TeamLiquid Map Contest

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TeamLiquid Map Contests are competitions open to community mapmakers to try to find the best new map. The selection process is done partly by a panel of judges and partly by votes from the community.

TeamLiquid Map Contest[edit]

ESV Cloud Kingdom, winner of TLMC1.

The first TLMC[1] occured in Fall 2011. The contest was open to 1v1 maps. Blizzard provided prizes to the makers of the top 5 maps. The finalists were narrowed down by a panel of judges, then voted on by both TeamLiquid staff and the general public. A TL open tournament was held on these maps. The final winners were[2]:

Korhal Compound was introduced in the 1v1 map pool
Ohana was introduced in the 1v1 map pool and became a tournament staple
Cloud Kingdom was introduced in the 1v1 map pool and became a tournament staple, as well as being considered one of the very best maps of Wings of Liberty

TeamLiquid Map Contest 2[edit]

The second TLMC occured in Spring 2013, just after the release of Heart of the Swarm. The contest was open to 1v1 and team maps. Blizzard provided prizes for the top 3 winners. A second TL open tournament was held on these maps. After the entrants were narrowed down by judges, both pro players (who played in the open tournament) and the general public voted. The final 1v1 winners were:[3]

CruX Frost, winner of TLMC2.
Yeonsu was introduced in the 1v1 map pool and became a tournament staple
Frost was introduced in the 1v1 map pool and became a tournament staple

The winning team maps were:

Retribution was introduced in the 4v4 map pool

Red Bull TeamLiquid Map Contest[edit]

The third TLMC occured in Fall 2013. The contest was only open to 1v1 maps, like the original TLMC. Red Bull provided prizes for the top 4 winners[4]. In addition, a qualifier for Red Bull Battlegrounds New York City was organized with a map pool consisting of the 7 finalists of the contest. Finally, the winner (as well as any other finalist, at Red Bull's discretion) was guaranteed to be included in the Red Bull Battlegrounds New York City map pool.

Habitation Station, runner-up of TLMC3.

This was the first to have only a public vote (although the list was first narrowed down by judges). The final winners[5] were :

  • 4th place: Synapse (Prize of $100 for -NegativeZero-)
  • 3rd place: Blitzkrieg (Prize of $200 for Neobowman)
Red Bull chose to add Blitzkrieg to the Red Bull Battlegrounds New York City map pool.
Habitation Station was introduced in the 1v1 map pool and became a tournament staple. Red Bull also chose to add Habitation Station to the Red Bull Battlegrounds New York City map pool, meaning 3 maps from this TLMC would be included. The map would be used in the official Ladder Map Pool later.
New Polaris Rhapsody would go on to be used in the Red Bull Battlegrounds New York City as well as SHOUTcraft Clan Wars.

TeamLiquid Map Contest 4[edit]

Foxtrot Labs, runner-up of TLMC4.

The fourth TLMC occurred in Spring 2014. The contest was again open to 1v1 and team maps. Blizzard provided prizes to the makers of the top 3 maps. The 1v1 winners, selected by the general public from a shortlist provided by judges, were[6]:

Catallena was introduced in the 1v1 map pool. It is easily recognizable due to the giant drawing of an octopus in the middle of the map
Deadwing was introduced in the 1v1 map pool
Foxtrot Labs was introduced in the 1v1 map pool

The top team maps were:

Preservation was introduced in the 2v2 map pool

TeamLiquid Map Contest 5[edit]

Echo, winner of TLMC5.

The fifth TLMC occurred in Winter 2015.[7] This time, the contest was only open to 1v1 maps. Blizzard provided prizes to the makers of the top 3 maps and assured that at least 2 finalists maps would be added to the 2015 Season 2 ladder map pool. The 1v1 winners, selected by the general public from a shortlist provided by judges, were:[8]

This map was added to the 2015 Season 2 ladder map pool.[9]

TeamLiquid Map Contest 6[edit]

Terraform, winner of TLMC6.

