This is not my topic actually, but rather, was suggested in the DDO chat channel by chat user HatsuZ. Except HatsuZ suggested that I write about which one is better, sorcerer or warlock. Which I cannot do, because really, I have no idea.
No, that is not quite right. I do have an idea. Several, actually, but I don’t know which is better. I can only go by gut feel. To know, I would need to play them both, probably more than once, since the various sorcerer savants differ significantly and the various types of warlock even more so.
I do have a sorcerer that I’ve played up to cap, but she is really a hagglebot, with sorcerer as a side benefit (thus the tagline “Hagglebot with Benefits“). I don’t feel that she is an adequate representative of the class as a whole. I mean, she has the Negotiator feat. And not one, but two different kinds of Haggle skill focus feats; any one of those feats really ought to disqualify her from any further top-shelf sorcerer discussion. I have a warlock too, but she is a mixed melee bard/warlock, probably not an adequate representative either. Plus I’ve only played her up to 13th level.
I’m sorry HatsuZ, but I don’t know which is better.
Having said all that, “better” can be tough to quantify even when one is thoroughly informed on the topic. Better at what? “Better for your party”? I would argue that neither is better for your party, they are essentially the same. Projecting damage at a distance, limited or no party support, full-on DPS. As far as filling your party goes they may as well be one class.
But we can start a pros and cons list. Maybe that will help?
So far, I think Warlock is winning. And that makes sense; traditionally, when a new class is introduced, it seems that they are built to be stronger than existing classes. Maybe it is feared we won’t all want to play it otherwise? And I suppose, we probably wouldn’t. Why sink Turbine Points into something lesser than what you already have?
Yet this is only generalization. And what I suspect HatsuZ is really asking about is nuking, the ability to project DPS at a distance. It is the one thing that the two classes have the most in common. And it is also the one thing about which I am least qualified to comment, having played exactly zero characters of either class that are optimized for nuking.
So I will instead throw it out there for votes. Crowdsourcing works; we’ve used it before, and always to good effect. So … which is better? Warlock or Sorcerer?
Don’t be shy, vote! Crowdsourcing answers only works when there is a crowd. So get on it!
🙂 😀 🙂