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Dominion League / Season 30 - End of Season Deadlines
« on: November 14, 2018, 02:49:29 pm »
Season 30 officially ends on Sunday, November 25th. To account for the westernmost timezones, the deadline for reporting matches is Monday, November 26th, at 15:00 UTC.

If you need extra time to finish, please contact your group moderator. There is a one-point penalty for finishing late two consecutive seasons, assessed to the player(s) responsible for the late finish. It is the group moderator's job to assess responsibility; if it is unclear, make sure to let them know.

The deadline for finishing matches late is one week later. All late finish matches must be reported by Monday, December 3rd, at 15:00 UTC.

If any matches remain unreported by the late finish deadline, the responsible player(s) will be considered to have dropped mid-season. This means that they are banned for the next two seasons, and automatically demoted when they return. If they played at least three matches to completion, those are kept for the other players' standings and their remaining matches are "simulated" (see the full rules for how), but if they did not complete that many, its result is removed.

In addition to finishing your matches, all players must fill out the returning form to tell us whether they will be back for next season. This form was sent to you in a private message; you can also find it in the pinned post in your Discord division channel. The deadline for filling out the returning form is Wednesday, December 5th, at 19:00 UTC (the Season 31 signup deadline). Any players who have not told us whether they will be back by then will be assumed to be not returning.

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Dominion League / Season 30 - Bigger than the Championship
« on: October 14, 2018, 10:46:45 pm »
Hello everyone!

I hope you enjoyed the long break from the Dominion League over the last month. As you probably already know, we took five weeks off in order to give everyone a chance to compete in the 2018 Dominion Online Championship which is now down to round of 16. Good luck to those still alive!

We're obviously friendly with the championship; half of their moderators are current League moderators as well. But I can't resist a little gentle ribbing: At this moment, the start of season 30, we have 256 players, which is 2 more than the championship was able to gather: 254. So I think we can all agree that the Dominion League is the biggest active Dominion tournament in existence. Tell your friends!

Speaking of moderators, we're happy to welcome back Burning Skull, who took Season 29 off of moderating and playing. We didn't lose anyone from last season, so we're back to the same eight moderators as in Season 28: Anders, Burning Skull, Gazbag, gloures, myself, Seprix, tracer, and volfied. assemble_me and drsteelhammer are still hanging around and hope to come back some day.

Many of you are probably wondering about the release of Renaissance which will happen some time mid-season. You are welcome to play with Renaissance if you both agree to, but the default for Season 30 is to play without it. Assuming it's released roughly on time, it will become default to play with Renaissance in Season 31.

Also, keep an eye on daylight savings. The majority of the League is switching mid-season, the Europeans first on October 29th, and then the North Americans on November 5th.

Otherwise, we're continuing pretty steadily. We're continuing the check-ins from last season; especially with the long break before the season, be sure to let us know you're still interested in playing! markus has also already generated some forecasts for the season; check those out and see if you can do better than he predicts!

Best of luck to everyone!

SamE

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Dominion League / Season 30 - Standings
« on: October 14, 2018, 06:40:10 pm »

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Dominion League / Season 30 - Late Signups
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:29:55 pm »
Season 30 will run from Monday, October 15th until Sunday, November 25th. Signups have officially closed, but if you are new to the league, you can still sign up late in this thread until Wednesday, October 17th at 19:00 UTC.


Late signups are now closed. Please go here if you would like to sign up for season 31.


To do so, please post a message with your dominion.games username, timezone* and, if you have joined the Dominion Discord, your Discord username (formatted like @___#___). Please make sure to state the exact spelling of your username (upper/lower case, special characters, and so on). You will be placed in an appropriate division according to your timezone and rating on dominion.games as seen in the client or here.

Please check the welcome thread first and read the rules to make sure you're comfortable with the format and the time it takes to play a season. If you have any questions be sure to check out the FAQ. You can also ask questions about the League at the dominionleague channel on the Dominion Discord. If you join, we highly recommend, but do not require, using Discord to communicate with your opponents.

If there is space for you this season, you will receive a personal message from a league moderator to confirm your signup. You must reply to this message within 24 hours or your signup will be removed.

If there is no space appropriate for you (given your level and timezone), we will instead invite you to sign up for next season! You should hear back either way by Sunday, October 21st.

*When specifying a timezone, please use one of these common examples or use the same format and look yours up in the complete list.
Code: [Select]
America/Chicago
America/Denver
America/Los_Angeles
America/New_York
Australia/Sydney
Europe/Berlin
Europe/London

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Dominion General Discussion / Ununtrashable Cards: The Complete List
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:00:30 pm »
Few things in Dominion are irreversible these days. People have even figured out ways to put split piles back in arbitrary orders!

However, one element of Dominion has always had more of a sense of finality to it: the trash. Once something is trashed, it's gone forever, right? That's at least how we explain the game to our friends -- discarding means you'll see it again, trash means you won't.

Of course, that's changed over the expansions, starting with Dark Ages. (Technically, Thief / Noble Brigand took treasures they stole out of the trash, but since they were only in the trash for a brief moment in the midst of resolving the card, we won't count that. I also won't count Fortress for the same reason.) Dark Ages introduced us to Graverobber and Rogue, which can all take cards of a specific price range ($3-$6) out of the trash. Of course, which cost reduction like Bridge and Highway, this meant that any cards costing $3-$11 (i.e. $3+ with no potions) could be retrieved from the trash.

Lurker provided the next big jump up: Now any action cards could be taken from the trash, including cheap ones (e.g. Ruins) and potion-cost ones.

And now finally, Treasurer has given us a way to get any Treasure out of the trash. Of course, this is the biggest deal for heirlooms like Magic Lamp and Haunted Mirror, which no longer are just single-use. But it's also now the first time we can take Coppers out of the trash!

