Are you looking for a competitive Minecraft experience?
"Tried to swim in lava" is a server-side modification which delivers on this, while staying as close to vanilla Minecraft as reasonable.
This mod is a slight modification of vanilla Minecraft, pitting 2 teams against each other in an enclosed area on a randomly generated map.
Game rounds usually last around 10-30 minutes.
The goal is to kill the king of the opposing team.
Players start out without any gear and are thus required to gather resources as in normal Minecraft.
Building useful structures such as towers, hidden escape routes and traps is encouraged.
Many strategy game elements are present:
Attack Timings (the first wooden swords? or not before full armor for everybody?)
Scouting (the enemy's location is not known in advance)
Resource Allocation (how many players should dig for iron? gather food? try to sneak into the enemy base? protect the king?)
Every round is different due to varying biomes requiring different strageties.
A complete list of changes over vanilla Minecraft can be found here.
Head over to our How To Play page for a quickstart guide.