15 BEST Minecraft Players: Ranked (2023)

Dylan Crosbie
Dylan Crosbie - Minecraft Expert
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Minecraft has evolved from a small indie single-player game to one with a massive fanbase, online capabilities, and massive support. The game allows players to enter a new world alone or with friends. Over the years, certain players have made a name for themselves – becoming the best Minecraft players.

Watching them explore their own game can be wildly entertaining and helpful as you learn new tricks and tips. From speed running to taking their time and crafting enchanting worlds, there are Minecraft players that everyone can enjoy.

Here’s our list of the top 10 best Minecraft players ranked according to their skills, knowledge, and online presence.

The Best Minecraft Players

From PvP with enchanted swords to epic builds with breathtaking shaders, there are tons of Minecraft players that have massed a large audience with their skills. However, only a select few can be considered some of the best.

It took hours, but we’ve finally compiled a list and decided who would sit as the number 1 player. After extensive research and much debate, we compiled a ranking of the best Minecraft players:

  1. Technoblade
  2. Dream
  3. YesSmartyPie
  4. IlluminaHD
  5. Fruitberries
  6. Sapnap
  7. TapL
  8. xNestorio
  9. GeorgeNotFound
  10. Ph1LzA
  11. SB737
  12. grian
  13. Tommyinnit
  14. WadZee
  15. SethBling



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Technoblade was an American YouTuber and Minecraft player who sadly passed away in June 2022. He was arguably the best Minecraft player, winning multiple tournaments and one-on-one duels. He was so influential in the Minecraft community that Mojang released a short memorial video during Minecraft Live 2022 and a limited launcher screen.

Technoblade won the Minecraft Monday tournament 4 times, being one of only three players to win the tournament twice in a row. Additionally, during the Mr. Beast duel between Technoblade and Dream, Techno beat Dream 6-4.

With outstanding PvP skills (killing some of the top Minecraft players with ease) and an extensive fanbase and online presence, Technoblade sits on top of our best Minecraft players list.

Being beaten by Technoblade, Dream ranks second on our list. He has a massive fan base through his social media platforms, such as Youtube. With over 30.7 Million subscribers, it’s no debate that he belongs on this list. His PvP skills are almost unmatched as he consistently wins various mini-games such as Manhunt and more.

However, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding Dream, including the speedrun cheating scandal. Dream admitted to accidentally having client-side modifications that affected the rate of ender pearl and blaze rod drop rates during his 19-minute speedrun. Consequently, his 3 former world records and all other speedruns were removed from the leaderboards at speedrun.com.

Dream has stated that he has no intentions of doing any future speedruns. But speedruns aside, we still believe that Dream belongs at number two.



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YesSmartyPie is a 23-year-old gamer and Youtuber who focuses on creating content around Minecraft and is most famous for his Himlands series. YesSmartyPie (Hitesh Khangta) is based in India but has a worldwide fanbase of over 3 million subscribers.

His outstanding clutching abilities impressed us and are why he’s placed third on our list. When in a tight spot, YesSmartyPie always seems to work his way out of it through insane evasion or PvP skills.

He has a regular upload schedule, so check out his Youtube channel for gameplay and reaction videos for Minecraft and horror games.



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Illumina HD (better known as Illumina) is a 23-year-old Canadian Minecrafter and Speedrunner. He broke his first world record at age 15 and has since been known for his excellent speed running skills. In fact, up until 2020, Illumina was a moderator at speedrun.com.

Illumina has held world records for “Any% Glitchless,” “Any% All Advancements 1.16 RSG”, and “Minecraft Java Edition Category Extension” in Minecraft Java Edition. He’s also a friend of the Dream Team Minecraft group. In addition, he has been mentioned as a Minecraft player with quick thinking and immense skill in movement and speed.



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Well known for their speedrunning, PvP, and trapping Skills, Fruitberries has made a name for himself in the Minecraft community. His play style revolves around creating elaborate traps for players with better gear than himself. Once his opponent has fallen for the trap and killed, Fruitberries uses their gear to win the game.

Fruitberries and his team have won the MCC tournament twice, in the MC Championship 9 and MC Championship 16. Fruitberries (Josh) is a 20-year-old Canadian Minecrafter and is close friends with Illumina HD.

A long-time friend of Dream (and part of the Dream Team), Sapnap is a Minecraft Content Creator known for their Minecraft challenge and plugin videos. His challenge videos include titles such as “Minecraft, But It’s Raining Cats and Dogs,” “Minecraft, But Mobs Are Randomly Hostile,” and “Minecraft Manhunt.”

His skills include man-hunting and PvP in MCC events like Battle Box and Dodgebolt. Along with his teams, he’s won MCC 11, 15, 18, 19, and 21. Sapnap won MrBeast’s “Extreme $100,000 Game of Tag!” and “$45,600 Squid Game Challenge!”

