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Are there any prestige classes the same as or similar to Mystic Theurge before the 3.5 update?

I would consider a class fundamentally the same if it fully advanced both arcane and divine casting, and similar if it fully/mostly advanced both. I would not consider something like the Tome & Blood True Necromancer similar for the purposes of this question.

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No, in fact if you look back at the chatter from the earliest previews of the mystic theurge, for example in letters to the editor at Dragon if I recall correctly, the class generated a lot of talk and (naive) concern about balance, since such a thing had not been seen before.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Whether it's is naive or not is a matter of what you compare it to. It is certainly unbalanced compared to 'normal' divine/arcane caster hybrids! \$\endgroup\$
    – Weckar E.
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 12:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ Indeed it did create a lot of controversy at the time. Here on the Wizards Archive the original author himself wrote, briefly, about it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jackyz
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 14:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @WeckarE. Exactly—that is a naive comparison to make. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 14:34

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