The original plan was to break down our submissions into 8 maps for this phase, but since there was an unforeseen amount of submissions we have chosen 12 maps to move into this round, giving opportunity to multiple new comers to really shine with their efforts.
Bridging the Gap 0.81
by Freakling & StyleZerg
GOOD NIGHT 1.2
By JungleTerrain & Minerals
By StyleZerg & Freakling
By Freakling & CrystalDrag
What will happen now?
1) We present to you the top 12 maps of the contest.
2) We ask for your feedback on these maps on how you think each one can be adjusted appropriately, from a players or observers perspective. To be clear, we are not asking for your votes, YET!
3) Map makers are given two weeks to complete and polish their maps to further completion. All submissions must be posted in this thread by May 11, 20:00 CET.
4) We will launch a public vote on TL to decided our final four maps in a future post in ~2 weeks.
5) The final four maps will be featured in four exciting map test tournaments, each focusing on one map, involving top foreign progamers exclusively casted by us Team Think Quick & pe RemastrTV.
6) Public voting on TL will select the winner of the final four maps in a public poll.
7) Top voted map created by a "new map maker" will be awarded 20% of our Map Makers prize pool.
All Submissions can be found here: https://tl.net/forum/bw-tournaments/571869-new-worlds-map-contest-all-submissions
How will this work?
- Judges, Mappers, & the Community will evaluate the entries and decide on the top eight maps to move forward.
- Mappers will then be given 2 weeks to fix any issues found by the judges/mappers/community and polish the maps up.
- Judges and the community will vote which 4 maps move into the "finals".
- Mappers will be given 1 week to de-bug the map and finalize it.
- The maps will then be played and broadcasted in a series of Map Test Tournaments, each tournament focusing only on one map.
- We will then host a public vote to decide the results of the contest.
Thanks a lot to Crackling who pointed out to me that BWMN has been vulnerable to SQL injection because the inputs were not sanitized. I did not know better when I implemented it back in the day, but at least I tried to fix it now, using a regex search/replace. With this I replaced over 300 places in the code base in one go. This is not perfect and a really serious hacker might still be able to get through, but certainly an improvement. It could also potentially break something, although my tests looked good. If I broke something that previously worked, let me know in the comments.
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
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-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?