I'm currently planning development of a new minigames server and I'm trying to decide which server version to use. I've been out of the Minecraft community for several years however "back in the day" a large number of servers stuck to 1.8.8 due to the combat changes in 1.9. Is it still standard to run 1.8.8 and use plugins such as "ViaVersion" to allow new versions to connect? I see on bstats.org that 1.8.8 currently has ~13% share but this figure doesn't mean much in isolation without statistics about how it has changed over time. While shows over 44% of servers running on 1.15.2 I also don't want to take this figure at face value as it is no doubt inflated by many small servers who just take the latest version. I've also read about some quite severe performance issues in versions 1.13 and 1.14 although I don't know if these were fixed in 1.15. While I have never been a fan of the combat update, at the end of the day it's more important what the general playerbase thinks. Do the majority of players these days still prefer the pre-1.9 style of combat or are players now expecting the post combat update mechanics to be included in their favourite mini-game servers? If someone could shed some light on what the general consensus is these days then that would be much appreciated! Also feel free to bring to my attention any other factors which you think I may have overlooked.