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Melee map suggestions for tournaments and ladders (Spring 2020)

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  1. mafe

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    Hello wc3 players and mapmakers,

    for most of the time of the existence of wc3, the competitive mappool has been evolving very slowly, if at all. Recently, there seems to be an increased in interest in giving new maps a chance, evidenced by tournaments such as the Tag Team Tournament 2, or the New Horizons Cup 1, organized by ToD and tak3r respectively. Earlier this week, Tod has invited some mapamkers to his townhall meeting. From this and subsequent discussions, the topic came up that both some tournament organizers and some tournaments would like to have a high quality community-made melee maps that are suitable for tournament play or ladders (battle net default ladder or Pads new ladder, W3Champions).

    The purpose of this thread is to discuss potential new maps and in the end, to come up with such a list as a result.

    Such a list should be the result of discussion where not just mapmakers, but I believe more importantly, also players participate. To give some structure to the discussion, I suggest the following "goals and rules":
    • In order not to waste the current opportunity, we should come up with a (first) list soon(tm). A natural "deadline" would be May 10, some days after which the New Horizons tournament finishes.
    • My impression is that the preferred shape of results from organizers would be "top 5" of maps, for 1v1. Therefore, I suggest you try to limit yourself to picking 5 maps.
    • Maps can be from any source (not just the hiveworkshop).
    • Focus on 1v1 mostly, as several tournaments over the recent months(such the ones mentioned above) are already including a diverse mappool of new 2v2 maps.
    • Dicussion should include both "how good is the map?" and "how likely is it that the map will be accepted by players and tournaments?".
    • Any list can of course only be temporary. Depending of the success (or lack thereof) of this list, we can create a new/updated list in a few months.
    • It will probably be necessary to argue why some maps are "worse" than others. Please do this in a respectful manner.
    • Ideally, we will find a list that we all can agree on. But this might not happen. I dont know yet how in case of disagreement, we will decide the order the maps. If you have ideas, please post them in here too.
    • The list of recommended maps is in the second post of this thread.
    • Maybe some maps are held back by only a few features, and would otherwise be suitable maps. In that case, please give specific feedback, so that the mapmakers can make some quick improvements.
    As a hive member, I'm probably somewhat biased towards this site, but I still believe this is the best place to hold this discussion, for two reasons:
    • Blizzard had asked about new melee maps here before (Hive melee maps for official ladder?).
    • The map database here is probably the biggest and most accesible one when looking for melee maps.
    Nevertheless, I believe this discussion would really benefit from many people participating who do not visit the hiveworkshop normally. Therefore, you can help by sharing this thread in other melee communities.

    Best regards,
    Mafe
     
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  2. mafe

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  3. Meerel

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    guess i go first :)

    over the last few days i tried to look as many maps as possible to get a solid overview of whats actually out there, since i never done that before.
    i was kind of surprised that the overall quality is not what i expected and in the end i had difficulties coming up with 10 solid maps.
    i dont want to sound harsh or disrespectful but honestly i dont want any negativ backlash for our community if we present bad work.

    anyways here are my top 5 picks:
    Ruins of Azshara LV
    Scrimmage
    Shallow Grave
    Greenwood Pass
    Thawing Snow (im not 100% sure about this one, its really big, it has boats and northrend mercs)


    runner ups:

    Trophy Hunters
    Northfall Isles (this one is so similar to Ruins of Azshare, i couldnt pick both)
    Royal Gardens (i just done like the tileset for a competitiv map)


    runner ups that could be good with some improvements:

    Fallen Leaves (needs some layout and creep update)
    Silvermoon Forest (this map has portals, not sure if thats a good idea, otherwise everything is ok)
    Dark Covenant (maybe some layout in the middle, otherwise ok)
    Avoj (needs some layout tweeks, new textures and creep improvement)
    MoonSpark v1.0 (some layout tweeks and new textures for the rivers for easy readability)
    Fields of Ruin (better Textures)
    Sen'jin's Hideout (the top right corner has too many creeps)
    Goldport (layout and texture update)
    Icegrown Gorge (nothing in particular)
    Irresistible Mind (nothing in particular)
    Shurah Reef (nothing in particular)
    Snowdale Springs (Rotate the Starting Positions and open up the middle)
    Arid Dominion (top right and bottom left corners are kinda creep heavy)

    Maybe with some bigger improvements:

