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To kick off July with something fresh, we’re updating the Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition 1v1 and Team map pools based on feedback from the competitive community. The next time you jump into the matchmaking queue, you’ll be able to choose from the new set of maps highlighted below!

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Current map pools as of:

6p Pacific (9p ET / 20:00 UTC / 22:00 CEST)

Monday, June 29

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👤 1v1 RANDOM MAP POOL

  • The 1v1 map pool has been narrowed to 7 maps (from 9)
  • The number of bans have been reduced to 3.

ACROPOLIS

ARABIA

ARENA

FOUR LAKES

GOLD RUSH

HIDEOUT

ISLANDS

👥 TEAM GAME MAP POOL

  • The TEAM GAME map pool still features 9 of the most popular maps (by the numbers). The number of bans remains the same.

ARABIA

ARENA

BLACK FOREST

CENOTES

GOLD RUSH

HIDEOUT

LOMBARDIA

MIGRATION

NOMAD

Discuss of 41 comments

  • mordac83 July 8, 2020

    As someone already wrote below you could increase ranked map pool and at the same time increase the number of bans. That should be ok for both competetive and casual gamers. I enjoy the randomnes in getting diferent maps, sometimes you get an advantage and somtimes you are at a disadvantage, both ways are fun to play. All in all thanks to the devs for a fantastic game. Bot hthe HD edition and DE edition really brought me back to AOE 2 after a long pause in playing since the first years with AOK/AOC. Keep up the good work!

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  • rafik-2 July 1, 2020

    I just want to state the obvious, there's nothing that those poor devs can do to make everyone happy. But damn it they try to anyways, so I just want to thank them for working so hard on our favorite game. Thanks!

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  • mahyaoc-i-twitch-tv July 1, 2020

    can you add more bann next time it will be more fun to practice one map all time and go to ather map :b

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  • zer0gab June 30, 2020

    you should focus all your efforts for the next patch in fixing iddleing farmers stuck in nothing, and the attack alarm sound, so many times you can see it in viper's videos that he is being attack and there is no sound, i notice that most of the times this happens with house walls and palisades, its so frustrating.

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  • zerorook4241410 June 30, 2020

    What about teamgame crashes and bugs?

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  • baleta June 30, 2020

    team_map_rotation_probs: {
    "95": ["lombardia", "arena"],
    "4": ["black_forest", "nomades"],
    "1": ["gold_rush", "cenotes", "arabia", "hideout", "migration"]
    }

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  • math37 June 30, 2020

    One day you will adapt the maps according to the RM or Dm ?
    For teamgames in deathmatch, map pool is very bad....

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    • syn-kaan July 3, 2020

      arabia is the bread and butter for dm.
      if you really want to you can add maybe oasis and lombardia for team games but you don't even need to lol

  • olafkforkbeard June 30, 2020

    Thanks.

    MegaRandom is fun, but just isn't a competitive map in any way. Good move.

    Open maps are best maps.

    Honestly the only thing I'd personally change is Gold Rush swapping into Golden Pit, due to the dynamic of it being harder to retain the most important late game resource.

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  • chainingyeti732 June 30, 2020

    Thank you devs. I am very grateful of the hard work that you all do. Cheers!

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  • zerorook4241410 June 30, 2020

    Can we get freaking "only arabia" for 1v1s??? I BEG YOU

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    • syn-kaan July 3, 2020

      yeah more bans plz
      (and only arabia for dm of course, this map pool is heresy on dm)

    • mahyaoc-i-twitch-tv July 1, 2020

      yeah i agree they need add more ban :D

  • twojarl7 June 30, 2020

    I will miss MegaRandom, my favorite map to play and spectate!! I hope it comes back next time...

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    • cubix July 3, 2020

      me too, its the best map in my opinion. you never know what the game throws at you. it should always ben included, as every other map is always mostly the same.
      i really want to see it return asap.

  • stillrooney June 30, 2020

    Incredible map pool! This is the best one yet, while the previous one was one of the worst. Thanks for listening to the community!

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    • rafik-2 July 1, 2020

      I agree this map pool is great. I love it, perfect amount of bans.

  • mightylancer June 30, 2020

    This is AMAZING!
    Thanks so much for listening.
    Unfortunately there's always going to be people that are unhappy, and they're going to be the ones posting... So I just want to take the opportunity to say well done! You're doing a good job and this was certainly needed!