TapL, also known as Harvey Lee, is an American Youtuber and Minecrafter known for his mini-game skills like UHC (Ultra Hardcore), SkyWars, and BedWars. He’s also created videos with other players on our list, like Technoblade.

Additionally, he’s played in 9 MCC tournaments. Still, he has only won MCC 12 (November 2020) with his team named the Green Guardians (GeorgeNotFound, Wilbur Soot, and Ph1Lza.)

xNestorio is a Minecraft player you may not have heard of. Their most popular Youtube videos include trends such as “Minecraft, but you can shoot anything” or “Minecraft, but you grow old.” However, other than these trendy topics, xNestorio has some PvP skills up his sleeve.

His favorite weapons include a bow, fishing rod, and sword. These allow him to shoot enemies at range, hook them closer, and swipe at them with his sword. His play style ranks him number eight on our list.



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GeorgeNotFound (George Davidson) is a 26-year-old Minecraft YouTuber and the co-founder of the Dream Team SMP. He mainly makes challenge videos and collaborates with other members of the Dream Team, such as Dream and SapNap (both mentioned above).

He has over 10.5 million subscribers and a huge fanbase which he reaches through Twitch and Minecraft videos on his channel. His success through most of his Minecraft challenges is why we’ve included him on this list.

Winning MCC 12 with GeorgeNotFound, Wilbur Soot, and Tapl, Ph1LzA definitely belongs on this list. Ph1LzA is a British Youtuber and Minecrafter. Posting videos for over 16 years, the 36-year-old is a professional gamer with tons of knowledge regarding Minecraft and PvP. However, he is best known for playing in his Hardcore survival world for five years and his current world for three years.

Ph1LzA was close with Technoblade before his passing and is part of Sleepyboisinc along with Wilbur Soot and TommyInnit. In addition to his hardcore world, his primary Youtube niche is posting highlights from his Twitch streams in which he participates in events like MCC tournaments.

SB737, simply known as SB, is a British Minecraft YouTuber and Content Creator. His name is a shortened version of SonicBoom737, and his channel has over 3.5 million subscribers. He’s known for his hardcore worlds which highlight his survival skills. In addition, he partakes in many challenges such as “I Survived 100 Days on ONE LUCKY BLOCK in Hardcore Minecraft…” and “100 Days, But I Add a New Mod Every Day…”.

Charles Batchelor, more widely known as Grian, is undoubtedly one of Minecraft’s best builders. With various build ideas and prankster tricks, he’s managed to accrue over 7.7 million subscribers. His videos include build tutorials, mini-games, and his adventures on the Hermitcraft server.

Grian primarily focuses on improving existing builds in your Minecraft worlds and tutorials on improving your building skills. For all potential Minecraft builders, Grian is the perfect player to pick up new tips and tricks.



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Tommyinnit is yet another member of the Dream SMP that’s made it onto your best Minecraft players list. He’s most notably known for his collaborations with other streamers and Minecrafters from Dream SMP. Additionally, he posts content around Minecraft mods, the MCC tournament, and Skyblock.

In the MCC tournament, his team placed 1st, winning Dodgebolt and the overall tournament. Additionally, in 2020, thanks to his wins within MCC, he joined Sleepyboisinc, which consisted of Wilbur Soot, Technoblade, and Ph1LzA.

WadZee, an Australian Minecraft player we’ve most well known for his one block skyblock series, is joining our list of the best Minecraft players. He also gained much recognition for his Hardcore series, which started in 2020.

He’s considered one of the best players due to his survival skills, creativity, and tricks throughout his one block skyblock series.



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Choosing the best players in Minecraft is difficult as so many different factors exist. However, after looking at PvP, speed running, and more, there’s no way we can’t acknowledge players for their red stone skills. Without a doubt, SethBling is one of the best Redstone mechanics we’ve ever seen.

Additionally, he’s exceptionally well known for his map-making abilities. He has created custom map gameplay such as Vech’s Race for Wool. On his YouTube channel, you can also find mini-game videos and contraptions he’s created.

How We Chose the Best Minecraft Players

Selecting the best Minecraft players is no easy feat. There are many factors to consider, such as their community following, physical gaming skills, the game mode they play on, and their Youtube presence.

We ranked our top 10 best Minecraft players according to their subscribers on Minecraft and their achievements. In addition, we looked at the game modes they play and the skills they possess. For example, we didn’t only look at PvP players but included speed runners and parkour players as well.

After careful consideration, we came up with the above list. We’d love to hear your opinions and who you think the best player is.

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By Dylan Crosbie Minecraft Expert
Dylan is an avid Open World and Strategy game fan. His favorite content to cover include Minecraft and The Sims. His gaming interests along with his journalistic background, allows him to bring the best gaming content to your screens.

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