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Posted by: Paul676 Jan 2 2012, 06:04 PM

If you are here, then you've come to the right place to learn how to play Tetris better. Here is a topic-based list of all the most useful threads on HD to learn from.

If necessary, I have stated which readership the topic is appealing to. This doesn't mean that someone who thinks they are a different level to the one stated won't find the topic useful to read, of course.

1. Starting out
2. Intermediate
3. Full-on

However, an advanced player will still gain a lot from the 'Starting out' pages, since they build up to a very high level indeed. However for a beginner, the 'Full-on' pages will not provide a succinct guide to what you want to improve on, but rather they are collections of Harddrop users' ideas on a matter, and sometimes they can be quite mathematical in nature. If I have not specified, they are useful for everyone - the ones which I think are extremely useful for everyone, I've stated so.

I have listed them by theme - here is the list:

For improvement:

For people wanting to improve their stacking (and downstacking):



Intermediate to full-on:

Starting out:

Starting out:

Starting out:

Sprint/40 Lines advice

For everyone:

The mental side of the game:

Multiplayer Strategies:

General Advice and Tactics

Guides that cover all bases:

Starting out to intermediate:

For everyone:

For everyone:

Multiplayer tips by Blink:

Midgame play:


Starting out to intermediate:



Nullpomino (not Nullpomino League Mode), intermediate to advanced:


Really useful for everyone:

Tactics and timing:


Intermediate to full-on:

Full-on except from the conclusion, which is intermediate:



Intermediate to full-on: Two visual guides to SRS rotation: and



General Openings:

T-spin Openings:

For anyone:


Intermediate to full on:

Perfect Clear Openings:


Intermediate to full-on:

Combo Openings and countering them:


Intermediate to full-on:


Finesse; how to move pieces efficiently to their places, a.k.a. optimisation of keypresses:

Starting out to Intermediate:

Intermediate to full-on:

Intermediate to full-on:

Intermediate to full-on:

Where to place the gap in your stack:



Control Schemes and Keyboards- which buttons do people use for Tetris, and what keyboards do they use?:

Starting out to intermediate:

Maximising Tetris Friends Marathon Score

Intermediate to full-on:

Maximising Ultra score :


Tetris the Grand Master:

Starting out at TGM, a good guide:

Slightly more high-level TGM guide but still suitable for players starting out:

More in-depth tips on TGM can be found in the forums at

Memoryless Play and NES Tetris:

Tetris Patterns and Secret Grade:

Invisible and semi-invisible play:

Live and video lessons from some of our established members for specific help to your game:

For Answering Questions:

How to set up NullpoMino?

How to use Fumen?

The 'rulebook' of Multiplayer Tetris - what sends what:

The glossary - if someone uses a term you don't know:

Finally: If you see a thread which you think is useful, please post here and I'll add it if I think it's good!

Posted by: Rosti_LFC Jan 2 2012, 06:21 PM

For anyone starting out on TGM I'd definitely add this:

It's not nearly as high-level as the one translated from JP that Kitaru hosts, but it's written with a pretty nice casual style and is very newbie-friendly.

Posted by: Barneey Jan 2 2012, 06:45 PM

Thanks for doing this Paul!
There are a lot of hidden gems in these forums, glad to see you made them easier available!

Posted by: coolmaninsano Jan 2 2012, 06:58 PM

Kitaru did not translate the guide, villadelfia did.

Posted by: Paul676 Jan 2 2012, 07:04 PM


Posted by: joeybeans Jan 2 2012, 09:24 PM

Cool Smile.png

Posted by: Anonymous Jan 4 2012, 11:47 PM

a cool story bro indeed!

Posted by: Alexsweden Jan 5 2012, 12:24 AM

A bit of selfpromoting - my channel covers a lot on ST stacking. I have several guides on stuff from simpel openings, how to stack in the different areas of the matrix and also just ST gameplay which can be very helpfull to see. Have a video for example where I pretty much go 200lines of ST stacking which shows very stable ST to mimic.

