Hello, everyone. I've been playing on Mineplex since 2014, and have stopped playing due to fatigue and simply just growing out of it. Now, after a long 3 years of absence, I return to the server to check on its state and play some old favorite minigames of mine. For those who've been around during the peak of the 1.9 controversy, I was one of few people who supported 1.9 and posted a thread on the old Mineplex forums stating why 1.9 and future versions should be utilized to their full extent on the server, yielding interesting discussions. My opinion since then hasn't changed, yet Mineplex seem to have changed a lot. Today I will go over my thoughts and opinions upon returning to the server. Keep in mind that this is only my first visit to the forums, so I apologize if I bring up topics that everyone has been well acquainted with for a long time until now. ~=~The Visit~=~ I start by adding Mineplex to the list of servers once again. Upon logging on for the first time in a long while, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the old lobby was being utilized again. I had heard from my friends that it was replaced, which I wasn't that happy with. But both then and now, nostalgia wins over logic and reason, and I was very happy to see the old parkour challenges that reward you with gems. And the most important thing of all; Karate Pig still perches atop his log. However, I was upset to find only ~600 players were online on the US side of Mineplex (Further visits yielded better results, seeing a concurrent 1,800-2,000. I was visiting during a time where most players were already asleep) and see most of my old favorites are populated by almost no one. Death Tag, Micro Battles, Survival Games, worst of all, Champions (again, further visits saw that these games were populated for at least 2 servers each). However, I was happy to see that lots of people still played Speed Builders and Master Builders at the time, which were among my top 3 favorites behind Champions. I queue up for a game and meet a very kind yet competent player. We would always be the remaining two of every match with the exception of the last, where I achieved third place. The two of us would wish each other good luck and compliment each other's skills. After five games, I leave the queue to find another minigame to play. I was thinking about how little my favorites were played, until I came across Nano Games. This was in my opinion a very excellent addition to the roster, and I had lots of fun during my near half hour marathon of its selection. It was very similar to the Party Games on [REDACTED], except 24/7, which I appreciate for I don't have to wait in a queue every time to start a new game like Mixed Arcade. I was also happy that none of the old games have been removed, and that private servers played games that weren't populated at the time. And with that, my visit has ended. I log off of Mineplex, and return to my usual building alone. ~=~Issues~=~ I was surprised to encounter only one issue during my visit, and that was with fences. During my time playing Speed Builders, fences were twice as difficult to deal with, as without sneaking, I can't place any blocks on top of them, and when I do sneak, the block I place disappears outright. This led to me using unconventional and time consuming methods of placing the fences, sometimes even leading me to losing rounds. Following the words of a wise man, "[MINEPLEX], pls fix". ~=~Others / How much has really changed?~=~ I was semi-happy to see that the cosmetics menu was as difficult and confusing to navigate as before. I was also happy to see that all of my progress has been retained, but I don't remember being only level 10 (After further visits, I see my level has returned to normal at level 30). I also see that the ranks and their perks still haven't changed. So that begs the question: Has anything even changed at all? The answer is yes, but only very little it seems. I was happy to see that Mineplex was still the same server I remember it to be, and the net code has seemingly improved since my last visit (though it may very well be my connection back then, but I had much less lag on my recent visits). ~=~Final thoughts and Conclusion~=~ Mineplex has lasted a very long time, and impressively long time. Even through controversial times and updates (I still find the anti-1.9 debate to be a little dumb as there has already been proof for years that one can alleviate the combat changes with one command) people still stuck around, and it seems it still gets new players. I'm confident that Mineplex will likely last for another 6 months, if not another year. And I'll have little surprise if it only lasts as long as Minecraft does. Though I'd rather much return to my old Minecraft antics such as messing with commands, making 3D models and building, I can see myself visiting Mineplex again every so often just to scratch that multiplayer server itch I have every now and then. Mineplex, I was pleasantly surprised. I hope that you only improve from here on out.