LVO 40k Champs Announcement

All rules questions and model approvals are due by midnight tonight, the 11th of January. Also, here are your top 100 40k Champs table layouts.

If you have any models that you want to ensure are legal for play, or rules questions that you need answered prior to the event, those are due by Midnight tonight, the 11th of January, 2020. Anything submitted after this cut-off will not be answered and you will have to take your chances at the event.

LVO 2020 40k Rules Questions and Model Approval Form

And remember, the answers to these questions are straight from the judges based on what they would call at the table. They do not reflect GW, FLG or ITC official policy. They’re provided as a service to attendees to know what to expect ahead of time instead of at the table.

Current Questions and Answers

LVO 2020 Top 100 Tables

Based on popular feedback, we have decided to standardize the top 100 tables at the LVO 2020. Striking a balance between having variety in table aesthetics and layouts which the majority of players have told us they prefer, and having some predictability in the top tables for the dedicated competitors.

Based on feedback from our staff of judges and the awesome players at the Charity Hammer event, we have decided to do something new and exciting for these tables to ensure the best possible play experience. No one table layout is going to be optimal for 6 different deployment types and frankly, playing on the exact same terrain layout every game gets a bit stale to play on and to watch.

So, we have adopted this new strategy to adapt the terrain to the deployment to provide optimal experience regardless of deployment type. The below terrain layouts will be used depending on the deployment type rolled each game. As terrain must be adjusted pre-game as it inevitably gets moved during the course of the game, this should flow into the experience quite easily. And, each of the top 100 tables will have an illustrated hand-out on the table to help facilitate this process with terrain definitions.

To further accommodate this new strategy, we will not be randomizing table assignments, meaning that if you are winning your games you will be playing on these tables. Assuming normal attrition, we predict that all undefeated players will be playing on these tables by round 3 at the latest. So, if you want to utilize these next two weeks to practice with the intent of making top 8, you can assume that these are the tables you will most likely be playing on. A few practice rounds adjusting the terrain and getting used to them will make playing at the LVO even smoother. For reference, the hills pictured average 4″ in height and 10-14″ in length. The Cargo Containers are treated as hills for rules purposes and the area terrain pieces treated as providing cover to units normally but have no other rules. Also, the exact buildings used may vary slightly from table to table but will be the same rough dimensions.

Players will set the terrain during step 2 of the normal ITC Champion’s Missions order of operations. Terrain is to be placed cooperatively and the images below are guidelines to be used to achieve an approximation. Actual tables will vary slightly. Players will agree before moving on to the next step in the mission order of operations that the terrain is agreeable and represents as closely as they can achieve the images below. If players need help setting their table, call a judge to adjudicate. When selecting a deployment zone, it must be one of those depicted in the images, ie. you cannot choose a deployment zone not labeled Player A or Player B in Vanguard or Spearhead.

40k Lists are Due by Midnight on the 13th of January

Make sure you have your list uploaded correctly by then or you will get a Yellow Card. Further delays can result in a second Yellow Card. Be sure to get it done early to avoid stress. If you bought your ticket from another player or had someone buy it for you or bought it with an email different than your BCP email you will have to have your profile changed manually by our staff. To do so, email with all of the relevant details to help us get this done for you swiftly.

Thanks for reading and we will see you all in two short weeks!

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15 Responses to “LVO 40k Champs Announcement”

  1. Venkarel January 11, 2020 1:57 pm #

    John of the Salt, mentioned and posted a link to the submitted questions and the judges answers but I cannot find the link anymore, would you please post it again. Thanks.

  2. Mark Aksel January 11, 2020 3:06 pm #

    Real question, not trying to throw shade. But why not do this for all the terrain types? I recall there being quite a few different sets of terrain, from the giant building with caved in on one side, necron, orks, etc.

    I think it would really benefit the game entirely is there was some sort of ‘standard’ of what a terrain deployment could/should look like.

    I love where you guys are going with this, but to play devil’s advocate – playing on an equal playing field puts even more of a stress on going first or second – especially if it’s an even-numbered mission.

    • Reecius January 11, 2020 3:10 pm #

      I’d love to but we don’t have time. This was quite the undertaking with one set of terrain. I think though that it’s pretty obviously a good idea and it wouldn’t surprise me if this became normal going forward. It just takes some doing to get it all set up accurately for each deployment type, making the graphics, taking the pictures and editing them, making the handouts, etc. etc.

      If we would have had this idea like 3-4 months ago I likely could have done it for all of our terrain layouts but couldn’t swing it with so little time.

      • Vincent Weibert January 14, 2020 4:51 am #

        My 2coppers, I actually prefer the variety and don’t want this done for all the tables. LVO has historcally had great terrain with great variety which enhances the play experience. I do get and support standardization for the top 20%, but beyond that I think it would make the event more vanilla if all the tables looked the same.

        • Reecius January 14, 2020 6:54 am #

          Good feedback and personally, I totally agree. I love varied terrain.

  3. Casey H January 11, 2020 9:53 pm #

    Maybe make a PDF, downloadable somewhere? You know our Southern Calif crowd Reece; we’ll print ’em and make it standard practice.
    (brainwash the peanut gallery to “BE ONE OF US. BE ONE OF US.”


    • Reecius January 12, 2020 7:35 am #

      Lol, that’s actually a good idea. Once I have the PDF done, we’ll post it.

  4. JimV January 12, 2020 9:34 pm #

    I assume list edits are disabled past cutoff? if we need to make a change, and are willing to eat a yellow what is the best way to go about it if it’s past cutoff.

    • Reecius January 13, 2020 8:00 am #

      Lists are not locked yet, but will be soon. You cannot make a change once locked unless your list is illegal and needs to be changed and you will eat a Yellow to do so, yes.

  5. derfred January 14, 2020 3:29 am #

    Very interesting to see, you are not using the “nova Ls” in the middle of the board.

    I am wondering:
    Why do the layouts (except for Dawn of War) all look so similar: one big L ruin and one LOS-blocking hill in each deployment zone and then two hills and craters towards the middle? Do you expect the missions to bring enough variety?

    And why no asymmetrical layouts?

    Anyway: Amazing effort you guys are putting into this. Standardized “maps” are the future!

    We tried out standardized asymmectrical terrain with very positive feedback except that lots of ruins (ecspecially big ruins in the deployment zone) benefit Marines too much.

    • Reecius January 14, 2020 6:54 am #

      Thanks for the feedback.

      We have some terrain that are L shaped but this was the only style of table that we had enough of (100 iterations of it) to be meaningful for the top tables and a significant portion of the field to be able to plan around.

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