This leaves us with only a small number of cards that cannot be taken out of the trash once they make it there. Here they are:


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Tournaments and Events / Championship Bracket
« on: September 18, 2018, 11:04:44 am »
Hi everyone,

I've helped the championship moderators put together a few different versions of the Championship Bracket in Google Sheets. First, there's the full bracket for anyone looking at the super big picture. Second, you can see the bracket starting at a particular round -- since only Round 1 games have been played right now, the only interesting subbracket to see is starting from Round 2, but as the tournament progresses, we'll show later subbrackets. Finally, we've split the original bracket into 8 "regions" which will produce one quarterfinalist each -- these are on the tabs "Region A" through "Region H". Enjoy!


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Dominion League / Season 29 - Champion Match: Sunday, September 9, 18:30 UTC
« on: September 08, 2018, 11:02:13 am »
Hello everyone!

The Champion Match in the A Division of Season 29 will take place tomorrow, Sunday, September 9th, at 18:30 UTC. It will feature 12-time champion Mic Qsenoch and top player but newcomer to A RTT. Based on the very tight finish at the top of A this season, RTT must win 3.5 games to win, while Mic Qsenoch only needs a 3-3 tie. Even if someone clinches early, they will be playing out the full six games.

There will be commentary as usual on Twitch by Sicomatic and aku chi.

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Dominion General Discussion / Patterns in Game Length
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:00:46 pm »
I've been recording myself while playing online Dominion for the last couple of months. I've played 462 ladder games so far in that time against 96 different opponents, not counting League matches, other tournaments, or games where I accidentally didn't press "Start Recording." There's enough information there that I thought I'd share some observations.

I'll be focusing in this post on how long the games take. This counts all games, whether one of the players resigns or not. For what it's worth, I'm generally seen as somewhat on the slow side, and I resign later than most of my opponents if I do at all, both tendencies which would likely skew these numbers to the high end.

Average: 18:24
Median: 16:54
Minimum: 2:07 (a turn 4 frustration resign)
20th Percentile: 11:07
40th Percentile: 14:56
60th Percentile: 18:49
80th Percentile: 24:54
Maximum: 53:23 (this game against Dingan)

So if I were describing how long a game takes to a friend, I'd say "15-20 minutes." If they really needed to know how long the game would last, I might give a wider range, like 10-25 minutes. Only about 10% of games lasted longer than 30 minutes, although those games tend to be the more interesting ones.

We can actually quantify that. I give a completely subjective 1-5 score to every game in terms of interestingness. It's not the most discriminating metric; almost half of all games get a 3. I only give 5 games each week a 5, and those get featured in my Interesting Games of the Week series. As expected, they're a bit longer on average:
InterestingnessCountAverage Length
12812:57
29815:47
321418:44
48320:51
53821:56

Finally, you might be wondering which cards contribute to a game being longer or shorter. I have that data too, although the sample size for each card is much smaller. That said, you might be able to guess some of the top 5 in either direction:

CardGamesMedian Length
Inheritance810:01
Windfall1410:13
King's Court1310:15
Embassy1710:20
Navigator1311:12
.........
Overlord1024:06
Library1524:08
Venture1324:22
Ghost Ship2024:33
Black Market1726:48

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Dominion League / Season 29 - End of Season Deadlines
« on: September 01, 2018, 12:46:46 pm »
Season 29 officially ends on Sunday, September 9th. To account for the westernmost timezones, the deadline for reporting matches is Monday, September 10th, at 15:00 UTC.

If you need extra time to finish, please contact your group moderator. There is a one-point penalty for finishing late two consecutive seasons, assessed to the player(s) responsible for the late finish. It is the group moderator's job to assess responsibility; if it is unclear, make sure to let them know.

The deadline for finishing matches late is one week later. All late finish matches must be reported by Monday, September 17th, at 15:00 UTC.

If any matches remain unreported by the late finish deadline, the responsible player(s) will be considered to have dropped mid-season. This means that they are banned for the next two seasons, and automatically demoted when they return. If they played at least three matches to completion, those are kept for the other players' standings and their remaining matches are "simulated" (see the full rules for how), but if they did not complete that many, its result is removed.

In addition to finishing your matches, all players must fill out the returning form to tell us whether they will be back for next season. This form was sent to you in a private message; you can also find it in the pinned post in your Discord division channel. The deadline for filling out the returning form is Wednesday, October 10th, at 19:00 UTC (the Season 30 signup deadline). Any players who have not told us whether they will be back by then will be assumed to be not returning.

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Dominion League / Season 29 - Working to Reduce Failures
« on: August 21, 2018, 02:32:27 pm »
Hello everyone!

[Note: I wrote this before the season started, but never actually posted it! I think it's still useful to see the mindset that the moderators are taking to this season, even if some of the statements are a little old.]

Season 29, the third season in this era of the big (200+ player) league, starts tomorrow. Since expanding the League by advertising directly on the client, we have spent our first two seasons mainly just keeping up. Now that we've gotten our feet under us and developed almost all of the systems we need to operate at this scale, we'd like to spend the next season focusing on minimizing the problems that arise during the League.

What problems are we talking about? Well, here's some of the feedback we've gotten the last two seasons:
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A couple players in my division were not responsive to messages trying to schedule matches and would stand me up for our scheduled matches. It became too frustrating to work around people who were poor communicators and/or not respectful of others' time.
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Players should be consistently in contact via discord or forum if they want to participate. Some players have been very difficult to get a hold of.
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There needs to be more stringent requirements for players to keep a pace of games. It was super frustrating to have no one interested to play in the early weeks and then need to jam everything in at the end. I'd much prefer a consistent pace.
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once again, there were some issues with scheduling and one group member vanished entirely :(
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player dropping out was a bummer, but was handled well by anders
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Two drop-outs from my division, which was a shame, but I guess that's a natural consequence of trying to attract new players by advertising the league more widely.

