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The Magus Class for 5th Edition D&D (5 subclasses included).

The idea of a "war wizard" or "spellsword" is pervasive in fantasy roleplaying and narrative alike, and Magus (or equivalent) classes already exist in many RPGs both tabletop and digital. The current edition of D&D delegates the role to two subclasses: the Eldritch Knight archetype for Fighters and the Bladesinger tradition for Wizards. One a martial class with narrow magical capabilities mostly inherent to fighting, the other a spellcaster with a chance to jump into the fray without being annihilated before dealing decent damage. Something is amiss between the two fringes of "gish-like" combat style, and here I hesitantly present you the 
Magus and his 5 variations.

Magical flashes of light in the middle of a crowded battlefield. A greatsword-wielding human, her long silk robe swirling, dances amidst the hostile warriors. A distortion in the air surrounds her sword, unnoticed by her foes. As she strikes, burning fire erupts from the hilt of the weapon and slithers up the blade entering the sundering her strike is causing. The unfortunate lancer that was standing in front of her is dead, not cleft in twain but torn to pieces by immense arcane force.

A half-orc turns his head towards the elven wizard laughing at him from the high ground, three dozens of undead between them. In the blink of an eye he's right in front of him, effortlessly teleported, sword planted firmly in the chest of the powerful necromancer. The screeching of all the verminous minions fills the air.

The class will be in development for some time: I am not a professional game designer nor I profess particular expertise in the game system, thus I strongly encourage feedback especially from those who will like to playtest this class (as I and my friends do). Comments and discussions in the DMsGuild page for this class will be all read and often answered.

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Xavier L January 19, 2018 9:49 pm UTC
Thoughts at first glance:

- Spellstrike is a cool concept but it may be a bit too powerful for 2nd level, mainly since cantrips are free. Maybe restrict it to spells of 1st level or higher, but allow it on a hit to make it more like Divine Smite? Either that or have the spell damage replace your weapon damage. One or the other. I'd personally lean more towards the latter approach.

- Extra Attack should be a 5th level feature. According to PHB p. 15, extra attacks and 3rd level spells are what move characters from 1st tier to the 2nd tier at 5th level in terms of game-play mechanics. Easiest fix would be to swap it with Arcane Condensation.

- I like Focused Mind for this class but it might be too weak at once per rest. Maybe call it Keen Focus and have it cost 1 keen point instead?. Kind of like the monk's Diamond Soul but without all the proficiencies and only for Constitution saving throws and only for maintaining concentration.

- There's nothing at 11th level....See more
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Nicola D February 28, 2018 11:45 pm UTC
Thanks for your time, and thanks for writing here! Also, sorry for the terribly late answer! I'll try to address your points:

- Spellstrike is indeed a powerful feature, and being able to infuse cantrips with has indeed been a worrying issue in development (also notice that no other half-caster class gets ANY cantrips). But it fits with the intended role of the class, that of a front line damage dealer not unlike the paladin class. The ability to use cantrips balances the paladin's ability to decide exactly WHEN to smite with his spell slots. Also, the magus if far more squishy.
I still consider removing cantrips everyday, and might in some future rebalancing.

- Extra attack is indeed rarely seen outside of 5th level. Only the Bladesinger arcane tradition for wizards and the more martial-oriented bard subclassed do get it at 6th. Classes that conceptually strive to be the same kind of squishy-but-viably-martial arcane fighters that I envisioned the Magus to be. Also, the Magus gets...See more
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Xavier L March 04, 2018 2:30 am UTC
Thanks for the response, no worries about the delay. Hope I wasn't too critical! I too can see both the appeal and the concerns of allowing Spellstrike to use cantrips. If you want to scale it back a bit without removing it entirely, another approach could be to allow cantrips at a higher level, possibly as a separate feature. Anyway, good luck perfecting it.
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