Classic Cycle 12 Cast

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for – the casting for ENTM Classic Cycle 12!

We have exactly 12 models making this a very nice and tidy little cycle for us. These models, a mixture of ENTM veterans and newbies alike, will compete for the crown of Eorzea’s Next Top – I mean, Next S-Rank Model! (Ahem. Please don’t sue us, Tyra.)

The models will be settling into their dressing rooms and given a couple of weeks to plan out the next two months. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to stay fashionable and keep posting those screen shots everywhere!

The Cast of Classic Cycle 12

Yume Aawkot of Ultros
Rymmrael Bhaldraelwyn of Lamia
Djevh’a Frehtj of Siren
Marcelloix Axios of Gilgamesh
Tattl Tael of Midgardsormr
Crystalita Miah of Moogle
Reina Nymeria of Moogle
Minne Evershot of Famfrit
Yomu Kazul of Gilgamesh
Zylra Galcian of Mateus
Elessia Sedai of Midgardsormr
Alastor Izunia of Mateus

ENTM Classic Cycle 12 Judges

Before we announce the cast, it’s time to introduce our judges! Critiques were not part of the first ENTM but they have been integral to each cycle ever since they were introduced. Our judges will appraise each shot independently and rank the shots according to strengths. Judges are asked not to confer with one another until all votes are cast – so if more than one judge notices something in your shot, it means they came to the conclusion on their own and should be treated as such.

The Judges for ENTM Classic Cycle 12 are:

Haila Wetyios of Balmung: Winner of Classic Cycle 10 and a frequent recurring judge ever since then. She has a spectacular eye for detail and an honest voice in her critiques. Haila most recently judged for Fresh Faces Cycle 1.

Malkovich Malkovich of Faerie: Winner of Instagram Cycle 2 and master of light and shadow. Most likely to be sharing cool stuff on our Screenshot Fun channel. Malkovich most recently judged for Runway Cycle 1.

Odharnait “Ona” Greene of Goblin: ENTM Monthly Challenge winner of 2018 and Community Winner of Tumblr Cycle 10. Ona is a frequent judge and likes to experiment with formats for her critiques, including once writing poems for every round of Scenic Cycle. Ona most recently judged Runway Cycle 1.

Aelyria Windrunner of Siren: Our Fresh Faces second place winner is also our freshest judge! Aelyria did magical things with her ultra wide screen monitor and played with composition in a unique way we hadn’t seen before in an ENTM cycle. We look forward to what she has to teach us in this new cycle!

ENTM Classic Cycle 12 Auditions

Hi everyone! As promised, we’re throwing wide open auditions for Classic Cycle 12.

ENTM started on the official Square Enix forums as a fun little contest run by Rongi Pongi, done in the style of a reality TV show. (Check out our archives for the available screen shots from the very first contest!) After running the contest there for several years, the hosts for Cycle 4 moved to Tumblr, as the official forums couldn’t easily handle the spam generated by the chatter! Our contest remained there until March 2019, when we launched our new website to keep our content ad-free and retain creative control of our images.

Classic Cycle 12 is the continuation of the format developed for Tumblr.

  • Non-elimination (everyone stays in the contest the whole time)
  • Eight weeks, with one screenshot due each week
  • A mixture of previous contestants, new contestants, and even winners from previous cycles – no limits!
  • Community Voting and Judged Voting combined
  • Judges critiques on a weekly basis

To Audition for Classic Cycle 12, take three screenshots in Gpose under the following rules:

  • A portrait / vertical orientation shot of you in your favorite city-state enjoying the sites. Scenic, so no battle stuff (you’re inside a city state anyway.) Include your character’s whole body!
  • A Black and White, Monotone, or Sepia colored Battle Shot, of you visibly engaged with an enemy. Weapons out! Gimme that battle glitter! Vertical or horizontal is fine for this.
  • A head shot, shoulders up, in landscape/ horizontal orientation, using any of the in-game picture frames. This will also be used as our cast announcement shot, so make sure your close up is as pretty as you can make it!

Other requirements for ENTM contests: No ReShade or mods allowed to keep things fair to our PS4 contestants. Screen shots cannot be cropped or edited in post processing (save that for Instagram.) Please include the FFXIV copyright notice on each image, per the SE Media licensing terms and conditions (the thing that lets us host their copyrighted images on our private website. )

When you have your three shots ready, please either send them in an email to or send them in a direct message to Katarh Mest on the >>>>ENTM Discord (click to join!)<<<< While joining our Discord community is not required to enter the contest, we strongly recommend that you do join as our Cycle 12 models will have a private channel to chat – and ENTM is ultimately all about making new friends!

