Originally Posted by Paper_or_Plastic
To build on the general sentiment of this thread. This field will play faster than mao for sure. The biggest problem I touched on earlier is the overall strength and potential paint consumption of the d side tower. It has an incredibly easy lane on s1 and the entire dorito side. Its going to so incredibly easy to double that otb and then once you are in that spot to keep your gun up the entire game and don't let it go down. Their is a little hope on the d side with the small cake that is over their but its a such a strong spot. The best defensive spot on the field also happens to be the biggest and easiest bunker to play. Imagine for a second if the tower and cake were switched. Could arguably make this a dorito heavy field and overall reward aggression much more.
I will always prefer cans (round bunkers) on the back line in a design, because they are harder to play defensively than towers and temples (squared bunkers).
Yes, the tower can control the bump into S1, but if you just roll your gun to prevent that move, the smart opponent takes the corner when your lane is 20 feet short, and then you can no longer control the gap before S1.
Furthermore, once in S1, the tower cannot stop you from taking the next snake (next mini race) and making the 50 fast.
You will see most teams break short on this layout (except those that venture up the middle), but then do quick secondaries and from there the games will develop fast.
The small cake is worthless as a secondary, and will only be used for that if someone get's caught mid-move and has to scramble into cover..... you might however see some teams sending a guy to it off the break, to soak up the guns, so that the guy at the tower can edge and make it into D1 relatively safe.... I can see some of the smaller D side guys, like Berdnikov for instance, playing the cake in that way.
Last, but not least, because the D corner is a tall cake, the D side doesn't have an anchor wide, so the side can play very fast, once a team gets a body up over there. People will rarely make that corner, and when they do, struggle to live there for long, as even S2 is a major problem.