The sixth TLMC occurred in Spring 2015.[10] For this TLMC just like it happened on the Map Contest #5, the contest was only open to 1v1 maps. Blizzard additionally provided money prizes for the makers of the top 3 maps. The winners, selected by the general public from a shortlist provided by judges, were:[11]

This map was added to the 2015 Season 3 ladder map pool.[12]
This map was added to the 2015 Season 3 ladder map pool.[12]

TeamLiquid Map Contest 7[edit]

New Gettysburg, winner of TLMC7.

The seventh TLMC occurred in Spring 2016.[13] For this TLMC the contest was only open to 1v1 maps, but unlike previous contests Blizzard requested that maps be submitted in one of the following 4 distinct categories of maps:

  1. Macro maps where it's very straight forward to play and take expansions on
  2. Rush map that promotes heavy early game play
  3. A new map type! A "hasn’t been seen before" type of map
  4. A map that has cool high yield resource usage

In addition, the number of finalists which was 8 in previous editions of the TLMC was increased to 15 (4 for the first three categories, and 3 for the fourth). Blizzard provided money prizes for the makers of the top 5 maps, as well as the prize pool for the BaseTradeTV map test tournament held on these maps. The finalists[14] were modified based on the games shown in the Map Test Tournament as well as feedback from the judges, and were voted on by the public[15] giving the following results[16]:

  1. New Gettysburg by Jacky (New)
  2. Apotheosis by -NegativeZero- (Macro)
  3. Annihilation Station by Meavis (Macro)
  4. Galactic Process by NewSunshine (Macro)
  5. Gojira Greenhouse by AVEX (High Yield)
  6. Namaste by AVEX (Rush)
  7. Shiva by IeZael (Rush)
  8. Dasan Station by Enekh (New)
  9. Korhal Killzone by SidianTheBard (Rush)
  10. Aiur Plateau by th0t (New)
  11. Frozen Zone by Kycsyhuszar (Macro)
  12. Flame Juggler by Fatam (High Yield)
  13. Eris by Kantuva | Uvantak (New)
  14. Caldeum Plateau by AVEX (High Yield)
  15. Paladino Terminal by Namrufus (Rush)


New Gettysburg, Apotheosis, Galactic Process, Dasan Station were added into the following season's map pool, and Paladino Terminal made it into a later map pool.

TeamLiquid Map Contest 8[edit]

The eighth TLMC occurred in Spring 2017.[17] For this TLMC, the contest was only open to 1v1 maps, and like TLMC 7, Blizzard requested that maps be submitted in one of the following 4 distinct categories of maps:

  1. Macro maps that favor defensive play and encourage players to reach end game unit compositions
  2. Rush maps that promote early aggression, with a rush distance of about 35 seconds
  3. New maps that explore new ideas for how a map can be played
  4. Experimental resource maps that alter the standard amount of minerals or gas available at bases

In addition, the number of finalists was 15 (three for each category, and three up to the discretion of the judges). Blizzard provided money prizes for the makers of the top 5 maps, as well as the prize pool for the BaseTradeTV map test tournament held on these maps. The finalists[18] were modified based on the games shown in the Map Test Tournament as well as feedback from the judges, and were voted on by the public[19] giving the following results[20]:

  1. Windwaker by Avex (Macro)
  2. Ascension to Aiur by SidiantheBard (Macro)
  3. Hwangsan by Avex (Macro)
  4. Paradise Lost by Jacky (New)
  5. Sequencer by NegativeZero (New)
  6. Acolyte by Enekh (Macro)
  7. Blood Boil by Avex (Experimental Resource)
  8. Paradisia by SidiantheBard (Macro)
  9. Asteroid Barricade by Samro225am (Macro)
  10. Keres Passage by Kantuva | Uvantak (Experimental Resource)
  11. Maxwell Platform by Youngrustler (Rush)
  12. Gemsangsan by RQM (New)
  13. Eremita by Avex (Rush)
  14. Hunger Game by Enekh (Rush)
  15. Bandarlog Ruins by Samro225am (Experimental Resource)


Windwaker (renamed to Odyssey), Ascension to Aiur, Sequencer, Acolyte, and Blood Boil, as well as Defender's Landing and Interloper (which were submitted to this contest, but weren't finalists) all made it onto ladder.

