Best and Worst Openings

This page is meant to be reminiscent of the Isotropic leaderboard. We consider the openings -- the cards you buy on the first two turns -- as if they were players whose skill adds to yours. The "level" of an opening then indicates the minimum amount it should add, or subtract, from your effective level, rounded up.

There are many openings of average or unknown effectiveness in level 0. They're hidden by default, but they will show up when you search for a particular card or "All cards".

skill rangerankcardscost
Level +8 8.151 ± 0.967 1 Tournament / Ambassador 4/3
Level +6 6.620 ± 0.941 2 Caravan / Ambassador 4/3
Level +5 5.608 ± 0.929 3 Spice Merchant / Ambassador 4/3
5.358 ± 1.163 4 Ambassador / Fool's Gold 3/2
5.081 ± 0.923 5 Potion / Ambassador 4/3
5.058 ± 0.918 6 Ambassador / Ambassador 3/3
Level +4 4.845 ± 0.929 7 Quarry / Ambassador 4/3
4.825 ± 1.023 8 Ambassador / Scheme 3/3
4.544 ± 0.926 9 Worker's Village / Ambassador 4/3
4.543 ± 0.928 10 Ambassador / Fishing Village 3/3
4.445 ± 0.915 11 Militia / Ambassador 4/3
4.369 ± 0.910 12 Jack of All Trades / Ambassador 4/3
4.159 ± 0.914 13 Young Witch / Ambassador 4/3
4.308 ± 1.065 14 Ambassador / Loan 3/3
4.139 ± 0.921 15 Mining Village / Ambassador 4/3
4.122 ± 0.917 16 Farming Village / Ambassador 4/3
Level +4 4.110 ± 0.957 17 Ambassador / Lighthouse 3/2
4.293 ± 1.143 18 Ambassador / Village 3/3
3.988 ± 0.915 19 Sea Hag / Ambassador 4/3
3.976 ± 0.914 20 Monument / Ambassador 4/3
3.944 ± 0.911 21 Moneylender / Ambassador 4/3
Level +3 3.887 ± 0.926 22 Walled Village / Ambassador 4/3
3.821 ± 0.912 23 Salvager / Ambassador 4/3
4.042 ± 1.137 24 Ambassador / Chapel 3/2
3.780 ± 0.910 25 Trader / Ambassador 4/3
3.649 ± 0.917 26 Ambassador / Silver 3/3
3.883 ± 1.228 27 Ambassador / Steward 3/3
4.013 ± 1.393 28 Ambassador / Masquerade 3/3
3.427 ± 0.939 29 Spy / Ambassador 4/3
3.486 ± 1.009 30 Ambassador / Warehouse 3/3
4.289 ± 1.826 31 Ambassador / Haven 3/2
Level +3 3.466 ± 1.094 32 Ambassador / Swindler 3/3
3.449 ± 1.124 33 Ambassador / Lookout 3/3
3.151 ± 0.915 34 Feast / Ambassador 4/3
3.145 ± 0.910 35 Bishop / Ambassador 4/3
3.119 ± 0.910 36 Treasure Map / Ambassador 4/3
3.208 ± 1.018 37 Ambassador / Shanty Town 3/3
3.080 ± 0.909 38 Remake / Ambassador 4/3
3.066 ± 0.907 39 Island / Ambassador 4/3
3.642 ± 1.519 40 Ambassador / Hamlet 3/2
2.969 ± 0.915 41 Cutpurse / Ambassador 4/3
Level +3 3.744 ± 1.732 42 Ambassador / Menagerie 3/3
Level +2 2.826 ± 0.931 43 Envoy / Ambassador 4/3
2.794 ± 0.949 44 Conspirator / Ambassador 4/3
2.862 ± 1.112 45 Ambassador / Watchtower 3/3
2.659 ± 0.938 46 Throne Room / Ambassador 4/3
2.553 ± 0.906 47 Horse Traders / Ambassador 4/3
2.487 ± 0.914 48 Ironworks / Ambassador 4/3
2.449 ± 0.932 49 Smithy / Ambassador 4/3
3.511 ± 2.019 50 Ambassador / Courtyard 3/2
2.365 ± 1.004 51 Ambassador 3/-
2.623 ± 1.373 52 Ambassador / Oasis 3/3
Level +2 3.226 ± 2.012 53 Ambassador / Wishing Well 3/3
2.269 ± 1.156 54 Navigator / Ambassador 4/3
2.076 ± 0.981 55 Nomad Camp / Ambassador 4/3
1.977 ± 0.909 56 Bridge / Ambassador 4/3
1.939 ± 0.912 57 Remodel / Ambassador 4/3
Level +1 1.933 ± 0.997 58 Ambassador / Black Market 3/3
3.035 ± 2.117 59 Inn / Ambassador 5/3
2.703 ± 1.845 60 Ambassador / Moat 3/2
1.713 ± 0.912 61 Talisman / Ambassador 4/3
2.418 ± 1.794 62 Ambassador / Trade Route 3/3
2.340 ± 1.783 63 Ambassador / Great Hall 3/3
1.223 ± 0.908 64 Baron / Ambassador 4/3
1.196 ± 0.929 65 Bureaucrat / Ambassador 4/3
1.619 ± 1.618 66 Ambassador / Native Village 3/2
 
