This map has been made for the Teamliquid Map Contest 13 for the Challenge #1 – “Something’s in the way”. This contest is organized by Teamliquid at the request of Blizzard Entertainment. It has been added into the official 1v1 ladder map pool on March 10th 2020.
This map’s structure is very unique. A wall divides the map in two very distinct halves. The bottom half of the is inaccessible at the beginning of the game. There are 3 ways to get to the bottom part:
- Mine the middle reduced minerals
- Mine the gold base
- Mine the main backdoor
The players can choose to play the way they want. They can play the map in a vanilla style with five easy bases on the top part of the map. Or they can take advantage of the unique features of the map and outsmart the opponent by using the bottom part of the map. Thunderbird shows us how difficult it is for the attacker to remove the mineral wall at the third when it is taken. It is much harder to mine the backdoor on this map because there is a lot more minerals to mine and it’s easier to keep an eye on it. This is why i think main backdoors with minerals are viable.