Minecraft Speedrunning/Getting Started
Welcome to Minecraft Speedrunning!
The first decision you may want to make is the version you decide to play. Generally the fastest and most played version of Minecraft for speedrunning are versions 1.16 and 1.16.1.
This is because 1.16 introduced the piglin bartering mechanic which is the fastest and easiest way to obtain ender pearls - which are required for beating the game - and in 1.16.2 the rates of piglin bartering for ender pearls were significantly decreased and piglin brutes were added to bastions, making the game harder and slower to beat.