In all, we had to remove 37 players, nearly as many as the 41 we removed last season. It is indeed a natural consequence of reaching a larger audience, but it's still something we can improve on. While most of these pains were felt in the E and F divisions featuring many new players, we even had desertions and complaints about scheduling as high as C. Now, to be clear, most of the feedback we've gotten has been positive, and we have a similar percentage of players returning for season 29: 75%. But I bring this feedback up because we recognize two serious problems here that we'd like to spend next season focusing on: reducing the number of players who vanish, and keeping everyone in consistent communication.

Pursuant to the first goal, we're introducing a new check-in form at the beginning of the season. It's been sent to all league players via the usual sources: the private message you received, and pinned in your Discord channel. Everyone must fill out the check-in form in the first week of the season or risk being replaced by a player on the waiting list. I will continue to nag everyone who has not filled it out about every other day until you do.

Included on that check-in form is a series of commitments you're making by signing up to play this season in the League, that we expect all players to take seriously. Most of these are centered around communication. It's completely fine, for instance, to have a week or two during the season where you are unable to play, as long as you communicate this with your moderator and schedule your matches with opponents at other times. We're also trying to be more clear about the need to actually schedule your matches; spontaneity is nice when it works, but the default method is to contact your opponent, offer a few potential times that work for you, and then communicate back and forth until you settle on a time that works for both.

On a final note, I'd like to thank Burning Skull for his many seasons of moderating for the League. He will be taking a (hopefully short) break starting this season, but he'll remain in the loop as an adviser of sorts, along with assemble_me and drsteelhammer, both of whom hope to return soon but cannot do so just yet. And of course, I'd like to thank the other moderators who are continuing this season: Anders, Gazbag, gloures, Seprix, tracer, and volfied. I consistently hear good things about each of you as moderators, like that comment about Anders above. :)

SamE

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Dominion League / Season 29 - Standings
« on: July 28, 2018, 04:00:16 pm »

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As the season draws to a close, the Champion Match in the A division will be taking place on Sunday, July 15th at 18:00 UTC. It will feature Mic Qsenoch and markus for the third straight season.

Due to Mic's fantastic season (including two 6-0's), markus needs a clean 6-0 sweep to be crowned champion. If Mic Qsenoch wins or ties any games, he will win his third straight championship. Either way, they will be playing all six games, so we'll all get the fun of watching six games of high-quality Dominion.

There will be commentary as usual on Twitch by Sicomatic and another top player.

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Dominion League / Season 28 - End of Season Deadlines
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:30:54 pm »
Season 28 officially ends on Sunday, July 15. To account for the westernmost timezones, the deadline for reporting matches is Monday, July 16, at 15:00 UTC.

If you need extra time to finish, please contact your group moderator. There is a one-point penalty for finishing late two consecutive seasons, assessed to the player(s) responsible for the late finish. It is the group moderator's job to assess responsibility; if it is unclear, make sure to let them know.

The deadline for finishing matches late is one week later. All late finish matches must be reported by Monday, July 23, at 15:00 UTC.

If any matches remain unreported by the late finish deadline, the responsible player(s) will be considered to have dropped mid-season. This means that they are banned for the next two seasons, and automatically demoted when they return. If they played at least three matches to completion, those are kept for the other players' standings and their remaining matches are "simulated" (see the full rules for how), but if they played less than this, all of their previous results are removed.

In addition to finishing your matches, all players must fill out the returning form to tell us whether they will be back for next season. This form was sent to you in a private message; you can also find it in the pinned post in your Discord division channel. The deadline for filling out the returning form is Wednesday, July 25, at 19:00 UTC (the Season 29 signup deadline). Any players who have not told us whether they will be back by then will be assumed to be not returning.

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Dominion Videos and Streams / SamE Old Dominion
« on: June 26, 2018, 01:40:11 am »
Hey everyone!

I've started a YouTube channel!

For now, I expect it'll feature a lot of Judgment Matches, including this first one of Groundskeeper versus Minion with aku chi.


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Dominion League / Season 28 - Another Big One
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:08:48 pm »
Hello everyone!

We're excited to kick off Season 28, the second season of the League at this new scale. We have placed 252 players into 42 divisions, slightly fewer than the 45 divisions we had last year. You can still sign up for our waiting list until Wednesday in case spaces open up in the first week.

We unfortunately are losing four of the awesome moderators who made last season a success. We'd like to thank LaLight and IrrationalE (2.71828.....) for their service to the league, as they will be stepping away for the foreseeable future. assemble_me and drsteelhammer are taking a shorter break of a season or two; they will continue to stay on as advisors and hope to return to moderating in the near future.

To take their place, we successfully recruited four new moderators for the new season. Welcome to Anders, Seprix, tracer, and volfied! They are all active players in the League and the online Dominion community and we're lucky to have their help.