    -Brightwater Oasis
    -Paradise Beach
    -Pit Lord Crossing
    -Rivulet
    -Warfare Island
    -Splitting River
    -A Land Divided
    -Coldreception
    -Ancient Kingdom
    -In Despair
    -Outskirt Stroll
    -Footprint of the Ancestors
    -Forbidden Island
    -Riverbend
    -Skull Island
    -Forgotten Sanctuary
    -Smuggling Route
    -Flooded Waters
    -Silverwind Clearing
    -The Cursed Salesman
    -Winterstorm

    Didnt make it:


    Crimson Valley, The Consortium, Kingdom of Lordaeron, Frozen Summit, Fungus Explotion, Goldstorm, Goldwing Clan, Hills of Lordaeron, Lord of the Pit, Marsh of Lerna, Menethil Ponds, Ogres in the North, Picaroons, Pillars of Honor, Seashore, Ainas, Rivertown, Sunken Courts, Warrior Shrine, Void Ridge, southshore, Stonelake, Stratholme, Howling Pass, Lost Grimoire, Ruins of Eldara, Thunder Waterfalls, Upstream, Velren, Violet Outpost, Aridity, glowing Doom, Mars Lighthouse, Ocean Beyond, Aetheium, Bloody Mystinarry, Crimson Valley, Deserts Edge, Forgotten Straits, Logging Camp, Mystic Forest, Ogrimmar Tunnels, Aesopian Waterway, The Screaming River, Torn World, Two Small Places, Uthers Slumber, Garden of Golems, Northern Lands, Temple of alisazh, Alabasteroute, Arcane Temple, Beneath the snowline, Bleak Prospects, Bloowing Peninsula, Capital Island, Dawing Fall, Dead Rivers, Dragon Rage, Drakkari Domination, Failed Exploriation, Flood Waves, Flooded Waters, Borders of Dalaran, Coral Reef, Dire Waters, Frostspring Thicket, Garden of Illypsos, Iceland River, Luschwater Oasis, Marauder village, Mercenary Retreat, Mountain Pass, Ruins of the Mist, Shinning Waters, Stockades, Stormheim, Stranglehorn, Hidden Shrine, Jade Isle, The Sanctum, Trapper Island, Zangamarch, Ubongo, blue Eye forest, Waldwohnheim, Deamonhills, Green Dale, coldfinger Island, Northwatch Hold, Reforged Meadows, River Canyon, Deathriver, Water Temple, Harvest of sorrow, icyresistance, ryurkya



     
  4. WolfFarkas

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    I have a couples ideas:

    1- make a list of the 5 top maps but not repeat mapper, I mean have like a list of 5 1v1 Mr.Henci maps (just as example) seems a bit boring, so it will be ideal take the best 1v1 map of every mapper and then filter from there. IMO
    2- try to have enviroment diversity: a top 5 maps and all Ashenvale would also be boring.
    3- Balance must be more important than enviroment. Maps should be perfect balanced, with aceptable enviroment, the fun always comes from the gameplay. IMO
    4- maps should come from active users, so we (as comunity) can improve them or ask the user to improve them, and the user can update it.
    5- agree to no use my old maps (Drakkari domination, Marsh of Lerna, Ruins of Eldara, Dragon Rage... bla bla bla and so on) Auto vetoing those too.

    Friendly Vetoings IMO:

    - Irresistible mind, that mapper is inactive since the first contest took place so there is no chance to improve his map.
    - Vetoing Royal gardens, Ruins of Aszhara is much better. IMO
    -Vetoing Arid Dominion, Mr.henci has like 8 1v1 much better maps to be played. The outland maps suffer of being pure red maps wich are very disliked, unless you use water clever. Plus, pure outland creeps never work unless you use more balanced ones as trolls and orges. In a top 12 melee maps an outland map would sadly fall in the last 12 place.
    -Vetoing Crimson Valley, cut the center is not good in 95% of the cases in 1v1, Sister-she A.K.A Filmting, has like 10 1v1 better and not counting Northern Isles. The Consortium would be a better idea.
    -Vetoing Silvermoon Forest @Meerel, Portals are very hated ( helps aerial, sometimes can come with ugly situations go in go back when battle, ), all your other maps would do better.
     
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  5. Deserted

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    IMO the best map right now is Ruins of Azshara (by @JaleVeliki).
    It's both good-looking and well-balanced map, and it provides what ladder pool needs right now: it's reasonably big and has 2 expansion options availible early.


    This has unfortunate consequense, however. Since it's a brown map, we cannot have another brown map in top 5.

