I so love the sound of this feat:
Your spells cost 2 more spellpoints and removes need for normal material components. Especially expensive material components, such as for Stoneskin and Trap the Soul, are still required.
Two spell points is nothing, and the hassle of staying stocked-up in nine or ten different casting components is significant. Isn’t this wonderful? Shouldn’t we all have it?
Because it is not wonderful. It is not even useful. Because someone thought we should still have to buy certain components. And someone else built a spell that requires one arrow. And someone else built all-new kinds of spells that use potions as components. Etc.
The idea of the feat is awesome! The execution of the feat is … not so much.
True, many of those 408 spells require no material components at all, Eschew or no Eschew. But still. That leaves a sizable number of spells that do require components, and do not work with Eschew Material.
Making it useless. You are investing an entire feat slot in this thing (also two points per spell but it is the feat slot that really costs) and it doesn’t even always work.
- You wouldn’t buy a pen or pencil that only writes nine words out of ten
- You wouldn’t buy a car that is expected to fail to start one day every two weeks
- You wouldn’t go to a movie where every 10 or 20th minute is empty screen
And you wouldn’t invest in a very expensive feat that isn’t even supposed to always work.
And that, sadly, is that.
Too bad, really, as all of my Halfling Commando caster characters would probably have Eschew Material if it worked properly. Pack light, be ready for anything: sounds very Commando, doesn’t it?
Except no. It isn’t. It sputters and flares and no one wants any part of it.
Oh well. On the bright side, everything is apparently being reworked, one area at a time, and maybe someday feats will be too. Maybe even this one. Wouldn’t that be lovely? The line waiting to use Fred to respec into the feat would be so long that we’d spawn extra instances of House J.
A man has to have hope, right?
🙂 😀 🙂