did you happen to see her(!) visit the nether on stream once upon a time? that was what? 20 lives in ten minutes? or stray and soaryn with fireball? though it can be hard to tell how much is omgwtf and how much is just putting on a show for a stream...82 lives here =) Giving a few out early and then slowing down/stopping would probably make good sense. Perhaps unlock it as a super expensive crafting recipe? Regardless, once you get a jetpack, and pay attention to lighting, it becomes difficult to die.
Oh wow. Don't suppose you'd care to share that story?