The Forge 1v1 Map Contest was officially announced on January 25th, 2015. In the 2 months that have passed since that day, our beloved forge community has spent countless hours designing, building, and testing their creations. Subsequently, ForgeHub staff members have taken more hours than we care to admit hunting down your maps, then testing them repeatedly. The goal was clear on both ends; you set out to create the best 1v1 map, and we set out to find it.
1st PLACE WINNER!
Welkin - "Refers to the sky, the upper air, the firmament, the heavens or the Celestial sphere. Especially the highest celestial sphere."
When all was said and done, Welkin lived up to it's lofty name. There were disagreements on each of the top maps when it came time to declare the top 3. The one exception was Welkin. It was unanimously chosen as the top map. Behemoth has constructed something truly unique, which showcases his great creativity both aesthetically and structurally.
When trying to describe the experience of playing Welkin, the first word that comes to mind is 'fun', and the second word is 'fresh'. Welkin doesn't require power weapons or powerups to force movement. It flows naturally, without having the movement be too predictable or the battles be too repetitive. Of the many matches played on this map, the experience was fresh each time. Even the initial battles varied greatly in how they played out. There are so many different approaches that work on this map, which is why it was universally enjoyed, despite the great differences in play-style amongst the testers. You owe it to yourself to play on Welkin, and not just one time, but many, many times. It's a true gem, and we're proud to name it as the winner.
Watch this video by TheHaloForgeEpidemic to see Welkin in action:
To download Welkin, add ForgeHub LIVE as a friend on Xbox Live. The ForgeHub LIVE fileshare can be accessed through the leaderboards. Campaign Timing - Halo CE - Pillar of Autumn - Easy (Time = 9:25).
Congratulations to Behemoth!
Stay tuned to ForgeHub. We're working out the details of a 1v1 competition that will use your top 3 maps (Welkin, Fair and Square, and Sycamore), along with additional maps that were submitted to the 1v1 Map Contest. Announcements will be forthcoming.