With a new season also comes the opportunity to make various changes to upgrade the league systems. Here's a list of what's new, some of which you might have already noticed:
  • Report your partial results like normal now. Instead of keeping them in a separate forum post, we're asking everyone to report their partial results this season using the same form they use to report full results. (If you're playing in the League this season, this form should have been PM'd to you.) After submitting, the form will provide a link which you can use to edit your results later, or, if you lose that link, you can also just make a new post. (Don't do this for every game of a match, though, unless you really do play them one at a time across six different days...)
  • A Comprehensive FAQ. Thanks to all of his tireless work welcoming new players to the League, gloures has gotten a lot of questions from you all. He's compiled them together in a forum post that you should all be sure to check out.
  • The new Dominion League Hotline. In going through the feedback from all of you, we realized that many of those with negative experiences didn't raise it with a moderator. We'd like to lower that barrier to entry by providing an easy tool for you to contact the moderator team: http://tinyurl.com/dominion-league-hotline. Just fill out that form any time you have any issues, whether your opponent stood you up for a match or you just forgot some link, and a moderator will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Further and better timezone-based divisions. The return of timezone-based divisions in D, E and F was largely a success. This season, we are further subdividing North American timezones in E and F into Eastern/Central and Mountain/Pacific timezone-based divisions. We also no longer need a mixed division in D, with 5 North American and 3 European divisions.
  • More helpful metrics in the standings. You might notice a new column in the standings, +/-, which is simply your number of wins minus your number of losses. It's perhaps a better intermediate metric of how well you've been doing than the average score in a match, since that can be excessively high or low if you have fewer games played. We've also replaced average score with winning %, a more intuitive metric for those not used to 6-game matches.
  • A new Matches tab in the Standings. Back by a combination of popular demand and usefulness to the moderating team, this tab provides another snapshot at the progress of each division, a la the old Standings posts from Season 25 and before.
  • Individual Standings links. Some of you just wanted to see what's going on in your division without opening the whole Standings page (and it's gotten quite long by now!), so links to the standings posts for just your divisions have been distributed in the opening PMs to everyone. They're also in the opening Discord post in your division-specific channel.
Finally, I'd like to recognize markus's work which started at the beginning of last season to provide forecasts for the League. He'll be doing the same for this season; keep an eye on the Standings page for his post there soon.

Keep making the League awesome,

SamE

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Dominion League / Season 28 - Standings
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:50:54 pm »

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Dominion League / Season 28 - Late Signups
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:00:18 pm »
Season 28 will run from Monday, June 4th until Sunday, July 15th. Signups have officially closed, but if you are new to the league, you can still sign up late in this thread until Wednesday, June 6th at 19:00 UTC.

Late signups are now closed. Please go here if you would like to sign up for season 29.

To do so, please post a message with your dominion.games username, timezone* and, if you have joined the Dominion Discord, your Discord username (formatted like @___#___). Please make sure to state the exact spelling of your username (upper/lower case, special characters, and so on). You will be placed in an appropriate division according to your timezone and rating on dominion.games as seen in the client or here.

Please check the welcome thread first and read the rules to make sure you're comfortable with the format and the time it takes to play a season. If you have any questions be sure to check out the FAQ. You can also ask questions about the League at the dominionleague channel on the Dominion Discord. If you join, we highly recommend, but do not require, using Discord to communicate with your opponents.

If there is space for you this season, you will receive a personal message from a league moderator to confirm your signup. You must reply to this message within 24 hours or your signup will be removed.

If there is no space appropriate for you (given your level and timezone), we will instead invite you to sign up for next season! You should hear back either way by Sunday, June 10th.

*When specifying a timezone, please use one of these common examples or use the same format and look yours up in the complete list.
Code: [Select]
America/Chicago
America/Denver
America/Los_Angeles
America/New_York
Australia/Sydney
Europe/Berlin
Europe/London

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The Season 27 Champion Match, featuring a rematch of last season's between markus and Mic Qsenoch, will take place tomorrow, Friday, May 25th, at 16:00 UTC. The match will be streamed on Twitch with commentary from jonts and E.Honda. You are also welcome to watch and comment in the client.

The match consists of six games, which by tradition will be played all the way out regardless of the outcome. Both competitors did extremely well in the regular season, winning at least 21 of 30 games against their (very strong) opponents. markus enters the championship with a 0.5-point lead on Mic Qsenoch, so he just needs to win 3 games, while Mic Qsenoch needs to win 3.5.

My apologies for the late forum announcement; hopefully you saw the announcement in-client a few days ago!

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Dominion League / Dominion League FAQ
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:49:50 am »
We've gotten a lot of questions from new players, and thought it'd be useful to compile our answers all in one place. If you have a question, it's quite likely to be below. We've split this FAQ into five sections:
  • Signing Up
  • Discord and the Online Dominion Community
  • Scheduling Your Matches
  • Playing Your Matches
  • Details and Backend
  • Miscellaneous
If you have a question that isn't on this list, please reach out to any of the current moderators. If we get the same question enough times, we'll add it to this list.

Credit where it's due: 90% of this list was compiled by gloures, who has already been responsible for onboarding hundreds of new players.

Signing Up

How do I sign up for the Dominion League?

Just go here, and looked for a pinned thread with the name ''Season XX - Signup'' or "Season XX - Late Signups". Enter that thread and post a reply with your dominion.games username, timezone, and Discord username in case you have Discord. If you have played in a past Season within the last year and wish to return you should also specify what Season that was, what Division you played in and your final place in that group. In either case, you shall soon receive a PM in this forum to confirm your signup. A reply to that PM before the proposed deadline (2-7 days) is necessary to enter the league -- we want to make sure everyone playing in the league can respond promptly.


I missed the Confirmation PM deadline for my sign up. Can I re-signup?

As long as the deadline for signing up for the Season is not passed, you are not only allowed to resign up, but encouraged to do so. Just make a new post with the same information in the signup thread.


Are Dominion League games required to be played online through dominion.games?

It is not necessary that games need to be played online; however, since you will be playing people from all over the world (or at least your continent), it is unreasonable to expect that you will have a chance to play most games in any other way.


Do I need a subscription on dominion.games to participate in the League?

We do not require any form of subscription on dominion.games to play in the League.


What is required to participate in the Dominion League?

The only things required to participate in the Dominion league are an account at dominion.games, an account at forum.dominionstrategy.com and the disposition and free time necessary to play an average of a match per week (each match usually lasts around 1.5-2 hours).


