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Dvonn Yinsh
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Dominant Species is a game that requires many plays to understand its nuances. I personally like the balance & imbalance of all 25 cards, with all of their variances in power. I'm curious what other experienced Dominant Species players think.

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Dominance Cards vary in power. The strength of its effect varies, dependent on when it appears (eg. first round vs last round). Aside from this one factor, which of the 25 shuffled Dominance Cards do you think is the most powerful in general?
Aquatic
Biodiversity
Biomass
Blight
Catastrophe
Cold Snap
Disease
Ecodiversity
Evolution
Fecundity
Fertile
Habitat
Hibernation
Ice Sheet
Immigrants
Instinct
Intelligence
Mass Exodus
Metamorphosis
Niche Biomes
Nocturnal
Omnivore
Parasitism
Predator
Symbiotic
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Jeremy
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I fear a first turn blight...
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Harold Coleman
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Teravos wrote:
I fear a first turn blight...


Yeah, it bit me once and wiped me out... it'll never happen again!
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Wesley Kinslow
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I've been wrecked (and wrecked others) with a well timed Catastrophe quite a few times.
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Ed Bradley
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All the cards can be devastating when played at the right moment. That's why I love them all

But Blight is the big one for me. It's a wrecking ball at any stage of the game. Catastrophe is bad but if it comes out on turn one most players will just play around it in my experience.
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Looks like I am the lone Aquatic voter for now.

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Mauricio de Souza Fonseca
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hgcoleman wrote:
Teravos wrote:
I fear a first turn blight...


Yeah, it bit me once and wiped me out... it'll never happen again!


It happened also in the first turn of a game I was having with with a group of newbies. It was the firs time I played the game with six players. The birds were erased from the board due to the Blight card. I was afraid the players would get shocked/demoralized by the event, we reboot the game and started again, now everybody more wise about the harsh realities of DOMINANT SPECIES :)
 
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A lot depends on when the card comes out. After dozens of plays I have found that cards that give "only you" an extra action pawn are the most powerful if they come out in the 1st two rounds. Blight and catastrophe have very little impact near the start of the game, and I have come back to win many games after being wiped off the earth in the 1st two round with those cards. I would gladly skip blight in the 1st round if I can score an omnivore.

On the other hand, scoring an extra action pawn in the final rounds gains little advantage, while blight and catastrophe may drastically change the tide of the game in the final rounds.
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I'll give a bit of my personal thoughts on the two highest votes in this pole Blight and Catastrophe. I don't post much but for background I am J.R. Geronimo, the 2012 Champion in Dominant Species.

Blight can destroy someone early unless they anticipate that it will hit them and adapt accordingly. Later on it is very painful, but ideally you can manipulate the world or your animal well enough to survive it's effects without suffering too much harm. Being too dependent on an individual element for your survival really increases the risk that slamming you with blight becomes the optimal play. Blight is most dangerous when you are loosing animals in multiple hexes. If you are doing a good job manipulating the elements then its more likely blight will only hurt you on one hex and make it possible there are better plays elsewhere.

Blight was played against me in the recent finals to wipe out only one of my insects on a tundra hex. Because of the positioning of the elements on the board there was no way to get me off more than one hex with blight. This risk was mitigated because I was able to wanderlust earlier in the game and set up grass in wide enough spread to not leave my animals too susceptible.

Catastrophe is meh early but can have a huge effect later on. In the recent finals for instance, Tom as arachnids Catastrophed Rob as mammals glacier hex and wiped him off the adjacent tundra tiles, cutting away a huge amount of points. This really damaged his board position and cost him a huge amount of points. A card like catastrophe is slightly harder to mitigate against, other than taking it, not being a target for it, or arranging yourself to not be too hurt by it. This is the difference with blight though, because inherently you want a good element distribution to give you dominance and flexibility, but your species distribution is based on where you can speciate and second where it is optimal to locate your species which is sometimes in a specific strategic location.

I believe that generally strong play regarding elements mitigates against Blight while generally strong play with locating your species does not necessarily mitigate against Catastrophe. This is why I feel that Catastrophe is the stronger action card.

Clearly though context and game situation mean everything, and even a card like Metamorphosis can win you a title.
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dlikos wrote:
Looks like I am the lone Aquatic voter for now.



Not anymore, I agree with you.
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Ian Noonan
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Blight and Catastrophe are the obvious two, but I have been really burned by a Mass Exodus more than once.
 
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"I would gladly skip blight in the 1st round if I can score an omnivore."

1st turn Omnivore (or Parasitism/Intelligence in the right position) is well worth it over a Blight. I will take the turn or two of pain for a whole game of extra AP
 
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