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New Year Post (start of 2021)01/27/2021 08:35 PM
Posted by:Jukado
Brood War Mapping News through 2020.
Welcome to all the new mappers that have joined over the last year. We’ve had a lot of new people, new events and ofcourse new maps. I can only speak for myself but personally Ive been very impressed by what you guys have been making, and that goes for people who have only posted their first or second map. So keep one hand on your pencil and make sure its scribbling away in your notebook designing new layouts. The other hand on your mouse, and keep it rattling about in SCM Draft putting your concepts into reality!

Its been a very busy year for Brood War Mapping. Ive got to make a special mention for my Breakout Mapper Of The Year. This award goes to Minerals.

click Blindside

click Charmander

click Desert Dwellers

Next up is an award for Honourary Map Ambassador, and this special mention goes to ox. It seems to me ox has done a lot of map promoting this year, and put in the effort to unite and stimulate the scene.
If you use Discord chatrooms, you will be able to find a BW Mapping specific channel.

Also Qikz STPL Map Contest was a major event in the mapping scene and deserves a spotlight mention. Qikz wanted some awesome new maps for his team league, and thats exactly what we now have.

There were a lot of tournaments using foreign maps this year and I speak for all the mappers here when I say it is greatly appreciated. So thankyou very much goes to all you tour organisers and map promoters who have helped raise the profile to new heights.

Now that 2020 is over Im going to roundup some of the mapping news below.
But before we get into that, here are some links to The Cutting Room Floor. The site is an archive of axed game files. Click around to see everything in their StarCraft collection, for example:


You may have seen some before but still, fun to peruse.
Anyway, thats enough of the olds, lets get on with the news.


-BSL8 continued...
click BSL8 proleague ro16

-BWCL49 continued...
click BWCL season 49

-ASL9 map pool, Hitchhiker 1.2, Matchpoint 1.3, Sylphid 2.0, Inner Coven 1.05, Horizon Lunar Colony 1.0, Polypoid 1.2, Escalade 1.0
click ASL9 maps

Hitchhiker updated with some mining fixes etc.
Inner Coven later went through several updates culminating in a renaming of the map to “Core Breach”. For that reason I am linking straight to Core Breach here:

click Core Breach

-StarCastTV is Korean pro games cast by English, Russian and Spainish commentators. This youtube channel is run by Cruiser0929. Beginning with just Nyoken (who is living in South Korea), casting duties have expanded to a whole multilingual team. Foreign maps Bubbles, Clay Fields and Quintessence have featured in these showmatches.
click StarCastTV


-Blizzard Ladder Maps Season 6 announced, no foreign maps for the second time.
Bloody Ridge, Hitchhiker, Sylphid, Circuit Breaker, Escalade, Fighting Spirit, La Mancha
click Blizzard Ladder Maps Season 6

-BWCL King of Kings season 49 map pool has 5 Freakling maps and 2 Korean: Tar Basin, Incidence, Inner Coven, Hazard Black, Dies Iræ, Fatal Combat, Horizon Lunar Colony.
click BWCL King of Kings season 49


-BWCL50 used Dies Iræ and Hazard Black
click BWCL50

-BSL9 used Clay Fields
click BSL9

-CPL Apocalypse Showmatch Series used Clay Fields, Eddy and Overwatch
click CPL Apocalypse Showmatch Series

-Coach Pupil League season 5 used Clay Fields, Eddy and Overwatch
click CPL season 5


-STPL Season 3 used Core Breach.
click STPL Season 3

-BW 2v2 KOTH tournament by Silver used Eddy.

-Artosis Pylon Show guests Freakling, NegativeZero and Superouman. Episode 88:
Part 1:
Part 2:
These twitch links have expired.

-BSL9 Nation Wars
click BSL9 Nation Wars

-Qikz STPL Map Contest

click STPL Map Contest Announcement
click STPL Map Contest All Submissions

-ASL10 some potential maps shown. No map contest this time, and only korean maps.
click ASL10 potential maps


-North American Team Battle, PvZ event had Clay Fields in the map pool.
click North American Team Battle PvZ

-CasterMuse Star League Season 3 used Clay Fields.
click CMSL3
click CMSL3 youtube playlist

-Blizzard Ladder Maps Season 7
Eclipse, Match Point, Reap The Storm, Sylphid, Circuit Breaker, Fighting Spirit, Polypoid.
click Blizzard Ladder Maps Season 7

click Reap The Storm

-BWCL King of Kings season 50
Eclipse, Reap The Storm, Shakuras Temple, Polypoid, Tar Basin, Optimizer, Alternative.
click BWCL King of Kings season 50

-Jungle ramp palette by Jukado
click Jungle ramp palette by Jukado


-Afreeca Starcraft Team League
Map pool: Eclipse, Sylphid, Polypoid, Optimizer, Empire of the Sun, plus
Iron Curtain (for the 2v2 matches),
and a Fastest Map called "AfreecaTV1.0" which will be used for the 3v3 matches.
First time a Fastest map has been used.
click Afreeca Starcraft Team League

-Sanpao StarLeague CellGame Cup Season 1 has Overwatch in the mappool.
click Sanpao StarLeague CellGame Cup Season 1


-BWCL shortlisted maps: (4)Somersault by Excalibur, (4)Concord by Excalibur, Clay Fields.

click Concord

-BWCL 51 map pool: Tar Basin, Eclipse, Optimizer, Reap The Storm, Somersault, Dantes Peak, Electric Circuit, Iron Curtain
click BWCL 51

click Somersault

-27th July 2020 STPL announces the finalists from the map contest, these will have 1 month to edit then have playtesting, then see if any make it into the map pool.

