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Mapcore has announced a contest focused on 'Exotic Places'.  The contest has a substantial prize pool of $15,000!!!

Read the Announcement Thread on Mapcore for the full details on this contest: https://www.mapcore.org/topic/23329-exotic-places-csgo-mapping-contest-2019/

We're extremely happy to see that the fantastic CS:GO mappers have an opportunity to show off their skills.  We encourage everyone to follow along with all of the participants progress in the Contest Forum on Mapcore: https://www.mapcore.org/forum/41-csgo-exotic-places-mapping-contest/



If you're new to Mapping in CS:GO, take a look at our Hammer Tutorials Thread, which we'll be continually updating: http://www.nextleveldesign.org/index.php?/topic/111-hammer-tutorials/


Stay tuned to Next Level Design, as we'll be sharing CS:GO specific content regularly throughout the duration of this contest.

Feel free to use this thread to discuss anything related to the contest.


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de_bucha by Interfearance


Macro Theme: 

U.S. army base on an island that contains artillery cannons and bunkers left over from WWI. 


Micro themes:  

A is an underground data center core. is an artillery bunker being retrofitted with modern technology The central route is half above ground and half under ground.



  • Intuitive layout
  • Excellent readability
  • Green vibes
  • Receding waves at CT spawn (potentially difficult effect)


Landmark Features: 

  • Short flak towers on A approach
  • Rocks at CT beach
  • Plane crashed at T spawn
  • Lookout tower


Artillery section reference photos:



Data center reference photos: 












Check out de_bucha on Mapcore, and follow it's progress - https://www.mapcore.org/topic/23413-wip-de_bucha/

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Graveyard by Mr.P


...time has past since the events of 2046, under the scorching sun on a sea of sand lies the remains of the king-class warship USS Carry.


How it plays, attackers:



How it plays, defenders:



Drop from CT Spawn:



T spawn:



Hangars top down:




Check out Graveyard on Mapcore, and follow it's progress - https://www.mapcore.org/topic/23521-graveyard/

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de_rampart by spa


"Rampart takes place in the Pacific in an abandoned bunker installation from WW2."


Spa notes in the comments that part of the goal with this map is to use "a lot of circular and organic shapes".  Also mentioned is the desire to make as many new materials as possible.


Here are some of the photos chosen as references for this project:



Some early shots of the level:



A more recent screenshot:



Check the thread on Mapcore for more images, and follow the progress of de_rampart: https://www.mapcore.org/topic/23535-wip-de_rampart/


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de_Vice by sir goober



Reference Images:






Here's a look at a very early stage of development:




Another Progress Image from a while later - Lighting Change:




Most Recent Update: This image is taken directly from the engine, so disregard the color and lighting.




View of Current Layout:




Follow the progress on this map at the thread on Mapcore - https://www.mapcore.org/topic/23377-de_vice/

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Swamp by Morozov and BubkeZ


Swamp is a cooperative effort between 2 well known members of the CS:GO mapping community.  The concept for it is that it's...well...a swamp.  Simple concept, but the devil is in the details, and this one is in good hands.  This is definitely one of the maps to watch.


Here's an early overview of the layout:



The first screenshot of the map, which was meant to be a concept scene:



A screenshot of an area that's still under construction:



A modular system is being used for this project.  Here's an example of some of the early props:



A recent image:




In addition to information about this specific map, there's a lot of good discussion on other topics that you'll probably find valuable if you build levels for CS:GO.  Check out the Mapcore Thread to follow along: https://www.mapcore.org/topic/23532-swamp/


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Gongji by Squidski, SethTooQuick, and JackT


This level is a cooperative level between the 3 mappers listed about.  It's meant to be "a Chinese night market and its immediate surrounding areas (obviously taking place during night)".  This team has been extremely responsive to feedback, which has resulted in a level layout that's drastically different than the original version.


Here's a visual walk through the history of the level:


Mood board:



Early sketch:



An example of some of the changes made to the map:



An early screenshot:



Most recently released overhead:



Most recently shared screenshot:



You'll want to watch how this one changes over time, so click this link to follow their thread on Mapcore - https://www.mapcore.org/topic/23418-gongji/

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