D&D 5E 5E Survivor - Subclasses (Part X: Sorcerers)

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
There's well over a hundred and twenty different classes and subclasses in the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons game, and we're on a mission to determine which one is the Survivor! And this time around, we are comparing all of the Sorcerer subclasses from all of the Wizards of the Coast game resources against each other. The Survivor of this round will advance to the final round, where it will face off against the champions of all the other character classes.

(Yes, I know that we've done this before, but lots of new subclasses have been released in the years since. It's time to see if the new students can beat their PHB masters.)

SURVIVOR: 5E CHARACTER CLASSES
Round X: The Sorcerer


This time around, we enter "Arcane Corner," the section of the Player's Handbook that is devoted to the arcane "full caster" spellcasting classes. And first on the list is the Sorcerer! We're going to examine all fourteen of the subclass options for the Sorcerer class, in 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Which one will Survive?

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

The Hall of Heroes
Round I, Artificers: Battle Smith
Round II, Barbarians: Path of the Totem Warrior
Round III, Bards: College of Lore
Round IV, Clerics: Tempest Domain
Round V, Druids: Circle of the Shepherd
Round VI, Fighters: Battle Master
Round VII, Monks: Way of the Kensei
Round VIII, Mystics: Order of the Immortal
Round IX, Paladins: Oath of the Ancients

The Rules and Stuff
  • In this round, only the Sorcerer 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; the Quote function isn't the best for this.
  • 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 time stamp, you can vote again.
  • This is just another Internet popularity contest and you do not have to explain an upvote or downvote, but feel free to--explanations are where the fun is! And the more outlandish, petty, or nitpicky your reasons for voting, the better!
  • 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, complicated family trees, absence of spell points, strategic voting, and so on are all perfectly acceptable. But this is for enjoyment only. If you experience anger, hostility, or other evidence of Not Having Fun, you are doing it wrong.
  2. This week (and the next few weeks to come) will feature 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, Plane Shift, The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, and other places. Only the subclasses written and published 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!

SORCERER SUBCLASSES
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Aberrant Mind (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything)
Clockwork Soul (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything)
Divine Soul (Xanathar's Guide to Everything)
Draconic Bloodline (Player's Handbook)
Favored Soul (Unearthed Arcana, "Sorcerous Origins," 2017)
Giant Soul Sorcerer (Unearthed Arcana, "Giant Soul Sorcerer," 2018)
Lunar Magic (Unearthed Arcana, "Heroes of Krynn Pt. 1", 2022)
Phoenix Sorcery (Unearthed Arcana, "Sorcerous Origins," 2017)
Pyromancer (Plane Shift - Kaladesh)
Sea Sorcery (Unearthed Arcana, "Sorcerous Origins," 2017)
Shadow Magic (Xanathar's Guide to Everything)
Stone Sorcery (Unearthed Arcana, "Sorcerous Origins," 2017)
Storm Sorcery (Xanathar's Guide to Everything)
Wild Magic (Player's Handbook)
 
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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Aberrant Mind 20
Clockwork Soul 20-2=18
Divine Soul 20
Draconic Bloodline 20
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 20
Lunar Magic 20
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 20
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 20
Stone Sorcery 20+1=21 It deserved better.
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 20
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
Aberrant Mind 21
Clockwork Soul 18
Divine Soul 20
Draconic Bloodline 20
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 20
Lunar Magic 18
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 20
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 20
Stone Sorcery 21
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 20
 



RealAlHazred

Frumious Flumph
Aberrant Mind 21 - 2 = 19
Clockwork Soul 18
Divine Soul 20
Draconic Bloodline 20
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 20
Lunar Magic 18 + 1 = 19
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 20
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 20
Stone Sorcery 21
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 20
 

Wandersails

Explorer
Aberrant Mind 19
Clockwork Soul 18
Divine Soul 20
Draconic Bloodline 20
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 20
Lunar Magic 19
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18 - phoenix is cooler
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 21
Stone Sorcery 21
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 20
 

Aldarc

Legend
Aberrant Mind 19
Clockwork Soul 18
Divine Soul 20-2 = 18
Draconic Bloodline 20
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 20
Lunar Magic 19
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 21+1 = 22
Stone Sorcery 21
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 20
 

Aberrant Mind 19
Clockwork Soul 18
Divine Soul 16
Draconic Bloodline 20
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 21
Lunar Magic 19
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 22
Stone Sorcery 21
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 20
 



Aberrant Mind 19
Clockwork Soul 18
Divine Soul 16
Draconic Bloodline 21
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 21
Lunar Magic 19 + 1 = 20
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 20
Stone Sorcery 21 - 2 = 19
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 20
 

OB1

Jedi Master
Aberrant Mind 19+1=20
Clockwork Soul 18
Divine Soul 16
Draconic Bloodline 21
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 21
Lunar Magic 20-2=18
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 20
Stone Sorcery 19
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 20
 

Undrave

Hero
Aberrant Mind 20
Clockwork Soul 18+1=19
Divine Soul 16
Draconic Bloodline 21
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 21
Lunar Magic 18
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 20
Stone Sorcery 21 - 2 = 19
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 20-2=18 No way this boring subclass makes it? The fun part of it are completely dependant on your DM not forgetting about it!
 

Aberrant Mind 20
Clockwork Soul 19
Divine Soul 16
Draconic Bloodline 21
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 21
Lunar Magic 18
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 20 + 1 = 21 Always wanted to play a Lasombra..... uh, I mean shadow sorcerer.
Stone Sorcery 19
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 18 - 2 = 16 The table should be utilized more often for this one.
 
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niklinna

Legend
Aberrant Mind 20
Clockwork Soul 19 - 2 = 17
Divine Soul 16
Draconic Bloodline 21 + 1 = 22
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 21
Lunar Magic 18
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 21
Stone Sorcery 19
Storm Sorcery 20
Wild Magic 16
 

JoeyD473

Explorer
Aberrant Mind 20
Clockwork Soul 17 + 1 = 18
Divine Soul 16
Draconic Bloodline 22
Favored Soul 20
Giant Soul Sorcerer 21
Lunar Magic 18
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 21
Stone Sorcery 19
Storm Sorcery 20 - 2 = 18
Wild Magic 16
 



cwallach

Explorer
Its ridiculous to include UA subclasses. There are Sorcerer UA not included here.

Aberrant Mind 20
Clockwork Soul 18
Divine Soul 16 + 1 = 17
Draconic Bloodline 22
Favored Soul 20 - 2 = 18 the rough draft of Divine soul
Giant Soul Sorcerer 21
Lunar Magic 18
Phoenix Sorcery 20
Pyromancer 18
Sea Sorcery 20
Shadow Magic 21
Stone Sorcery 19
Storm Sorcery 18
Wild Magic 16
 

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