transcript below the cut (the ... is a divider between clips)
Scar, to Jimmy: Why do you think they're in a tree? They're hiding from me.
Scott: No, we were in a tree when he came over, to be fair.
Martyn: The only other thing you need to know right now is the simple fact that- I've found a- a- a dungeon straight off the bat, fantastic, yeah this is great, uh... I will come back for you in just a moment, dude.
Etho: Do you guys know how to craft a shield, by chance?
Tango: Oh come on.
Martyn, zooming in on Grian's face with a spyglass: Aha!!!
Jimmy, doing the same: Aha!!!
Martyn: You've joined us at a very weird time, I'm not gonna lie.
Cleo: So it'd be really easy to pour lava down?
Lizzie: Yep... No, that is true. That would cascade down the mountain, all the way to my tree fort. Which is flammable.
Martyn, to Mumbo: Why you- Why you morsing in caps lock? It's like you're shouting at me.
Ren: Any diamonds up in here, my dude? Any diamonds?
Tango: I mean, you know... just- just these.
Scott, to Pearl: Yeah no, we're gonna need to blackmail [Scar] for more than that in the future.
Grian: I said "have you seen the give life animation? Do it to me and I'll give it straight back." [Scar] gave it to me and I ran away.
Scott: Everything is terrifying now. Everything is scary. I hate it here.
Cleo, continued from previous clip: And your dogs wouldn't blame me at all?
Lizzie: No, they would just sit here and do nothing about it.
Grian, pretending to attack Etho: Boogey betrayal. Hup!
Etho, lifting his shield: No!
Lizzie, in a cave: Can't see any- AH!
*a creeper falls off a platform in a mineshaft, disappearing from view*
Lizzie: Oh. Goodbye, then.
*sound of Impulse laughing in the background*
Mumbo: I've been- I've been going to town on the cows.
Scott: Minecraft gods, what did I do to forsake you?!
Impulse, to Mumbo: This is 3rd Life, man! Like, we don't put that kind of effort in; you're gonna be dead next week.
Lizzie to Skizz and Tango, in an exaggerated British accent: Where's the Bogeyman? Come on lads, let's go find the Bogeyman.
Jimmy: What I'd like to say to that is... bon boyage! *gets on Scar's horse and rides away*
Scar, chasing after him: NOOO, NOT THE HORSE!
Scott: Oh my gosh!
Pearl: OHH he's stealing the horse!
Scott: What a twist of events!
Mumbo, to Martyn: I gave you 80% of my steak! How- What can a- What more can a man do?!
*pause, Impulse throws redstone at Mumbo*
Mumbo: And people keep giving me redstone, which I do appreciate.
*Etho fires an arrow in the air in the middle of a group of people*
Tango: The contest is open- Look at Etho trying to kill us.
*camera zooms in on Lizzie looking up waiting for the arrow to fall, then it falling right behind her, almost hitting her*
Pearl: Okay, maybe we can-
Scott, mining downwards, accidentally hits a silverfish block: AH! Silverfish, silverfish, silverfish, silverfish, oh god!
Lizzie: I'm gonna make my shield. So that I don't die.
*"a few moments later" card plays*
Lizzie: Oh wait, I probably should've used my shield.
*wandering trader makes an "aha!" sound*
Martyn, breaking out into wheezing laughter: See...?
Jimmy, also audibly giggling: Stooooop!
Scott: A fox just got yeeted by a goat, Pearl!
Lizzie: I think we might've made an enemy by accident.
Joel: Yeah. Oh well.
Mumbo, zooming in on Grian's head with the spyglass: I'm seeing inside Grian's soul right now.
Pearl, fighting an enderman with only an iron chestplate on: Hi! :D This is very loud.
Scott, watching this from a safe distance: You're terrifying me.
Grian: I can't help but think that this mountain and YOU is a bad idea.
Scar: Would you like to buy it?
Skizz: Right here. I just started it. *digs into the floor of his castle* And yeah, this is our- Welp, that's not it.
