On January 9, 2012, Wizards of the Coast announced that it was working on a 5th edition of the game. The company planned to take suggestions from players and let them playtest the rules. Public playtesting began on May 24, 2012. At Gen Con 2012 in August, , lead developer for 5th Edition, said that Wizards of the Coast had received feedback from more than 75,000 playtesters, but that the entire development process would take two years, adding, "I can't emphasize this enough ... we're very serious about taking the time we need to get this right." The release of the 5th Edition, coinciding with s 40th anniversary, occurred in the second half of 2014.
Before making a defender for 5th edition, you should clarify a few things with your DM. First ask if they are using the optional feat rules in their game and hope that they say yes. Feats(especially the Sentinel feat) are so crucial to having any sort of defender character in 5th edition that it would be hard to make it work otherwise. Next ask if they are using the marking rules from the DMG. While the marking rules in 4th edition gave a -2 attack penalty to hit other targets, the marking rules in 5th edition instead cause opportunity attacks against marked targets to not expend your reaction. That optional rule brings back 4th edition style defenders in a big way and makes the Sentinel feat much better than it already is. Finally, find out if your DM is a kumbaya singing carebear hippy. You might luck out and your DM might be so afraid of accidentally killing squishier PCs that their monsters will focus their attacks on you anyways. Score!
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