    Keeping that in mind, runnerups are:
    Northfall Isles, Sen'jin's Hideout & Icecrown Gorge by @Mr.Henci
    Uther's Slumber by @adamcg — very solid map
    Brightwater Oasis by @mafe — this one does have some bright colors, so it's not considered brown
    Northwatch Hold by Wayshan
    Trophy Hunters & Shallow Grave by @Meerel
    Upstream v0.3.0 & Starfish Village v0.7.2 by @Nudl9 — interesting maps, that require updates.
    Logging Camp & Thawing Snow by @Knecht — innovative maps
    Rivulet by @SayuriTenshi — nice and balanced map, but we have too many LS maps already
    Smuggling Route by @Cigaro

    The Consortium by @Keito / Filmting — I think it's red enogh to be not considered brown :p. Good big map.
    The Glade by @Filmting / Keito — innovative map for 3 players.

    In conclusion, top 5 community maps are:
    #1 Ruins of Azshara
    #2 Sen'jin's Hideout
    #3 Uther's Slumber
    #4 Trophy Hunters
    #5 Reserved
    Maps that I would like to see played as an experiment:
    #1 Thawing Snow
    #2 The Consortium
    #3 The Glade
     
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  6. Knecht

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    The obvious pick is Ruins of Azshara, no discussion needed, it's gonna be on everyone's top 5. Even Blizz has shown interest in it. The other somewhat obvious pick would be Brightwater Oasis, played in several tournaments, already liked by players and casters, has a neat gimmick. We can argue about it, we can disagree with it, but that won't change the objectve truth :D So basically there's only 3 other maps needed.
    I'm not really sure which to choose so I'll let the others do the job and will just comment on the lists that have been already proposed (blame my laziness or indecision).
    - Greenwood Pass is nice. You can basically pick any of Henci's maps with a blindfold on and you won't choose poorly. My other Henci pick would be Senjin or Shurah though.
    - Avoj has been my secret favorite map for a long time. It might need some tweaks here and there (unsure if bridges still desync) but I like it.
    - Nudl's maps are very interesting in their layouts and bring fresh ideas.
    - Goldport is nice but it might bring up old wounds
    - might edit this post later, add more thoughts, add more detail to it

    As for my maps, Logging Camp has some issues that I already discussed with RockingGolem, plus it's quite big for 1v1 as Remo said, might tweak it in the future. Thawing seems to always stir up controversy because it's a boat map but by removing the boats it would lose all its identity imo.

    @WolfFarkas a mapmaker being inactive doesn't mean you can't make changes to it ;) It might even bring them back from the grave. But I agree that the maps should possibly come from active mapmakers.

    EDIT:
    Ok, so I waited till the very last moments before the deadline like always :D
    I'll obviously leave out my maps from the list, but I'll just say that since the New Horizons Cup, where Thawing was widely played, it seemed the players and viewers enjoyed it. We've even seen a possible hint at some boat patch if I didn't misinterpret that post, which would hopefully solve most of the issues with boats. Anyways, boats might be just a novelty. And to comment on Logging camp as well, it surprised me how much play it got in the cup. It does have flaws though.

    To continue in the circlejerk that Henci mentioned, here's my list:
    - Ruins of Azshara
    - Brightwater Oasis
    - Senjin's Hideout
    - I think the players would enjoy Rivulet a lot
    - idk, Moonspark?

    I basically agree with Henci's list :p
     
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  7. WolfFarkas

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    @Knecht , I knew @MysteryMaze , the first things I learned of melee I learned of him, I tried to make him back to participate in the 2nd contest, in the 3rd,, in polls, I even asked him to be judge,, so I think with 99% it wont come back sadly

    it may happen that we handle the maps, and maybe they will ask a modification, without the owner permison, we cant do that, the user should be active to do changes or be agree with changes in maps if is requested.

