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Battle Lines Drawn: A Deep Dive into the UK's Warhammer 40,000 Meta – Unraveling the Winners, Trends

Welcome Warhammer enthusiasts and competitive players to a comprehensive review of the UK's tournament scene! As we delve into the second week of our ongoing analysis, the distinctive meta within the UK continues to reveal fascinating trends and insights. This week's blog post is packed with valuable information as we explore the winners, faction performance, and shifting dynamics of the Warhammer 40K landscape in the UK.

The growth from last week is already noticeable, with the number of events increasing from six to ten, and player participation rising from 138 to 177. Despite the increase in events, the ratio of players shows that many of this week's events were smaller RTTs, peppered with a couple of medium GTs like Peterborough.

What makes the UK meta unique? How are the factions performing? And what can we learn from these events to inform our own strategies and gameplay? This blog post aims to answer these questions and more, providing an in-depth look at the events from the weekend and the overall season. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a newcomer to the competitive scene, understanding the meta's nuances is vital for success and enjoyment of the game.

So buckle up as we take a detailed journey through the UK's Warhammer 40K tournament scene, uncovering the winners, wimp percentages, and surprises that await in Week 2. Stay tuned as we reveal the secrets behind the Eldar's dominance, the rise and fall of certain factions, and the hidden potential within underrepresented groups. Let's dive in!

Section 1: The Weekend's Winners - A Snapshot of Success

The weekend was alive with the clashing of swords and the roar of battle as 10 exciting events unfolded across the UK. From larger GTs like Peterborough Slam to smaller RTTs, there was no shortage of thrilling action. Here's a snapshot of the victorious players and factions that emerged from the heated competition:

5-Round Events:

  • Peterborough Slam GT!: Michael Baird-Parker claimed victory with his stalwart Adeptus Custodes.

  • Conviction of Power 2023: Chris Tull wielded the mystical might of Aeldari to triumph.

  • Leviathan 10th Edition GT July 29th and 30th: Thomas Douch brought Aeldari to another victory, marking a trend for the weekend.

  • Frog & Crow: Dakka Rally: Andy Quas-Cohen's Necrons emerged victorious from the battlefield.

3-Round RTTs:

  • Hemel Hammer 2023: Chris Paterson's Eldar claimed the top spot.

  • Terraforming Neutral Ground: Sean Samuels continued the Eldar trend with another win.

  • BoardNerds July RTT: Caitlyn Dignan championed the Black Templars to victory.

  • Burn & Learn Vol.5: Boot Camp: Andy Mollison led Genestealer Cult to triumph.

  • Battlezone Broadgate: John Eddie commanded Imperial Knights to a win.

  • Welcome to 10th Twisted Dice RTT: Mathew Putney's Thousand Sons rounded out the winning roster.

The Eldar stood out as the dominant faction, claiming four victories across both GTs and RTTs. Their prowess in the meta was undeniable, cementing their place as a force to be reckoned with. Other notable factions included Imperial Knights, Genestealer Cult, and Thousand Sons, each making their mark in different events.

What's intriguing about this weekend's results is the diversity in winning factions, with notable mentions like Black Templars and Necrons showcasing that even non-mainstream choices can achieve success. It's a testament to player skill, strategic depth, and the dynamic nature of the game that different factions can rise to the top, depending on the event and competition.

As we delve deeper into the data, we'll explore how these victories fit into the broader picture of the UK's meta, revealing underlying trends, shifts, and surprises that shaped this exciting weekend of Warhammer 40K.

Section 2: A Deeper Dive into Faction Performance - Eldar Dominance and Surprising Trends

After capturing a snapshot of the weekend's winners, it's time to delve deeper into the faction performance and understand the underlying trends that shaped the battlefield. Here's an analysis of the data that reveals both the dominant forces and some surprising twists:

Eldar Dominance:

  • Aeldari's Power Surge: This weekend saw Aeldari's win rate shoot up to an impressive 75%, marking them as the top faction in the UK. With similar numbers of players as the previous weekend, their game wins increased significantly, resulting in 10 "X and 0" or "X and 1" records. Their four victories across GTs and RTTs speak volumes about their power in the current meta.

