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Warhammer 40k Escalation League

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This league is designed for players of all skill levels to grow a new army, develop a better grasp of the rules, and overall enjoy a fun event for Warhammer 40k. The league will be on an eight to ten week schedule, with rounds lasting two weeks (up to 16 players: four rounds/eight weeks - more than 16 players: five rounds/ten weeks). Players must field an army for the duration of the event with at least one matching faction keyword (e.g. Imperium, Chaos, etc.). Army composition may change from round to round, but a player may not switch armies entirely.

This league will run from 300 points to 1200 points. Entry is $20 and sign-ups will be open until the start of the league. All league participants will receive 15% off Warhammer and Citadel products for the duration of the league.

Each player must provide a reliable method of contact upon signing up so that opponents may coordinate times to play each other.


Every round, matches will be played at the current point level. Pairings will be available the Monday following the close of a round on Challonge, and you will be paired against a similarly-ranked opponent. All results are due in by the Sunday of round end by midnight. Results must be reported to the employee on staff directly after the match has finished.

NOTE: There will be no make-up rounds in this league. All matches must be completed and reported by the Sunday of round end. Players may forfeit matches to have their opponent receive full combat points, and either player may bring their army for the round to the store to be inspected by the employee on staff and receive applicable hobby points. If neither player wishes to concede, the match will be considered a tie, with each player receiving one combat point.

Any league participant who does not play their match for two rounds in a row will dropped from the league without refund.

Round One - 300pts: February 25th - March 10th
Round Two - 600pts: March 11th - March 24th
Round Three - 900pts: March 25th - April 7th
Round Four -1200pts: April 8th - April 21th
Round Five - 1200pts: April 22nd - May 5th (if applicable)

Rounds One through Three will be played on a 4'x4' table, with Round Four (and Five) played on a standard 4'x6' table. All rounds may be played using any combination of detachments to reach the point level.


Matches in each round will add to your overall score. Match scoring is as follows:

Win - 3 points
Tie - 1 point
Loss - 0 points

In addition, points will be awarded on a hobby basis, with players scoring an additional point each for Completely Painted, Unified (Matching) Bases, and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).

A one-time additional 10 hobby points will be awarded to any player who creates and/or paints a thematically-consistent piece of terrain for the store. Terrain may be no more than 12" on any side to qualify.


Each round, the scenario to be used for all league games will be published to the Top Tier Wargaming Crew Facebook group.

Scenarios are considered to be Matched Play games. Eternal War missions will be the basis for each scenario.

Entry: $20
Start: February 25th
Format: 40k Escalation League / Swiss
Store credit and other prizes will be awarded based on the following categories in order. A winner from one category is ineligible to win from any further categories:
- Most Combat Points (Hobby Points Tiebreak)
- Most Hobby Points (Combat Points Tiebreak)
- Best Sport (voted)
- Most Improved (voted)

Earlier Event: February 23
Team Trios - Pauper, Standard, Modern
Later Event: February 25
Pauper Tournament