This Week in the ITC 10-31-2019: Last Super Major, So Cal Open, is in the books! Onward to LVO!

Hello, fellow Warhammer 40k fans! SaltyJohn from TFG Radio, and one of the Las Vegas Open Head Judges, here to bring you my weekly article on the ITC. This week we take a look at the standings with the last Super Major out of the way.

Well, the So Cal Open has come and gone. It was another great success from the team that also brings you the Bay Area Open and Las Vegas Open. It is the last super major on the schedule before the season ends with, what has continued to be, the largest 40k event in the world the Las Vegas Open. Brian Pullen took it all home with his Tau droneshame list of doom, stomping all over that sweet Space Marine meta! Here is a look at the top 10.

3 undefeated players at the end of the day! Someone crunched the numbers and found that Brian Pullen not only won, with the most BP and being undefeated, but he also had the hardest Strength of Schedule! Truly impressive Brian, I hope you come to the Las Vegas Open with Tau, I would love to see it. Here is the top 10 in the ITC with the So Cal Open in the books.

It is unlikely that the top 10 changes drastically between now and the Las Vegas Open. We’re entering a bit of downtime in terms of Competitive 40k as the major US holiday of Thanksgiving approaches followed rapidly by Christmas and New Years. Brian has had an impressive year so far, he was the top finishing American at the London GT, another super major that sits only behind the LVO in terms of size and points awarded, his 20th place finish there was worth almost as many points as winning the So Cal Open! He’s been representing Tau well all season, not hopping around as some people do from new hotness to new hotness. Very impressive.

His strong finish also has Brian nipping at the heels of the other consummate Tau genius Richard Siegler. If they both go to LVO the prize for Best in Faction Tau will be decided by which of them can finish better. Wouldn’t it be a great narrative to see them play each other at the final table on Sunday at the LVO, Tau versus Tau!? I think it would. With the season coming slowly to a close it is looking like the top teams will likely remain the same going into LVO as well. Unlike last year the best team in the ITC could still be decided by strong finishes at the Las Vegas Open.

There are a few familiar names up there on the list. Beast Coast, CanHammer, Team Zero Comp, and #REKT tend to be in the top 10 year after year with Beast Coast the winner the past few. It’s notable that Brohammer is out front by a slim margin, so it will be interesting to see which team can perform better at LVO and take home the prize. It’s important to note that Mugu Legion, which also always seems to be in contention, is now just Legion. Team Zero Comp has been adding players in the wake of losing Geoff Robinson, who really seemed to be the team’s heart and soul. Adding Jonathan Starks was a good move as he is usually near the top of any event he plays in and is a solid player. It is fun to see new names in the mix, and there are some notable teams missing from major contention at this point in the season. Relentless D seems to be going through a bit of a rebuilding year, Double Dutch Rudder, Frozen North Gaming, Waroom Gladiators, all seem to have tapered off a bit. It will be exciting to see what the LVO brings us. With major changes to the ITC Standings unlikely over the next two months, I was thinking I would focus the next few articles on specific players and the Hobby Track, let me know what you’d like to see me cover in the comments! I will leave you with a few more So Cal Open based memes.

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About SaltyJohn

John has been playing Warhammer 40k since the 3rd edition box set with Space Marines, Dark Eldar, and weird green palm trees were in the set. He is currently a 40k Head Judge for the Las Vegas Open, the largest 40k tournament in the world. An avid board gamer, a huge fan of video games, and a guest spot on Geek and Sundry as a "Historian" during an episode of "Game the Game" round out his geek credentials. You can catch "Salty" John on TFG Radio's Twitch Show, and Podcast, as well as find him streaming video games on Twitch on the TFG Radio Twitch page from time to time.

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