Game Theory: Minecraft and The Power of The Dead

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I've covered some of Minecraft's dark secrets when it comes to souls. Today, we are diving even further into the mystery that is the Nether and what powers it. Theorists, has Minecraft learned to harness the power of the dead? It's time to find out!
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Writers: Matthew Patrick
Editors: Pedro Freitas and Tyler Mascola
Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
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  1. jj playz

    jj playz

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    Can you do a video on enchantment books or the enchantment table

  2. Malinm


    Acum 53 minute

    I wonder why blue fire is a thing when you light fire on soul sand

  3. TheRavensFury :3

    TheRavensFury :3

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    Buddy... There is such thing as geothermal energy and chemosynthisis... So close....

  4. Lathyn Ashley

    Lathyn Ashley

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    The crying obsidian is crying obsidian juice

  5. Lathyn Ashley

    Lathyn Ashley

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    Matpat can take a look at crying obsidian I think that there are faces in it

  6. Samen Ran

    Samen Ran

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    😭😭😭 why won't you listen to me 😠😡

  7. Samen Ran

    Samen Ran

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    Your wroooooooooooooog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Anse


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    I feel like when he says that’s just a theory it’s not really a theory.

  9. Samen Ran

    Samen Ran

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    Your wrong go to the wither vids comet

  10. RandomGuy


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    wouldnt the lava be a easier energy source ? i mean isnt it essentialy a "light" version of the sun anyways ?even though souls as energy source sounds way more epic xD

  11. Ethan White

    Ethan White

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    8 minutes plants 3 minutes talking about theory 2 minutes sponsor

  12. NecrochildK


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    The calorie ratio for beef as an argument in favor of veganism is a largely skewed statistic that ignores the fact that more than 90% of a cow’s diet is plant biproducts that are inedible for humans and would be vastly wasted otherwise.

  13. Enter a Name

    Enter a Name

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    Very long ago in flat worlds, their were big brick pyramids. What where they all about??????



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    I understood every single thing he said, I definitely did

  15. JasonBurke 1 and only

    JasonBurke 1 and only

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    That tuck somutch more then a hour

  16. blahthebiste


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    Awful video. Does not cover heat energy from lava, does not explain how a few adventurers are providing millions of souls (especially given that no portals exist in the Nether when you first arrive there), does not explain HOW souls are converted into life energy, what soul sand is, who warped the forests, or even how any of the Nether mobs actually fit into this ecological web.

  17. Bianca_jg10.06 95

    Bianca_jg10.06 95

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    Wait a minute are all the villagers females or males? 🤔

  18. cowcannon


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    chemosynthesis: exists matpat: *SOULS*

  19. Nicholas Hinckley

    Nicholas Hinckley

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    Why the random X over the MineCraft map?

  20. Xteenager Gil

    Xteenager Gil

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    I have a theory that when we join the game we are one of those lost people and that's why we randomly spawn in random areas and not in places such as villages or even see our mother and every time when its multiplayer its actually another lost traveler that we found that can either help us or kill us... and I say this because as seen in mat Pats videos it shows some lost people that either went into the nether or end and if heard on one c418 - 13 and 11 it has some disturbing music and 1 even makes you hear a person running and they might have been lost... like us

  21. Wallo-Dallo


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    This was posted on my birthday!

  22. Eli Lublin

    Eli Lublin

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    I thought everyone knew that the nether is a separate dimension?



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    Fun fact: On bedrock, strays (snow skeletons) drop wither skulls when blown up by a charged creeper.

  24. Ferencz Dávid Marcell

    Ferencz Dávid Marcell

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    I think you missed out something. When you first ride a strider then the achivement what you get is something like: It's a walking boat. But, you have to ride them with a saddle and a fishingrod with nether mushroom on it, It's almost the same as rideing a pig except that It's with carrot fishing rod. And don't forget that striders came in with the nether update so they are probably aren't naturally there, what if the same "people" who made those forests also made a new species with combining pigs and nether mushrooms. Like so he sees it.

  25. *-IceCreamSunday-*


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  26. Glitch12 a

    Glitch12 a

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  27. goofy gamer

    goofy gamer

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    Bro at least complete the the cliff book

  28. kasra Shabahang

    kasra Shabahang

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    but how soul to energy ??



