Start Competing! Your Guide to Warhammer 40,000 Tactics and Strategy

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Hello and welcome to Start Competing!, our series of tactics guides, tournament primers, and general other useful resources for improving your 40k play. This series is intended for everyone, whether you’re brand new to 40k and wondering what everyone means when they keep talking about “the ITC meta”, or a reasonably experienced player looking to kick on and take your game up a level, or even a tournament pro who’s picking up a new faction and wants a quick primer on the good and the bad.

This is very much a work in continuing development, as we write more and add to the series, so check back regularly! Also, please note that several articles are currently in the process of being updated to reflect Chapter Approved 2019 changes, as well as the ongoing release of Psychic Awakening books. We will get these updated ASAP, but in the meantime, check out our reviews of these books here.

Getting Started with Warhammer 40,000

Getting Started with Warhammer 40,000: The Basics
Getting Started with Warhammer 40,000: Ham Etiquette 101, or How Not To Be That Player People Talk About On Forums And Such

Getting Better at Warhammer 40,000

Getting Better at Warhammer 40,000: Upping Your Game
Getting Better at Warhammer 40,000: Understanding Probability

Start Competing at Warhammer 40,000

Start Competing at Warhammer 40,000: An Intro to Tournaments, Part 1
Start Competing at Warhammer 40,000: An Intro to Tournaments, Part 2
Start Competing at Warhammer 40,000: An Intro to Tournaments, Part 3

Start Competing: Organising a Tournament

Writing Better Battle Reports

Lock, Stock, & Two Loaded Dice: Dealing With Cheating

The Imperial General’s Field Guide to Assassins
The Filthy Xenos General’s Field Guide to Assassins
Tactica Quick Hits: Removing Casualties

Start Competing: 40K Deployment Tactics – Surviving Turn Zero
Start Competing: Screening Tactics
Start Competing: Charge and Fight Phases
Start Competing: How to Assess An Opponent’s Army
Start Competing: Assessing Armies Part 2, Real Battlefield Roles
Start Competing: Assessing New Options
Start Competing: This Game is Actually Not Bullshit – Playing From Behind and Hanging On When You Are Ahead

ITC format

Corrode: these primers were written for the 2019 ITC format. Following the finalisation of the 2020 version, we will be updating them accordingly. We’ll have a new post when they’re updated!

Prime Time – ITC Primary Mission Tactics
Second to None – ITC Secondaries Tactics

NOVA format

Understanding the NOVA Tournament Format: A Primer


Start Competing: Imperium Soup Tactics
Start Competing: Adeptus Custodes Tactics
Start Competing: Adeptus Mechanicus Tactics
Start Competing: Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard Tactics
Start Competing: Blood Angels Tactics
Stop Competing: Dark Angels Tactics
Start Competing: Deathwatch Tactics
Start Competing: Grey Knights Tactics
Start Competing: Imperial Knights Tactics
Start Competing: Sisters of Battle Tactics
Start Competing: Space Marines Tactics
Start Competing: Space Wolves Tactics


Start Competing: Chaos Tactics
Start Competing: Chaos Daemons Tactics
Start Competing: Chaos Knights Tactics
Start Competing: Chaos Space Marines Tactics
Start Competing: Death Guard Tactics
Start Competing: Thousand Sons Tactics

Your Pain Will Be Legendary: Slaanesh Tactics for 40k
See Them Driven Before You: Khorne Tactics for 40k


Start Competing: Aeldari Tactics
Start Competing: Asuryani/Craftworld Eldar Tactics
Start Competing: Dark Eldar/Drukhari Tactics
Start Competing: Harlequins Tactics

Start Competing: Forces of the Hive Mind Tactics
Start Competing: Genestealer Cults Tactics
Start Competing: Tyranids Tactics

Start Competing: Necrons Tactics
Start Competing: Orks Tactics
Start Competing: Tau Empire Tactics

Tactica: Necron Monster Mash