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2021 Beasties: The Nomination Process

The end of the 2021 Beast Saber Mapping Awards (“The Beasties”) eligibility period is almost upon us. Maps released between December 1, 2020 and November 30, 2021 are eligible to be nominated for an award. This means mappers and lighters have just two weeks left to get maps out that are eligible to be nominated.

The Beasties celebrate the best of the art of mapping. Maps nominated for a category should, at a minimum, be free of objective mapping issues. Maps chosen from nominations as finalists will be magnificent specimens of the modern mapping meta, follow mapping best practices, or showcase the mapper’s skill in artfully playing with the “rules.”

How the process works.

  1. The nomination form for all 29 categories will be released on December 1st. Submit complete nominations for as few or as many categories as you like (the more, the better)
  2. Once nominations close, a group of mappers will select the finalists in each category. If a mapper on the team is nominated in a category, they will abstain from selecting finalists in that category to remove any perceived bias. This is not a popularity contest. Finalists will be selected based on the technical and artistic qualities of the map, not who made them.
  3. Finalists will be announced on New Year’s Eve, at which point Verified Mappers will begin voting on the winners. Winner will be kept SUPER SEKRIT until our big awards ceremony streamed online in late January.

Important notes about nomination.

  • You are not required to submit something for all 29 categories.
  • Mappers and lighters cannot self-nominate. They may NOT pay or bribe other people to nominate them or vice versa. They MAY ask their fans like you for their support, though if you are offered compensation in exchange for a nomination, please let an admin know.
  • Each nomination must be complete to be accepted. Most category nominations will require:
    • The BeatSaver/BeastSaber link to the map
    • A link to a playthrough video of the map
    • A blurb about why you think the map/lights deserve to be nominated
  • Playthrough videos may be recorded for nomination purposes OR you can link to an existing playthrough video of the map from YouTube.
  • When justification for the nomination is requested (hint: all of the categories require this), write what you need to get your point across. Five paragraphs for each nomination isn’t going to give it any bonus points.

Who deserves your nominations?

Tell us in the comments!

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