And then they did a largely (maybe even entirely, I forget) unplayested last-minute massive change to it, going from 3-4 encounters/day as the norm to 6-8 - this was discussed at length in another thread. Certainly the 6-8 encounters thing is part of the problem. I remember in the playtest people whined a lot about casters having less slots than they did in 3E/PF1, but the reality was, they probably needed to cut casters down even further, slot-wise, especially at higher levels.I mean, they did put extensive playtesting into it.
I think part of the problem was that the playtest focused tightly on pretty low levels, and higher-level playtesting seemed to be largely limited to the "invitees", many of whom were ultra-grogs or wannabe ultra-grogs, and thus never going to be opposed to LFQW.
I was going to say 5 but that seemed sassy because I have run out of slots at 5. It's just really rare. I've never even seen a caster run out of slots above level 7 in 5E (or 3E, but in 3E you did have a crazy number more slots).Running out of spell slots is not a thing that happens post 7, usually post 5 lmfao.