Yesterday, we had a productive discussion on Discord about the future of the Faceit Mapcore Hubs. This is a summary of said one:
Mapcore 5vs5 Hub concept:
We aim for a Map pool of 7. The maps in the pool rotate every month. The monthly 2 least played maps get removed from the pool at the end of a month and 2 new maps get added at the beginning of the following month. These new maps are being chosen through a poll which is prepared by Hub moderators and posted on reddit/Twitter/Hub webpage (More on that later). This poll should be under a week away from the next month to stay relevant for the voters.
The map pool should be managed by the Hub moderators through a specific Steam Workshop Collection (linked to the Hub via Hub settings) to enable some independent managing from the Faceit Staff. ( @fabE )
Leaderboard winners should receive Faceit points to help growing the Hub. This should be a win-win situation for every party involved. It draws more people towards Faceit as a community map run map pool is rare and players have an incentive to play more games and improve their skill on community maps.
Events are planned as well. Each event is aimed to be half a month long (starting either on the 1st or 15th of a month) to allow consistency in the time management so players are always able to assume when new events start/maps get added to the pool. An already thought through idea for events are past Operation events. These flashback events allow players to revisit maps from old Operations. These events could be advertised through a special site on the Hub webpage similar to the official Operation webpages (http://www.counter-strike.net/operationwildfire/) and maybe even small trailers which showcase the map pools. After events, the map pool returns to the usual rotation.
Hub design: The banner and Hub description (/Rules page) should be adjusted to every monthly map rotation/event.
Hub webpage: If possible we'd like to use a subdomain of Mapcore (Hub.Mapcore.org) to showcase information, statistics about the Hubs and more. ( @Thrik )
This webpage could contain the following content:
*Linked/embedded polls for new map pool maps
*Hype page for certain events
*Links to the hubs
*View current/past map pools (e.g. images and development graphs) -> link the workshop collection
*Infographs of played maps. If possible fully automated demo analyzing ( @Terri )
*Calendar of upcoming events
*Players of the month / Leaderboard
The map rotation should be in place prior to April so we have the first full month of map rotations running by then. (Current plan: Top4 Contest winners, Grind, Subzero, Breach)
The first poll to swap out maps will then be at the end of April.
Are there statistics coming for the Hubs to see e.g. the distribution of played maps?
Should single maps in the pool be time limited? Discussion allowed!
Who would be willing to work on a Hub webpage?
Mapcore 2vs2 Hub concept:
If possible we'd like to see a Wingman Hub as well. A Hub like this would be relatively easy to run right off the bat due to it being in need of less players to start a game. ( @FMPONE, @fabE )
This Hub could serve as a playtesting Hub of WIP maps at first, as the supply for these maps is still fairly low.
It could then later down the line transform into a Hub for finished maps only. Time will tell.
The map pool can also be larger than on 5vs5 as learning these maps is not as time consuming.