In the past, we've explored the damage output of a greatsword vs. greataxe. We've even examined how that damage is affected when you're a Barbarian taking a multiclass dip in Champion (Fighter) for increased critical hit chance. The Argument for Greataxe A lot of how this math shakes out is going to depend on what … Continue reading Greatsword vs. Greataxe: One-Shot Kills
Tag: Great Weapon Master
That Broken GWM/SS “Fix”
The most notorious feats in 5th Edition D&D are Sharpshooter (SS) and Great Weapon Master (GWM). These feats are considered the most powerful because of a mechanic they share in common. Yet, a common "fix" to nerf them does not have the intended result! Let's run the numbers.
Thrown Weapon Master
Today we're building a feat to alleviate action economy woes with thrown weapons and give them a nice damage boost to bring it in line with other weapon loadouts.
Shield Master Unleashed
Can we rewrite the Shield Master feat to fix its fiddly action economy?
Pole Position: PAM over GWM
Why to take the Polearm Master feat before the Great Weapon Master feat.
Two-Weapon Fighting Calcs
Over the past couple weeks, we've looking into issues with Two-Weapon Fighting and solutions to fix Two-Weapon Fighting. While discussing potential solutions is a good starting place, theorycrafting can often fall flat at the table. In order to identify which systems are the most balanced and deserve testing, you've got to run the numbers. The … Continue reading Two-Weapon Fighting Calcs
D&D Creative Director Mike Mearls recently tweeted about revised Two-Weapon Fighting rules, including a poll about where its damage output should lie: Mechanics Any discussion regarding two-weapon fighting involves these mechanics: Two-Weapon Fighting bonus action Dual Wielder feat Two-Weapon Fighting style Let's explore these mechanics first to identify where we have wiggle room to improve … Continue reading Two-Weapon Fighting
A "called shot" in Dungeons & Dragons is an attack that aims for a specific part of a target's body. While this mechanic has been removed from 5th Edition in the interest of greater simplicity, the system is fluid enough to layer on complexity where you want.
Weapon Mods: +1d4 damage
Tired of the same old +1 weapons? Consider adding a more magical touch! For the low cost of one d4, you can add a little elemental spice to your next homebrew magic item! After all, players love rolling dice. We're taking a look at the power of a +1d4 modification, compared to standard +1/+2/+3 weapons.
Feat Strength Tiers
I ran a survey asking Dungeons & Dragon's players to rank the feats of 5th Edition into tiers (broken, great, good, average, bad, junk). Check Out the Results! Observations Overall Balance The feats are generally well-balanced. Aside from three usual suspects, no other feat was voted broken. On the other end of the spectrum, only … Continue reading Feat Strength Tiers