This past weekend Break the Record Live (BTRL) put seven top Minecraft speedrunners head to head over a 30,000 dollar prize pool. It had everything you could want from a speedrunning competition: high stakes, tense competition, and a fun group of rotating commentators. For more details about the event, check out our pre-BTRL coverage.
The event unfolded over three days, so let’s revisit some highlights.
The first day was packed with action. Early on, Couriway nearly took the first $4,000 Dream bounty, but some bad luck with the dragon pushed his time to 16:13, not quite eligible for the sub-15 reward.
It would not be too long, however, until Reignex successfully took the first Dream bounty with an incredible run of 12:38. The run brought Reignex to the top of the event leaderboard and marked a new personal best for the runner.
Throughout the day, the leaderboard continued to shift as competitors performed run after run.
Later on, Sizzler took the second bounty and jumped into second place with a run of 14:42. But that would not hold for long because Ninjabrain took back second place with a 13:31 run which also claimed the third bounty.
Not to be outdone, Sizzler managed another sub-15 run before the end of the day making him the only runner in the event to take home two Dream bounties.
With just one Dream bounty left, the tension was higher than ever. So high, in fact, that Feinberg was the only runner who completed a full run that day.
Early on the third day, Illumina improved his event PB and nearly took the last Dream bounty with a 15:13 run. Undeterred, he went on to snatch up the final bounty less than two hours later with a run of 14:19.
This was the first BTRL that did not have a new leaderboard record set for the featured category, but Feinberg provides because on that last day he broke the record for Minecraft 1.16 Any% All Logs Random Seed Glitchless with a run of 4:38.
Overall, the event was a blast. With plenty of charismatic commentators and incredible moments, this BTRL was a success. Check out clips, highlights, and more from the event here.
Note: an earlier version erroneously identified the event as "Beat the Record Live" rather than the correct "Break the Record Live."