I'm thinking of joining the Dominion League, but I fear that I am currently too weak of a player to take part in the League. Should I join the Dominion League, or is better to wait until I am a better player?

There's absolutely no need to worry about that. We welcome players of every level in the Dominion League and we will try to place you in a group of similarly skilled players. If you want a feel for the skill levels of players in the various tiers of the League, you can find their levels from dominion.games on the latest Standings page.


I have very poor or no knowledge of the English language. Will I be able to play in the League?

Basic English skills are currently necessary to participate in the League as English is the standard language that will be used for scheduling matches with your opponents, and so your English must be good enough to understand and propose scheduling hours for your matches. This is not a hard thing to do, even with very limited English. If you can understand this answer, it should be more than enough. If a language barrier does come up, we have moderators fluent in a handful of other languages; see the latest introductory season post for details.


How will I find out who else is in my group?

You will know your group through a PM that shall be received at the very start of the Season, and the whole group's information will be posted on the Scheduling subforum. If you have Discord you will also be added to your group's Dominion Discord channel at that point.


And how will I find out who the moderator for my group is?

Whenever the Season starts you should receive a PM, that, among other stuff, should say in which group you are and who is the moderator for that group. Alternatively you can also find this information in the opening post of either your group Scheduling thread or Discord channel.


Discord and the Online Dominion Community

Is the use of Discord necessary?

Though we heavily recommend the use of Discord, it is not necessary to do so in order to participate in the League.


I haven't used Discord before; how does it work?

Discord is essentially a chatting tool. In the Dominion Discord there are several channels where you can discuss Dominion as much as you want in real time with players all over the world. There is also a channel to discuss any matters related to the Dominion League and a specific division channel dedicated to discuss any matter concerning your group and schedule matches with your opponents.


How does the Dominion League use Discord?

The most important thing we have in Discord is a private channel for each different League division where the players can schedule games in real time or easily contact the moderators. If you are interested you can also announce your League matches in public channels there and there's a good chance that some people will want to spectate. Of course, this means that you can correspondingly hear about other League matches in case you are interested in spectating.


How do I announce my matches so that others can spectate?

To announce your matches you should fill out this form to add it to the calendar of upcoming Dominion Online matches.


Calendar of upcoming Dominion Online Matches? Where can I find that?

You can find it here.


Scheduling Your Matches

How should matches be scheduled?

Matches should be scheduled through direct contact with your opponent. The two basic ways to do so are either through Discord or through PMs in the dominionstrategy forum. Since Discord is not mandatory, we highly recommend that you check for Forum PM's regularly. If you have some free time early in the season and want to play a match, you can mention so either on your group scheduling thread or on your group Discord Channel and try for a more impromptu match. Towards the end of the season, you should switch to direct messaging (either on Discord or the forum PMs) to schedule the last few games you have.


Is it necessary to follow the suggested schedule provided?

It is not necessary at all to follow the suggested schedule provided. The reason we make it is just to give a guideline for players who are in doubt about which opponent to contact for scheduling.


I scheduled a match against another player, but they did not show up at the scheduled time. What do i do?

If a player does not show up at the scheduled time (we ask that you try to have a tolerance of at least 15 minutes late for opponents), you should inform your group moderator as soon as possible. While it is a very frustrating experience, do keep in mind that there can a number of valid reasons for that happening. 


I scheduled a match against an opponent but it turns out that I will be late or that I will not be able to show up at all. What do I do?

As soon as you know that this will be true you should contact your opponent as soon as possible, it is good to do so even if you know you are going to be late by only 5-10 minutes. If you know that there is a chance that you will have to be late or cancel the match you should also inform that to your opponent.

 
A player in my group has been completely unresponsive to any of my messages with scheduling attempts. What do I do?

If you have contacted a player multiple times and it has not provided any form of reply, please inform your group moderator as soon as possible.


My regular schedule seems to be completely incompatible with that of another player in my group. What should I do?

If your schedule with an opponent seems completely incompatible, please inform your group moderator so that he will determine the appropriate course of action. If your general weekday schedule is incompatible we might ask for some special effort in scheduling games on the weekend with that player.


What happens if a player in my group has become completely inactive?

If a player in a group becomes inactive and fails to reply to messages from both their divisionmates and the group moderator for an extended period of time, that player will be removed from the group and should also be banned from participating in the League for the next two Seasons. If they played exactly 1 match, the result will be removed; if at least two, the moderators will decide based on the context. Either way, they will be automatically demoted in the next season in which they return.


I unfortunately cannot complete the Season due to some unforeseen circumstances. What should I do?

If you find out you will not be able to complete the Season after it has already started, please contact your group moderator as soon as possible explaining your situation. You might receive a 1 or 2 Season ban depending on how far into the Season it is and the length of your tenure in the League.


I managed to finish all my matches, but did so after the deadline for the end of the Season. Will I receive a penalty?

As long as you finished no more than one week after the end of the Season, there is no immediate penalty. If you do so in two consecutive Seasons that you participate you will, however, receive a one point deduction to your total score in the second time you finish late.


Playing Your Matches

I frequently use dominion.games, but always play through the automatch system. How do I create tables to play a match against my opponent?

The match is just like a normal game, but instead of doing it through the random matchmaking you (or your opponent) should create a new table for your match. Just click on "New Table" at the top of the dominion.games page and then on "Create Table" to create a table.


And if my opponent creates the table, how do I join it?

To join a table you should add your opponent as a friend and when it creates a table you can see them on the Friends area on the "Matching" tab. After they create a table, a "Join" button will appear besides your opponents name -- just click that to join their table.


How do I add a member of my group as a friend in dominion.games?

