40K: Games Workshop’s Grand Tournament Returns

Games Workshop announces the return of the Grand Tournament!

Tickets are selling FAST. Normally, we wouldn’t start off with that but by the time you read this article they may be sold out already. With that said, this is a BIG deal. Why? It marks Games Workshop’s official return to the competative scene with a tournament of their own! They are running a 3 Heat Event at Warhammer World over the course of 3 weekends. The top 40 players will then be invited back for the Grand Final on a future date. Check out the details:

via Warhammer Community

“The Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament is Games Workshop’s signature Matched Play event showcasing great gaming skills, sportsmanship and well-presented armies. If you want to test yourselves against the very best, showcase a beautifully painted army, and play against like-minded people, then the Grand Tournament is for you.

Each player will need to demonstrate astute knowledge of the game, sound tactical decisions and appropriate unit selection to win their games. In addition, the Warhammer 40,000 GT is a celebration of the Games Workshop hobby, so an attitude overflowing with good cheer, sincerity and positivity is essential – as is bringing along a fantastic looking army to play with.

Combining all three of these elements to win the event is a mighty task worthy of the ages. In the end, only one of you will prove yourself worthy of this colossal achievement and be crowned the Warhammer 40,000 Grand Champion!”


The Heats

The Grand Tournament will consist of 3 Heats and a Grand Final. Each Heat is a tournament, an esteemed event with epic battles fought and worthy winners crowned. At the end of each heat we will rank players overall and the top 40 players from each heat will qualify for the final, a mighty achievement in itself. The Grand Final will consist of the top 120 players from heats 1-3. It will be held at the end of the season, and will establish the final rankings for the top Warhammer 40,000 players.

  • Heat 1: 14th-15th October
  • Heat 2: 9th-10th December
  • Heat 3: 17th-18th February
  • Final: To be announced

Download the rule packet HERE

The rules for the tournament are pretty straight forward. If you’re an FLGS and looking for some basic guidance on what or do or how to run a tournament, these are a pretty good starting point. It’s also a great insight on how GW thinks tournaments should be run. They even have guidance on conversions and are willing to work with players about their models.

They also cover things like scoring, missions, army lists and a ton of other things tournament goers need to know about. This is an exciting time to be playing 40k!

We don’t know exactly how many slots were available in each heat, but if the final is 120 players, I’m guess that each heat probably had around 120 players…And they are probably all sold out as it’s the end of this post. With a positive response like that, I really hope it’s only a matter of time before we get a US GT from Games Workshop too! It would be nice to not have to fly overseas just to play in an official Games Workshop GT…


Well, I guess it’s official – Hell just dipped below freezing because Games Workshop is running their own Warhammer 40,000 Tournament!

  • Heinz Fiction

    Lunch provided on both days?
    This totally screws the breakfast meta!

  • They finally figured out that the top games that are beating them all have a world championship in common.

    • Randy Randalman

      Except no tabletop games are currently beating them for sales, turnout, and overall player base. At least you’re consistent about being wrong in your assessments of GW.

      • dave long island

        Rawr! Saucer of milk table two!… lol

        • ZeeLobby

          Lol. Randy is always saucy

      • Except for say… xwing. Which has hard figures to back its sales up and are beating 40k as reported by the north american sales report.

        Where’s your data?

        • daniel

          doesn’t that sales data only include 3rd party retail?

          GW retail stores and direct web sales wouldn’t even be considered in that data.

          X-WIng is not bigger than 40k.

          Maybe in 3rd party retail, but not in sales as a whole

          • There’s really no way that that can be asserted 100%. We dont’ know at what percent the Iv2 data is compared to their overall sales. As such we don’t know how much the gap between xwing and 40k is period, and how much their internal sales not reported would help them.

            Regardless of digging deep into this pedantic loop – Games Workshop bringing back an official Grand Tournament will explode their sales figures I”m betting (particularly with 40k)

          • denzark

            With a calculated audience of 120, x 3 heats = 360 – given these will be hardcore tournament players who have spammed the latest good stuff to win, how do you calculate these 360 people’s purchases to be ‘an explosion’?

          • The mere presence of a world championship draws people in, even if they aren’t playing in the tournament itself, because the excitement draws competitive people in which increases the game’s visibility, which draws more people in.

