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The final moment of Dream’s 19-minute, 24-second Minecraft speedrun earned him fifth place on the all time leaderboards under the specific rule set he used. But, if you were to check speedrun.com today, the site where all records live, you’d see absolutely no sign that Dream’s run had ever existed. Why?

After six months of speculation, two in-depth statistical analyses and one apology, fans finally got the clarity they’d hoped for. It strongly appeared that Dream had cheated.

Now, Dream’s reputation has been tarnished, his credibility destabilized and all his future speedruns will be questioned forever.

The rise

For 99% of YouTube channels, growth is a slow and arduous grind. But Dream is an anomaly.

In just 18 months, his channel went from one million subscribers to well over 20 million, making him one of the most popular YouTubers on the planet.

The anonymous figure racks up tens of millions of views through his creative Minecraft videos, but one style, in particular, stands out from the crowd. That would be Dream’s “Speedrunner vs. Hunters” series, where he attempts to complete Minecraft while a group of friends try to stop him.

With his incredible game knowledge, tactics and ability to perform under pressure, Dream is often able to juke the hunters, take out the Ender Dragon and revel in those Minecraft credits. So without the chaotic, adrenaline fueled cat and mouse chase, when Dream focuses purely on speed running, he’s supremely talented.

But skill and experience aren’t everything when it comes to completing Minecraft in record breaking time. Arguably, the most crucial factor is luck.

Experience the rest of The Rise and Fall of Dream by watching the video above or heading to Upcomer’s YouTube channel.

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