« on: 08 September 2019, 10:15:25 AM »
I played dominion online for ~3 months and climbed from 53~ to 58, quit, then came back and in a few months ago and have gone from 58 to 61.5~ish, so perhaps my advice is pertinent.
First I'd recommend playing slower and thinking more. 80% of my opponents in the mid-50's just see a kingdom and snap off a card in less than 10 seconds... basically only 63+ players are able to actually evaluate the kingdom that fast. Most games of dominion are more complicated than just buying the good cards, at the very least you need to know kingdom characteristics- lack of +buy, trashing, actions, and presence of alt vp all dramatically affect what you do. I'd especially recommend thinking more on turn 1, probably a minute minimum, and up to 3 minutes on complicated boards, even if you play very briskly from then on.
Second, as someone said, join the discord. Many top players are happy to have a conversation about whatever- my first day on dominion online I ended up talking to then rank 1 player Dan for an hour or so, with him giving me advice on the game, and then my first day back this time I saw RTT, the new rank 1 player, playing randoms with someone in the 40's to help them out. The quickest way to get better is to discuss the game with better players.
And last, review your games. You can search for "crude dominion" on YT if you like, but I feel this is what's pushing me beyond being a 59~60 level player. I frequently sit down and review an hour to two hours of games, and it has been extremely helpful in identifying mistakes. What you will usually find is that while you may have had poor luck, you still had a way to win the game, especially against people ranked 54~.