|Moss News Has Always Been Text-Only|
|Posted by ix on April 1st, 2018 @07:28AM|
Our video crew is in the process of compiling a WR compilation video, but in the meantime, we have a ton of runs from people not named Kinnijup. If you're a person who needs moving pictures to feel complete, here's the ix Play of the Day. This week it's a short clip from a runner named ix:
The March 26, 2018 Daily Challenge was big for the MossRankers, with serveral of us getting new Daily PBs. saturnin55 won the daily with a score of $2.9 million, edging out DieDai's $2.8 million, and chocolatecake5000's $1.6 million. Dupe-master Spef also knocked out a $2.6 million run before succumbing to Olmec. Polo also fell late in the run, but still managed to PB with $1.6 million ($20k more than chocolatecake, in case anyone's keeping score). Kirby703 also set a Daily PB this week with a $1.3 million on March 30.
Abob71 completed a Low% No Gold run in 4:47 and a No Gold Hell% in 12:46, lowering his times by a total of about 13 seconds. Abob lost a lot of time in the City of Gold in his NGH run. I wonder if there are any strategies for getting to the Book of the Dead without splashing gold everywhere?
Carlibraun had a 7:11 Draining Olmec, finding jetpacks on 1-2 and 2-3, plus a spare in a Psychic Presence level on 3-1.. I think it's fair to say that this is probably one of the top-3 Drainmecs of the past week.
DaftLunk had a string of big PBs, launching himelf into the top-25 and earning the Ice Cave Ruby rank. Immediately after The Grind #3: Low% edition, he pulled off a 2:59 Low%. A few days later, he nailed a 2:48 No Gold run that doubles as his No Teleporter Any% PB. To celebrate, he spent some time with the memes, finishing a 5:30 Draining Olmec.
What could be better than a 2:48 No TP Any? DieDai's got the answer. He undercut DaftLunk with a 2:47 and also gained a few Moss Points by lowering his Big Money to 8:24. For good measure, he also pulled off his fourth Solo Eggplant Run in only 17:02.
Someone named Horseb rocketed up the leaderboard this week. Previously this runner had only a $1,000 Daily High Score, but added a nice portfolio of runs including a 6:34 Hell%, 3:48 Low%, and a 3:33 Any% (also No TP). Pretty, pretty good.
NightHarvester continues to pump out strong PBs. This week, they include a 5:04 Max Low%, a 6:35 Max Hell%, and a 6:50 Basejump%. Notably, his run was the second fastest ever in the category behind Kinnijup's 5:33, not counting BJs that ended prematurely.
In addition to his Daily PB, Polo also finished a 2:48 Max Any% and a 3:32 Low% No Gold. I had stated before that DaftLunk was the runner most likely to pass me next on the leaderboard, but might have to take that back after these runs, especially since Polo has taken a renewed interest in Daily Challenges. The sky's the limit for the French Champion!
Sawr, who now has a name with entirely standard ASCII characters, got a string of PBs this week. He got a 3:44 Low%, which also serves as his Any% No TP and Any% PBs. He also got a 6:15 Low% No Gold, which also serves as his no Gold PB -- a great way to break two penalties with one run! He also got a 12:47 Hell%, which... yeah man, no teleporters to be seen here.
slink continues to grind out Moss Points. This week, he cut 22 seconds off of his 4:11 Any% PB and cancelled two stubborn penalties with an 11:27 Max Hell% and a 14:13 Big Money. Lots of room to grow here, but it's good to put up a few completed runs as splits to run against in the future.
A few other runners submitted a single run this week, so here are their shoutouts! Dr. Probably and Pajecka7891 got Hell% runs of 8:25 and 6:25, respectively. Kirby703 and tuabiht completed Max Any% in 10:00 and 4:53, disrespectively. Cloiss and Stuoid both got No TP Any% PBs. Their times were 4:27 and 2:51, but i'm not going to tell you who got which time. Finally, Suspense21 got an 18:48 Max Hell%.
Okay, bye :)
|Moss News Experiment: Are Screenshots as good as Videos?|
|Posted by ix on March 22nd, 2018 @12:44AM|
Hi all --
Our video editors are on strike, demanding a living wage of Moss Points in exchange for new content. So, I'm here crossing the picket line to deliver another text edition of Moss News!
The biggest development that I'm allowed to cover this week are the trio of Max Low% Hell runs. falafel_raptor led the way with a 15:57. The run was also No Gold until the City of Gold exit, which was blocked by gold from a dead shopkeeper. While it was unfortunate for shopkeepers to even be aggo'ed that late into a Low% Hell run, a first Max Low% Hell completion is a nice consolation prize!
