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Minecraft 1.9 the "Combat Update"

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Minecraft has a new update and it's got fans so excited they are dubbing it the "Combat Update".
An appropriate name considering that is exactly what it does. Well.. that and a heap more.
Here is the full list of updates from version 1.9
  • They've added protection in the form of shields
  • Attacking has a cooling delay now you have to really time your attacks
  • holding items in both hands is now possible
  • Sweep attack with swords
  • Axes deal a crushing blow
  • New mob: Shulker
  • Expanded The End
  • Added Chorus plants
  • New Purpur blocks
  • New End Rod block
  • Added dragon head blocks
  • The Ender Dragon can now be resummoned
  • Added beetroot and beetroot soup
  • Added grass path block
  • Added igloos
  • Armor protection values have been lowered
  • Added tipped arrows
  • Added spectral arrows
  • Added Frost Walker enchantment and frosted ice block
  • Added sound effects and subtitles
  • The brewing stand now needs the "Blaze Powder" to activate
  • Added skeleton riders (very cool)
  • Removed Herobrine (yay)