It’s been a hectic cycle for me and the judges, but our models persevered and all eight of them made it through our grueling six weeks of competition, despite new patch content and savage raiding and real life eating our faces, oh my!
All of the models making it to the final stage of the contest is a rare treat, so first I want to thank you all for your hard work and for sticking with it. Getting tough love from the judges can be painful, but we all want the best for you and for you to go out and take the most beautiful screenshots that you can.
But this is also ultimately a contest, so without further delay, here are the top three winners from Classic Cycle 13.
In third place, with a score of 100.7, we have Neisha Rayne!
In second place, with a score of 90.6, we have Isillud Losstarot!
And our newest S-Rank model, who is a veteran of ENTM but never quite reached the top before…. with a score of 86.09, is Ninifipsi Fini! Congratulations, you are Eorzea’s next big talent!
However, sometimes our judges and the community disagree. Voting was extremely tight among the community votes, with about a quarter of a point separating the top two vote getters, but the Community S-Rank is Neisha Rayne!
ENTM will be taking a break for the month of May, aside from our monthly challenges.
Thank you all for following along with us, and keep on taking the best screenshots that you can!
We have a panel of veteran judges for this first cycle of Endwalker. This trio has become the backbone of our cycles in recent years, and we’re excited to see Elessia’s sharp eye, Ni’ko’s puns, and Ona’s poetry make a return for 2022!
Classic Cycle 13 has started, and we have eight extremely talented contestants who have volunteered for the cookie grinder this go around. One of them will become Eorzea’s next S-Rank model….. but who will it be?
Your cast list is as follows. The first round will commence March 19th, 2022. At that time, we will need your community votes to make sure that there is a clear winner each week!
Do you have what it takes to be Eorzea’s next S-Rank model ?!
It’s time to get back to our roots and do another Classic Cycle! Cycle 13 will be a six week combination of modeling and backgrounds, with emphasis on theme interpretation , composition, and the overall “mood” of each shot. ENTM screenshots are “vanilla” to keep things fair to our PS4 participants, which means no reshade/gshade, post processing, or other editing will be allowed beyond the base game. However, every in game tool is at your disposal to make a screenshot that’ll wow our judges and our audience.
Call for Models New and Old
How does Classic Cycle work?
Each week, your host Katarh Mest will collect a screenshot on the weekly theme, submit it to our judges for voting and commentary, and provide a public poll for your friends and the general audience to weigh in. You are strongly encouraged to share this public poll with your friends and on social media.
We’ve found over the years that the public vote is the best way to break ties when our judges can’t decide.
The overall winner each week is announced, and judges will provide you feedback on your shot.
At the end of the contest, we will announce our newest S-rank model, and if the rest of the community disagreed with the judges, a separate S-rank Community winner as well.
Can I have entered an ENTM contest before?
Yes! Classic Cycle is open to previous ENTM contestants, even winners, as well as members who have never participated in any of our contests before. We encourage folks who have won an S-rank recently to consider being a judge instead, though!
How do I enter?
To enter Classic Cycle 13, you will need to send two audition shots to Katarh Mest on the ENTM Discord. These shots must have the following settings:
Shot #1: A battle or action shot that has a visible enemy and your character visibly engaged with the enemy. This can be taken in the open world, or inside any dungeon, trial, or raid. Think of your chosen monster as your co-star. 6.0 zones are allowed, but not required.
Shot #2: A head shot of your character, from the waist or shoulders up, with your character facing the camera or having their eyes look into the camera using the eye tracking tool in Gpose. This shot should be taken in any major city-state (Eorzean or otherwise** – please see a note at the bottom) with all characters besides yours hidden. This shot will also be your portrait throughout the contest. 6.0 zones are allowed, but not required.
Send the following information to Katarh along with those screenshots:
Your character’s full In Game name
Your character’s data center and server
Your character’s name in the ENTM discord, if it’s different from your Discord handle
Auditions for Classic Cycle 13 are open as of this posting, and will be accepted until March 9th, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. The minimum threshhold of models to hold this contest is 6. The maximum number accepted is 12. In the event there are more than 12 models, judges will ultimately decide who gets left out. That said, we have not filled an ENTM contest for a long time, so don’t be shy! Send us an audition!
