Classic Cycle 14 Round 1 Winner

Last week I asked our models to go take a scenic photo on an island, any island out there in Eorzea and beyond. Our models gave us some wonderful shots, but both the community and the judges agreed that Val Viscera had the loveliest island vista of them all for this round. Judges praised the choice of glam and pose, as well as the overall composition of this shot. It certainly makes me want to find a nice tropical island in the sun (or at least join Ona for drinks on the beach.)

Congratulations! We have five more weeks of beautiful screenshots to go, though, and it’s still anyone’s game!

A screenshot from FFXIV. It depicts a character stretching in front of a tropical beach.
Val Viscera

June Challenge Voting

The challenge for the month of June was Namedays.We had three entries.

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Voting will be open until 11:59 PM on July 2nd, 2023.

Timtam James “Dwarven Nameday”

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Classic Cycle 14 Round 1 – Island Sanctuary

Greetings everyone, and welcome to Classic Cycle 14 of ENTM! We have six weeks of screenshots coming your way, and as always with our Classic Cycle style voting, we need the input from the community to help decide the winners each week!

The theme for round one was Island Sanctuary and this was intended to be a “scenic style” shot displaying the character against a pretty background. The only other rule was that this had to be taken on an island somewhere in the game (not necessarily the island sanctuary itself.) Other than that, our models were free to interpret the theme however they wished.

We had seven models submit their shots this week for your viewing pleasure! To view an image in full size, please click on the center of the image, and then use your browser’s back button to return to this blog post. After looking at each image, vote using the Google poll that is embedded below.

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Meet the judges of Cycle 14!

We have two veteran judges and one new community judge for a fresh perspective for this cycle.

Judge Ona

Odharnait Greene – Pronounced “Ona” (it’s a Celtic name) – Initially a model in the Classic TUMBLR Cycle, Instagram Cycle 2, and All-Stars, Ona has been a part of ENTM for several years acting as a part-time admin/judge/Elessia’s co-mentor/host/Bard-only/village crazy lady/local drunk. Though she has never won an official cycle, she is always happy to cheer on the models and provide advice on how to win a cycle. Classic “do as I say, not as I do.” Ona looks forward to acting as a judge and bringing back her classic critique style which is 2/3 actual advice and 1/3 drunkenly telling the models how absolutely beautiful they are and possibly making inappropriate comments about how hot they are.
Married to her amazing Wife- Amalie Greene (Fresh Faces 2 Cycle S-Rank Winner), she is an IRL social worker and photographer.

Judge Elessia

Elessia Sedai – No stranger to judging for ENTM, Elessia started out as a guest judge; from there, she participated as a model in various cycles, including All-Stars. Elessia has mentored alongside Odharnait and judged a few cycles as well. She is the host of Renovation Cycle and loves housing almost as much as glamour. “Keep calm and blame the healer” is her favorite motto (she has been healing in XIV for what feels like forever) and is trying out White Mage this raid tier. IRL, Elessia loves to write and take pretty photographs.

Judge Blix

Yvesoix Sellemontiere (Blix) – Blix is new to the Gpose scene, but is no stranger to art critique! In their spare time, they enjoy researching different techniques and styles to broaden their understanding of photography and art in general. They bring an impartial, quality focused view to the team. When they’re not hyperfocusing on what makes art art and other pointless philosophical questions, you can find them running their own venue, The Bloody Bastard Dive Bar (colloquially known as “Brume Bar”) and building an Ishgardian RP community centered around stories of Ishgard’s lower classes.

Host Katarh

Katarh Mest has been a participant in ENTM since the old forum days, when she was a community judge for YouTube Cycle 2. She threw her hat into the race in Forum Cycle 5, where she was promptly eliminated. Undeterred, she kept entering, until she finally won her own S-Rank crown in the first Runway Cycle. She has been the ENTM webmaster since 2019 and together with Kai Ulric helps to herd the cats on the ENTM Discord channel. When not in Gpose, she can be found fishing, dabbling in endgame content, or grinding out relic weapons. IRL, Katarh is a business analyst for a small software team, and is married to a professor who doesn’t play MMOs but admires her enthusiasm anyway.

