Yes I know I said id be severely limiting my posting on these boards, but this is to important for that. I wont be silly and think this thread wont get its flamers but I ask those of you who are serious about this ignore and refrain from arguing with them.
This thread point blank is to get those of us who love the cleric class, who want to see this new system really work with some of our issues and concerns get together some ideas to make the class more versatile and fun. I will use this to give feedback as I am testing on Lamannia as well but for now here are a few things I have noticed in my initial attempts:
After the initial shock of loading without my original enhancements I went to the nearest trainer and pulled up the new system. I had elven, protection and healing up with invalid being the only other choice.
As an elf I was very happy about Arcanum finally being accessed by my cleric, spell pen was a hard thing to incorporate into her build but I managed to do it and like her being a caster cleric. Thing is to open up arcanum I had to take other enhancements in the racial line I had no use for. That was aggravating.
Decided since it was Lamannia to change the build a bit LR and take the dragonmark feats to see why it is such a strong focus in the elven path, while the 4 shots at a spell point free neg level spell is nice not worth all the AP to get it, and id rather see that ability added to a damage type list for divines.
De-leveling stuff is apart of our spell abilities so why not give us more towards that?
Protection, my initial thoughts is its not that appealing (personal critique it screams of buffbot while not really giving buffs that are impressive). But the more I think on it nothing I saw in that path was memorable enough to give it more than a passing glance. As I play it more I will see since I fully plan to try to give things a chance but really the main concern I have is a lot of investment for buffs that don't last long enough (on other people in your group no less) to matter.
Healing- No this will not be an argument about heal bots its pointless, the problem I have as I seen others point out is its a lot of an investment to get to the top tier to do far less than what we can currently do on live spending far less on enhancements. All to have a toggled ability that will give our heals oomph at the expense of our damage spells and for those who like to melee forget about it.. I don't like this and I hope to provide more feedback as I work with this path more.
But last and certainly not least I hear talks of a path for those of us staying pure and that is fine but I remember how underwhelmed I was with the cleric capstone before DI did not last long enough and did not have enough range to be useful out of situational purposes. If you are seriously pushing paths of Healing and protection at us, I hope that you give us true abilities to be Epic clerics when it comes to this pure path stuff.
But as I said before just started this yesterday and I hope to leave good feedback because this is a class I care about, and I hope others who care about this class come in and leave ideas and feedback as well so that we can get divines the love they deserve.