Q: Dear Sage,
How does the Practiced Spellcaster feat (Complete Arcane) stack with the arcane spell power class feature of the ultimate magus prestige class (Complete Mage)?
A: As noted in the official D&D FAQ, the bonus from Practiced Spellcaster applies whenever it would be most beneficial to the caster. In this case, you’d apply the feat’s benefit before adding the arcane spell power class feature.
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