Which is The Best Minecraft Version in 2023

Years have passed, and now since Minecraft 1.19 has taken over with new mobs, blocks, and loot, people started thinking, is this the best update of all time?

There have been many great Minecraft updates, and ones that nearly destroyed the game, such as 1.9 the combat update, but we will review that later.

So let’s take a quick peek at what Minecraft has given us over the years.

How Minecraft evolved since 1.0

If we take a look at the first release of Minecraft, which is 1.0, we had 301 items, along with the chainmail armors.

From Minecraft 1.0 we had only a few biomes, which are: Plains, Forest, Jungle, Desert, Ocean, Swamp, Extreme Hills, Taiga, Tundra, Mushroom Island, Nether, and End.

These biomes stayed the same up to Minecraft 1.6. So did the mobs.

Back then the only available hostile mobs were the silverfish, zombie, creeper, ghast, zombie pigman, skeleton, Renderman, spider, and human.

We also had mobs, which we could lure and breed, such as sheep, pigs, cows, and chickens.

While there wasn’t a big variety of choices, there were still mobs for taming and breeding purposes.

And even with the small choices players had, it was still becoming a hit game throughout the many updates, that Minecraft received from Mojang.

Minecraft timeline of updates

Until Minecraft 1.6 everything was going pretty well. It was the horse update, where you could feed, breed, ride and even tame a horse.

Along the way of updates, villagers could be spawned with different clothing and open trades, but one thing was the problem.

The trades were not attractive at all. The only thing villagers wanted was emeralds. For a couple of emeralds, which were really hard to obtain, villagers were willing to give you a few carrots, potatoes, or even a book. Serves no purpose if you ask me.

But even this tragic update on the villagers did not destroy Minecraft. It was making it more popular than ever.

The update that nearly destroyed Minecraft

If we follow the timeline of Minecraft updates and player base, we can see that everything was going well, until Minecraft 1.9.

The Minecraft 1.9 update was called The Combat Update. With this update, every weapon had its cooldown and you had to wait sometime, so you can do damage to other players or mobs.


While Minecraft had chances to join the esports and have its own professional themes of battling with weapons in custom-designed maps, everything faded away and nearly destroyed the game.

Along with the hype of Minecraft joining the esports, which would lead to a new era, professional PVP players also started ditching Minecraft.

Plugin developers who had invested hundreds of hours coding special systems to prevent hackers, double-clickers, or any other scripts had lost their time as their work wasn’t applicable anymore.

And since players had no other choice than to leave Minecraft and search for an alternative, a new game was born and gained hype faster than ever. A large proportion of the Minecraft community left the game, so they can enjoy more competitive gameplay in Fortnite.


The overall gaming experience was dying fast, but servers who never wished to update started gaining players with rapid speed.

For example, 2b2t (2builders2tools) was hitting player peaks so high, that they had to add a queue system. There was a basic (non-premium) and a paid (premium) queue system, that worked flawlessly.


Whenever players were joining 2b2t, they had to wait for their turn, but for those who paid, the waiting time was no more than 5 minutes (until the monstrosity of it backfired).

How Minecraft got popular again

In 2016 Minecraft was lying dead and its competitors Fortnite, and Roblox were steadily gaining profits. It took a lot of updates and thought about how Minecraft could become popular again.

And even after 3 years of updates where they added new biomes, worked on older biomes, changed mobs, and added better villager trades, Minecraft wasn’t still gaining the amount of hype needed.

There were so many tries to bring Minecraft back to the top spots, but none of them had success, due to the pain from the combat update.

But as time was passing, one of the most popular YouTubers in the world (Pewdiepie), started making videos on Minecraft again.

Since he is known for his gaming series on a wide variety of games, many of the old Minecraft fans trusted him and started playing Minecraft.

And while Pewdiepie’s race to gain 100,000,000 subscribers was continuing day after day playing Minecraft, many of the old Youtubers started following him to make Minecraft content once again.

With the help of the popular YouTubers, Minecraft started gaining fame, which put it the most grossing game in the entire world, which had a peak player base of 126 million active players for a month.

Minecraft player peak for 2022

Which is the best Minecraft Version of All Time?

Now that we know the history timeline of Minecraft, the biggest question that needs answering is “which is the best Minecraft version of all time”?

And by reviewing many player votes, asking hundreds of communities, and reviewing many mods, plugins, maps, and others, Minecraft 1.7 proved to be the best Minecraft version of all time.

Minecraft 1.7 being the best update

It is one of the most played Minecraft updates, which held hype before the release of Minecraft 1.9 (the game killer).

And if we exclude the fact that Pewdiepie and other Youtubers resurrected Minecraft, we can safely assume that every update between 1.5 and 1.8 is also a great choice.

And if we have to talk about the Minecraft 1.8 mods and plugins, there are so many of them released, that even DanTDM couldn’t cover all of them.


While newer versions like Minecraft 1.19 could be overwhelming with new content for the returning player base or new players, the older updates are always available.

That is one of the best things in Minecraft. You can switch back to an older update, where you can learn a part of the game, or just enjoy the content it offers.

Even some Minecraft servers, such as Hypixel are still offering older Minecraft updates, such as 1.8, where at least 49% of their community enjoys this Minecraft version.