Auditions are open from March 8th to March 21st. The cast will be announced on or around March 22nd.

ENTM Classic Cycle 12 will run for 8 weeks from April 3rd to May 22nd. If you are auditioning, please either plan to submit shots early for weeks you’ll be out of town or busy, or otherwise make arrangements to have them submitted on time. Missing one week won’t disqualify you, but if you miss two weeks you’ll be withdrawn from the contest.

Models are also asked not to use a Fantasia for the duration of the contest. All changes in makeup and hair permitted by the aesthetitian are allowed and encouraged!

Prize: Bragging rights. The winner receives the title of S-Rank model. (For those folks more interested in contests with prizes, we run a monthly challenge that does not require an audition. Join our Discord to learn more.)

Fresh Faces Cycle 1 S-Rank Winner!!

This is it! The final announcement! The overall winner of ENTM Fresh Faces Cycle 1!

First off, I want to thank every model who stuck it out the last 6 weeks and graced us with their beautiful images. You made it very hard on the judges, and every single one of you should be very proud of the images that you created!

I always say this, and it’s true… it’s very hard to put yourself out there to be judged. The fact that you did makes every one of you brave, and amazing! I am honored to have hosted this cycle with all of you, and want to welcome you to the ENTM Family of models!

Also thank you to the ENTM and FFXIV Community. We couldn’t do this without your support, and the community votes! We appreciate every single one of you!

Now doing polls like this, always shows interesting data. So we would like to share the Judges Pick and Community Pick. Overall, these two models got the best scores from either the judges or by the community over the last six weeks!

The Community’s Top Pick is:

Forthyn S’yel

The Judge’s Top Pick is:

Aelyria Windrunner

Now it is time to announce the overall winner! The model who will walk away with the title of Fresh Faces Cycle 1 S-Rank Winner!!

This was a very tight cycle, and there was only a 2 point difference between the top two models. It was unknown who would win until this very last week because everyone did so well, but one model did come out on top!

The Fresh Faces, Cycle 1 S-Rank Winner is…


You have a right to party, my friend! You are the cycle 1 S-Rank Winner!!

Once again, thank you to all the models that participated in this cycle. I hope to see you in future cycles!

Host Kai

Fresh Faces Week 6: Makeover Finale!

Hello everyone, it is I, Host Kai!

I have returned! Thank you, Kat, for filling in for me last week! We are now on our final week of Fresh Faces, and this Saturday we will learn the Weekly Winner and our Overall Winner!

This weeks theme is:

Makeover Finale!

This is it! It’s the final week, and someone is about to be crowned the first S-Rank Winner for ENTM: Fresh Faces! For this finale, the judges want to see a complete makeover from head to toe. Anything that can be changed by the Aesthetician should be considered and don’t forget to think outside the box. Go with a look you would normally never do, be daring!

You can vote here:

You can see their original looks, portraits and favorite glams to compare, here:

And here are their Week 6 Makeovers so you can see them larger:

Good luck to all our models, and thank you for putting on an amazing cycle! :3

Escher Strange: “Due to current events in my country, my makeover is based on the national flag in protest.”
Forthyn S’yel: “What’s good about getting drunk? Why then you can get INTOXICATED!”
Aelyria Windrunner
Khloe Jaab: Dance. Love. Sing. Live.
Poro Pupperbean: A rose by any other name is just as sweet. <3
Istolin Saillonaux: “Now, bring me that horizon.”

Announcing ENTM Classic Cycle 12

Hey models! I know a lot of our previous contestants and winners have been sharing in the joys and tribulations of Fresh Faces 2020 (which has one final week to go), but now it’s YOUR turn to take the spotlight again!

ENTM Classic Cycle 12 will be running from April to May this year. We experimented with some different cycle formats over the last 12 months, introducing our unique anonymously judged Scenic Cycle, our fashion forward Runway Cycle, and Fresh Faces for new models only. Classic Cycle is based on the format that evolved from our days in the Official Forums and then Tumblr (although it took us a couple of cycles to get there.)

  • 8 weeks of competition
  • Non-elimination (so plan to stick around the whole 8 weeks)
  • New models and previous models (including winners) are both welcome
  • No mods, edits, or Reshade allowed (to keep the playing field even for PS4)
  • Entries evaluated by a mixture of open community votes and internal judges, who are previous winners or other community screenshot experts who join us by invitation
  • Weekly critiques to help you grow and improve as a photographer

In one week, I will open up the auditions – March 8th is when it will all begin! Until then, spread the word and build yourself up a fanbase, because we’re going to find out who will be on top as the S-Rank Model for the 12th time here at ENTM!

