From the unofficial fan-run MindCrack and HermitCraft wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
The Minecraft avatar of AnderZEL
Artistic representation of AnderZEL's Minecraft avatar

Anderz in July 2013
Personal name Anders
Born (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 36)[1]
Country Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Gender M
Other names
  • Anderz
  • Anderps
  • ImAnderZEL

AnderZEL, also known by his personal name Anders Eriksson[2] L.,[3] is a Swedish Let's Play commentator and a member of Mindcrack since April 2012, having been invited to join the Mindcrack Server by VintageBeef.[4]


AnderZEL was born and raised in the Norrland area of Sweden.[5] He attended a very small school called Fyrås Grundskola for his elementary school education. During that time, he was introduced to Counter-Strike and Battlefield Vietnam, through his friendship with the only other male in his class, Mikael.[6] Anderz attended Wargentinsskolan for his secondary school education.[7][8] Anderz did not attend university.[9] Anderz has one brother, 2 years younger than himself.[10]

The "AnderZEL" handle is derived from his personal name. He says he changed the spelling of his first name to "Anderz" for online uses, due to "Anders" being such a common given name in Sweden.[11] The "EL" comes from the initials of his last name.[3]

AnderZEL produces YouTube content full time.[12] His most recent job before YouTube was as a telemarketer selling newspapers.[13] At some point, Anderz had worked as a telephone salesman for Com Hem, a Nordic Internet service provider.[14]

He currently lives in Östersund, Jämtland, in a one-room apartment[15] which he has resided since 2006.[16]

AnderZEL's uncle is recognized as a Swedish champion in sub-machine gun sports shooting. He and his brother learned how to shoot and to devise explosives from his uncle during their younger years.[17]


AnderZEL accepts fanmail through his PO box.[18]

PO Box 95
Ostersund, Sweden 83121

Let's Play[edit]

The YouTube avatar of ImAnderZEL

Anderz's first ever YouTube video was uploaded in October 2010 to his original YouTube channel "AnderZEL". The video was a Minecraft tutorial showing viewers how to find diamonds. Anderz says the video had reached 500,000 views before his channel was closed.[19]

In late 2011, Anderz had problems with AdSense and monetization, so he created a new channel, "ImAnderZEL", as a workaround.[20][21][22] Anderz reuploaded all of his old videos from his previous channel to his current channel.[23]

In June 2012, AnderZEL mentioned being partnered with the Game Station network.[24]

AnderZEL refers to his subscribers as "polerchs",[21] a term which he coined from the Swedish word polare (homie).[25] He has said he generally favors FPS (first-person shooters) while disliking sandbox games. He has stated that his interest in Minecraft is unusual.[26]

Game Playlist Start date Brief description
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty "Starcraft 2" 7 Sep 2011
Battlefield 3 29 Sept 2011
DayZ "DayZ" 10 Jul 2012
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive "CS GO" 16 Aug 2012
Dishonored "Dishonored Gameplay" 12 Oct 2012
Medal of Honor: Warfighter "Medal Of Honor Warfighter Multiplayer" 23 Oct 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II "Black Ops 2" 12 Nov 2012
Hitman: Absolution "Hitman Absolution PC Gameplay" 21 Nov 2012
Far Cry 3 "Far Cry 3 Viking style" 3 Dec 2012
ARMA 2 "Wastland" 1 Feb 2013
PlanetSide 2 "Planetside 2" 2 Feb 2013
BioShock Infinite "BioShock Infinite Gameplay" 25 Mar 2013
Metro: Last Light "Metro Last Light" 17 May 2013
Battlefield 4 "Battlefield 4" 28 Mar 2013 Contains news, Gameplay and more.
Serious Sam 3: BFE "SS3 With Beef" 27 Nov 2013 Featuring VintageBeef
DayZ "DayZ Standalone" 18 Dec 2013
Titanfall "TITANFALL HD" 16 Feb 2014
South Park: The Stick of Truth "South Park FUN! :D" 4 Mar 2014
World of Tanks "World of Tanks" 28 Apr 2014
Map Playlist Start date Brief description
Survival singleplayer 12 Sep 2011
Mindcrack Survival multiplayer 17 Apr 2012
Mindcrack Feed the Beast Modded multiplayer 1 Dec 2012
PixelLeague Pixelmon server "Pixelmon" 17 Jan 2014 See PixelLeague


VintageBeef was an early subscriber of Anderz. Anderz was so impressed with one of VintageBeef's videos that he featured one of Beef's videos on a monthly subscriber special,[27] earning Beef about an additional 100 subscribers.[22] Anderz joined the Mindcrack Server in April 2012 having been invited by VintageBeef.[4] Anderz has stated that his invitation to the server was likely Beef returning the favor for the early feature.[22]

Personal life[edit]

AnderZEL has dyslexia[28] and is 6'4" tall.[29]

Minecraft skin[edit]

AnderZEL's skin is a modified Steve skin. The beltline and shirt colors were changed. The skin was based off his original skin.[30]

AnderZEL's Minecraft skin

Previous/Alternate skins[edit]

