Dominion Cards

dominion cardsWelcome to Dominion Game .info!  This site is designed to be your one-stop portal for everything related the popular deck-building card game Dominion and all its subsequent expansions.  This page is a list of all Dominion cards from all the expansions, and it eventually will have links to specific strategy suggestions for each and every card.  Before moving on, however, a few basics are in order.

If you are new to the game, be sure to check out this basic primer first: How to Play Dominion.  Once you are familiar with the fundamentals of game play, figure out which games or expansions you should get first here: Buy Dominion.

List of All Dominion Cards

This list of all the Dominion cards is in table format with the cards listed in alphabetical order.  To see a breakdown of the cards per expansion, click the “expansions” link above or the name of the expansion in the table below.  The table is sortable by column; just click the heading over each one to sort either ascending or descending.

As specific articles and summaries are written for each card, the name of the card in the first column will be linked to the card-specific page.  Be sure to review them all to learn how to use all the dominion cards and implement strategy and tactics for each one.  New posts will appear below this one as they are completed.

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List of Dominion Cards that Cost 6 Coin or More

list of dominion cards that cost 6 coin or moreDominion is a very well-designed game. Each facet of the game contributes to the overall whole, from the artwork on the cards to the themes within each set all the way down to the cost of each card. Nothing is arbitrary or random, and every card undergoes extensive testing and trial play prior to being included into a released set or expansion.

This play-testing allows the value of cards to be accurately determined. Once the relative value of the card in question is ironed out, the Coin cost is ascribed to it.

Cards that cost more than 5 Coin are the power cards in the game.  The expensive cards are fewer in number than the cards that cost less than 6 Coin, but they are markedly more effective in bringing wins and closing out opponents in the endgame.  Since the game starts with two hands of five cards, it is impossible to open the game and buy a 6 coin card on either of the first two turns of the game.  In fact, many games are played that have only a single 6 Coin card on the board: Gold.  Because of their relative scarcity (compared to less expensive cards on any given board) and cost value, it is almost always advisable to buy a 6 Coin card if you have the means to do so.  The first person to buy a Gold, for example, often wins the game.

Of course, there are certain cards that do cost less than 6 Coin that should be purchased based on overall strategy or their significance.  Ignoring Mountebank can land you with a deck full of Coppers and Curses and a head full of regret over your Gold purchase.  So, in certain circumstances, purchasing a 5 Coin card (or maybe even a critical card costing less than 5) can be a wiser decision than buying more expensive cards.

Normally, however, after chalking up a fair number of losses to more experienced players, the value of cards within this cost tier becomes painfully evident.  They cost what they do for a reason.  And the reason is that they are usually more effective than cheaper cards!  This becomes even more abundantly obvious when adding the cards contained within the Prosperity expansion that cost up to 11 Coin.

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List of Dominion Cards that Cost 5 Coin

list of dominion cards that cost 5 coinDominion is a very well-designed game. Each facet of the game contributes to the overall whole, from the artwork on the cards to the themes within each set all the way down to the cost of each card. Nothing is arbitrary or random, and every card undergoes extensive testing and trial play prior to being included into a released set or expansion.

This play-testing allows the value of cards to be accurately determined. Once the relative value of the card in question is ironed out, the Coin cost is ascribed to it.

It could be argued that cards that cost 5 coin are the crux of the game.  They are usually markedly more important and powerful than cards costing less.  In fact, overall game strategy will often be dictated by and rotate around the presence of central 5 Coin cards on any given Dominion board.  On some boards, a 5/2 opening will virtually ensure victory over a 4/3 opening by allowing the purchase and rapid deployment of a critical card before one’s opponent has a chance to acquire it.  5 Coin cards deal out devastating attacks, greatly increase purchasing power, drive engines, trash deck-clogging junk, and usually more than one of those things at the same time!  Rightly managing this cost tier is usually how the elite Dominion players win versus the mediocre or merely recreational players.  The diversity of the cards and functions thereof make the temptation great to buy errantly or undervalue buying a Gold in favor of a more flashy Action card.

