hi, I am not a mapper, but a clan & pub player since rtcw. I’ve been lurking here for a while and finally thought I should add my 2c from a player’s perspective.
I am surprised that no one has mentioned Frostbite, this is one of the best customs maps in either rtcw or ET. The conversion to ET is amazingly good imo and is about the only map in which teams can run a full time covert op, on defence no less!
It is not just the replacement of the allied flag with a command post that makes this so, it is because the covert has a less travelled back way to attack (unlike radar or fueldump etpro, where a covert has very little chance of sneaking up to the allied command post).
I have even been a covert in disguise and hidden behind allied spawn huts, then returned the objective by running up to the carrier in amongst the confusion while he waited for his team. The allies didn’t know I had a uniform because I took it from one of my teammates gibbed kills. And this was not a noob team, it was one of the top ranked teams at the time in the australian GA ladder.
Frostbite manages to pull all required elements into one excellent map. I have played matches on it with 4 - 6 players in rtcw and 6 - 8 in ET and despite its size it works exceptionally well. It follws all the guidelines that have been discussed in this thread - initial battle to capture forward spawn, multiple routes to the objective, alternate spawn for both teams, variety of game environments and it favours offence, with sub-10 min times regularly set. If you haven’t seen it I strongly suggest you take a look at it, I am happy to provide demos from matches if anyone who doesn’t play in competition would like to see how it plays.