Surprising Shifts:

  • Genestealer Cult's Rise: Climbing from third place to second in the national faction rankings, Genestealer Cult saw a win rate increase from 64% to 68%. Despite their popularity waning (from 15 to 5 players), their performance remained strong.

  • Imperial Knights' Popularity: As the most popular faction with 17 players, Imperial Knights secured third place in the national rankings with a win rate of 62% over 63 games. Their consistent performance and high number of games played underscore their resilience in the meta.

  • Tau's Dramatic Drop: Last weekend's star, the Tau, experienced a massive drop in win rate, plummeting from 66% to 36%. This swing illustrates how player skill and the nature of the competition can significantly influence a faction's success.

Mid-Tier Mastery:

  • Custodians and Necrons Shine: Despite their mid-tier rankings, both Custodians and Necrons won events, showcasing how skilled players can outperform the faction average. This highlights the upside potential for factions that may not be at the top of the meta but have a high skill ceiling.

  • Chaos Space Marines Outrank Necrons: An interesting turn in the rankings saw Chaos Space Marines ranked higher than Necrons, a faction known for its unkillable nature. This juxtaposition raises questions about the evolving dynamics of the game and what factors contribute to these shifts.

Outliers and Insights:

  • Black Templars and Thousand Sons: These factions' victories in smaller events stand out as noteworthy. Their success underscores the diversity of the game and how even less-represented factions can claim victories.

  • Consistency in Custodians: Ranked ninth for two consecutive weekends, Custodians demonstrate stability in their performance, illustrating the importance of player mastery and understanding of faction nuances.

The weekend's data paints a complex picture of the UK's meta, with Eldar's dominance, surprising shifts in faction popularity, and intriguing outliers. As we continue to analyze the evolving meta, we can expect more twists and turns, keeping the game fresh, competitive, and engaging. The stage is set for the next big event - Leeds - where we'll witness how these trends play out on an even grander scale.

Section 3: Faction Performance Trends

The weekend's games were not just about the thrill of individual competition; they provided valuable insights into the overall faction performance and trends in the UK's distinctive meta. Here's what the data is telling us:

Dominance of Aeldari:

  • Increased Win Rate: Despite recent nerfs, Aeldari showed increased dominance, with their win rate shooting up from 64% to 75%.

  • Event Winners: Four of the weekend's events were won by Aeldari players, including both GTs and RTTs.

  • Top Faction: Aeldari emerged as the top faction in the UK, solidifying their position as a force to be reckoned with.

The Rise of Genestealer Cults (GSC):

  • Climbing Ranks: GSC moved up to the second rank with a win rate of 68%, a noticeable increase from last weekend's 64%.

  • Limited Representation: Despite their success, GSC's representation was down, with only five players compared to Aeldari's 15 and Imperial Knights' 17.

Imperial Knights' Popularity:

  • Most Played: Imperial Knights were the most popular faction, boasting 17 players and a win rate of 62%.

  • Third Place: The large number of games played and consistent performance led them to a well-deserved third place in the national faction rankings.

Notable Fluctuations:

  • Tau's Drastic Drop: Tau experienced a massive swing in win rate, plummeting from 66% to 36% in just one weekend.

  • Custodes' Stability: Despite being ranked ninth, Custodes have shown stability and potential, with event wins signaling a high top-end performance capability.

Surprising Outliers:

  • Event Winners: Factions like Black Templars and Thousand Sons, not typically well-represented, managed to secure event wins, illustrating the importance of player skill and specialization.

  • Chaos Knights vs. Imperial Knights: While Imperial Knights thrived, Chaos Knights found themselves further down the field, revealing interesting dynamics within the Knight sub-factions.

