The server has been at an all-time low recently with most of the games taking ages to start, especially if you live in europe and play when it's nighttime or early morning in the US. I know people blame the staff and lack of updates for this, but there is a much bigger reason: tryhards. You see tryhards in pretty much every game, and it has gotten to the point where you can already tell which team will win just by looking at the tab list. That is pretty sad. Sweats are basically just ruining the game for everyone else. At this point, normal players have just become the sweat's toys that they play with, knowing that they will win no matter what. And of course if you're just a normal player looking to have some fun, you're not gonna like being stomped on in every game you join, not to mention alot of these "good" players actually use ghost clients so even if you're actually good, your chances of winning are small. For example, 1 week ago I saw a level 80 player using Jesus hacks in the bridges, and saying stuff like "lmao" in the chat when people were threatening to report him. The sad thing is he is probably not banned to this day. Another reason is just simply all the weird behaviour that alot of the players on mineplex have. I'm talking about the so-called "egirls" and "eboys" who seem to leave their computers on 24/7 and just afk in the lobbies for whatever reason, and they have names such as "uwukate" and "ewtoes". And when these players aren't afk, they seem to be "edating" in the chat, even in games! I play bridges regularly and I always see these people saying stuff like "OMG did x send you his pics?" and "I think he's secretly simping for y". This stuff may seem funny at first but when you realise that this is all that these people do, you start to wonder why they don't just go on a dating site instead of making a minecraft server look weird. Unfortunately I don't think mineplex has a way to solve this problem, especially since they aren't even motivated to do it. Most of these people have immortal, which from what I've read is a huge source of income for the server, so of course they would want to cater towards these kinds of people (for example, they only add shallow-water maps in the bridges, since the tryhards don't like fighting skybasers because that actually makes them work a little harder which they don't feel like doing, they feel entitled to a win every time). Money is everything afterall.