Ratings

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, along with their mean and median ratings:
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Card Name	Mean	Median
Advance		5.66	5
Adventurer	1.03	1
Advisor		6.03	6
Alchemist	7.19	7
Alms		7.34	8
Altar		6.81	7
Ambassador	9.18	10
Amulet		7.18	7
Annex		2.48	2
Apothecary	6.22	6
Apprentice	6.75	7
Aqueduct	4.46	5
Archive		6.27	6
Arena		5.04	5
Armory		4.44	4
Artificer	5.75	6
Artisan		6.35	7
Avanto		8.45	9
Baker		6.31	6
Ball		5.1	5
Bandit		5.35	5
Bandit Camp	6.88	7
Bandit Fort	6.76	7
Band of Misfits	5.78	6
Bank		5.74	6
Banquet		2.97	3
Bard		2.86	2.5
Baron		4.22	4
Basilica	4.9	5
Baths		2.93	3
Battlefield	5.36	5.5
Bazaar		6.67	7
Beggar		2.16	2
Bishop		6.23	6
Black Market	7.61	8
Blessed Village	6.68	7
Bonfire		6.94	7
Border Village	8.27	8
Borrow		6.91	7
Bridge		7.53	8
Bridge Troll	7.39	8
Bureaucrat	1.58	1
Bustling Village 6.43	6.5
Butcher		7.34	8
Cache		1.94	2
Candlestick Maker 4.53	4.5
Capital		5.4	6
Caravan		6.58	7
Caravan Guard	4.52	4
Cartographer	5.27	5
Castles		6.03	6
Catacombs	6.31	7
Catapult	5.68	6
Cellar		3.56	3.5
Cemetery	5.71	6
Chancellor	1.83	1
Changeling	5.1	5
Chapel		9.53	10
Chariot Race	5.93	6
Charm		5.66	6
City		6.86	7
City Quarter	8.19	8
Cobbler		4.59	5
Coin of the Realm 6.61	7
Colonnade	5.38	5
Conclave	6.41	7
Conquest	4.41	4
Conspirator	6.14	6
Contraband	2.91	3
Coppersmith	2.77	3
Council Room	6.42	6.5
Count		7.13	8
Counterfeit	7.72	8
Counting House	2	2
Courtier	5.45	6
Courtyard	5.33	6
Crossroads	5.15	5
Crown		7.55	7
Crypt		5.05	5
Cultist		9.25	9
Cursed Village	7.64	8
Cutpurse	4.61	5
Death Cart	3.5	4
Defiled Shrine	5.48	6
Delve		6.13	6
Den of Sin	7.82	8
Develop		4.3	4
Devil's Workshop 6.32	6
Diplomat	5.09	6
Distant Lands	6.15	6
Doctor		4.94	5
Dominate	8.13	9
Donate		9.77	10
Druid		4.27	4
Duchess		0.82	1
Duke		5.17	5
Dungeon		6.06	6
Duplicate	5.3	5
Embargo		2.82	2.5
Embassy		6.21	6
Emporium	5.37	5.5
Encampment	7.47	7.5
Enchantress	6.29	6
Engineer	5.55	6
Envoy		6.63	7
Exorcist	6.27	6.5
Expand		5.15	5
Expedition	5.55	6
Explorer	3.09	3
Fairgrounds	5.41	6
Faithful Hound	3.27	3
Familiar	8	8
Farmers' Market	5.03	5
Farming Village	6.03	6
Farmland	3.94	4
Feast		2.97	3
Feodum		3.81	4
Ferry		8.44	9
Festival	5.86	6
Fishing Village	7.91	8
Fool		3.38	3
Fool's Gold	5.85	6
Forager		6.91	7
Forge		5.59	6
Fortress	7.16	7
Fortune		8.81	9
Fortune Teller	2.62	2
Forum		6.1	6
Fountain	5.38	6
Gardens		4.75	5
Gear		7.09	7
Ghost Ship	7.76	8
Ghost Town	6.24	6
Giant		5.09	5
Gladiator	4.87	5
Golem		5.74	6
Goons		9.4	10
Governor	8.76	9
Grand Market	8.31	8
Graverobber	4.75	5
Great Hall	2.36	2
Groundskeeper	7.47	7.5
Guardian	4.82	5
Guide		5.24	5
Haggler		7.18	7
Hamlet		6.34	7
Harbinger	3.74	4
Harem		3.49	3
Harvest		1.45	1
Haunted Woods	6.58	7
Haven		3.85	4
Herald		6.97	7
Herbalist	2.09	2
Hermit		6.31	6
Highway		7.97	8
Hireling	7.24	7
Hoard		4.94	5
Horn of Plenty	6.84	7
Horse Traders	4.72	5
Hunting Grounds	6.94	7
Hunting Party	7.68	8
Idol		6.05	6
Ill-Gotten Gains 6.06	6
Inheritance	8.2	9
Inn		5.58	6
Ironmonger	7.75	8
Ironworks	5.67	6
Island		4.68	4.5
Jack of All Trades 7.03	7
Jester		6.25	6
Journeyman	6.38	7
Junk Dealer	7.84	8
Keep		7.62	8
King's Court	9.86	10
Knights		7.16	7
Laboratory	7.36	7
Labyrinth	5.14	5
Legionary	6.93	7