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List of Dominion Cards that Cost 4 Coin

list of dominion cards that cost 4 coinDominion is a very well-designed game. Each facet of the game contributes to the overall whole, from the artwork on the cards to the themes within each set all the way down to the cost of each card. Nothing is arbitrary or random, and every card undergoes extensive testing and trial play prior to being included into a released set or expansion.

This play-testing allows the value of cards to be accurately determined. Once the relative value of the card in question is ironed out, the Coin cost is ascribed to it. Cards that cost 4 Coin are especially worthy of consideration at the beginning of every game. As the probability of opening with 4/3 Coin in the first two hands is significantly greater than opening 5/2, most games will see multiple purchases of a 4 Coin card in the first two rounds before the first re-shuffle as each player is likely to grab one. The strategic ramifications are legion when it comes to the first purchases, so no 4 Coin card (or any other card, for that matter), should be purchased without understanding your plan for its effective tactical deployment. Typically, buying a 4 Coin card will serve to jump-start your planned engine, increase purchasing power to facilitate obtaining the higher-powered cards in the 5 Coin tier, or deal out debilitating attacks to your opponents.

The 4 Coin Kingdom Cards are priced higher than Silver for a reason.  They are typically more powerful, with many giving the 2 Coin that silver delivers but with additional functions as well.  Consequently, 4 Coin cards are usually a better buy than Silver unless you are at risk of colliding terminal actions or drawing terminal actions dead (drawing a terminal action without any actions left to play the drawn action).

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List of Dominion Cards that Cost 3 Coin

list of dominion cards that cost 3 coinDominion is a very well-designed game. Each facet of the game contributes to the overall whole, from the artwork on the cards to the themes within each set all the way down to the cost of each card. Nothing is arbitrary or random, and every card undergoes extensive testing and trial play prior to being included into a released set or expansion.

This play-testing allows the value of cards to be accurately determined. Once the relative value of the card in question is ironed out, the Coin cost is ascribed to it. Cards that cost 3 Coin are especially worthy of consideration at the beginning of every game.  As the probability of opening with 4/3 Coin in the first two hands is significantly greater than opening 5/2, most games will see multiple purchases of a 3 Coin card in the first two rounds before the first re-shuffle. The strategic ramifications are legion when it comes to the first purchases, so no 3 Coin card (or any other card, for that matter), should be purchased without understanding your plan for its effective tactical deployment.  Typically, buying a 3 Coin card will serve to jump-start your planned engine, increase purchasing power to facilitate obtaining the higher-powered cards in the 5 Coin tier, or, on occasion, doubling up on critical race-type cards (like buying a second Ambassador or Workshop so as to not lose the early Estate battle or a Gardens race).

The Kingdom Cards are often attractive, and the immediate use of 3 Coin cards can give an advantage.  However, the quintessential 3 Coin card by which all others are still measured is still plain ol’ Silver.  The question that must be asked prior to buying a 3 Coin card is, “Will this help me more than Silver will?”  The correct answer to that, of course, depends on the board and your strategy.  But, don’t forget to ask it to yourself before buying!

 

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List of Dominion Cards that Cost 2 Coin

list of dominion cards that cost 2 coinAs was mentioned in the introduction to the List of Dominion Cards that Cost Less than 2 Coin, Dominion is a very well-designed game.  Each facet of the game contributes to the overall whole, from the artwork on the cards to the themes within each set all the way down to the cost of each card.  Nothing is arbitrary or random, and every card undergoes extensive testing and trial play prior to being included into a released set or expansion.

This play-testing allows the value of cards to be accurately determined.  Once the relative value of the card in question is ironed out, the Coin cost is ascribed to it.  Generally, a card costing 2 Coin is the minimal cost of a card that is beneficial (or is typically beneficial) to a deck.  Cards costing 2 Coin will and should usually be skipped in favor of cards that cost 3 Coin or more.  But, if the board is attack heavy and either Moat or Lighthouse is available, it may be prudent to buy a few.  All in all, cards that cost 2 Coin are situational cards that serve in specific purposes, but can often be overlooked if more than 2 Coin is available for purchasing cards.