          • daniel

            Just as a note, from the 2016 GW annual report.

            Only 38% of GW sales is from trade stores. 21% from direct and 41% from retail

          • Cool. Whenever I’ve tried to get raw numbers I always missed that.

            We’re still missing the overall sales for XWing for comparison.

        • Matt C
        • Spacefrisian

          Do wake me up when the entire world only consists of Nort America.

          • Cool. Let me know when you have global data so we can have a discussion. Right now thats as close as we have.

  • Matt C

    So….the Spamament. AMIRITE!?

    • Matze Bähr

      looks like it powergaming galore

      • NNextremNN

        OMG HOW CAN THEY? People competing in a tournament (that I will never attend) trying to win a game by using the most
        effective thing they can find in the rules how dare they CALL THE INQUISITION …

        • Spacefrisian

          Time to complain on bols on the players with boring spam lists.

          I go angry phoning to esports tv when a Starcraft player spams Roaches in order to win, bloody spammers.

  • Hendrik Booraem VI

    Most current datasheet available for your model means no more Rifleman Dreadnoughts. 🙁

    Now I have to figure out how else to bring that much firepower for that value.

    • Bootneck

      You can just use the FW dreads, there is rifle versions there.

  • Bootneck

    Sold out on all dates which sucks and theres no other 40k tourneys at WHW this year – sigh.

  • memitchell

    I played in the first US GW Grand Tournament in Baltimore, circa 1996-ish? Brought a finely honed Space Wolf Army (all infantry, so I could pack light to pass-ride cross-country on my airline ). On day One, won three improbably victories (well, one was probable). That evening, after the mid-tournament festivities, sat in the bar drinking beers with Jervis Johnson and a few other tournament participants and organizers. Literally the ONLY time I have ever had beers with anyone that anyone outside of my personal meta might have ever heard of. The big secret reveals from Jervis were two games in the pipeline, GorkaMorka and Epic Armageddon. They both sounded so promising. Day Two, in the fourth game, rolled an “8” instead of a “9” to just miss killing a Carnefex with a Lascannon (40K V2), which would have won me my fourth game. That single point on the dice kept me from landing on the first row of tables, where I would have been promptly decimated by one of the many top-tier Eldar jetbike armies. Instead, won a ridiculously improbable fifth and final game against a very good Chaos Space Marine Player with very bad dice rolls.

    That I remember fine details of that tournament two decades ago hints at how much I enjoyed it. I look forward to telling this tale to my grandchildren someday. Which will confirm they were right to put me in a home.

    • Gustav

      aye, but what gods strode the world in those days…!

      I eagerly await my grandkids rolling their eyes as I regale them with tales of hitting the Chaos Lord with my lasgun and wounding him on a six. My grand dad just told me about World War 2…!

      • memitchell

        My kids are only beginning to learn how to pretend that my Navy stories are interesting. Worse, they’ve heard them so often they can finish the stories before I tell them. And, they don’t forget how the story ends.

  • Witch Beatrice

    Games workshop tournament rules says you can use units not in the codex but still found in the Index like chaplains on bikes – so can we all put that argument to rest now? The whole “Oh oh ohhhhhh waahhh GW doesnt want me to use Khan on a Bike no more hurr hurr hurr” was getting old.

    • GWELLS

      Well it was scary for a lot of people who thought all their fancy conversions were now worthless. We all have to remember a lot of people have been burned over the years by GW. Some are just taking their time to accept that GW has gotten better.

      And then of course some people just like being cynical.

      • NNextremNN

        Is it cynical to say they have learned nothing from their 7th edition rules bloat?

        • GWELLS

          Time will tell.

          • NNextremNN

            I don’t need time to tell that.

            In theory a army might already need a big rulebook, Space Marine Index, Space Marine Codex, GW FAQs, FW Index, FW FAQ.

            So 4 books a bunch of printed out FAQs and all is just from one faction.

            You might need more if you use a imperial detachment from another faction. We are supposed to get a chapter approved for all changes and updated things by the end of the year. So this number will even grow.

            Ok some might armies need less and it’s not worse than 7th but it’s in no way better.

            Or I just use battlescribe but I guess that won’t be allowed at official tournaments.

          • Spacefrisian

            World eater players got it even worse, they have to carry loads of dice as well.