Etho: Alright, so the way I'm gonna kill Bdubs is- *goes out of audible range*
Bdubs: HEY I HEAR YOU!!!
Scar: Scott, I hate so much the things that you've just said.
Lizzie: Who's here?! Who's in my cave?! And left all the iron. What's wrong with you? You crazy.
Impulse: I- I wasn't sure if you were talking to yourself or-
Martyn: Oh absolutely I am, yeah.
Scott, to Scar, in a deadpan voice: Your six pack is stunning. I am so attracted to you right now Scar. I've never been more attracted to you. (/s)
Ren: Have you been fiddling around in places you shouldn't be fiddling?
Scar, trying to jump up a tree on his horse: Nooo it's too steep! I can't get away! Help, I can't get away!
Mumbo, laughing at him: That's the worst jumping horse I've ever seen in my entire life.
Jimmy: Martyn, I'd like to sleep now.
Martyn, lying in a bed: When do the hot rocks start? And the oils? When does that begin?
Jimmy: No, no. Get up now.
Scott: When the cameras stop recording. When the cameras stop recording, that's when that begins, Martyn.
Pearl: Oh dear, that's saucy.
Bdubs: Tango? Skizz?
Skizz: Hey! Hey buddy!
Bdubs: Gi- Give us your diamonds!
*a creeper explodes, launching a zombie high into the air and killing it*
Martyn: No reaction?
Scar: Didn't feel a thing.
*Scott is suddenly punched off the tree he's sitting in and hits the ground*
Scott: OWW! Excuse you, LIZZIE!
Etho: *throws a diamond into lava*
*spooky haunting music plays as Etho slowly backs away with his shield raised and Bdubs looks from the jukebox to Grian with his sword out. nobody says anything. Grian eats some mutton in obvious confusion*
Lizzie: Aren't you scared that people are just gonna come from all angles?
BigB: Okay now I'm moving, thanks.
Martyn: What do you have to say for yourself?!
Pearl, in the background: Oh it's a party here! Hello!
Bdubs: I'm very proud of me.
Grian: Bdubs is in my book. I haven't made the book yet; I need to find some bits for the book, but Bdubs is in my book.
Mumbo: Alright Impulse seriously, I've lost my base.
Scott, to Ren: -and the fact that you're on two hearts as well does terrify me when you-
*notices Scar riding up to them on his horse*
Scott: -Scar, why do you have an enchanting table?
Jimmy: *zooms in on Martyn's face* AHA!
Martyn: *zooms in on Jimmy's face* AHA! *zooms in on Scar's face* AHA!
Bdubs: Diamond sword?
*very long pause*
Etho: *quiet sigh* I guess...
Impulse: How'd that llama end up on top of the mushroom?
Scott, fighting a baby zombie: AAH, child! Noo!
Grian: [Bdubs] played the long con.
Martyn: I like that.
Mumbo: *zooms in very close on Grian's face*
Grian, to Mumbo: You wanna get outta my face?
Ren: *jumps up to Scott* Boo!
*Impulse zooms in on Martyn's face in silence with the spyglass, filling the whole frame*
Grian: I will give you one fish for your unwavering loyalty.
Mumbo: ...ONE fish...?
*Etho is walking down a hill in silence when he sees a sheep go flying off the cliff and die in front of him, having been yeeted by a goat*
Etho: *laughs* Dude!
*a group of people are looking at Bdubs in silence*
Scar, trying not to laugh: He looks like Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street.
Bdubs: VERY FUNNY! That's REAL funny, Scar! In front of EVERYBODY?!
Scott, fixing an explosion hole: That creeper was a paid actor.
Grian, continued from previous clip: Alright, alright. I get it, I get it, I get it. TWO fish.
*Mumbo stares at the two fish on the ground*
Mumbo: Now you're tweaking my ear.
Mumbo: Does anyone know the morse code for 'w'?
Scott: Get in the house!
Pearl: *rushes into the house but falls into the hole trap Scott dug*
Scott: WATCH THE HOLE, PEARL!
