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Minecraft Snapshot 20w06a adds Netherite & new biome to Nether Update

Published: 6/Feb/2020 12:36

by David Purcell


The new 20w06a Snapshot has been released for Minecraft, adding a whole host of new blocks to the game, including Netherite, a material that’s even stronger than diamond. 

The popular sandbox title might have been released over 10 years ago but is still one of the most popular games in the world, with Mojang releasing new content on a regular basis with updates.


Whether it’s a crossover with a big franchise like Toy Story, or adding some neat new features, the Swedish video game developer is always looking to add enough to keep players occupied.

This time, with the first Snapshot for patch 1.16, there’s not just new blocks for players to get excited about, but fresh biomes and a never-before-seen ore as well.


Minecraft Nether Update – What’s changed?

New blocks added

Basalt Rocks in Minecraft
Look out for Basalt blocks and many more new materials that have been added to Minecraft.

Let’s start with blocks, as they will be the thing many fans will be looking for right after downloading the update. Full list, courtesy of Minecraft’s official website, can be found here:

  • Crimson Stems and Warped Stems
  • Basalt blocks
  • Crimson Nylium and Warped Nylium
  • Nether Sprouts, Crimson Roots and Warped Roots
  • Crimson and Warped Fungi
  • Warper Wart blocks
  • Weeping vines
  • Shroomlights
  • Soul Soil
  • Soul Torches and Soul Lanterns
  • Nylium spreads on Netherrack with bone meal

Crimson Forest & Warped Forest

Crimson forest in Minecraft
Crimson forests have been added to Minecraft’s Nether.

Two brand new features have been added to the Nether, Crimson Forests and Warped Forests.

Crimson forests are home to a whole host of fresh vegetation, with huge Crimson Fungi making up the trees and Shroomlights stopping them from being completely dark. If you want to see new materials and blocks, finding a Crimson forest might be your idea of heaven.


On the other hand, Warped forests have huge Warped Fungi for trees and a dark blue fog covers the spaces. Interestingly, they are also the least hostile and safest places to visit in the Nether.


Netherite armor in Minecraft
Players can now make themselves a whole set of Netherite armor, or tools.

Have you ever wondered if there would be anything added to Minecraft that’s stronger than diamond? Well, if you’re one of those people, finally you have been given an answer – yes. Netherite has been added.

Its official description, from the patch notes, reads: “A new high-level material found in the Nether. Use it to upgrade your diamond gear.”


One of the most interesting qualities about it, too, is that it floats when it lands in lava, unlike diamond. There’s nothing worse than losing all of your diamonds while mining, never to be seen again, but with this new material players will be able to go back to the place they died and their Netherite items will be waiting to be picked back up.

Tools made with Netherite also last longer than diamond, with its weapons and knockback resistant armor also superior, making it a really interesting addition to the game.


Other changes

Minecraft’s latest update has also introduced a numbers of other changes, a full list of which can be found in the patch notes, including a tweak to the name of the Nether biome – which is now known as the Nether Wastes biome.

Shipwrecks and ocean ruins are less common now, too. A number of fixes for problems in-game have also been resolved.


xQc calls out Forsen after setting his record Minecraft speedrun time

Published: 14/Oct/2020 23:11 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 12:19

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.