My Dear Mapping Friends,
I am here to talk to you about DYESL, and a tournament that I want to run in order to find new maps for the upcoming Autumn Season of the League.
Let me start from the beginning. Under my team, Discover your Energy, I run a tournament league (monthly) in Edmonton, Alberta. It draws from the best talent in the province, including xsixMKENGYN, nrgDime, area51SaroVati, etc. We have about high master/grandmaster players that attend on a semi-regular bases, and maps receive about 100 or so games per tournament.
Maps receive such a high play-rate because the tournament uses a map pool of four type-specific maps. Those familiar with Brood War will understand this system, for those of you who don't, this is how it works:
There are four "types" of maps in SC2/BW: Strategy, Micro, Standard, Macro.
Strategy maps require a new, different style of play- it's the map that you prepare something special and different for. Cloud Kingdom, Crossfire, are good examples of Strategy maps. These maps are free to be very different and special. They never are starting maps at DYESL tournaments, and they are the quickest to be rotated out, because they are inherently imbalanced maps once their strategic depth is depleted (think Crossfire).
Micro Maps are smaller maps with fewer expansions, specifically ones where early/midgame and micro situations are most common. Ohana is a great micro map.
Standard maps are the bread and butter maps of SC2. The ones where you CAN rush, you CAN play macro, you CAN cheese, or do whatever you want. The open ended maps. Daybreak is a good (if not a bit old) standard map.
Macro maps are those that encourage late game, long situations. They are those where it's hard(er) to cheese, 4/spawn maps are more common, etc. Whirlwind/Metropolis are good macro maps.
For reference, DYESL Summer had the following map pool:
Strategy: Cloud Kingdom
DYESL Autumn is looking at the following map pool. Maps in brackets will be used if no better maps are found.
Strategy: YOU DECIDE
ESVDiamond's awesome post about tournament map pools
[DYESL] Summer Season