WarGamesCon by the Numbers: Supplemental

I received a couple of emails (and a rather lengthy instant message) asking for some additional breakdown of the armies at WarGamesCon. You ask for it and I deliver! :)

There's two pieces of data that I want to analyze here. First, what was the army distribution among the players at the event (i.e., what armies did players choose). Secondly, how well did those armies perform in the missions.

These two pieces of data can tell us a lot. Initially, we can determine the overall popularly (or player confidence) in the various armies. More importantly, we can determine the overall balance of a mission by determining which armies perform better than their overall distribution (e.g., if the army wins a disproportionate amount of games, the mission might be biased). Now we have to consider that the sample size for this kind of analysis is very small -- and it doesn't consider army variations (not all Space Marine armies are identical) or factor in player skill. But it should make for some interesting conversation!

The graph below slows the overall breakdown (by army) for all of the players in the WarGamesCon 40K Championship tournament. It only takes a quick glance at the chart to see that the top three slots were Space Marines, Space Wolves and Blood Angels (sitting in front of 44.3% of the players).

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Commentary: I don't think that anyone was surprised by the number of Space Marine and Space Wolves players appearing at WarGamesCon. I wasn't surprised by Blood Angels either (being the newest army to hit the scene). But I didn't expect to see the Imperial Guard make up only 12.9% of the lists -- only a bit more common than Chaos Space Marines and Tyranids.

(Anyone want to take a stab at that one?)

CHART #2: PERFECT SCORES (BY ARMY) This chart shows the group of players with perfect scores (47 out of 47 points) by army. Since this was an all-or-nothing mission, I'm only looking at the players with perfect scores. When we look at the later rounds, I'll take a broader view of winners and losers.

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Commentary: The Perfect Scores pie chart follows overall army composition very closely. Space Wolves seemed to be well-suited to the mission. And Tyranids seemed to edge out Chaos Space Marines in "Let's Get It On".

>>I was surprised (and pleased) to see the "perfect score slice" (representing only 17% of the players in the round) so closely match the overall army composition. That type of distribution indicates (to me) that the mission was well balanced. I wonder if the standard missions would fair as well? I'd love to hear your thoughts -- feel free to comment or send them to me at mkerr@chainfist.com!

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