The month of Alt-VP : Feodum

In this article series I will explore the so called Alt-VP or Alternate Victory Point cards. I will analyze simple decks that use Alt-VP as their win condition and how well they fare against baseline strategies. I will also try to find (near) optimal strategies for the mirror match. 

Week 5 : Feodum

Feodum

Most of the Alt-VP cards are worth going for if you can get them up to 4 VP. This means you’re going to need at least 12 Silver in your deck which is a lot of junk, especially for an engine. It’s perfect for a Slog with some kind of Silver gainer (Jack of All Trades or Amulet). Today we’re going to use the ultimate enabler, Masterpiece. Here are the buy rules for the Masterpiece/Feodum bot (evaluated from top to bottom for each buy):

  • buy Feodum when you have 21 or more Silver
  • buy Province when you have 21 or more Silver
  • buy Duchy when you have 21 or more Silver
  • buy Estate when you have 21 or more Silver
  • buy Masterpiece with $5 or more
  • buy Silver

Here’s how it fares vs a Smithy Big Money strategy (which buys 1 Smithy, Treasures and Provinces)

feodum

It’s a hopeless battle for the poor Smithy. It spends $8 to get 6VP while the Feodum player only needs to spend $4 to get 7VP. Masterpiece/Feodum wins very close to 100% of games. This strategy is so strong that it even beats strong engines. Its only rivals are probably mega turn engines with Goons. As an example let’s let it fight against a Fishing Village/Wharf mega turn engine:

feodum2

Feodum wins a whopping 80% of matches vs the engine.

When a strategy is so dominant the game often turns into a mirror match. It’s pretty obvious that winning the Feodum split is going to be important. Here are the buy rules for the best mirror bot:

  • buy Feodum when there are 8 or less Silver in the supply
  • Masterpiece with $5 or more (if there are still Silver left in the supply)
  • buy Province if you already have Feodum
  • buy Duchy if you already have Feodum
  • buy Estate if you already have Feodum
  • buy Silver

feodum 3

The mirror bot wins 60% of games versus the original bot. It surprised me that winning the Feodum split gives only a small advantage, but getting lots of Silver first will allow easier access to Province which are going to be worth as much VP as Feodum in a mirror match (40 Silver split in 2 means 6VP Feodum).

Conclusions

This combo is going to dominate on the majority of boards, but losing the Feodum split in the mirror is not the end of the world.

I will be taking requests for future articles, so feel free to send me a message (Geronimoo on the forum).

(these bots have been incorporated in the latest version of the simulator)

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3 Responses to The month of Alt-VP : Feodum

  1. yariv says:

    The mirror buy rules can’t be right, they give an opening of Feodum/Estate (on 4/3).

    • Sam says:

      It opens Silver / Silver.

      > buy Feodum when there are *8 or less* Silver in the supply

      The other VP are gated by Feodum and the greening doesn’t start till the Silver is very low.

      Also:

      > This strategy is so strong that it even beats strong engines

      Sure, since:

      > we’re going to use the ultimate enabler

  2. dbergan says:

    I’ve always been curious as to whether Masterpiece or Trader is the better Feodum-enabler

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