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The Minecraft avatar of Zisteau
Artistic representation of Zisteau's Minecraft avatar

Zisteau at MineCon 2013
Personal name Tyler
Born (1978-12-04) 4 December 1978 (age 42)[1][2]
Country United States
Nationality American
Gender M
Other names
  • Z
  • Zed
  • Zedsteau

Zisteau (pronounced "zi: st"), also known by his personal name Tyler,[3] is a Let's Play commentator and an active member of the MindCrack server. He was invited to join in April 2012 by Guude after meeting him through the second Race for Wool.[4]


The handle "Zisteau" was inspired by combining the words jacuzzi and Jacques Cousteau and removing similar syllables.[5] Zisteau produces YouTube content full time.[6] Before doing YouTube, Zisteau was in grad school.[7] He has not revealed what he was studying.[8] Like SethBling, Zisteau says he has shared very little personal information but is not opposed to doing so.[9]

Zisteau's first public appearance was at MineCon 2013,[10] though pictures of Zisteau at San Diego ComicCon 2005 had been found in a forum post.[11][12]

Let's Play[edit]

The YouTube avatar of Zisteau
Join date 18 Oct 2021
Game Playlist Start date Brief description
Bauldur's Gate "Baldur's Gate Evil Bastard" 13 Mar 2011 Playing "the Baldur's Gate series all the way through with an evil character." Unfinished due to hard drive failure.
Portal 2 "Zisteau Plays Portal 2" 18 Apr 2011
Terraria "Terraria!" 11 Jun 2011
Dark Souls "Dark Souls" 13 Oct 2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim "Lynx-O the Night Cat" 16 Nov 2011
Diablo III "Diablo 3" 15 May 2012 Featuring PauseUnpause
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron "Transformers: Fall of Cybertron" 22 Aug 2012
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare "Chivalry: Medieval Warfare" 9 Oct 2012 See Chivalry
Hexen "Hexen" 9 Oct 2012
League of Legends "League of Legends with Vechs" 30 Aug 2013 Featuring Vechs
Kerbal Space Program "Kerbal Space Explosion" 27 Sep 2013
Terraria 1.2 "Terraria 1.2 is EZ" 5 Oct 2013 Featuring Etho. See Terraria
Starbound "Starbound Beta" 2 Dec 2013
RollerCoaster Tycoon "Rollercoaster Tycoon Stream Archive" 6 Aug 2014 Park scenarios are streamed on Zisteau's Twitch channel and uploaded later to YouTube
Factorio "Factorio" 15 Nov 2014 Factorio is a super duper awesome game where we use conveyor belts to shoot aliens. The world hates us so we're going to stink up the place with tons of pollution, kill everything we see, and automate all the things.
Kerbal Space Program "Space Patrol - modded Kerbal Space Program" 22 Nov 2014 Space Patrol is a modded KSP series with some cinematic elements. Episodes will begin with a short cut-scene illustrating gameplay mechanics or adding overarching plot drama.
LittleBigPlanet 3 "LittleBigPlanet 3 with Guude and Beef" 22 Nov 2014 Featuring Guude and VintageBeef as Team Vintage Guusteau. Discontinued due to bugs rendering the game unplayable.
World of Warcraft "World of Warcraft" 5 Jan 2015
Factorio "Linear Factorio (Factorio Season 2)" 10 Jan 2015 Playing factorio on a map that's only 20 spaces high.
Besiege "Besiege" 10 Feb 2015
Starbound "Starbound (2015 Update)" 25 Feb 2013
Map Playlist Start date Brief description
"Survival Island" "Survival Island" 20 Feb 2011 First Let's Play. Unfinished due to hard drive failure.
"Super Hostile #1: Sea of Flame" "Sea of Flame" 3 Mar 2011 Unfinished due to hard drive failure.
"Super Hostile #4: Kaizo Caverns" "Kaizo Caverns" 30 Mar 2011
Survival multiplayer "Life on Bogota" 22 Apr 2011 Featuring his friends dogdoc, Nimmrod and Stickicide21
"Super Hostile #3: Infernal Sky" "Infernal Sky w/ MyselfOverwhelmed" 20 Jun 2011 Featuring Overwhelmed
"Super Hostile #7: Legendary" "Legendary - Super Hostile #7" 21 Jul 2011
Arena from "Super Hostile #3: Infernal Sky" "Vechs Enters Chaos Ensues" 9 Sep 2011 Featuring joehillssays, PauseUnpause, Vechs and Cleophas
"Super Hostile Race for Wool 02 Direct Fire " "RFW#2 League" 4 Oct 2011 See Race for Wool
MindCrack Survival multiplayer 1 Apr 2012
MindCrack Feed the Beast Modded multiplayer 2 Dec 2012
"Super Hostile #12: Inferno Mines" "Inferno Mines" 8 Feb 2013
Various creative singleplayer maps "Devious Devices" 31 Jul 2013 Map making.
PlayMindcrack Server "Calamity Town on PlayMindcrack" 20 Apr 2014 Map making. See Calamity Town
Rules that matter series "Rules That Matter" 6 May 2014 Played using the "Rules that Matter" hardcore ruleset.
Captive Minecraft II "Captive Minecraft 2" 4 Jul 2014
Captive Minecraft III: Rise of Atlantis "Captive Minecraft 3" 18 Aug 2014
Survival Single Player "Zisteau Plays Minecraft" 23 Aug 2014
Pantheon "Minecraft Pantheon" 6 Mar 2015