One notable exception is Chapel.  Chapel is the strongest card in the game, relative to its cost, hands down.  The ability to trash four cards at a time can minimize the effect of Cursing attacks and ramp up both engine and Big Money strategies much more quickly than they would otherwise have gotten ramped up.

 

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List of Dominion Cards that Cost Less than 2 Coin

list of dominion cards that cost 2 coin or lessDominion is a brilliantly conceptualized and implemented game that draws from virtually every facet of the creative genius that brought it forth into existence.  The titles of the cards in each expansion are themed to fit both the main storyline of the game as well as the true-to-motif interactions and undercurrents discovered during play.  And, of course, the artwork rendered on each card is generally magnificent and melds well with the game as a whole.  While the design aesthetics of the game add tremendously to it, the second most important factor to consider when playing the game is cost of the cards.  The most important factor is, of course, the strategy considerations and interactions that dictate when to purchase and how to purchase and what to purchase.

Each card that is created and released by Donald X. Vaccarino undergoes a thorough play-testing trial prior to being included in an expansion.  This serves to work out kinks and clarify rules regarding the specific play of each card.  It also helps set the price point for each card.  Accurately assessing the value of each card is vital to maintaining the integrity of the game.  Imagine how the game would be degraded if it only took 7 Coin to purchase a Platinum or a Kings Court could be had for 5 Coin.

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Dominion Cards: Adventurer

dominion cards adventurerAdventurer Overview

Adventurer is one of the Kingdom cards included with the original Dominion game (full list here: Original Dominion Cards).  For the basic information and themes of Dominion and all the other releases, start here: Dominion Expansions.  If you are new to the game, see the How to Play Dominion page first before continuing.

To begin, the rules for the Adventurer card are as follows: “Reveal cards from your deck until you reveal 2 Treasure cards. Put those Treasure cards in your hand and discard the other revealed cards.”  Further clarifying instructions are delineated in the rules booklet that comes with the game.  For the aforementioned card, the following clarifying rules apply:

Adventurer – If you have to shuffle in the middle, shuffle. Don’t shuffle in the revealed cards as these cards do not go to the Discard pile until you have finished revealing cards. If you run out of cards after shuffling and still only have one Treasure, you get just that one Treasure.

Adventurer is a mediocre card at best in most situations.  Its high cost (6 Coin) makes it a burden to purchase and rarely better than Gold.  If you have an engine built, you are likely going to draw your whole deck anyway, and, if you do not have an engine strategy in place, it is a terminal action and can be drawn dead.

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Dominion Tournaments

dominion tournamentsLooking to up the ante?  You can play solitaire all day long, but it just doesn’t get the juices flowing, now does it?  The more pressure you have, the more adrenaline you release.  The more adrenaline you have coursing through your veins, the more you feel a win.  When you think you have your opponent on the ropes, and your heart is hammering so hard you think your carotid artery might explode out of your neck, THAT is when winning matters.  That is when the dopamine release slams home euphoria as you hold off a surging opponent to take the winning Victory Points (or snatch victory from him just in the nick of time!).  Ah, yes, there isn’t anything quite like winning a Dominion tournament – a game where it means something to take home the victory.

This page is devoted to helping people get plugged in locally or nationally or globally with either live-action or online Dominion tournaments and Dominion leagues.  If you know of any other upcoming Dominion tournaments or active Dominion leagues anywhere in the world, leave a comment below, and this page will be updated to include them.

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Dominion Expansions

dominion expansionsOverview of Dominion Expansions

The original Dominion deck-building card game literally burst onto the gaming scene in October of 2008 and has grown exponentially since that time.  The original base game consists of 500 cards.  After the original, 9 more releases have either occurred or are planned in the near future.  If every expansion and release were purchased, the card total would be 3,150.  What a game!  But, it can be overwhelming to sort everything out.  Which expansions should a new player buy?  Should a new player start with the base game or Dominion Intrigue, or perhaps a later expansion?

Fear not.  This post is here to help you find all the information you need about Dominion expansions quickly and easily.  It takes knowledge to win dominion games, and this will serve to help you get to where that knowledge is.

Without further ado, on to your portal to all you need to know about each and every Dominion expansion game:

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