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Dominion League / Dominion League FAQ
« on: Today at 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 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

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 to participate in the League?

We do not require any form of subscription on 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, an account at 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 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 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, 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 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

To add someone as a friend you can just go to the ''Friend List'' tab in 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, 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.

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.

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 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 level ahead of time. Drafts of this sorting algorithm will be displayed on the signup thread at some point during the week before the season starts.

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.

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.

How are the standings for each group calculated?

Standing are not calculated based on matches won, but on the total number of points (wins + 0.5 * ties) earned in those matches, so if you defeat two opponents by the score of 4-2 you should be behind a player who won a match by 6-0 and tied another 3-3.

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 score was. If your opponent posts the result of your match incorrectly (more often due to an honest mistake than malice), contact your group moderator.

How does tiebreaker #2 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.


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.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Card alchemy revelation....
« on: May 19, 2018, 01:11:11 am »
For those who would gripe that my previous solution would only get "Royal Carryage", here's a solution in text that goes the whole way:
(1) Royal Blacksmith - Smithy - Black Market + Market = Royal - y
(2) Caravan - Avanto + Storyteller - Fortune Teller + Fortune = Car + Sry
(3) Imp - Bandit Camp + Bandit + Cache - Duchess + Duke = I - Ss + Ke
(4) Baker - Baron + Conquest - Quest - Charm + Harem = Ke + E
(5) Warehouse - War - Counting House + Count = E - Ing
(6) Scouting Party - Scout - Hunting Party + Hunting Grounds = Ing + Grounds
(7) Groundskeeper - Keep - Raider + Raid = Grounds

Now notice that (1) + (2) + (3) + Sage = Royal Carriage + Ke, and Ke = (4) - (5) - (6) + (7). So putting it all together,

Royal Blacksmith - Smithy - Black Market + Market + Caravan - Avanto + Storyteller - Fortune Teller + Fortune + Imp - Bandit Camp + Bandit + Cache - Duchess + Duke - Baker + Baron - Conquest + Quest + Charm - Harem + Warehouse - War - Counting House + Count + Scouting Party - Scout - Hunting Party + Hunting Grounds - Groundskeeper + Keep + Raider - Raid + Sage = Royal Carriage

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Card alchemy revelation....
« on: May 17, 2018, 10:45:17 am »

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Scheduling / Re: Season 27 - F7
« on: May 14, 2018, 10:31:00 am »
Hi all,

Lots of games left in this division! fishmr hadn't played any games yet, so I've removed them. Please finish your matches this week!


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.


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.

Scheduling / Re: Season 27 - E2
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:23:51 am »
Bu11zeye messaged me to request to be removed from the group, so most of you have one fewer match to play!

Scheduling / Re: Season 27 - F13
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:48:46 am »
There’s actually another week in the season for you to finish up any last games you couldn’t complete on time! The season ends on May 20th.

Tournaments and Events / Re: Northeast f.ds Meetup
« on: May 08, 2018, 10:23:07 am »
How far northeast? ;)

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Data Mining: Card Impact Factor
« on: April 30, 2018, 09:42:40 pm »
For 3) the difficulty is whose card categories do I use?  I hope that the PCA analysis, when I do it, will provide some insight into card categories.
Hey you can use your math to figure out categories.
In other words, you have a matrix of interaction strengths. Treat each column (or row, or some combination to account for interactions in both directions) as a vector, and run a clustering algorithm on the results. (Donald suggests measuring distance with the 1-norm, but you could probably use any reasonable norm. You might need to lower the dimensionality by random projection first.)

In the case of a real match between two real players, as opposed to a thought experiment, it also has the problems that six games is a very low sample size which can result in kingdoms or shuffles favoring one player over the other, and the players might not be giving their best performance at the time of the match even if they are very closely ranked.

Two potential ways to resolve this:
1) Use Judgment Matches to compare two cards. One player is only allowed to gain one of them, and the other player is only allowed to gain the other one. At the beginning of each game, both players simultaneously reveal which card they want access to. If they pick the same card, count that as a win for that card and immediately move on to the next game. Only if they disagree do you actually play the game. This way you could get through a much larger number of games (albeit relying on the players' estimation for most).
2) If you're evaluating a single card, use a bidding for VP mechanism to restrict access to that card. This way, even if you only play the six games, you still get more information from the VP that different players bid. We did something similar with the Bidding for Position Crew Battle on the Discord a few weeks ago.

