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DanTDM explains why “ultra hardcore” Minecraft series is hardest yet

Published: 3/Feb/2020 11:53

by Andy Williams


Dan ‘DanTDM’ Middleton has announced that he’ll be embarking on his toughest challenge yet in his new “ultra hardcore” Minecraft YouTube series.

Despite being over a decade old, Mojang’s open-world sandbox title is still one of the most popular titles across all platforms, with millions of people logging in each year to create, design and survival in a randomly generated world. 


Thanks to YouTubers such as Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg and Tom ‘Syndicate’ Cassell with his fan-favored ‘Minecraft Project’ series, the Minecraft flag is still flying high on the Google-owned platform.  

Mojang's Minecraft.
Minecraft offers a seemingly endless expansion of the pixelated universe.

Another YouTuber responsible for Minecraft’s massive popularity is DanTDM, formerly known as ‘The Diamond Minecart,’ — who boasts over 22 million subscribers on YouTube alone thanks to his engaging gameplay and entertaining series.


And after ‘completing’ Minecraft by ticking off all of the in-game challenges (in a hardcore run no less), Dan is embarking on his next escapade — ultra hardcore Minecraft. 

What is ultra hardcore Minecraft, you might ask? Essentially, the 28-year-old is starting from scratch, but taking his flagship ‘hardcore’ series “to the next level.”

His brand-new hardcore world is now decked out with 342 mods, which are designed to make life much more difficult for the YouTuber. 


According to DanTDM, the vast majority of his mods will insert new creatures he’ll need to battle and dimensions to explore into the world, all of which will prove to be much more problematic than the challenges players face in the base version of the game.

To give himself a fighting chance though, the YouTuber is also utilizing two mods to help his quest: one to craft ‘Totems of Undying’ and another which will allow him to gain more hearts.

While loading into the new world, Dan pleaded not to land on an island (due to the limited resources). Of course, he immediately jinxed himself with the comment, as the Minecraft gods placed him in one of the worst possible spawn points — off the edge of a cliff, and on an island. 


Despite a poor start, Middleton made good headway and managed to craft a set of iron tools and a plethora of harvesting materials, that should put him in good stead for the rest of the series. 


xQc calls out Forsen after setting his record Minecraft speedrun time

Published: 14/Oct/2020 23:11

by Brent Koepp


Popular Twitch star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel lost it after achieving an incredible Minecraft speedrun time. The former Overwatch pro hilariously called out fellow streamer Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors, and challenged him to beat his record.

For many, xQc has become the face of Twitch over the last two years. The former Overwatch pro is one of the most followed channels on the platform, and consistently pulls in 30-40k viewers each time he goes live.


During his October 13 broadcast, the Canadian exploded in excitement after setting a new personal record when beating Minecraft. Celebrating, the 24-year-old called out Forsen and dared him to pass his speedrun time.

xqc beating minecraft personal best
Twitch: xQcOw
The Twitch streamer celebrated beating Minecraft in a record time.

xQc challenges Forsen to beat his Minecraft speedrun time

Despite releasing over a decade ago, Minecraft continues to be one of the most popular games on Twitch. In 2020, streamers like xQc have been trying to beat the game in record time in front of viewers.


After months of previous attempts – some that ended in disaster – the stars finally aligned for Lengyel on October 13 when he managed to complete the title incredibly fast.

Using the Nether bed trick to slay the Ender Dragon quickly, the former Overwatch pro was able to take down the final boss and achieve a speedrun record of just 33 minutes. “Holy s**t!” he screamed as beast died.


Elated, the star exploded in celebration over his new time. “33! Beat that s**t!” He then hilariously called out Forsen who has also been speedrunning Minecraft. “Beat it, Forsen! Beat it! 33:49! Nearly sub-30!” he said, slamming his fists on the desk.

xQc challenged the fellow Twitch personality to attempt to beat his record. “Beat that, baby! Forget it. Forget variety, Forsen. It will take months to beat that s**t!  Forget the variety streams, dude.”


According to Lengyel, everything seemed to just click and fall into place during his latest Minecraft run. He was even able to achieve a “perfect” kill of the Ender Dragon using his strategy, which he had been practicing in the past month.

On October 14, Forsen responded to the challenge simply stating, “Alright. Alright. Let’s do it!” Only time will tell if the Swede will be able to match or beat xQc’s incredible 33-minute time, but the rivalry has been entertaining to say the least.