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Thread: Valor bard forced to get War Caster?

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    Default Re: Valor bard forced to get War Caster?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rilak View Post
    No. People saying iconic casters like greatsword-wielding EK's need feats is unintended in 5e (feats are optional; not everyone plays with them; and the game is supposed to be fast and easy to play).
    Note that even if you allow sheathe,cast,draw... you still need to care about somatic components. That dragon trying to bite you and you want to cast Shield? Tough luck; if you switched back to your two-hander or sword+board you can't do that.
    People who say that are wrong. WotC has indeed stated that the RAI was that using a two handed melee weapon with a caster is not available without feat support (if you use those rules). They have stated that the RAI was that holding a two handed melee weapon required both hands at all times (ranged only needing one to hold, but both to fire).
    This is specifically the reason that the quarterstaff is a versatile weapon rather than a two hander, for example.
    This is the reason that a holy symbol can be placed on your shield, for example.
    Your DM may overrule or interpret differently, but the RAI was that casters can't use two handers inherently, and I'm not the one saying it....WotC said so.

    People saying that you can just "rest your sword on your shoulder while you cast" don't understand that actually doing this in a combat situation means that they'd be dead instantly.
    Last edited by Shadow; 2014-09-26 at 01:43 PM.