Age of Sigmar: Matched Play

Yesterday the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Facebook page teased some “Big News” to be announced in 24 hours time. Instantly the internet was alight with all sorts of speculation. Would we finally get a points system for AoS? The more cynical members of that Facebook group insisted that the “Big News” was just the FAQ that Games Workshop has been putting together (more on that in a bit). I personally was hoping for some sort of points system, as that was my one big hang up. I understand plenty of people enjoy AoS the way it is, but it just wasn’t for me. That is a sentiment that seems to be consistent across the board. People either truly enjoy AoS as it is, or they do not. There is no middle ground it seems when AoS is concerned.

Well early this morning the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Facebook page revealed they have been working on a whole new way to play. Enter Matched play.


Will Matched Play be Age of Sigmar’s saving grace?


Matched play is bringing order to chaos. No longer are you reliant on the “social contract” of your opponent to bring roughly the same amount of models. Now there are actual point values designed for competitive play!

Not to leave the player base currently enjoying of AoS in the dust, GW also included Open Play (which is basically the current game) and Narrative Play, another new mode which will presumably focus more on the storytelling aspect of the game by re-enacting scenarios in the fluff.

Why this was never a thing from the start I guess we will never know. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks this was the plan all along for AoS. Release a game with basic rules and let the community balance it out. However, releasing an unfinished product this way seems like a giant middle finger to the player base, and plenty of people took it that way. But despite the negative perception, something was said in the post announcing Matched Play that has me thinking maybe GW had good intentions and planned for Matched Play all along (that is, if my conspiracy theory is correct).

Finally, Matched Play is something we know a lot of you have been keen to see. We’ve put these rules together in association with some of the world’s biggest tournament organisers, to create a new standard for balanced competitive play. And yes, it includes points values.

Did you catch what was said? World’s biggest tournament organizers. Games Workshop has actually worked with an outside party on the balancing of their game?

This, to me, is the real shocker. Games Workshop has actively sought out leaders of the community, those leading the charge so to speak, and asked for help. Couple this with the fact that Games Workshop has listed bundles for AoS on their webstore that are the best performing armies/lists from a recent AoS tournament and I can’t help but believe this was their plan all along. My head is spinning right now. Is this the same Games Workshop that seemed so incompetent in the past? All I can say is that I love the direction this company is heading.

This announcement is more than just a new way to play AoS. It shows us the new direction of this company, and that they are listening to their player base. I look forward to seeing what Games Workshop has in store for us.

What do you all think of this announcement from Games Workshop?




Hey all, Alpharion here. I picked up wargaming back in veterinary school as a way to relax and forget the stresses that comes with being a veterinary student. Since then I've enjoyed sharing my enthusiasm for this hobby with anyone who cares to listen. I look forward to sharing any, and everything, GW with you all!

8 Responses

  1. Steven Groom says:

    I’m glad to see Games Workshop doing things like this. As a former Warhammer 40,000 player (I played from 1988 to 2008 and then from the tail end of 6th edition to 7th), I’ve experienced a lot of disappointment from Games Workshop. While I don’t see myself playing their games again (outside of an annual Rogue Trader/2nd edition game or two), I’m happy to see them actively working to improve their relationship with their players and I hope that they are able to maintain this trend going forward.

    I’m curious if the points value will include points for Warhammer Fantasy Battle models since Games Workshop included rules for playing those models in Age of Sigmar.

    • Alpharion says:

      It’s been hinted that GW has been working closely with the SCGT organizers, and if you take a look at their points list there is a points cost for every model/unit/formation. It really is exciting. Now there are rumors of an 8th edition of 40k coming down the pipes. I was apprehensive at first given their history, but after this announcement I am definitely feeling more positive.

  2. Kev says:

    Well I was all ready to rage here on yet another aos whiner and moaning faced brat but, but you actually have a point. Welcome to the new way to play

  3. Fredrik says:

    Really excited about Matched Play, as i was one of the players that felt completely left out when they announced that AoS would be a complete free-for-all with no planning or army building what-so-ever. Now my biggest apprehension is whether or not they are making rules/point costs for Tomb Kings, seeing as they recently removed the army. My girlfriend completely loves Tomb Kings, they are the reason she got into Warhammer Fantasy, so i’m really hoping they are included so that we can play together once the Matched Play rules become available 🙂 (Lizardmen player myself).

    • Alpharion says:

      If the rumors are to be believed (which they have been pretty spot on of late), every unit will get a warscroll with points. This includes armies that were discontinued. Another interesting bit is that Tomb Kings are rumored to be rereleased and that Bretonnia is getting a full AoS upgrade. Take that with as much salt as you require, but so far the AoS rumors have been very reliable.

      • Chris says:

        I must ask, but where did you get wind of such a rumor as Bretonnians getting a full AoS overhaul? I would love to see that but I hold my breath. My only hope is they do indeed carry legacy armies into this new points system so my Knights of the Lady continue to serve.

        • Alpharion says:

          I forget who posted that rumor. But it was one of the regulars. Again, salt required. I have not heard anything about that since unfortunately. And as far as legacy units go they already have warscrolls. I highly doubt the generals handbook will exclude them as there are not enough new units yet.

          • Chris says:

            One can hope. Again just a rumor but in my scouring for rumors for the new handbook and the fate of legacy armies. I read that forgeworld was going to bring picking up some of them, such as Bretonnians. Like you said tho, salt to taste.

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