Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament

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. The events are as follows:

  • Heat 1: 14th-15th October
  • Heat 2: 9th-10th December
  • Heat 3: 17th-18th February
  • Final: 11th-13th May at Warhammer Fest

Tickets for every heat will be released simultaneously at 8.00am Monday 7th August. Previous Grand Tournaments have been extremely popular, so the intention for releasing all tickets at the same time is to allow greater access for as many players as possible. If you are unsuccessful securing a ticket to Heat 1, for example, then you will have access to Heat 2 and 3 straight away. It is also to allow players to plan their gaming season well ahead of time.

Heat 1 Tickets14th-15th October
Heat 2 Tickets9th-10th December
Heat 3 Tickets17th-18th February



Event Essentials

Rules: Warhammer 40,000 Matched Play (see pages 214-215 of the rulebook).
Army size: 2,000 points.
Missions: Eternal War.
Number of games: Five.
Army selection: Battle-forged with a maximum of three detachments.
Publications in use: All current and in-print Warhammer 40,000 Index books and Codexes from Games Workshop and Forge World, unless their release falls on the weekend of the event. We expect you to use the most current datasheets for your models – e.g. those found in a Codex rather than an Index if a Codex is available for your army. This means that you may use Faction-appropriate Index datasheets that might not appear in your Codex (such as Chaplain on Bike)
Meals: Lunch is provided on both days.

If you need more information concerning model requirements for events at Warhammer World, have a read through our guide here.

General Information

Your will have access to Warhammer World’s available general facilities and services, and tickets for the Exhibition Centre can be purchased on the day.

You need to arrange your own travel and accommodation if required.

Event Information: For more information please contact the Warhammer World Events Team on 0115 900 4994 or email them on whworldevents@gwplc.com

For a great experience make sure you’re familiar with the Event Pack for this event before you attend the event.