I did figure Ascension would stay around though, I feel the map has slowly started to find a lot of enjoyment from players and the whole balance ratio on it is slowly starting to even out. It use to be like 60%+ ZvP and ZvT rate but now it's all much closer to 50% (think last I looked it was still ~54% win rate?) but still, that's not the end of the world, it does scare me though since many first impressions are zerg late game is too OP which means these already somewhat zerg favored maps might just become even more zerg favored.
Excited for Battle on the Boardwalk, I know many people will dislike it because of 3 reasons, open natural, rush map & backdoor to main, but I hope people give it a shot. I tried to make it somewhat risky early game but then allow mid/end game to turtle a little easier with all the chokes. Whether that's good or bad, I don't know, but it's a change of pace from many other maps. Plus, it's easy to mine the map out since there are only 6 bases per player with 1 being a gold.
I could go into more depth on the other 4 maps, but these are just thoughts on my maps that will be in ladder next season. Plus, it's already 11:30pm and I need to wake up at 6:30am...so yeah.
Either way, hope you guys enjoy next season and as always, shoot me (and any other mappers) some feedback, go ahead and jump into the custom map thread and give your thoughts. It only helps out everybody else better in the long run. =)
ps. Blizz, can I get my Sidian Throwback season with nothing but my 7 ladder maps? I finally accomplished that goal and I couldn't be happier. =) Sure, some of them weren't very well received...*cough Korhal Carnage cough*