I was looking at the official and community update maps, specifically the 5cp maps. Whilst doing so I noticed that there are basically only 2 different layouts, on the Macro-scale. These maps are vastly different from each other in other aspects, but if you remove everything except the control points from the equation, they are all very similar, surprisingly! Let's have a look at what I mean: (they were rotated to show their similarities, the lines does not represent anything other than shape) This is the Z-layout and 8-figure layout And this is the straight line layout Other layouts have been tried, like an U-shape (resonance), or L-shape (cauldron) and probably a ton of other methods. But it seems to me that most successful 5cp maps are pretty much identical when it comes to distances, and general shape of the map. Why? And is the badlands 8-figure better than the Z-shape of yukon/freight? What makes an U or L-shape so hard to pull off right? What more is there to try? I have a feeling we ran out of possible patterns made from 5 nodes long ago! Is there a firm connection that the official(ized) maps share similar layouts and are popular? or is it just the valve approved stamp at work?