Esports are the new trends taking the entertainment world by storm, with an estimated worth of over $1 billion and countless millions of followers and fanatics around the world.
One of the most important parts of any would-be Esport is the maps they have available to play. Maps need to be both enjoyable to play for new and casual players, but also possess a skill ceiling high enough for veteran pros to continue to invest hundreds of hours into.
Here are some of the most popular maps from the world’s biggest Esports titles.
Dust II – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dust II is the most famous map in Counter-Strike history, and has its roots in the old the Team Fortress 2 games as well as classic Middle Eastern architecture and designs. The map is easy for newcomers of the game to get to grips with, featuring just three straight lines to either bombsite and one other acting as a crossroad for both of them, but also carries with it a high enough skill ceiling for the more seasoned pro players out there to continue investing hundreds of hours into.
Summoner’s Rift – League of Legends
Arguably the most famous map in all of MOBA history, League of Legends’ Summoner’s Rift has helped revolutionise the way in which this subgenre of gaming has developed since it was first introduced to players with the game’s release back in October 2009.
From Jungle to Mid, each and every part of the map has a unique characteristic and a set of memories that have become iconic within the game. The map has an incredible balance, which means it isn’t unfairly impacting LoL odds or betting markets for players or events, and is a shining example of what a MOBA map should look and feel like to play through.
DFH Stadium – Rocket League
There might be very little in terms of gameplay to distinguish between Rocket League’s stadiums however, in terms of overall looks and feel, each and every map in the game manages to distinguish itself from the others around it.
But no stadium in the game comes close to matching the charm and vibrancy of DFH Stadium. Named after game developer Psyonix’s CEO and Studio Director, David F. “Dave” Hagewood, DFH is consistently ranked by the game’s community as the finest the company has ever produced, and is a fitting place to hold the finale to the competitive season finale.
The Map – Dota 2
Dota 2 began life as a fan-made modification for Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III, and there’s much more to be said in regards to its map. It’s the only one in the game for competitive play and follows a similar sort of design as Summoner’s Rift on its biggest MOBA rival.
The map is divided into two halves, Radiant and Dire, and are once again split into three lanes for players of varying skill levels to tackle. The bottom lanes are generally considered the easiest and contain fewer hazards and are are much safer for newcomers, whilst the mid and top lanes are where the real stars of the game make their name.
King’s Row – Overwatch
Overwatch also emerged as a Blizzard designed release, bringing with it a whole host of interesting maps to the world of FPS Esports, as well as some that most of the game’s community have already decided to forget about.
King’s Row is consistently ranked as the best map in the game, being designed as a hybrid map that switches up from Assault to Escort, and depicts a steampunk version of the city of London. The pacing and characteristics of the map couple together so well here, achieving that rare feat in Esports of creating a map that is as fun for casual players as it is competitively viable for the pros.