Mumbo, looking around his base: Wh- What are you talking about?
Impulse: You miss the memo? ...you don't even know where I am, do you?
Grian, to Lizzie: I can assure you it actually works if you find the right person. Huh, Scar?
Scar: *hangs his head*
Scott: It's a big win for the girls and the gays, ladies and gentlemen. Big win for the girls and the gays.
✨Hermitcraft headcanon designs !✨ making a line up of every hermit as of S8
Part 3 ! (last of the daily update for now cause i haven’t done the rest yet haha)
Gem: A reindeer hybrid, cause canadian (plus reindeer are the only female deers to have antler all year) i know she doesn't have antlers on her empires skin but i don't care she's always a deer for me haha
Grian: i have too much headcanons for such a simple character- Grian is a gremlin, which for me means no mouth, exept when he laught, which is terrifying he's also quite androginous and could pretend to be a girl to anybody (that even worked on me) cause ya know, Griande, Mother spore-
no wings cause overrated /hj ((also allows me to showcase my elytra headcanon; remnant of ancient end mobs crafted with mechanical part to make it usable, it folds back into a "backpack"))
Hypno: i unfortunatly don't have a lot to say about Hypno, he was mostly drawn following guts feeling and i don’t have peculiar headcanons, apart from the fact i was tempted to make his regular as the pokemon form ^^' kept the big ears tho !
thinking about how bdubs literally said he chopped grian’s head off. what the fuck. nothing has happened on this server and yet i am still suffering. he didn’t die of a clean stab wound to the chest, no— he was tripped against the ground and slaughtered in a frenzy, and etho WATCHED. they both thought bdubs was joking until the blade was centimeters away from grian’s neck. he didn’t have time to run.
"the next episode, episode 2 coming out, is going to be one of my absolute favourites of all time. we've already done the recording session for it, and it was bonkers" - grian about last life at the end of his hermitcraft episode
so ik everyone gets that mcc17 was absolutely poetic, but like... can we talk about it just a little more?
because i know people repeatedly said, “It’s in the script!” or “You can’t make that up”, but i’m still struggling to process how everything fell into place for mcc17 orange
(warning tho, this is long af)
Okay there’s two parts to the storybook majesty of MCC17. There’s the beauty of event itself, and the numerous significances of the win
First of all, the timing and structure of this event. MCC17 was notably earlier in the month than previous events, and now we know it’s because of MCC Rising. And there were two benefits to having the event earlier:
1. It let SB participate! Because of his schedule, SB didn’t expect to join another MCC until MCC19. So having the event earlier meant having SB! :D SB is another criminally underrated MCC participant. He scored in the top 20 his past two events, and his movement skill combined with his ridiculous amounts of grinding make him a serious competitor. Also he’s just a really cool dude and got along super well with his teammates, in both MCC17 and in general.
2. To make up for the timing and assure viewers it wouldn’t affect the quality of the event, Scott put together some AMAZING teams. Three new players were introduced, and fans got to see many heavily requested duos, namely Fruitninja and tommy and dream. And these were just really well-balanced teams. Everyone had the potential to pop off, and it was truly the case where any team could make Dodgebolt. Having said that, I think it’s only when there’s an event like this where Orange would be considered legal, because DAMN. Even with Fruitninja and teams like Cyan and Red, they still had the highest coin average for this event. Many participants themselves even recognized that Orange was cracked as all hell.
And I wanna point out that part of why Orange COULD team- and again why the event’s timing was so perfect- was False. So, I’ve seen a few people lamenting False’s scores in MCC S2 events, but we should know that having these lower scores IS what enabled her to team with Pete and SB and Grian. I don’t wanna get into the theory of participants “throwing” to get good teams, and honestly I don’t really care about False’s score as long as she has fun. But we need to recognize that her lower average (for individual coins in MCC) resulted in her being considered a potential “nerf” for team building. Even though being the team nerf is generally an insult, in this case, I honestly just think it’s hilarious. You’re telling me Ms. Falsesymmetry, Ms. Best PvPer on Hermitcraft, Ms. FIRST BACK TO BACK MCC Winner is a nerf?! ......okaaayyy. So having the event at a time, where one of the overall better players could be misconstrued as weak, worked out well for Orange.