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  • kuoting June 30, 2020

    We need more maps but you narrow the pool instead? It is a big mistake.

    Glad to see Megarandom being romoved, but keeping Black forest and Nomad there is another big mistake.

    It is so sad that the map pools are still bad.

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  • imolaius June 30, 2020

    Did they seriously remove Scandinavia for migration and Cenotes. Please just add Scandinavia back.

    Mega Random was imbalanced but at least it was fun compared to tbe new maps.
    But please at least add Scandinavia back.

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  • ppurkrabi June 30, 2020

    Very bad map pool.
    1. Missing MegaRandom
    2. Reduced to 7 maps
    3. Most common and thus boring maps stayed in map pool :/

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    • blastonguart June 30, 2020

      Someone above commented "Can we get only Arabia??!" Problem is they're trying to cater to both the serious and the casual. Serious would like just Arabia so it comes down to skill as much as possible. Casual would like more fun maps like MegaRandom. (Personally I'm somewhere in between and enjoy the test of my ability to adapt...) So they can't please everyone. I guess their idea is that if you want to play MegaRandom and other crazy maps, go play unranked and just have fun. I think it would also work if they increased the map pool but also increased bans. The effective search pool would be the same size and people would more often actually be playing what they want.

    • mightylancer June 30, 2020

      The Devs can see which maps are banned how often. The majority of players like the "common" "boring" maps. I think 90% of players have banned megarandom for the past however many months, taking it off and some of the strange "interesting" maps from the competitive ranked map pool is fair. They did the right thing. If you have complaints please be polite and constructive imo.

    • ospfv2 June 30, 2020

      Yes, i agree, the megarandom should be there for those who like it, I personally ban it right away because its not my type and far from being competitive. But the others are common in tournaments so they should remain. Good job devs.

    • fifthbubbles77 June 30, 2020

      4. Missing Nomad

    • gunth0r June 30, 2020

      Yeah.
      1. Agree, MegaRandom should always be there
      2. Why?
      3. Arguably 6 or 7 of the teamgame maps are classics while there are SO MANY MAPS to go for. What a waste!

  • lonezwiebel June 30, 2020

    I miss Mega Random. That I like to play most.

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  • zietau-2 June 30, 2020

    Thanks for listening to community feedback!

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  • phoenix1089 June 30, 2020

    While i appreciate the work the devs do. I just wanna say imo accropilis and islands are such imba maps that they're more about civ picks and less about skill than most of these other maps. And after playing all month, i never once had bog islands somehow..

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  • heras-oh-my June 30, 2020

    Lol the official comment section is more toxic than reddit's or twitter's one.

    Way better map pool, thanks! Apparently for some people, the message of the devs with the road map of things they are working on, like the pathing, is not enough. Now they DEMAND monthly core changes and balance changes!

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    • plusnomad June 30, 2020

      Actually people just want bug fixes, for the bugs they introduced. This is going to be the second month in a row where you can't play 4v4s unless you enjoy someone freezing and crashing out in 1/3 of games.

  • uneasierfrog173 June 30, 2020

    I liked the new map pool, still is not the perfect system in my opinion, but is definitely a step in the right direction. A suggestion made by @SirHumungus in https://forums.ageofempires.com/t/arabia-is-the-reason-why-we-love-aoe2/85888/38 was very interesing:

    "My suggestion would be splitting the maps into Core Maps and Rotational Maps:

    Core Maps would be Arabia, Arena, Black Forest etc., i.e. maps which have dedicated fan bases who are happy to play just that map over and over again. Core Maps can have unlimited bans so you only play the map you want.

    Rotational Maps would include all the clown fiesta maps which get put into ranked rotation every month as well as MegaRandom. You would only be able to ban a certain number of Rotational Maps, since this map pool is for those who enjoy “adapting” to random situations, rather than mastering something.

    So queueing for ranked you would have to select at least one of the core maps or the rotational map system. Winning matches in either would increase your ranked rating. Or alternatively you could have a rotational map ranked mode and one where you have a very small but consistent map pool that has unlimited bans i…e play only the maps you want."

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  • iamspr1ng June 30, 2020

    "if we let people pick what they want to do for the most enjoyment it will be 90% arabia, so we cant let that happen"

    what business purposefully withholds what the community wants and asks for because it would be TO POPULAR lol..

