Motorway Extension Gurus

Motorway Extension Gurus (MEG) is a nether highway mining group on 2b2t. The central objective of this group is to extend the existing highways which have been built by previously Independent Interstate Society (IIS) and independent players. The members of MEG are tasked with digging tunnels that extend to the overworld world border of every cardinal direction (and their diagonals) which facilitates easier cheat-assisted travel. Ultimately, this allows players to travel between spawn and different regions of the nether with relative ease, and makes previously unreachable regions significantly more accessible.

The group digs at a minimum 3x3 tunnel size (3 wide, 3 tall), but has started recently to dig exclusively 6x4 to facilitate easy cheat-assisted travel such as ElytraFly, BoatFly, and EntitySpeed.

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History

Founding

On October 15, 2019, Citadel2222 was on his way to the -X, -Z world border, and made a stop at -5M, -5M to check if any structures had been built. He flew around the area, and stumbled upon a player named illville502. Both individuals expected immediate death; however, neither were hostile - and so forth a friendship began.

The two players decided to build a milestone at -5M, -5M, due to there being nothing more than a small sign wall. For two weeks, they built a large milestone. This cooperation between two strangers on this relatively unmaintained highway was a significant achievement.

The two players decided their next project would be to extend the -X, -Z highway (which to their knowledge ended at -4M, -4M). However, upon re-entering the nether, the highway had suddenly been dug. Both players were understandably confused, so they followed the now extended path and left multiple signs at the end in an attempt to contact the unknown individual. This individual was VeryVon, who had completed this section of the dig with his custom digging bot. The three decided to band together to dig to the -X, -Z world border using this bot. It was on this date (the 28th of November, 2019) that Motorway Extension Gurus was formed.

The group grows

In the months that followed, three more individuals stumbled upon the founders during their dig to the world border - they were DantezWrath, KevinKC2014, and harritaco. They supported the project and wanted to help. They were the next additions to MEG.

Upon completion of the -X,-Z world border dig, the group received a huge influx of people interested in digging nether highways, especially after well-known 2b2t YouTuber SalC1 released his video about the project. Most notable of these new members were Jonanen, Paragon, Kurakuea and Parzi. They joined in May and June, and started working with MEG on the remaining three diagonal highways. The first of these new digging projects was completed in the span of 3 months and was primarily dug by harritaco, Jonanen, and KevinKC2014, who were all digging nearly 24/7. The project was completed on the 4th of September, 2020. The process was rather slow due to an older version of Baritone that had not been fine tuned and was missing a few features, but that did not stop the diggers.

Eureka!

In late July of 2020, tycrek discovered a massive stash belonging to a shop owned by the reputable player ufocrossing on one of the highways. Being a very new player with no need for the absurd amount of items, he donated the stash to MEG to assist with future projects. At the start, the group decided to just steal crucial items, such as pickaxes and golden apples. However: partway through through the operation, a member of the group, maksitaxi, leaked the coordinates to the group Infinity Incursion. Upon learning about the leak, MEG decided to blow the stash up to take the satisfaction from Infinity Incursion before they arrived. MEG decided to keep this a secret from ufocrossing, but a member of the crew decided to message ufocrossing that MEG had griefed the stash. This caused the first member in the history of MEG to be kicked out of the group, because MEG did not want a bad relationship with such a well-known player. The reputation between ufocrossing and MEG was terrible after the incident, but due to MEG holding a low profile, this has mostly been ignored, and they retain a good neutral relationship with the majority of groups in the server.

A well-oiled machine

Upon the completion of the +X, +Z world border dig, the dig bot was further optimized and the diggers learned how to use it effectively without disruptions for longer periods of time. This meant the remaining two diagonal highways could be completed at a faster pace with more dedication and insight to the process. On the 14th of October, the third diagonal highway, +X, -Z, was completed to the world border, dug out by the now infamous diggers illville502, Citadel2222, and tycrek.

Following this, the -X,+Z highway was completed on the 12th of February, 2021. This was a hugely delayed project, severely impacted by Elytra hacks being patched on September 4th, 2020. The dig was also slowed due to block breaking not working as intended on the server, until a member decided to email Hausemaster, who was able to fix the problem and improve digging speeds. In the start, the project moved at a slow pace as the main focus was on the +X, +Z and +X, -Z highways, but the pace quickly picked up as members of the other highway digging crews were joining in the final dig. Being only halfway after 3 months, the pace only really picked up after the new year.

