I am curious what cards people are using. For the sake of the thread we'll say from early middle game on. I think early game it's pretty clear what are the best cards, though you can discuss those if you want. I feel this is different enough from the other policy card thread to warrant it's own thread. And I'm wondering if I'm using suboptimal cards, so I do want to gauge opinion of higher level players. We can assume just a general level of performance, not necessarily going for any particular victory condition. Because when I go for cultural victory, I slot the 3 tourist cards (even the great musician one- Satellite Broadcasts which I don't know how good that actually is). Rank your favorite 3 or 4 cards to use for each category, military, economic, diplomatic, and wildcard. If you are like me, I often have economic policy cards in the wildcard slots, feel free to mention those. I find there just are so many good economic cards, I never have enough slots. My picks Military: #1 conscription/levee en masse, because you generally need a large army to stave off being attacked, #2, professional army/force modernization, just a no-brainer save on costs- I might swap this around with Limes, retainers Economic: urban planning in the early game (I probably hold on to this too long. Serfdom/Public Works I keep on a lot. I'm too lazy to keep switching this in and out, and often just leave it in most of the game. Not optimal, I know, I just find myself constantly wanting builders. Triangular Trade I really love to run for a long time. Rationalism. After Ideology I find myself using 5 year plan a lot. Diplomatic: I know people say this card isn't great, but I go for every city state edge possible, and am often running Charismatic Leader, and definitely gunboat diplomacy, only exception is when I temporarily slot in diplomatic league. Wisselbanken unless going for domination victory, having alliances is important to me. And Merchant Confederation I like to run, but often don't have the slots for it (I choose Wisselbanken over Merchant Confederation). Wildcard: I find myself not using many of the purple cards, and I usually have Wisselbanken or an economic policy card in here. If playing someone like Dido on multiple continents I try to slot in Colonial Taxes. I like Economic Union after Ideology. Sometimes I run Scripture if I have a lot of holy sites (I don't usually build these) and want the faith for something. Republican Legacy is pretty good. Sometimes liberalism. If I'm in Classical Republic, then I usually have Conscription in here. What are your thoughts on Mercantile Legacy? I just realize I haven't been using that one. Not sure how good it is.