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5E Unearthed Arcana: Sorcerer and Warlock

There's a new Unearthed Arcana from WotC today, hot on the heels of the recent one for barbarian and monk. "Two classes, the sorcerer and the warlock, discover new playtest possibilities this week. The sorcerer receives a new Sorcerous Origin feature: the Aberrant Mind. Meanwhile, the warlock gains a new Otherworldly Patron feature: the Lurker in the Deep. We’ve also included a new cantrip: mind sliver."

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TwoSix

Lover of things you hate
The last 2 UAs are pointing in a Manual of the Planes type direction, to me. Not "Sigil and factions", more "this is how to use the planes in your adventures."
 

Parmandur

Legend
The last 2 UAs are pointing in a Manual of the Planes type direction, to me. Not "Sigil and factions", more "this is how to use the planes in your adventures."
There is basically no difference between the products that you describe: any Planar extension will be a Planescape setting book.

Some Race and Class stuff would just be a Chapter 1 in a theoretical Planescape Setting book: and basically the only part that would be playtested in UA.
 

TwoSix

Lover of things you hate
There is basically no difference between the products that you describe: any Planar extension will be a Planescape setting book.

Some Race and Class stuff would just be a Chapter 1 in a theoretical Planescape Setting book: and basically the only part that would be playtested in UA.
That's probably true; if they can pull off Ravnica guilds with only a light mechanical touch, they can probably do PS factions the same way.

My only caveat would be that there's nothing here in the UAs with nods towards anything that is PS-specific; while that doesn't contraindicate anything, of course, it also doesn't mean it's definitely Planescape. I would quibble with the idea that ANY planar extension is de facto Planescape, a book describing the Inner and Outer Planes in detail, but with no mention of Sigil or factions is a D&D multiverse book, not a Planescape one.

All that being said, they're probably just throwing up massive curveballs for their combined Spelljammer-My Little Pony setting book anyway. :)
 

5ekyu

Adventurer
Personally, that canttip seems scary good.

Better than mockery across the board and next save is bigger than next attack.

At-will save penalty cantrip for a sorcerer makes me really really nervous.
 

Parmandur

Legend
That's probably true; if they can pull off Ravnica guilds with only a light mechanical touch, they can probably do PS factions the same way.

My only caveat would be that there's nothing here in the UAs with nods towards anything that is PS-specific; while that doesn't contraindicate anything, of course, it also doesn't mean it's definitely Planescape. I would quibble with the idea that ANY planar extension is de facto Planescape, a book describing the Inner and Outer Planes in detail, but with no mention of Sigil or factions is a D&D multiverse book, not a Planescape one.

All that being said, they're probably just throwing up massive curveballs for their combined Spelljammer-My Little Pony setting book anyway. :)
They wouldn't make a Planar book that didn't detail Sigil, though: it's in the PHB and DMG as part of the core cosmology, and they wouldn't extend that without bringing Sigil along.
 

Bitbrain

Explorer
The sorcerer sub-class. My thoughts

Invasive Thoughts
Nice flavor.

Warped Being
If extra spells means no +1 hp every level, I’ll accept it.

Psionic Spells
I take it the number of complaints about sorcerers not getting enough spells might possibly have reached some kind of critical mass and become self sustaining . . .

Dissonant Whispers. Me likey.

Evard’s Black Tentacles. I would have preferred Giant Insect, but that is just me.

Modify Memory. YES! I’ve always felt Sorcerers should get this one.

Rary’s seems kind of redundant with Invasive Thoughts though. I’d switch out this one for Telekinesis.

Psionic Sorcery
My current DM will never let me use the spell points variant to get the most use out of this feature . . .

Psychic Defenses
Very nice.

Revelation in Flesh
Option three reminds me of the Hospital Monster in Stranger Things season 3.

Warp Reality
For some reason, I’m reminded of the color out of space.


All in all, feels very H.P. Lovecraft and Stranger Things.


EDIT = Mind Sliver cantrip

Ooh. Might want to lower the damage to 1d4. Might.

EDIT 2 = Don’t want to Double Post

This seems weird for a reason tho: if these are tests for a conjoint psionic archerypes + Dark Sun book, why does it offer a warlock themed with the depths of water? I think I remember a silt kraken in the 4e book, but Dark Sun lack large water pools, right?

I guess we already have a psionic flavoured patron as the Great-old-Ones, but this one would be out of place in a Dark Sun setting, IMO. Is there another setting where psionic makes a huge part of the theme while having something to do with lovecraftian stuff?
Eberron too. Daelkyr love messing with the baseline of a given species.

At least, according to Keith Baker’s blog
 
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Charlaquin

Goblin Queen
Usually I’m pretty “meh” about reskinning spells as psionic Powers, but these work pretty well for me. It helps that they’re subclasses rather than a new class. “This Sorcerer’s spells come from the alien worm in their brain” feels better than “here’s a brand new class that totally isn’t just another wizard, we promise.”
 

Istbor

Explorer
I like these.

My Ranger recently decided to drink some Eldritch tainted dragon blood to ill effect. I am thinking of asking him for his thoughts on maybe multi-classing due to the corruption.
 

MarkB

Hero
The 6th-level cast-from-Sorcery-points class feature is interesting. Perhaps a hint towards how they're implementing Psionic spellcasting.
 

Aldarc

Adventurer
The warlock seems very much inspired by the warlock Travis Willingham plays on Critical Role, and his patron Ukatoa.
Possibly. Though I know that it is not written for the coming Eberron book, the Lurker/Kraken patron works INCREDIBLY WELL for a half-elf warlock of House Lyrandar, which is symbolized by a Kraken. There is even a cult among House Lyrandar that believes that their founding members, Lyran and Selavash, did not die, but were, instead, transformed into krakens, believe that they can become krakens, and also worship the Devourer.

I wonder if next month's UA will involve a ranger whose animal companion is all in his/her mind.
It's called a "Beast Master Ranger."
 

OB1

Explorer
Two solid additions.

I'm going with Elminster's Guide to the Planes as the big setting book for next year, which will include the Psionic Class and these recent UA Psi-subclasses for other classes.
 

Ash Mantle

Adventurer
These are fantastic! With the previous barbarian and monk UAs, I'd some degree of certainty the next focus may have been on a Planescape supplement, but with these in the mix, I'm now not so sure.
Hopefully we'll get something involving madness, insanity and the Far Realms. It may even mean a Xanathar's 2: Electric Boogaloo :D
 

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