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tetris world championships 2018 final

Watch the nail-biting conclusion to the Tetris World Championships

If you thought Tetris was a weak timewaster you played mindlessly while waiting for a train, think again.

This weekend, the Tetris World Championships concluded in Portland, Oregon, with a quite incredible sequence of events.

16-year-old Joseph Saelee came back from a near semi-final defeat to ultimately knock seven-time world champion Jonas Neubauer from his perch.

The final however was a tense affair.

With Neubauer topping-out early, the heat was on Saelee to make up a 104 000 point difference.

For a full minute, Saelee carefully and thoughtfully builds the blocks up at almost break-neck speed, and eventually, gets two Tetris to take home the win.

It’s a pretty incredible moment, especially watching Neubauer’s transition from annoyance at himself, to admiration for Saelee to the right of the screen.

The duo also share a hug after the match, in what must be gaming’s most sporting moment of 2018.

Have a look at Saelee’s win at full speed below.

Feature image: screenshot, ClassicTetris via Twitch

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Andy Walker
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Fuelled by his belief that PvZ: GW2 is 2016's game of the year, Andy also dabbles in the odd hard news story over on Memeburn. More