Please >>>>join our Discord channel<<<< so you don’t miss more details!

Katarh Mest is looking out over a landscape, trying to find the next S-Rank Model for ENTM.
Katarh Mest is looking for the next S-Rank Model! Could it be you?

Fresh Faces Week 5 Winner

Hi everyone, Judge Katarh here! Normally I would have turned in my critiques, sat back and watched the votes roll in and be done…. but Host Kai got an unexpected gift to PAX East so she’s leavin’ on a jet plane right about now. Have fun and hand out those ENTM business cards!

Last week, Kai asked the models to go out and do the classic ENTM round of cosplay. Our models gave us a treat, including some never-before-seen in ENTM characters. But the judges and community agreed that one costume stood out just a little bit more, and that costume belonged to Forthyn S’yel for his amazing depiction of Geralt from The Witcher.

As Kai likes to say:

There is ONE MORE WEEK left in our first cycle of 2020. Due to PAX East, we will be delaying the votes for this for a few extra days, so stay tuned next week for our final round theme!

Also, if you considered being a model yourself (or have been one in the past) I’ll be posting an announcement for auditions for our next cycle SOON!

Fresh Faces Week 5: Cosplay!

It is Week 5 and we only have 1 week til the end of our cycle!

This weeks theme was Cosplay and our models were asked to do the following:

A classic for our cycles, it’s ENTM EXPO!! Use existing gear in the game to create a cosplay look that will remind us of a superhero, villain, tv character, comic book character, or even a gaming character. The sky’s the limit, and there are so many to choose from! Note, the full gear sets like Cloud, Squall, and Yuna’s outfit (etc) are off-limits with this challenge. If you have a question on what can be used, let me know. With this week’s image, you must also send a photo of the character you are trying to be!

The poll has the 6 models listed, please rate from your favorite (1) to least favorite (6)! Polls will be open until Tuesday night at Midnight (EST)!

You can vote here:

And you can see the models images, followed by a reference image of who they are cosplaying, here:

Escher Strange – Jesus
“He looks just like Johnny Depp!”
Jesus, from Saint Young Men
Forthyn S’yel – Geralt
“Silver is for monsters”
Geralt from the Witcher 3
Aelyria Windrunner – Kiki
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Istolin Saillonaux – Rufus Shinra
“A little fear will control the minds of the common people. There’s no reason to waste money on them.”
Rufus Shinra FFVII
Khloe Jaab – A2

Items: YoRHa Type-51 Jacket of Striking, Leonhart Gloves, Skallic Bottoms of Striking, No.2 Type B Boots
Poro Pupperbean – Nezuko
“All humans are your family. Protect humans.” -Sakonji Urokodaki

Fresh Faces Week 4 Winner!!

Hello everyone! It is I, Host Kai!

Week Four, and we only have… two weeks left! Soon, we will be crowning our first ENTM Fresh Faces S-Rank Champion! But with so many people stepping up their game, who will it be?!

This week we asked our models to think outside the box and come up with a new job they would want to see in FFXIV. They certainly didn’t disappoint, but the Community and Judges have spoken!

This week, the model who fought their way to the top is…

Aelyria Windrunner!!

Voters really dug your Archaeologist!

But, can you remain on top?!

We will find out next week!

Fresh Faces Week 4: New Jobs!

It is Week 4 and we are getting to the end of our cycle!

This weeks theme was New Jobs and our models were asked to do the following:

It seems that every expansion that comes out, new jobs come with it! Use existing gear and weapons/tools to create an all-new job that you would love to see in-game. Give it a name, and the role it would play as well! Yes, you can make an outfit for a job that appeared in another FF game, but isn’t represented in FFXIV.

The poll has the 5 models listed, please rate from your favorite (1) to least favorite (5)! Polls will be open until Tuesday night at Midnight (EST)!

You can vote here:

And you can see the larger gallery here:

Forthyn S’yel
Job: Abjurator – Melee healer.
Weapon: Bludgeon
Khloe Jaab
A Necromancer and her skeletons.
Aelyria Windrunner
Job: Archaeologist
As an archaeologist, scour the hidden ruins and dungeons of Eorzea for ancient artifacts and tomes – but beware the dangers that lurk within!
Escher Strange
Job class: Orator
“Your mother was a goobbue and your father smelled like the inside of Estinien’s armour!”
Poro Pupperbean
Class: Mandragora Tamer [MDG] Healer
The mandragoras allow different kinds of healing depending on which one/how many are present/summoned!

Good Luck to All our models!