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    Survivor Worst Spells: FIND TRAPS IS THE WORST!

    [h/t Zaardnar]

    This thread is inspired by the prior threads the core races, the core alignments, and so on. This is a special request after the "worst spell" thread, so we are going to give it a shot ... mmkay?


    IMPORTANT NOTE- DOWNVOTES ARE 2 IN THIS THREAD.

    REPEAT- DOWNVOTES ARE TWO IN THIS THREAD.

    Each spell starts with 20 points and you vote for one spell you think is the worst which gets 1 point and a spell you are okay with which loses 2 points. It is intentional that a negative vote is worth more than a positive vote- first, because we don't want to be here all year. Second, because.

    Upvotes are in green, downvotes are in in red (unless you are on your phone, and are unable to, in which case please indicate your votes some other way). Copy and paste the previous posters vote and change the numbers. You may vote once per day. This is an honor system, and we are all honorable gamers; please do not abuse it. If this means you vote once at night one day, and once the next morning - that's fine, but don't vote again until the following day.

    This is purely a popularity contest and you do not have to explain an upvote or downvote, but feel free to- explanations are where the fun is! When downvotes reach 0 the spell eliminated (FATALITY! RESURRECTION IS NOT A LISTED SPELL!). Finally, if a spell has one vote left, then you have to make the choice to use all of your downvotes to eliminate it; there is no vote splitting.

    Some important points that you must read before voting-
    1. This is a pure popularity contest, and is meant to be fun. You can cast your votes for whatever reason you want. Spite, irrational love/hate, gameplay mechanics, strategic voting, and hating all spells because the Champion IS THE BEST is perfectly acceptable. It's all good! This vote does not affect anything in real life, and no spells will be removed, added, or altered in 5e because of your vote. You can comment for the reasons for your vote, or not- up to you! But this is for enjoyment only.

    2. This is the list of "worst spells" as enworld commenters came up with in the prior thread on the subject.

    3. WE WANT THE WORST SPELL. THE SURVIVOR IS THE WORST. DOWNVOTE SPELLS YOU LIKE, UPVOTE THE SPELLS YOU THINK ARE THE WORST.

    ​4. These spells are considered the worst for their spell level, or because they aren't good enough compared to what they should be. It's all subjective, man.


    As always, the list is the list, please do not alter it.


    Katana Nope.

    IMPORTANT REMINDER- THE SURVIVOR IS THE WORST SPELL! So ... UPVOTE THE WORST, and DOWNVOTE THE BEST!


    Find Traps DIDN'T FIND THE TRAP! IT IS ... THE WORST!



    UPDATED- FATALITIES ... um, NOT REALLY THAT BAD!

    Animate Dead #32
    Wish #35
    Mending #53
    Time Stop #86
    Barkskin #107
    Divine Word #119
    Witch Bolt #170
    Phantasmal Killer #186
    Blade Ward #201
    Ray of Enfeeblement #224
    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting #278
    Friends #296
    Feign Death #389
    Drawmij's Instant Summons #392
    Mordenkainen's Sword #400
    Weird #412
    True Strike #512 (confirmed #513)




    Last edited by lowkey13; Tuesday, 18th July, 2017 at 06:39 PM.
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    IMPORTANT REMINDER- THE SURVIVOR IS THE WORST SPELL! So ... UPVOTE THE WORST, and DOWNVOTE THE BEST!

    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 20
    Animate Dead 20
    Barkskin 20
    Blade Ward 20
    Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
    Feign Death 20
    Find Traps 20
    Friends 20
    Holy Word 20
    Mending 20
    Mordenkainen's Sword 20
    Phantasmal Killer 20
    Ray of Enfeeblement 20
    Time Stop 20
    True Strike 20
    Weird 20
    Wish 21
    Witch Bolt 18

    Man, I wish they hadn't nerfed wish.

