I miss the days of wizard where you couldn’t pick spells on the opposite side of your circle

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  1. D. Walker says:

    I don’t get why people feel the need to claim one spellcaster class is better than another. It’s like saying a race horse is better than a draft horse.

    Sorcerers aren’t better than Wizards, or vice versa – they’re just different, and excel at doing different things.

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    Sorcerers are all about using a small number of spells very frequently. They trade versality for reliability – a classic example is the Sorcerer who can throw Fireball after Fireball after Fireball after Fireball, all day long.

    Wizards are all about using a large number of spells very infrequently. They trade reliability for versatility – a classic Wizard is someone who can reach into their bag of tricks and find just the right spell for any situation.

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    Each option has different strengths and challenges.

    Playing a Wizard means you need to be good at thinking on the fly, being able to pick the best spell for a given situation from a large number of prepared spells, while also planning ahead for what spells you might need to prepare the next day.

    Playing a Sorceror eliminates those problems, but introduces a different one – while you don’t have to worry about preparing spells, you very much do have to worry about which spells you choose to learn and know.

    A Wizard who makes a poor choice in the spells they prepare can easily fix that mistake by just preparing different spells the next day. But a Sorcerer who makes a poor choose in the spells they learn is stuck with that choice until they level up, at which point they can only relearn ~a single spell~. If they picked multiple spells that don’t work / they don’t like, they’ll have to level up multiple times to fix them.

    Sorcerers require very careful spell selection at character creation / level up.
    Wizards require very careful spell selection in the middle of combat.

    Which one is better? Neither. Just pick the one that suits your needs / tastes.

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