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Map Information
Starting TC(s):
Player capacity:
Up to 8
First appearance:
The Age of Kings
Competition Span:
1999-09-30 — Present

Atacama is an Age of Empires II multiplayer map created by Mr ED.


An open map whose central feature is the massive woodpile in the middle. After having been used in various tournaments since its release, Atacama also has become a common Empire Wars tournament map. Wood around the player is sparse which encourages early conflict. However, because of the map's unique layout, players typically spawn further away from one another than a typical Arabia matchup.

Strategic Basics[edit]

Aside from the center, good woodlines are impossible to find and players will likely suffer inefficiencies if they fail to contest the middle. The amount of starting trees has two consequences: wood workers will be exposed in the middle and it is impossible to wall a base. Consequently, map control and feudal play is an absolute must. Earlier pressure is preferred, so drushing, Man-at-Arms, and Scouts are popular opening strategies along with towers and archers used later to pressure the center. In Castle Age, locking down the center becomes more important thus it is a popular place for Castles, Kreposts and Town Centers. In order to exploit the openness of the map, mobile units (like Knights, Light Cavalry, Cavalry Archers) see heavy play. For less mobile units, Atacama provides a suitable environment for sneak buildings given all of the exposed resources at a player's base. Strong/Weak civilizations on Atacama: ...


  • Original version: Less round center wood with ponds with shore fish between the wood clumps.
  • RBW2 version
  • RBW3 version: Ponds in each corner with 4 deep fish
  • WDC version: Based on the original version, but updated terrain/wildlife and with unwallable rock terrain with mountains along the map's border.

Tournament Appearances[edit]

Recent Games[edit]

This automatically generated table shows the 10 most recent games with VODs and can be modified here.
DateTimeGTournamentModeOpponentVs. OpponentVOD
2021-05-0921:30 UTCKing of Americas 21v1KingstoN_Usb  MexicoSebastian2002Uruguay  Sebastian2002Watch VOD (G5)
2021-05-06King of Americas 21v1Kik0_  Dominican RepublicPelaArgentina  PelaWatch VOD (G4)
2021-04-2911:00 UTCDeath Match World Cup 4: Gold League1v1Vinchester  RussiaNiliGermany  NiliWatch VOD (G1)
2021-04-2813:00 UTCDauT vs JorDan_AoE1v1JorDan_AoE  GermanyDauTSerbia  DauTWatch VOD
2021-04-2712:00 UTCDeath Match World Cup 4: Gold League1v1BacT  VietnamTheViperNorway  TheViperWatch VOD (G1)
2021-04-1719:00 UTCOGN_EMPIRES Showmatch - PROject_Belgium vs Sitaux1v1Sitaux  FrancePROject_BelgiumBelgium  PROject_BelgiumWatch VOD (G5)
2021-04-0412:00 UTCShadow Gauntlet: Nili vs Zuppi1v1Zuppi  FinlandNiliGermany  NiliWatch VOD (G4)
2021-04-0319:30 UTCgrathwrang Showmatch - Liereyy vs TheViper1v1TheViper  NorwayLiereyyAustria  LiereyyWatch VOD (G5)
2021-04-0313:30 UTCgrathwrang Showmatch - DauT vs LaaaaaN1v1LaaaaaN  SpainDauTSerbia  DauTWatch VOD (G2)
2021-04-0307:30 UTCgrathwrang Showmatch - BacT vs slam1v1slam  CanadaBacTVietnam  BacTWatch VOD (G5)

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