Depending on which blogs you read and which podcasts you listen to, you might have heard that competitive 40K is dead, or dying, or so out of control its not fun. Evidently the 2015 Adepticon 40K main event didn’t sell out in under and hour (as I’ve heard it has the past few years) and this is being touted as proof positive. I know that the last three years, since the demise of 5th edition, locally our tournament scene has been hurting a bit. The local premiere event sold out at 90 players in January 2012. We’ve been lucky to sell half that number of tickets the last 3 years. This gave rise to a feeling of doom and gloom about the state of competitive 40K. However, with the conclusion of the 2015 Las Vegas Open, hosted by Frontline Gaming, that cloud appears to have lifted.
The Independent Tournament Circuit, coordinated by Frontline Gaming has generated a tremendous buzz and has brought players together to do what they love, kick in some teeth with plastic army men. In the 2014 circuit, over 700 players took part in one or more events across the world, although last year’s events had a heavy west coast locus. Their website lists at least 24 tournaments, although I know a few more took place that never got listed in advance. On top of those excellent numbers, The ITC awarded almost $3000 in cash to the top 3 players from the season. The California Central Valley’s own Paul McKelvey, of the Left Coast Corsairs, took top honors and a nice paycheck. My club, the Mercy Killer’s Steve Sisk took second and Team Zero Comp’s Geoff Robinson narrowly missed 2nd place for 3rd.
We’re only 2.5 months into 2015 and already 23 events are calendared. I think the work that Reece and Frankie are doing at Frontline has been an amazing catalyst to bring together the scene. Tournament organizers have already been doing the hard work to run great events for their local players with no reward but the occasional thanks. Now, with some prize money, a “ranking” system, but most importantly a way to bring people together the tournament scene is looking up this year, again!I know it has caused me to run my first RTT last month and plan another for June this year. You can find out more about my next event, No Mercy 2 here.
What do you think?