago. Now seems as good a time as any to update that history:

Sept. 2nd, 2003 - First time playing TGM1. I sucked. If I recall correctly, grades were in the neighborhood of 3 and 4.

[--No TGM--]

(At some unknown point no later than December 2006, I started playing TGM again. I have no idea when I hit grade 1 or 2)
May 15, 2007 - TGM S1
May 30, 2007 - TGM S3, first 500 break I have a screenshot of
July 02, 2007 - TAP 1
July 19, 2007 - TGM S4
July 20, 2007 - TGM S5
Aug. 26, 2007 - TGM S7
Sept. 06, 2007 - Death 300+
Oct. 07, 2007 - TAP S1
Nov. 04, 2007 - TGM S8
Nov. 08, 2007 - TAP S4
Nov. 11, 2007 - TGM 999
Nov. 13, 2007 - TGM S9
Nov. 29, 2007 - TGM GM
Dec. 31, 2007 - TAP S6
Feb. 02, 2008 - 20G mode 999
Feb. 06, 2008 - TGM1 GM sub-13
Jun. 25, 2008 - Death M (clone)
Nov. 18 2008 - TAP S8
Jan. 26, 2009 - Solo Doubles clear
Mar. 16, 2009 - TGM1 GM sub-11
Jun. 15, 2009 - M-Roll clear? (clone)
Oct. 02, 2009 - TAP S9
Nov. 20, 2009 - Death 900+
Dec. 06, 2009 - TAP M (twice)
Dec. 07, 2009 - TAP GM (third M-Roll unlock)
Apr. 08, 2010 - Ti MK (clone)
Oct. 24, 2010 - TGM sub-10

I don't have old screens on this laptop but I'm reasonably confident that everything here is correct. These are also just milestones for now since that's what the log I was building upon had; it should give a good indication of the general progression.

I couldn't find some things like Shirase 500 break and such. My first 500 hits/breaks were on Blockbox, so I don't really care to figure that all out right now.

18. ### aperturegrillz

I tried to find that thread but I assumed it was in the strategy subforum, haha

19. ### DDRKirby(ISQ)

I've got a giant records.txt file that has all of my current bests, followed by a very lengthy log that I update whenever I get a new record.

something like this:
Code:
=====
6/8/10
KeyBlox 40-key 40 lines - 44.034
Very close to my 10-key time now.  This took an unbelievable amount of tries...
I don't use hold anymore.  I need to get better at finishing and not choking at the end.
=====
11/22/10
TexMaster Normal - Lvl 999 (GM) - 11:19:35
Been working on TGM1 these days, to improve consistency even more.
=====
11/28/10
Tetris Friends 40 lines - 57.24
Last minute, for seeding to the harddrop TF VS tourney, lol.
=====
12/8/10
TGM - Lvl 999 (GM) - 11:50:01
Only like 4 seconds of improvement 9_9.  I still suck at recovering from mistakes.  I need to work on this a lot more.


20. ### tet2brik

Very interesting post.
Now i understand why i have such problem to get 999 lines.
My personal record after 1 month of playing is S6 - 812 lines @ 12:19:58 - 01/15/11 but now i really have difficulties to improve my play. I’m playing essentially in 20G mode and i usually lose after 300 lines.
When i read that most of you guys become GM after 6 months of playing, i feel better.

Now let’s training again