    Provisory list from my part:
    not a particular order of importance.

    old stuff

    1-Brightwater Oasis best 1v1 map of mafe (won 2nd melee contest, won hive cup, was used in other tournaments), the random spawn is unique, terrainining unique, balance one of the best.
    2- Ruins of Aszhara, best Jaleveliki 1v1 map, (won 2nd contest, won hive cup). mana fountains, rune of watchers, very brownish map, some players hate that, but even, is one of the best 1v1.
    3- Moonspark, IMO, IMO, is the best map of Arrr, even with the blue water, neutral buildings positions is perfect, this maps has only 2 flaws. Dual tavern is also a nice asset.
    4- Shallow grave of Meerel, IMO, is the best map of Meerel in terms of balance and very unique tile mix.
    5- Icecrown Gorge of Mr.Henci, agree with Deserted. Expandings are interesting, plus the tavern path.
    6-Jade Isles from Filmting / Keito: need fix on the red creep position and merc. camp, but except that it seems perfect, it has nice and bold pathings,loot needs to be updated a bit with power ups.
    7-Upstreams from Nudl9: IMO, the best 1v1 of him
    8- Logging camp from Knetch. I prefer land play than boats (seriusly I even dislike boats in the campaign when playing in hard level and being harrased, Also I started to dislike boats in AOE2, like uufff need to get my army to the boat, micro manage it, go unolad it)
    IMO: I just like logging camp more than thawing snow. it will depend on the taste of the pro players, I also feel that WC3 is like Starcraft, just land and air, no water, ROC didnt have shipyards that came with TFT but mostly for the campaign games. and the shipyard was there as a melee asset to be used.
    but if for a tournament somene ask boats maps I would shure recomend Jale map or Knetch map.
    9- Rivulet of Sayuri Tenshi, after a lot of thinking, IMO, it needs merc. camps for perfection. but is very perfect. and this is my favorite of this author.


    Friendly vetoings:
    -Gold Port: it needs many improves: middle lacks trees for KOG, to much unbuildable tiles in center, dangerous AOW option in gob. merchants, green creeps at center golem level 6 with 1000 hp to near each, spell inmu, creeps in cliff not confortable to creep,.... Agree with Meerel, friendly veto.
    -Uther Slumber, 1 mine very exposed, , many chances of aggro, many places to hide wisps, needs updates, agree with Meerel with veto.
     
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  8. Map Designer

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    i like death road
     
  9. WolfFarkas

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    There are many Death roads maps, is this what you are talking?

    Death Road

    is interesting but,sadly if is this, I have to say is no playable for a lot of reasons, creeps positions,gob merchants shape, base shape, waygates that will help air. I could go on...
    and also I want to point is set to substandard. Only that is a big no, I dont know what happened with that map, but mods rated 1/5
     
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    the one that skeletal burner or marksman will drop rune of rebirth. its same terrain as you linked but other version I think.
     
  11. WolfFarkas

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    My top 5 list (not particular order just my 5 maps recomendations), I am very open for open discussion, and change my top 5 as well

    1- Ruins of aszhara of Jaleveliki (Barrens): for its balance, enviroment is very well terrained, with the water, the ruins theme, and the use of fountains in a safe way.

    2-Senjin hideout of Mr.Henci, mafe, Granite Golem (Lordaeron Summer): the gob. merchants are in north, but expandings in south so both parts are important, midle is non convencional but attractive and wise. map can be played with the zepeling mine or not, wich is very good. not a forcefull thing. I s like Echo isles but with more optional play. The layout reminds me of half turtle rock in a good way.

    3-Rivulet of Sayuri Tenshi (Lordaeron summer): the middle is cut in wise way ( I hate middle cut) but is a small cut, and with the map small there is a lot of manuver around the center to be done. This map favours the early combat due to its small size.

    4- Rumble in the Jungle by Arrr and Meerel: or Avoj 2.0 first name. The map has Avoj 1.0 neutral buildings positions and shapes, but this has better map reading, it passed to mafe judging, the flaws were recently fixed. There are no bridges wich can be controversy. Avoj 1.0 was 2nd place in the 2nd melee contest, so I think this seems an interesting map to use (note I was waiting the updates to consider if include it or not in the list, like the critters for UD.

    5- Blossoming Valley
    (Underground-Barrens mix)
    This is a map made by @Knecht and me. We focus in have a unique neutral buildings use, unique terraining, unique balanced creeps. We both put the best of us to make this aviable. And I am glad to recommend a new map of Knecht, and also I feel very honored to have been part of this co-work project.

    I hope it can be worthy of being considered to be used.

    Really hard to do a top 5, you end always being guilty of lefting a great mapper out the list.
    I wanted to have The Consortium in my list,
    ,I would also like to have a map of Cigaro or a map of Nudl9, those are also great mappers.


    6- If there is a room for a back up (if they dont like fountains, 1 mine expos maps, mines on islands, or maps with the center cut, or barrens mercs. The Consortium of Keito (Outland) as an improved TM version. The use of marketplaces is interesting, the terrain is outland but mixed with barrens is not a pure red map, thats very good. I played that map long a go when came out, it had 1-2 flaws that I disussed with others, it was updated then so, is very solid.

