Card Strength

This page will contain the most recent results of the Dominion Card Power Level polls that I do from time to time. The idea is to get the community’s overall take on how good each individual card-shaped object in Dominion is.

What makes a card “powerful” or “good”? Well that question certainly does NOT have a solid answer. I think it’s very important to say up-front and constantly keep in mind that this is all completely subjective. This data is based on input from lots of different people who have their own unique definitions of what makes a card good or bad. With that said, here’s the criteria that I personally used when rating the cards, and that I presented on the survey that captured the user input:
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Rate each Dominion card (or card-shaped-object) on a scale from 0-10, with 10 being the most powerful. The cost of the card, not just the effect, should be taken into account for your score. I have a few suggestions:1.Your name is “required,” you can put anything there though — I’d prefer some username that I can recognize so that I can make sure submissions are unique. If you troll me, I reserve the right to not count your input 😛

2.You can pick and choose which cards you rate — feel free to leave some cards blank if you don’t want to rate them for whatever reason.

3.If you aren’t using every number at least once (and preferably more than once) then you may want to consider adjusting your criteria so that all ratings 0-10 are actually useful.

4.You may use whatever criteria you like for your ratings, but I have a guideline that can be used as an example or a template if you would like something to get you started — the examples in parentheses are just my opinions, feel free to disagree!

0 – Adding the card would make most decks worse than adding nothing (Scout, Secret Chamber)

1 – The card almost never sees play in good decks, and when it does, its effect is marginal at best

3 – The card is not necessarily bad, but usually doesn’t play a key role in any deck; still not worth picking up some of the time

5 – The card plays a minor supporting role in many decks, or has some synergies that make it good in a few situations

7 – The card plays a support role in most decks, plays a critical role in many decks, or can be the backbone of good or mediocre decks with proper support

9 – The card is almost never ignorable, and usually plays a large role in the best decks that can be built

10 – The card warps the strategic and/or tactical landscape, causing most games to revolve around it. Ignoring or misusing the card will almost always result in a clear loss (Donate, King’s Court)

Landmarks can sort of be judged on a similar scale, kind of. Again, feel free to rate Landmarks using whatever criteria you want, but I personally would give higher scores to landmarks that are more likely to influence the strategy, tactics, and/or outcome of the game.

This may be helpful for looking up what cards do: http://wiki.dominionstrategy.com/index.php/List_of_cards

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Given that the entire nature of this is subjective, I think it’s important to keep that in mind when drawing any conclusions from the data — for example, the fact that Market is just above Trading Post on the list doesn’t mean that you should always buy Market over Trading Post whenever you get the chance, but rather that they are both middling cards overall.

Here’s a list of links to all of the posts I’ve made of previous versions of the card power level lists for reference or in case you want more data. The next time I plan to capture data on this is in a few months, after we’ve had some time to play with the Renaissance cards.

First Post – everything through Empires
Second post – Nocturne first impressions
Third post – Nocturne cards revisited
Fourth post – Renaissance first impressions