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    • pacificwheel208 June 30, 2020

      @phoenix1089 You seem to be uninformed, the lobby only shows MM elo so it is not fully featured to rank from there. And ofcourse at that point you admit that the MM system failed when you have to banish the most popular mode to the lobby.

    • phoenix1089 June 30, 2020

      Where do you get that quote from? Sounds like something you made up.. Go play unranked if you want a specific map

  • kr1lle June 30, 2020

    Thanks for new map pool! This one is much better than the previous ones. I don't know why people are so negative. I think this is a step in the right direction! Next step would be to fix the very annoying game breaking bugs. For example that units change target without finishing their task. (You click on a weak villager with your scouts and your scouts change target and attacking different villagers instead, resulting in every villager survives.)

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  • minotauren June 30, 2020

    Thank you so much for getting rid off that awful bog island
    11

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  • cookiie-monztaa June 30, 2020

    this is a much better map pool though, so well done on that!

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  • iamrodrigus June 30, 2020

    I asume that the reason for no new balances and fixes is that the game is perfect the way it is right?

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  • cookiie-monztaa June 30, 2020

    why not just give a larger selection of maps each month and allow players to have more bans? this way people can have the diversity they want and still chose not to play on hated maps. its so simple.

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  • jantoniotorre June 30, 2020

    Just stopped by to write due to all the negative comments I see. Thanks for keeping the game alive and constantly making improvement/changes. Great game, great community!

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    • soldeo June 30, 2020

      Map rotations are good but where is the patch update and new event? I got used to the monthly patches :D

  • fadedfriend2906 June 30, 2020

    not enough whacky maps. needs more mega random/nomad/golden swamp. you have 3 bans for a reason, who would ban any of those inoffensive , socially acceptable maps?

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    • easbr101 June 30, 2020

      Because lots of people want regular maps. Most people even, I'd say these are probably the most popular aoe2 maps. If you're looking for whacky and out of the ordinary maps you can always host a lobby for that map in the unranked lobby. I think it's fair for the ranked map pool to be normal, popular and classic maps.

  • plusnomad June 30, 2020

    " based on feedback from the competitive community"

    As such, no you haven't. This is FE once again looking at what the community is saying, taking a dump in their hands and smearing it on players faces. FE has done nothing more than a highschooler working on a highschool project ever can do, and is probably doing so deliberately just to keep issues in the game for them to justify MS keeping them on any kind of payroll. Such an embarrassment of a collection of people (that can hardly be described as a company)

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    • cuboidtitan6883 June 30, 2020

      Its so funny flaming people who changed the mappool from the worst one to a better one.

    • easbr101 June 30, 2020

      Could you explain what it is FE has done to hurt you? Most players I've come across really like these maps and how DE has come along so far. Nothing in your post specifies what FE has done wrong man ahaha.

  • orthofoil226345 June 30, 2020

    I like the new map pool and I like that you can't choose the maps. Otherwise, everything would be arabia/arena

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  • solidterror5883 June 30, 2020

    I like the new map pool but I still don't understand why can't we just choose the maps instead of banning. Most people are competitive yes, but they still want to have fun on the maps they love playing on rather than having to compromise and play other maps they don't like and lose some of the fun they set out to have.

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  • biz-2 June 30, 2020

    pretty boring

    the civilizations aren't well balanced for this set of 1v1 maps

    team games should have way more new maps and a way to play with forced random civilizations on both sides. instead most of these maps have already been played to death, and picking civilizations and positions reduces the variety even more. almost all of these maps are going to result in completely predictable outcomes if the ELO difference is more than 50. maybe that's exactly what the "competitive community" wants for tournaments, but it's terrible for general matchmaking

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    • zeroscarab684 June 30, 2020

      Not map pool* I meant civ balance.

    • biz-2 June 30, 2020

      yeah

      there should be one queue where you can pick your civ and one queue where you have to go random

      the problem is you can't go random right now because your opponent will pick

    • zeroscarab684 June 30, 2020

      I fully agree, these maps are all tested thoroughly & to actually make it so that every civ is viable on them would be forcing a recreation of the map pool. If they keep these maps then at least ban some civs or nerf some specific civ bonuses so that they arent a requirement to play them. Nomad is the perfect example of this.

