Over at Tenkar's Tavern, Erik's alter-ego the Grumpy Dwarf has been posting a series of interesting articles where he takes WotC's various postings about 5E and then skewers them with his commentary. I'm enjoying the series.
The latest is on Mike Mearls' latest post on the ideas for Wizards in 5E.
Even without the Grumpy Dwarf's reading between the lines, the article is a big WTF?
They don't want the Wizard to overpower the other classes. They don't want the Wizard casting too many spells per day. They want the Wizard to always be able to cast a spell. They want the Wizard to be a versatile toolbox of creative solutions to problems. They don't want the Wizard to be a "buffer." They want the Wizard to be good at buffing the rest of the party.
Seriously, what is going on here?
They want to cut down the Wizard's spell list so they don't have so many options. But they want to give "at will" cantrips (stolen from Pathfinder) which will include at least one attack power (4E). So the Wizard will always have "something to do." But the "real spells" will be more limited. And with the limiting of the spell list and the desire to not have too many buff spells or 'utility' spells that can lead to creative problem solving, doesn't that mean a spell list limited to mostly attack/defense spells? I've played a 4E Wizard, and that's what they're describing right there. And trust me, it wasn't fun.
Yet at the same time, they want to encourage Wizards to get all creative, and DMs to use the dreaded DM Fiat to rule on such creative uses.
So instead of trying to build an edition that will bring everyone together, it sounds like they're right on course to piss off EVERYONE, with the Wizard at least.