AnderZEL's original skin was similar to his current skin, but had minor differences, notably the hair and skin tone were shaded differently.[29] He had to remake the skin[30] after he changed it for his Borat video,[31] and did not have a copy of the original skin.[32]



  • AnderZEL appeared as a cameo in the show "Battlefield Friends."[36]
  • AnderZEL made a voice appearance in the second season of "Mob Squad" as "Andy", who was a creeper.[37]
  • When he was 17, AnderZEL was chosen to be the honorary member of a fraternity. He was widely known as a wild partythrower at that time and made connections to the fraternity president through these parties.[38]

External links[edit]


  1. ImAnderZEL (13 January 2013). Facebook. <>.
  2. ImAnderZEL (12 November 2012). "Q and A 08 12th of Nov". YouTube. <>.
  3. 3.0 3.1 ImAnderZEL (19 December 2011). "Q And A". YouTube. <>.
  4. 4.0 4.1 ImAnderZEL (17 April 2012). "Mindcrack : S01 E00 My Friend VintageBeef Show Me Around The Mindcrack Server! :D". YouTube. <>.
  5. YouTubeAnderZEL (12 May 2014). Twitter. <>.
  6. ImAnderZEL (25 October 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E86 Story Time with AnderZEL Child Hood Friend". YouTube. <>.
  7. ImAnderZEL (12 October 2011). "Q&A Video". YouTube. <>.
  8. ImAnderZEL (18 September 2012). "Q and A Sep 18th". YouTube. <>.
  9. ImAnderZEL (22 November 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E100 Bad Day General Rant and Fixing Small Things Around The Village". YouTube. <>.
  10. ImAnderZEL (15 December 2012). "Q and A 15th Dec". YouTube. <>.
  11. ImAnderZEL (12 October 2011). "Q&A Video". YouTube. <>.
  12. Mindcrack (16 July 2012). "Mindcrack Podcast - Episode 4". YouTube. <>.
  13. ImAnderZEL (12 April 2014). "Q and A E23 Bumbibjörnarna!". YouTube. <>.
  14. ImAnderZEL (6 August 2012). "Q and A 6th of Aug". <>.
  15. anderzel (6 November 2014). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.
  16. ImAnderZEL (28 August 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E59 Big Lake Party and Viking Ship". YouTube. <>.
  17. ImAnderZEL (14 June 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E26 Busy Beaver Anders". YouTube. <>.
  18. ImAnderZEL (2 March 2014). "The Swede Vlog S02 E16 PO Box :D". YouTube. <>.
  19. Mindcrack (16 July 2012). "Mindcrack Podcast - Episode 4". YouTube. <>.
  20. AnderZEL (?? February 2012). "New Channel Wellcome! :)". YouTube. <>. Retrieved from 10 July 2012 archive.
  21. 21.0 21.1 ImAnderZEL (10 September 2011). "The Swede Show E22 (Vlog) Thanks to All My Polerch's & Thanks To My Great Friends!". YouTube. <>.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 ImAnderZEL (17 August 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E55 Viking or Medieval Village Taking Form". YouTube. <>.
  23. ImAnderZEL (14 September 2011). "Channel Update Minecraft Videos". YouTube. <>.
  24. ImAnderZEL (14 June 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E104 Friday Caving! :D". <>.
  25. ImAnderZEL (14 June 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E41 This Is How Things Work". YouTube. <>.
  26. ImAnderZEL (7 October 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E78 How To Get My Green Grass and New Intro!". <>.
  27. ImAnderZEL (2 November 2011). "Polerch's videos E01 VintageBeef". YouTube. <>.
  28. ImAnderZEL (6 May 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E10 Some Tims I Just Nead To Focus To Realy Get Things Done". YouTube. <>.
  29. 29.0 29.1 ImAnderZEL (26 September 2011). "Minecraft LP - S01 E14 To Hell and Back Maybe?...". YouTube. <>.
  30. 30.0 30.1 ImAnderZEL (29 February 2012). "Minecraft LP - S05 E19 Im In My Skin!". YouTube. <>.
  31. ImAnderZEL (21 February 2012). "Minecraft LP - S05 E15 To Hell and Back?". YouTube. <>.
  32. ImAnderZEL (25 February 2012). "Minecraft LP - S05 E17 Last Time In The Nether! Part 1". YouTube. <>.
  33. ImAnderZEL (17 June 2014). "CrackPack Server S01 E08 Moving Time!". YouTube. <>.
  34. ImAnderZEL (13 June 2014). "CrackPack Server Stream Highlight - Suck That Arkas!". YouTube. <>.
  35. ImAnderZEL (20 February 2012). "BORAT". YouTube. <>.
  36. happyhour (1 September 2013). "Battlefield Friends - Spawn Killing". YouTube. <>.
  37. happyhour (2 November 2014). "Mob Squad - ANDY!!! Season 2 Ep. 2". Youtube. <>.
  38. ImAnderZEL (28 October 2012). "Mindcrack - S01 E88 Let's Clean Up Nebris Mess And Story Time "Party"". YouTube. <>.
  39. AnderZEL (18 April 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <>.