To add someone as a friend you can just go to the ''Friend List'' tab in dominion.games and below the list of your currently added friends there will be an option to add an user by typing the username of said player and then clicking on ''Add''.


Do we play rated or unrated games?

Either one works; players often discuss this at the beginning of the match. Some players have a preference; most do not. Unrated games can be less stressful for some opponents, while rated games have the advantage that you can find them on Dominion Scavenger afterwards if you forget to write down who won.


Which cards do we use?

The default is to play with full random, that is, all of the cards that either of the players have subscriptions for. However, if you want to make modifications (e.g. focus on a smaller number of expansions or play with one card in all six games to try to understand it better -- called a "cage match") then you're certainly welcome to as long as both players agree.


How do I know if the VP tracker is turned on or off?

On dominion.games, the VP point tracker is turned on as the default option. If you want to turn it off or make sure that it is on, just go to Advanced Options when you are hosting a table, and check if the Show VP Counter option is set to yes or no.


How do I determine who the starting player in a game is and ensure alternating starts?

To determine the starting player the host of the table should click ''Advanced Options" button when in the table and then click on the "Player Order" button that appears. If it was set to a random player start, deselect "Random" and an option to toggle who the starting player will be will show up. the host should switch the starting player after each game played in a match. One quick trick: During and after a game, the player whose name is colored red in the log and the chat is/was the starting player.


Are there any other settings we should keep in mind?

Besides player order, we highly recommend turning "players can see spectator chat" off, so the spectators can discuss the match without interfering (positively or negatively) with the players.


Do we have to play all six games at once?

No, you can split them up if that's easier or preferable for you. If you need help keeping track of the score and number of times each player has started, you can record that information here and then delete that post once you finish your match.


How do I report the score of a match?

At the start of the season you should receive a PM from a moderator with a link to a Google Form that should be filled in order to report a match score. After said form is submitted, the Standings should be automatically updated.


Should both players report the score for a match?

No. At the end of each match you should discuss with your opponent on who gets to report the match. It is generally customary, but not in any way necessary, that the player who won the match gets to report it.


Does the score of each individual game in a match matter?

The score of each individual game in a match does not matter at all for the League, as a -1 to -2 victory in Dominion is worth as much as a 48 to 0. The form will just ask you the number of games won by each player.


What do we do if we tied a game?

Ties (according to the Dominion rules, games where both players finish with the same score and number of turns taken) count as 0.5 wins for each player. So if you won 3 of the games, lost 2, and tied the last, you would record that as 3.5 for you and 2.5 for your opponent.


Do we need to post screenshots of the results of each game played or is it suggested to do so?

It is not necessary or even expected to post screenshots or any other form of proving match results. The Dominion League is run based on mutual trust between all players involved. If you feel uneasy about this you can ask to play rated games, in which case you can use Dominion Scavenger to see what the scores were. If your opponent posts the result of your match incorrectly (more often due to an honest mistake than an attempt to cheat), contact your group moderator.


Can I play multiple matches per week?

Certainly. One match per week is our recommended minimum, but you can play them all in the first week if you want to (and if you can find time to)!


Details and Backend

How is my tier (A, B, C, etc.) determined?

If you are a new player, your starting tier will be decided based on available spots and your dominion.games level at the point when the moderators sort the groups just before the start of the Season. The cutoff date for these levels will be informally announced during the break between seasons.


How does the sorting of divisions by timezone work?

For the lower tiers (D and below), we divide players up according to time zone, trying to group players with others in a similar time zone. Most groups in these levels will consist of only players from a narrow range of time zones, with the exact boundaries determined in order to also keep all divisions at the same tier nearly evenly balanced. If necessary based on numbers, at most one mixed group with a wider range of time zones will be formed in each tier. If you are placed in such a mixed group, you will not be placed in such a group again the next season.

Tiers A-C are not currently sorted by timezone in any way, since the player pool for those tiers is much smaller. When you get to the top, you play the best, no matter where you all live!

For all divisions within the same tier and, if applicable, time zone, players are sorted into their divisions using a modified snake draft based on dominion.games level ahead of time. Drafts of this sorting algorithm will be displayed on the signup thread after signups close.


My regular schedule is very different from the norm and its much easier for me to play with people from time zones different from my own. What should I do?

If you have a schedule where it's easier for you to play matches in general sleeping or working hours in your timezone, the easiest thing for the moment is simply to list yourself in a time zone that is appropriate for your availability. We are not particularly satisfied with this solution and hope to improve it in the future.


How does promotion and demotion between Tiers work?

The winner of the Division gets promoted to the Tier above and the 5th and 6th placed players get demoted to the Tier below.


My Division had fewer than 6 players at the end of the Season. Is promotion/demotion affected in any way?

The rules are the same no matter how many players are in your division by the end of the season. The group winner still gets promoted and the 5th and 6th places, if applicable, get demoted. That means that in a 5-player group only the last player gets demoted and in a 4-player or less group there will be no demotion.


If I skip a season, what tier will I be placed in when I return?

If there is space, you will be placed in the same tier you would have been in when you left, including any promotions or demotions from the last season you played. This is no guarantee, though; the narrower the tier, the lower the likelihood that there will be space. If there is space and multiple players are seeking to return at the same tier, you will be asked to play a play-in match for the position. If you lose the match or there is no space, you will be offered the next available tier.

These rules apply if you return after any break of less than a year. If you return more than a year later, you are treated as a new player, for better or worse.


How are the standings for each group calculated?

Players in your division are ordered according to your winning percentage, if you've played any games yet. The exact positioning doesn't matter until everyone has finished the season. If you're tied on winning percentage, you are ranked by the first tiebreaker, head-to-head results. If you're still tied, we move to the second tie-breaker.


