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

Grand Final Updates

So no doubt many of you have been waiting with baited breath to see what our decision will be regards the latest Warhammer 40,000 April FaQ with regards to the Grand Tournament Finals happening at Warhammer Fest.

There were a lot of factors to take into consideration – the changes are being put in place to promote overall game balance in Warhammer 40,000 (which is obviously great) but naturally this would potentially require ticket holders to drastically change their army lists very near to the event. In effect the games would have a fresh edge to them, at the expense of potentially preventing ticket holders from attending. After all not everyone has the ability to replace a few hundred points of their army at the drop of a hat, especially if they have been working on it for months.

No easy decision to make we are sure you’ll agree!

Given the time and effort that players put in to painting and converting their armies, and especially for those who bought their ticket as far back as November last year, we believe it is too close to the event to change the parameters of how to build your army.

As a result, while we fully support the new changes and will be using them at all future Matched Play events at Warhammer World, we will not be using some of them for the Grand Finals for the Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament at Warhammer Fest in May.

This applies to the following, just to keep things as clear and as simple as possible for attending players.

  • Beta Battle Brothers
  • Beta Tactical Reserves
  • Maximum of three datasheets per army
  • Interim Points Review

This means the remainder of the changes are in effect – for example the updated Beta Smite and Character Targeting rules, the updates to rules that ignore wounds suffered, Tide of Traitors and so on.

This decision has been made mainly because we do not want to require ticket holders to drastically change their army lists this near to the event

This is a great opportunity to bid farewell to the old and usher in the new with our new upcoming Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament season – so we’ll see you there on the battlefield!

Timings and missions are as follows:

Friday 11th May
• Registration from 5.00pm
• Game 1 6.30pm-9.00pm Resupply Drop

Saturday 12th May
• Game 2 12.00pm-2.30pm Ascension
• Game 3 4.00pm-6.30pm Front-line Warfare

Sunday 13th May
• Game 4 9.00am-11.30am Scorched Earth
• Game 5 12.30pm-3.00pm Dominate and Destroy
• Award Ceremony 3.45pm
• Warhammer Fest closes 4.00pm

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.