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Format change announcement for Ultimate Warmachine 2014 - WestGamer
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:45 am 
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Hi all,

This announcement specifically concerns the Warmachine tournament at the 2014 WestGamer Ultimates. (It does not concern the other two tournaments for 40K and Warhammer.)

Since its inception, the WestGamer Ultimates have been created as a format in which the top players of the state take part in a high level hobby competition to determine the best players and hobbyists in WA. This will be the 8th year of this premier tournament, and we have had 2 successful years of running Ultimate Warmachine as part of the lineup (since 2012) as well.

One of the things over the years that has made the Ultimates unique and added to the special nature of the event is the invitational aspect of the tournament. The fact that we only invite the top hobbyists in WA to attend adds to the honour and prestige of competing, and guarantees that after a tough year of fighting to qualify, players will be rewarded with a battle against the best to determine who deserves the ultimate title! Traditionally we have set the invite number at 16 players for each tournament for this reason (though the Warhammer Fantasy event was reduced to 12 since 2012 due to a slowing tournament scene in WA). It ensures that we only invite the (roughly) top quarter of the active tournament players in the state - making the invitation a privilege indeed.

In order to preserve the integrity of the event, it is necessary to ensure that we continue to invite the top tier of the players in WA, rather than just the majority of the current active tournament players. The current challenge relevant to this relates to the average Warmachine & Hordes event sizes in WA and the range of diversity in the players that frequently attend them.

As a result - this year we will be reducing the number of available invites to the Ultimate Warmachine tournament to 12. (10 ladder qualifiers and 2 wildcards.)

This may simply be a temporary change to the format for 2014, but we will see what next year brings and conduct a review with the relevant tournament data available in future months. This change to qualifying format should not be seen as anything negative relating to the growth and development of the current Warmachine and Hordes tournament scene in WA, as the truth is quite the contrary! However, this decision has been made to ensure that this year's event delivers the best we can offer within the scope of the current player pool in the local community.

Irrespective of this format adjustment - rest assured that the tournament will still be a tough, hard fought contest where the best come to do battle and show off their quality! We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure a fantastic event as usual, and we do not expect this change to distract from the enjoyment of everything else going on. It's not long now until the big weekend, but if you want a final chance to qualify for Ultimate Warmachine - then I strongly suggest that you check out Sanctify!, which will probably be one of your best chances to improve your standing on the WestGamer Tournament League ladder for the chance to earn one of the coveted Ultimates invites!

You can view futher detail on the qualifying process for the 2014 WestGamer Ultimate Tournaments here.

Full details and players guides for all Ultimate events will be released soon on September 1st! Look out for it. 2014 Wildcard nominations will commence on the same day as well.

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Not the biggest fan of this change. Previous years have seen invites passed up and gone deeper into the league ladder. Biggest barrier of entry into ults for wmh is painting requirement. While the top ten player can pretty much know they will be invited and can prep to their best estimations on the format for the event, the other 4 positions are usually in flux and that's not considering the 2 wildcard entries.
Might I suggest (again) that invites are done much earlier next year but return to the 16 players. This gives a solid representation of the actual strength of the war machine player community rather than just those that can prep in the limited time

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:08 am 
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I like all feedback. I get to read it here, through PMs and on the FB chat, etc

Ultimates seems to have the flexibility to alter its format to suit the community and it's feedback.

I would like to see format changes up by mid season, so June/July.


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My suggestion last year was get invites out end of July and locked in by the end of August.

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Thanks for the feedback Ryan. There are several reasons why that route was not chosen this year, but 2015 is another year entirely. Everything is subject to change as the hobby, the community and the local tournament scene continue to evolve. As I stated above, this change is not a reflection of a lack of confidence in those factors at all, but I feel it is the right decision for this year to ensure we run the most enjoyable and competitive event we can. Incidentally, I've received feedback from a few people who have suggested something similar to this change as well, so it's likely going to be the case as usual that you just can't please everyone.

We're still over 3 months out (2 months before final invites are confirmed). Plenty of time for people to enter additional events and for practice & painting before the big weekend. I expect that people who are keen on entering this year will have been working towards it for a while now anyway. The painting requirement especially should be a known factor given the event format hasn't deviated from it across all systems for the past 7 years.

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