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    Protein burns quite a bit of calories just to digest

  30. Zinly Games

    Zinly Games

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    Matt i think your not getting the thing here,you see the nether=underworld and underworld=Hell and sinned people go to hell meaning DEAD people go to hell and there is the power souls for "HELL" and the nether portal is telling you to go to the nether and telling you to go and die in hell thats why so much people die in the nether because its telling you to go to hell meaning its just your mind who's adventuring the "overworld" for there you died in hell and the end when i think of the end its heaven and for those who did not beat minecraft and got stuck in the nether died in there and for those who beat minecraft went to heaven.

  31. Domia Abr Wyrda

    Domia Abr Wyrda

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    Excuse me? Wouldn't the most obvious conclusion be the Nether's Geothermal E? Everywhere there's lava, after all.

  32. Vwvsbros


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    Hey can you do a theory on dragon city

  33. Seth Beard

    Seth Beard

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    How does Steve even appear is my main question. Is it a successful experiment? Time travel? Just a quirk of recessive genes in villagers?

  34. nicholas ling

    nicholas ling

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    every soulsand contains alot of souls thats why soulsand has the nime and thats how soul sand valleys are made

  35. Kevin C

    Kevin C

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    Couldnt it get energy from all the fire and lava?

  36. Mary Christmas

    Mary Christmas

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    Wait, but how was the nether terraformed/warped to create the forests if you cannot have water in the nether????

  37. Mistie Babin

    Mistie Babin

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    @Matpat explain how if the ancient race got to the end and it’s a one way ticket then how is the end stone we only see from the end on the texture for the end portal block. Don’t you think it kinda debunks your reallly coool theory

  38. Nooby Noobster

    Nooby Noobster

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    I think you should do another theory on soul sand, but on how the fire is blue My theory is just souls are being burnt to create the blue flame.

  39. Artese Gatlin

    Artese Gatlin

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    I want to know is it possible to wear and walk around in a glass slipper @filmtheory

  40. LEGO Verse

    LEGO Verse

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    I was just using Soul Speed, and the subtitles said “soul escapes”! I just thought you might want to know that for the future

  41. Charlotte Chapin

    Charlotte Chapin

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    I just want to point out the portal probably sends sunlight into the nether.

  42. Gema Gamble

    Gema Gamble

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    Me 6 min through: How's dis supposed to do with- ohhh yey souls!

  43. will york

    will york

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    ok well, i thought we as the player were the last builders in the world? who else would be going into the nether to replenish its system? i think it is gonna die off, unless villagers somehow learn how to reactivates the stagnant , broken portals that still lie everywhere

  44. BalikoBoy


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    Just wanted to point out what may be a mistake, but you said that the portal must have started from the overworld due to water not being able to be placed in the nether, then give the origin of the warped forests as water being poured onto land then drained.

  45. Gabriella Paradiso - Aguiar

    Gabriella Paradiso - Aguiar

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    I don’t think the trees are fungi cuz when u chop it it becomes logs and u can make wood

  46. Cool things with Cora

    Cool things with Cora

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    So you already ruined my perception on minecraft but how bout Slime Rancher there is already a story in the game that I found intriguing but I don’t have the pieces to put it together I think it would theory worthy and will take I brighter turn to the channel

  47. Omni 8

    Omni 8

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    Wait unrelated to the video but what if your playing as Alex and not Steve. does that mean that Steve is dead? does that mean that Alex is dead when you play as Steve? What if you have four people playing? What if your friend joins your server?

  48. xNight_441


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    I wanna know how gasts and striders came to the nether piglins could come from normal pigs from the overworld that evolved there and whiter skeletons are dead burned humans

  49. Ads_Ilikegames PS4

    Ads_Ilikegames PS4

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    Matpat, I have a theory that would suit well You know how the Warden has souls in his stomache or something? And you know Music Disc 11 and 13? WHAT IF..THE LOST JOURNALISTS IN THE MINES INCLUDING NICHOLAS WERE KILLED BY THE WARDEN, THEN TRAPPED IN HIS STOMACHE, WHICH WHEN YOU KILL IT RELEASES THE SOULS AND NICHOLAS

  50. Teddify


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  51. Adalwolf


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    Magma Energy is people

  52. DISTurbedwaffle918


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    I figured the Nether was just like the Warp in Warhammer, a sort of parallel immaterial plane to the Overworld.

  53. ThatLastBear


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    Hey MatPat, I have an extra thing to note about soul sand, i have been playing in my surival world like a normal day just doing my soul sand farm and i misplaced a block, then broke it, and i heard what soundes like the faint sound of a wither. I hope you can see this comment in a future video.

