After reading another post on here talking about how ultra-competitive players tend to do poorly without their net lists and crutch units, I had a thought. This might be hard to implement, but if you had a few people with big collections it could work.
Standardized armies! The tournament format would focus on a small sized game (1000pts) in which everyone was given (or brought) the exact same army. That means that everything, down to the individual units' wargear and upgrades, is identical throughout the tournament and all the armies follow a pre-approved and tested list designed for balanced gameplay.
I know what some of you are thinking, that this would "take the fun out of the game." But it doesn't, it just takes out the Meta, which for many is what ruins the game.
The game format would be a mix of objectives and kill points, with fixed or no Warlord Traits (to minimize the "you only won because you have the XXX trait" arguments) and roughly symmetrical tables. With a mix of objective types, and no difference in table or army compositions, the game would be about nothing but the game itself and how well you play it. This means that your generalship and dice rolls would be the only thing determining how "good" of a player you are. The low points level would serve the dual purpose of making the format doable (since you'd need a couple well stocked guys to supply a bunch of armies for people who dont play that faction), and keeping the game small enough that tactics and movement become more central to gameplay (effective use of cover, no sacrificial units, no spam, no uber characters, smart deployment).
Obviously the players who are supplying the armies are going to be antsy about letting other people play with their minis. To that end, after every round each player will be responsible for turning in their loaned army to be counted and will not be allowed to leave on break until everything is accounted for. Each individual player will be held responsible for lost or stolen models, which will lead to everyone being really careful with their figures.
Does anyone else think that this idea, a tournament of pure skill, sounds like fun?