Sower Monument Complete! Phew!
That was a tough one. Definitely harder than Corona Trials. I think I ended up with 62 deaths...!
In regards to the mechanics you tried, I really noticed the different spawning in the final area. (more discussion on that in the spoilers, with minor spoilers)
Having a dark space around the "outside" of the mansion, with no mobs anywhere, forcing them to spawn just in the final hole, proved to make that area even more difficult. Sneaky!
I think I forgot about the ability to spam the sword which probably showed in the death count The food mechanic was good - its always satisfying when food goes straight to your hearts. Although I'm not sure I ever made sense of the food bar replacement.
Also calling it a "mini" map is definitely selling it short - it ended up taking me over 14 hours to complete (37 episodes, around 22 mins each, plus lots done off camera). That's not much less than what it took to complete Corona Trials (40 episodes). I think it would be more descriptive to classify it as at least a half-ctm, and even that may not be quite right.
Despite all those deaths though, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was very challenging. Thank you so much for all your hard work! I'm looking forward to trying out Calamity Canyon soon.