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Minecraft speedrunner Dream admits to accidentally cheating in record-setting run

Dream is a hugely popular YouTuber and Minecraft speedrunner. After a breakout year in 2020, which saw his subscriber count grow by 12 million between January and November, he now has nearly 23 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.5 million followers on Twitter. He ran into some trouble at the end of 2020, however, after some viewers began to suspect that he was somehow cheating in their record-setting speedruns.

The legitimacy of the runs came into question because of the unusually high drop rates of two key items in Dream’s streams, ender pearls and blazing rods, both of which speedrunners rely on to reach the end of the game as quickly as possible. We’ve got a good explainer here, but the short version is that Dream seemed to have preternaturally good luck in acquiring them. Because of that, moderators at speedrun.com analyzed six of Dream’s speedrun streams and found that the odds of getting those drops were an “unfathomably small” 1 in 177 billion. Yes, billion.

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