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The map in the picture above - de_coldblow by UNREA1

Thanks to all the guys who entered the 2016 Winter Mapping Contest! We've seen some really good map submissions. This was our second contest to include WII U based entries and we hope that you folks have enjoyed playing both the PC and Wii U ones. There weren't really maps that stood out of the bunch too much, so it was pretty hard for the judges to decide the winners as the ratings are mostly a few points away from each other. Without any more delays, the winners can be found below:

PC Judges' Scores




In 3rd Place
 Silentrunner007's X-Mas - By silentrunner007

The map brings the old popular rats style back to life, in this particular case, to Winter. The map itself features great use of custom content such as the textures which took judges' attention. Overall, a really tight fight between this map and the actual 4th place, but some minor stuff went into the advantage of this one.

Winning: $25!


In 2nd Place
 zm_snowconqueror - By Z(Rus)

Another map that proves that GoldSrc and its games are still highly competent on the modding scene. Some awesome touches on unexpected details such as the car alarm, along with balanced hiding spots and places to go to, this map is what a Zombie Mod map should be like. There are some buggy places like the the broken staircase and overall, the map feels a bit monotone. Some lighting for the interior areas wouldn't hurt.

Winning: $50!


In 1st Place
lcz_ctf_siege - By Lord Canistra

A really good looking map that features a custom game mode and some pretty decent brushwork. It is fairly open and may not perfectly function as a CTF map, but it is pretty ambitious and with some polishing, it does have really high potential for further improvement.

Winning: $100!





Wii U Judges' Scores




In 3rd Place
 Christmas Themed Dreamland - By RogueFox

For a re-texture of Dream Land, Christmas Themed Dreamland works fairly well. Some of the textures, such as the icicles at the bottom of the stage or the new small trees on the side(s) of the stage could have had better details while some others just don't fit well into the theme of the map!

Winning: $25!


In 2nd Place
Ice Ice Outpost - By Munomario777

A decent looking stage with a lot of potential for further development. The surfaces look odd and have some strange shading and the stage itself feels a bit too static (as it could've been animated). It's hard to perceive depth in this stage and perhaps a bit of distance fog or fading would have helped.

Winning: $50!


In 1st Place
Snowpeak - By Dr. HyperCake

A delightful looking map with awesome custom animation that shows off the whole background of the stage in certain areas. The judges did feel that some of the textures could have been more detailed, but its simplicity of the normal stage while the snow effects and atmosphere preserved its charm were all very enjoyable. A worthy winner of the contest!

Winning: $100!



All the winners will be contacted soon via PM with details on how to claim their prizes. Have a nice day!

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    Posted by JorisCeoen

    I will get murdered for saying this... but I am really dissappointed with the overall quality in this contest, compared to the winter mapping contests in past years. I felt that there hasn't been like a monumental exception amongst the submissions, or something Valve-CS:GO like quality.

    Then again, I guess that can't always be the case.

    Congratulations to all the winners. This must have been a really tough contest to judge IMO.
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    I am, too, disappointed in my work and chronically bad time management which led to it being really raw and basic in many areas.
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    I will get murdered for saying this... but I am really dissappointed with the overall quality in this contest, compared to the winter mapping contests in past years. I felt that there hasn't been like a monumental exception amongst the submissions, or something Valve-CS:GO like quality.

    Then again, I guess that can't always be the case.

    Congratulations to all the winners. This must have been a really tough contest to judge IMO.
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    Posted by X RaY

    Congratulations to all winners! :) they did a good works.
    Same here. They didn't get to the top 3 for no reason, and even if 2nd and 3rd of each list didn't get to 1st, they still did a great job.
    Of course...each one on 1st place also did a fantastic one.
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    Congratulations to all winners! :) they did a good works.
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    Umm... not so great maps.... i'm disapointed!
    clickbait render :P
    That's the exact problem with most of the communities on the Internet. 

    it's not a clickbait. If I had included a picture of one of the entries, you would say "he promotes one submission over another".
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    Posted by Tatu Eugen

    Umm... not so great maps.... i'm disapointed!
    clickbait render :P
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    Umm... not so great maps.... i'm disapointed!
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    OH BOY I GOT FEATURED XD

    Alright there's gonna be a surprise coming in a few minutes!

    *Once I figured where the submit button is now! THANKS TOM
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    Nice maps, congratulations to the winners!
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    Congratulations to the winners!
    To the ones who didn't win, it will be better next time :)
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