Polo also completed a run in 18:20. Some of you may remember Polo as one of the most vocal opponents of the "ix strat" of collecting $50,000 to buy the Ankh in the Black Market. For months and months, he railed against it as dishonorable, but also dubbed the strat "not very helpful." For some reason, he eventually tried it out for himself and completed Low% Hell on his very first attempt. Since then, he's vowed to replace this run with a "pure" run that fully embraces shopkeeper aggro. In fact, the recent French Championship rulebook even prohibited Ankh-purchasing for their Low% Hell race. So, it came as somewhat of a surprise to me to see that Polo's run included yet another aggro-free BM:
The big MossPoint gainer this week was DaftLunk. After last week's insane 1:51 Any% run, he boosted his Score PB by $465k with a $2,285,600, which unfortunately died at Olmec. He also knocked off a No Gold Hell% penalty with an 8:35. This run was completed without paste, using only a Cape for mobility. The Yama fight is... a little silly. He also uploaded a $299,400 Low% Score run, the third-highest valid run in this category. Daft is on the verge of knocking saturnin out of his #25 rank, so stay tuned for information about "the new-and-improved Moss Point formula" he's been working on!
Beens, who represents one half of my favorite variety-streamer couple, Pork&Beens, and who also uses the name Pork&Beens on MossRanking for some reason, got a 7:32.882 Max Any%. I tuned in to check to see if she was making any more progress today, and, uh... a snail, ok. :)
Suspense was among the most prolific Spelunkers in the past week with five PBs. For starters, he got a 3:57 Any% (also no-TP), which lowers his PB by over 30 seconds. Congrats on the sub-4! He got a 27:01 All Shortcuts + Olmec that also featured a 1:37 Tutorial. To round things out, he got a 29:23 Big Money run, which I originally confused as his AS+O time. I caught him on stream and asked if there were any cool plays I should highlight, since I didn't have time to watch all of his runs. He read off all of his PBs and told me they were all crazy and to go watch them. Soon after, he died on Olmec, in a run still good enough for a Daily High Score PB of $829,725.
Carlibraun continues to give up on his dream of a No% completion make progress on the leaderboards. He got a 3:27 Low% that doubles as an Any% PB, and also a 1:08 Temple Shortcut - both very nice runs!
lil_ethie posted a couple of runs one might expect from someone named "fast_ethan." He knocked off his penalty for No Gold Hell% with a 17:35, utilizing another "ix strat" of bombing below the Book of the Dead room. He also got a 6:19 Max Any% and set a Daily High Score PB of nearly $1.4 million. ethie's student, Betty, also grinded out a 44:49 Big Money that doubles as a Score PB ($543,725).
Just a couple more runs to cover. Two runners got big Low% No Gold PBs: chocolatecake5000 got a 4:31, and Khold got a 3:52. Grooomp got a 2:31 Max Any%. Some guy with weird non-ASCII characters in his or her name got a 4:58 Low%. slink got a Low% PB of 4:39, bumping him up to #69 on the leaderboard... Nice. Maplestrip got a 1:10 Tutorial Shortcut. Finally, The Mad Murf got an 8:50 Max Any% and a $1.9 million score run.
That's all for now, but the clever reader might have noticed that a few runs were not covered in this edition of the news. Maybe they'll show up in a later video edition? Time will tell! Also, make sure to show up for The Grind #3 this Saturday at Noon Eastern Daylight Time.
|The Grind #3: Low%!|
|Posted by ix on March 21st, 2018 @07:19PM|
Quick reminder --
Episode 3 of The Grind is coming soon! On Saturday, March 24 @ Noon EDT, four Spelunkers will attempt to grind out a new Low% PB!
For newer fans of Spelunky, Low% means the runners will be restricted to their starting resources (4 hearts, 4 bombs, and 4 ropes) to complete the game. A couple of environmental items, such as pots, rocks, and mines are also allowed, but not the good stuff, like the Web Gun.
Tune in to the MossRanking Twitch Channel to see these runners GRIND, with live commentary by ix, chocolatecake5000, Vlad, and a secret special guest!
|Moss News: Kinni Gets Max Any% WR and More!|
|Posted by meowmixmix on March 18th, 2018 @04:55PM|
All editing credits go to Grooomp. Commentary by meowmixmix. Runners featured - meowmixmix, Chocolatecake5000, Carlibraun, Betty, Tuabiht, Slink, TicTacFoe, DieDai, NightHarvester, Pojopoopoohead, Stuoid, DaftLunk, and Kinnijup
|Moss Video News Episode 2: Retro-style Written Edition|
|Posted by ix on March 7th, 2018 @12:15AM|
Meowmixmix raised the bar last week with a special video edition of Moss News (and a sick 2:35 Max Any%). Now it's my job to lower the bar; otherwise, the community might start to expect weekly video content featuring professional production value.
