Well it's been a long time since 2006 ended, bwm has been a warzone of conflicting ideas as to what kind of map should represent Broodwarmaps.net as the map(s) of the year. Now these maps are not necessarily the best of bwm from 2006, but they are certainly good maps which represent the hard work of bwm, maps which have recieved popularity already in the starcraft community.
I'm sorry if these maps don't reflect your choice, we had to go both by the votes and by our comments, trying to pick a map that had something different in it without ruining gameplay, hopefully we made good decisions.
For the Four Player Map of the Year of Broodwarmaps.net, the votes decided Nazca!
GRC-Deathlink, also known as DeA[Light], made quite a commotion when he uploaded this map. It was almost unanimously voted motw. What's so nice about this map? First off it's different from everyother map in that the middle is highground the mains/nat/mineral only are all lowground. The map has a nice flow with three large ramps coming from the lowground into the highground, wheras in many maps with low mains it is considered p>t, DeA tries to correct this with three large ramps after the nat. The map's thread The map itself Obs for the map
For the Two Player Map of the Year of Broodwarmaps.net, there wasn't much feedback, so a choice had to made for a map that no one had said anything bad about. Another previous MOTW, Undying Lands!
Longtime member NastyMarine posted this unorthodox map and recieved MOTW. Undying Lands features a nat you could take within your main if you were to ommit gas. This nat also forms a wall, there are some extra blocks which keep you from leaving your main, you have to mine out atleast one 32 mineral block to leave. Once you get into your nat there's a large cliff to the side which you can use for all sorts of flanking. At the edge of your main is an expo which could be used to rain hell on you, then in the middle of the map on either sides of the small river are nice open plains for war. Offering something new while not being so radical, Undying Lands takes a place in bwm's 2006 MOTY. The map's thread The map itself Obs version for the map
An unargued position, a revolutionary map, one which claimed the first MOTW in this year, Experimental Map of the Year goes to Avatar!
LostTampon probably made more noise with this map than the other two maps combined; he unleashed upon the bwm mapping world the concept of spells in maps, in the already nice and different map which features a gasless nat and another nat with gas which is walled in by neutrals he uses permamently placed disruption webs! It's pretty hard to fully imagine all the strategic possibilities of having spells in maps, this map gave mappers here a nice jolt into the future of mapping. The map's revolutionary thread The revolutionary map itself The revolutionary map's obs version
Congratulations to DeA, NastyMarine, and LostTampon for their achievements in mapping, worthy of being called Maps of the Year! We hope the rest of the starcraft community can appreciate these maps we reveal to them!
Today is a truly momentous occasion! Our beloved BWMN has gathered so much attention from a great deal of different map makers all across the globe. And as a result of this popularity, the official map count of February 14, 2007, has reached 2000! Unlike Y2k, this will in no way affect our computers' abilities to function, nor will there be any apocalyptic events to speak of. However, this is a very significant occurrence that will most certainly embed itself in all of our hearts and minds for years to come.The map that made this all possible was created by our very own Nightmarjoo. A preview of his map and a link have been provided below:
Once again, I would like to congratulate BWMN for obtaining such a high status, and I look forward to reporting on map number 3000! BWMN is such a successful map database, but it is also much more than that. It has grown to become a supportive community among gamers and map makers alike. I would personally like the thank you, Panschk, for all of your hard work and dedication to make BWMN what it is today, and I have confidence in your ability, along with all the other map makers of this community, to uphold this site's reputation in the future. BWMN F-T-W!
Well it's been a little while since the last motw, but here it is, better late than never!
A fairly longtime member now, TKTKVROOM, who grew from 10 minute mapping noob to the increasingly improving mapper you see now, tk has tried over and over to get a MOTW, now please congradulate him for finally winning!
Kumba (1.1) is a two player map with corner mains, a fairly standard layout. Kumba's uniqueness comes in its presentation, it forms a nice balance of open and tight areas, and has both highground and lowground battlefields. The map features use of inverted and enlarged ramps, as well as custom decoration, often in the form of rocks or mud closer to other terrain than is standard.
A map which obviously took some time and dedication to create, Kumba is a nice addition to our MOTW collection.
