We've been playing that counting dominance is the first action in that phase - I was under the impression that you could not do anything else prior to counting dominance strenght
The above comments suggest we have been playing incorrectly and that i.e. shadow actions occur before counting dominance, likewise Theon's response
While counting/awarding dominance happens before you can take player actions, the phase still has to begin, right? Shadow actions and passive/responses to the phase beginning, therefore, will happen before you get to counting/awarding dominance, which will happen before player actions. (The trick here is remembering that passives, responses, and shadow actions are not technically "player actions".)
BTW: Theon has a passive ability to get oponents to discard the top card of their deck at the beginning of domminance - but it is a Response to actually return Theon into play if an unique character is discarded …. don't whether that is relevent
It's not really relevant because both passives and responses take place within
other action windows - including the "begin phase" action window at the beginning of dominance.