Speaking of video content featuring professional production value... On March 3, MossRanking hosted the 2018 French Championship featuring Vlad and Polo. For 7 hours, the runners battled across a wide spectrum of MossPoint speedrunning and challenge categories. Ultimately, Polo took the championship thanks to a very impressive 3:55 Low% No Gold and a 3:12 Any%. Vlad also finished a couple of impressive runs, including a 3:35 Low% and a 7:36 Max Hell% run, and even edged out Polo in the All Shortcuts+Olmec category, 25:03 to 26:50. This was a very close competition and lots of fun to watch! Re-live the full experience at this Twitch VOD! Outside of the competition, Polo also set a new No TP Max Hell% PB of 7:24.
Eszik posted one run this week, but it was a doozy! He got a 2:21 Any%, a whopping 43-second improvement over his old PB, which remains his Low% and Any% No Teleporter PB. Entering Olmec at 1:44 with Jetpack, Teleporter, and 4 bombs means Eszik was technically on pace for a low 2:1x, perhaps as low as 2:12. Congratulations on the huge PB!
Last week, Spef became the fourth runner to complete the legendary Max Low% No Gold Hell challenge. This week, he improved his No Gold True Pacifist Hell, setting his second consecutive world record in the category with an 18:26.333. This run was also the second-fastest True Pacifist Hell% completion, only 19 seconds behind Kinnijup's 18:07. Spef also completed a 4:03 Hell%. This knocked 8 seconds off of his old PB, and was also the second-fastest No Teleporter Hell% completion, only 22 seconds behind Kinnijup's 3:41. Sometimes these articles just write themselves.
ix's current Head Moderator, E5ten, got himself a pair of big PBs. His 4:42 Any% (also no-TP) further improves his recent PB highlighted on last week's video news. Lil Ethie also got a 9:34 Hell% run, cutting about 2 1/2 minutes off of his old time. He's now got his sights set on Speedlunky Hell! ix's disgraced former Head Moderator, chocolatecake5000, got a couple of big PBs as well. He got a 6:49 Max Low%, satisfying one of Kinnijup's homework assignments for choco. He also got a 13:22 Basejump% and a 16:27 Olmec Failplant, neither of which have been reviewed by the meme police for validity. In other chocolatecake5000 news, he nabbed a 15:11 Ironclad Any% run, good enough for 56th on the Slay the Spire leaderboards. ix also got an 8:36 Landmine run, crushing a 7-month old PB by nearly 1.5 seconds.
Just a couple more runs to cover. slink got a 4:33 Any% (also no-TP) and a 9:29 Max Any% first completion, which was a nice consolation following a busted Hell run. Suspsense21 submitted his first AS+O, a 43:24, including a 1:41 tutorial PB for good measure. Pajecka7891 lowered his Low% time down to 3:41. How Low% can he go? Finally, TheMFC06 continues to build a MossRanking portfolio, this time adding a 29:25 Hell% run.
Thanks for reading.
P.S. - As this article went to press, meowmixmix just got a 4:59.781 Hell% run. No video yet. Congrats on this epic run! :D
|Moss News 1st Video Edition | Spef completes Max Low% Hell No Gold! Vlad gets a sub 2 Any%!|
|Posted by meowmixmix on March 2nd, 2018 @07:56PM|
|Runs since Feb 15th. Moss News is back!|
|Posted by meowmixmix on February 26th, 2018 @04:03AM|
Hey everyone, meow here.
I want to preface this edition of Moss News by simply stating that we all know it has been a long time since a good old-fashioned Moss News updating everyone on recent runs and progress all these great runners have made. With that being said, we plan on making this a weekly thing again! If anyone is interested in helping out with writing articles please contact me on discord. My username is meowmixmix#2439. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Because it has been so long I am just going back to recent runs that were gotten on February 15th or later. Alright, now let’s jump right in!
Who else to start with but Kinnijup? In the past 10 days, Kinnijup has set 3 new World Records. Yes, he continues to smash World Records regularly. Can this man be stopped? Kinni broke his No Teleporter Any% World Record with a time of 2:16.634 which is close to a lot of people’s times with a teleporter O_O. Next, he set a No Teleporter Max Hell% No Gold World Record with a time of 6:20.153. How does he get through the worm that fast with No Gold :O. Last but not least, the most important category of all of these is Kinni’s first Basejump% completion with a time of 5:33.176. Amazing job Kinni. Can’t wait to see how many World Records are broken by next week!
