D&D 5E 5E Survivor - Subclasses (Part III: Bards)

CleverNickName

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Hello again everyone!

There are 120+ different classes and subclasses in the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons game, and 8 of them are Bards. Have you wondered which one would Survive a head-to-head contest against all of the others? Do bards tickle your creativity? Would you say they inspire you? Well get out your pitch pipes and tune up that lute, we're about to find out which one can nail the audition and get a callback!

(Yes, I know that this has been done before, but lots of new subclasses have been released in the years since. It's time to see how the old champs hold up against the new kids.)

So allow me to introduce:

SURVIVOR: 5E CHARACTER CLASSES
Round III: The Bard

This week, we are going to examine the Bard class. Currently there are eight subclasses available for the Bard, and we're going to find out which one Survives!

The winner of this contest will advance to the Final Round, where it will represent ALL Bards in the 5th Edition D&D game.

The Finalists
Round I, Artificers: Battle Smith
Round II, Barbarians: Totem Warrior

The Rules and Stuff
  • In this round, only the Bard subclasses are presented.
  • Only the subclasses written by Wizards of the Coast qualify. No third-party entries!
  • Each entry starts with 20 points.
  • Every day, you vote for one subclass that you like, which gains 1 point. And then you vote for a different subclass, which loses 2 points. It is intentional that a negative vote is worth more than a positive vote - first, because it takes something extra to whittle these guys down to size. Second, because.
  • Mark your upvotes in green, and downvotes in red. Or just show them in bold text and use "+1" and "-2" to mark them, if colored text is too difficult on your browsing device.
  • It's easier if you just copy and paste the previous poster’s vote and change the numbers.
  • You may vote only once per day in each category. 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. Rule of thumb: if your most recent vote post says "yesterday" in the date tag, you can vote again.
  • 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 subclass is removed from the list.
  • Finally, if an entry has one point left, then you have to make the choice to use all of your downvotes to eliminate it; there is no vote splitting. In addition, you can't upvote and downvote the same entry (no "see" votes). And you have to use BOTH YOUR UPVOTE AND DOWNVOTE if you vote.

The Most Important Bits
Three 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, malice, favorite composer, inspiration, irrational love or hatred of bagpipes, strategic voting, and so on are all perfectly acceptable. You can comment for the reasons for your vote, or not - up to you! But this is for enjoyment only.
  2. This week (and the next few weeks to come) features a list of character subclasses from the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, Unearthed Arcana, and other places. Only the subclasses written by Wizards of the Coast are included.
  3. As always, the list is the list. If you have a complaint about the list, please direct it to /dev/null.
So. Onward to the contest!

BARD SUBCLASSES
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College of Creation (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything)
College of Eloquence (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything)
College of Glamour (Xanathar's Guide to Everything)
College of Lore (Player's Handbook)
College of Spirits (Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft)
College of Swords (Xanathar's Guide to Everything)
College of Valor (Player's Handbook)
College of Whispers (Xanathar's Guide to Everything)
 
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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
College of Creation 20
College of Eloquence 20
College of Glamour 20
College of Lore 20
College of Spirits 20+1=21
College of Swords 20-2=18
Just play a fighter already, sheesh
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 20
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
College of Creation 20
College of Eloquence 20
College of Glamour 20
College of Lore 21
College of Spirits 21
College of Swords 16
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 20

Bards to me embody lore, not war.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
College of Creation 20
College of Eloquence 20
College of Glamour 20
College of Lore 21
College of Spirits 21
College of Swords 16 - 2 = 14
College of Valor 20 + 1 = 21

College of Whispers 20
 

College of Creation 18
College of Eloquence 21

College of Glamour 20
College of Lore 21
College of Spirits 21
College of Swords 14
College of Valor 21
College of Whispers 20
 

Dax Doomslayer

Adventurer
College of Creation 18
College of Eloquence 21
College of Glamour 20
College of Lore 21
College of Spirits 21
College of Swords 14
College of Valor 22
College of Whispers 18
 

RealAlHazred

Frumious Flumph
College of Creation 18
College of Eloquence 21
College of Glamour 20
College of Lore 21
College of Spirits 21
College of Swords 14
College of Valor 22 - 2 = 20
College of Whispers 18 + 1 = 19


Well, at least here, I think we can all agree that one of these is clearly superior to all of the others!
 

OB1

Jedi Master
College of Creation 18
College of Eloquence 21
College of Glamour 20+1=21
College of Lore 21
College of Spirits 21
College of Swords 14-2=12
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 19
 

chrisrtld

Adventurer
College of Creation 16
College of Eloquence 21
College of Glamour 21
College of Lore 22
College of Spirits 21
College of Swords 12
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 19
 

RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
College of Creation 16
College of Eloquence 21
College of Glamour 21
College of Lore 22
College of Spirits 21+1=22
College of Swords 12
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 19-2=17
 

see

Pedantic Grognard
College of Creation 16
College of Eloquence 21
College of Glamour 21
College of Lore 23
College of Spirits 22
College of Swords 12
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 15
 

Mort

Legend
Supporter
College of Creation 16
College of Eloquence 21 + 1 = 22
College of Glamour 21
College of Lore 23
College of Spirits 22
College of Swords 12 - 2 = 10
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 15
 


Sarnada

First Post
College of Creation 16
College of Eloquence 22
College of Glamour 21
College of Lore 23-2=21 no one likes a smart ass
College of Spirits 22
College of Swords 12 - 2 = 10
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 15+1 =16
 

College of Creation 16
College of Eloquence 22
College of Glamour 21
College of Lore 22
College of Spirits 22
College of Swords 10
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 14
 

Omand

Hero
College of Creation 16
College of Eloquence 22
College of Glamour 21
College of Lore 22
College of Spirits 22
College of Swords 10 - 2 = 8
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 14 + 1 = 15
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
College of Creation 0
College of Eloquence 0
College of Glamour 0
College of Lore 0
College of Spirits 0
College of Swords 0
College of Valor 0
College of Whispers 0


KILL 'EM ALL AND LET THARIZDUN SORT 'EM OUT.
Patience, Snarf. We have to wait until all of the other bards have chosen their one sacrificial bard--the one that will represent all bards everywhere.

Then, we strike.
claws GIF
 

How are you guys doing the quotes / modifications? Just by hand or is there an easier way without it being treated as a quote which I'm missing?

College of Creation 16
College of Eloquence 23
College of Glamour 19
College of Lore 22
College of Spirits 22
College of Swords 8
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 15
 

JEB

Legend
College of Creation 16
College of Eloquence 23
College of Glamour 19
College of Lore 22 + 1 = 23
College of Spirits 22 - 2 = 20

College of Swords 8
College of Valor 20
College of Whispers 15
 


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