Dominion Articles / Re: Villa Quarry: A PSA
« on: April 26, 2018, 10:23:32 am »
Piledriving $0 Villas let me hit Dominate once. It was a Torturer game, too, with Villa as the only Village, so I didn't mind the resulting flood of Villas in my deck so much.

Against strong players, the only circumstance in which you'll be the only person to buy the card is if you're wrong about how good it is.
In some games I've watched recently, the feature that separates good players from the best (we're talking a distinction around level 60-62) actually seems to be the best players' willingness to use typically neglected cards to full advantage. For instance, I distinctly remember a game where Dan Brooks opened Trade Route when there was other trashing in the game (Goat) and that turned out to be the key difference in their strategies.

On top of that, I've also watched slightly lower-level games (levels 55-60) where a powerful card is just totally neglected by one or both players. Sometimes this is simply because someone decides to green too early (and then run into inevitable consistency difficulties and have to go back to building), and sometimes it's because they miss some important interaction, like Necromancer-Tragic Hero.

So no, I wouldn't say that being the only one to buy a card means that you're wrong about its power level, even when you're playing good opponents. Often it means exactly the reverse.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: What is the best knight to inherit?
« on: April 25, 2018, 07:11:56 pm »
Sir Martin. All the rest require cost reduction, in which case there's probably already a different card that you'd rather inherit. This isn't quite true if there are no villages and your cost reduction is Bridge -- I could see the case for Sir Bailey or Dame Molly there -- but it's true for Highway at least. That said, this isn't a choice you're often confronted with; even with cost reduction, you can only inherit the top Knight of the stack. And Highway-Knights games are already rather crazy with or without Inheritance...

Jester has incredible upside in some fairly specific circumstances: If a game is 4-player (or to a lesser extent 3-player), players tend to have trashed down their decks so you more often hit good (engine) cards, and the piles for those good cards are not exhausted yet, then you can gain 2-3 amazing engine cards on top of a terminal silver. I think it's fair to call that the highest upside of any gainer.

The problem is that those circumstances are rare. The most common difficulty I find is that especially in 4-player games and especially with Jester in the game, the piles tend to run out super fast, especially of the good cards that you'd like to gain. So while a single Jester play early might net you a couple good engine cards, pretty soon they'll start flipping over the cards whose piles are empty, giving you no benefit.

Scheduling / Re: Season 27 - D7
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:33:44 am »
I already reported that I will be back in season 28, but I changed my mind and won´t be back. @LaLight: Can you please change it? Thanks!

Dave  :)

Dominion General Discussion / Re: A quick Temple tip
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:33:12 pm »
Does any mathsy person know what would happen if I tried to divide by Potion?
Simple: ($6 + 2P)/P = 2 with remainder $6. In other words, if you have $6 and 2 Potions, you can buy 2 Transmutes and still have $6 leftover.

Except my point is that you also need the buys: ($6 + 2P + 1 buy)/(P + buy) = 1 with remainder $6 + P. In other words, if you have $6 and 2 Potions, but only 1 buy, you can only buy one Transmute.

Dominion General Discussion / Re: A quick Temple tip
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:28:07 am »
The real problem with all of this "dividing by zero" discussion is that the buy required is a part of the cost. You can't just buy the whole Copper pile, which "dividing by zero" would suggest. With this proper accounting, Copper costs $0 and 1 buy, Silver costs $3 and 1 buy, Gold costs $6 and 1 buy, and because the exchange rate between buys and coins varies from kingdom to kingdom, you can't compare those in a vacuum. By contrast, Delve costs $2 and 0 buys, which means that Delve is actually less than 1/3 the price of Gold. And if there were a way to reduce its cost to $0, you could indeed gain the entire Silver pile, the finite-supply equivalent of dividing by zero. I guess it's good there isn't!

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Interview with Donald X.
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:25:01 pm »
Did the well-known blue dog discussion inform the development and naming of Faithful Hound?

Dominion General Discussion / Re: Holy Week Kingdom
« on: April 12, 2018, 04:41:51 pm »
Samath, would you mind explaining your thought process to the Sunday school drop-outs?
Probably the easiest way to tell what I'm referring to is to read the chapters of Matthew I referenced, or at least to skim the section headers. :) pacovf is right with all of those corrections, though.

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