Several more notable diggers joined the digging team in late summer of 2020, consisting most notably of Yesnik, Jenixblue and ToxicAven, all of whom have contributed massively to the digging process.

Due to the growing size of the group, MEG expanded its ambitions in late July, and started working on more projects at once. Most notable of the completed projects include: the +X highway expansion; and digging & paving both the 125k & 250k ring roads.

The future is now

With 2021 came the release of an extremely powerful and fast highway tool known as Highway Tools (developed by Constructor). After benchmarking this new tool and the old dig bot, MEG has decided to try and hit 1 billion total netherrack dug before the end of 2021. At the pace, it should be reached by August 2021.

Members

Role Names
Founders Citadel2222, illville502, VeryVon
Admins DantezWrath, KevinKC2014, harritaco, tycrek, Kurakuea
Moderators Jonanen
Elite Diggers* Roy4lRondi, ToxicAven, Yesnik, Jenixblue, Fiofri
Supreme Diggers** Paragon,FreedomHolland, O_Juicy, Queen Kazma
Diggers*** 5K5K, CorruptedSeal, jumboman32, Parzi, Juderenee

* Elite Diggers have dug ≥ 10M netherrack.

** Supreme Diggers have dug ≥ 5M netherrack.

*** Diggers have dug ≥ 2M netherrack.

Illville502 was a new player in the 2b2t scene, when he decided to make his own stash far out. He made it near the 5 million checkpoint on the -,- highway, as he didn't expect anyone to be so far out. However by chance, another player, Citadel2222, showed up at the stash and those two became friends. They decided to dig the -,- highway to the world border, which started the basic principles of MEG. Illville502 is not digging actively recently, however he is still very active on the community discord, and a beloved member of MEG. On his way on the -X,-Z highway, citadel2222 decided to stop at the 5 million checkpoint. This highway was barely dug out, and getting there required a lot of manual work. Randomly, Citadel2222 stompled on a dupe stash with illville502 in it. The two decided to team up, which is essentially the start of MEG. Being one of the founders, he is extremely active and manages the community on a day to day basis. A lone digger with big ambitions, who made his own custom bot to dig diagonal highways. VeryVon had the same ambitions as citadel2222 and illville502, which was to reach the -,- wb. The day illville502 and citadel222 teamed up with VeryVon, was the day MEG was officially created. VeryVon's bot was the backbone of the group at the time. Sadly, VeryVon left 2b before the -,- wb dig was complete. DantezWrath is a core member of the MEG crew from very early on. He joined MEG after hearing about the -,- wb dig, which was in its early stages when he started. He was a crucial and active digger, and his digging efforts was key to the completion of the highway. Nowadays DantezWrath isn't very active on 2b2t due to his personal life, but appears sometimes in the discord server. His legacy is known by all diggers in MEG. KevinKC2014 came across the -8M, -8M milestone built by MEG, after further findings from reddit posts, he joined in the group about a month before the -,- wb dig was complete. A proficient programmer, he took over the bot VeryVon made. Over the coming months, the bot was improved to be faster, more stable and secure due to his improvements. KevinKC2014's improvements to the bot, was crucial for the last 4 highways to be completed. KevinKC2014 took a break after the completion of the +,+ wb dig, but is planning to return in the summer of 2021. After returning to 2b2t in March 2020, harritaco, also known as superbad0315, sought out an active group as he wanted to participate in a server project. He decided to search for an infrastructure group, and MEG was the most appealing. He assisted in the first MEG highway project, the -- diagonal highway. He later led the ++ dig. harritaco has also contributed to the widening of the -Z highway, as well as the digging and paving of the 125k Ring Road. From the second Jonanen joined the server, he had one objective: To help extend/maintain the highways. After going solo for about 2 weeks repairing highways near 0,0, Jonanen heard the -,- dig was complete. He gathered up a full echest of pickaxes, and made his way to the +,+ dig site, where he met up with Harritaco and joined MEG. He was the first European to join the group. Ever since then, Jonanen has been an active contributor to MEG involved in projects such as the ++ wb dig and 250k ring road.
Tycrek was an early bright light in the digging scene. A week after it was announced -,- was completed, tycrek decided to join in the digging efforts, primarily focusing on the completion of the +,- and -,+ highway. Tycrek is a proficient programmer and has contributed to the group with a custom website, along with other projects such as the MEG netherrack bot. Tycrek was the one to find the UFOCrossing stash, which would later result in a large conflict between the 2 groups due to another member leaking the news. Tycrek is still an extremely active and respected member of the community and has contributed massively to recent MEG projects. An absolute behemoth of a digger; Kurakuea is the top digger in MEG with over 100m netherrack dug. Kurakuea joined the MEG discord after running into Jumboman, Paragon and Rondi at the (then) end of -+ diagonal at 140,000 nether. After establishing himself on the server, he agreed to dig +X to world border at 3x3 and became an official digger. Kurakuea is well known for his "botfarm", due to his 3 accounts digging 24/7. He's now one of the administrators of the discord server, making him one of the most influential people in MEG. After hearing about the completion of the -,- wb dig, Roy4lRondi was intrigued by the community goals of MEG. He strapped himself on board and went down to the least popular -,+ dig, which ended at the time at 325k nether. Here he met up with Citadel2222, who ended up inviting Rondi to the group. Rondi thereafter spent 8 months digging the -,+ highway, which he for the most part did alone. Roy4lRondi is still digging for the crew and is still active on the discord server. MEG was a group that Yesnik wanted to help out in since his start in 2B. His first steps into MEG was when he handed over a 20-ish Dub dupe stash of his creating to help with the highway workers supplies. He also assisted with paving the 125k RR. Since then, he has been an active digger himself and the rest is history. After 3 months of lurking on the MEG Discord server, ToxicAven decided to join in on the massive effort MEG was doing at the time. On the 19th of December, ToxicAven became an official digger for MEG. He's a proficient programmer, who often contributes to the programming tasks that MEG offers. He made the "Traveller" bot on the discord server, which helps keep track of the current netherrack count of the group. ToxicAven has been one of the most active diggers in the early parts of 2021, and continues to stun with his impressive daily performance. One of the newer members of the 2b2t community, JenixBlue joined in mid October 2020 after seeing the video SalC1 made on the group. JenixBlue was dedicated to improving the infrastructure on the server, and on New Years Eve, JenixBlue officially joined the crew. He has proven himself to be a dedicated and worthy digger, and is a crucial part of the crew. After a recent patch, Fiofri became bored because he couldn't dupe anymore. He decided to walk to the +,+ wb and found it was griefed. He started renovating it while being in contact with MEG. After he fixed +,+ wb checkpoint, Fiofri was asked to join a new project with MEG, which he happily accepted. Fiofri has been extremely active, and digging away like there's no tomorrow.

