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Disagree for entirely different reasons personally. Only some things have SR, which is the only way to resist a number of spells. Thus there are spells which cannot be resisted at all by certain foes.
On the other hand everything has AC. Physical attacks are thus, always resisted.
It's really no worse than AC. You either get hit or you don't. So really, this question should be further extended to AC, and possibly saves as well.
a) MMSF is awesome, especially at low levels
b) Buying spells is awesome, even necessary IMO
c) Mirror Image is good, but don't knock Mage Armour. Greater Mirror Image, on the other hand...
If you take Skill Focus (Conjuration) in place of MMSF, you can qualify for Master Specialist (Complete Mage) right at 3rd level. Even if you'd rather take another PrC, you can take two or three levels of that for a few abilities. This will likely end up hurting your BAB, but your Will save will come out better for it.
# 1 how did you take metamagic school focus (conj) without the prerequisite school focus (conj)
# 2 Why did you take MMSF at all in the first place? its terrible, except for certain builds.
# 3 What are you planning to PRC into at 6th level? there's absolutely no reason to stay a wiz after level 5 (no additional class features) (I suggest Mage of arcane order for one)
# 4 your feats should be building to getting you into that PRC, whatever it may be.
# 5 scare, cause fear, mount, unseen servant, summon swarm, ghoul touch, mirror image...
You've skipped some of the best BFC spells for enlarge person?? for Benign transposition?? mage armor?? net of shadows?
Not that these spells aren't useful, they all can be, but not as valuable in as many different situations as those above.
its ok, for a new mage its not expected that you will make the best spell selections. but looking forward you need to fill your spell list with 4 kinds of spells:
will save or suck
Con save or suck
Reflex save or suck
No save and suck.
And generally you want a touch(close range) spell of the above type, a ranged (target) spell and an area effect.
Causing Fear is your will save or suck and some illusions
Ghoul touch and stinking cloud are your fort save or sucks
web and the like are your reflex save or suck
and spells like sleet storm, and ray of exhaustion can be your no save or sucks.
And thats just a taste from the SRD there are bunches more that are probably better in the spell compendium. (Ray of dizziness I'm looking at you)
Keep this in mind when your selecting your spells for the future, obviously the "no save" and still suck spells are the best, but some of the other save or suck/dies are situationally good too.
I would recommend picking up Fog Cloud, since with a reduced Sculpt Spell on it, you can use it to block off just the right lines of vision, or just one large area. Normally, the small upgrade variants of spells aren't too hot (Minor Image, for example), but the ability to cast it at range makes FC much better than Obscuring Mist.
I would also recommend a Summon Monster spell at some point, but it gets a lot better at SM3, so you could wait until level 5 before before picking up a summon spell. For increased mobility, Levitate or Swift Fly(SpC) are really good, although Swift Fly is a bit more situational. Lastly, given the fairly low level right now, Blockade(CS) is really versatile, although be sure to pick it up in scroll form.
I seem to remember that there exists a spell that has a duration of rounds/lvl and teleports you short distances dimension door style but I don't know where it is or If I confuse it with something else like a psionic power.In addition to inconstant location, for completeness' sake, this reminds me of the flicker shadow magic mystery from the Tome of Magic, which, ironically enough, is power granted to binders when they bind to the vestige Tenebrous!
Malconvoker, while awesome, would mean that you should have given up abrupt jaunt to get the rapid summoning feature. Additionally, since your only expecting to get to level 9, you won't get the best ability from malcon. Its not worth giving up the spellcasting level if you don't get to play a malcon at 10 (where they arguably become the best summoners ever). Pre level 10 they are rather meh. And you would have wanted to get more summoning feats as well.This was the reason why I don't want to go malconvoker. Summoning just doesn't interest me, and it becomes more and more viable with higher levels, while bfc tends to be better at lower levels.
the best ways to use aoe bfc spells is to have your barbarian immune to whatever status effect they cause and just layer bfc spells over top of them, and just catch him in the bfc he doesn't care about. even better than that, stack initiative bonuses so you mostly go first, and BFC before the party goes. You can solid fog an army such that they can only get a few on you at a time, and the barbarian can clean up easily.Great advice, though I have no idea as to how to make our melee damage dealers immune to the spells I intend to cast. Also I took metamagic school focus so I can sculpt my strongest spells as soon as I get them, with no level adjustment 3/day.
You should PRC, from levels 6-9 you get nothing from the wizard classI'm definitely going to prc, the question is which one to take. I don't like the knowledge requirements of paragnostic apostle, as I want my skills to lean towards identifying monsters. Fatespinner might be a valid option, though I haven't invested skillpoints in profession (gambler) as required.
Finally, did you swap Scribe Scroll for Improved InitiativeMy DM said I wasn't allowed to do this, as he felt (and rightly so) that the trade was too good.