Classic Cycle 14: Call for Auditions

Do you have what it takes to be Eorzea’s next S-Rank model?

It feels like 84 years since we ran a cycle, but with Patch 6.4 out and summertime giving us all a little bit more daylight and hopefully some breathing space, we’re going to give it a shot in celebration of 9 years of ENTM! That’s right, about this time in 2014 Rongi Pongi had the crazy idea to get a bunch of models on the official forums in swimsuits off the coast of Hullbreaker Island for what turned into a multi week screenshot contest, and the rest is history.

Classic Cycle 14 will be a 6 week contest, open to veterans and new models alike. Our models will be given all themes ahead of time, but asked to keep them a secret until the week the shot is scheduled. Judging is done two ways – juried by a panel of ENTM veterans and screenshot community celebrities, and also by a popular vote that’s open to all the friends, family, and fans of the models.

Classic Cycle 14 will run from June 23rd to August 1 with a winner announced by August 2nd, 2023.

Call for Models

We are in search of up to 5-10 models for this contest. To enter, you will need a Discord account. Send a direct message to admin Katarh (now literally just Katarh thanks to Discord’s weird renaming thing) and include the following information:

  • Your Character Name and Race
  • Your Server and Data Center (ENTM contests are open to all data centers!)
  • A screenshot of your character from the waist up that will be used as your debut portrait for the contest, so make it cute with the best lighting you can muster! NO MODS AND NO RESHADE ALLOWED. Also no NVIDIA filters. You can use Gpose and the in game tools to your heart’s content.
  • A screenshot of your character in battle or an action pose, with a cool background and some kind of flashy effects (I call it “battle glitter.”) Again, no mods or reshade or Nvidia filters allowed.
  • ENTM contests are vanilla only to keep it fair to our PS4/PS5 contestants.

Auditions are open until June 16th! If we fail to meet the minimum of 5 models, the cycle will be postponed, so don’t be shy about auditioning. We love new models!

Please >>>click right here<<<< to join the ENTM Discord community if you have not done so already!

Call for Judges

I am also looking for ideally 1-2 new judges to round out the panel of ENTM veterans. If you are a screenshot community member (with serious opinions about glams and gorgeous backgrounds), or you know someone who might be a good fit for a judge (because they have serious opinions about glams and gorgeous backgrounds) please send a DM to Katarh so I can talk to you or get in touch with them!

June Challenge 2023

The theme for the month of June is a celebration that all of us have at some point in the year – Namedays! (Aka “birthdays.”) This is another very open ended challenge with no rules and no requirements.

Entries for this theme will be accepted until June 23rd, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET.

To enter, send your screenshot in DM to admin Katarh Mest on the ENTM Discord. Please include a character name for voting.

The winner will receive the right to choose the next theme for the challenge.

Please >>>click right here<<<< to join the ENTM Discord community if you have not done so already!

ENTM contests are open to the general screenshot community. You do not have to have participated in any ENTM contest before. You must, however, be a member of our Discord community to see the winner’s announcement. ENTM monthly contest screenshots must be “vanilla” – no mods, no Reshade, and no post processing allowed. You must include the FFXIV copyright notice on the shot to allow us to post on our website for voting. Please submit one (1) original screenshot for this contest, not used in any other contest before or posted on social media. Also please include the character name for voting. No other restrictions apply beyond these and the challenge theme as described above. Do not taunt happy fun ball.

May Challenge 2023 Winner

The theme for May was “My Little Monster” – a nice throwback to an ENTM contest staple. The winner for this month was Netizyn James with a timely homage to Link and his chickens (technically a monster in the context of Griffin Crossing and Battle on the Big Bridge!)


In addition: CLASSIC CYCLE 14 is finally coming! We’ve been on hiatus for about six months now due to all the hosts getting eaten alive by real life, but with Patch 6.4 out in the wild, we think it’s time to give everyone something to do that isn’t grinding out more Manderville and Splenderous weapons. Auditions for contestants and judging will be announced in the next few days.

A screenshot from FFXIV.  In the shot is a Lalafell dressed as Link from the Legend of Zelda, alongside a giant green chicken that is an enemy in the Battle of the Big Bridge trial.
Netizyn James