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    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 20
    Animate Dead 18 - why is this even on this list? It's a great spell!
    Barkskin 20
    Blade Ward 20
    Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
    Feign Death 20
    Find Traps 20
    Friends 21 - whereas......
    Holy Word 20
    Mending 20
    Mordenkainen's Sword 20
    Phantasmal Killer 20
    Ray of Enfeeblement 20
    Time Stop 20
    True Strike 20
    Weird 20
    Wish 21
    Witch Bolt 18

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    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21 - deserves it for the name, alone.
    Animate Dead 18
    Barkskin 20
    Blade Ward 20
    Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
    Feign Death 20
    Find Traps 20
    Friends 21
    Holy Word 20
    Mending 20
    Mordenkainen's Sword 20
    Phantasmal Killer 20
    Ray of Enfeeblement 20
    Time Stop 20
    True Strike 20
    Weird 20
    Wish 21
    Witch Bolt 16

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    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21 - deserves it for the name, alone.
    Animate Dead 16
    Barkskin 20
    Blade Ward 20
    Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
    Feign Death 20
    Find Traps 20
    Friends 21
    Holy Word 20
    Mending 20
    Mordenkainen's Sword 20
    Phantasmal Killer 20
    Ray of Enfeeblement 20
    Time Stop 20
    True Strike 20
    Weird 20
    Wish 21
    Witch Bolt 17

    I'm not sure why people are down voting WB, but there others on the list that deserve to be down voted much more.

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    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
    Animate Dead 16
    Barkskin 20
    Blade Ward 20
    Drawmij's Instant Summons 20
    Feign Death 20
    Find Traps 20
    Friends 21
    Holy Word 20
    Mending 20
    Mordenkainen's Sword 20
    Phantasmal Killer 20
    Ray of Enfeeblement 20
    Time Stop 20
    True Strike 20
    Weird 20
    Fish 19
    Witch Bolt 18 Baaaaad.

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    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
    Animate Dead 16
    Barkskin 20
    Blade Ward 20
    Drawmij's Instant Summons 21 For the GDP of a relatively large town, you too can pull a rabbit* out of a hat! (*rabbit must not be living)
    Feign Death 20
    Find Traps 20
    Friends 19 When are we going to need to deal with that guy again?
    Holy Word 20
    Mending 20
    Mordenkainen's Sword 20
    Phantasmal Killer 20
    Ray of Enfeeblement 20
    Time Stop 20
    True Strike 20
    Weird 20
    Fish 19
    Witch Bolt 18

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    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
    Animate Dead 14
    Barkskin 20
    Blade Ward 20
    Drawmij's Instant Summons 22
    Feign Death 20
    Find Traps 20
    Friends 19
    Holy Word 20
    Mending 20
    Mordenkainen's Sword 20
    Phantasmal Killer 20
    Ray of Enfeeblement 20
    Time Stop 20
    True Strike 20
    Weird 20
    Wish 19
    Witch Bolt 18

    It was a tough call between Drawmij's and witch bolt, but witch bolt is just run-of-the-mill useless. Drawmij's is spectacularly, flamboyantly, extra useless. It starts out useless and then adds special clauses to make sure that if you try to use it anyway, you will fail in multiple ways. It's the gauntlet thrown down before optimizers: "You think you're good? Create a build that makes use of this!" It's the One With Nothing of D&D.

    As for the downvote, I'm really not clear on why animate dead is on this list to begin with. It's a decently effective spell, especially in the hands of a necromancer, and very flavorful.
    Last edited by Dausuul; Thursday, 29th June, 2017 at 12:01 AM.

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    DOWN IS GOOD. UP IS BAD.

    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
    Animate Dead 12 - Lovely spell. I love free servants.
    Barkskin 20
    Blade Ward 20
    Drawmij's Instant Summons 22
    Feign Death 21 - You live. Your whole party is dead. You are now being eaten. Way to go.
    Find Traps 20
    Friends 19
    Holy Word 20
    Mending 20
    Mordenkainen's Sword 20
    Phantasmal Killer 20
    Ray of Enfeeblement 20
    Time Stop 20
    True Strike 20
    Weird 20
    Fish 19 - No Change, but it should stay Fish. =D
    Witch Bolt 18
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    DOWN IS GOOD. UP IS BAD.

    (Apparently this reminder bears repeating constantly.)

    Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting 21
    Animate Dead 12
    Barkskin 20
    Blade Ward 20
    Drawmij's Instant Summons 22
    Feign Death 21
    Find Traps 20
    Friends 19
    Holy Word 20
    Mending 20
    Mordenkainen's Sword 20
    Phantasmal Killer 20
    Ray of Enfeeblement 20
    Time Stop 20
    True Strike 20
    Weird 20
    Wish 17 - Come on, people, this spell has no place on this list. It's still godly and still the best 9th-level spell, even if it's not AD&D-level godly.
    Witch Bolt 19 - Yeah, this one is just plain bad.

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