I think It would fit under "Free lessons with some of our established members for specific help to your game:"

I also accept FB friends to play and help and I have been in touch with tons of people (OK only helped about 20 the rest was just playing 2-3 games and say hi) and I make videos on demand - have done several videos after Ive had comments on how to do different things and I watch TB replays and give pretty in depth comments and advice Smile.png

I mainly focus on TB now and the people I help are from TB and then converted to nullpo Wink.png

Edit: haha forgot - very nice work with this! - have found a few really good threads thanks to you (just have to read them now Sticking Out Tongue.png)

Posted by: hebokumiko Aug 12 2012, 12:08 AM

I gonna help me to get a fast player

Posted by: dragoncity Aug 12 2012, 12:09 AM

the answer of the fast tetris player is Gunman Loveanya Which Ranks to 64 in TB

Posted by: gmashaktetris Aug 12 2012, 12:28 AM

How to get a marvelous T-spin Double

To perform a T-Spin, you must first create a T-Tetrimino-shaped hole in the Matrix (called a T-Slot) with one extra block hanging over one side of it. There are many ways to set up this situation; the best way to practice setting them up is to play Marathon mode very slowly—that way you won’t run out of time.

As the T-Tetrimino falls, turn it so that it is upright and so the cross of the T faces away from the overhanging block above the T-Slot. As the Tetrimino comes to rest inside the T-Slot, turn it toward the open space under the block.

Posted by: Paul676 Oct 3 2012, 12:53 AM

Edited for greater ease of use and ease of finding what you want, especially in the order of multiplayer threads listed on here. Also added a dash of colour.

Posted by: dhuang413 Oct 3 2012, 03:41 AM

This is really helpful! Thanks!

Posted by: PurpleCoin Feb 27 2013, 01:49 AM

My 40 lines tips thread should be on here. It helped me achieve a sub 2 minute run.

Posted by: Paul676 Feb 27 2013, 02:14 AM

Belzebub's 40 lines guide and the general stacking threads encompass all the material in the 40 lines tips thread. Unless there's genuinely new material which will go in, I won't put it on.

On another note, if the parity thread develops, I will probably put it on.

Posted by: oofw Jul 10 2013, 10:39 AM

if t here is a midgame , when does the endgame occur ? if during the midgame , both players end up at the bottom of the field again , are we at the "opening" stage again ? how does this work ?

Posted by: UJS3 Jul 10 2013, 01:05 PM

In games with hurry up garbage there's a clear shift in strategy near the end. I guess there's a short "endgame" in line race, ultra, dig race as well. I'm actually really bad at finishing line race Ambivalent.png

Posted by: gerdhal Dec 22 2013, 04:09 PM

thank you so much for this post!


I dont like to be a beginner but definately its alot of fun learning things out...

Posted by: Extruderx Dec 22 2013, 04:37 PM

@gerdhal: It's definitely one of the most useful threads on the entire HD forum, so it deserves bumping.

Posted by: ohitsstef Feb 18 2014, 05:23 AM

Bumping for the newer members to check out.
Before you post a thread with a question, please check this thread out and its useful links to find your answers.

Harddrop has a lot of useful resources, please use them.

Posted by: agizzlefizzle123 Feb 18 2014, 01:16 PM

QUOTE(ohitsstef @ Feb 18 2014, 05:23 AM) *

Bumping for the newer members to check out.
Before you post a thread with a question, please check this thread out and its useful links to find your answers.

Harddrop has a lot of useful resources, please use them.

Ya good thing I checked, I was about to do just that.

Posted by: jkwon23 Mar 3 2014, 09:43 AM

you should add in blitz's parity thread:

Posted by: Paul676 Mar 3 2014, 02:17 PM

done Smile.png

Posted by: jkwon23 Mar 5 2014, 05:37 AM

I think this cultris thread helps with mindset.

Posted by: jkwon23 Aug 15 2014, 02:05 AM

thousandfire 6:54 my TOW key settings keep getting reset to their defaults
thousandfire 6:54 halp?
jkwon23 7:03 run as administrator

I made a thread: which redirects to this thread:
How to set up nillpomino in pictures...

Posted by: ohitsstef Aug 15 2014, 04:13 AM

There was already an old thread about this so I merged it

Posted by: Alexandra Apr 15 2015, 11:37 PM

this is useful

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