That covers most of what I think worked out well for Orange, event-wise. I’m intentionally not going to say much about the games or how they performed day of (minus Dodgebolt), because my goal is ONLY to talk about how fate was on their side. Contrary to what I’ve heard some people say, I really don’t think Orange’s performance and overall score in MCC17 was dependent on chance, specifically game order. I’m not denying that game order is crucial to a team’s score, and I know Orange was fortunate to avoid Battle Box and Parkour Tag. HOWEVER this is where the beauty of MCC17 Orange comes in. Even from just looking at them, it was clear that this was a well-rounded team. Put simply, they did not have a bad game. Certainly they’re not the most PvP oriented, BUT their past performances prove that their teamwork was enough to carry them through. What made Orange powerful was not a ridiculous amount of skill in a certain area, but that they were ALL strong enough to do well in any potential situation. And we saw this on event day! MCC17 Orange got Top 3 in SEVEN out of 8 games AND held 1st place overall for FOUR consecutive games. So I’d argue that even if the game order got switched around, the odds of Orange in Dodgebolt are still pretty high. MCC17 was a wonderful collision of coincidence, but Orange’s stellar performance was not one of them.
The remaining poeticism of MCC17 then lies in Orange’s victory and what it meant to everyone.
The obvious focus here has been Grian. Ever since he joined MCC, but especially with the start of Season 2, Grian’s become progressively more interested in winning. It’s clear this season that he was determined to get his coin. Also for Grian, part of it could be that he’d come so close to winning at the end of S1 with MCC13. But it wasn’t just personal motivation that was pushing him. Although I can’t pinpoint exactly when, because of his newfound drive, Grian started putting himself down as fully competitive on the MCC applications. Which then led to him getting really STACKED teams. All of his teams so far in S2 have had him with an S-tier player and two strong participants that he knows well personally, including MCCP’21. For MCC16 Hbomb even mentioned that- for the teammate request section of the MCC application- Grian asked for, “Pete, Quig, Hbomb. Anyone else who’s really good at the game”.
Yet even with such great teams, something always seemed to get in the way. MCC15 is notorious as the event where Pete’s internet bombed, throwing off his team and forcing him to sub out for Hbomb halfway. Grian’s team in MCCP’21- where they were favorite by FAR- were a heartbreaking (in Grian’s own words) 2 coins short of the finale. But FINALLY, finally in MCC16 his team made it to Dodgebolt. But it... didn’t go well. With the opposition eagerly feeding arrows to their best shot, Purple lost to Pink 1-3.
So up to this point, Grian’s journey through MCC S2 has been painfully unlucky, to the point where it genuinely started affecting him. (I’m not going to try and speculate on Grian’s specific mentality towards MCC, as honestly that’s just a pretty weird thing to do, especially as someone who doesn’t know him personally.) BUT what I can say is that you can see how his teams’ dynamics slowly change, even in just S2 alone. Previously, Grian’s goal in MCC was the straightforward: Let’s do our best and have fun. Yet as things continued, his focus eventually changed to: How do we win. You can see his teams become more strategic and competitive as the season goes on. And the joke changes from “Let’s not be last” to “______ will carry us to the win!”.
Also, I specifically bring up the “carrying” joke, because it seems to be something that Grian fixates on. I noticed that whenever Grian’s teamed with a highly skilled participant- be it Fruity B, Pete, or Techno- he’s always quick to either praise them for scoring high OR apologize if he does poorly. And this behavior is likely related to his fear of being a deadweight. Grian’s said on multiple occasions that his biggest worry is just bringing the team down. So it’s this personal pressure to succeed combined with his poor luck that really starts getting to him. And it all comes to a head in MCC16, when he has an actual panic attack in Dodgebolt. The weight of being the only member left on your team- in an event watched live by hundreds of thousands of people- in addition to everything that’s built up months beforehand, culminated into one of the most stressful experiences possible. And EVEN THEN, even though they pushed through that round, it ended the same way. With his team coming so close, only to fall at the last minute.