TeamLiquid Map Contest 9[edit]

The ninth TLMC occurred in Fall 2017.[21] For this TLMC, the contest was only open to 1v1 maps, and like TLMC 8, Blizzard requested that maps be submitted in one of the following 4 distinct categories of maps:

  1. Standard medium sized map: players tend to have more flexibility on these maps to open with a wider variety of strategies and/or builds.
  2. Macro maps that favor defensive play and encourage players to reach end game unit compositions
  3. Rush maps that promote early aggression, with a rush distance of about 35 seconds
  4. New maps that explore new ideas for how a map can be played

In addition, the number of finalists was 16 (3 for each category and 4 "Judges Picks" from any category). Blizzard provided money prizes for all the finalists, as well as the prize pool for the WardiTV Team Liquid Map Contest Tournament held on these maps. The finalists[22] were modified based on the games shown in the Map Test Tournament as well as feedback from the judges, and were voted on by the public[23] giving the following results[24]:

  1. Blackpink by Avex (Macro)
  2. Catalyst by NegativeZero (Standard)
  3. Neon Violet Square by RQM (New)
  4. Backwater by Avex (Macro)
  5. Eastwatch by IeZaeL (Standard)
  6. Anomaly by NegativeZero (New)
  7. Defender's Resort by Youngrustler (Macro)
  8. Acid Plant by nesta-kun (Standard)
  9. Battle on the Boardwalk by SidianTheBard (Rush)
  10. Abiogenesis by NegativeZero (Rush)
  11. Arch of Janus by Enekh (New)
  12. Sky Garden by NewSunshine (Macro)
  13. Grime by Fatam (Standard)
  14. New Tropicana by IeZaeL (Macro)
  15. Octane by Meavis (Standard)
  16. God's Garden by IeZaeL (Rush)


Blackpink, Catalyst, Neon Violet Square and Battle on the Boardwalk were added to the next map pool, and Acid Plant, Backwater, Eastwatch and Abiogenesis were added to the one after that.

TeamLiquid Map Contest 10[edit]

The tenth TLMC occurred in early 2018.[25] For this TLMC, the contest was only open to 1v1 maps, and like TLMC 9, Blizzard requested that maps be submitted in one of the following 4 distinct categories of maps:

  1. Standard medium sized map: players tend to have more flexibility on these maps to open with a wider variety of strategies and/or builds.
  2. Macro maps that favor defensive play and encourage players to reach end game unit compositions
  3. Rush maps that promote early aggression, with a rush distance of about 35 seconds
  4. New maps that explore new ideas for how a map can be played

In addition, the number of finalists was 16 (6 for standard, 4 for Macro and 3 for each category). Blizzard provided money prizes for the makers of all the maps in the finals, as well as the prize pool for the WardiTV Team Liquid Map Contest Tournament 2 held on these maps. The finalists[26] were modified based on the games shown in the Map Test Tournament as well as feedback from the judges, and were voted on by the public[27] giving the following results[28]:

  1. 16-Bit by themusic246 (Macro)
  2. Blueshift by NegativeZero (Standard)
  3. Lost and Found by Zweck (Standard)
  4. Dreamcatcher by VSG| Timmay (Rush)
  5. Fracture by Avex (Standard)
  6. Backpfeifengesicht by NegativeZero (New)
  7. Travincal by Avex (New)
  8. Digital Frontier by NegativeZero (Standard)
  9. Arashi by Avex (Rush)
  10. System Shock by Zweck (New)
  11. Cape Regis Shipyard by octomologyst (Rush)
  12. Para Site by Zweck (Macro)
  13. Cerulean Falls by Solstice245 (Standard)
  14. Kherrisan Rift by Solstice245 (Macro)
  15. Treachery by Youngrustler (Macro)
  16. Artana by IronManSC (Standard)


16-Bit, Lost and Found, Dreamcatcher, and Backpfeifengesicht (renamed Redshift) were added to the subsequent ladder season, and Blueshift, Fracture, Para Site and Cerulean Falls were added to the one after.

