Our DM decided to run a game for just 2 of us. We each get a second character in combat, with the caveat that the second character can't have a subclass (no Ranger Archetype/Convocations or Wizard Arcane Traditions, etc.).
This is probably to make the second character a weaker "shadow" of the primary PC. The race of the secondary character must be the same as the race of the primary character they are shadowing, but the classes can be different. The "shadows" will mainly be used in combat.
My question is: What class would still be good (i.e not extremely under powered) even without subclassing? Preferably by role:
- the best at melee (tanking)
- the best at ranged (magic or otherwise)
- the best at support.
Our primary PCs and the secondary characters will be starting at level 3.
For PCs, I'm considering some kind of polearm build (probably a fighter) or a Battle Smith artificer (possibly with guns, because the DM agreed to let me count them as martial weapon for the purpose of effects). The other player chose sorcerer as main, and paladin as secondary.