Classic Cycle 13 will run from March 18th 2022 to April 22nd, 2022. We realize this may run into Patch 6.1 at some point in April, so participants will be encouraged to submit shots early if that might be a problem. (You will be given all six themes ahead of time, so you can send them to us as soon as you get them, if you want!)
Call for Judges
ENTM is seeking at least 1 judge from an outside community. We tend to be very insular, and having a guest judge provide some outside opinions is crucial to keeping us from naval gazing too much.
If you are a leader of another community dedicated to screenshots and you have strong opinions about the quality of photography in the FFXIV screenshot community, we would love to have you be our part of the team. Or, if you are a photographer, a design or costume expert, or otherwise involved in art composition, staging, etc. out in the real world, that counts too!
As a judge, your commitment will be to provide no more than six 1 paragraph critiques each week, and to cast ranked choice votes for all models every week. You are welcome to offer models to ask for additional feedback, but you are not required to answer any model questions if you don’t have time. Having this outside viewpoint enriches our contests beyond anything I could explain.
If you are able to judge, please contact Katarh Mest on Discord to discuss things further!
** In ENTM, City-states are defined as a zone locked sanctuary, with no open world monsters inside. E.g. Sharlayan, Thavnair, Limsa Lominsa, Kugane, the Doman Enclave, Idyllshire, and so forth. (Conversely, Mor Dhona does not fit this definition, as it is not zone locked.)
It took a lot of effort and skill every week to design, build and tear down a room to take one amazing screenshot that conveyed the theme and wowed the judges! All of the designers grew and showed us some amazing rooms this cycle! Every single designer had real talent and unique style! AND I appreciate every one of these designers joining us for a first ever housing design contest on ENTM! I think it was a huge success! Thank you judges for your wonderful feedback and to the community for voting! It actually did come down to the community votes!
The winner of the inaugural Renovation Cycle and our new S-Rank Designer, Damien Montclair! Congratulations!
Second place AND the recipient of the community choice award having received the most community votes, Arilyn Moonblade! Great job!!!!
In third place, our beautiful Hollow Attrition! Her builds were unique and so full of detail! The community votes put her just ahead of our fourth place designer!
Please stay tuned for ENTM’s next fantasic cycle! Maybe YOU can be the next S-rank model!
You know, Harry Houdini used to use lots of trap doors in his magic act. He’s stopped now, he was just going through a stage. Ha ha. Ok Ok! It’s time to announce the winner of our last round! But first…Last week I saw a magician walk down the street. He turned into a drugstore. I swear I’m done. Congratulations Damien Montclair!!! The judges loved your witchy build and ode to Snow White. We love how you stuck that little Easter egg in there!
The winner of Renovation Cycle 1 announcement coming soon!!!!
The votes are in and the judges and community adored the steam-punk speakeasy created by Killia! Congratulations! Though she was limited on what items and gpose filter she could use, it didn’t deter her from making a very cool looking bar.
Tune in on Saturday when we reveal the final round of gorgeous (maybe even spooky?) rooms from our talented designers!
Congratulations to Damien Montclair for creating a beautiful attic room with lots of layering and structure which gave her the edge this week. It was a tough challenge to create a structured room in a small space!
Nature may have taken over these gorgeous rooms, but it wasn’t the winner in the end; there could only be one. In a very cool turn of events, we had a tie! Our judges loved all the shots and actually couldn’t decide between the top two, but the community stepped up and just barely gave the edge to Netizen James! Congratulations Netizen, our winner of Round 3!
Please stay tuned for Round 4, revealed on Saturday!
We traveled to the Far East this round where our designers created rooms straight out of Kugane. But one room caught the judges’ eye with her symmetrical room structure and the subtly lit window with the fog rolling in; she beautifully captured the night in Hingashi with her build this week. Congratulations Arilyn Moonblade, the winner of round 2!
Tune in Saturday for the next round of Renovation cycle!