    (I put Blossoming Valley because I think it has better enviroment than Logging camp,is smaller, no foutains that can create controversy, is not a boat map, boats are in the discuss of is interesting and fun but is balanced? so as a "conservative melee play", is the best map of @Knecht, Thawing Snow is a great boat map, but me since I am not pro player, when pro players veto boats, I low my head, do silence and say they have good reasons, I dont even dare to question why boats are veto).
     
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    "Deadline" postponed to May 10.
     
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    I get the point behind this, but to me this seems like a mappers circle jerk, where we boast about how good maps we make. Nonetheless, I get what you/we are trying to do and hopefully this thread will achieve what it tries to do. Here is my list, but I'm not a good melee player by any means, so take it with a grain of salt:

    Ruins of Azshara LV - One of the best 1v1 maps both visually and gameplay wise.
    Irresistible Mind - Another great 1v1 map with kinda unique, yet familiar looks.
    Thawing Snow - We should include at least one boat map I guess, significant chunk of mapping community seems to like them and this map is very aesthetically pleasing.
    MoonSpark v1.0 - Don't know about gameplay, but I f*cking love this map style.
    Brightwater Oasis - Even though I'm not the biggest fan of the visuals on this map, it certainly deserves a spot on this list for its unique shop feature as well as very balanced gameplay.

    As for a self boasting, Sen'jin's Hideout would be a probably best pick from my 1v1 maps, but I can't be a very objective when it comes to my own creations.
     
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    the idea is that mappers and players could make the top list of maps.

    and well, I dont know if I should say this but I will say it anyway. I am aware that , here will be posted feedback of players about the maps soon.
     
  16. mafe

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    So yeah, as @WolfFarkas already hinted, I've asked several players from the Tak3rs New Horizons cup for feedback.
    Of course, it's natural that they were mostly considering the maps that were played there. Also, sometimes they commented only on the few maps on the maps they actually played. So if they didnt mention other maps, I dont believe that this automatically means they preferred the New Horizons maps over those that were not present/they didnt play in the tournament.

    Here's what they said:

    Tak3r: He liked Thawing Snow a lot. But he thinks that Dreadlord fast expansion might be too easy, and that orcs were vetoing this map in the tournament against UD for this reason.

    Syde: He liked Thawing Snow, Logging Camp, Brightwater Oasis and Northwatch Hold and would be glad to see them on ladder/tournaments.

    SHEIK: He thinks that Nomad Isles and Crystal Kingdom , which were part of the w3arena mappool, are undeservedly forgottten and that he would like to play those again. Of the maps from the cup, he liked Logging Camp.

    AjK: He liked Logging Camp and said "it's versatile and offers lots of space for players to adjust their game to the opponent".

    goodgame_wolf: He said it would be nice to have new maps in the pool. However, the maps which he played (According to liquipedia, these were Thawing Snow and Logging Camp), he considere them imbalanced/abusable in their current state, but he would like to see them become balanced.

    Bizarre: He was being very specific about some maps, so I'll try to summarize what he said.
    • Thawing Snow: Boats in their current state are a big no-no for him.
    • Ruins of Azshara: Could be ok without the fountains.
    • Logging Camp: Again, fountains are bad. The shop i weirdly placed and he didnt see any intuitive creeproutes. But he thought it was one of the better maps among those in the new horizons cup.
    • Brightwater Oasis: Creeps/creeproutes are bad for orc in particular.
    • Northwatch Hold: He didnt like the creeps either.
    • Senjin's Hideout: Islands are just not fun because of potential abuse with mass bats.
    • Udongo Mwekundu: Not enough creeps/options, which could lead to stale gameplay.
    (My personal opinion on Bizarres feedback is that some this could be fixed easily, if the creators of the maps agree).

    Further anonymous feedback: Suitable maps would be Brightwater Oasis, Ruins of Azshara, Sen'jin's Hideout (more antair for creeps would be good), Thawing Snow und Udongo Mwekundu. Senkins hideout also needs more antiair on creeps, and Northwatch Hold in its current hiveworkshop version has a bug where supposedly separate creepcamps can aggro together.

    I will edit this post if more players respond.

