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Is it me or this map feels overscaled ? It also lacks of sentry spots on 1-3-4, the pacing doesn't seems that good either but I need to play it more, the second point was really hard to cap while the rest of the map is a steamroll.
Why does the name sound like an EA Game? Oh yeah... NBA 2k15
I wanted a temporary name without obnoxiously removing a name someone else might want to use from the pool and without chance of removing a possible temporary name for myself. As long as I don't make another payload map this year, I'm fine.
A for effort.
I think it's time for another one of my long-winded, hyperbolic rants with condescending pictures.
Last night we were talking about the first control point and the balcony looking over it, this upper area is not a viable sentry position for RED, which makes defending the first point rather difficult.
Engineers typically try to set up within the red areas, which on the upper floor is very open and very unsafe, on either of the side routes, BLU soldiers and Demomen can peek out and take potshots at the Engineer and all of his buildings. As Engineers tend to build their nests in such a way that they are positioned between their Sentry and their Dispenser, this can also lead to one side being able to step out entirely into the Sentry's view as the Dispenser blocks its sight. If the Engineer chooses not to do this, and builds his Dispenser further away, he exposes himself to either side and forfeits his ability to hunker down while being maintained by his Dispenser. Lastly, even if there are two Sentries on this upper area which can lock down both side routes, a Demoman can take the lower route and safely lob stickies and grenades upward without fear.
As for Engineers which choose to set up on the low ground, the pillars will offer them a minor respite with increased cover, but this position sacrifices control of all the height advantage in the area to BLU. BLU can drop as many Heavies and Demomen on top of RED as it takes to weed out the Engineers in this area.
Neither Sentry position at the first control point is as effective as the tower at the second control point, which is only a short distance away, but before moving on to the second point, I also wish to note that distance from BLU spawn to the first control point is unusually short, in comparison to official Payload maps, which may be a factor in allowing BLU to push so easily.
I like the second control point. There's lots of height variation for both teams and the big tower is fun to play on and around. That said, I feel the sentry position at second is a bit too powerful. There are three routes to the second control point available to BLU. The main route, through which the Payload travels, is the weakest, given its lack of cover and massive height disadvantage, while directly facing the sentry position atop the tower. The remaining two routes are on the same level as the tower's sentry position, but are much narrower, and one of these routes is one way, which locks BLU in a deathtrap more than it forces a commitment to pushing.
Irrespective of what team I'm on, I have an intense aversion to walking along the elevated paths on the perimeter of this area. The open space of the area makes them vulnerable to Snipers and the backing walls makes splash damage from rockets a significant threat. The tunnels below these paths area are long and featureless, which I avoid because there's little reason to travel through them.
What I would like to see in this area is the inclusion of a more significant structure, like the building opposite RED's spawn on stage one of Thunder Mountain, and additional cover for BLU to reach this building. This would allow BLU Soldiers and Demomen to flank the Sentry position on the tower without depowering it entirely as it can still defend two of the three routes available to BLU.
Coming up to the third control point, I don't really like this area because it's dominated by such a large gulf of a No Man's Land that is flanked on both sides by high platforms which BLU need to push the Payload through. Defending the third point is also tricky, as you must either defend from within this gulf or the thin strip of high ground which RED controls.
I'd like to see the scaffolding on the right become a more powerful Sentry position, which is harder to outrange and with greater ammo pickups, to make defending the third point less awkward due to lack of space. I would also add a flank in the caves, so that BLU are not always forced to fight in the No Man's Land.
The tunnel the Payload must travel through to reach last is rather difficult to push through, with it typically being stopped somewhere in the middle with no view of the final control point, partially due to the tight spaces, but also due to the two exits on the sides of the tunnel which RED can drop into and surprise BLU from behind the Payload's position. I think this tunnel would work better if the additional entrances and exits were closed off to emulate the tunnel before the first control point in Badwater or the roll forward zone at the final control point of Thunder Mountain's second stage, which allows BLU to push the Payload through the tunnel or down the slope with relative ease before stopping short of the control point and requiring a more serious push to close the distance.
Finally, the last control point does not feel very satisfying to defend as RED, largely due to the difficulty in doing so, which I believe is caused by a severe height disadvantage for the defending team. In addition to practically all height advantage belonging to BLU in this area, there is almost no height variation on RED's side of the field. Finally, much like when defending the third control point, the space available to RED is a small amount, due to how much of the finale is taken up by the body of water.
I would like to see the RED buildings at the finale expand, to take up more of the area and provide more of a defensive position for RED Engineers and Snipers to stand guard over the control point. Particular examples of this would be Badwater's finale and the final control point of the third stage of Goldrush.
This map was a lot of fun the couple of times that I've played it. Last, I feel, is the weakest part of the map and I don't find it all that fun to either attack nor defend. It's strange how the bomb goes between 2 red spawn buildings. I would suggest combining red's final spawn and putting it on one of the sides of the track.
The water is also a bit weird since snipers can stand in it in the updated version and it don't LOOK like it would kill you in the original version. Dropping it down a fair distance should improve this.
Lastly, I do not like this dropdown:
I like the lil ramp that goes over the wall but I hate how it leads directly to a hole that I then have to go up a ramp to get onto the normal ground level in that area.
Guess I should continue to update this thread huh��
Up to a9 now, reverting things from a8's brick wall of a first point + other changes:
- Increased ease of mobility around the starting area
- Increased red respawn time for defending 2nd
- Blocked building next to 2nd
- Decreased pickup sizes for defences on at first
- Reclosed hole in wall at first
- Reworked left route for the blue team at the start
- Reworked scaffolding around 3rd slightly
- Adjusted a few corners around the map so they're easier to navigate
Summary of deleted thread:
@Turbo Lover: :O you added a download!
YM: shu'p man, there was a download in the old one!
ym2k15 to alpha 10
Fixed a point you could get stuck by a setup gate
Fixed a few places you could get caught between a wall and the payload
Moved blue team's final respawn closer to final slightly
Knocked a hole in the flank building by 2nd
Chicken wire at 2nd instead of opaque dev textures
Reduced setup time by 10 seconds (75 seconds)
Added windows to respawn rooms at final
Slightly adjusted respawn timers for round start and after cp 1
Miscellaneous minor changes
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If I had a dollar for how much I have played this map, I would be rich.
Nice job tho. Is it supposed to be a jungle of sorts? Construction site?
It's a jungle/alien landscape/car park/ruined city/space base/land lost in time/sawmill on steroids/alternate dimension/God's panic room theme.
YM is staying tight-lipped on the 'theme'.
It's "look at all the cool brush-based rocks"-themed.
I can't remember exactly where I heard this, but I remember YM saying something about a forgotten temple/cave.
You did not hear that
Alpha 12 released 09/09/15
Fixed a respawnroom with no brush entities
Added a handful of cubemaps
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During the imp today (yesterday at this point) I reported that there were rocks I could build inside of as engi. After going through on my own, I discovered that this wasn't the case, and I only thought I could build there because my game for whatever reason wasn't showing that I couldn't build inside of things when I was close to them, however if I actually try to place a building there, it doesn't allow me to. I'm sorry for the false report.
Alpha 14 released 22/09/2015
Fixed a naming issue causing doors to interfere
Increased red respawn time by a second for defending 2nd
Alpha 13 released 22/09/2015
Reshaped one of the red respawn rooms at final
Condensed the building by 3rd to remove an extraneous room once 2nd is captured
Reworked scaffolding over 3rd
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