Zisteau is known and feared for his huge pranks. According to some of the Mindcrack members, he brought a "whole new level of pranking" to the server.[citation needed] He is the founding member of Team America and a part of Team Single Malt Scotch.

Zisteau's Season 3 projects included the Lens and the Wasteland Village (later renamed Desert Springs). He spent considerable effort expanding and decorating the Pinwheel Mines and working on his "temporary" house. Zisteau has invented technical designs, including the logoutivator, green screen, and endervator, specifically for use on the server in his builds.

On the Season 4 server, Zisteau first built the Death Starter House, which he disassembled for materials before he left the continent for new terrain. In the spawn area he built the map room, a farm building and an Enderman repair shop. Shortly before MineCon 2013 he revealed that he was responsible for the pranks attributed to the E Prankster. He is currently working on a megabuild in one of the new mesa biomes.

On the Season 5 server, Zisteau started off with a smaller sized map room from the season prior, and with a quarry that he worked on with SethBling to show what an actual quarry would feel like in Minecraft if real world logic was used.


Zedcamera is Zisteau's cameraman account, and he uses it to film his actions in the third person. Unlike easycgi, he is in survival mode. When Zedcamera first appeared on the server he was wearing the Guardian costume that Zisteau wore for his prank with Team Canada.


Interviewer Recording(s) Topics
17 Feb 2012 nocxx "[Let's Talk]Zisteau![English]"
  • How he got into Minecraft and YouTube
  • The story behind his username
  • How he discovered Vechs and the Super Hostile maps
  • The additions in Minecraft Beta 1.8 and 1.9
  • Viewer questions, including topics like showing his face, Spellbound Caves, making videos with Guude and BdoubleO100 and one game he would live in for the rest of his life
  • His YouTube role-models
  • The future of his channel
  • Mapmaking
  • MineCon
7 Nov 2013 OMGchad "Zisteau and OMGchad Chat // Minecon 2013"

Minecraft skin[edit]

Zisteau's skin is a Zombie Pigman from Minecraft. The original creator of the skin is XaPhobia,[13] which was first used in Minecraft in the Halloween Update.[14] Zisteau adopted the skin for his Piggy Temple video because he felt it was appropriate, which Zisteau says "just stuck".[12][15] Zisteau's skin includes the "THX XAPHOBIA" easter egg left in the game by Notch.

Zisteau's Minecraft skin

Previous/Alternate skins[edit]

Zisteau often wears slightly modified skins for different series or occasions.[16] Skins not pictured below include the Flash during "Survival Island", Samus Aran from the Metroid series during "Kaizo Caverns",[17] Shockwave from Transformers during "Life on Bogota",[18] a Zombie Pigman wearing "the Metroid suit that's partially been blown off me" during "Legendary", "Vechs Enters Chaos Ensues" and the final episodes of "The Infernal Sky",[19] and a 1.8 skin featuring Optimus Prime as the outer layer during his statue building video with Guude.[20]


  • Zisteau was introduced to Minecraft through the popular YouTube personality SeaNanners (AdamMontoya).[29]
  • Zisteau had, at one point, played bass in a punk rock band.[30]
  • Zisteau has a rather large collection of Transformers action figures.[31]
  • Zisteau confirmed that he has heterochromia, his right eye being blue, and his left being green.[32]
  • Zisteau has a tattoo of a Chinese Dragon on his back, which he got when he was still practicing martial arts.[33]
  • A quote from Zisteau is featured on the official website for Factorio, promoting the game.[34]

External links[edit]