Level 0 8.445 ± 17.587 Highway / Ambassador 5/3
6.988 ± 15.653 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Haven 4/3/2
6.927 ± 6.971 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Fool's Gold 4/3/2
6.336 ± 18.936 Minion / Ambassador 5/3
5.837 ± 12.503 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Embargo 4/3/2
5.577 ± 20.692 Ambassador / Black Market / Lighthouse 3/3/2
5.443 ± 20.769 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Estate 4/3/2
5.169 ± 20.857 Laboratory / Ambassador 5/3
4.397 ± 20.458 Governor / Ambassador 5/3
4.111 ± 21.305 Ghost Ship / Ambassador 5/3
3.577 ± 21.540 Treasury / Ambassador 5/3
3.537 ± 21.551 Vault / Ambassador 5/3
3.203 ± 21.729 Torturer / Ambassador 5/3
3.127 ± 7.744 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Crossroads 4/3/2
3.070 ± 8.606 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Lighthouse 4/3/2
3.060 ± 21.806 Stables / Ambassador 5/3
2.356 ± 2.992 Ambassador / Fortune Teller 3/3
2.187 ± 2.272 Ambassador / Pearl Diver 3/2
1.954 ± 14.374 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Cellar 4/3/2
1.757 ± 13.077 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Courtyard 4/3/2
1.549 ± 7.249 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Native Village 4/3/2
1.459 ± 1.837 Ambassador / Tunnel 3/3
1.424 ± 2.143 Ambassador / Woodcutter 3/3
1.422 ± 1.576 Ambassador / Embargo 3/2
1.336 ± 17.785 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Duchess 4/3/2
1.306 ± 1.590 Ambassador / Crossroads 3/2
1.246 ± 2.349 Ambassador / Develop 3/3
1.124 ± 1.915 Ambassador / Pawn 3/2
1.094 ± 1.959 Ambassador / Cellar 3/2
1.072 ± 4.345 Ambassador / Chancellor 3/3
1.023 ± 2.867 Ambassador / Secret Chamber 3/2
0.775 ± 1.140 Ambassador / Smugglers 3/3
0.596 ± 1.381 Noble Brigand / Ambassador 4/3
0.539 ± 0.999 Coppersmith / Ambassador 4/3
0.168 ± 16.408 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Secret Chamber 4/3/2
0.086 ± 1.630 Ambassador / Workshop 3/3
-0.003 ± 1.002 Scout / Ambassador 4/3
-0.034 ± 17.550 Cache / Ambassador 5/3
-0.140 ± 6.579 Ambassador / Duchess 3/2
-0.142 ± 4.826 Ambassador / Oracle 3/3
-0.743 ± 0.924 Pirate Ship / Ambassador 4/3
-0.765 ± 10.555 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Pearl Diver 4/3/2
-0.769 ± 18.762 Tribute / Ambassador 5/3
-1.547 ± 5.050 Mandarin / Ambassador 5/3
-1.850 ± 4.160 Ambassador / Curse 3/0
-2.560 ± 4.999 Gardens / Ambassador 4/3
-2.596 ± 4.320 Ambassador / Herbalist 3/2
-2.786 ± 7.269 Ambassador / Estate 3/2
-3.393 ± 10.747 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Hamlet 4/3/2
-4.350 ± 21.182 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Herbalist 4/3/2
-4.440 ± 21.539 Embassy / Ambassador 5/3
-4.448 ± 15.879 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Pawn 4/3/2
-4.471 ± 5.252 Silk Road / Ambassador 4/3
-5.010 ± 20.059 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Moat 4/3/2
-5.645 ± 6.680 Ambassador / Copper 3/0
-6.378 ± 20.485 Cartographer / Ambassador 5/3
-6.557 ± 20.513 Festival / Ambassador / Pearl Diver 5/3/2
-7.117 ± 19.800 Contraband / Ambassador 5/3
-7.538 ± 20.203 Bazaar / Ambassador 5/3
-8.189 ± 16.023 Apprentice / Ambassador 5/3
-8.492 ± 18.500 Ill-Gotten Gains / Ambassador 5/3
-8.634 ± 20.868 Nomad Camp / Ambassador / Copper 4/3/0
-11.662 ± 16.199 Margrave / Ambassador 5/3
 
Level -1 -2.359 ± 1.551 Thief / Ambassador 4/3