What the Heck is Granite, Diorite, and Andesite?


OneĀ of the features of 1.8 is the new blocks: Granite, Diorite, and Andesite. I researched a bit about them, and this is what I’ve found out:

In the Game:

These three blocks will be found on the surface, usually on mountains in the Extreme Hills Biome, and next to lava pools underground. When you mine the naturally spawning block, you will obtain the “rough” version of the resource. Then, when you craft a 2×2 square, you obtain the “polished” version. I suspect that both rough and polished Granite, Diorite, and Andesite will be used in sweet builds (breh).

Also, if you feel as if you don’t have enough Andezite, you can craft quartz ore and cobblestone in a checkered 2×2 square to obtain Andezite. I don’t know why exactly this would work, but whatever. Maybe something scientific.

In Real Life:
Speaking of SCIENCE (see sentence iii of paragraph IV), let’s look into real life Granite and the others. I looked up these terms in Wikipedia, and yes, these materials exist in the real world; they aren’t just some random block Mojang came up with.
All of these materials are igneous rock. Can anybody tell me what “igneous” means? No? Ok. (This was my attempt at humor; please don’t hurt me.) Igneous rocks are formed when lava is cooled. Now doesn’t that make sense? These materials spawn on mountains, lots of which are formed by cooled lava. They also spawn next to lava pools, which…are…y’know…lava. I felt good about myself for that small bit of “scientific discovery”.



Best Minecraft Seeds 1.8

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These are the five best Minecraft Beta 1.8 Seeds with a lot of huge Mountains, epic canyons, NPC-villages, strongholds and more! Those seeds are also compatible with Beta 1.9 but just your spawn location is somewhere else!

1. -7883587130081366447
2. Seed
5. Duke Leto II

Coordinates (There you see all):
1. [x:-147] & [z:52]
2. [x:224] & [z:0]
3. [x:-124] & [z:184]
4. Directly at the spawn
5. [x:150] & [z:188]

More Seeds

1. Quesadilla thats the pic

2. d74g0n

This seed was featured on the Minecraft Mondays Show and contains an NPC village in front of an epic mountain range at (x=160, z=400). In addition, there are two surface dungeons near the spawn point at (x=250, z=300).

3. -1492318970

This seed generates an NPC village above a ravine at (x=100, z=100). In addition there are some nice cliffs and rivers in the surrounding area.


This seed was discovered by KingCarolus and is perfect for survival island gameplay as it contains one tree, sugar cane, sand and a deep cave system.


This is an absolute spawn seed with an epic mountain range, NPC village and lava lake very near the starting area.


Duverfred discovered this seed which contains an NPC village on water in front of a tall mountain range at (x=250, z=1000).

7.Professor Layton

This seed contains some epic overhangs and floating mountains in the area around (x=250, z=0). The cove in the third picture is at (x=470, z=190).


Jin Shepard on the Minecraft forums discovered this survival island style seed which generates a small island surrounded by ocean.

How to win in Survival games – 10 steps

How to

1. Always practise on a good pvp server (this will give you some skills)
2. Always memorize the map by playing it in your own world or spectating after dying.
3. If there is water in surrounding the middle always leave the area and go to the spot with the best chests.
4. Always try and find the enchant table (you can enchant stuff)
5. If you start running because you are losing a fight turn around and go through there bodies. They never expect it.
6. If your playing on the Nexus use everything you have.
7. If 2 people are fighting and don’t see you always interfere and kill them (best option)
8. Always sneak up on people looking in chests and kill them. Its the last thing they’d expect.
9. If you have reached dm* then try to be the last one alive against another person. (try to hide)
10. If everyone is done except for the last person come out of your hiding spot and flank em.

Congrats, you’ve won!

If you would like to run your own server, please check out my friends site on how to do so! Here.