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Why did the devs changed restricted schools for mages?

lazynomore52lazynomore52 Member Posts: 22
I wanted to play as an Invoker, but it's opposite school is different from Baldur's Gate.
Why did the devs, Black Isle, changed it from BG? Couldn't they just keep it same?
Well, what's done is what's done. Therefore I can't ask Beamdog to change it, but at least I just want to know a reason. Does anyone know why did they do it?

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  • jsavingjsaving Member Posts: 1,070
    edited January 2020
    They changed it for the exact reason you are probably asking the question, namely, to tone down specialist mages from being wildly OP to only somewhat OP.

  • DJKajuruDJKajuru Member Posts: 3,300
    As far as I remember they were already different in the non-ee version, werent they?

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  • kjeronkjeron Member Posts: 2,333
    The opposition schools in IWD more closely match their PnP source (though still off), just as many of it's spells do.
    There is a slight trade-off: some spells have multiple schools (lore-wise), and are usable if any of their schools are not opposed, such as:
    • Melf's Minute Meteors, Fire Shields, Otiluke's Freezing Sphere, Death Fog, and Tenser's Transformation (Evocation + Alteration), usable by any specialist, since conjurers&enchanters can use alteration, and abjurers can use evoaction.
    • Wizard's Eye (Divination + Alteration)
    • Limited Wish / Wish (Conjuration + Evocation)
    • Spellstrike (Alteration + Abjuration)
    In BG, these spells were either assigned to just a single school (and it's restrictions) or were restricted from any specialist that opposed any of their schools.

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  • jsavingjsaving Member Posts: 1,070
    edited January 2020
    DJKajuru wrote: »
    As far as I remember they were already different in the non-ee version, werent they?
    Yes, it was with the original IWD that a young dev named Josh Sawyer began his quest to bring balance to single-player CRPGs.

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  • elminsterelminster Member, Developer Posts: 16,303
    kjeron wrote: »
    The opposition schools in IWD more closely match their PnP source (though still off), just as many of it's spells do.
    There is a slight trade-off: some spells have multiple schools (lore-wise), and are usable if any of their schools are not opposed, such as:
    • Melf's Minute Meteors, Fire Shields, Otiluke's Freezing Sphere, Death Fog, and Tenser's Transformation (Evocation + Alteration), usable by any specialist, since conjurers&enchanters can use alteration, and abjurers can use evoaction.
    • Wizard's Eye (Divination + Alteration)
    • Limited Wish / Wish (Conjuration + Evocation)
    • Spellstrike (Alteration + Abjuration)
    In BG, these spells were either assigned to just a single school (and it's restrictions) or were restricted from any specialist that opposed any of their schools.

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