  54. TheRleavitt


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    Hi matpat just so you know I like your vidoe's and think you do a great job but this one doesn't really work for me for one thing you said that the entire nether is run on us as the player dying just because there is no sun doesn't mean you can't get energy elsewhere what about lava doesn't lava emmit heat and light so that would also explain the low light and the immense heat so why can't lava be the source? Just saying your still a great ROfilmr.

  55. Harry Potter Edits

    Harry Potter Edits

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    Me laughing 😅 for saging Netherlands 🇳🇱 because its true its depressed the weather

  56. Tiger stark

    Tiger stark

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    Hey matpat here's a dumb question if the ancient builder civilization are endermen where the they get enderpearls required to make the end portal ?

  57. Minty Mongoose

    Minty Mongoose

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    What if when you die in minecraft you don’t actually die all you do is wake up back in your bed so maybe it was just a nightmare

  58. Rift


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    Can we have a theory on ancient debris?

  59. james_graalera-


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    That's from pvz 2 7:00 :0



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    Can someone reach out to Mat Pat and convince him to make a terraria theory series just like the Minecraft one?

  61. Amal Sp

    Amal Sp

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    How is there oxygen in the nether

  62. becky piscitello

    becky piscitello

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    You should do a explaining herobrine or iron golem.

  63. Imagined Order

    Imagined Order

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    I’m still working on an actual real life nether portal things keep catching fire and exploding also some weird white floating things keep comeing out of it

  64. Cobra12345ist


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  65. Cobra12345ist


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    pls make a piglin theory!! i wonder where that bastions come from..

  66. abbad epic gamer

    abbad epic gamer

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    Matt a fnaf theory ..... if you check the thumbnail of security breach it has the two white lines....just like crying child... so can u confirm that the name of crying child is Gregory....and I suppose that this multiplex might be new but it is referring to the bite of it is in the 80s.....

  68. mohamed amira

    mohamed amira

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    I have a question how did they find out about the nether and how did they find a way there

  69. Charlie Beaven

    Charlie Beaven

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    Matpat did you know you used to spawn in a mossy cobble house in older updates of Minecraft and today they are used for mob spawners maybe that hints to heritage??

  70. nathan tierney

    nathan tierney

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    matpat sould look for a secrut law in a game could "a hat in time"

  71. Shubham Music Entertainment

    Shubham Music Entertainment

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    People who are watching this comment I wish there parent's still alive for more than 💯 years god bless U &UR family 🙏🙏🙏



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    The nether is actually the opposite of the over world

  73. Supernova Spirit

    Supernova Spirit

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    Me who knows the Underworld is underground in Terraria and you just have to dig straight down: fools

  74. Supernova Spirit

    Supernova Spirit

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    Ngl I'd love to see you do theories on Genshin Impact it's getting a lot of hype now because it's new and I honestly love it

  75. Cultured Weeb

    Cultured Weeb

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    There is also a abundance of lava in the nether plants can use the thermal heat to harness and feed from to grow

  76. Crystal_games


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    Do a herobrine theory plzzzz!

  77. Sandwich43


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    Can you do a terraria theory?

  78. Mario Best

    Mario Best

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    11:30 *E a r m o u t h*

  79. StreetPunk Streams

    StreetPunk Streams

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    You know someone watched a lot of youtube if theyre wearing raycons

  80. Lord Jordin

    Lord Jordin

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    Netpac what's all this stuff about whenever you meet the inner dragon what's it all about

  81. YB FriendlyStrawberry

    YB FriendlyStrawberry

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    Soul food?

  82. It’s not Justin

    It’s not Justin

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    Game craft

  83. ABBaBsin


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    personal theory: what if the nether can support life because there is microorganisms in the lava that is eaten by something there like magma cubes hence the reason the are always near lava and that new biome that everyone hates

  84. Crystal hill

    Crystal hill

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    I love minkraft:Lilly hill:aj:7

