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1.9, the Combat Update, has been released!

(Featured picture taken from Mojang.com)

The long-awaited Combat Update has just recently been released on Febuary 29, 2016, adding the notable updates to PVP. This update has had plenty of mixed reactions, and is quite possibly the most controversial update so far. Nevertheless, the changes are here, and they are all very, very interesting. Taken from Mojang.com, these are the changes listed.

  • Added shields
  • Attacking now has a “cool-down” delay, making it more important to time your attacks
  • You can now hold items in both hands (default quick key to swap items is ‘F’)
  • Swords have a special sweep attack
  • Axes have a special crushing blow attack
  • Added the elytra
  • New mob: Shulker
  • Expanded The End
  • Added Chorus plants
  • New Purpur blocks
  • New End Rod block
  • Added dragon head block
  • Ender Dragon can be resummoned
  • Added beetroot and beetroot soup (from MC:PE)
  • Added grass path block
  • Added igloos
  • Armor protection values have been lowered
  • Added tipped arrows
  • Added spectral arrows
  • Added Frost Walker enchantment and frosted ice block
  • Added a whole bunch of new sound effects
  • Added sound effect subtitles
  • Brewing Stand now requires Blaze Powder to activate
  • Added skeleton riders
  • We believe we’ve fixed MC-10 and a whole bunch of other issues
  • Removed Herobrine

(Source: http://www.mojang.com/2016/02/minecraft-19-combat-update/)

We are honestly very excited about this update, as there are many new combat features that, to be honest, are much more interesting than the old “click really fast” PVP method. Plus, the expansion to the end, along with the new arrows, are going to be tons of fun to experiment with. Of course, everybody’s opinion differs. How do you feel about this update? Leave a comment below with what you think! This has been a fantastic update, and we can’t wait for the next one!

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