5E Playing without Subclasses

Ashrym

Adventurer
If you want "D&D but simpler" try https://media.wizards.com/2018/dnd/downloads/UA_Sidekicks.pdf -- Sidekicks are Expert, Warrior and Spellcaster.

Warrior is a slightly stripped down Champion fighter.
Expert is a combat-weakened Rogue.
Spellcaster is a stripped down bard/cleric/druid/wizard.

Expert is clearly the weakest in combat. And there is no "Paladin".
The warrior adds abilities the champion doesn't have like danger sense and battle readiness, and loses action surge and combat style. They are pretty similar to a champion, for sure, lol. It's base fighter abilities that are swapped around instead of the subclass.

The expert isn't a combat weakened rogue. They have better skill options than any standard class with more proficiencies, more expertise, jack of most trades and reliable talent. They give up sneak attack but add extra attack so it's actually a pretty decent stand alone alternative to rogues or non-magical bards with things like inspiring help. ;)

Even the spell caster is beneficial over some classes. Adding magical recovery, potent cantrips, empowered spells, focused casting, and signature spells gives benefits over many spell casters.

I find it funny that the "sidekick" expert is a much better skill monkey than any class and the spell caster is a better spell caster than bards. ;)

You are right, though; a person can play an entire campaign with these 3 classes easily and avoid subclasses. I'd play that game.
 

ccs

39th lv DM
If you want "D&D but simpler" try https://media.wizards.com/2018/dnd/downloads/UA_Sidekicks.pdf -- Sidekicks are Expert, Warrior and Spellcaster.

Warrior is a slightly stripped down Champion fighter.
Expert is a combat-weakened Rogue.
Spellcaster is a stripped down bard/cleric/druid/wizard.

Expert is clearly the weakest in combat. And there is no "Paladin".

But the OP doesn't want "D&D but simpler". They want Closer to D&D 2e".
 

NotAYakk

Explorer
But the OP doesn't want "D&D but simpler". They want Closer to D&D 2e".
Sure, and AD&D 2e was simpler.

Use those 3 classes and you'll be closer to AD&D 2e.

I mean, Ranger or Rogue are both Experts. Barbarian or Fighter is a Warrior. Cleric, Druid and Wizard is a spellcaster.

That leaves Monk and Paladin unhandled.

Or we could do:

Warrior: Fighter
Expert: Rogue
Spellcaster: Cleric
Spellcaster: Druid
Spellcaster: Wizard
Spellcaster: Bard

Then build some hybrids:
Warrior + Expert: Monk
Expert + Spellcaster: Ranger
Warrior + Spellcaster(Cleric): Paladin

which leaves Barbarian. Modify Warrior mayhap.
 

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