Arena

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[e][h]Arena
in-game icon
Map Information
Creator:
Ensemble Studios
Starting TC(s):
1
Starting Walls:
Stone Walls
Nomad start:
No
Player capacity:
Up to 8
First appearance:
The Conquerors
Competition Span:
2000-08-24 — Present

Overview[edit]

Arena is a Age of Empires 2 multiplayer map. All players start with pre-built stone walls around their starting Town Center. This setup leads often to longer games as early rush strategies are less effective. It is the classic map when it comes to so-called closed maps, that is why this map has always been in the ranked mappool for AoE II DE next to Arabia.

Notable Features[edit]

  • Every player starts with a base surrounded by stone-walls.
  • Extensive woodlines around the edges of the map.
  • No hills to avoid camping on hills benefitting the player on top with hill bonus.


The latter two features distinguishes Arena heavily from the other well-known map Fortress, where you also start with a stone-walled base.

Strategic Basics[edit]

The layout of the map leads to a general delay of any aggression into Castle Age due to having a safe starting base and safe access to ressources. Therefore, a Fast Castle-strategy is seen the most frequently. Here specifically, the players try to get to Castle Age as fast as possible to gain access to Castles, Siege Weapons and Monks to acquire map control and breach the opponent's walls. A Siege-Monk rush shortened Smush or a Castle-drop strategy can be usually seen after having reached the Castle Age. The fight for Relics is an important aspect of Arena-games, because their possession and gold income can be decisive in the Ultra-late game if the mineral ressources have run out.

Additionally, the center of the map is rather open but narrow due to the thick surrounding woodlines, which explains the name Arena. This makes the map rather one-dimensional and narrows down the possible angles of attack. With that, one or two well-placed castles can save your base entirely and also grant control over ressources in the center of map, which can benefit civilizations with good defensive possibilities. To generally raze those castles, Imperial Age siege units, i.e. Trebuchets, Bombard Cannons or Siege Rams are needed. In particular, the access to strong Late-game options such as Bombard Cannons specifically can be crucial at that stage of the game, since those cannot only destroy buildings, but also defeat other siege weapons.

Civilizations[edit]

With the above, one can deduce which Civilizations are generally good on Arena. A good Arena civilzation combines the following:

  • A good economy to reach Castle Age as fast as possible and in addition to have a great economy-boom afterwards to afford expensive mid and late game army and technologies.
  • Thriving Siege weapons, as they can deal with defensive structures and also with huge masses of army.
  • A broad Monastery tech-tree allowing for good Monks. Especially, the access to the Redemption-technology which allows the conversion of siege weapons can be an important tool for victory.
  • Exceptional defensive options.
  • General Late-game abilities and fully upgraded units like Paladins.
  • Good non-gold units (called Trash units) to close the game when your access to gold has run out.


Accordingly, to the best Arena-civilizations are counted for instance: Aztecs, Britons Lithuanians, Malay, Teutons

On the other hand, civilizations that have a hard time on Arena are among others: Berbers, Huns, Tatars.

Recent Games[edit]

This automatically generated table shows the 10 most recent games with VODs and can be modified here.
DateTimeTournamentModeOpponentVs. OpponentVOD
2021-01-02T90Official Showmatch - Darknoob vs JonSlow1v1JonSlow  IsraelDarknoob  DarknoobWatch VOD (G7)
2021-01-02T90Official Showmatch - Darknoob vs JonSlow1v1JonSlow  IsraelDarknoob  DarknoobWatch VOD (G6)
2021-01-02T90Official Showmatch - Darknoob vs JonSlow1v1JonSlow  IsraelDarknoob  DarknoobWatch VOD (G5)
2021-01-02T90Official Showmatch - Darknoob vs JonSlow1v1JonSlow  IsraelDarknoob  DarknoobWatch VOD (G4)
2021-01-02T90Official Showmatch - Darknoob vs JonSlow1v1JonSlow  IsraelDarknoob  DarknoobWatch VOD (G3)
2021-01-02T90Official Showmatch - Darknoob vs JonSlow1v1JonSlow  IsraelDarknoob  DarknoobWatch VOD (G2)
2021-01-02T90Official Showmatch - Darknoob vs JonSlow1v1JonSlow  IsraelDarknoob  DarknoobWatch VOD (G1)
2020-12-2212:00 UTCGamerLegion vs Clowns1v1Scogo  Germany
TheViperNorway  TheViper
Watch VOD (G9)
2020-12-2212:00 UTCGamerLegion vs Clowns1v1Modri  Slovenia
TheViperNorway  TheViper
Watch VOD (G8)
2020-12-2212:00 UTCGamerLegion vs Clowns1v1Scogo  Germany
TheViperNorway  TheViper
Watch VOD (G7)

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