TLMC9 comes to a close as we round out the top five maps of the season as determined by you, the community. TLMC9 provided the public with a choice of 16 varied maps in 4 distinct categories. After months of map-making and judging, these maps were shown to the world in the form of the Wardi TLMC tournament. And after feedback from pros and the general public, mappers had a bit over a week to iterate on their creations. Then, you, the public voted on the fruits of their labor. There are the results:
All sixteen finalists will receive at least $100 by default for placing in the top 16. All finalists will also receive a custom community commander portrait if they do not yet have one. In addition, the authors of the top five maps will receive the following prizes, all provided by Blizzard.
Second - $250
Third - $125
Fourth - $75
Fifth - $50
EASTWATCH | IeZaeL
"Play the game the way you want, be it macro or rush or standard, with the various rock towers providing exciting ways to shape the gameplay in never-seen-before ways. Now with even more meaningful choices due to the changes made during the iteration phase."
IeZaeL is most known for creating Coda, a TLMC5 finalist and one of the most iconic maps of HotS. IeZael will take fifth place with $50. In addition, he will receive an additional $300 for placing with three maps in TLMC9, including God's Garden and Neo Tropicana.
BACKWATER | Avex
Avex is most known for ladder maps such as Invader, Blood Boil, and Odyssey, in addition to the decoration of Acolyte. Avex earns at least $75 for his fourth place finish in addition to taking home $200 for his finalist placing with two maps.
NEON VIOLET SQUARE | RQM
RQM is most known for Judgement, a map that was used in GSL 2016 Season 2. He'll take home $225 in total for his third place finish.
CATALYST | NegativeZero
"This map is a composite of some of my best standard map ideas dating back to HotS. The flexible expansion layout allows you to tailor your expansion pattern to your own play style, and the combination of chokes and high grounds create a variety of interesting attack paths and defensive positions. Changes from the original mainly help fix a couple potentially abusable areas around the 3rd - widening a chokey area along the high ground attack path, and reducing the vulnerability of the path between the nat and 3rd to tanks on the low ground."
NegativeZero is most known for creating TLMC6 winner Terraform, TLMC7 2nd place finisher Apotheosis, and TLMC8 5th place finisher Sequencer. All three have been prominent ladder maps and we look forward to Catalyst possibly being one as well. NegativeZero will take home $250 for this second place finish in addition to $300 for making three finalist maps including Abiogenesis and Anomaly
BLACKPINK | Avex
"Blackpink was a strong inspiration for me as a music group, and happens to be a part of my motivation to continue mapping, and I feel like the map aptly named Blackpink is showing that my progress as a mapper is going strong. During the contest it showed some aggressive games, but showed itself as having ample room for awesome macro games as we saw between ByuN and Serral. This is a safe contender for a solid macro map where you can play the way you want on the ladder."
For his first and fourth place finish, Avex has earned himself a total of $775 in TLMC9. This is the second TLMC that Avex has won in a row as he took TLMC8 with Windwaker, later renamed to Odyssey. We'll have to wait till TLMC10, however, to see if we can start calling him the Mapping B-word.
See you next season!
With that, TLMC9 comes to a close. Thank you to everyone who submitted a map, voted in the poll, watched the Wardi TLMC tournament, or otherwise showed an interest in the contest.
Now that the contest has concluded, it's in Blizzard's hands to pick the maps for the next season of ladder. We look forward to hear which of the sixteen finalists will make it!
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- Blackpink by Avex
- Catalyst by NegativeZero
- Neon Violet Square by RQM
- Backwater by Avex
- Eastwatch by IeZaeL
- Anomaly by NegativeZero
- Defender's Resort by YoungRustler
- Acid Plant by nesta-kun
- Battle of the Boardwalk by SidianTheBard
- Abiogensis by NegativeZero
- Arch of Janus by Enekh
- Sky Garden by NewSunshine
- Grime by Fatam
- Neo Tropicana by IeZaeL
- Octane by Meavis
- God's Garden by IeZaeL