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5E The new UA feats are AWESOME for sorcerers.

squibbles

Explorer
The perennial problem with sorcerers has always been a lack of spells known.

Lets look at what a 4th level sorcerer gets from the new UA's Fey Touched and Shadow Touched feats (also super thematic, btw).

Fey Touched
+1 Charisma (i.e. 17-->18 Cha)
new 2nd level spell known: misty step (a really good spell)
new 1st level spell known from the following list (since the feat does not specify any class list limitations):
divination:​
Beast Bond (xgte)​
Comprehend Languages​
Detect Evil and Good​
Detect Magic​
Detect Poison and Disease​
Hunter’s Mark (!)​
Identify​
Speak with Animals​
enchantment:​
Animal Friendship​
Bane​
Bless (!)​
Charm Person​
Command​
Compelled Duel​
Dissonant Whispers​
Heroism​
Hex (!)​
Sleep​
Tasha’s Hideous Laughter​
AND one extra spell cast per day

Shadow Touched
+1 Charisma
new 2nd level spell known: darkness (a good spell)
new 1st level spell known from the following list:
illusion:​
Color Spray​
Disguise Self​
Illusory Script​
Silent Image​
necromancy:​
Cause Fear (xgte)​
False Life​
Inflict Wounds​
Ray of Sickness​
AND one extra spell cast per day

Those benefits are BANANAS for a 4th level sorcerer, who only knows 5 spells and doesn't know any spells higher than 2nd level anyway. Fey Touched also gives Sorcerers access to the standout spells Bless and Hex.

Metamagic Adept and Shield Training are disproportionately good pickups for sorcerers too.
 

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ChaosOS

Hero
Supporter
Shield Training really stood out to me as a way to buff up the dragon magic + shadow blade sorcerer build.
 

Shield Training really stood out to me as a way to buff up the dragon magic + shadow blade sorcerer build.
Shield training also severely annoys me because as far as I'm aware it is the only way to don/doff a shield using an object interaction, and said feat is largely awful for those who have shield proficiencies already. It means a wizard with no background in martial training that decides to "spend a few weeks learning how to hold this silly piece of wood" learns how to use a shield better than a fighter whose spent his whole life learning, but didn't feel like wasting an ASI just to take their shield off quicker.

In fact a number of the feats in this article are either quite weak or suffer from similar oddities. I love chef though.
 

MarkB

Legend
Shield training also severely annoys me because as far as I'm aware it is the only way to don/doff a shield using an object interaction, and said feat is largely awful for those who have shield proficiencies already. It means a wizard with no background in martial training that decides to "spend a few weeks learning how to hold this silly piece of wood" learns how to use a shield better than a fighter whose spent his whole life learning, but didn't feel like wasting an ASI just to take their shield off quicker.
And then doesn't bother to take it off quickly in any case, because he can wiggle it to cast spells just as effectively as wiggling his hand, and his other hand is probably free anyway.
 


ChaosOS

Hero
Supporter
I mean, "X training" is actually a pretty normal name for a basic proficiency/access style feat. Really the issue is people are disappointed by Shield Master, the actually dedicated shield feat. Frankly I'd be happy if you just tacked on the "equip as an object interaction" onto Shield Master as a buff.
 



dnd4vr

The Smurfiest Wizard Ever!
Shield training also severely annoys me because as far as I'm aware it is the only way to don/doff a shield using an object interaction, and said feat is largely awful for those who have shield proficiencies already. It means a wizard with no background in martial training that decides to "spend a few weeks learning how to hold this silly piece of wood" learns how to use a shield better than a fighter whose spent his whole life learning, but didn't feel like wasting an ASI just to take their shield off quicker.

In fact a number of the feats in this article are either quite weak or suffer from similar oddities. I love chef though.
I agree completely... except about the Chef feat. :rolleyes:
 



dnd4vr

The Smurfiest Wizard Ever!
To each their own. You'd be surprised how many characters in our games would take that feat in a heartbeat. Hell we spent half a session last week trying to figure out how to feed a baby giant boar.
Oh, of course! Our group would probably just toss it rations. :D
 

Oh, of course! Our group would probably just toss it rations. :D
Perhaps my favorite part of how that session went down is perhaps it through out DM for a loop. This is her first campaign and I think she expected us to do just that. Instead we spent an hour trying to figure out how to acquire milk or a milk substitute in the middle of a craggy wasteland because we were thoroughly convinced that clearly as a baby it was "too young" for trail rations! cue Monty Python tone of voice Ravnica tis a silly place.

It's also a feat that would fit well with my character I'm doing in a friend's game, where I'm an artificer who flavors all his spells through cooking tools.
 

Pauln6

Explorer
I think the ability to Don or doff a shield as an interaction should be available as a fighting style as well. Could add a 1d4 shield bash to it too I suppose (maybe allowing it to work with a shove for a cool combo with shield master) since mariner also has multiple benefits.
 

It's also a feat that would fit well with my character I'm doing in a friend's game, where I'm an artificer who flavors all his spells through cooking tools.
Villain of the Week: Is that a hint of Nutmeg in that spell you just cast at me?
Artificer: Why yes. I feel that it contrasts well with the acid from Acid Spray.
Villain of the Week: I mean I love Nutmeg, but I don't know how that would cover the acidic tas-Falls down the hole, the acid just made, in the floor.
 

jgsugden

Legend
If the feat is not taken at the first ASI habitually, it is not a feat tax.

However, Eldrtich Adept can be very strong in certain hands.
 

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