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5E Cleric Tier Ratings

FrogReaver

As long as i get to be the frog
My take on light cleric warding flare. It’s not very good. You get to give disadvantage to 3-5 attacks in the day before the enemy even makes the first attack roll. That meh IMO.
 

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Zardnaar

Legend
My personal take on tempest.

his channel divinity turns shatter into being nearly as strong as fireball (more damage less area).

With as often as that combo can be used from level 6 on it should be rated pretty highly.

I think the biggest problem with tempest is everyone looks at him and wishes he got lightning bolt.
If it got lightning bolt and potent cantrip I would put it in S tier.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
My take on light cleric warding flare. It’s not very good. You get to give disadvantage to 3-5 attacks in the day before the enemy even makes the first attack roll. That meh IMO.
It's a minor ability sure. It's in top of everything else though.
 





Voadam

Hero
To me lightning bolt is the spell for the "army coming down the hallway" scenario. Other than that, fireball all the way.
The change in 3e to the line starts with you instead of at range made fireball generally the better choice tactically. No more firing lightning from behind your fighter's shield wall, while fireballs can still be lofted safely without touching your side.
 

humble minion

Adventurer
My take on light cleric warding flare. It’s not very good. You get to give disadvantage to 3-5 attacks in the day before the enemy even makes the first attack roll. That meh IMO.
Depends on the opponent, really. We're playing through Storm King's Thunder right now, and when you've got smaller numbers of enemies who hit really hard, like giants - warding flare is actually pretty damn nice. Multiattack hurts it, but jeez, I'd rather be hit once by a giant than twice...
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Depends on the opponent, really. We're playing through Storm King's Thunder right now, and when you've got smaller numbers of enemies who hit really hard, like giants - warding flare is actually pretty damn nice. Multiattack hurts it, but jeez, I'd rather be hit once by a giant than twice...
Warding flare is fine.
 

I love lightning bolt, but I can't remember the last time I even saw five bad guy in a straight line.
Actually, one of my players managed to pull it off last year. The were evil monks on a balcony overlooking the audience chamber, about a dozen on either side. The sorcerer flew up to balcony level and fried the lot along one side. Those on the other side ran away!
 




dmhelp

Villager
I think if War domain was released now they would have given it Extra Attack. Since they went ahead and made Wizards able to get it....
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I think if War domain was released now they would have given it Extra Attack. Since they went ahead and made Wizards able to get it....
Yeah and valor bards.

Clerics still get better buff spells so probably why they didn't.

Arcane cleric using GFB probably deal more damage than the war cleric and you would think that's the war clerics thing.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
Grave Domain.

Offered as a nicer alternative to the death domain the Grave domain packs in quite a few interesting abilities.

First up you get a lot of spelks that don't transform the class in any significant way as they are already spells the cleric for the most part gets already. And they're not exactly spells you would pick anyway. Overall for the most part a fairly lackluster effort.

Circle of Mortality
This looks like a great ability and first. In practice more often than not its a maximised healing word. Spare the dying at will bonus action 30' range is useful but one can argue a cleric that doesn't let allies drop in the first place is an even better idea. Still all of these abilities are useful and are not bad as such.

Eyes of the Grave.

AKA how to annoy your DM. Marginal use in most games although useful in undead heavy games. Very situational and limited though and campaign dependent.

Channel Divinity. Path to the Grave.

This ability looks great. Mitigated a bit by you giving up an action to double the next amount of damage dealt. Useful but it kind of depends on that source of damage. Compare with a death or light clerics inflict more damage full stop now. Still more damage generally always useful.

Sentinel at Deaths Door

You will be popular in any party you are in. You can negate most incoming critical hits. Not to shabby.

Potent Spellcasting
Wisdom modifier to cantrip damage. I prefer this ability over bonus damage to weapon attacks. Wish the death cleric got this.

Overall the grave cleric should probably be played as a support character. Nothing wrong with that. However I think there's just better option in that niche such as life domain. Overall I would make it a B tier or B+ being generous. It's not going to be as good as dedicated support characters (read as Bard or some clerics and druids).

Even comparing it to other clerics there's just other ones I think are better mechanically and from a powergamer PoV. On the plus side it's still a good domain nothing wrong with it.
 
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