Can the Delayed Spell metamagic feat be used with Fireball?

Delayed Spell says:

...Only spells that target one or more squares or grid intersections can be affected by Delayed Spell...

Fireball mentions its target as:

You point your finger and determine the range (distance and height) at which the fireball is to burst. A glowing, pea-sized bead streaks from the pointing digit and, unless it impacts upon a material body or solid barrier prior to attaining the prescribed range, blossoms into the fireball at that point.

Would that count as targeting one or more squares or grid intersections?


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This GM would rule that fireball can be modified by Delayed Spell

The spell fireball has the entry Area 20-ft.-radius spread. Aiming a Spell on Area, in part, says, "Regardless of the shape of the area, you select the point where the spell originates…. The point of origin of a spell is always a grid intersection." Area spells like the fireball spell essentially target grid intersections, so this GM would allow such spells to be affected by the metamagic feat Delayed Spell.

(Given the mechanical meaning the game ascribes to the word target, that's poor word choice on the part of the feat Delayed Spell. If the GM is requiring that a spell specifically have in its Target entry the words grid intersection or similar language, the player may want to point out politely that no spell in the game has the term grid intersection in it at all, limiting significantly the utility of the feat Delayed Spell.)

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    Aug 11, 2019 at 19:50

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