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Web says :

If the webs aren't anchored between two solid masses (such as walls or trees) OR layered across a floor, wall, or ceiling, the conjured web collapses on itself, and the spell ends at the start of your next turn. Webs layered over a flat surface have a depth of 5 feet.

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I'm having difficulty imagining webs not attached to something. Are they stacked up like pancakes? Does this mean I can just throw webs on the ground and not worry about attaching them to something? What are the disadvantages/advantages of anchoring/not anchoring? Or should the "or" in web be an and?

This is similar How exactly does the Web spell work? but I'm asking about 5th ed not pathfinder. The wording is very different.

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There are a lot of spiders who spin their webs across a flat surface. The benefits of anchoring is that you get vertical clearance, or a horizontal bridge across a gap. Layering on the ground makes it a sticky mess. Both have their uses.

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