Someone Outside Of Japan Finally Became A Tetris Grandmaster

Someone Outside of Japan Finally Became A Tetris Grandmaster

Kevin Birrell dazzled the world with his Tetris skills a few weeks back, but for the truly dedicated, the work never ends. Birrell had yet another goal for himself in Tetris: The Grandmaster 3: become the first player outside of Japan to achieve grandmaster status.

As the headline points out, this is unprecedented for an American player. It's a big deal.

Let's start by recapping Birrell's previous Tetris accomplishments, otherwise known as the time a guy played invisible Tetris and made everyone else feel bad about their individual Tetris skills.

Someone Outside of Japan Finally Became A Tetris Grandmaster

Birrell's skilled play resulted in him achieving master rank. It's Tetris: The Grandmaster, though. What you really want is the grandmaster ranking, but that requires so much more.

"More" means pulling off the same feat four times in seven games. That gives you a little wiggle room. If those conditions are met, the game can offer a grandmaster exam, where you must perform at the same level of play on command. I say "can" because it's not a guarantee. The grandmaster exam has a 50/50 chance of appearing, no matter how well you're playing.

Here's the moment Birrell realises he's about to get his shot:

Someone Outside of Japan Finally Became A Tetris Grandmaster

"If this happens, it'd be the greatest day of my life," he joked on the stream. "Shit, man, I'm shaking."

It's totally ridiculous and somewhat arbitrary, which is why Birrell hasn't pulled it off before.

He did yesterday, though it took a moment for him to realise what happened. When he's finished his run, the game takes its sweet time in revealing his grandmaster status. Patience!

Someone Outside of Japan Finally Became A Tetris Grandmaster

Eventually, the celebration begins.

Someone Outside of Japan Finally Became A Tetris Grandmaster

Maybe Birrell can finally move on from Tetris now. https://twitter.com/hashtag/tetristgm?src=hash

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Comments

    The sheer joy he showed when he hit GM was maybe one of the most uplifting things I've ever seen. 8 years of your life leading up to that. Few things could compare.

    Anyone have a link to the video of him achieving it?

      Here is the twitch http://www.twitch.tv/kevinddr/c/5983832

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