Wizards of the Coast have posted the a fresh batch of errata…. I mean Updates, to Fourth Edition D&D and the big winners this time around are the Wizards and Rogues in your team. There’s other changes including a bunch for the Cleric, but frankly they don’t interest me. Clerics. Bah!
For the Rogues, the Tumble second level Utility now lets the Rogue Shift up to their full Speed once per Encounter (it was previously half-speed). That’s a terrific boost – picture an Elf Rogue (Speed 7 ftw!) moving into combat on the surprise round (and ignoring Difficult Terrain, because that’s what Elves do) doing a buttload of Sneak Attack damage then doing the same again the next round and Tumbling back out before the poor guy even knows what’s hit him. Oh yes!
Wizards get two major changes, most controversial of which is a complete re-write to Magic Missile. In keeping with the good old Magic Missile of old, it now automatically hits, but only does a teensy amount of damage (2 + INT modifier in the Heroic Tier). That’s enough to auto-kill a fleeing Minion or take down a Villain down to his last Hit Points in the most insulting way possible (expect “I finished Orcus with a Magic Missile!” T-Shirts at a store near you), and not much else.
Dude! It’s an auto-hitting At-Will Power! The potential for serious abuse at the game table is vast. Or it would be, if I could think up specific examples. But I’m sure there are some out there. Vast, I say!
There’s also the inevitable changes to the Staves and Wands of Magic Missile to bring them in line with the new-slash-old spell. The Staff lets you target two opponents with your teensy tiny auto-hitting spell, while the wand pushes them back 1 square. Simple, really.
Secondly, Dispel Magic changes from being a Daily to being Per Encounter. That’s a great improvement, and one which makes it much more worthwhile selecting from the list of available 6th level Utility Spells.
Beyond that, I’m still digesting the errata (figuratively speaking), but these are the items which stand out on first read through.
If there’s anything show stopping I’ve missed, just holler.
Overall, it’s one sweet little set of updates and improvements.