Hey everyone still new to the game and been using hive and dominion and i like them the most but was wondering if someone more experienced who uses them can offer some advice please? Like when using the cheaper cards what are some ways to get around the bigger threats of your opponent and a general strategy when using them. All advice is appreciated
Most advice would depend on what mode you like to play in. For example, I like T1 most so #Dookar is a necessity. (I don’t care he’s 60k. Borrow him. He’s that good).
Advice on using Dominion in general is harder, but I’ll give it a shot.
In general, Dominion is weak to SoB, Attk Manip, and low min pwr manip. (SoA hurts, but it would rarely cripple a Dominion deck since the bonus should still allow you to win R2/3/4)
When facing SoB, Dominion flips to where you are ‘strongest’ in early rounds. It’s not the worst thing in the world (full stops are) but it means you have to choose either a good defence (Kaboom, Frogo) or a good offense (Nidory, Zigal).
When facing Attk manip, you will likely have the pwr advantage. Meaning while you will win most ‘high pill’ situations (spending 6+ pills), you will lose most ‘low pill’ situations (1-4 pills). (Exception to Nidory, Iguan, and Ghoonbones)
By ‘low min pwr manip’, I mean -pwr cards with a min of 2. (Aamir, BroKen, Pendelton, Djanghost ld, and so on). Dominion really don’t have a *cheap* counter to these cards so its usually best to DR them (or use hive’s attk manip). Luckily they are rare to see in the current meta. All Stars can be a pain, but most of the time it becomes a ‘who overpills first loses’ situation.
On a side note, Ghoonbones is amazing for his cheap price. He’s stronger vs SoA, isn’t hurt that much by SoB, can easily overpill attk manip, and has awsome dmg. Use him if you’re not already.
In Half decks
I would match them with defensive clans to stall for rounds 3-4 like pussycats or atk manip clans to focus pilling in early rounds to ensure a pill advantage.
Def/atk manip clans like Sakohm would be able to do both, but they have many banned cards so keep an eye out for what you can and cannot use
If you intend to make dominion the heavier side of your deck(they get the 4/5 stars) I'd pick uppers or huracan for their nice selection of 2-3 star cards will have a wide variety of abilities to pick from for lots of utility as well as having a naturally higher base dmg output for their low cost cards let them wall the first few turns and land strong blows to let you Dominion 4/5 stars rampage in rounds 3/4
Freaks are also a potent combination since they work in reverse where their bonus is strongest turns 1-2 where everyone would be tossing their sob ability cards and round winners at them to prevent the poison damage