Steppes of War
Steppes of War is one of the original maps released in the Wings of Liberty Beta and was seen in some of the Alpha matches. Designed as a two-player “rush map”, it was played on the Blizzard ladder until it was removed in February, 2011 in favor of four-player “rush” maps. Due to its lamentable balance, it disappeared from competitive use shortly thereafter.
Official Map Description
There is a straight path to attack your enemy. Side paths offer additional resources. Rocks offer access to surprise attack routes.
- Rocks protecting Thirds - Destructible rocks bar the direct way to the third bases. These are accessible through two ramps.
- Rush Distance - There is an extremely short rush distance on this map, often encouraging early-game aggression.
- Xel'Naga Towers - These can give vision of the high-yield expansions, but due to the brush blocking sight of them, the player occupying the expansion may not be aware that the tower has been activated.
- Exposed Natural - There is a wide ramp outside the natural expansion that makes defending a fast-expansion build more difficult. Players may choose to wall-off or narrow it by placing buildings there.