I was trying to mine some data to make a statistical argument in favor of my army seeding idea. I was getting close to something like a 5-8% increase in the odds of a non Tau/Eldar Army winning a 4 round tournament. I was basing this on the approx 70% win rate of Taudar versus the 50% or less for armies that don't include either.
Torrent of Fire had a nice article about the numbers from Nova, but I wanted some for later events. This got me exploring the site a little more. I originally understood ToF to be online engine for running tournaments, but apparently it's also a knowledge base for winning tournaments. And they sell the data to players. For $9 a month you get access to tournament players statistics like win rates and armies they uses. Plus they have articles on how to win tournaments and such. They guarantee a 200% increase in your win rate.
This leaves me a little queasy. I know that not everyone is a fan of Stelek, but back at the begging of 5th edition he did a lot to jump start 40K's competitive community. Part of how he did that was by being open about how to build list and play to win tournaments. Disseminating all that knowledge that used to just be hoarded by the top players was really good for the game.
With Stelek checked out on 40k, fewer people are doing that anymore. I would have no sense of the top 40K meta if my regular opponent wasn't one of the top tournament players in the country. And now we have a site offering to sell that knowledge. That is what the blogging community is here to disseminate in the first place.
Anyway, I won't pay for someone else's analysis of 40K. I also think allowing players to pay for the competitive advantage of accessing other player's statistics is wrong. If that data was available to everyone, that's fine. Selling it; not cool.