D&D 5E Spellcasters and Balance in 5e: A Poll

Should spellcasters be as effective as martial characters in combat?

  • 1. Yes, all classes should be evenly balanced for combat at each level.

    Votes: 11 5.3%
  • 2. Yes, spellcasters should be as effective as martial characters in combat, but in a different way

    Votes: 111 53.9%
  • 3. No, martial characters should be superior in combat.

    Votes: 49 23.8%
  • 4. No, spellcasters should be superior in combat.

    Votes: 8 3.9%
  • 5. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

    Votes: 27 13.1%

  • Poll closed .


Also, I think you forgot to count the paladin's smites in round 6, since he dealt 100 damage there.
I saw mention of it, but only saw 48 actually documented? But certainly could have missed it - lots going on!
But yeah, if that's in there. That puts the Paladin solidly over 300 (right up there too) So the rogue lagged behind both. As I said, revised my opinion a bit after looking at the data.

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As long as i get to be the frog
It's kind of a weird conundrum. Without feats, most of the martial options are tuned pretty well; I don't think there's any standard class/subclass option that's wildly out of whack. But without the scaling that some of the power feats provide, martial classes lose their one big advantage compared to casters.
Yep it’s impressive how balanced melee options are in the phb without feats or multiclassing.

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