TeamLiquid Map Contest 11[edit]

The eleventh TLMC occurred in July-August 2018.[29] For this TLMC, the contest was open to 1v1 maps, and this time Blizzard requested that maps be submitted in one of the following 4 distinct categories or challenges:

  1. Standard medium sized map: players tend to have more flexibility on these maps to open with a wider variety of strategies and/or builds.
  2. Macro maps that favor defensive play and encourage players to reach end game unit compositions
  3. Challenge #1 maps where each player's starting location and/or natural expansion are close by air but further by ground. The map should also favor aggression from both players.
  4. Challenge #2 maps using the “Renegade Missile Turret” structure. Pre-place these structures on maps as Player 15 and the structure will be hostile to all players.

In addition, the number of finalists was 16 (5 for standard, 4 for Macro and Challenge #1 and 3 for Challenge #2). Blizzard provided money prizes for the makers of all the maps in the finals, as well as the prize pool for the WardiTV Team Liquid Map Contest Tournament 3 held on these maps. The finalists[30] were modified based on the games shown in the Map Test Tournament as well as feedback from the judges, and were voted on by the public [31] giving the following results[32]:

  1. Automaton by RQM (Macro)
  2. Year Zero by AVEX (Standard)
  3. Kairos Junction by Solstice245 (Standard)
  4. King's Cove by SidianTheBard (Macro)
  5. Cyber Forest by Pklixian (Standard)
  6. Port Aleksander by Youngrustler (Macro)
  7. Stasis by NewSunshine (Challenge #1)
  8. Extraction by themusic246 (Challenge #1)
  9. Lotus by themusic246 (Challenge #1)
  10. Sudden Awakening by JaleVeliki (Challenge #2)
  11. Crystal Cavern by Meavis (Standard)
  12. Reminiscence by Youngrustler (Standard)
  13. New Repugnancy by Sanglune (Macro)
  14. Antigonus by Xancake (Challenge #1)
  15. Crystalline Addiction by Xancake (Challenge #2)
  16. Ritual Moopy Temple by IeZael (Challenge #2)

TeamLiquid Map Contest: Team Edition[edit]

In tandem with the 11th edition of the TeamLiquid Map Contest, a team map contest was held.[33] The maps were divided in three categories (2v2, 3v3 and 4v4), publicly voted upon [34], with the winner of each category receiving $500 and all the other finalists receiving $50 per map.

The winners and finalists were as follows:[35]

2v2

  1. Emerald City by RQM
  2. Efflorescence by themusic246
  3. Golden Kingdom by Superouman
  4. Divergence by Marras
  5. Rhoskallian by Namrufus

3v3

  1. Whitewater Line by NewSunshine
  2. Rose Motel by RQM
  3. Bone Temple by Superouman
  4. Jungle Depths by Xancake
  5. Khalai Terrace by Meavis

4v4

  1. Multiprocessor by -NegativeZero-
  2. Shipwrecked by themusic246
  3. Nunc Fluens by Timmay
  4. Sunset Valley by Marras
  5. Mementos by NewSunshine

References[edit]

  1. TL Map Making Contest
  2. TL Map Contest Conclusion
  3. TL Map Contest Finalists
  4. Red Bull TL Map Contest
  5. Red Bull TLMC Results
  6. TLMC4 Results
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  30. Hayl_Storm (July 31, 2018). "Teamliquid Map Contest #11 Finalists". Teamliquid.net.
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  35. TeamLiquid ESPORTS (August 17, 2018). "Team Liquid Map Contest Team Edition Winners". Teamliquid.net.