I'm surprised this hasn't been addressed yet but here it is.
If YOU have to bring a friend to win, don't play. It's not fun for anyone else.
If YOU get hit with a potion of slowness, that means you move slower than me. Not the same speed.
If YOU can kill me in 3 hits with a plain wooden sword... Please don't play. Not only is modding the game a ban-able offense, it also removes the fun aspects of the game.
Just bottom line, don't play battle mode period. Go outside and learn about the real world, like I will be doing shortly.
Now go on and spread your hate below
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As for the friend problem... I think what they should do is have a room for players in parties and then a room for single players. That would solve that issue.
Tag team battle mode action! Tonight, on Minecraft! That's actually a good idea!