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Is it possible to interrupt spellcasting?

As this blog post suggests, there seems to be a hole in the D&D Basic rules. Maybe. The rules for readying an action state: When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right ...
31 votes
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Help! My PCs polymorphed my boss enemy! What do I do?

Our Druid has recently gotten access to the polymorph spell and has started polymorphing the opponents I so lovingly crafted for our (well, mostly my) enjoyment. (So far, he has been turning them into ...
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Can spellcasters try to make it difficult to identify what spell they're casting?

How to identify a spell being cast? discusses how to identify a spell. This question seeks to discover whether there are steps a spellcaster could take during casting to make this identification more ...
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Can NPCs tell I am casting Command?

If I cast Command on an unfriendly NPC, can their allies (and other NPCs) tell I am casting magic, or would it appear to simply be a (small-c) command? For a concrete example, if I Command a bandit ...
9 votes
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Is it reasonable to think that most magic users would be familiar with the spell Silence and thus know easy ways to counter it?

The spell Silence as described in the PHB: For the Duration, no sound can be created within or pass through a 20-foot-radius Sphere centered on a point you choose within range. Any creature or ...
1 vote
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Are the Power Word spells especially easy to identify?

There are various high level spells named "Power Word: X". They are all verbal-only spells (except Power Word: Heal), and tend to have the following text in them(...except Power Word: Heal): You ...
56 votes
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What do I know, when deciding whether to cast Counterspell?

I'm not entirely clear on how Counterspell works, when trying to counter higher-level spells: the CS description only talks about disrupting a creature you can see, within 60 feet, casting a spell. ...
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How does Counterspell work and can it be used on Silence?

Can Silence be Counterspelled? Silence: For the duration, no sound can be created within or pass through a 20-foot-radius sphere centered on a point you choose within range. Any creature or object ...
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Is this homebrew "Mask of Illusion" spell balanced?

The goal of the following spell is to cause observers to think that the target is an illusion. For example, you could cast this spell on yourself while entering a sleeping dragon's lair and if the ...
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How to handle a PC wanting to interrupt a spell cast in a non-combat situation?

A warlock and a monk are talking to a NPC. Suddenly, the warlock gets angry and fires an Eldritch Blast at the NPC. The monk recognizes the situation and tries to prevent the warlock from casting. ...
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Is there a way to learn a spell by seeing someone else cast it?

I've already learned that Wizards are unique in that they can learn new spells by finding them. Can they also learn a spell by watching someone else cast it? Can any other class do this? Or at least ...