Last updated: July 24, 2022
Dominion League FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions for the Dominion League
- Signing up
- Discord and the online community
- Scheduling matches
- Playing matches
- Dominion Online
- Details and backend
If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us.
1. Signing up
How do I sign up?
See signing up.
What is required to sign up?
How do I play a rated 2-player game?
In Dominion Online, click the Automatch tab. In the Automatch options, make sure Player count is set to 2P and Rated games is set to Rated.
I didn’t respond in time to the Discord message to confirm my signup. Can I sign up again?
If the deadline hasn’t passed, you are encouraged to re-sign up by filling out the Google form again.
Do I need a subscription to Dominion Online to sign up?
Per the membership requirements, you do not need to buy a subscription, but you do need to create a free account.
Am I required to play matches on Dominion Online (http://dominion.games)?
Yes (see match structure). Note that you are required to have a Dominion Online account and you must play 10 or more rated 2-player games before you can play in the League.
How good do I need to be at Dominion to sign up?
We welcome players of all skill levels. Players are divided into different tiers so that they can compete against opponents of similar skill.
How proficient in English do I need to be to sign up?
You will need basic English skills to communicate on Discord and schedule your matches. Scheduling isn’t too difficult, and if you can understand this paragraph, you will be fine. Let a moderator know if you have language issues, and we may have someone who can help translate.
Who do I play against?
Typically, you will be put in a division with 5 other similarly skilled players. Occasionally, your division may have fewer players (this is more common in lower tiers) or an extra player (this will only happen in higher tiers).
How do I know who is in my division?
The introductory message in your division’s Discord channel will say who is playing in your division, and will be pinned for your reference. You can also see which players are in every division on the Standings page.
How do I know who my moderator is?
The introductory message in your division’s Discord channel will say who your moderator is, and will be pinned for your reference. There is also a post made in #announcements each season with a full list of moderator division assignments.
What is the role of my moderator in my division?
Your moderator’s role is to make sure players stay on schedule, and resolve any disputes between players. You can feel free to reach out to them at any time, either in your division channel or via a direct message if you have any questions or concerns about the league. They can help resolve any conflicts between players such as scheduling issues or rules violations. Your moderator may also check in with you throughout the season for various reasons such as if you fall behind the one match per week pace, or if your opponent is having trouble reaching you. Please respond promptly to any messages your moderator may send you.
2. Discord and the online community
What is Discord? How does it work?
Discord is an instant messaging app. In the Dominion Discord server you can discuss Dominion topics with players all over the world. These discussions are organized into different channels (denoted by #). There are channels for Dominion strategy, the Dominion League, and your specific division.
Why do I need to use Discord?
Discord is where you will message opponents to schedule matches and receive important announcements.
How does the Dominion League use Discord?
You will mainly use Discord to communicate with the other players in your division, and the moderators. You can also see announcements about upcoming matches so you can spectate them, and you can announce your own matches.
How do I see what matches are coming up, so that I can spectate them?
Check the Dominion calendar. There is also a pinned post in the #matches channel with links to Google calendars that you can add to your own calendar.
How do I announce my matches so others can spectate me?
See What is the calendar form?
What is a Town Hall on Discord?
The moderators host Town Halls to gather feedback on a specific topic that doesn’t have clear answers. Town Halls take place over a 24-hour period in the #town-hall channel on Discord. They begin with a presentation by the moderators on the topic and some of the options under consideration, then everyone is invited to contribute via messages and emoji polls. Following the discussion, the moderators formulate a plan of action based on the feedback, which, if opinion is split on the matter, could involve choosing to collect additional feedback from all League Players via the Returning Form.
3. Scheduling matches
How do I schedule matches?
You will need to coordinate with your opponent via Discord. Your division will have a dedicated channel that you can use to contact your opponents. We recommend using a thread in your division channel to discuss times with individual opponents. We discourage using DMs to contact your opponents, as it makes it harder for the moderators to keep track of your division’s progress, and there is no opportunity for other players to offer to play when one player is available but the other isn’t.
It is very beneficial to schedule matches in advance, instead of hoping someone is available to play impromptu. We highly recommend adding any matches you schedule to the League calendar form - see What is the calendar form? for more information.
What is the calendar form?
The League calendar form allows you to add your scheduled matches to the league calendar. The calendar is visible on the matches page, which also contains a link to the form. There will also be a link to the form in the pinned posts in your division channel.
Adding your matches to the calendar causes them to be automatically announced on Discord in the #matches channel. Upcoming matches are summarized once per day, and are also announced an hour in advance, and again when they are starting.
Additionally, the League’s automated systems use the calendar to track players’ scheduling progress. Though it is not required, we highly recommend using it.