    I also believe that the feedback from the previous mapping contests should be worth considering, even though since then several maps have seen updates:
    Melee Mapping Contest #1 - Results[$100 Prize Pool]
    Melee Mapping Contest #2 - Results
    Hive Workshop Cup Melee Mapping Contest - Results
     
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  17. WolfFarkas

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    I am speechless, if you consider the feedback as a hole, everything gots a veto
    and Cristal kingdom spawns both a mana or health fountain randomly... so if Ruins of Azshara could be ok without the fountains... Cristal kingdom is veto too. Also Cristal kingdom didnt have updates since 2011.

    Is it posible to get feedback on others maps as well like: Rumble in the Jungle (Avoj 2.0), Rivulet, ?
     
  18. mafe

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    I almost forgot, but of course I want to leave my personal opinion here. I've also decided to exclude any maps of my own, including those were I think I helped making some major updates (this includes Thawing Snow and Senjins Hideout).

    Given all of this, my list of the top 5 maps is as follows:
    -Ruins of Azshara, no matter if with fountains or without.
    -Rivulet.
    -The Consortium.
    -Northfall Isles.
    -Logging Camp.

    I think this list includes maps of very different "character" and levels of innovation.

    Runners-Up:
    -Scrimmage.
    -Shallow Grave.
    -Warfare Isle.
    -Royal Gardens.
    -Hillsbrad Creek.
    -Blossoming Valley.
    -Rumble in the Jungle.
    -Death Road.


    Please note that this is not the final list of recommended maps. It's just my personal opinion. I'll go through this thread over the next days and compile the "final" list based on the current overall opinion.
     
  19. Knecht

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    @mafe Would be cool if you could post more of the players' insights if they were more specific about some stuff (be it in DM, discord or some other post)
     
  20. WolfFarkas

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    I just downloaded Death road: 2013 version Death Road 1.2 - Warcraft 3 Maps - Epic War.com

    map

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    visual blocking
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    more visual blocking

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    gaps
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    gaps that can be exploided to hide units. and wisp scouts

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    more gaps

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    this creep the 3 have shadow meld, so if you went for creep the center or hack the enemy, you wont see them in night

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    I dont think this is an standard green creep for a green.

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    this loot, staff of silence is a permanent L6, considering one player gets it and the other not, can be huge,
    silence the enemy is not casting spells, also you can combo with the dark ranger silence,so twice silence.

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    1 creeping route feels to be broken, it goes from 7 to 18 and 19? I dont see how does it work?
    I can quote Remo saying creeping routes are a key factor in game.

    and bligth terrain is free undead regeneration, no ladder map use that.

    and waygates conecting opositte mines is just to unfair to air units, you can be in your expo and bat rush the enemy expo, and go back safe,
    I can search the quotes of Wtii and Nudl9 against such waygates, are a big no, the waygates in meerel map are more wise, still is controversy.



    I would like to point 2 things. Respectfully no offense to the autor wich I think did a very interesting neutral building positions, or the friends of the map or the supporters of the author or whatever, but lets consider the map with the same hard-review like jale map or logging camp map had:

    1-@mafe, I felt surprised you put dead road as a runner up, when I think, it needs updates, and there are many better runner ups imo.
    2- veto to death road.


    Crystal Kingdom: I like this maps, but I think in it needs 2-3 improves.
    display

    it is interesting, I like some concepts like the wall, the a cuple the path, I think it needs some updates that will improve the gameplay experience:
    1: the shop its level 19 almost a red, it should be more easy. IMO easy fix
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    There is a reason why Terenas stand has fake bridges, and why Avoj 2.0 recently came out with no bridges, you can have a battle in that bridge, and have a ko situation. easy fix
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    No AOW, is not author fault, probably AOW didnt existed in 2010. but NE these days complain , it needs at least 1 orange with 1 AOW spot.

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    a) some creep spots dont have wood for KOG play. center creeps (orange) and fountains.

    b) If you see the doodads, there are no line of sigth blockers, so you can see the other side of the doodad wall, thats why wood is used for creeps wall,, so is like open play, also foutain areas, is a huge open area. Is like Amazonia scouting,
    and also gob labs have rune of the wacher, so I think this map needs more scouting limits, is very open play.

    c) random fountains: is interesting the concept that you have to scout the fountain to adapt your play, but, for a larger audience, even fixed fountains are getting veto, I like the concept but , is something that conservative melee. For random buildings is better to play around with mercenary camps. or markeplaces that are more balanced. But I like the concept.

    again I think is a nice map,, but needs improves in the shop, limit scouting and more trees for the KOG.

     
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