The whole concept of “battle cleric” has been stirring up controversy ever since day one. On one side are these people: Stop fighting and play your role, you are the only one who can heal, if you want to battle roll up a battle class. On the other side are these people: Stop telling me how to play my character. Go buy a pot if you need heals or buffs.
When Favored Souls were released, they combined Cleric spells with Sorceror casting abilities and … fighting feats and enhancements?
The dream of battle clerics everywhere since the game launched.
Except it seems to have infected the clerics too, not just the favored souls. As if someone officially approved the whole battlecleric concept, releasing everyones repressed aggression to the surface all at once.
Remember when Wizards and Sorcerors would bring you into a quest group and then expect you to stand back and wait while they Cloudkilled everything? Did you enjoy that? Because it is back in a big way, except that Blade Barrier is the new Cloudkill.
I am the first guy to say that every player should play their character the way they want. But watching clerics solo mobs through their blade barrier is boring. And it takes a long time. Worse, you can’t hit the monsters while they are running: boring + time consuming + annoying = why bother?
Symptoms that battlecleric mania is taking over your world:
- LFMs that already have two clerics posting that they need a healer (not actually a negative, I just find it funny)
- Everywhere you go in the quest, there is already at least one Blade Barrier there
- You have to keep asking for heals even though the cleric said he was a healbot
- Every time you ask “is that our blade barrier?”, the answer is “yes”. And you don’t even get to finish the question
I’m not saying clerics/FvS should play their role and HJEAL me. Really. I’m not even trying to rant. But I’m done chasing mobs around the blade barrier and hoping I can get a hit in before they die or the BB expires. I don’t need quest completion that badly.
Hmmm that looks kind of like a rant after all.