Thursday, 10 July 2014

ETC lists revealed!

There is a total of 32 teams entered this year, which gives us 256 armies at the event
This creates the average of 16 of each army or 6.25% for purposes of army distribution

Full list can be found here

Race Quantity Percentage
Dark Elves 28 10.94%
High Elves 26 10.16%
Skaven  24 9.38%
Daemons of Chaos  23 8.98%
Empire 22 8.59%
Orc's and Goblin's  21 8.20%
Vampire Counts  20 7.81%
Warriors of Chaos 20 7.81%
Dwarfs 16 6.25%
Wood Elves  13 5.08%
Ogre Kingdoms 13 5.08%
Chaos Dwarfs  10 3.91%
Lizardmen 9 3.52%
Bretonnians  8 3.13%
Tomb Kings 3 1.17%
Beastmen 0 0.00%
  256 100.00%

From the above chart we can quickly identify the more popular races. The Dark and High Elven variants predictably top the charts followed closely by Skaven, once again proving they are a very competitive book even in a highly comped environment (despite what the sneaky rats will tell you).

Daemons are also over represented,as everyone knew they would be (I thought every team would take them) as are Empire. Interestingly enough, Orc's & Goblins punch above their weight highlighting the first book of the rank for 8th has some fight in it yet. Vampire Counts is also another surprise. I would have thought there to be far less fielded under the restrictive comp.

Warriors keep a presence in the top half. I had thought to see more of them however still an honest number. Dwarfs then round out the last to break even on numbers. The new book has created very little interest it appears, although the army preforms a very specific role in a team.

Now there's the losers in the list. Wood Elves at 13 does not I think fairly represent the strength of the book, more the short period of time require to have prepared for their use. Ogre Kingdoms still have a little fight left in them but many are shunning them in today's meta environment. Chaos Dwarfs come along next to the howls of those calling them not a real army (get over yourselves). This years comp allowed for a much stronger build than last year, and I am surprised there is not more present.

Lizardmen is the big loser here IMO, and I would have thought they would have had numbers closer to Vampire Counts (and the counts be down where the Lizardmen are). Bretonnians still manage to claim half their quota, despite the age of the book. Interesting as they do admirably well in a team environment. Hopefully the new book will help them along. 

Tomb Kings, those poor bastards. If this is not a clear indicator the book has failures in its mechanics I don't know what is. In an environment that has them with extra points and no comp, where the rest of the field is heavily comped, only 3 countries opted for them. And then there was Beastmen. No representation whatsoever. This surprises me but maybe is more of a reflection of how many other good books there are in 8th, rather than a 7th edition book trying to compete.

So the armies breakdown probably will not surprise many, other than a few armies. Next post I will look at some of the build trends that are prevalent in the field...


  1. Thanks for the link and the analysis. It does show how well skaven do despite their old book. Am surprised by the small number of wood elves. Just a shame that nearly all of the dwarf lists haven't changed much from mast year except foe the 2nd rune Smith. Cavalry bus high elves seem rather blah but I guess that's nature of ETC

  2. If there had not been the new wood elf book put out do you think many people would of taken the comp boosted old wood elves they had some good help from the etc pack. I ran them for 12 to 14 games running up to and including nico, they competed really well.

    1. I forgot to add best of luck for next month and have fun should be a great experience