I am making a new magus. Here are the things that are set in stone for campaign/preference/story reasons:
- Race – Elf
- Ability Scores – 15 Point Buy
- Archetype – Blade Bound (others are also welcome)
- Traits – 3 available, I've selected Ancestral Weapon and Magical Lineage (shocking grasp).
- Drawback – Proud
- Starting Spells – Shocking Grasp, Silent Image, Grease, Color Spray, Obscuring Mist
- Alternate Racial Features – Moon Kissed (replacing keen senses and elven immunities).
- Campaign Info – Starting at level 1, very committed group of players, intending to play to level 20.
- Other PCs – 4-5 players. No 9-level spellcaster classes. I'm assuming I'll have at least one other fighter type. Otherwise I don't know.
I am trying to decide whether to go for a build that dumps strength in favor of weapon finesse and dancing dervish, or go for a build that balances strength with the other ability scores and frees up the feat slots.
I don't have a strong preference in terms of flavor, so I am letting optimization guide that decision.
My preferences generally in character design are:
- Efficient and well put together.
- No cheese.
- Having a toolbox to deal with lots of options as opposed to a single hammer.
- Is fun to play at every level.
For this character, while I have those preferences, I am also focusing on burst damage and DPR in combat. Given that he will be melee range, survivability will also be a valued factor.
Given that, what are the pros and cons of a dex build vs a str build and which will be more able to fulfill my goals for the character?