The return of entangling and the red death

Next month’s editorial calendar for D&D Insider is up. In it, there are not one, not two, but FOUR playtest articles coming out. The Druid is first up, coming on December 1st. As one of the most missed classes that didn’t make the edition jump, this should be good news to all you entagling shillelagh-wielders out there.

Additionally, it also looks like we’ll see the Invoker class, now almost confirmed to be a new class making its first appearance in Player’s Handbook 2. Is there some thematic link between it and the Druid? Since Primal powers are called Evocations, will the Invoker Evoke, harkening back to the Invocation/Evocation school of 2e? We’ll find out soon enough!

Presumably, we’ll see some new magic items with the Adventurer’s Vault 2 playtest. Unless they feature some brand new awesome mechanic, this will largely just be more magic items to use. I could be wrong, and we’ll see brand new rules for skateboards or something, but new magic items is a best guess.

Finally, the one that actually has me the most excited: Mercykillers. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, that’s the name of one of the factions from Planescape, which happens to be my all time favorite D&D published campaign setting. Since it’s marked as a playtest and not just an article, this implies it is a preview of published material to come. My first guess is that this is a paragon path, and it’s a playtest for some kind of player equivalent to Manual of the Planes (possibly: Player’s Guide to the Planes) that will include faction goodness. Of course, my bigger hope is that it’s playtesting for a full blown Planescape campaign setting for 4e, and that you can select a faction just like you can select a backgrond in Forgotten Realms.

One final note: I believe all signs are pointing to a lack of Monks in Player’s Handbook 2. That leads me to believe it’ll be a while before our high-kicking friends make it into core 4e. Fortunately, there are many good alternatives in the meantime.

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Dave "The Game" Chalker is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Critical Hits. Since 2005, he has been bringing readers game news and advice, as well as editing nearly everything published here. He is the designer of the Origins Award-winning Get Bit!, a freelance designer and developer, son of a science fiction author, and a Master of Arts. He lives in MD with e, their three dogs, and two cats.


  1. TheMainEvent says:

    Invoker? Well, I just can’t wait for the Transmuter and Conjurer!

  2. I really started appreciating the Planescape setting after playing Planescape:Torment. It’s a pretty neat setting and I hope they come out with something for it.

    As for Transmuter and Conjurer, I want Abjurer, Illusionist, Necromancer, Evocationist, AbracadabraMan, and whatever other things there were…

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  3. I’m excited to see the Druid for sure, and get a better taste of how the Primal power source (and hopefully get a feel for future power sources) and how it acts cross-role as well. Invoker and Mercykiller I’m less excited for, but nonetheless there is still a ton of reasons to sign up for Insider if you want to stay up to date on future 4E content.

  4. So…tempting…no Wyatt, remember how broke you are! Must…activate…cheap bastard powers…

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  5. According to some poster over at, the Invoker is listed in Divine Power as mentioned in the WoTC Summer Catalog of 2009.

    So the class uses a divine power source and it’s probably not the specialist wizard that we are hoping for.

    Without any prior knowledge about Planescape factions, I thought the term Mercykiller was a little strange for a playtest class/paragon path.

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