Hey all, I’m starting a new initiative to produce a Warhammer Age of Sigmar Power Rankings, a tiered list of factions in matched play produced by a collection of top gamers from across the world. A common question people ask is “how competitive is faction X?”. These power rankings will answer that question, be updated monthly for new developments, and complement the amazing Honest Wargamer stats.
I’ll also have links to new pages covering the top lists for each faction so that you can compare and contrast what does well depending on the event pack. For a taste, you can check out the Legions of Nagash Top Lists page.
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The Honest Wargamer Stats
If you want a complete list of all the major event results and the quantitative analysis of faction performance at events globally check out the Honest Wargamer. You can also check out the UK rankings and the Australian rankings to see which players and factions are doing well. If you want a more subjective, qualitative and at times tongue-in-cheek approach, you can check out these rankings.
Power Rankings and e-sports
These Power Rankings are intended to draw on the US sports and e-sports approach of ranking relative performance among top players at events. Each contributor assesses the factions based on the top performing tournament lists for that faction, the faction’s match-ups and performance in particular battleplans, as well as the overall strength of the book in competitive matched play.
Choosing an Age of Sigmar army: a qualification
These rankings are competitive matched play focused and should never be the sole (or even really the main) reason for choosing an army if you are looking to start something new. The army’s play-style, background, models and other factors are likely to be more important in your enjoyment of the army and faction.
If you are choosing an Age of Sigmar army or are new to the game, I highly recommend you check out this video from HeyWoah Twitch.
Age of Sigmar Power Rankings
So without much further ado, here is my take on the current Warhammer Age of Sigmar Power Rankings. Over the coming days, I’ll collate the responses from the contributors to update the graphic. I just wanted to get this up while I had time.
By way of my own contribution, I’d define the tiers listed as follows:
- S = few if any counters, a highly competitive army with strong tournament lists adaptable to many different tournament settings
- AA = strong, regular 5-0 winners at a tournament
- A = potential 5-0 contenders, but with some hard match-ups or scenarios that mean they may struggle against the S or AA lists. More likely to be 4-1
- B = most likely a 3-2 army
- C = a 2-3 army
- D = a 1-4 army
- F = serious problems or very limited
If you want to have a go yourself, you can use the Age of Sigmar 2.0 – Army Power Rankings Tier List Maker here.
I’m really interested to hear what you think about the concept and what criteria you would set. Feel free to get in touch on Twitter or to dan @ aosshorts.com.