    • d4rk-g1ft June 30, 2020

      Forced random civs is a pain and I've always hated it. I love being able to choose my civ so I can focus on it and it alone regardless of patch updates.

  • annoyedsalt1497 June 30, 2020

    Get Arabia Only Queue or Unlimited Ban Plz!! Is it that hard to make that change??

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    • zeroscarab684 June 30, 2020

      +1

  • harooooo1 June 30, 2020

    This is excellent news! I would actually even be okay with not banning anything at all in a map pool like this.

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  • iamspr1ng June 30, 2020

    garbage. you cant expect people to pay money for a game and then force them to play maps they hate made by devs that don't understand map balance and how it affect the meta and flow of the game. if you don't switch to Opt-in (chose the map you want to play) as opposed to Map Ban (extremely limited number of bans to avoid maps that you don't want to play) you will lose the player base.

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    • visualcrane2754 June 30, 2020

      Very good map pool, dont listen the toxic comunity for me, im 1400 competitive player and is a fresh and good map pool

    • zeroscarab684 June 30, 2020

      I fully agree, I hate the map pool forcing both players who want to improve & noobs into this set of maps. Its retarted, noobs will falter and fail much harder under this situation where each map plays almost entirely different than the last. For those who want to improve, then a forced map pool just irritates the players as they dont want to play maps that they dont want to play.

    • screwyword25113 June 30, 2020

      That is BS. Nobody «forces» you to play ranked. If you can’t deal with the current map pool, there’s always the possibility to host in the unranked lobbies. If you, however, want the skill-based matchmaking, go to the ranked queue and work on your skills for the different maps that are in the current pool. A few bans should be more than enough for everyone. Pools like this also invites to variation when watching streams, so we don’t have to see Arabia over and over again. (PS: I love Arabia, it is one of the best maps, but I welcome the variation still.)

    • pacificwheel208 June 30, 2020

      @dcfan01 Elo can still be split into open, closed and hybrid ladders if that is your concern. While everyone stays together in the same system, no need to banish others to the lobby.

      Try to open your mind, this isn't the only way.

    • feisty-gnarwhal June 30, 2020

      100% agree with dcfan01. It's amazing how many trolls immediately post disrespectful, negative comments on this. No one wants to know your bog islands elo. You're forced to play multiple maps for a reason. If you don't want to test yourself against a full range of maps the game can offer, then don't play in the ranked queue. All the maps we have now are very high quality, respected maps. This is a very positive change and thanks so much to the devs.

    • omadon86-2 June 30, 2020

      It's called RANDOM map, not ''I want to play arabia until I vomit and repeat''.
      There' s fun in this maps.

    • dcfan01 June 30, 2020

      you can always use the lobby to play any map you want. this MM system ensures that your ELO is not "fake". you need to know the maps to be considered good. same thing happens in CS GO for example.

  • k1keyvank1 June 30, 2020

    hands down the best map pool for both 1vs1 and team game since the release of DE

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  • pacificwheel208 June 30, 2020

    It doesn't change that players still have no contoll over what maps they play. Don't you understand that arabia and arena are totally different games???

    Where the fuck do you get the audacity to tell others what to play?

    Do your job, give us the OPT IN system that respects player preference.

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    • zeroscarab684 June 30, 2020

      +1

    • pacificwheel208 June 30, 2020

      @ceruleanpine364 They made me hate by taking away the possibillity to play what I have been playing for years. Don't twist things around. It may be just a game for you, for me it's the only game I play and I'm very passionate about it.

      @omadon86-2 Stop embarassing yourself, it's clear that you don't understand what RM means. It has nothing to do with the map pool.

    • feisty-gnarwhal June 30, 2020

      This comment is uncalled for. The devs did a great job and can't satisfy everyone. We need community mods to police this toxicity on the forums.

    • ceruleanpine364 June 30, 2020

      stop giving hate to the devs, it won't get you anywhere. And it's just a game, no need to get so tilted over what map you play.

    • omadon86-2 June 30, 2020

      Go and play non ranked, boomer. It's called RANDOM map for something. If you want ELO prove you can play anything, not the same boring map from 20 years ago.

    • iamspr1ng June 30, 2020

      +1

  • furtherlime7936 June 30, 2020

    Next update when?

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  • ipomoea-alba June 30, 2020

    Much Better map pool! Thanks guys !

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