Ok, a light turnout in the motw thread. The votes were fairly unanimous, with Space in Hell by RaDiX and Nasty's Elevated Hate getting some of the love too.
Salazar Slyherine bagged another MOTW with his map Antarctic Diary!
A decievingly simple looking map, Antarctic Diary uses a few nice concepts to liven up a standard map. Nothing too radical, so there's no worry about having to adjust to a crazy map. Antarctic Diary uses cut in half tree doodads (I think that's what they are) to influence the miner ai. I'm sure you get annoyed when your scv decides to walk in a stupid path instead of going straight to the cc, well these doodads (although if you're not careful could get in your way) get in the way of the miners, so that they take a different path, which happens to be a much faster, straighter path. Don't worry, your favourite mannerpylon strat still works, the doodads don't interfere with building placement at all.
The nat is overlooked by an unuseable cliff, so don't fret that tanks will camp you :) The nat has plenty of room behind it for unit movement or turret/cannon placement.
The mineral only features a backdoor entrance, you can expo behind the mineral only. This might protect you from melee units, but ranged units will have easy pickings on your miners^^
The map has a fairly simple layout with just nat and mineral only expos besides the mains. The middle is fairly open, with some tighter areas, forming that nice balance and allowing for nice gameplay.
Posted by:Nightmarjoo Nightmarjoo's competition, with the theme Arctic Cityscape has gone on forever, it's time it be closed down!
Honestly, all the maps posted here are pretty good, I'll say something about each one.
Urzatron's Winterheart, a nice map, and the first one made for the competition. I would say it's his best map for sure. The map started the competition with a great usage of compound/neutral buildings to really illustrate the theme I had in mind. The map features a nat which zerg can't take with one hatch and defend the main with it, but it includes a backdoor mineral only with a mineral wall exit; sure to encourage some interesting gameplay :) Nice job, Urzatron.
EffectiveHypnotize's HappyGuardianDay, the second great map the competition. It uses a nice blend of a city-like compound area and a natural looking snowy area, again nicely illustrates the theme. The neutrals used all create a nice maze of paths to maneuver through, making the map not too tight at all. This map also was the (excuse me if I overlooked something) only one which mentioned Happy Birthday, one of the original themes of the competition^^ Nice job, Hypnotize.
Hypnotize made another map for the competition, Shevlin. This map probably illustrates the theme the poorest, but is still a nice map :) The map features a unique alternative path layout.
Next was PsychoTemplar's Surtica. It used compound quite a bit, and used a nice neutral city for clutter; this makes an interesting map for if you need a more open battleground you have to blast it open yourself :D The map also uses a backdoor, blocked by a neutral. The nats have two entrances, lazy macro players will have to watch out here^^ Nice job templar.
LostTampon made the map, achu!, er I mean Sneezed :) The map uses the theme in the form of compound forts used for alternate paths. The map has tight alternate paths with an open middle, and fairly vulnerable expos, sure to have nice gameplay, nice job LostTampon.
The latest map ever for a competition, NastyMarine's Northrend Shores. This blinding map uses neutrals for both decoration, and expo blocking, a grigesque method of blocking expos and their gas with neutral terran buildings. The map is divided in half by a river, the only crossing point at the far north; the map has a two-lane setup you could say. This map is probably an expo grabbing fest with players staying on both sides, but of course the need to harass in such games will make the gameplay very harassing :) Nice job Nasty, even if the map was months late :)
The winner of the competition is Antares' Metal Age! An interesting island map which places the main islands around a mainland divided by neutral walls. This map surely portrays the theme, with compound and neutrals all over the mainland^^ The map is not unique in its use of a nat in the island main, but is unique in its relatively standard approach. Players can choose either island tactics or land tactics using the mainland, and can opt for early pressure or to macro it out with the easily obtainable nat. Any mapper's dream, Metal Age blends both attractivity with gameplay. Congradulations Antares!
Download the winner here, spam the thread, and view all of the maps in the competition here
All the maps submitted here are good, I reccomend for everyone to take a look at the maps if you haven't seen them before, nice job mappers, and congratulations Antares for another bwm win ;)