Maybe I wasn't clear, but I was talking specifically about Duelling + PAM spear.It is not close to +100% damage unless you started with a 20 in strength.
Base fighter with Spear as Str16 is doing D6+5 once per turn.
Adding PAM you're doing (D6+5) +(D4+5) +often another (D6+5).
For very low investment it's a solid DPS and tank in the early game.
I'm under no illusions that it's the best and didn't mean to make it seem like I did.
My deepest desire for DnD is for it to support non-magical characters equal in gameplay engagement and power to magical characters. I want to play the ascended common soldier or knight. I think there's a lot of evidence that other people feel the same way.Also using your free feat for Magic Initiate with Hex, Booming Blade and possibly Green Flame Blade is going to be competitive at 4th level.
Taking cantrip feats is admitting defeat and joining the enemy .
I know currently eschewing magic entirely on a fighter is going to be suboptimal , but my current character is doing just that- partially to set a personal challenge in a party of non-optimisers, and partly to explore just how much worse it is.
Hence why I play a battlemaster?Sure if that is what is fun for you. It is not for most players I see play fighters. I think most of them would rather use a bonus action to throw a net on an enemy once a fight, even if they are sticking to non-magic stuff.
Actually I'm playtesting the OneDnD battlemaster currently, it's overall in a better sport but it seems that quick toss didn't make the cut for the new edition.