2-1 Any%

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The warpless strat for this level has several interesting tricks. First, the pipe glitch can still be used to warp to directly to the "Tetris" autoscroll room instead of jumping on the bouncy arrow over the save ring, since only 1-1 warps are banned. After loading in on top of the pipe, simply press down and jump on the same frame as illustrated below. This saves between 1-2 seconds, though will cost time if you accidentally re-enter the pipe.

Insane shell jump strat with comparison: [1]

2-1 Warpless Pipe Glitch

After the autoscroll, the falling rock section can be skipped by bouncing off of any of the floating shyguys or jumping off any of the floating crates. It is recommended that you find a spot to jump such that you can just hold down forward and jump and the autoflutter will bounce off of one of the flying shyguys. A couple of strats are shown in the following GIFs:

2-1 Falling Rocks
2-1 Falling Rocks pt.2
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The warped route for this level makes use of the pipe glitch to activate the 1-1 warp. Completing 1-1 saves about 45 seconds over completing 2-1 normally, due to the long tetris autoscroll.

Please see the section on warps for information on activating the warp, and surviving the subsequent fall into level 1-1.