Raising Awareness To 1.5 Melee
We have all been waiting for Starcraft 2's patch 1.5; the patch that would blow us all off our chairs in excitement for all of the new editor features, and the brand new custom game solution - the Arcade. You can now browse a big selection of custom maps using the Arcade's many options and filters, such as category, top played, top rated, newest, open games and fun or not. However, with 1.5, melee maps have now been moved to a seperate subsection, hidden deep inside the "Starcraft" section. And along with that, melee maps have gotten none of the new features that custom games got with the patch. This means, that melee map developers are now struggling even more with getting their maps seen and played.
I, among many others, am unhappy with these changes, and is now trying to raise awareness to Blizzard.
Our best shot at raising awareness, is to refuse to use the melee section, and instead publish our maps to the Arcade. If everyone contributes to this movement, Blizzard will soon know, and hopefully consider future changes.
In order to make this a sucess, we will need to flood a single category with melee maps, rather than multiple categories. And we will be using the "Strategy" category. Partly because it fits, and partly because it is a low-populated category. In this way, we will hurt the least UMS developers, and reach our audience the best. Perfect!
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How do I participate?
You will need to follow these steps to publish your map to the Arcade.
1. Go to Map -> Map Options and enable "Arcade Map".
2. Go to Map -> Game Variants.
Select "Strategy" from the Genre dropdown. Uncheck "Use Default Variants", and add a new variant. This will be whats seen in the "Mode" dropdown on the Game Info page. In the "Game Type" tab, set the mode to Custom and add this information:
Go to the "Player Attributes" tab, and set "Teams" to 1 v 1.
If your 1v1 map has more than 2 spawns, go to "Game Attributes" and set "Locked Alliances" to Value: Yes and Access: Locked. Then go to "Player Attributes" and set the "Team" of player 1 and 2 to Team 1 and Team 2 respectively. Please note that this technique may not work on some computers after patch 1.5.
If you want to add a 2v2 mode, create a new variant and repeat this step, skipping the above note.
3. Go to Map -> Arcade Info.
This is the Arcade's paradise. You can add all kinds of information and images.
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5. Update your TeamLiquid thread
You should put the folllowing in your thread, to indicate where your map can be found.
Uploaded to [EU] in Arcade (Strategy)
I hope that you will support this movement; we're doing this for the future of melee map development!