So, one of the things I always found interesting about any wargame is the way the game is played all over the world. From just a couple of friends playing in their basements to what armies people are playing in their GT's. The more competitive players keep an eye out for what armies other people play, and what they expect to face when going to a tournament, and they build their list around it. This is usually called the Meta.
One of the things I've noticed on the forum the last weeks is that a lot of people think that "their" Meta is how the game is played all over the world. What they experience playing against must be the same for everyone right? Nobody is bringing WDG, and everyone is playing those dirty dwarves right?
Since I am one of the little cogs in the 9th age project that keeps track of the tournament results for my own country I decided to have a little look at differences in the Meta. For my study case I'm only looking at tournaments that were played with the 1.0 version of the rules. We don't have to many results yet of those (if you organize any 9th age events please report the results on the forum, it really helps us!) but I did find 2 countries that both had 3 events for me to compare the results from, in the same time span....
Germany VS The Netherlands
An interesting study case for this experiment. Both countries are geographical neighbours and have a similar western culture. Both have a long tradition of wargaming, and an active wargaming scene. So, results should be similar right?
Here are the results:
So, as most of you will see on a quick glance is that there are some big differences between both countries.
While Germany seems to love the ravaging hordes of the angry goatmen, the Dutch seem less focused on the brawling herd, and those hedonistic Dutchies seem to love their Deamons a little bit less than the Germans. Dwarves are a big no show in Germany for these 3 tournaments, while the Dutch seem to love the stubbies on the battle field. While the Dutch also love the Empire the Germans are less keen on them, but they bring almost twice the amount of the Highborns to play. As the Dutch seem to love Dwarfs so much, its no suprise the ID are very active in the scene, while like the normal Dwarfs the Germans don't use them. Maybe the Germans just hate short people?
They do seem to love knights in shining armor, while this is the first no-show army on the Dutch side. both countries seem to like the Ogres (no suprise here, both countries love their meat) but while both the Lizzies and the Greenskins are being used in Germany they are a lot less frequent on the Dutch side.
Dutch players seem obsessed with the Sylvan Elves compared to the Germans. Must be some spiritual connection between being able to smoke the green stuff, and play the green stuff I guess.
The Germans on the other hand love to bring the Vermin Swarm to the table, must be their cheesy nature, while the Dutch are less focused on them.
Vampire Counts and Undying Dynasties seem to be equal in popularity, while the Warriors of the Dark Gods are very active in the Dutch scene compared to the German Metal Heads.
So, what does this say about the Meta of these 2 countries?
The Undeath Armies, Dread Elves, Saurian Ancients and the Ogre Khans are the only armies that have a roughly equal attendance in meta. The other armies vary a lot!
Looking at 3 tournaments per country, the Germans brought 14 out of 16 armies, while the Dutch brought 15 out of 16. Since this is just a small sampling of results we can't read to much out of this, and I will properly run the numbers again in a few months to see if the Meta per country changed or stabilized. Still, I think its a good thing that there is such a spread of armies, and if you stack the armies of both countries, all of the 9th age armies see the table on a regular basis.
Also you should properly expect to get shot at a lot when your playing in a Dutch tournament with all the Sylvan Elves, Dwarfs and Empire running around.....
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