(2)Desert Dwellers 0.2 by Minerals, (2)Paradise 1.6 by Gosomi, (4)Charmander 0.7 by Minerals, (4)Tear of Goddess 1.65 by Gosomi, (2)Gates Of Memphis, (2)Blindside 0.2 by Minerals, (4)Rosen Bridge 1.3 by Gosomi
(note “Minerals” was going by “MellOw” at this time)
click STPL Finalists


-BSL10 shortlisted maps: Somersault by Excalibur, Tear Of Goddess by Gosomi, Bubbles, Gates Of Memphis and Marshmallow Toast.

click Gates Of Memphis

click Marshmallow Toast

-BSL10 Map pool includes Bubbles and Reap The Storm
click BSL10

-CrystalDrag posts (2)Eurydice
click Eurydice


-ASL10 map pool: Benzene, Eclipse, Optimizer, Plasma, Polypoid, Ringing Bloom, Shakuras Temple.
click ASL10 maps

-BSL10 map pack released by Freakling.
click BSL10 map pack


-Blizzard Ladder Maps Season 8 announced, no foreign maps.
Benzene, Eclipse, Plasma, Circuit Breaker, Fighting Spirit, Ringing Bloom, Polypoid.
click Blizzard Ladder Maps Season 8

-Oct 31st During the BSL gosuleague cast with Zzzero, Bonyth says he likes Bubbles more than FS, pretty nice endorsement. Then again he is a Protoss player.
at 2:13:58
This twitch link has expired.


-STPL shinhan tank proleague season 4 announcement, November 1st. This is also announcing the map pack officially.
Blindside, Charmander, Desert Dwellers, Paradise, Rosen Bridge, Tear of Goddess, and then also Pathfinder and Neo Moon Glaive.
Congratulations to Gosomi and Minerals.
click STPL4

click Paradise

click Rosen Bridge

click Tear Of Goddess

-BSL start selling T-shirts, hoodies, socks, a cup etc. Also a T-shirt design contest.
click BSL Merchandise and T-shirt design contest

-Think Quick Map Contest
Looking for standard 2-4 player maps.
click Think Quick Map Contest (bwmn link)
click Think Quick Map Contest (teamliquid link)

-Think Quick Show Match Tournament map pool includes Demonio Azul and Dies Iræ.
click Think Quick Show Match Tournament


-RCG2020 used Reap The Storm (ro16 onwards).
click RCG2020
click RCG2020 ro16

-iRk show matches used STPL map pool
click iRk show matches

-CasterMuse StarLeague Season 4 (CMSL) shortlisted maps: Blindside 0.83, Beehive 2.02, Explosion 0.91a (new map by Waldstein), Apocalypse 1.31, Spider Monkey 1.3, Windbreak Ridge 1.7.
Waldstein submitted 3 new maps: (2)Hattusha, (4)Anubis, (4)Explosion
click CMSL4 map selection


click Spider Monkey

Windbreak Ridge and Blindside were selected.
click CMSL4

click Windbreak Ridge

-Team Think Quick Presents Battle For Aiur: Bonyth vs Dewalt
Best of 9. All 3 maps by Minerals: Blindside, Charmander, Desert Dwellers.
click Team Think Quick Presents Battle For Auir

-ASTL2 map pool: Eclipse, Benzene, Ringing Bloom SE, Shakuras Temple, Polypoid.
A new version of Third World was considered but didnt get selected.
click ASTL2 potential maps
click ASTL2 Maps

And that concludes the annual Brood War mapping news for 2020.
However there are a few more items to cover.

On January the 9th 2021, closed down. This venerable website has been a stalwart of the StarCraft scene forever. Theres no sugar coating this one, its a sad story. On behalf of bwmn I know I can say we are all unhappy to see this come to pass. Wishing you the best in your future projects.
click closing

Freakling posted a new creep spawner on Jan 10th 2021:
click Creep Beacon

Im going to continue doing map stuff and following the scene but I probably wont post another one of these next year, so if someone else wants to open a text file and start noting the mapping news and take up the mantle for 2021 that would be great to see.

Finally we reach the most important question:
Why does Charmander have a massive boner?


Thank you Juk for the nice words, I really appreciate them. I will start taking notes for next year's post.
I would enjoy seeing MOTM become a thing again, one way or another. Might venture down a public voting on TL soon if you guys don't mind. :)

I have have to say much thanks to Qikz for hosting the STPL Season 4 map contest and Mr Freakling for the guidance, patients, and knowledge that came along with it.

Charmander image was inspired by the original Gameboy pic, it is actually his tummy.

modified by Minerals
modified by Minerals
Congratulations Minerals! What an award to receive and what an acknowledgement to be entered into the records of the legendary BWMN archives for the Year 2020. You earned it my friend and I hope you celebrate the occasion.

And a standing ovation for the veteran map maker Jukado for writing such a long, sentimental and humourous New Year's post, capturing and celebrating all the terrific BW events that have happened over the last year, and all the maps that graced their presence. It was a real treat for me to learn more about Jukado and your wonderful tradition(s) at BWMN by reading this special post. Here's to all the map makers who left their mark in this second collective home of yours that is BroodWarMaps.Net.
Thanks for the post, juks. Giid to see you haven't completely disappeared.
Are we gonna see a new map of yours for the tQ competition?

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