From Worst of the Best to Best of the Best (My Favourite Map Comes Last):
#1) *Light's Out*
Suggestions: I think having the 3rd base minerals slightly organised more towards the mains is maybe a good idea, then reduce the main's size on that front slightly (so there is still a gap between them). Also the central North & South Bases should maybe be reduced & have the gas geyser either towards the middle of the map (or if it's bad mining pathing for one of the bases over the other), then remove some minerals and set it on either the East or West. I just see little harass potential other than frontal attacks against the North & South bases as opposed to the East & West ones which are on high grounds (easy Zerg defences I think here for a big gain).
#2) *Paranoiid Androiid*
Suggestions: Reduce the size of the bridge between the Top-Right corner bases & maybe increase the size of the middle 1 slightly. I think also the 3rd base location is too easy to take & it maybe requires having a bit of risk with it when it comes to Terrans taking it quickly & Zergs taking & holding all 3 bases in 1 chokepoint. Maybe point the ramps into the centre of the map rather than having them look back towards the natural so much. It might also be a good idea to get a bit of gap between the minerals and the edge of the map as with most of these maps they're very very very hard to hit with non-frontal attacks (e.g. reavers or high templars, with mutas, lurker drops... or even vultures would have a hard time in those bases).
#3) *Ride of Valkyries II*
Suggestions: I think the 3rd bases (along the vertical borders of the map) ought to be pushed further Northwards away from the natural. With just a single mineral patch in the way between them, once it is gone it will too easy for two bases to be defended. Either that or have the minerals rotated a bit to face over the bridge somewhat (move the terrain around as needed too), because right now it looks like Frontal Pushes are easy & will work - giving Terrans and many Zergs a boost. But Arbitres & High Templars or Reavers will do nothing on this map. Considering too that it's not even a good Carrier map, I really would worry that Protoss would have to cheese most games on here without having crevices & gaps in the high ground in the middle. Vultures, Lings, Hydras/Lurkers, Siegetank/Goliath would all be a bit too strong on this map especially since Protoss doesn't really have a second base where they can have structures... so maybe altering the main to be slightly smaller and partially upgrading a top base in size might be useful to have Protoss units be capable of interacting with the high ground from multiple angles.
#4) *Sand Storm*
Suggestions: Holding Protoss in maybe Terrans in some circumstances, seems to be way too easy on a map like this if they ever get a position on you. A bridge right near a double tall ramp, that's also near a tall ramp that immediately connects to that other higher ground is just a circle of high ground/bridge choke-point that seems immediately scary to my eyes as there is no other way out really. I think pushing that TALLEST ridge back slightly away from the bridges and those 'CAGE looking things', even reduce the ramp near the cage just on the other side of the bridge... would maybe allow for strategic contains to work, but not just a consistent *I have overlapping waves of siege tanks on successive high grounds* for example.
#5) *Cursed Land*
Suggestions: This map looks really quite good, barely second for me (at the same highest position alongside Even Newer Peaks). The main problem I might see is that a meta might be figured out quickly here... Zerg base positionings
- bases 1-3/4 especially. I worry for Terrans with Mutas attacking the natural, I worry for Protoss with Tanks easily smashing probe lines at the natural & I worry for Zerg (just a little) & Terran a bit that there would be Dragoons or High Templar storms hitting the natural mineral lines too. Increase the thickness of the wall JUST up the ramp to the side of the natural's mineral line to 3 or even 4. Maybe get a bit of water spots too just below into the base on the lower ground too (push the base maybe 1 or 2 hexes further to the South for the Upper Right player & to the North for the Lower Left player. This would all reduce the ramp size by maybe 2-3 hexes and give a balanced push location that isn't too large, but also isn't small either.
#6) *Even Newer Peaks* (My Choice for Best Map)
Suggestions: Remove 2 of the eggs on the side closest to the centre (or 1 on each) and bring the sides of the map in a bit to close the new gap. By doing this you'll leave your slightly larger than normal choke open, but it won't be THAT big. I'm thinking bringing the edges away from the centre stops strong Zerg & Terran positionings/pushes from high ground as tanks and lurkers/hydras don't have even easier access to shoot you down and Protoss can dragoon flood down the ramp as easily. Then also cut down the diamond high grounds a bit and move the triangular bit backwards slightly (a few positions maybe 5 or 6 at most).
Artosis said he didn't think the map was quite there yet & I know my ideas would be different from his, but I see potential in this map. Really the only other worrisome thing for me is the ability to shell things in the enemy's main base if they try to hide buildings to the far South or North with tanks or even a few hydras on the edge. Turrets could be picked off before flying Arbitres or Shuttles in too! So widening the gap slightly might help there.