May I play multiple matches per week?
Yes. We recommend playing at least one match per week, and encourage you to stay ahead of schedule.
What do I do if my opponent did not show up at our scheduled time?
Please wait 15 minutes past the scheduled time to see if the opponent shows up. If the opponent has still not arrived, notify your moderator. While this can be frustrating, there are many reasons this may happen.
What do I do if I can no longer make it to a match I scheduled?
You should let your opponent know as soon as there is a chance you will be late, or miss the match entirely. If you will miss the match, reschedule with your opponent.
What do I do if someone in my division never responds when I try to schedule with them?
Notify your moderator as soon as possible if someone in your division is unresponsive.
What do I do if it is impossible for me to schedule with someone in my division?
Notify your moderator if your schedule is completely incompatible with someone else’s. Make an effort to schedule matches on the weekend if necessary.
What happens if someone in my division is completely inactive?
If someone does not respond to any other players in their division, or to their moderator, that player will be removed and suspended from the League. See drops and suspensions and dropped players for more information.
What do I do if I can’t play all my matches in time?
Notify your moderator as soon as possible, and they may be able to grant you an extension. See extensions for more information.
What do I do if I can’t finish the season due to unforeseen circumstances?
Notify your moderator as soon as possible and explain your situation. The moderator can remove you if necessary, and can waive the suspension if appropriate.
4. Playing matches
What is a match? Is it the same as a game?
How long is a match?
Most players play a 6-game match in a single playing session lasting about 2 hours, without breaks. As a courtesy to your opponents, you may want to adjust your play speed if you find your games are considerably longer than this.
Do I have to play all 6 games at once?
No, you can play the games of a match across multiple playing sessions. However, most players prefer to play all 6 games at once. Make sure your opponent is aware how many games you intend to play in each playing session. Submit the results of each playing session separately as you go, and they will be added together on the standings.
Who should be the starting player each game of a match?
See starting player.
Which cards do we play with?
Per 4.6.7, the default is to play with all the cards that you and/or your opponent have access to. If you have a subscription, you get to play with all of the expansions you have. If you do not have a subscription, but your opponent does, you may need to learn some new cards.
Can I request an undo? Do I need to grant an undo?
Per 4.9, the default policy is that granting undo requests is required for low numbers of decisions that do not provide new information. Granting these undo requests means players don’t have to play very slowly and cautiously. This default policy is common among players in the higher tiers. Players who wish to use a different undo policy must announce it before the match.
What is an undo policy?
An undo policy is a statement to your opponent before a match about what types of undos you will grant to them. Examples:
- “I will grant an undo of any action that doesn’t reveal important new information.”
- “I won’t allow any undos.”
- “I will decide whether to allow each individual undo request as it comes up.”
What are “decisions that do not provide new information”?
Each entry in the Dominion Online game log counts a decision, for example, playing a card. The most common type of new information is learning which cards are where, for example seeing what cards were on top of your deck by drawing them.
- Playing a Workshop does not give you any new information, so undoing that should be granted by default.
- Playing a Militia does not give you any new information (unless the other player has already discarded), so undoing that should be granted by default.
- Playing a Smithy lets you see new cards, so undoing that does not need to be granted. It’s possible that the Smithy player drew Action cards they couldn’t play and wanted to change their mind, but this is information they learned only after making the decision to play Smithy.
How do I report the score of a playing session?
See submitting results.
Should both players report their score for a playing session?
No, one player should submit the scores of both players.
Which player should report the score of a playing session?
We recommend that the player with more wins during the playing session be responsible for reporting the score. If it’s a tie, the player who was not the table host (and therefore did not have to manage the table settings) should report the score. If you wish to have the other player report the score, coordinate that with your opponent.
Do the players’ VP scores in a game matter for the League?
No, all that matters is who won, or if it was a tie. It does not matter how many VP you won the game with.
Who wins a game if both players have the same VP?
The rules of Dominion say that if both players finish with the same score, the player who took fewer turns (not counting extra turns from cards like Outpost) wins. If both players took the same number of turns, then they tie.
How does the League count games that end in a tie?
See wins and ties.
Do I need to record proof of my game results (screenshots, game IDs, etc)?
No. When you report your results, DomBot will automatically retrieve the results of recent games and post them in your division channel on Discord. If you disagree about who won a game, notify your moderator.
Why am I required to allow spectators?
Allowing spectators offers League members an opportunity to watch competitive games between some of the top Dominion players. It also allows those players to get feedback after the games. Having spectators at your games can provide you constructive comments to help your future play.
What should I do when spectating a League game?
