I'm not sure if this question has been asked elsewhere, and if so, I apologize, but I think there needs to be a discussion about why the cleric alpha is indicating cleric domains are being conflated with cleric prestiges.
Quite apart from some obviously glaring problems (ex: "Radiant Servant" healing tree providing light spellpower but no light SLA/enhancements, protection tree containing absurdly short buffs, lots of junk enhancements), I for one operated under the assumption that we'd have:
Domains somewhat resembling PnP with
- skill boni
- possible SLAs or spellbook additions
- weapon foci (which I understand to be related to the level1 cleric granted feat)
- turn undead augmentations related to one's domain
and prestiges with
- the addition of war priest and exorcist
- enhancements geared toward generic cleric pursuits: healing (radiant servant), casting (exorcist), martial (war priest)
I strongly believe that domains and prestiges should be independent from one another, and that this relative independence can create a wonderfully diverse new generation of clerics. Rather than being a F2P class traditionally viewed as slightly less able (a viewpoint I don't share but is nonetheless prevalent) than its P2P divine counterpart the favored soul, domains and a fully finished set of prestiges would allow clerics to mix and match the following: healing, casting, martial prowess, and the faiths (Sovereign Host, Silver Flame, Undying Court, Vulkoorim, and Lord of Blades).
Instead, we're previewing a Radiant Servant+Healing domain tree, a protection tree that doesn't seem to correspond to anything... and that's it.
In this domain-leak thread, some stated that faiths had access to some three domains, for example, Lord of Blades: Divine/War/Artifice, Undying Court: Divine, Protection, Deathless, etc.
Are we to assume, then, that we have yet to see the following trees:
because we are seeing an entire tree for Protection?
If we could get some dev clarification on this, I think a lot of the dismay from the Official Cleric Alpha Enhancements Discussion Thread might be averted.
Thank you for your time.