Mae's Marvel: A Speedrunner's Epic Journey Through Baldur's Gate 3
In the enchanting realm of speedrunning, where gamers push the boundaries of possibility, a new legend has emerged. Mae, the masterful Canadian speedr...
In the enchanting realm of speedrunning, where gamers push the boundaries of possibility, a new legend has emerged. Mae, the masterful Canadian speedrunner, has shattered expectations and rewritten the rules of Baldur's Gate 3 to create a whirlwind of excitement in the gaming community. The world gasps in awe as Mae completes all three acts of the game in a mind-boggling 19 minutes, making history with the first sub-20-minute run ever recorded.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane. When Baldur's Gate 3 graced the early access stage in late 2020, a mere 7-minute sprint through Act 1 was considered a triumph. Fast forward three years, and Mae thrust herself into the spotlight by unveiling one of the semi-secret endings in under ten minutes. But she didn't stop there. Mae tirelessly honed her skills in the Any% category, gradually whittling her time down to a jaw-dropping three and a half minutes.
Armed with an indomitable spirit and unyielding determination, Mae set her sights on a new conquest—the elusive Any% (All Acts) category. And oh, what a spectacle it was! In a heart-stopping display of coordination and precision, Mae blazed through Baldur's Gate 3, completing the entire adventure in a mere 19 minutes and 20 seconds (excluding those pesky loading times). Her triumphant journey was captured on video, submitted to Speedrun.com, and swiftly verified as the new world record. The only caveat? The run was segmented, featuring several splits to achieve this awe-inspiring feat.
Now, let's peek behind the curtain of Mae's genius. While her techniques weren't groundbreaking, their execution was nothing short of perfection. Enhance Leap became her trusty companion, propelling her character across the map with three times the usual distance covered. But Mae's bag of tricks didn't stop there. A clever Druid technique allowed her to transform into a formidable beast, grow in size twice, and pounce on enemies with devastating force. Picture this: a 5-ton bear, masquerading as Shadowheart, obliterating the Act 2 boss with a single leap. Simply astonishing!
But Mae's conquests don't end there. She reigns supreme in three-quarters of Baldur's Gate 3's main speedrunning categories, including the whimsical Sex% challenge, where competitors vie for the fastest romance with the enigmatic Lae'zel. The only title eluding Mae's grasp is the ultimate test of skill: Honour Mode. Currently held by the U.S.-based speedrunner Chronos, the Honour Mode world record stands at under 23 minutes (excluding loading times). Will Mae rise to this final challenge and claim the crown? Only time will reveal the answer.
As we marvel at Mae's extraordinary achievements, one thing is abundantly clear: even five months after its release, Baldur's Gate 3 continues to captivate the speedrunning community. Its immersive world, inspired by Dungeons and Dragons, beckons adventurers from far and wide. With its intricate character creation, thrilling quests, and strategic turn-based combat, this RPG masterpiece has solidified its position as one of the most beloved and fiercely contested games in the realm of speedrunning.
So, dear readers, join us on this exhilarating journey as we witness Mae's meteoric rise in the hallowed halls of Baldur's Gate 3. Prepare to be spellbound by her unparalleled skill, gasp at her daring exploits, and cheer her on as she etches her name into the annals of gaming history. Mae's Marvel is an epic tale that reminds us all that with a little courage, cleverness, and a touch of magic, any challenge can be conquered in the blink of an eye.