What is +/-?

Your +/- score is simply the difference between your score and if you had gone 3-3 every match, i.e. how far above or below a neutral performance you are. For example, if you lose two matches 2-4 and 1-5, then win another 4.5-1.5, your +/- will be -1.5.


How does the second tiebreaker work? Does it care about the score of each individual game?

This tiebreaker does not actually count the points in each Dominion game! What it counts is the number of points made in each match against an opponent (the number of wins in that 6 game match!) To illustrate I will make a fictional 3-player group, with players 1,2 and 3. If the scores went like this:

P1 4-2 P2
P1 5-1 P3
P2 2-4 P3

The value of the second tiebreaker for P1 would be:

P1- 4(wins against P2)*4(total # of wins by P2) + 5(wins against P3)*5(total # of wins by P3) = 16 + 25 = 41

For further examples, check any previous season's standings thread. This tiebreaker essentially rewards players extra for "more difficult" wins, i.e. wins over players who had a better season on the whole.

The standings are broken! It just shows the players as "U1", "U2", and so on with no games played. What's wrong?

The Google Sheets system behind the League has a complicated series of connections between different sheets, which allows us to do a lot of cool things, like preview the division partitions before the season starts and add and subtract players from divisions as needed. However, it turns out that some Google Sheets functions, in particular the ImportRange function that allows us to connect different sheets together, are seemingly only about 99% reliable, which means that with 40+ divisions, there's often a division or two that isn't displaying properly. The U1 through U6 are just the default placeholders if the spreadsheet detects an error. The good news is that these glitches are just temporary and should be disappear within an hour or two.


Miscellaneous

Is any form of match etiquette enforced upon the players in the Dominion League?

While no standard form of etiquette is required in your communication with opponents, we do encourage you to try and be as nice as possible to your opponents; saying ''Good Luck'' or ''Have Fun'' in the start of a match and ''GG'' at the end are always positive behavior. And as a note, while nice behavior is not necessary, offensive behavior is not by any means tolerated. If you find yourself on the other end of offensive behavior of a fellow League player, please take a print screen and contact the moderators as soon as possible. Moderators will then make an appropriate decision based on what happened, which might include contacting ShuffleIt to report said player.


I find the username of a fellow League member offensive. What should I do?

If you think a fellow league member has an offensive username, you should contact the moderators as soon as possible. We will discuss with the player and potentially offer them the opportunity to change it before the season starts.


Will there be any larger matches or is the Season all played in 1 v 1 games?

No. All games played for the Dominion League should be 1 v 1. We've found that anything more involved is too annoying to schedule.

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Dominion League / Season 28 - Call for New Mods
« on: May 12, 2018, 10:10:00 am »
Hello everyone!

The League is run by a team of volunteer moderators, and we're losing two of our number for the coming season due to life circumstances. You know, silly things like having a baby. :P So we need your help! Here's what we do as moderators:
  • Set up the season: Make decisions about tier cutoffs, late signups, free promotions.
  • Welcome new players: Confirm their signups and answer their questions.
  • Be there when things go wrong: Each moderator is responsible for following a number of divisions (this was 6 divisions each in season 27), prodding players to play their matches, and responding to any situations that arise between the players.
If everything in your divisions works as intended, moderators don't have to do anything after the season starts! Of course, that doesn't actually happen; there's always something that comes up. But still, the workload is pretty light and mainly just requires you to respond promptly.

We prefer new moderators to have at least two seasons' experience in the League, and to be in frequent contact on Discord and via forum PMs. Fluency in languages besides English is a plus, particularly French, Chinese, and Japanese, as we try to expand the League's accessibility to those with weaker English skills.

To apply, send the current mods a PM by clicking this link.

SamE

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Dominion League / Season 27 - End of Season Deadlines
« on: May 12, 2018, 10:05:36 am »
Season 27 officially ends on Sunday, May 20th. To account for the westernmost timezones, the deadline for reporting matches is Monday, May 21st at 15:00 UTC.

If you need extra time to finish, please contact your group moderator. There is a one-point penalty for finishing late two consecutive seasons, assessed to the player(s) responsible for the late finish. It is the group moderator's job to assess responsibility; if it is unclear, make sure to let them know.

The deadline for finishing matches late is one week later. All late finish matches must be reported by Monday, May 28th at 15:00 UTC.

If any matches remain unreported by the late finish deadline, the responsible player(s) will be considered to have dropped mid-season. This means that they are banned for the next two seasons, and automatically demoted when they return. If they played at least two matches to completion, those are kept for the other players' standings, but if they only played a single match, its result is removed.

In addition to finishing your matches, all players must fill out the returning form to tell us whether they will be back for next season. This form was sent to you in a private message; you can also find it in the pinned post in your Discord division channel. The deadline for filling out the returning form is Wednesday, May 30th, at 19:00 UTC (the Season 28 signup deadline). Any players who have not told us whether they will be back by then will be assumed to be not returning.

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Dominion League / Season 28 - Signups
« on: April 12, 2018, 03:00:38 pm »
Season 28 will run from Monday, June 4th until Sunday, July 15th and you can sign up until Wednesday, May 30th at 19:00 UTC.

If you are a returning player, please sign up before Sunday, May 27th. Depending on space, you may be required to play a placement match or return at a lower level.


Signups for season 28 are now closed. Go here if you would like to signup for season 29.

Staying in the league
Please don't post here, but fill out the Returning form that you should have been sent in a PM. Itís also pinned in your division-specific channel in Discord.

Returning to the league
If you last played in the Dominion League some time in the past year (Seasons 22 through 26), please post a message here stating your dominion.games username, your timezone*, your Discord username (if you have one, formatted like @___#___), the last season you were in, the division you played and the place you finished. If you last played earlier than that, simply sign up as if you were a new member; see below.

