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casters can compitently go into melee, especially in battleform. They won't do it at martial lvls buts that's ok
But that's the thing. Do i just fool myself, pretending been good in melee, but in practice just been carried by others? Or been honest with myself roll either classic spellcaster, or martial?I would prefer have more options. I might agree that making spellcasters so powerful in melee, that they can put any martials to shame is a bad idea (although monks historically always were very good). But give option at least make equal, situationally temporarily, but also consistently (not only on key battle form levels).
In short, as a spellcaster you spent your time learning how to hurl fireballs and lightning.
Martials learned how to hit stuff real good.
They do different things.
Well, at least you confess in the end that you simply hate melee casters, and not just want something fare.
And no, you spent your lifetime however you want.
Just like fighter can spend 50/50 learning martial arts and be spellcaster at the same time. Spellcasters can do the same.
D&D in particular even have rich lore of whole traditions like that. For example Bladesingers and Raumathari Battlemages.