Iron Gauntlet

Do you think you have what it takes to contend for the ULTIMATE title in WARMACHINE and HORDES competitive play? ENTER THE IRON GAUNTLET. Compete in Iron Gauntlet Qualifier events across the world for glory and a chance to earn a spot to compete against the very best of the best at the Iron Gauntlet: WARMACHINE & HORDES World Championship at Lock & Load Gamefest 2018. In this epic confrontation, one will emerge to claim the championship and earn the title “Best in the World”.

THE GAUNTLET HAS BEEN THROWN. Prove you're the best...IF YOU'VE GOT THE METAL!

How do I qualify as a player?


To participate in the Iron Gauntlet World Championship at Lock & Load Gamefest 2018, you must qualify by earning Qualifier Points (QPs). All officially sanctioned Masters & Champions events held globally between Lock & Load Gamefest 2017 and Lock & Load Gamefest 2018 can apply to become an Iron Gauntlet Qualifier (IGQ).

Finishing first place at a Masters or Champions IGQ earns a player 10 QPs, second place earns 7 QPs, and third place earns 4 QPs. All player rankings will be recorded and displayed on this webpage.

Any player who has earned 10 QPs or more is automatically qualified to participate in the World Championship tournament at Lock & Load 2018.
First round player pairings during the World Championship tournament are based on each player’s CP scores, with the top ranked player facing the lowest ranked player, and so on.

Be sure to ask your event organizer if their Masters or Champions event is officially sanctioned, and approved as an IGQ!

How do I host an Iron Gauntlet Qualifier tournament?


For a Masters or Champions event to be considered an IGQ the following steps must be followed by the event organizer:
1.) The event must be officially sanctioned. This means the event meets the minimum requirements listed below, and is run according to the event specific rules without alteration.
2.) The event organizer must contact Privateer Press (email: [email protected]) no less than 30 days prior to the event taking place, and request that their event be considered as an IGQ. Privateer Press reserves the right to refuse any event IGQ status.
3.) The event organizer must contact Privateer Press (email: [email protected]) no more than 14 days after the event took place, and provide the names of the players who finished in first place, second place, and third place. Failure to report within 14 days will result in no QPs scored for players.

Masters Tournament Requirements
• Convention attendee minimum: 100
• Tournament participant minimum: 32*
• Qualifiers: Qualifiers are not required but must be held at the same convention or event if used.
• Format: 75-point Masters
• Available prize support: Masters medal set ($39.99 USD). The convention organizer can purchase these prizes by contacting Privateer Press via email.

* If a Masters tournament is populated through qualifiers, there must be a minimum of 32 distinct players in the qualifiers. For example, it is acceptable to have two Masters tournament qualifiers with 16 or more distinct players each and a final Masters tournament with eight players seeded from the two qualifiers.

Champions Tournament Requirements
• Tournament participant minimum: 32
• Qualifiers: Not allowed. Tournament must be open to all players.
• Format: 75-point Champions (fully painted requirement)
• Available prize support: Champions medals ($49.99 USD). The convention organizer can purchase these prizes by contacting Privateer Press via email.

Note: Both tournaments have a requirement of 32 players to be considered officially sanctioned, but a Masters must also take place at a convention or event that has at least 100 attendees present. Not all attendees at the convention or event hosting the tournament have to participate in the tournament.

Upcoming Qualifiers

  • Blood & Oil Masters (UK)
  • Irish Gauntlet Masters (Ireland)
  • Iron Moot Masters (Sweden)
  • Iron Moot Champions (Sweden)
  • Michigan GT Masters (US)
  • Crucible Masters (US)
  • Crucible Champions (US)
  • Derby Worlds Masters (UK)
  • LVO Masters (US)

As more events become approved as IGQ, they will be added to this space!

Completed Qualifiers

  • Lock & Load GameFest 2017

Iron Gauntlet Rankings

  • Patrick Dunford - 10 Points
  • Aaron Wales - 7 Points
  • Cory Burns - 4 Points