Jolt Games April 40K ITC Tournament – TO’s Report
It’s Scott here and this post is going to be a bit different to the normal podcast posts. This is going to be the start of articles that I’ll write up on a specific topic every once in a while. This one is specifically a TO’s Report of how things went at the 40K ITC Tournament at Jolt Games on the 16th and 17th of April. This is going to be a long read, but I reckon you’ll get alot out of it by understand how I think as a TO.
So the tournament was 1750pts points, with 5 games being played over 2 days. The format that was used was the ITC format with an added restriction of 500pts being able to be spent on Super Heavies/Gargantuan Creatures. The missions that were in use were the ITC missions that I had modified to better suit the Australian tournament scene and show how close or not so close a game was. Finally the FAQ that was used for the event apart from the GW ones was the straight ITC FAQ.
So, for those of you outside Australia, we’re actually quite hesitant when it comes to playing against Super Heavies or Gargantuan Creatures in our normal games of 40K. I myself have been against the use of them in the game since they were introduced, however I have started to change my opinion of them as we’ve played 7th edition for close to 2 years now.
The ITC standard format allows 1 Super Heavy/Gargantuan Creature (SH/GC) from a selected allowed list of Lords of War (LoW) for each army. The exceptions to this are that you can take more than 1 Imperial Knight in a Detachment/Formation and can take more than 1 Tau Stormsurge in a Single Unit. I have started to work these SH/GC LoW back into the scene, as some of them are a natural count to Deathstars that can be quite prevalent in a no comp (as us Aussie call it) format that the ITC is.
The first ITC event I ran in October last year at Jolt Games had an allowance of 375pts for SH/GC LoW, the one I just ran on the 16th-17th of April had a 500pt allowance and the upcoming 40K ITC Tournament that I’m running at Wintercon has a 650pt allowance for SH/GC LoW. I believe that as these are slowly introduced, the players will get used to seeing them more and more and will figure out how to counter them. At my tournament over the next year or 2 I will continue to increase the points allowance for the SH/GC LoW and hopefully to such a point where they are allowed without the points restriction.
The LoW that were present at the event was about just over 20% of players had one, the ones that were present were the following; AM Stormlord, Tau Stormsurge, Chaos Knight and Imperial Knight. So it was interesting to see that they Chaos Knight was being used from Forge World as well as seeing the usual suspects on the scene in the Imperial Knight and Stormsurge. The Stormlord was the odd one out, but still good to see something different for a change rather than just Wraithknights , Stormsurges and Imperial Knights.
The armies that were present at the tournament were quite interesting. Overall, just over half the players were using Space Marines in some form (some Dark Angel, Space Wolves, Blood Angels or standard Space Marines), there were a few Tau players and then there was 1 of each of the following; Chaos Daemons, Khorne Daemonkin, Craftworld Eldar, Astra Militarum and Cult Mechanicus. This was certainly interesting when it came down to the results at the end of the weekend, that all 3 Tau players were in the 5 Players in terms of Battlepoints at the end of the 5 games. I was quite surprised that I didn’t see much Eldar on the tables, with only one player using them for the tournament and also that over half the field were Space Marines in some form. As well the fact that the following armies weren’t present; Ork, Tyranids, Necrons, Dark Eldar, Chaos Space Marines. Those armies make up close to a third of the armies in 40K and they weren’t present, which is quite interesting, especially for Necrons not being played at the tournament.
So with the base ITC Missions, there isn’t really a way to show how close the game was and even if you lose either the Dawn of War or Maelstrom part of the missions by one objective, then you still don’t get any points even though it was that close.
Now, the Missions that we use here in Aus tend to have a a sliding scale in terms of the ‘degree of victory’. So I modified the ITC Missions, by increasing them from being the 11 points maximum to being 20 points. So the break down is as follows:
1. Dawn of War Mission – 8pts with a points differential
2. Maelstrom Missions – 8pts with a points differential
3. Bonus Points – 2 x One point Objective, 1 Two point Objective
Total: 20 Missions Points
The Points differential for the Dawn of War missions were different depending on the mission being played, and Maeltsrom missions stayed the same no matter the changes in the objectives that could be rolled up. This is the way I used to show how close or not so close the games were for the modified missions.
Over the weekend, there instances where the combined score of the 2 players from a given game was more than the 20 missions points available and most of the time it was due to the Bonus Points that each player achieved during them game. So the tournament was the true Beta test of these missions that I have been working on for a while and I can say from the feedback that I got from the players, that they were thoroughly enjoyable and really showed how close or not so close the game was. This was my goal with the modifications and to achieve that meant that these mission were ready to be used for Wintercon and are even being used potentially by other TO’s here in Aus.
The tournament was a great success with everyone having an absolute blast over the weekend as well as 5 great games of 40K. As for the Prizes, here’s the list of who got what:
1st Overall – Arawn using Tau Empire
2nd Overall – Ewart using Tau Empire
3rd Overall – Cody using Cult Mechanicus, Skitarii and Blood Angels
Renaissance Man – Dylan using Tau Empire (He also came 5th Overall)
Best Painted – Chris Y. with some beautifully painted Ravenguard
Player’s Choice – James using Astra Miltiarum with the Stormlord
TO’s Choice – Chris M. using Dark Angels in his first tournament in a number of year and getting around the middle of the pack rankings wise
Wooden Spoon – Justin using Dark Angels
So that’s the TO report for the tournament guys. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this article and please leave any comments below as well as any feedback and if you’d like to see more of these articles as well. Also stay tuned as Episode 54 is close to being finished and should be up soon.