And that brings us to MCC17. Fortunately, Grian learned from what happened and made a direct effort to take things more casually this time around. At the beginning, he explicitly said “We’re not going to put any pressure on anyone today”. And with that, the Orange Ocelots embarked on their journey through MCC17. Right from the get go, they made it clear they were going to do things casually. Unlike before, this team wasn’t using tactics or excessively strategizing. All they did was just pick whatever game they wanted at the time. And luckily, they usually got it. While (of course) everyone’s doing their best, Orange really just went with the flow and never tried making a grand game plan for the entire event.
And you know what? It worked. Even though they were playing MUCH more casually than Grian’s previous teams, they were winning. Without much planning or strategy, this team was doing as well as the competitive ones, who’d practiced for hours on end. Throughout the event, they kept popping off and getting Top 3. Even before Dodgebolt, Grian was doing AMAZINGLY. He got FIRST individual on Sky Battle (hello??!!?) AND was one of the last ones standing at the end of Survival Games, earning him a coveted spot in the Top 10 individual. Not to mention, being THE CEO of Buildmart. By taking things game-by-game and just doing their best, Orange snagged First Place with a massive 3k lead.
And that’s what was so beautiful about MCC17 Orange overall. The fact they did THIS WELL without putting pressure on themselves... wow. That’s what made this event so wholesome and so meaningful, most of all for Grian. Grian. The one who’d gone through so much this past season. The one who always seemed to come this close to winning. The one who put all the pressure on himself. GRIAN was the one to cinch the win. He carried his team through the final round of Dodgebolt- in what is now considered the BEST MCC finale- by clutching a sick 1 v 3 against two of the strongest players.
We all knew, both participants and the audience, that Grian is a fantastic, brilliant player (as if Lord Dreamslayer would be anything less). But HERE in this moment is when Grian proves it to himself. Once again with all eyes on him and his entire team counting on him- right back to where he was last event- Grian sheds the pressure and nails three players singlehandedly. With that round, he finally sees what an amazing player he is. And I cannot tell you how heartwarming it was to hear him say on repeat “I actually feel like I earned that!”. After blaming himself for all this season’s misfortunes, here he’s faced with the undeniable truth: He deserved to win. And the fact that he got his coin, not by using tactics or relying on someone to “carry” him, but by being unabashedly confident and just having a great time with his team. THAT is the win Grian deserved. He finally, finally, gets to see that he had it in him all along. All it took was just a little more confidence and a LOT less pressure.
But you know how Grian was able to lose that pressure? His team. False and SB did SO well with communicating to everyone and keeping up morale. But PETE. Dude, Pete was an absolute S-Tier leader this MCC, and I think it’s time to talk about what this win meant to him.
So I’m not sure how many people know, but much like Grian, Pete’s been going through a lot these past events. As I mentioned before, the increased competitiveness of MCC S2 has really gotten to the participants. (Pete talked about this openly on a Vault Hunters stream the day his MCC17 team got announced, so the following is just an echo of what he said then. Not me trying to psychoanalyze him.) Considered by some as the best player in the event and having never dropped below Top 5 Individual, there’s a lot of focus on Pete performing well. Even though this brought a lot of interest to him and his channel, the pressure started weighing on him, overwhelmingly so. Over time he got increasingly more invested in the analyses posted on the Reddit and started holding himself to a ridiculous standard.
While he never got outright toxic, there was a clear change in his demeanor, most notably in MCC16. His attitude throughout all of MCC16 was extremely competitive, using numerous tactics and overanalyzing his team’s performances the MOMENT the game ended. And this behavior really started bringing down his team. Even though his teammates never got overly upset, looking back, Pete saw that his attitude only brought negativity and served to make them feel worse, which is the exact opposite of what he wants to do. Furthermore, he just felt awful (Pete’s own words). Not just when looking back, but even in the moment. He couldn’t enjoy himself due to all the stress and pressure. And even his fans quickly picked up on his lack of enjoyment. So, much like Grian, the pressure of MCC and the competitiveness really weighed on Pete. And so for MCC17, he made a similar vow to take things more casually and just focus on having a fun time with his team, and that’s exactly what happened.