Leprechaun	4.45	4.5
Library		5.19	5
Lighthouse	5.7	6
Loan		4.79	5
Lookout		5.44	5.5
Lost Arts	8.39	8
Lost City	7.82	8
Lurker		6.83	7
Magpie		7.09	7
Mandarin	2.7	3
Marauder	6.34	6
Margrave	8.12	8
Market		5.61	6
Market Square	6.16	6
Masquerade	8.19	9
Masterpiece	2.5	3
Menagerie	6.84	7
Merchant	4.66	4
Merchant Guild	5.78	6
Merchant Ship	3.97	4
Messenger	4	4
Militia		6.75	7
Mill		5.46	5
Mine		3.09	3
Mining Village	6.17	6
Minion		8.19	8
Mint		4.54	5
Miser		4.09	4
Mission		5.03	5
Moat		3.17	3
Monastery	7.36	7.5
Moneylender	6.31	6
Monument	5.97	6
Mountain Pass	5.72	6
Mountebank	9.59	10
Museum		7.28	7
Mystic		4.84	5
Native Village	5.09	5
Navigator	2.24	2
Necromancer	4.68	5
Night Watchman	4.91	4.5
Noble Brigand	2.7	2
Nobles		6.64	7
Nomad Camp	3.48	4
Oasis		4.24	4
Obelisk		5.52	5
Oracle		4.18	4
Orchard		6.52	6
Outpost		5.82	6
Overlord	8.06	8
Page		9.3	10
Palace		5.1	6
Pathfinding	8.19	8
Patrician	4.4	4
Patrol		6.52	7
Pawn		4.25	4
Pearl Diver	2.15	2
Peasant		8.91	9
Peddler		7.09	7
Philosopher's Stone 1.94 2
Pilgrimage	4.68	5
Pillage		3.47	4
Pirate Ship	2.33	2
Pixie		5.5	6
Plan		6.25	6
Plaza		7.1	7
Plunder		7.38	7
Poacher		4.79	5
Pooka		5.05	5
Poor House	2.72	2.5
Port		7.06	7
Possession	6.76	8
Prince		6.21	7
Procession	6.09	6
Quarry		6.14	6
Quest		3	3
Rabble		7.24	7
Raid		2.61	3
Raider		2.95	2
Ranger		5.64	6
Ratcatcher	6.48	7
Rats		3.75	4
Raze		6.82	7
Rebuild		8.72	9
Relic		5.91	6
Remake		7.78	8.5
Remodel		5.72	6
Replace		6.38	7
Ritual		3.86	4
Rocks		3.43	4
Rogue		4.66	5
Royal Blacksmith 6.03	6
Royal Carriage	7.76	8
Royal Seal	3.57	3
Saboteur	2.4	2
Sacred Grove	4.73	5
Sacrifice	6.79	7
Sage		4.16	4
Salt The Earth	5.73	6
Salvager	5.91	6
Sauna		8.07	9
Save		7.47	8
Scavenger	4.56	4
Scheme		6.33	6
Scout		0.8	0
Scouting Party	4.59	5
Scrying Pool	8.72	9
Sea Hag		6.73	7
Seaway		5.74	6
Secret Cave	4.57	5
Secret Chamber	0.87	1
Secret Passage	4	4.5
Sentry		7.74	8
Settlers	4.37	4
Shanty Town	4.81	5
Shepherd	7.41	7.5
Silk Road	3.94	4
Skulk		4.91	5
Smithy		6.86	7
Smugglers	4.82	5
Soothsayer	7	7
Spice Merchant	6.73	7
Spy		2.79	2
Squire		5.23	5
Stables		7.12	7
Stash		2.63	2
Steward		7.94	8.5
Stonemason	6.28	6
Storeroom	4.41	4
Storyteller	6.33	7
Summon		6.59	7
Swamp Hag	7.03	7
Swindler	7.19	7
Tactician	7.06	7
Talisman	3.14	3
Tax		3.9	3.5
Taxman		3.62	3.5
Temple		6	6
Thief		1.45	1
Throne Room	7.17	7
Tomb		7.41	7
Tormentor	5.24	5
Torturer	8.27	8
Tournament	8.77	9
Tower		6.52	7
Tracker		4.14	4
Trade		6.23	6
Trader		4.55	5
Trade Route	3.41	3
Trading Post	5.61	6
Tragic Hero	5.68	6
Training	6.77	7
Transmogrify	5.73	6
Transmute	0.59	0
Travelling Fair	6.48	7
Treasure Map	2.67	3
Treasure Trove	5.12	5
Treasury	5.45	6
Tribute		3.03	3
Triumph		5.9	5
Triumphal Arch	5.82	6
Tunnel		4.34	4
University	6.5	7
Upgrade		7.64	8
Urchin		7.56	8
Vagrant		3.62	4
Vampire		7.95	8
Vassal		3.8	4
Vault		5.6	6
Venture		4.21	4
Villa		7.77	8
Village		6.5	7
Vineyard	7.06	7.5
Wall		7.17	8
Walled Village	5.64	6
Wandering Minstrel 7.94	8
Warehouse	5.52	6
Watchtower	5.79	6
Wedding		4.9	5
Werewolf	7.36	7
Wharf		9.18	9
Wild Hunt	7.87	8
Windfall	4.55	5
Wine Merchant	5.45	5
Wishing Well	4.36	5
Witch		8.69	9
Wolf Den	6.96	8
Woodcutter	2.9	3
Worker's Village 7	7
Workshop	4.03	4
Young Witch	6.91	7

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