Crater is the only original and funny map of the rotation, but sadly it won’t pass the cut. The rest are more or less the same thing with different name. People walling, fast castle, scouts or archers in almost every game. It is a race about who walls its base first. Crater requires another style, games are faster and different. Hiding behind your walls and do the same in every game don’t work there. And every civ work in Crater, not like other maps in which some civs are clearly better than others.
African Clearing is different too, but I don’t like Nomad maps. The rest are more or less the same. Boring rotation.
Thank you aoe community for having such a diverse and exciting range of maps. There are maps that show up on these votes that I’ve never played and there are many more that won’t show up. There are maps that people are seriously passionate or divided about and people are commenting for more of the maps they like. I think that’s great. It is an impossible task to please everyone every month and I feel for those who only like to play 1 type of map, but it is a great testament to the map creators that certain maps gain a following and community and it is great that I get to experience those occasionally through this voting system.
And yes I have favourites and yes I get disappointed too. Please keep making more maps though!
From 717 voters being at 48% the map is barely any popular just for like 345 people actually, keep in mind its the same voters all the time, from 30k players using multiplayer, this voting system has no value and doesn’t represent at all players preference the sample is just too small, 4 lakes is one of the most common banned maps, but there are even worse maps in the pool meaning that people chose it to avoid salt marsh or alpine likes.
If you look at tracking websites such as aoestats.io you will find that 4Lakes has the highest 1v1 playrate (after Arabia/Arena)… With almost a million 1v1 matches tracked. That’s pretty statistically significant…