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Shooting Mage Duels v5.7 AI

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Shooting Mage Duels v5.7 AI
The best mages of Azeroth have gathered at a field where they can practice their shooting expertise. Step on red flags in the middle to shoot explosions at your enemy. Each player has 50 lives. Best played with reforged graphics. However, only Warcraft 3 the Reign of Chaos is required to play.

Shoot powerful explosions and dodge with crafty spells

Shooting Mage Duels is a spellcaster map similar to a game of dodgeball but with items and powerups! There are 50 lives per player and 9 heroes to choose from - each with special abilities. An item shop in each base allows you to purchase spells, towers, and more! Now in v2.3, an AI is included, meaning you can go up against computers! The AI doesn't cheat!

Here is a video where I play against the v2.3 AI:


Here is a video showing the powerful upgraded AI in v4.3 (if you want to turn off the "a hero has fallen" sound and ingame music just alt tab twice):


Strategies: One of the more well known strategies in this game is to use the suicide spell until you can buy all your items and spells early on. You only have 50 lives, but it'll save you later, when you kill your opponents faster with better gear.


  • Information
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    Move your hero to the middle where the flags are and when a blue flag turns red, step on it to shoot a line of explosions at your enemy! The blue flags will turn red randomly every few seconds. Red flags turn back to blue when they are stepped on. Kill your enemy until they have no lives to win. Each player gets 50 lives. The game can be played 1v1 or up to 12v12 or even in a single player test setting.

    One explosion will deal 10,000 damage.

    Each kill will net you 90 gold.

    After each death, you can repick a new hero.

    There are 9 heroes to choose from - Mage, Paladin, Ogre, Tinker, Pirate, Skeletal Carnation, Illusionist, Steam Tank, and Spell Controller

    Mage
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    Mage - The Mage is a fast hero with well rounded escape spells. Use the mage to dodge explosions swiftly or damage your opponents faster.
    Mirror Image - Creates an illusion to be used to step on flags or trick the enemy into shooting at them.
    Wind Walk - Makes the mage invisible for some time.
    Divine Shield - Makes the mage invulnerable for some time.
    Blink - Blinks at a target location.
    Slash - Moves at hyperspeed forward for some time.

    Paladin
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    Paladin - The Paladin is a slow hero with a few leap spells to compensate for his slowness. The Paladin can also absorb 3 hits from an explosion spell so pick the Paladin for his somewhat versatile mobility and tankiness!
    Leap (300 range) - Leaps 300 range.
    Leap (500 range) - Leaps 500 range.
    Leap (700 range) - Leaps 700 range.
    Leap (900 range) - Leaps 900 range.
    Heal - Heals a target unit 10,000 hp.

    Ogre
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    Ogre - The Ogre is a slow hero with extra slow turn rate and relies on his spells to turn faster. However, the Ogre has the most hp of all the heroes!
    Turn (North)
    Turn (East)
    Turn (South)
    Turn (West)
    Bloodlust - Increases the movement speed of a unit.

    Tinker
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    Tinker - The Tinker has the most diverse spells of the game with the ability to teleport in different ways.
    Maintain - Maintains the Tinker's other spells or takes the position of the ethereal form of the spell.
    Ethereal Dash - Sends an ethereal form forward. Use Maintain to assume the position of the ethereal form.
    Engineer - Changes the Tinker's HP randomly. Use Maintain to set the Tinker's HP to one the engineered values.
    Gold Hack - Generates random numbers between 0 and 20. Use Maintain to generate gold equal to that number generated by Gold Hack.
    Ethereal Teleport - Sends an etheral form to teleport randomly across the map. Use Maintain to assume the position of the teleported ethereal form.

    Pirate
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    Pirate - The Pirate is a hero that lets him use a transport to get around. Use the pirate to have a unique experience!
    Summon Transport Ship - Summons a transport ship with 75000 HP to carry the pirate around. The ship starts off faster than the pirate, although it does not cast explosions when on a red flag.
    Summon Ghost Ship (Left) - Summons a ghost ship 250 range on the pirate's left to cast explosions.
    Summon Ghost Ship (Right) - Summons a ghost ship 250 range on the pirate's right to cast explosions.
    X Mark - Marks a spot on a unit. After 6 seconds, the unit returns to the spot.
    Return - Returns the unit to the X Marked spot.
    Summon Blockade Ship - Summons a blockade ship on the other side for a few seconds to block the enemy heroes from stepping on flags.