MCC17 Orange had a great time under the leadership of Pete, and I’m so, so proud of how Pete stepped up this event. He did so good at checking in on everyone and keeping up morale. We all knew that after MCC16, what Grian needed most (other than an MCC coin) was support. While of course his team last event was really fun and helpful, it’s clear he could’ve done well with a little more support. And that’s exactly where MCC17 Orange comes in. In EVERY minigame, SB and False were always right there to help out Grian when needed. But Pete was overflowing with support and kind words for everyone. He was always the first to praise his teammates whenever they made a good play. Hyping up SB and Grian for reaching Top 10 Individual. Constantly checking in on False and encouraging her to speak up. Pushing Grian to unleash his inner CEO in Buildmart. Countering his team’s negativity whenever they started to get down on themselves (most hilariously in round 2 of Dodgebolt). Even in the downtime between Games 7 and 8, when Grian started theorizing about Dodgebolt, Pete gently encouraged him to just focus on Game 8 and not get ahead of himself. And LOOK how it paid off!
Keeping the team in good spirits lifted everyone’s confidence and motivated them to play to their fullest potential, resulting in the win AND 3/4 team members making Top 10 Individual. And again, this is EXACTLY what Pete needed after MCC16. Not only was it rewarding to just take it easy and have fun, after being stressed out for most of the season. But I can’t imagine how satisfying it was for him to see his teammates pop off. At his core, Pete seems like a really team-oriented person. Something that struck me about Pete, when I first watched him in MCC10, was how invested he was in his teammates’ performances. Typically with competitive players, they only look at what their team needs overall to score well. If they need to stack one player and have everyone else play support, then so be it. Whereas with Pete, he just wants to see every single person do well. In his eyes, success is when everyone plays to their best ability, regardless of team score. And so MCC17 with Orange felt like a good callback to that.
Seeing how much his teammates were able to succeed when they felt confident, was a reminder of how important it is for teams to have that support. Pete fulfilled his goal of being a ray of positivity for his team, and it paid off in spades. So for him I think MCC17 was just a really grounding moment. THIS is what it’s all about. Having a good time with your team and being there when they need you. Because as long as you’re having fun, no one’s really losing. ...but if you happen to get a coin along the way, LFG!!
And of course, we’ve got Mr. SB737 and Falsie. GG of course to False for being a 3-time winner (#FalseforFive next? 👀). But SB definitely deserves more love for his first win. It’s been clear since he joined the tournament in MCC8 that he’s absolutely cracked, and I’m SO glad he finally has the win AND 7th place to show for it. I’m still impressed he managed to make Top 20 Individual when his teams were always Bottom 5. But now his skill is undeniable. This man took AN ENTIRE WEEK off just to practice for MCC17! Like???? He’s put in more practice than any of his teammates by FAR, and WOW did it pay off. Also, he just did so well communicating with everyone?! Like looking back on the VODs, he got along really well with his teammates, frequently joking with Pete and Grian. Personally, I’m also so proud of how he did in Buildmart as their floater, especially since it was his first time in that role. Not only did he communicate really well, but it also just showed off his SICK movement skills. I’m so happy the event took place when it did, and we got to have SB on Orange, since he’s an absolute delight. Hopefully we get to see him more in the upcoming MCCs since he’s a force to be reckoned with!
And so ends the tale of MCC17 Orange. Honestly- despite this being long af- there’s still a little more I could say about this team. But ultimately, this is an MCC for the books. Like everyone said, this event literally could not have been better if it was scripted. And hopefully the wonder of MCC17 sticks with the players of Orange Ocelots for quite some time, because it’ll be in our hearts forever ❤