  85. That One Person That exists apparently

    That One Person That exists apparently

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    This is probably some small details I discovered that should go along with the Wither theory episode from way back but it's a small function sound effect of the Nether as well as some other things so it's going here. For anyone that's attempted to live in the depths of firery heck after the Nether Update since it was a bit more reasonable with respawn anchors to spawn in your Nether base and reliable food sources being the Hoglins and mushrooms growing in places, at least once awhile you hear a Nether ambience. One on particular being the Wither's mob ambience. However it's not its causal roars or growls when destroying stuff or being spawned but rather when it roars during its demise once the player has given the final blow to the Wither and it begins to self destruct. It almost sounds the same but the one in the Nether is more of an echo. And here's another thing, one of the biomes in the Nether is named "Soulsand Valley." I call this out because it consists of everyday over world skeletons, soul sand and soil, as well as giant bone blocks that could be fossils since they definitely are in the game but in the over world, they are harder to come by since you need to fill the world's archeologist shoes and dig them up. There's also one more thing I forgot to mention, Soul Sand valleys just so happen to be the best place to search for the ancient debris which can be used to make Netherite, now one of the strongest materials in the game after diamonds have been the #1 material for armor and tools for literal years. So is it possible that ancient debris is only possible through souls? If we look at the word ancient debris, we get some clues. Ancient is obvious,it means old or very old. For debris, it is the shattered pieces of wastes or remains(rock in cases). For most parts of Minecraft, shattered pieces of things aren't placeable heck, you don't even have them in your inventory since once your tool breaks, it makes some pieces, none unobtainable with the tool or armor being demolished from your inventory and you have an empty slot(exception being the elytra). Yet ancient debris exists and its in block form like any other block. So why bring up souls? Well what if souls are what acts like a glue of some sort to hold these shattered wastes together to make one block after a span of years? It does make a bit of sense to say the least. So what does it have to do with the Wither? Well what if the wither was in the Nether at some point still doing its massacre as a punishment, going after the ones in the Nether? It would explain something like why we hear it at its dying moments, hinting towards why we never see this wither the moment we boot up a new world and immediately find out that already have to fight Nature's wrath because of what the ancestors did. Heck, most people don't even know about the Wither unless they decide to go for achievements or challenges after doing the main boss or something. The wither is defeated at some point in the nether. The question is by who? Could it have been the ancient builders? They did have armor and weaponry, and I doubt the mobs of the Nether could.

  86. Capa Craft

    Capa Craft

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    I think matpat had forgotten about conversation of energy, and for heat waste that's prob going into the lava which you can harness the light rays from.

  87. isurusoxyy


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    lets just say the netherworld gets energy from both souls and geothermal energy

    • Zodiac Light

      Zodiac Light

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      I was thinking the same thing. Some of it's energy definitely could be coming from the heat of the lava and fires.

  88. Elias Bennett-Miller

    Elias Bennett-Miller

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    Matt patt ur last qaudrant should be car theory or crime theory or human theory mabye space theory!!!

  89. Icewallowkids


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    "the nether is specifically designed to harvest your soul" Literally everyone: hmm i wonder how i'm gonna make a farm out of this

  90. SumJoeGuy


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    On your ocean monument theory they cant be pirates because when zombies go under water for too long they turn into a drown and you said the zombies are the ancient civilazation

  91. Nathaniel Bull

    Nathaniel Bull

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    how do we know that just because the over world is not above the nether there is nothing above the nether there could be a full different world way above the bedrock ceiling of the nether

  92. Normal Human

    Normal Human

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    “Stuff that music food into your ear mouth” -MatPat 2021

  93. Blaze Blazer

    Blaze Blazer

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    I bet the end of the minecraft theroy series will be that the lost builder race are old players that stopped playing or deleted their worlds. Just years later when nature has reclaimed most of everything that wasn't inhabited by pillagers or villagers. Effectively cargo culting the world as mat pat has already stated.

  94. Eric SuperByte

    Eric SuperByte

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    I have an idea that piglins were in a war because somewhere about piglins it says war pigs and when you go to a bastion it says good ol' days and it's possible that when the master builders have found the nether there was a war between piglins and master builders.

  95. jojo


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    what if they're getting the energy from the lava?

  96. David Schneider

    David Schneider

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    I was wondering if there was some connection between pumkins and life. Like the iron golems, snowmen, some connection with the Endermen, I wonder what connection there is...

  97. The Memer

    The Memer

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    matpat:and thats why the Minecraft nether is a soul trap that sucks peoples souls out for energy... so have you heard of rayon's wireless earbuds?

  98. Eison John Tulod

    Eison John Tulod

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    Heres my advice matpat i know your great when it comes to theories about games and knowing their secrets, but my only interest is facts or predictions that are real those are important one some say theories are 50v50 true or false but yeah i appreciate one of your videos but one thing notice is that the animation you've edited is a bit too much you need to at least edit the video less cuz it makes me cringe sometimes

  99. Azguard Mike 2013

    Azguard Mike 2013

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    opening barter bit, was half expecting Matt to do a Dream reference and get 4 ender pearls straight away, get excited and do it again and get another 4. (or a entire stack of them) The gravel drop was nice. One mistake though. Matts avatar wasn't wearing any gold so they should of all attacked him at the start.

  100. Shadow Ash Gamer

    Shadow Ash Gamer

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    The nether is hell