An abjuration wizard's Arcane Ward states:

[...] The ward has hit points equal to twice your wizard level + your Intelligence modifier.

So how many hit points is this supposed to be?

\$ (2 \times WizardLevel) + INT_{mod}\$


\$2 \times (WizardLevel + INT_{mod})\$ ?

I feel like the phrasing hints toward the first calculation, but it's still somewhat ambiguous.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I knew the answer (Sdjz's answer) and yet every time I skimmed over that line personally I've re-questioned the same thing. It ALMOST SOUNDS like option 2, and oh how I wish it was. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 13 '18 at 12:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't mind downvotes, but I would appreciate it if they were accompanied by a comment explaining the issue. After all, you must think that something makes the question a bad one - but how would I change that for future questions if I don't know what the problem is? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 13 '18 at 14:16

It is \$ (2 \times WizardLevel) + INT_{mod}\$.

Fortunately, Jeremy Crawford has clarified this in this Sage Advice tweet:

Arcane Ward—its hit point maximum equals your Intelligence modifier plus twice your wizard level.

It might also be worth it to note that this interpretation follows the more natural mathematical Order of Operations. (credit to Gandalfmeansme for noticing this)


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