Middle Earth ETC – Rules

Army Lists

Each team will submit five 800pt army lists.
There must not be more than one copy of each named character between the five army lists, this includes variations of a particular character. For example Team Antartica may not use Aragorn, Strider and Aragorn, King Ellesar.

During registration, on the first day of the event, each team will notify the event organisers which four army lists will be used by their team during the event and which player will be using which specific list. Consequently team will also declare which army list will not be used during the event.

Prior to this each team should keep any information regarding which army lists they plan to use during the event secret from other teams, the wider community and the event officials 

Each 800 point army list Army lists may be created from  the following Games Workshop publications;

The Armies of The Lord of the Rings
The Armies of The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings Supplement: Gondor At War

Additionally any PDF documents released on or before 17th March 2019, deemed suitable for tournament use, that are not included within a published book will be listed below and considered in user for this event:

Please be aware, Tom Bombadil and Goldberry are not allowed to be selected within armies for this event; he is simply too content wandering the paths of the woods to get involved.

Army List Submission
Each team must submit all five army lists by 1st March 2019 23:59GMT
To submit the army lists the team captain should compile all five army lists in a single document which will then be sent to the tournament organisers for review.


Please use this ETC 2020 Army list submission form  document to submit your army lists for the Middle Earth SBG ETC event. This document must be complete before submission and submitted by the Team Captain after all team members have confirmed the lists are correct.


All lists to be sent to



Following army list submission the event organisers will take the following steps;

  • Each army list is checked.
  • Draws are randomly chosen for game one.
  • Videos and podcasts are recorded about each teams lists.
  • Media of the army lists will be made public 3 weeks before the event.
  • During registration on the first day the four lists that have been selected for use during the event will be locked in and the fifth list is discarded.

Should a player have to withdraw from the competition after the army list submission date, for example due to illness, the substitute player must use one of the five army lists submitted. 

All models used within the event must be fully painted and based. Models should also follow the WYSIWYG system, which requires each specific model used to be equipped displaying the options and wargear purchased in the army list. For example we would expect to see a Moria Goblin modeled with a spear if the army list states a Moria Goblin is wielding a Spear.

All conversions must display wargear clearly to avoid confusion during the event. Please speak to your team captain or country representative who can contact the event organisers directly if you have any concerns regarding a conversion.

The Draw

The format of the draw will be confirmed early December 2019.
The format used in 2019 saw group stages on day one, rounds 1-3, and day two used a Swiss ranking system to match similarly ranked teams against each other.

We will be using all twelve scenarios from the Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game Rules Manual.

Six of the twelve scenarios will be chosen at random before the start of each game using the below table to determine which scenario is played.

etc scenario table

To determine which scenario is used in each round firstly the tournament organisers will randomly determine which ‘Pool’ is used.
After determining which pool of scenarios has been selected for a round, a TO will randomly determine which scenario is used in the following round; either scenario 1 or scenario 2 associated with that pool. 

Should any further scenarios be officially released for tournament use by Games Workshop the ETC event team will discuss whether it will effect the above table and inform event attendees asap. No additional scenarios will be added/removed after the army list submission date.

Rules Queries and TO Decisions
For the purpose of this event the English versions of all publications shall be used and as such all TO decisions will be based from the rules as written in English.

Making sure that all attendees are playing from the same version of the game ensures that there are no discrepancies or wording changes between the publications in use, usually due to translation issues.

Any rules updates, FAQs or Errata documents released by Games Workshop for tournament use on or before 15th February 2019 will be in use during this event.
Please see the FAQ page of this website for further details: https://wordpress.com/edit/jetpack-portfolio/middleearth-etc.com/508

Game Duration
Each round will have an allotted game time of 120 minutes.
To ensure prompt conclusion of each round and as a result reducing the risk of delays during the event, ten minutes before the end of each round players will be informed that the turn they are currently playing should be there last turn.