Diagonal Highways

The diagonal highways extend from 0,0 in each of the four diagonal directions (northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest) to the overworld world borders. Diagonal highways are 5.3 million blocks or 5,303 kilometers long.

-X -Z

 
MEG reaching the -X, -Z world border on the 26th of May, 2020.

This was the servers and groups first completed diagonal highway, which was dug from spawn to the -X, -Z world border. This dig was completed by Citadel2222, illville502, VeryVon, DantezWrath, KevinKC2014, and harritaco.

Milestones

  • -10M, -10M reached on 8th of January, 2020.
  • -20M, -20M reached on 12th of April, 2020.
  • -30M, -30M reached on 26th of May, 2020.

+X +Z

 
MEG on a statue at the +X, +Z world border on the 20th of September, 2020.

This was the servers second completed diagonal highway, which was dug from spawn to the +X, +Z world border. This dig was completed by KevinKC2014, Jonanen, harritaco, Paragon, and 5K5K.

Milestones

  • -10M, -10M reached on 9th of July, 2020.
  • -20M, -20M reached on 13th of August, 2020.
  • -30M, -30M reached on 4th of September, 2020.

+X, -Z

 
MEG at the +X, -Z world border on the 28th of November, 2020.

This was the servers third completed highway, which was dug from spawn to the +X, -Z world border. This dig was completed by illville502, Citadel2222, and tycrek.

Milestones

  • 10M, -10M reached on 24th of July, 2020.
  • 20M, -20M reached on 2nd of September, 2020.
  • 30M, -30M reached on 14th of October, 2020.

-X, +Z

The fourth and final highway was finally complete in 2021. The completion of this highway marks all diagonal highways finished to the world border at MEG's 3x3 minimum tunnel size. This dig was completed by Roy4lRondi, tycrek, Citadel2222, Juderenee, and Frencheagle.

 
MEG at the -X, +Z world border on the 24th of February, 2021.

Milestones

  • -10M, 10M reached on 5th of August, 2020.
  • -20M, 20M reached on 31st of December, 2020.
  • -30M, 30M reached on 13th of February, 2021.




Cardinal (Straight) Highways

These are secondary highways that are not the main focus of MEG. They are being worked on but are not the main priority, at least until the diagonal highways are completed.