    Skeletal Carnation
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    Skeletal Carnation - The Skeletal Carnation is a resilient hero with the Reincarnation spell.
    Reincarnation - Revives the Skeletal Carnation after dying. The cooldown is 50 seconds.
    Summon Life Obelisk - Summons a moving obelisk. Whenever the Skeletal Carnation is 400 range near the obelisk, it resets the Reincarnation spell cooldown.
    Summon Critter - Summons a critter on the other side. These critters can be targeted with Storm Bolt to cause the bolt to activate red flags.
    Storm Bolt - Throws a hammer at a target unit, stunning the unit for 1.5 seconds upon impact. The hammer can activate red flags.
    Purge - Purges all buffs except for the Float buff from a target unit.
    Summon Lost Soul - Summons a Lost Soul which wanders around and may step on red flags.

    Illusionist
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    Illusionist - The Illusionist is a crafty hero that can summon illusions to do her bidding! She can also teleport to any illusion.
    Steam Tank
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    Steam Tank - The Steam Tank is a long ranged hero that can fire cannon shells to activate red flags from a distance.
    Spell Controller
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    Spell Controller - The Spell Controller is a crafty hero that can switch control with an enemy player and has a few tricks up her arsenal.

    Items - The Goblin Merchant at each base is filled with items for your needs!
    Nuclear Bomb (1400 gold) - Drops a nuclear bomb on other side, obliterating your enemies.
    Tome of Mana Regen (65 gold) - Permanently increases your mana regen.
    Tome of Movespeed (60 gold) - Permanently increases your movespeed by 5.
    Float (30 gold) - Makes your hero have no collision for a few seconds.
    Wall (8 gold) - Builds a temporary wall at a target location. Used to block enemy heroes from having mobility.
    Arcane Tower (80 gold) - Builds a temporary Arcane Tower at a target location to drain enemy heroes' mana.
    Reveal (20 gold) - Temporarily gives your hero the Reveal ability to reveal invisible units.
    Learn Spells 2-5 (150 gold each) - Permanently learns a spell. If you change your hero after death, you continue to have learned the equivalent spell for your new hero.


  • Game Modes
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    Standard Mode
    Kill your enemies until they have no lives remaining to win. Each player starts out with 50 lives. If all players on a team loses all their lives, then the opposing team wins.

    Coin Mode
    To change from Standard Mode to Coin Mode, the host must type [-coin mode] without the brackets. The message can be typed at any point during the game, which will instantly change the winning conditions. In Coin Mode, each team must work together to collect 350 coins. The first team to collect 350 coins wins. Kills only slow down the enemy from gathering coins, but are not vital to winning.

  • Screenshots
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  • ---CHANGELOGS---

    v1.0
    Map Changes:
    added terrain and mage hero
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v1.1
    Map Changes:
    added items
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v1.2
    Map Changes:
    added 4 new heroes
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v1.3
    Map Changes:
    updated map preview
    Balance/Bug Fixes:
    fixed transport ship hp to 75,000

    v1.4
    Map Changes:
    updated map to 24 players
    Balance/Bug Fixes:
    heroes now inherit items
    goblin merchant wait time for selling is faster

    v1.5
    Map Changes:
    added Skeletal Carnation hero
    Balance/Bug Fixes:
    fixed leap bug causing Paladin to float

    v1.6
    Map Changes:
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    fixed a bug with Northside Skeletal Carnations spawning in the Southside

    v1.7
    Map Changes:
    added Illusionist, Steam Tank, and Spell Controller
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v1.8
    Map Changes:
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    made Charge last 1 second longer
    reduced delay of game caused by Gold Hack ability
    made Ensnare missile speed almost instant
    made Illusion Teleport have no visible effect like Recall

    v1.9
    Map Changes:
    improved the terrain
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v2.0
    Map Changes:
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    tried to fix a bug with Grip Control causing units to stay invulnerable

    v2.1
    Map Changes:
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    fixed a bug with Grip Control causing units to stay invulnerable

    v2.2
    Map Changes:
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    changed Dash cooldown to 11 seconds
    changed Charge cooldown to 13 seconds
    changed Illusion Dash cooldown to 13 seconds
    removed a couple doodads blocking vision of flags
    changed Tome of Movespeed cost to 60 gold

    v2.3
    Map Changes:
    added AI
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v2.4
    Map Changes:
    made AI use Slash more often when going towards the center
    made AI use Blink more often
    made AI only suicide until 48 lives
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v2.5
    Map Changes:
    AI suicide less
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v2.6
    Map Changes:
    AI no longer suicide
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v2.7
    Map Changes:
    AI now uses Divine Shield
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v2.8
    Map Changes:
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    fixed a bug where a player auto uses suicide