New to the league
Welcome to the League! Please post a message with your dominion.games username, timezone* and, if you have joined the Dominion Discord, your Discord username (formatted like @___#___). Please make sure to state the exact spelling of your username (upper/lower case, special characters, and so on). You will be placed in an appropriate division according to your rating on dominion.games as seen in the client or here. If you would like to be placed in a lower division or there is a reason to suspect your rating does not represent your skill, feel free to describe it in your signup message.

Please check the welcome thread first and read the rules to make sure you're comfortable with the format and the time it takes to play a season. If you have any questions be sure to check out the FAQ. You can also ask questions about the League at the dominionleague channel on the Dominion Discord. If you join, we highly recommend, but do not require, using Discord to communicate with your opponents.

You will also receive a personal message from one of the league moderators within a week to confirm your signup. You must reply to this PM within the specified time frame (2-7 days, depending on how close to the signup deadline it is) or your signup will be removed.

The Google Sheet in the following post will contain all signups as they are processed by the moderators and then confirmed. Please check back again in a few days to make sure your signup was entered correctly.

*When specifying a timezone, please use one of these common examples or use the same format and look yours up in the complete list.
Code: [Select]
America/Chicago
America/Denver
America/Los_Angeles
America/New_York
Australia/Sydney
Europe/Berlin
Europe/London

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Dominion League / Season 27 - Same League, Grander Scale
« on: April 09, 2018, 12:00:46 am »
Hello new and old Dominion League players!

I'm pleased to announce the beginning of the largest Dominion League season ever. This season, we have 258 players signed up, and we've split you all into 44 divisions. That's more than double the size of any previous League season!

We've also recruited a couple more moderators to help us out with this gigantic season: IrrationalE is returning after a hiatus, and Gazbag is moderating for the first time. Welcome!

With this new scale comes a greater responsibility for all of you to manage your league season yourselves. Here are some tips that everyone should keep in mind:
  • Join the Dominion Discord! We can't emphasize this enough: It's super helpful to be able to communicate realtime with you when it comes to scheduling. We've also added some new features to the League in Discord this season: Channels for just you and your division-mates to find times to play, pinned messages with important information, and automatic postings of results. Last season, around 90% of the League players were on Discord, so in all likelihood your opponents are already waiting for you there.
  • Be proactive in communicating with your opponents and group moderator. If you'll be busy or gone for an extended period of time during the season, let everyone know!
  • When in doubt, stick to the schedule. There's a post in the Scheduling subforum for each division -- go there to find your recommended schedule. Apart from busy periods that you let your moderator know about, we expect you to play at least one game per week, and the schedule offers you one convenient way to do that. Feel free to play your games earlier than recommended, just don't fall behind, especially without sharing your plans to your group and moderator.
  • Announce your matches! There's a Google Calendar for everyone who wants to spectate Online Dominion matches. Once you agree on a time with your opponent, add your matches to the calendar, especially if you're in one of the higher tiers. Conversely, if you like watching Dominion, check out the calendar and watch some of those games!
  • Communicate with your opponent about who will report the score. You should have received a private message from me with the form to report your scores (there are separate forms for each division). It's also pinned in your division-specific channel in Discord for convenience. Exactly one of you should fill it out; make sure to discuss who will do this after the match. If you double-report, message me and I can remove the extraneous report, but try not to do that. ;)
  • Let us know if you'll be back for season 28 by filling out the Google form sent to you in the same PM and pinned in your division's channel in Discord. You aren't expected to let us know until you've played all of your games, but if you want to do so earlier, feel free.
Finally, I'd like to offer some personal reflection from my perspective. First, I'd like to thank Stef, the developer of dominion.games (and founder of the League!), who generously gave us the opportunity to advertise directly on the client and recruit so many new League players. We knew from the big ShuffleIT tournament last fall that hundreds of people are interested in competitive online Dominion, but many of them (and others) simply hadn't heard about the League.

I think we're ready for this kind of scale. When I first converted the League to this Google Sheets-based system a season ago, scalability was one of my main goals. The League should now run itself: Players schedule matches with each other on Discord, add them to the calendar for everyone else to watch, and then report their scores using the Google forms, which will automatically update the standings. The returning form fits the final piece of this puzzle in; now we don't have to track you down one-by-one to find out if you'll be back (as well as letting you give us feedback).

Of course, adding this many new players to the league will obviously come with growing pains. We've tried to mitigate this risk by enforcing a rule that we didn't always in the past: All new signups had to reply promptly to a private message to confirm their spot. In fact, some of you reading this might have thought that you signed up but don't find yourself on the lists and didn't receive the PMs I'm talking about. This is probably because you didn't reply in time to messages from my fellow moderator gloures! Fortunately, you can still sign up late, and if there's space for you, we'll add you to an appropriate division.

If you have any issues, don't hesitate to reach out to your group moderator!

Your administrative moderator,

SamE (aka samath here on the forums)

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Dominion League / Season 27 - Announcing Matches/Streams
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:04:34 pm »
Announce your upcoming Season 27 league matches in this thread. If you don't want to miss any, use the notify button on the top right (this is also a good plan for your own scheduling thread).

When announcing, please convert the starting time to UTC. Keep in mind that people from around the world frequent the forums and they might not know what you're referring to otherwise.

In addition to posting here, you are encouraged to add your match to the Upcoming Matches Google Calendar by filling out this form. If you have any issues, please contact me.

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Dominion League / Season 27 - Game Reports and Discussion
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:03:29 pm »
If you want to write about a game you or someone else played during the league, or post links to video coverage, please do so in this thread.

If you've lost a game and want to ask for advice, you can also post it here.

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