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Dominion Basics (Part 1 of 5): Affiliation Introduction

by Andreas Rheinländer (Dukat), Guest Writer

13th February 2018

This article represents the first in a series of 8 to make all my knowledge and experience accessible to anyone so they can have as much fun as I have playing the Dominion over the past few years – one of the most complex but interesting affiliations. Each article will cover a specific topic.

The first 5 articles (which include this one) are to be considered basic introductions to elementary aspects unique to the Dominion, like draw engines, play engines and mission solving. The others will cover topics that I consider advanced gameplay.

Everyone who has a question may contact me via private message over the forums. I will gladly answer any question.

Introduction

Some people may ask why anyone should write 8 articles about a single affiliation. Well, first of all, I consider the Dominion one of the most complex affiliations (right after the Borg) due to their unique characteristics as well as their diverse strengths and weaknesses (which do not balance each other out). To begin with, let's have a look at the basic aspects. (Don't worry: all of them will be explained more fully in later articles).

Strengths

In addition to that, the Founders are perfectly suited for infiltration and Jem'Hadar personnel have no problem with SECURITY and space mission-related skills (Navigation, Physics, Astrophysics and so on). All of this sounds good, at first. However, anyone will quickly realise there is a price tag attached.

Weaknesses

Now, when comparing those two sets of characteristics, one could think they cannot be equalized with each other – and that is what makes the Dominion hard to play, sometimes. However, once one has found out how to embrace their strengths and how to attenuate the results of their weaknesses, it is not only fun to play the Dominion, but a solid Dominion deck can actually be competitive in many ways (and even beat solid advanced Delta decks).

This article series will describe how to do so – in the hope that more Dominion decks will appear in the future on tables, at tournaments and maybe even at Worlds some day.


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