Season-Long Insights:

  • Data Evolution: As the season progresses, the accumulated data will offer more nuanced insights, allowing for comparisons between current trends and season-long performance.

  • Meta Shifts: Observing how different factions rise and fall will illuminate how the meta evolves over time, adding layers of complexity to strategy and gameplay.

In summary, the weekend's results have painted a vivid picture of a dynamic and evolving meta. From the dominance of Aeldari to the surprising success of lesser-represented factions, the UK's 40k scene continues to surprise and engage. The data hints at broader trends that will only become clearer as the season advances, setting the stage for continued excitement and analysis in the weeks to come.

Section 4: The Upcoming Events - Leeds GT and LGT

The excitement from the weekend's tournaments is merely the prelude to the big events on the horizon. As the UK's meta continues to evolve and surprise, two major events stand out as the next milestones in the competitive scene: the Leeds GT and the London Grand Tournament (LGT). Here's what to expect from these highly anticipated competitions:

Leeds GT:

  • Date: The Leeds GT is scheduled for this upcoming weekend, promising to be a thrilling showdown among the nation's top players.

  • Content and Coverage: Throughout the week, there will be extensive content about Leeds, including rankings, pairings, and admin details to ensure that attendees are well-prepared.

  • Expectations: Leeds GT is set to be a pivotal point in the season. With the gathered data and insights from previous weeks, all eyes will be on the Aeldari, Genestealer Cults, Imperial Knights, and other contenders to see how they perform in a large-scale event. The results here will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the UK's meta.

London Grand Tournament (LGT):

  • Date and Venue: The LGT is another major event looming on the calendar, positioned as the second largest in the world and aiming to take the crown from LVO.

  • Tickets and Details: Tickets are available at Players from all over the globe are expected to converge for this grand spectacle.

  • Ambitions and Hopes: LGT is not merely a tournament; it's a statement of the strength and vibrancy of the 40k community in the UK and beyond. With an eye on setting a new world record for attendance, the organizers are pulling out all the stops to ensure an unforgettable experience.

A Note on Other Events:

  • Coventry, Leicester, and Nottingham Super Majors: These events have become staples in the UK's tournament calendar. With historically large turnouts, each offers a unique challenge and atmosphere.

  • ITT (International Team Tournament): Recently relaunched with up to 500 spots available, the ITT is the largest 40k team tournament in the country. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 2pm from, adding another dimension to the competitive scene.

These upcoming events symbolize the growth and dynamism of Warhammer 40k in the UK. From the individual brilliance at Leeds GT to the communal spirit at LGT, the stage is set for unforgettable clashes, new records, and the further evolution of the game. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or an enthusiastic spectator, the next few weeks promise to be a thrilling ride in the world of competitive 40k.


The recent weekend of Warhammer 40,000 events in the UK has provided both thrilling competition and revealing insights into the ever-shifting meta. From the unstoppable rise of Aeldari to the intriguing fluctuations within other factions, the dynamics of the game are in a constant state of evolution.

The winners of the various events have showcased not only the strength of particular factions but also the depth of talent and strategy among the players. The analysis of win percentages and overall performance has allowed us to glimpse into the underlying trends that shape the game at both a national and seasonal level.

Looking ahead, the upcoming Leeds GT and LGT events promise to be major milestones in the season, potentially reshaping the meta and adding further layers to our understanding of the game. With more data points to come, the analysis is poised to become even more nuanced and comprehensive.

The growth of the 40k community in the UK, from six events to ten in just a week, speaks volumes about the passion and commitment of players and organizers alike. With new opportunities like the ITT and the expansion of super majors across the country, the scene is thriving like never before.

In closing, this analysis serves as a testament to the rich complexity and vibrant community of Warhammer 40,000 in the UK. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to the game, there's something to learn, enjoy, and anticipate as the season unfolds. The excitement is building, the stakes are rising, and the next chapter in this fascinating journey is just around the corner. See you on the battlefield!

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