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?
-ASL9 public vote results: (3)Inner Coven 1.03 by Freakling 1st place, (4)Polypoid 0.92 by KM 2nd place, (4)Karma_TF 0.61 by mAziciAn 3rd place
Freakling wins a keyboard, headset, sweater, lanyard, and an autographed Flash t shirt! click here asl9 result click here asl9 winners announced
-blizzard ladder season 5, 20th November 2019, not using any foreign maps this time (first season not to have any foreign); Destination, Heartbreak Ridge, Neo Sylphid, Whiteout, Circuit Breaker, Fighting Spirit, Gladiator click here ladder season 5
-Those who pre-order warcraft 3 reforged get an Orc hud skin.
I offer a warm welcome to all the new mappers that have joined the site over the last 12 months.
Welcome to the Korean and Chinese map makers who are sharing maps here. Long may it continue.
And welcome back goes to returning faces.
For example, having not been seen for several years, TkTkVrooM uploaded 17 finished maps in 2019!
Thankyou to all the tournament organisers who used foreign maps.
Did you know, Shakuras got its name from the phrase "Shake Your Ass".
Did you know, the SCV got its name from the word "Skivvy".
Did you know, korean commentators call zerglings "Sugarlings". This is especially appropriate when they have the adrenal gland upgrade.
Did you know, after the 0.91 update, Bubbles had been rated 17 times and got a total of -2,147,483,638 points. This gave it a rating of -126,322,566.9
Are we moving into another 'Roaring Twenties' decade?
Is 2020 going to be a year of Protoss dominance?
We have seen two maps getting picked up for one of the big Korean leagues and the Blizzard ladder.
Congratulations to Freakling for (4)Roadkill and (4)In The Way Of An Eddy being used in KSL and the official ladder.
An update for Brood War remaster introduced new ramp tiles. Its significant news for mappers as these are the first new tiles to be added to the game since Brood War.
Please note that if you use these tiles in a map then it will not be backwards compatible with version 1.16 etc though.
Golgotha teaching Brood War to students at a school in Thailand lead to some fun events which bwmn was able to contribute to in a small way.
A couple of gaming sessions were held, there was a stream with Korean casters, and a bunch of swag including t shirts, keyboards, headphones etc courtesy of Afreeca and Blizzard was delivered to the school.
And there was also pizza!
Brood Wars 20th anniversary was celebrated with Blizzard sending commemorative certificates and coins to various community figures. Map makers were included, with effort made to reach mappers from various eras of brood wars' history. Congratulations to those who received this token of appreciation. Thankyou to Blizzard and those who worked to make this happen.
Lots of foreign tournaments used foreign maps during 2018, and some of these tournaments even had more foreign maps than korean.
A huge thankyou goes out to these tournament organisers for supporting foreign mapping.
All the best for 2019.
Posted by:Jukado 2017 has been a significant year for brood war and mappers.
A different version of brood war was released, dramatically changing the landscape.
A different version of scm draft was released. Several features are present that greatly improve a melee mappers toolkit.
A massive thankyou to Suicidal Insanity for this. click here Stormcoast Fortress
More foreign tournaments have been using foreign maps too. Overall its been a good year for map makers in my opinion.
We have also had a large number of new mappers posting maps on this site. A warm welcome to them. I have to admit Im really impressed by the quality of the maps these guys have made so far.
Likewise it has been a pleasure to see familiar faces returning to the site to comment.
May your concepts come readily, and your execution be ruthless.
Here is to 2018.
Posted by:JungleTerrain So I've been checking every once in a while to see if any korean mapmaking sites have come back up and it seems intothemap is back up. Not sure how new or legit it is but there isn't any content up as far as I can tell. I used to check out the maps there a lot back around 2008-2012.
I will be keeping an eye out for more sites like this, including mapdori, etc.
Feel free to post any discoveries regarding melee mapmaking sites or communities!