The Hammer Cup 2017 Winners

31st January 2018

Hammer Cup 2017 Overview

The Hammer Cup 2017 consisted of five mapping challenges, each with a different theme.

Entrants received points for each challenge they enter.

At the end of the event, the best 3 points totals from the challenges they entered were added together for each entrant. These totals decided who won the Grand Prizes.

This means that entrants did NOT have to enter each and every contest to win the grand prize but they needed to have entered at least 3 challenges to have a chance of winning the grand prizes.

Hammer Cup 2017 Prizes

The top 5 finishers overall in the Hammer Cup receive the following prizes:

First: $400
Second: $200
Third: $100
Fourth: $50
Fifth: $25

In addition, there are two special prizes, discussed below.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all participants and players!

The Hammer Cup 2017 Winners
First Place

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Clément Baticle AKA Klems

Maps: Zombie Defense, Antlion Farm, The Crab, The Shadow Over Ravensmouth

Second Place

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Abdulhamid Cayirli AKA Crowbar

Maps: Haven, Blighttown, Fog of War, Raid

Third Place

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

ethosaur

Maps: Castle Defender, Sludge Hole, Smog City, Arctic Rumble, Slime Dump

Fourth Place

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Sockman

Maps: Warm Up, Waste Management, Time Bridge, Portal Storm, Takeover

Fifth Place

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

1upD

Maps: Countermeasure, Floodgates, Double Crossed, Stolen Research (bonus), Finale

Full points for each entry can be seen on The Hammer Cup 2017 Spreadsheet.

The Hammer Cup 2017 Special Prizes

This year there were two special prizes awarded: first, $50 to a random entrant not in the top 5 and second, $25 to the Most Inventive map.

Random Entrant Winner

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Rekurer

Maps: Neocortex Prosecution, Night Train

Most Inventive Map Winner

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Stonie Blue AKA BlueASIS

Map: BlueOS

The Challenges

The Hammer Cup 2017 was composed of 5 challenges scattered throughout the year. Each challenge’s theme and winners are outlined below.

Challenge 1

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
DefendVilleTwo was of course the sequel to the successful DefendVille. Mappers had to create a scenario where the player had up to 5 minutes to prepare to defend a location against an attack.

Submitted: 12 entries

The Winners:
Zombie Defense by Clément Baticle AKA Klems: 98 points
Haven by Abdulhamid Cayirli AKA Crowbar: 80 points
Unexpected Interference by Stanislav Rosecky AKA Stanleyros: 69 points

Challenge 2

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
ToxicVille required mappers to make clever use of the classic HL2 yellow/green toxic sludge in the level design.

Submitted: 18 entries

The Winners:
Detour by Osko: 113 points
Antlion Farm by Clément Baticle AKA Klems: 86 points
Tunnel Vision by Dats Ridonkulous: 48 points

Challenge 3

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
BridgeVille required any type of bridge to be a main feature in the map – and players must cross that bridge at some point while playing.

Submitted: 19 entries plus 1 bonus map

The Winners:
Fog of War by Abdulhamid Cayirli AKA Crowbar: 99 points
BlueOS by Stonie Blue AKA BlueASIS: 90 points
Sunova Bridge by krassell: 61 points

Challenge 4

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
TeleportVille asked mappers to use the idea of teleportation to influence the gameplay in their levels.

Submitted: 12 entries plus 3 bonus maps

The Winners:
The Crab by Clément Baticle AKA Klems: 110 points
Arctic Rumble by ethosaur: 81 points
Body Swap by HighFire: 41 points

Challenge 5

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
FusionVille required mappers to fuse together 3 of the 8 themes from the 2016 and 2017 Hammer Cup challenges into their unique creation: chasm, liberation, backtrack, trap, defend, toxic, bridge, and teleport.

Submitted: 17 entries

The Winners:
The Shadow over Ravensmouth by Clément Baticle AKA Klems: 94 points
A Hero Once More Part 2 by marnamai: 93 points
The Crossing by Ildarion: 91 points

Full points for each entry can be seen on The Hammer Cup 2017 Spreadsheet.

Final Thoughts

First, a hearty thank you to all the participants of the 2017 Hammer Cup. Your creativity and hard work makes this site possible. We had a huge number of first-time entrants as well as first-time mappers – and we hope the variety of themes helps stimulate your creative side and keeps you mapping!

Finally, thanks to all the players, reviewers, and site visitors. The 2017 mapping challenges were some of the most popular ever, and we’re hoping for a strong 2018!

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2 Comments

  1. Great summary!
    It was a really good year. The quality of the entries keeps getting better and better each year I think and it’s exciting to know that so many people are still interested in mapping for HL2.
    Congrats to all those who received awards above.. well deserved!

    Looking forward to a great new year of maps in 2018!

  2. I also think the 2017 Hammer Cup produced some quality mods. Ranging from er… okay to the “I can’t believe such an old game engine can do this!” quality of mod. The range of challenges brought such huge variety and more than a little head scratching with some ingenious new types of switch., making some players rate low due to brain fatigue! I got caught out on more than a few, but Phillip’s playthroughs and others saved the day.
    The Fusionville Maps provided a fitting conclusion with some excellent, and bloody difficult gameplay challenges.
    The highlight for me, was playing on a collapsing bridge which, at first seemed ridiculously impossible and then ingenious! It didn’t even phase my Jurassic PC either!
    A good vintage year for HL2 modding in general as well as the Hammer Cup.
    Bring on 2018!

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