    v3.0
    Map Changes:
    changed Illusionist model
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v3.1
    Map Changes:
    fixed Mana Ray from leaving behind effects
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v3.2
    Map Changes:
    Pirate's transport ship no longer has cast delay
    Pirate's blockade ship no longer has cast delay
    AI now use blink more aggressively
    AI now dodge explosions better with Divine Shield
    AI visit shop less frequently
    AI use Slash more frequently
    the scoreboard keeps track of suicides
    there is one more round of flag activation, with the red flags appearing even faster
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v3.3
    Map Changes:
    changed Mana Ray model
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v3.4
    Map Changes:
    AI now use nuke after they buy all their items
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v3.5
    Map Changes:
    removed AI nuking
    changed AI to target differently
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v3.6
    Map Changes:
    made the AI more active
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v3.7
    Map Changes:
    changed the AI slightly
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v3.8
    Map Changes:
    added -multiboard command to quests
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v3.9
    Map Changes:
    made the AI even more active
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v4.0
    Map Changes:
    made AI anticipate movement
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v4.1
    Map Changes:
    fixed dialog from closing early
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v4.2
    Map Changes:
    reduced lag
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v4.3
    Map Changes:
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    fixed a bug with Reincarnation not working properly

    v4.4
    Map Changes:
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    fixed a bug with Mana Ray not disappearing after use

    v4.5
    Map Changes:
    drastically improved AI dealing with multiple heroes in one area
    added strobe light fog effects
    AI now use Nuclear Bomb again
    combined some triggers, trying to even further reduce lag
    Balance/Bug Fixes:
    Paladin's heal nerfed to costing 200 Mana
    Nuclear Bomb nerfed to costing 2000 Gold
    Slightly buffed Mana Regen instances

    v4.6
    Map Changes:
    further improved AI dealing with multiple heroes in one area
    strobe light fog effects can be turned off by Player 1 typing -fogoff
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v4.7
    Map Changes:
    Nerfed Tome of Mana Regen
    Improved AI Blinking
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v4.8
    Map Changes:
    fixed fog effects
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v5.0
    Map Changes:
    reduced AI clutter
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v5.1
    Map Changes:
    fixed nuke
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v5.2
    Map Changes:
    fixed Northside AI not buying Mana Regen early on
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v5.3
    Map Changes:
    reduced lag
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v5.4
    Map Changes:
    fixed a nuke bug that didn't target all the heroes
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v5.5
    Map Changes:
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    buffed Tome of Mana Regen

    v5.6
    Map Changes:
    fixed nuclear bomb
    Balance/Bug Fixes:

    v5.7
    Map Changes:
    AI shop more efficiently
    Balance/Bug Fixes:
  • ---CREDITS---

    Map Maker and AI Creator: Alphawolf (kspec)
    Testers: Fantom (and strobe light fog effect suggestion)
    Special Thanks: Grassie (Grass model), Sunchips (Grass model 2)
  • ---AUTHORS NOTES---

    The map version "SMD v1.5a No Load Screen" is Shooting Mage Duels without the loading screen. The map runs faster and is intended to have some of the lowest delay in Warcraft 3.

    If you want to play with the Loading Screen or with the most up to date features, then use "Shooting Mage Duels v5.7 AI" instead.

    This map is unprotected.
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deepstrasz
Is your map free to edit and upload? That's what the Open Source tag stands for, not that it's unprotected. Please remove the older version if it's not desperately needed or different. Also, please hide the screenshots; they are covering more than...
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    Is your map free to edit and upload? That's what the Open Source tag stands for, not that it's unprotected.

    Please remove the older version if it's not desperately needed or different.

    Also, please hide the screenshots; they are covering more than the whole screen.
    Read some of the description guides please.

    Awaiting Update.



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    I'm giving the players an option to play with the most updated version (which runs slower) or play with an older version (which runs noticeably faster). It's their choice.
     
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    Why would it run slower and why would it be their choice for a worse experience?
     
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    Thanks for asking.

    It runs slower because more triggers slow the map down. The older version is the most recent version without a noticeable drop in speed, but it has less features. The loading screen alone slows the game speed down a bit. Nothing I can do about it. The same thing applies for other maps, but some people don't notice the speed drops, but I do.

    The players are choosing over features/ less glitches versus speed. Personally, I would choose speed over glitches in this case, but I'm giving the players an option to play with less glitches and more features.

    In the changelog, I outlined 1 bug v1.6 fixed, so the older version doesn't have that.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2020