Up next we have chocolatecake5000. Choco is a fairly new runner and upcoming streamer who even recently commentated for MossRanking’s The Grind on Saturday. Choco has lots of potential and he shows it with his recent Low% No Gold run with a time of 4:43.210. Low% is already tough to finish but adding the challenge of No Gold in less than 5 minutes is truly a challenge for an up and coming great spelunker. Choco also reduced his Max Any% PB by over a minute, clocking in at 3:52.273. To top it all off, Choco was able to get the fabled Sub 3 Any% with a time of 2:50.031. Great job Choco, can’t wait to see more runs from you soon!
Next up is up and coming meme lord, E5ten. Another fairly new spelunker, E5ten has been completing some of the longer categories and lowering his PBs by as large as 5 and a half minutes. In the past 10 days, E5ten has gotten a Max Hell% run in 21:34.179, a Big Money in 19:05.160, a No Gold run in 7:45.274 (speedlunky :O), and a Max Any% in 7:56.190! Wow E5ten, great moves! Keep it up! Proud of you!
Next up we have the two sexiest Frenchmen to ever live. They even had a lunky meetup today! Vlad and Polodajaneiro!
Vlad has been getting his times lower and lower, slowly moving up the leaderboards and claiming the position of number 16 on the MossRanking leaderboards. Being number 15 myself, I am shaking in my boots for when the inevitable meow bop happens. Vlad was able to claim the legendary Sub 3 Low% clocking in at 2:58.961. On top of this, he knocked out his last penalty by completing his first Low% Hell! To top it all off, Vlad was also able to lower his No Teleporter Any% run by almost 6 seconds with a final time of 2:41.181. Awesome job Vlad, it’s only a matter of time before a meow bop :O
Polodajaneiro recently got an insane No Teleporter Any% run with a time of 2:38.261. What’s really crazy is it was No Gold up until some unlucky gold on Olmec…meaning Polo was right behind the current World Record for No Teleporter Any% No Gold. Great job Polo!
Eszik is someone who has become more active in the Spelunky community a few months back and started smashin his PBs. First off, Eszik got a killer Low% run with a time of 3:04.896! Next up is sub 3 Eszik! He also got a Hell% run in 8:51.205, and first Max Low% run in 5:54.423 (also surpassing his Max Any% PB by almost 4 min!). I look forward to seeing you PB more Eszik!
Next up we have the man, the myth, the ix-tinguisher, patchesfaces. Patches got a few Low% PBs recently but the fastest of them came out to be an impressive 3:08.082 surpassing even his No Teleporter Any% PB by less than a second! On top of this, patches has lowered his Max Low% time to 5:03.644! I’m putting money on patchesfaces making some big moves these next few months! Keep it up patches (I have money on you, so seriously keep it up :V)!
Who better to follow up the ix-tinguisher than ix himself? Ix got a whopping 5 PBs in this cycle so let’s jump right into them. ix got a Shield run in 13:13.617, a No Teleporter Max Any% in 3:54.955, a No Teleporter Max Hell% in 5:56.082, and a No Teleporter Max Hell% No Gold run in 9:06.489, and a Haunted Max Low% in 5:48.210. It amazes me just how many PBs ix gets and the variety of categories he runs. It definitely keeps things interesting! Nice job ix!
Next we have Maplestrip, someone who I’ve seen hanging around the discord and has been getting some nice PBs recently. Maplestrip completed their first Low% run with a time of 5:05.383 and lowered their Max Any% time by a good 30 seconds with a time of 11:18.381. Keep it up Maplestrip, I’m excited to see how you progress the next couple of months!
This next player has been moving up the leaderboards crazy fast settling right now at #3 after being active for only just over a year. I’m talking of course about Spef. Spef lowered his Low% Hell time getting closer to the sub 6 mark with a time of 6:24.636, he completed a Max Hell% run in 4:57.238, and knocked a few seconds off his Max Low% with a time of 3:47.646. It’s really amazing how far Spef has gotten in such a short period of time. I’m excited to see just how far he pushes his skill in 2018!
Next up is a player who has really put all his eggs in one basket. With a name like DaftLunk, he’s really limited what games he can Speedrun . Actually though, DaftLunk is a fantastically skilled player with little play time to his name. He has already gotten a sub 5 Hell% and a sub 3 Low% with just recently joining the community a few months ago. His most recent PB is a 4:20.978 Max Low% which is his first completion for this category. I think Daft has some major moves to make this year, so keep it up Daft!
