No Mercy 2016, a Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:26pm

League of Underwhelming Miniature Painters and the Mercy Killers present their 2nd Annual Grand Tournament hosted at Great Escape Games in Sacramento, CA.  No Mercy 2016 is being held Saturday and Sunday October 8-9, 2016.  The event is an Independent Tournament Circuit (ITC) event and is classified as a MAJOR; however it will use a modified ITC FAQ and will use a collection of missions drawn from an inspired by other events, but specific to No Mercy.

  • Hard cap of 64 players, waitlist beyond 64
  • 2000 points, Battle-forged (BRB Army Construction, no source limits, normal allies table, etc.)
  • 6 round, 2 day tournament
  • First Round begins promptly at 9:30am, check-in will begin no later than 9:00am
  • Entry fee has been reduced to $55 (via Best Coast Pairings) and no longer includes custom swag
  • The address is 1250 Howe Avenue, suite 3A, Sacramento, CA 95825
  • Email with questions (after you’ve read this page) or to request a spot on the waitlist, if the event is sold out.

Buy your ticket (or view the current roster) here: 

igt_logo__01_1-300x216The 2016 event mission primer has not been finalized; however, it will feature a myriad of styles sure to test even the greatest general.  The 6 rounds will include two missions sure to be familiar to veteran ITC competitors, two mission familiar to NOVA attendees, a simple Purge the Alien that everyone loves and a mystery mission (but not maelstrom cards). We will not be checking lists in advance, and only on the day of the event if someone questions a list’s validity – the event is run on the honor system (an illegal list will result in losses for all rounds leading up to the identification, adjustment of the list and apologies to all previous opponents and intentional cheating will result in an immediate DQ and placement on our naughty list).

On Sunday, October 9th, all players who are out of the running for the title, and to whom ITC points standing will not matter, will receive free entry in to a 3 round RTT.  Basically, we’re giving everyone who gets knocked out on day 1, a second chance to be the winner (of a 3 round RTT).  What more could you ask for, then 2 chances to win?

Frequently Asked Questions

We will keep a living FAQ that will be updated after each ITC FAQ update. FAQ answers that differ from the ITC FAQ will be highlighted.  The current version of the No Mercy FAQ can be found below (to update).  It will be updated as the ITC FAQ is updated or other rules need clarification.  GW “draft” FAQs, will be used assuming that they are essentially finalized at this point.  GW FAQs will take precedence over the ITC FAQ whenever there is a discrepancy.

Rules Modifications

We are not intentionally modifying core rules within the game. This means that Invisibility, Destroyer Weapons, re-rollable saves and the allies matrix will function per the Warhammer 40,000 Rulebook.

Tournament Scoring

It the intention of the event organizers to allow all army types to compete how they are best adapted to play the game. This means that there will be multiple ways to win in many of the missions. Also, the event has a hard cap of 64 players, which means that there is a natural victor, so battle point scores will only be relevant to determine placing where win paths are tied from 3rd place and lower.

Last year’s mission primer can be found here.  It is subject to revision and refinement until 30 days prior to the event.

No Mercy RTT

In order to give players a 2nd chance at winning an event, on October 9th (day 2 of the GT) we will also be running another No Mercy RTT. At the end of day 1 of No Mercy there will be 32 players who have accumulated at least 1 loss. Those players in the bottom half of the tournament bracket will be unable to place or score any significant amount of ITC points. They will be dropped from the GT automatically and automatically entered into the No Mercy RTT at no additional cost. Both the RTT and the last 3 rounds of the GT will be run concurrently on October 9th.

Since the No Mercy RTT will be treated as an entirely separate event for scoring purposes (even though it will occur in the same location as the GT) participants are not required to use the same army list they used for the GT.  The same army list restrictions and allowances still apply.  The RTT is not open to individuals who did not participate in the GT unless space allows the day of, on a first come-first serve basis.

Army Construction

Armies must be Battle-forged and contain no more than 2000 points.  Assemble armies using any legal combination of detachments/formations/data slates as long as the army is “battle-forged” per the BRB.  Unbound armies will not be allowed.  Forge World units that are 40K approved or 40K experimental and any Forge World army list that has been updated for 7th Edition are allowed.  Units that are 30K only will not be allowed.

Games Workshop has been releasing new and revised armies at an unprecedented rate. Because our GT will incorporate both generalship and hobby (painting and modeling) we do not want to force players to change their army close to the event. A such, we will handle new/replacement codexes as follows (by release date):

Release Date -> Before Aug 28 Between Aug 28 and Sep. 17 On/After Sep. 17
Previous Codex Not allowed Optional Only option
New Codex Only option Optional Not allowed

Other items of note:

    • All armies must have at least three colors on every model. There are no basing requirements.  Failure to do so will result in inability to win prizes, including raffle, and will be checked during play on Day 1.
    • Remember to bring 8 printed (on paper) legible copies of your army list to provide each of your opponents, the tournament organizer and a copy for yourself.  Army lists MUST be typed and include all optional war gear and points.  Hand written lists will not be allowed.
    • You must have full size printed copy of rules, or original rules on a tablet sized electronic device.  Cell-phone sized rules will not be allowed as a primary source.  For rules that are only available in hard copy, you must have the original book in your possession, even if you choose to also bring a copy of relevant pages.  Exception: rules that are no longer available or were only sold as a limited edition exclusive – you may bring a copy if it is of high quality and perfectly legible.  We do not condone piracy.
    • I am working with other event organizers to compare our naughty lists. Things that get you on a naughty list include cheating, no showing without advance notification, and unacceptable sportsmanship. Anyone found to have been on a naughty list may be removed from the event in advance (I’ll notify you) and any naughty behavior will find you leaving the event early.
    • We believe that table terrain is important. At previous No Mercy events  we had large center line of sight blockers. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so we will bring these back for No Mercy 2016. You can expect tables that are similar to the Contest of Champions or previous No Mercy events.  Although the actual types of terrain are not identical on all tables, table coverage will be solid.

Purchase your ticket

The event has been reverted to $55 (early registrations will be refunded the $20 difference).  As a result, no custom swag will be provided.  Final mission packets and rules will be posted no later than August 31st.  Wholesale ticket refunds will not be provided this year, under any circumstances due to the new payment model.  However, tickets are transferable up to 5pm on Friday, October 7th with email confirmation from the tournament organizer.  As always, the prize pool will be divided between awards and raffles for both the GT and the RTT.

Prizes and awards

Because of our partnership with Great Escape Games, 100% of the ticket entry fee goes to prize support, awards, and our minimal operating expenses (paper, raffle tickets, payment card fees, etc.).  Each event, the GT and the RTT, will have prizes for

Best Overall – this is the big kahuna and the WINNER.  The player with the highest combined generalship and hobby score will win this award.

Best General – ITC points and ETC qualification standings are awarded soley on generalship ranking, as is this prize.

Best Hobbyist – You can suck at moving your models to the right place at the right time, but your army looks good while doing it.  Hobbying scores will be awarded on a curve similar to the natural results of a 3/6 round event.  The best of the best will win this award.

Raffle – As is our custom, the more you play, the more raffle entries you get.  Also, if playing results in losing, then you get even more raffle entries.  A very large portion of entry fees go into the raffle.

Wooden Spoon – Sometimes things just don’t go your way, but if you’re unlucky enough to be on the losing end 6 times in a row, you’ll get a hand crafted wooden spoon made by one of the locals.  We’ll probably also through in something fun.

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