I am starting a campaign and I am looking to play a pact of the blade warlock.
So at first I was thinking of creating a human character in order to get 1st level feat
finesse which would allow me to boost my dexterity and overall gain in both AC and in attack rolls.
The problem is that, the only simple weapon which can be used with "finesse" is a dagger; this gives 15 AC (studded leather + 3) and 1d4 + 3 on attack rolls, which is lower than I'd like.
Pact weapon states that the wielder of the pact weapon is proficient with the weapon created by this magical means
I wasn't happy with my initial plan, so started investigating an alternative I read about which is creating a mountain dwarf instead in order to get proficiency with medium armor.
Practically I could dump dexterity boosting and "finesse" and go for strength instead. I could gain a higher AC from a decent medium armor (half-plate) plus I am going to be able to use non-finesse weapons (say a quarterstaff). This will result in 18 AC and 1d6+3 on attack rolls.
Dwarves are proficient with certain weapons like battleaxe, warhammer etc. Can a warlock use weapons as such or not because of the "simple weapons" class restriction?
EDIT: For documentation purposes, I 'll leave this here: There is no finesse feat in 5e but rather finesse as a weapon attribute