A man of respect, a man of passion, and my former boss, ShinGraywords has also gotten quite a few PBs under his belt recently. Lowering his Classic Eggplant% time by nearly 9 minutes with a time of 24:03.148, made some moves on his Max Low% with a time of 4:39.318, and completed a Haunted Max Hell% run with a time of 7:47.604. But who could forget the greatest run of all…Shin completed a Draining Olmec run in 5:07.152. Amazing job Shin, keep those PBs comin!
Next up we have samcv who I unfortunately haven’t had the pleasure of talking to much but it is good to see him getting PBs. samcv lowered his Low% time a few times recently with a final time of 3:46.598. He also got a No Teleporter Any% in 3:15.784! Keep it up samcv, I hope to see more PBs from you soon 😊
Master of Reddit karma DieDai has only been active the past few months and has been moving up the leaderboards quickly. DieDai at this point in time is #23 on the MossRanking leaderboard and at this rate will keep rising. DieDai’s most recent PB is a No Teleporter No Gold run clocking in at 2:59.177. A really good time for a really good player. Excited to see how you improve in 2018 DieDai!
Next up we have a player who is very active in the daily-challenge channel. 84BombsJetpack has gotten a few PBs recently that show he’s got some speed in him too. 84Bombs most recently completed a No Teleporter Any% run in 8:29.372. Nice job 84Bombs, I hope to see you branch out to other categories soon!
Another player who has shown up in the community more recently, luigidude851 completed an All Shortcuts + Olmec run in 30:07.350 and a Haunted Max Any% run in 13:38.319. These were both his first completions so let’s give him some motivation to keep knocking out some big PBs!
tuabiht is someone I see around streams often so it is great to see him submitting a run. Tuabiht completed a Big Money run that ended with a Yama kill in 31:48.181. Keep on practicing tuabiht and I’m sure we will see you submitting more! completed an Any% run!
Resident Czech player Pacjecka7891 has also been making some moves on Any%. Completing a No Teleporter Any% run in 2:57.703 just getting under sub 3 and also beating his PB by a big 40 seconds! Nice job Pajecka, I hope to see more PBs soon!
A loving father, a man of skill, but also, a duck. Saturnin55 lowered his Low% No Gold time by 16 seconds brining it down to 4:25.648. Nice job Sat!
I (meowmixmix) was able to get a PB too completing a Basejump run in 9:49.868. Yay memes!
Last but not least we have NightHarvester who increased his score PB by $329,575 and pushed his final score past 3 million with a total of $3,089,450! A 3 million score is considered to be one of the big score milestones to pass so great job NightHarvester!
Bum - $2,254,275
DieDai - $2,179,025
SnoreMonster - $2,090,575
SoM’s 16in1 - $2,090,225
ix - $2,160,100
ix - $2,380,225
spef - $3,364,525
|The 2018 French Championship of Spelunky (UPDATED SCHEDULE)|
|Posted by ix on February 21st, 2018 @11:13PM|
|The Grind: Low% Hell Redux|
|Posted by ix on February 10th, 2018 @07:32PM|
HUGE announcement! MossRanking will host an encore edition of The Grind : Low Hell% on Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ Noon Eastern Time.
This time around, we'll feature four new runners: MikeIsMyIke, GreatStriker, Khold, and denis1080. On the digital casting couch will be max-low-hell% completers, ix and Kinnijup, plus our very special friends, MeowMixMix, Vlad, and chocolatecake5000.
A quick reminder on the rules of the category...
Low% Hell means beating Yama without collecting any unnecessary items or extra resources. Allowed are the following:
The Book of the Dead, to open the Hell door.
The Scepter and Hedjet, to open the City of Gold door.
The Ankh, to get the Hedjet.
The Spelunker's starting resources: health, bombs, ropes.
Environmental items, such as rocks, pots, landmines, and arrows.
Notably, the Udjat Eye is not allowed, which means the Spelunker needs a very sharp eye to locate a partially visible Black Market... which is not always possible. Picking up other aids, like extra bombs or ropes, obtaining passive items like the compass, wearing items like the jetpack, activating weapons like the shotgun, or gaining life in any way besides reviving from the Ankh is prohibited.
|Announcing The Grind: Low% Hell|
|Posted by ix on January 27th, 2018 @05:33PM|
On Saturday, February 3 at Noon Eastern Time (5:00 PM UTC), the Spelunky community will gather for...
Four spelunkers from around the world will attempt to conquer Low% Hell. We'll watch Vlad, JakeYoshimitsu, DaftLunk, and pojopoopoohead run the category simultaneously with expert commentary from ix and Kinnijup, and additional commentary from meowmixmix and Khold.