It's a distinct improvement on the smaller Hyperborea map. However, success on this map is still largely dependent on where you begin. While it's true that starting in the center of the map is always difficult, it takes players beginning in Hyperborea much longer to collect their first bonus (9 armies for 13 territories) than those beginning almost anywhere else.
Additionally, it is sometimes difficult to tell when territories border one another, as they are frequently separated by black spaces of varying thickness.
Beyond those issues, however, this map has a cool layout and features numerous territories-within-territories that makes it impossible to simply steamroll through your opponents' lands.