Disclaimer: Please don't be negative about this discussion as it's just a discussion as an update may or may not happen at all. As you may know mineplex has been using 1.8.9 for over 6 years now and it's time for a change for the server. The 1.8 release from late 2014 is not as good being used in 2021 as many of the features in 1.8 aren't as good as in comparison to newer versions. I thinks its time to move on from 1.8 and update to at most 1.12 as any newer than 1.12 will cause a lot of issues. You see, 1.8 is over 7 years old in 2021 and about 97% of other minecraft servers no longer support 1.8. The reason that 1.8 is no longer support on most servers is that 1.8 lacks feature in newer and stable minecraft releases like 1.12 for example. Also, 1.8 is at the end of it's useful life. Although many people dislike the new combat features in newer versions, many plugins convert the pvp mechanics to match 1.8 pvp mechanics. Just because pvp is different in newer versions, doesn't mean it ruins minecraft servers. There are many unique features that can improve minecraft servers with newer versions. For Example, newer versions fixed long existing bugs for 1.8 and older. Also, in newer versions, new and unique combat techniques can improve pvp by a lot and make a better game for everyone. I know it can take getting used to new versions, but once you do, you will enjoy it. anyways, that is why mineplex should update to a newer version of minecraft.