7 Wonders Duel is one of our favorite games. It’s an intricate 2 player game that involves a lot of high level strategy and low level tactics. In this post, we share some tips to help you fine tune your strategy.
Tip 1: Base your strategy on your wonders
Your wonders are your special advantage over your opponent and should generally be the backbone of your strategy. You should always count how many of the following things your wonders have compared to your opponent:
- Military symbols
- Extra turns
Tip 2: Go for economic monopolies
It took me a while to realize just how strong monopolies are in 7 Wonders Duel. If your opponent has no wood, and you have one wood, that’s annoying enough. Your opponent has to pay 3 gold for every wood they use. But if you can pick up the double wood card in the second era, you opponent will have to pay 5 gold per wood for the rest of the game. That’s basically a death sentence.
But you always have to keep in mind that your opponent might still pick up extra resources to break your monopoly, for example with Statue of Zeus of the yellow card that counts as either wood, stone or lame. And in the Pantheon expansion the God Baal can obviously be used to either defend or attack economic monopolies. Like with all other strategies, you shouldn’t over commit to it.
Tip 3: Don't invest too much in science
Science is interesting in 7 Wonders Duel, as it can give you a progress token if you get the same symbol twice and you win outright when you obtain six different symbols. Therefore, taking science cards can often threaten your opponent into making awkward plays to defend you from furthering your scientific advantage.
Nevertheless, science is the weakest domain in 7 Wonders Duel. It’s usually just too easy for your opponent to answer your threats. So generally it’s good to primarily threaten them militarily and economically.