Objectively Ranking Birds in Wingspan Game

Wingspan Strategy: Objectively Ranking Birds in the Wingspan Board Game

Disclaimer: Since I originally posted this, there has been some good debate and feedback surrounding the philosophy of objectivity and questioning whether the qualities scored here are objectively good and whether this method can actually result in an objective outcome.

I think one thing we can all agree on is that this scoring method attempts to be more objective than my purely subjective tier list. Debating objectivity and battling against subjective reality and cognitive bias has been done by the great philosophers of history over the centuries. Many people question whether true objectivity can be attained at all. Regardless, I don’t think we really need to worry about that rabbit hole because this is just a game after all. Anyway, back to the topic at hand…


Over the last few months, I have maintained a Wingspan Card Tier List based on my subjective opinions of how cards rank in Wingspan. The problem with a list of that nature is that it’s based on the opinions of one person and not irrefutable facts or numbers that can be universally regarded as true. I can “Wingsplain” to others why I rank those birds the way that I do, but at the end of the day, there are disagreements about rankings based on opinion.

I’ve set out to create a more objective method of ranking the birds.