I'm aware that the typical advice for playing a Focused Specialist Enchanter is "just play a Beguiler instead". Regardless, I've still been reading up on it. It seems like the theory for such a build is:
- If the enemy isn't immune to Mind-Affecting stuff and doesn't have a high will save, hit it with any good Enchantment spell and add it to your thrall.
- If the enemy isn't immune to Mind-Affecting stuff and does have a high will save, either delay it with battlefield control or with your thrall and either spam a good Enchantment spell until it's in your thrall or use normal Wizard spells until you've killed it.
- If the enemy is immune to Mind-Affecting stuff, fight it like a normal Wizard would and throw your thrall at it until it dies.
Assuming that I've got this right, and assuming that it would be played as described (e.g. as opposed to just playing a normal Wizard build that happens to be lacking a few spell slots), is this actually viable? I've got the following concerns:
- At low levels, you either won't have a thrall or it'll be useless.
- As levels increase, permanent immunity to Mind-Affecting goes from rare to commonplace to mandatory.
- There's plenty of ways to remove possession. A single skilled Cleric could end you just by spamming Protection From X, a first level spell!
Basically, I'm worried that these builds are often unable to make a meaningful contribution. Are my worried well founded?
Note: For balance purposes, assume a party of tier 1/2 classes without any significant optimization.