|Douglas Muir 406|
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Is Color Spray one of the best 1st level spells? For sure, absolutely. Is it overpowered? Less clear. People are comparing it to Grease. I'd compare it to Burning Hands as well. If you're going to take BH, you'll probably take stuff to make it a stronger spell. A Gnome Pyromaniac Evocation wizard with the Specialized Spell feat, using 3 gp worth of saltpeter as an accelerant? At first level, that guy will throw a Burning Hands for 4d4+2 damage. That'll kill almost every first level foe you're likely to meet, with none of this silly messing around with blinding and stunning.
Now, you may say that, well, he used feats and stuff! But here's a thing: there aren't a lot of feats and stuff that work with Color Spray. There's the one Oracle revelation, okay. There's Spell Focus: Illusion. And... that's about it. It's a strong spell, but it's hard to make it much stronger.