Gorge

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Gorge
Cp gorge.jpg
Basic information
Map type Control Point
File name: cp_gorge
Developer(s): Valve
Map Info
Environment: Alpine / Industrial
Setting: Daylight, sunny
Map Items
Healthico.png Health Kits: Smallhealth.png ×2   •   Mediumhealth.png ×11
Ammoico.png Ammo Boxes: Mediumammo.png ×10   •   Largeammo.png ×4
Map Photos
Menu photos cp gorge.png
Map Overview
Gorge overview.png

Cp_gorge is a top secret alpine facility diabolically masquerading as something else entirely: in this case, a sinister weapons factory disguised as an innocent water purification plant, and a large-ish hole not big enough to meet the U.S. Geological Survey’s standards for a gorge, disguised as a by-the-book, nothing-to-see-here gorge.

Cp_gorge is an attack/defense map with only two control points, designed for quick rounds and fast, frantic play. It has more lateral game space than previous Control Point maps, allowing for more maneuvering options.
Gorge has multiple variations, including Control Point, Mannpower, and Halloween.

Gorge is a single-stage Attack/Defend Control Point map. It was released with the WAR! Update as an official map. While similar to Attack/Defend style maps like Dustbowl and Egypt, Gorge features a single large stage, as opposed to three smaller stages. Gorge was the first official Attack/Defend map with a moving BLU spawn point. The map's layout allows for more attacking choices for BLU and fewer high-traffic choke points.

Like all Attack/Defend maps, BLU plays the attackers while RED plays the defenders. The goal of the attackers (BLU) is to capture both control points in sequence. The goal of the defenders (RED) is to defend these points until the time limit is reached. The timer is increased if BLU captures the first point; once this point is captured, it is locked and cannot be retaken by the defenders.

A Halloween version of the map was released in the Scream Fortress 2015 update.

Locations

Directions are described from BLU's (attacking) perspective.

BLU Spawn

  • Entrance Yard: The entrance yard is located outside of BLU's initial spawn area. It is entered by BLU from three different exits which are all respectively located at the far left, right, and center of the BLU spawn mountain wall. The entrance yard is mostly open without any cover except for the toll booth and a small wall on one side.
  • Toll Booth: The toll booth is the small building almost in the center of the entrance yard. Inside is a large ammo pack, and the roof can be accessed by a ladder leaning on it. Engineers often like to camp here and place Sentry Guns, especially on the roof of the booth.
  • Checkpoint Building: The checkpoint building is the large building separating the gorge area and the entrance yard. From the front it has one main entrance walled off leaving entrance from two sides. The building interior is mostly empty except for a few barrels and water tanks lined up on the walls. There are two exits on the far walls each of which exit out to far sides of the gorge. The main exit is atop a staircase which exits out in front of Control Point A.

Control Point A

  • Bridge: Control Point A is located on a level bridge over the map's titular gorge. The gorge landmark itself is accessible from various entrances from all directions. The outcrop of the main building sports a peephole that can serve as an effective Sentry Gun or Sniper nest.
  • Gorge: The gorge runs through the entire capture point area, from wall to wall and under the bridge. There is a large health kit underneath the bridge in the gorge. It dips down it the center and dips back up to the building front. On the right side, from BLU's perspective, the gorge is walled off and the left side dips back up to the building's side entrance.
  • BLU Forward Spawn: Once BLU captures Control Point A, their spawn room moves to the top of the building overlooking the Gorge and the main building.

RED Base

  • Main Hallway: The main hallway is the long hallway connected to the main entrance nearest the bridge. It runs through the building from the entrance to the choke room. It is connected to the flank hallway and has a set of stairs at the end which leads up to platforms above the hallway and choke room.
  • Flank Hallway: The flank hallway runs through the building nearer the entrance perpendicular to the main hallway. It connects near the entrance of the main hallway, and to the side entrance to the building. There is a staircase at its far end which leads to the second floor.
  • Second Floor: The second floor runs all through the hallways and choke room. It is accessible from a set of stairs at the end of the main hallway and a set at the end of the flank hallway. It runs above the flank and main hallway. From the flank it leads to a drop down to the choke.
  • Choke: The choke is the room before the final point, which is often heavily contested. The walls are lined with barrels. Above the barrels is the second floor balcony. Most of the fighting while capture the final point will go on in this room. There are five entrances/exits: one from the main hallway, one above that from the second floor, another from the second floor flank, and two exits to the final point room.

Control Point B

  • Final Room: The final room is marked by its giant hole in the center where the point is located. Surrounding the hole are walkways on the walls which curve around the area.
  • RED Spawn: RED spawn is located to the right of the final room.
  • Control Point: The final capture point of the map is situated in the heart of the main building. The point itself is set in a deep open hole, putting BLU at a height disadvantage when attempting to capture. In one corner of the room is the RED spawn room, and in the other is a similar peephole to Point A. The overhanging ledge within the hole is a popular place for Sentry Guns, as it can only be attacked from within the hole itself.

Strategy

Main article: Community Gorge strategy

Control Point timing

Control Point Multiplier Seconds
Control Point 1 ×1
60 .000
×2
40 .000
×3
32 .727
×4
28 .800
×5
26 .277
Control Point 2 ×1
12 .000
×2
8 .000
×3
6 .545
×4
5 .760
×5
5 .255


Update history

December 17, 2009 Patch (WAR! Update)
  • Added Gorge to the game.

January 27, 2010 Patch

  • Updated CP_Gorge
    • Added more cover outside of the initial BLU spawn area.
    • Added a forward spawn for the BLU team after Cap1 is captured.
    • Added another access point to the upper level from the front of the RED base.
    • Added more cover in the room just before Cap2.
    • Decreased RED team's respawn time while they own Cap1.
    • Fixed a few areas where players would sometimes become stuck.

May 20, 2010 Patch (Second Community Contribution Update)

  • Updated CP_Gorge
    • Added nobuilds to the awnings outside BLU's forward spawn to preventing players building up there.
    • More clip work and model collision work based on community feedback.
    • Fixed BLU forward spawn door appearing through roof.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Added team-specific func_nobuild brushes in elevated forward spawn areas.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Players can no longer build in Blu's first spawn room.

December 6, 2013 Patch

  • Improved bot navigation.

December 20, 2013 Patch

  • Improved bot navigation.

Bugs

  • After the first point is captured, BLU bots will not leave the spawn room.
  • RED Engineers are still able to build on the forward spawn ledge if they stand on an outcropping below the ledge while doing so.
  • If a teleporter is placed on the balcony to the right and down the hallway from RED's spawn, BLU bots will use said teleporter and be unable to escape it as their path finding AI directs them all into a corner. Note that this balcony is only accessible via sentry jump, sticky jump, or rocket jump.

Trivia

  • "Gorge Herald" was the title of the newspaper seen in The end is near part of the WAR! Update, as well as the map being featured in both the Soldier and Demoman update pages before the map was officially revealed in the update.

Gallery

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