In the time before DE, besides obviously Arabia, 3 Maps were most commonly played by the community on voobly and the HD edition of the game:
Arena, Black Forest and Nomad.
Of those 3 only Nomad did not make it into permanent ranked map selection. The reasoning back then was that Nomad does not have a regular start and many random elements that do not belong into a fair ranked game.
Since then the map creation of Nomad was changed several times. Now the distribution of resources is spread out very evenly and the shape of the main land is very consistent. It also does no longer connect to the edge of the map.
Now Nomad is slowly starting to reappear in ranked que more often. The map does get voted in pretty much whenever possible and is being played on by many. If you put Nomad as your preferred map you usually get Nomad or the other player alt-F4ing.
It seems most people have a strong opinion on this map.
I think the current state of this map does not make any sense.
Either the map is to random for ranked → then do not make it an option for it to be voted in!
Or it is a suitable map for ranked → then make it permanent as there are actually more people who want to play Nomad then Black Forest (which is permanent in the ranked teamgame Mappool).
What do you think?
Should Nomad be permanent or omitted from the ranked mappool?
more like “RandomMapsSelection”. I have played it many times on DE and the only “crazy” things i ever saw were the starting buildings, that you sometimes start with 2 TCs, and sometimes with weird buildings like bombard towers.
Other than that its just a random selection of a few very standard and balanced maps.
Well, there was a video by Zeroempires in which he looked at the selected maps from over 1 Million voobly matches ( https://youtu.be/dtqCJVNAS04 ).
Arabia → 52%
Black Forest → 13.3%
Nomad → 11.7%
Green Arabia → 7.8%
Arena → 3.5%
All other maps had less then 1% playrate.
When the ranked system in DE was changed to how it is now (with permanent as well as rotating maps) the Devs choose the traditionally most played maps to be the permanent ones.
=> Except for Nomad
back then the argumentation was that Nomad had to many random elements for ranked play.
Nomad was actually missing from ranked matchmaking for month…
Nomad isn’t my favourite map but I enjoy a match on it from time to time.
But if you look at how many Nomad games are played in lobbies and unranked games it does not really make sense to treat Nomad the same way as those other maps that don’t have such a big playerbase…
It gets voted into the Mappool sometimes, but not often.
However, back on voobly and in Pro games it was usually played in the regicide game mode. This is not the case in ranked now. This is a little weird though as they changed the map settings for some other maps. For example Black Forest is played on the “map explored” setting because it was usually played like that before DE…
Yeah i would love to see more love for Nomad. Most communities benefit from DE, but Nomad community kind of got killed by DE devs. But i am not sure if having Nomad as fixed map is THE solution. But i also dont really know another solution.