  1. Zisteau (25 November 2012). "Mindcrack Number 88 - 'Branching Aqueducts' (Z632)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OHX_1Aby-k&t=153s>.
  2. Zisteau. TFARCHIVE. <http://tfarchive.com/community/member.php?u=5667>.
  3. Zisteau (19 May 2011). "Life on Bogota Episode 06 "Bedrock" (Z106)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbdbG4nxuZQ&t=13m29s>.
  4. GuudeBoulderfist (20 April 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/1cqgeq/what_was_the_reasoning_behind_adding_new_members/c9j1cnr>.
  5. (17 Febuary 2012). "[Let's Talk]Zisteau![English]". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zFA6kJpdyg&t=4m6s>.
  6. (19 October 2012). "Mindcrack Number 75 - 'Team America Strikes Back' (Z583)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlouqLNBosU&t=34m45s>.
  7. PAX2 (12 April 2014). "PAX EAST 2014: Albatross Theater - Saturday Panels". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/pax2/b/519216539?t=17m18s>.
  8. (30 May 2014). "Minecraft :: Mindcrack No. 95 - "Pigman Statue with Guude"". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afSdhw-fg_k&t=45m42s>.
  9. PAX2 (12 April 2014). "PAX EAST 2014: Albatross Theater - Saturday Panels". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/pax2/b/519216539?t=44m15s>.
  10. VanRyderLP (1 November 2013). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/VanRyderLP/status/396378770442969088>.
  11. Jerg (4 May 2012). Reddit reply. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/t5tmm/what_mindcrackers_have_shown_their_face/c4jy7pr?context=3>.
  12. 12.0 12.1 (23 July 2013). "Mindcrack Podcast - Episode 5 - Guest Zisteau". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnJ7UszJtNw&t=1h17m29s>.
  13. notch (22 October 2010). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/notch/status/28439121636>.
  14. notch (30 October 2010). "The Halloween Update is out!". Tumblr. <http://notch.tumblr.com/post/1441206676/the-halloween-update-is-out>.
  15. Zisteau (19 July 2013). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/Zisteau/status/358270871804194816>.
  16. Zisteau (25 August 2014). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/2egash/zisteau_pigman_flair/cjz9ax4>.
  17. (30 March 2011). "Kaizo Caverns 01 - "Lonely Lava Cavern" (Z041)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGWNa6wyJZM&t=7m30s>.
  18. (22 April 2011). "Life on Bogota Episode 001 "Setting Out" (Z080)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYfLkJ5fkLk&t=3m45s>.
  19. (5 October 2011). "The Infernal Sky Part Nine w/ MyselfOverwhelmed (Z190)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkcb_bRtJ70&t=21s>.
  20. (20 July 2011). "Minecraft :: Mindcrack No. 95 - "Pigman Statue with Guude"". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afSdhw-fg_k>.
  21. (19 October 2012). "Mindcrack Number 75 - "Team America Strikes Back" (Z583)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlouqLNBosU>.
  22. ParkerLHS (26 July 2012). "Team USA skin for Zisteau". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/x5mzp/team_usa_skin_for_zisteau/>.
  23. (10 February 2013). "Inferno Mines Part Two - "Skylight A" (Z699)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvkAv50TKMc&t=5m20s>.
  24. (28 May 2013). "Mindcrack Number 125 - "Team Canada (+1-1) Pranks Guude"". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdpFuxNffx0>.
  25. nihontiger (7 June 2013). "Introducing Zisteau's UHC XII skin ...". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/1ftvz4/introducing_zisteaus_uhc_xii_skin/>.
  26. Zisteau (10 February 2014). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/Zisteau/status/433027173578854400>.
  27. (2 July 2012). "Mindcrack Number 41 - "Spawn Village or Bust" (Z460)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRdDIx2myuI>.
  28. (13 March 2014). "Minecraft :: Mindcrack No. 76 - "A Legendary Prank for Vechs"". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Pr5OK5Lu8&t=8m34s>.
  29. (17 Febuary 2012). "[Let's Talk]Zisteau![English]". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zFA6kJpdyg&t=33s>.
  30. (13 July 2012). "Mindcrack Podcast - Episode 5 - Guest Zisteau". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnJ7UszJtNw&t=60m>.
  31. (23 July 2012). "Mindcrack Podcast - Episode 5 - Guest Zisteau". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnJ7UszJtNw&t=64m>.
  32. Zisteau (1 November 2013). Reddit reply. Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/1ppqkt/zisteau_then_2005_now/cd4rbro?context=1>.
  33. Zisteau (24 May 2014). "Dark Souls 2 First Playthrough Continues!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/zisteau/b/531811188>.
  34. byenseven (12 December 2014). "Found this while browsing Factorio's website.". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/2p21ap/found_this_while_browsing_factorios_website/>.