Arena and (especially) Arabia are the two maps that see the most competitive play in tournaments and high Elo ranked games. Therefore the Devs made them permanent maps for ranked play.
But what map is number 3? And what maps follow up?
To find an answer I looked at the map list of all “S Tier” tournaments that took place since the release of DE. (I excluded tournaments like KotD3 which only featured Arabia and the Deathmatch tournament). Overall I made 5 lists for each: Nilis Apartment Cup 3, Hidden Cup 3, Red Bull Wololo 1-3, Battle of Africa 2 and 2v2 World Cup. (I treated all 3 Wololo tournaments as one list…).
Each time a map was on the map list for a tournament I gave it a point. I also gave each map that is one of the 10most played 1v1 ranked maps a point (according to aoestats.io).
I also grouped similar maps together.
According to those points I made a list of the most competitive Maps:
- Golden Pit / Gold Rush (5 points)
4-5) 4 Lakes [Cross] (4 points)
4-5) Akropolis / Team Akropolis (4 points)
6-7) Hideout (3 points)
6-7) Islands / Team Islands (3 points)
8-13) Land Madness (2 points)
8-13) Valley (2 points)
8-13) Golden Swamp / Cup (2 points)
8-13) Ghost Lake (2 points)
8-13) Sokotra / NotSokotra (2 points)
8-13) El Dorado (2 points)
Chaos Pit (seen in a loot of lower tier tournaments, but more of a team game map)
Cenotes (was once created to be the ultimate competitive map but never got to the same status as Arabia)
Fortress ( is usually played in the Regicide game mode)
Ok. Now we got 13 Maps in my list. Many occupy the same slots.
Can you guys help me sort them from 1 to 10?
What map should be placed higher?
Which 3 maps don’t deserve a spot in the top 10?
Would you want the places 3-5 to also be permanently available in matchmaking just like Arabia and Arena?
-forgot “El Dorado”, added it to the list…