Applying for the English European Team Championships Team by Josh ‘The Master Debater’ Roberts

11 Oct
Hi Everyone,The interest for the ETC in the UK has been growing so much recently, with coverage on Rankings HQ, 40kuk and 11th Company, as well as general discussion on the forums and at tournaments, more and more people are aware of what the ETC is, and the best thing is more and more people want to get involved.

This year I have the great honour of being Captain for the English 40k team. In this thread I want to just go into a bit of detail how to apply for the English team, as well as what is expected from an ETC player.

The event this year is in Poland on the weekend 18/19 August 2012.

To compete at the ETC we take a team of 8 players, each using a different army, playing against some of the best players from all over Europe and beyond. Selecting a team is no easy task, as there are so many great players in the UK to choose from. To help ensure the best team is chosen we have a selection system in place, the system works as follows:

The Team Captain is on the Team.

He then picks two players from the top five of the Rankings. This selection for this was done on Friday (07/10/11).The two players chosen were Alex Harrison and Chris Green. So including myself this means that the players ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Rankings at the moment are all on the team this year.

These two players then form an advisory committee for the Captain; they help him to select the next two players, which must be selected from the top 16 in the Rankings by the 15/12/11.

Then the final three players can be selected from anywhere, they can feature in the Rankings, but equally they don’t have to be on the system at all. The last three players will be selected by the 31/01/12.

The aim of this selection system is to make it more transparent how you can get on to the English team, while still allowing the flexibility to pick the strongest team, especially taking into consideration the fact 8 different armies need to be played to a high level to compete.

If you are interested in applying to play on the Team then you will need to email me at order to have a realistic chance to be selected for the team you should be:

• A regular tournament player on the UK scene
• Be English
• Have a reasonable track record in tournaments
• If selected be willing to play any army, this is key considering how the ETC works.
• Be willing to take said army/race to events despite any detriment on rankings or personal glory
• Have the time to commit to playing practice games, partaking in discussions on an ETC forum, email and phone, keep up with all the ETC FAQs etc.
• Be able to spend around £600 – £1000 in the year on the ETC and associated events.
• Be able to attend the Home Nations event at the end of April at Maelstrom.
• Be a team player, able to put the result of the team ahead of your own personal result at the event.

I know it is a big commitment going for a place on the English team, but if you feel you can commit to the above list I really do recommend you email me, as in my opinion the ETC is the best 40k event of the year without question.

I look forward to hearing from you.



4 Responses to “Applying for the English European Team Championships Team by Josh ‘The Master Debater’ Roberts”

  1. GMaster October 13, 2011 at 00:25 #

    Isn’t this a pointless blog? By the look of things you have already picked half the team and by the sound of it decided how you are going to pick the rest. When did all these decisions take place?

    Last years ETC was just a team for the boys.

  2. Rollover October 13, 2011 at 00:34 #

    I 2nd that!

    • 40KUK October 13, 2011 at 00:44 #

      Hi Both,

      I’m sure Josh will reply himself, but I wanted to answer a couple of your statements.

      By no means is this a pointless blog. This is the first of many updates about the English team that Josh (as captain) will be submitting. I for one welcome the blog as it breeds transparency and lets even more people know about the ETC and how they could get involved. There can therefore be no claims that any decisions have been made behind doors.

      Of course, the ETC is the most competitive tournament on the planet, which is why regular, experienced players are needed. The selection system that Josh has used is based on one of the very successful European teams that select their squads in this way. In selection there is a lot to think about; money, different armies, who plays them, commitment, experience just to name a few, which is a great deal of work and time to organise which not too many other people have the capacity or inclination to do. I’m grateful that Josh is Captain and displaying the decisions in this way.

      As a system, choosing the top 3 ranked players in the UK as your first 3 picks isn’t the worst I have ever heard of, and in fact makes it very hard to label that as a team for the boys. Anyone that knows Josh realises that his main aim is to be as successful as possible and there is no way he’d bring in one of his ‘boys’ unless they genuinely deserved it and he believed they would add to that goal.

      Therefore anyone that is interested should indeed contact Josh. It may be that you are not selected, but who cares… it is only toy soldiers. I went along to many of the England practise games this year and I wasn’t in the team which were a lot of fun and put me in contact with friends I wouldn’t have made or don’t see that often.


  3. Andrew Ovel October 13, 2011 at 12:42 #

    Josh has a really hard job to do.

    I’ve never met the guy, however I think we can all appreciate that however the team is chosen someone will be disappointed.

    Looking objectively at the problem, Josh has had to draw up a system which chooses the best players who can also meet the associated costs and availability challanges.

    It seems to me looking at the rankings would be an obvious first step for anyone in his position; to have achieved the top rankings you will have to have played against multiple opponents of a very high skill level, thus producing a player with an excellent level of experience and skill.

    The team should be carefully chosen from the best players available with the experience that counts for what is the world’s top level 40K competition. I would love to play football for England but to be honest I’m not good enough, and to be good enough I would have to be playing for one of the premiership teams, so I’m not surprised every 4 years when I don’t make the squad again.

    And as Dave said, Josh has at least brought transparency to the selection.

    So good luck Josh, and whoever makes up the team that qualifies to go to the ETC, I want us to have the best team possible not a compromise.

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