Heralds of War

For the 2021 event, we’re advertising for new team members to fill vacancies. Please have a read below and apply if you think it’s for you!

What is the ETC?

The European Team Championship is a tabletop miniature game tournament that has been held since 2006! In 2019, it was held in Novi Sad, Serbia and attended by more than a 1000 wargamers from all over the world.

Teams compete in a number of systems including Age of Sigmar, 40k, The 9th Age and Flames of War. Singles events are also held in the lead up, but the teams events are the big focus of the ETC.

More than anything the ETC is a chance to get to know some awesome people and make lifelong friendships. The whole weekend has an absolute party atmosphere with teams meeting up throughout the weekend for dinners and drinks. Similar to large domestic tournaments everyone focuses on playing games to the best of their ability during the day, then spend the evening unwinding and catching up with old friends or meeting new people!

When and Where is the next ETC?

The 2021 ETC will be taking place in Luxembourg from the 4th to the 8th of August and the team normally meets at least a few days prior to that.

What is the ETC all about?

The ETC is all about having an amazing weekend playing games and meeting new people. Here’s a few players takes on the event:

“Being able to represent your country is for me the pinnacle of any sport, so to be chosen to play Warhammer for Australia was a dream come true. Nothing sums up the ETC to me as well as the annual “Ashes” game against England. An absolute must win game of Warhammer that hundreds of people are following the result of, followed by a big dinner with the English lads, with both teams in great spirits no matter who WON or lost.

Initially I saw flying to the other side of the world for warhammer as a “once in a lifetime” thing to do. The 2012 ETC in Poland was such an amazing weekend of games and fun and I met so many new friends that I was instantly hooked. I attended the next 4 ETC’s and those weekends are without a doubt some of the best days of my life (don’t tell my fiance!!!).

  • Nick Hoen (4 time WHFB player for Australia.

“Attending the 2019 ETC this year in Serbia was the single greatest hobby experience of my life. From start to finish it was utter magic. The chance to play the game I love with/against some of  the best the world has to offer was an honour I’ll not likely never forget and will be a smile on my face for many years to come. If I had the opportunity to go again, I absolutely would and would encourage anyone with the means to give it serious consideration if given the opportunity. Getting to meet people from all over the world and spend a week or more with mates playing toy soldiers is the ultimate escape from reality.”

  • Darren Watson (AoS ETC winner with England in 2019)

“ETC is a crazy fun time. Gaming wise it’s the pinnacle when it comes to teams events.  You won’t find a better experience. Blending both competitive teams based gaming with an immensely fun social element. ETC is about both sides of the coin, top shelf gaming and super fun social entertainment and meeting friends and new teams players.  It’s why so many people regularly return to the event year on year next year will be my 10th campaign and I still love the vibe. Be careful once you get the ETC bug it’s hard to let go!”

  • Akhter Khan (8 time Australian WHFB/9th Age captain)

A great insight into the ETC can be found in Episode 77 of the Facehammer podcast. In the episode there’s quite a bit of discussion about the ETC and comparison to previous years. It can be found here – http://facehammer.co.uk/2019/08/27/episode-77-aos-etc-2019/

Who is in the team?

Hopefully you! Teams in 2019 were made up of 6 players (which may increase to 8), with an optional non playing coach. Each team nominates one team captain who may be one of the players or the NPC.

What are we hoping to achieve?

Each year teams will discuss amongst themselves what their objectives are for the year. In general the three core non negotiables are:

  1. Having an amazing time and representing Australia as great people both on and off the table.
  2. Winning the Ashes against England. The Ashes are an annual face off between the English and Australian teams, held before the main event.
  3. Playing to the best of our ability as a team to get the best possible result.

As this will be the first time Australia sends a team for the Age of Sigmar event we are hoping to set up a platform and a process for future teams to build on. We want Australia to be sending 6 awesome people over to the ETC every year to represent the amazing scene we have over here on the world stage!

You’ll notice that the first priority listed above is to have an amazing team and represent Australia in a good way. Australia has a reputation from the fantasy, 40k and FoW teams in previous years of being awesome opponents who everyone wants to play against because they know it will be a great set of games. While we want to win our games and be competitive at the event, the first priority will always be to do this in the right fashion, just like we all would at a domestic event.

How is the team chosen?

The players to fill team vacancies this year will be chosen by the members of the 2020 team.

Application Process

Applications are now open.

The application process consists of an application form with some questions about your history, results and objectives with the team. Applications will close on the 24th of November and the team will be chosen and announced in early-mid December. This gives the chosen team enough time to book flights and prepare for the event well in advance.

What exactly is expected of the team commitment wise will be up to the team once it is selected. At a minimum players should be willing to:

  • Attend a practice weekend
  • Arrive in Europe early for a pre ETC boot camp/gaming week.
  • Play an army as required by the team, this might mean changing at short notice or not getting to use your favoured army.
  • Take a bad match up for the team in any given round to help the rest of the team get better match ups.

FAQ

Q. Do I have to be an Australian citizen to apply?

A. No. However there are some strict guidelines on team makeup in regards to nationality as listed below:

By the definition of the ETC itself a player can play for Australia if they meet one of the 3 criteria below

  1. The player was born in the country.
  2. The player has a natural or adoptive parent or grandparent who were born in the country.
  3. The player has resided in the country for the three calendar years immediately preceding the ETC event of that year.

Q. How will the captain be chosen?

Players can elect to apply as a playing captain in their application. As the captain is responsible for the major decisions of the team after selection and until the next captain is selected, they will need to provide evidence of team leadership roles or other supporting evidence in their application.

Q. How will players be chosen?  What factors are taken into account?  What role do “objective” factors such as the Masters rankings play?

Players will be chosen based on their previous results in major matched play events, their conduct in these events and on social media and the variety of armies that they have used previously.

While looking at the Matched Play Rankings will give the selectors a great insight into the player’s performance on the tabletop, this will not be the only factor when deciding the makeup of the team.

Q. Are you looking for the best players? Best team? A representative selection of each of the regional AoS scenes?  Will there be a regional quota?

The selectors will be looking to create a team from amongst the nation’s best players while making sure that they can play cohesively as a group representing Australia in the best light possible.

No regional quotas will be in effect for the 2021 team.