As a spectator, you can comment on the players’ decisions and discuss strategies with the other spectators. Please refrain from making inappropriate remarks, and be courteous in any critiques. A transcript of the commentary is often given to the players after the game, so they can evaluate their performance and areas for improvement. You may not discuss a game with the players until the game is over. Trying to give a competitive advantage to any player is against the Dominion Online terms and conditions, and could result in your account being suspended.
As a spectator, if you see that the chat message box says “message” rather than “message spectators”, that means that the players have not set “players can see spectator chat” to “false”. In this case, you should notify the players that spec chat is on, and refrain from saying anything about the game until they turn it off.
What resources can I use during a game?
See outside help.
Can I resign or forfeit a match?
See play to the best of your ability.
5. Dominion Online (http://dominion.games)
How do I add someone from my division as a friend on Dominion Online?
Click the “Friend List” tab in the lobby, enter your opponent’s username, and click “Add”.
How do I make a table?
Click the “New Table” tab in the lobby and choose “Create Table”. Note you should also click “Advanced Options” at the table and uncheck “Players can see spectator chat”.
How do I find my opponent’s table?
Click the “Tables” tab in the lobby, and find their name. If you are friends, then you can also find their name in the Friends area of the “Matching” tab.
Do we play rated or unrated games?
League games are unrated. One reason for this is that rated games do not allow specifying the starting player.
Which cardlists do we play with?
The default is to respect the disliked and banned cardlists, and to use no other special rules (such as “Extra Allies”). These are also the default settings for a table on Dominion Online. Players can agree to make changes to this, such as respecting the liked cardlist. See table settings, table settings reference, and modifying table settings for more information.
What are cardlists?
Everyone gets 3 cardlists, and each one can have up to 5 Kingdom cards and up to 3 landscapes (Allies, Events, Landmarks, Projects, Ways). Putting things on these lists can change the likelihood they show up in your games:
- Liked list: these things show up twice as often
- Disliked list: these things show up half as often
- Banned list: these things never show up
If you and your opponent both have the same card or landscape on their lists, the likelihood it shows up is a product of both your preferences. For details on how this works, see the official cardlist announcement.
How do I set the cardlists at my table?
You can find the “Respected Cards” setting under “Kingdom Options”. The “Respected Cards” setting has one button each for “Liked”, “Disliked”, and “Banned”. By default, “Liked” is off and “Disliked” and “Banned” are on.
How do I set the starting player at my table?
To have the starting player determined randomly for the first game of a match, check that “Randomized Player Order” in the “Players” box in the upper right is enabled. To set the starting player in subsequent games, turn off “Randomized Player Order”. You can change the player order by dragging and dropping, or by using the up and down arrows next to the players’ names. Note the username of the player who went first during a game is colored red in the game log and chat box.
What other settings should I be aware of?
You should uncheck “Players can see spectator chat” so that spectators can discuss the game with each other. They are usually willing to share their insights with you after the game.
This setting can also be changed during a game.
Some settings depend on whether my game has expansions. How can I tell?
One of the introductory posts in your division channel lists the subscription status of the players in your division. You can also see your subscription information on the Account tab of the Dominion Online website. If neither player has access to any expansions, the game will be base-only.
6. Details and backend
How do the moderators determine players’ tiers (A, B, C, etc)?
See tier placement.
How many tiers (A, B, C, etc) and divisions (C1, C2, C3, etc) are there each season?
How do the moderators group divisions by time zone?
As much as possible, players are grouped by their time zones in tiers E and below. Players may indicate their flexibility on the Returning Form to help us sort players.
What do I do if my regular schedule makes it difficult to play with people from my own time zone?
The easiest way to indicate this is to sign up with the time zone you can most easily play with.
What are promotions and demotions, and how do they work?
At the end of the season, my division has fewer than 6 players. How does this affect promotion and demotion?
The same places promote and demote as normal. If a place that would demote is vacant, no additional players demote. See dropped players for more information.
If I skip a season, what tier do I return to?
See tier placement.
How are play-in matches and free promotions determined?
See free promotions.
How are the standings calculated?
See standings and tiebreakers.
What are the rules on etiquette?
See conduct, and in particular, behavior and misconduct.
What do I do if there is a player with an offensive username?
Notify the moderators, and we may help them change their username.
Are there ever matches with 3 or more players?
No, all matches are played with 2 players.
How can I share ideas about how the League could improve?
You can choose any of these methods you prefer:
- Use our contact page.
- Contact a moderator via a Discord direct message.
- Submit your suggestion via the Returning Form.
- Participate in a Town Hall on Discord.
- Use the Dominion League Hotline for urgent matters.
- You are also encouraged to develop your idea by discussing it on Discord.
How are moderators chosen?
See recruiting new moderators and evaluating new moderator applicants.