The European Team Championships (ETC), the World Cup of Warhammer, will host an Age of Sigmar event from August 9-11, 2019 in Novi Sad, Serbia. The ETC is a tabletop miniature game tournament that has been held every year since 2006. In 2018, it was held in Zagreb, Croatia and attended by more than 1,000 wargamers from all over the world. The three main events last year were The 9th Age, Warhammer 40,000 and Flames of War, but in years past it was the premier international tournament for Warhammer Fantasy Battles.
After a test event with four teams this year, 2019 promises to be the first main year for Age of Sigmar at the ETC. Traditionally, the ETC is an 8 person team tournament involving national teams selected by countries around the world. In the days of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, teams from 30-40 countries competed over three days.
In the build-up to the 2019 ETC, I”ll be covering the event, the rules pack and the teams attending. And in today’s post, I have the first press release ever published on the site – the announcement of the US ETC team by ETC 2019 Team USA captain, Bill Souza. The pictures are my handiwork.
Team USA for Age of Sigmar at ETC 2019
Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this post. For those of you who are not aware, as of 2018, AoS now has an international team event that is a part of the ETC. This is a very exciting step for the global AoS community and a promising sign of growth for the relatively new game.
Over the past two years myself and a small group of like-minded individuals have been working on preliminary preparations in the event that the aforementioned scenario became a reality. I personally feel that bringing a US team over to Europe is an equally positive sign of growth in the US AoS community. When the event was announced; I took the opportunity to claim captainship of the first Team USA for AoS ETC beginning in 2019 in Novi Sad, Serbia. I am hoping this is met with nothing but overwhelming positivity and support as this dedicated group of players is about to (and have) invest(ed) significant portions of their personal time and personal finances to represent our country.
All this being said; I am proud to announce our first ever Team USA AoS:
- Alan Bajramovic (Player)
- Roger Barker (Player)
- Greg Goede (Coach)
- Sam Gould (Player)
- Joe Krier (Player)
- Bill Souza (Captain/Player)
- Michael Vagenos (Player)
This group of players was not selected in a popularity contest (some recognizable names and some not). They were selected off several key qualities that are needed for a successful team. They are all extremely skilled, sporting, and dedicated. They certainly know how to play to get victories one on one and if the situation requires; play for victories for the team. Many have team format and ETC experience.
Thank you all in advance for your support.