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.
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.
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:
-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
-Artosis Pylon Show guests Freakling, NegativeZero and Superouman. Episode 88:
Part 1: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/586938484
Part 2: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/587010349
These twitch links have expired.
-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
-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.
-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 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/787811626
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
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, battlereports.com 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 battlereports.com closing
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.
Reference: https://www.clipartmax.com/png/middle/244-2441772_charmander-or-pok%C3%A9mon-red-version-reproduction-nintendo-game-boy.png 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.