Well, some metamagic. Everyone essentially has Heighten for free, for instance, not just in the sense of having it, in the sense of it not costing anything to use. And, up-casting is essentially metamagic for all, too.The 5e Sorc, stole metamagic, from everyone.
Just like everyone has the 3e Sorcerer's Spontaneous Casting.
Meh. Whacked hyper-specialization in martial classes is not too unusual for D&D.Again, if the ability to use bows and crossbows was taken from all classes and given to an Archer class, people would be outraged.
… that really doesn't seem emphasized in 5e the way it was in older eds... also, it's not the money-pit it used to be, and one significant downside, that, while you can learn new spells, you got none automatically as you leveled, has been gone awhile, too.A Wizard’s spellbook is as much a bane then a boon. The book can be stolen, destroyed, scry’d upon etc.
Sorcerers aren't Warlocks. Feats are optional, and ASIs a high price to pay.A Wizard’s Ritual Magic is easily replicated by the Ritual Magic feat or a Warlock pact of the book.
Surely, fans of the 3.x Sorcerer are more interested in being Magical Marvel Mutants, with cool/powerful focused abilities that fit a theme of their choosing - the 3.x sorcerer delivered that, the 5e sorcerer only if your theme has a sub-class, and the spell-list supports it - or they'd've been fans of the Class-Tier-1 Wizard of 3.x, instead.So is all the Sorcerer love more about ‘wanting to play an X-man’ or being more powerful with Metamagic?
A lot of the wizard's toys aren't such a great fit, thematically, but, sure, if the prepped casters went back to prepping into slots, so spontaneous meant something again, and the Sorcerer got better thematic support with greater player control & build flexibility, then metamagic going back to being feats or something'd be just fine.If WOTC announced the Sorcerer class was going to be retired, unless Metamagic was removed from the class, and replaced with say all the ‘toys’ the Wiz has, that you referenced earlier, and let us assume for the benefit of the thought experiment, that these replacement ‘toys’ are a perfect fit thematically for the Sorcerer, do you take the change?