Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
Well yeah, that’s the idea. The warlock spell list in current 5e is very thematic, and there’s no set of arcane spells of schools X, Y, and Z that is going to come close to reproducing it. Besides, only getting to prepare two spells per day seems like a huge nerf. Hence, my prediction that they’ll put most of the burden of making the warlock’s spell selection feel warlock-y on the “always prepared” spells, which makes sense to come from Patron, with some from Invocations for a bit of customizability.That's just a Warlock spell list with a whole bunch of extra steps and complication lol.
seems like the most accessible way to preserve the warlock’s identity to me.I don't see them going that way if they want to make classes more accessible, not less.
Well I agree with you that Patrons should be chosen at 1st level (though I think all subclasses should be, TBH). Also that Hexblade’s got to go. It was a kludge fix for the blade pact boon being bad. Now they can fix it directly and cut the awkward patron.Also making Warlocks wait until L3 for a patron would make all existing patrons incompatible with the 1D&D Warlock. I don't see them doing that just for symmetry's sake. Patrons will likely remain at 1. I do think some will be modified or deleted. No way Hexblade survives in the current "You need Pact of the Blade to make this not suck" form.