So I'm thinking the lack of talk on here is because people have moved away from forums and onto things like Discord, Twitch, and YouTube? 'Cos for sure there's been no lack of hype about what just happened. I thought I'd share my thoughts just off the top of my head 'cos that's the sort of thing I like to do - and in a world of more than seven billion, there's probably at least one person who won't hate to read them. So... First off, I'm a 40something bloke from England with a lifetime of watching football and tennis - and I don't think I've ever been so excited about a sporting event as I was about this. Not quite counting down the days, but not far off. I watched as much as I could - had two laptops simultaneously streaming, even while I was in the bath - and caught the final around 2am tucked up in bed and trying not to cheer. In a word: it was fantastic. A big talking point, I suppose, was the upsets: so many of the big names and old names falling at the first and second hurdle - or before. Kind of sad to not see them make it into at least the last eight - it did seem like Jonas and Harry were playing as well as anyone, judging by their streams - but the standard, the pressure, the one little slip...I guess it makes anything possible. For many, it was a changing of the guard, the new and young blood coming through. A different generation and a different way of playing, growing up online and reaping the benefits of watching and studying those that came before. Perhaps also a reward for those who have been putting in the hours in contests like Classic Tetris Monthly and the Classic Tetris League. I guess there's no substitute for the pressure of competition - and I've definitely heard voices in the days since pointing out that many of those that fell - Jonas, Harry, Buco, etc - maybe would have benefitted if they'd been taking part. That said, it wasn't all youth: obviously, Koryan reached his maiden final, and Matt Martin, the surprise Southern Qualifier winner and relative newcomer, performed incredibly well. Stand out for me from among the old guard was perhaps Terry Purcell, who fought incredibly hard to reach the last eight. His first round match, I think it was, was both one of the highlights and easily the most stressful moment of the tournament for me. Fearless and incredibly aggressive, building crazily high and just going for it. It was death-defying stuff. I must watch that again. Not many arguments about the match of the tournament: the quarter-final between Joseph and Greentea. The atmosphere was incredible. So great to see Joseph enjoying himself and showing his love for the game - even to another level in the final - and Greentea, for me, was the player who came closest to challenging him. It would have made a worthy final - to take nothing away from Koryan - and a shame that we didn't get to see at least one more match from Greentea. His play is a joy to behold - not to mention his ever-present smile - and he continues to fly the flag for DAS players, showing that it's more than possible to hang with the tappy boys. When he stacks that good, only the best of the best, playing at their highest level, can stop him. Which brings me to the final: it was great, wasn't it? So much fun. So much interaction and banter between not only the players but the commentators too. Joseph showboating, tapping his forehead, playing to the cameras and the crowd. The micro-pushdown battle. The silmu-stacking. The laughter. I've never seen two people and those watching enjoying the game more. Incredible to have such light-heartedness at breakneck speeds in the game's showpiece event. Warm fuzzy feelings all round. That was as good a sporting moment as I've ever witnessed. And the fun aside, it really looked like Joseph had taken it to a new level. He more than answered the question about whether he'd be able to defend his title and fend off the new breed of challenges: at moments it was like watching Neo when he realises he is The One. Against perhaps the second best player of all time - a man I'd watched maxout 5 times in 7 games just before the championship, averaging close to a million in ten games - he was head and shoulders above. Sure, it went to a decider - but was there ever any real doubt - barring a disaster - that Joseph would walk away with it? He played it like a man on a summer's stroll: any trouble he found himself he quickly cleared up tout de suite. If he was feeling any pressure, it didn't show. A worthy winner. A gallant challenge from crowd favourite Koryan. Greentea's heroics. The runs of Matt, Terry, Josh, and all the young challengers. Was Batfoy's interview serious and straight or is he also a secret comic genius? And of course the numerous upsets - plus a mention for Chad vs Stacy, which was also one of the matches of the tournament for me. Nervewracking and impossible to predict a winner, until the very last moments. Another one I will look out for eagerly once the polished up videos hit YouTube. All in all, an outstanding success - hats off to all the organisers and commentators, and to Trey for his technical wizardry and dedication - and I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking it more than met up to the hype, and even exceeded it. It's gonna be very interesting to see what effect this has once it reaches the mainstream, given the growth over the last few years. Are we reaching Peak Tetris? Or is this just the beginning?