And finally, here’s the most recent aggregate list of all 369 Dominion cards, ranked from “most powerful” to “least powerful”:
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1 King’s Court
2 Donate
3 Mountebank
4 Chapel
5 Goons
6 Page
7 Cultist
8 Wharf
9 Ambassador
10 Peasant
11 Fortune
12 Tournament
13 Governor
14 Rebuild
15 Scrying Pool
16 Witch
17 Avanto
18 Ferry
19 Lost Arts
20 Grand Market
21 Torturer
22 Border Village
23 Inheritance
24 Minion
25 City Quarter
26 Pathfinding
27 Masquerade
28 Dominate
29 Margrave
30 Sauna
31 Overlord
32 Familiar
33 Highway
34 Vampire
35 Wandering Minstrel
36 Steward
37 Fishing Village
38 Wild Hunt
39 Junk Dealer
40 Lost City
41 Den of Sin
42 Remake
43 Villa
44 Royal Carriage
45 Ghost Ship
46 Ironmonger
47 Sentry
48 Counterfeit
49 Hunting Party
50 Cursed Village
51 Upgrade
52 Keep
53 Black Market
54 Urchin
55 Crown
56 Bridge
57 Encampment
58 Groundskeeper
59 Save
60 Tomb
61 Shepherd
62 Bridge Troll
63 Plunder
64 Werewolf
65 Laboratory
66 Monastery
67 Butcher
68 Alms
69 Museum
70 Rabble
71 Hireling
72 Swindler
73 Alchemist
74 Haggler
75 Amulet
76 Throne Room
77 Wall
78 Fortress
79 Knights
80 Count
81 Stables
82 Plaza
83 Peddler
84 Magpie
85 Gear
86 Port
87 Tactician
88 Vineyard
89 Swamp Hag
90 Jack of All Trades
91 Worker’s Village
92 Soothsayer
93 Herald
94 Wolf Den
95 Hunting Grounds
96 Bonfire
97 Legionary
98 Forager
99 Young Witch
100 Borrow
101 Bandit Camp
102 City
103 Smithy
104 Menagerie
105 Horn of Plenty
106 Lurker
107 Raze
108 Altar
109 Sacrifice
110 Training
111 Bandit Fort
112 Possession
113 Militia
114 Apprentice
115 Sea Hag
116 Spice Merchant
117 Blessed Village
118 Bazaar
119 Nobles
120 Envoy
121 Coin of the Realm
122 Summon
123 Caravan
124 Haunted Woods
125 Tower
126 Orchard
127 Patrol
128 University
129 Village
130 Ratcatcher
131 Travelling Fair
132 Bustling Village
133 Council Room
134 Conclave
135 Replace
136 Journeyman
137 Artisan
138 Hamlet
139 Marauder
140 Scheme
141 Storyteller
142 Devil’s Workshop
143 Catacombs
144 Baker
145 Moneylender
146 Hermit
147 Enchantress
148 Stonemason
149 Archive
150 Exorcist
151 Jester
152 Plan
153 Ghost Town
154 Bishop
155 Trade
156 Apothecary
157 Embassy
158 Prince
159 Mining Village
160 Market Square
161 Distant Lands
162 Conspirator
163 Quarry
164 Delve
165 Forum
166 Procession
167 Dungeon
168 Ill-Gotten Gains
169 Idol
170 Farming Village
171 Advisor
172 Castles
173 Royal Blacksmith
174 Temple
175 Monument
176 Chariot Race
177 Salvager
178 Relic
179 Triumph
180 Festival
181 Fool’s Gold
182 Triumphal Arch
183 Outpost
184 Watchtower
185 Band of Misfits
186 Merchant Guild
187 Artificer
188 Golem
189 Seaway
190 Bank
191 Transmogrify
192 Salt The Earth
193 Remodel
194 Mountain Pass
195 Cemetery
196 Lighthouse
197 Tragic Hero
198 Catapult
199 Ironworks
200 Charm
201 Advance
202 Ranger
203 Walled Village
204 Market
205 Trading Post
206 Vault
207 Forge
208 Inn
209 Expedition
210 Engineer
211 Warehouse
212 Obelisk
213 Pixie
214 Defiled Shrine
215 Mill
216 Treasury
217 Courtier
218 Wine Merchant
219 Lookout
220 Fairgrounds
221 Capital
222 Colonnade
223 Fountain
224 Emporium
225 Battlefield
226 Bandit
227 Courtyard
228 Duplicate
229 Cartographer
230 Guide
231 Tormentor
232 Squire
233 Library
234 Duke
235 Crossroads
236 Expand
237 Labyrinth
238 Treasure Trove
239 Ball
240 Changeling
241 Palace
242 Native Village
243 Giant
244 Diplomat
245 Crypt
246 Pooka
247 Arena
248 Farmers’ Market
249 Mission
250 Hoard
251 Doctor
252 Night Watchman
253 Skulk
254 Basilica
255 Wedding
256 Gladiator
257 Mystic
258 Smugglers
259 Guardian
260 Shanty Town
261 Poacher
262 Loan
263 Graverobber
264 Gardens
265 Sacred Grove
266 Horse Traders
267 Island
268 Pilgrimage
269 Necromancer
270 Merchant
271 Rogue
272 Cutpurse
273 Cobbler
274 Scouting Party
275 Secret Cave
276 Scavenger
277 Trader
278 Windfall
279 Mint
280 Candlestick Maker
281 Caravan Guard
282 Aqueduct
283 Leprechaun
284 Armory
285 Storeroom
286 Conquest
287 Patrician
288 Settlers
289 Wishing Well
290 Tunnel
291 Develop
292 Druid
293 Pawn
294 Oasis
295 Baron
296 Venture
297 Oracle
298 Sage
299 Tracker
300 Miser
301 Workshop
302 Messenger
303 Secret Passage
304 Merchant Ship
305 Farmland
306 Silk Road
307 Tax
308 Ritual
309 Haven
310 Feodum
311 Vassal
312 Rats
313 Harbinger
314 Vagrant
315 Taxman
316 Royal Seal
317 Cellar
318 Death Cart
319 Harem
320 Nomad Camp
321 Pillage
322 Rocks
323 Trade Route
324 Fool
325 Faithful Hound
326 Moat
327 Talisman
328 Explorer
329 Mine
330 Tribute
331 Quest
332 Banquet
333 Feast
334 Raider
335 Baths
336 Contraband
337 Woodcutter
338 Bard
339 Embargo
340 Spy
341 Coppersmith
342 Poor House
343 Noble Brigand
344 Mandarin
345 Treasure Map
346 Stash
347 Fortune Teller
348 Raid
349 Masterpiece
350 Annex
351 Saboteur
352 Great Hall
353 Pirate Ship
354 Navigator
355 Beggar
356 Pearl Diver
357 Herbalist
358 Counting House
359 Philosopher’s Stone
360 Cache
361 Chancellor
362 Bureaucrat
363 Harvest
364 Thief
365 Adventurer
366 Secret Chamber
367 Duchess
368 Scout
369 Transmute

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