+X

 
Kurakuea from MEG at the +X world border after completing the widening project on the 26th of September, 2020.

This tunnel was originally pre-dug by the +X Digging Group 1 wide, 2 high. MEG subsequently widened this highway to 3 wide, 3 high to improve travel speed for individuals using elytra and/or boat flight.

This dig was completed by Kurakuea.

Milestones

  • +10M reached on 23th of August, 2020.
  • +20M reached on 4th of September, 2020.
  • +30M reached on 26th of September, 2020.

-X

To be updated in due course.

+Z

To be updated in due course.

-Z

The first cardinal direction be widened for paving to 6x4, previously only 1x2. Originally the widening project was started by 2 Highway Workers Union workers, but within a week the project was halted as the 2 workers disbanded. The project started getting traction again after the completion of the 250k ring road, as Harritaco started digging it. Yesnik soon joined in on the action as well, along with the newer member of MEG, FreedomHolland.

This dig was completed by harritaco, Yesnik & FreedomHolland

Milestones

  • +10M reached on 14th of February, 2021.
  • +20M reached on 11th of March, 2021.
  • +30M reached on 31th of March, 2021.

Nether Ring Roads

Ring roads makes it easier to travel as you can travel between each of the eight highways very easily and get to specific coordinates with minimal independent travel in open nether. MEG has focused a lot of attention on these ring roads as they are essential for fast travel on 2b2t.

125k

After completion of the -X -Z highway, MEG created the 125k nether ring road, which equates to 1M overworld. The dig was started on the 9th of June, 2020.

Once the dig was completed, MEG (along with HWU) started to pave the 125k ring road on the 19th of August, 2020. This project would use 5 million obsidian and took 5 months. This dig was completed by Harritaco, Paragon802, CorruptedSeal, illville502, and DantezWrath.

Milestones

  • The 125k ring road was completed on the 1st of August, 2020.
  • Paving the entire ring road was completed on the 13th of January, 2021.

250k

Along with the last diagonal highway being dug, MEG raised its ambitions to dig out yet another ring road. This time it would be at 250k nether, or 2 million blocks overworld. This project required 18 million netherrack to be mined. This dig was completed by Harritaco, Jonanen, and Paragon.

Milestones

  • The 250k ring road was started on the 1st of December 2020.
  • The dig was completed on the 3rd of January 2021.

Statistics

Motorway Extension Gurus has (as of 11/03/2021) dug 479 564 023 netherrack. This total is spread across 18 diggers. Since the inception of the group (October 15, 2019), that equates to 38 950 netherrack per hour. On average, 6.8m netherrack is dug out per week, as can be seen on the chart to the right.

 
MEG netherrack dug per week, as of 3rd September 2020

MEG has spent over 3,000 hours on each highway, adding up to nearly 12,000 hours of digging. This is excluding the 2 ring roads and the cardinal highways which MEG has also helped to dig.

The most influential diggers with the highest netherrack count are as followed:

(last updated 04/04/2021)
Member of MEG Netherrack dug Number of accounts digging
Kurakuea 175 764 000 3
harritaco 101 180 000 2
Citadel2222 68 000 000 2
illville502 65 000 000 1
Jonanen 61 182 459 2
ToxicAven 33 385 267 1
Jenixblue 26 890 356 3
Yesnik 25 604 006 1
tycrek 22 009 479 1
KevinKC2014 19 352 381 1
Fiofri 14 260 791 1
Roy4lRondi 12 000 000 1
FreedomHolland 8 319 954 1
O_Juicy 6 880 000 1
Queen Kazma 6 057 577 1

Media

YouTube

On May 29th, 2020, 2b2t YouTuber SalC1 uploaded a video titled "The Longest Road Ever Built in Survival Minecraft (The 2b2t Nether Highways)". The video highlights the accomplishment of reaching the -X, -Z world border corner, as well as the group's plan to extend the remaining highways.

On March 29th, 2021, the YouTuber Fastvincent1 uploaded a video about the group, titled:" How a 2b2t group revolutionized diagonal nether highways". The video showcases the groups achievements and history, going in detail about how the group has evolved since the completion of the initial -,- highway.

Reddit

The first diagonal highway to WB (-X,-Z)

The second diagonal highway to the WB (+X,+Z)

The third diagonal highway to the WB (+X,-Z)

The fourth and final diagonal highway to the WB (-X,+Z)

+X widened to the world border

MEG's stash being discovered on the +,+ highway