Motorway Extension Gurus

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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) 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 Superbad0315. 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 Superbad0315, 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, Superbad0315, tycrek, Kurakuea
Moderators Jonanen
Elite Diggers* Roy4lRondi, ToxicAven
Supreme Diggers** Paragon, Jenixblue, Yesnik
Diggers*** 5K5K, CorruptedSeal, jumboman32, O_Juicy, Parzi, Juderenee, Paragon Deku, FreedomHolland

* Elite Diggers have dug ≥ 10M netherrack.

** Supreme Diggers have dug ≥ 5M netherrack.

*** Diggers have dug ≥ 2M netherrack.

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 Superbad0315.

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, Superbad0315, 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.

Milestones

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

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

To be updated in due course.

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 11/02/2021) dug 324,469,192 netherrack. This total is spread across 15 diggers. Since the inception of the group (October 15, 2019), that equates to 27,875 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 is as followed:

(last updated 22/02/2021)
Member of MEG Amount of netherrack dug
Kurakuea 87 170 907
illville502 63 388 906
Citadel2222 60 500 000
superbad0315 58 000 000
Jonanen 22 880 557
KevinKC2014 19 352 381
Roy4lRondi 12 000 000
ToxicAven 11 318 706
Yesnik 9 037 841
Jenixblue 8 290 576
tycrek 8 001 233
Juderenee 4 446 000
CorruptedSeal 3 825 121
Paragon Deku 3 500 000
FreedomHolland 3 000 000
Parzi 2 700 000

Media

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.