I have to say first that im happy that AOE2DE has a map pool, because one of my biggest criticisms with Voobly/AOE2HD was how few variety of maps were populars on the lobbies. It was all around Arabia, Arena and Nomad. So having 9 maps with bans? Excellent. But i have to say that for this month, the maps are not just bad. They are terrible. Horrible.
Arabia, Arena and Golden Pit are classics so nothing much to say there. In Fact Arabia and Arena should stay forever in there.
Mountain Pass (aka Land Nomad) is just a poor’s man version of Nomad, because no having water means people will pick Mongols and Britons like ■■■■ because the herdables and hunting there is. Not to mention is much more forgiving for campers who like to wall. Nomad should also never be removed from the map pool ever.
Bog Islands is a team map. Probably the worst so far for 1vs1. Lose water and you are gg. Even worse than Islands because ships will range your whole eco.
Hill Fort is a terrible map also. Full of FC strategies and camping. Cant believe is still in the pool.
Megarandom is well know for being the most unfair map in competitive because 80% of the time is just a civ win depending on what you pick (which is probably mongols anyway)
Kilimanjaro is probably the only one that has a passing grade, but i dont find it better than Serengeti.
And continental is also a terrible map because how long these games can drag. 4 lakes is just much more fun to play than this.
And im not the only one who feels like this. Every streamer and pro-player i have seen so far today has been saying the same things. Many of them are demotivated to actually play because how bad the maps are. So please it would be nice that for the next patch and onwards, rather than just picking the maps you feel like, you could keep 4-5 static maps FOREVER, and the other half make some kind of poll in the forums. Because right now, no one wants to play like this.
AOE2 should ALWAYS have more open maps, than closed maps.