Given the (excellent) coverage of the new PHB2 by the good folks in the RPG Bloggers Network, I had enough information to throw together this little table summarizing all of the available official 4e D&D classes.
|Arcane||Wizard||Swordmage||Bard||Sorcerer & Warlock|
|Martial||Fighter||Warlord||Ranger & Rogue|
Notice something missing?
All of the combinations of Role/Power are filled (twice in the case of Arcane Striker and Martial Striker) but there’s no Martial Controller in the slot. To an extent, that makes sense – after all, Martial is all about getting up close and personal, while Controller is about handling a large amount of foes (especially Minions) all at once.
This is where my sense of synergy kicks in. Is it possible to create a class that “fits” the image of a Martial Controller – someone who uses force of arms to pin down foes and tackle hordes of Minions in a single round?
‘Course there is!
Here’s where I make a prediction. I’ll lay big odds that we’ll see a new class to fill that slot, and it will be called The Dervish, a whirling fighter who spins around the battlefield with spinning blades and a dashing turban. He’ll be a counterpoint to the raging Barbarian, a blade-dancing hypnotic desert warrior who uses DEX and CHA as their prime stats. If it’s not in PHB3, it’ll be in the Al-Qadim Player’s Guide. Betchya.
And I can’t wait. Lovin’ the idea already.
That’s not the only way to fill that Martial Controller slot – I’m sure you’ve got other Character Class ideas that could fill it.