I made small statistical analysis of played maps in Thunderdome.
Most popular maps are:
- 550 times, ~24%;
- 521, 23%;
- 494, 22%.
Less popular maps are:
- 382, 17%;
- 315, 14%.
Aerowalk keeps same 24% all 5 seasons. Popularity of ztndm3
increased from 21.5% in 1st season to 23.6/23.4% in 5th season. Dm6
's popularity decreased from 19% to 13%. Dm2
's changed from 14% to 13% in 4th and to 15% in 5th.
But the most interesting is popularity of picked maps - 1st and 2nd played maps in games (according to statistics from 1st season to 5th which is shown in the graphic below): here
Full table with statistics is avalaible here
Let's take a closer look at numbers for dm2
. It was picked as a first or second map in about 9% of the games, but makes 14% of total played. The same is true for dm6
with 14.5% and 17% according. For example aerowalk
was picked as first choice in 27% of the games and makes 24% in total.
What is explanation for this gap?
Answer is obvious - almost nobody picks maps like dm6
as his home maps and play those only if inevitable.
As a result I decide to adjust the map pool! But just replacing one map to another is too «dictatorial» from one player to community so I've come up with the following idea for season 6
(sign-ups will start at February
1) added 6th map to map pool - bravadob5
(IMHO, best of all non-tb5 maps I played);
2) 3 less popular maps - dm2
are free for players "pick vote".
Pick vote from above has to be hold this way:
1) before the game players have to remove one map from map pool for this game: every player picks one map from tb3
) to keep it in map pool, remaining map is removed from map pool for this game (aerowalk
can't be removed from map pool as the most popular maps, bravadob5
can't be removed because it's a new map);
2) winner must write in comments what map was removed from the pool;
3) most often removed map will be removed from the map pool for season 7 of Thunderdome
(planned on September of 2016
By this change I hope to maintain the pool of new and popular maps. This should bring some fresh wind and dynamic into the tournament. We are going to search for another candidate for the map pool of season 8 (2017)