LYX, also known as LYX-TEST (エルワイエックス-テスト) or 迪拉克之海 (Dirac Sea), is a Chinese Touhou player, active since 2004, who has extensively played every game of the series. November and December of 2008 have been a very fruitful period for this player, bringing him five new world records. It's noteworthy that most of his greatest achievements are made with characters that are potentially best in terms of scoring, but at the same time hardest to master.
Aside from his native Chinese, LYX also speaks Japanese and English to a considerable extent.
Mountain of Faith
LYX is a a proficient Mountain of Faith player. As of July, 2010, he holds world records with Marisa-C in Easy, Normal, Hard, and Lunatic, which are all highest scores in the respective difficulty modes. His Extra score of 981 million (made on 2007/10/16) had been a world record as well, until たろー beat it with 990 million on 2007/12/22. His Normal and Hard mode records were toppled by 水月 in a similar manner, but later reclaimed.
LYX has been among the first players to exceed 2 billion on Hard mode of the game, and the first to exceed an important landmark of 2.2 billion on Lunatic. His current Lunatic record is the highest score ever registered in Mountain of Faith; in his Royalflare submission comments he thanks minama the first player to break 2.1 billion on Lunatic, and HS参謀 of Perfect Cherry Blossom fame, who provided support in achieving this goal. LYX and minama estimate it to be possible to squeeze 4-5 million more with perfect play. Likewise, 2.05 billion should be attainable on Hard mode.
LYX holds several notable records in Subterranean Animism, all made with Marisa-B. All of them were the highest in their respective difficulty modes registered at the time, proving the scoring potential of this character. The only exception was the Lunatic score which was less than 8 million away from then-current record by AM. The submitted replays were filled with advanced strategies lifted from UnKnown's landmark replays as well as LYX's own research on the subject.
As of July, 2010, his Hard record remains the highest overall Hard mode score, and his Lunatic score of 3.997 billion is the #2 Marisa-B score and the #7 highest overall. Easy and Normal records each stood for over a year before being toppled by にゃんこ in mid-2010 by a comparatively small margin.
Other Touhou efforts
He has also been one of the first players to research Undefined Fantastic Object's in-depth scoring routes, stumbling upon several early discoveries in doing so. Continued research and experimentation led LYX to the first 1.9 billion score set on the Easy mode, for which he used Marisa-A.
Aside from Touhou series, LYX also plays arcade shoot-'em-ups. As reflected on his Live.com blog, the games he has been playing recently are DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu 1.5, in which he recently attained over 799 billion points with C-Power ship, and Espgaluda II, in which he recently attained over 861 million points with Ageha.
Notable player scores
|Imperishable Night||Lunatic||Sk & Rr||5,526,604,740 (#5)||2007/07/06|
|Mountain of Faith||Easy||Marisa-C||1,568,890,490 (WR)||2009/07/16|
|Subterranean Animism||Easy||Marisa-B||678,795,190 (#2)||2008/12/04||33184 graze points.|
|Normal||Marisa-B||1,139,658,750 (#2)||2008/12/12||47761 graze points.|
|Hard||Marisa-B||1,962,607,560 (WR)||2009/02/17||60396 graze points.|
|Lunatic||Marisa-B||3,997,470,590 (#2)||2009/05/01||2 lives remaining, 86728 graze points.|
|Undefined Fantastic Object||Easy||Marisa-A||1,923,821,640 (WR)||2010/05/29||23254 graze points.|