168 Votes in Poll
^Wynne fought at Ostagar. Her experience fighting men with swords is hardly minimal.
Anyway, I was just going by some hypothetical point at which all of the companions from both games are at their best. Without Morrigan having Well powers, since that would be kinda unfair.
I'll make two assumptions:
1) All companions are are recruited and at their strongest in the two games themselves. This will then exclude Morrigan's possible Well fo Sorrows powers, among others.
2) They only have their specializations that they come with by default (since I know the DAO crew gets an extra one that we choose, and they can be vastly different from one playthrough to another).
Strengths of the DAO companions: Wynne's spirit ally, Shale in general, Loghain's and Sten's extensive fighting experience and strategic minds, Morrigan's shapeshifting, more companions in general, more melee fighters, stronger Spirit Healer, battle-hardened Mabari, skilled drunk fighter.
Weaknesses of the DAO companions: massive infighting (especially between Alistair and Loghain), less ranged companions.
Strengths of the DA2 companions: better ranged party, Fenris's unique phasing ability, Merrill's blood magic and Keeper spells, Vengence (superior strength in spell casting), extra mage and extra rogues (Tallis counted), Aveline's command experience (probably the leader with Hawke missing), double Templar powers, possibly double the Circle mage training.
Weaknesses of the DA2 companions: Vengence (completely unpredictable), less experienced fighters, less (and weaker) melee companions.
That being said, I believe the Origins company has it.
^Um, only Carver has templar abilities in the DA 2 crew.
^ You're right. Totally forgot about Wynne at Ostagar.
I guess the "second DA2 templar" is either Fenris or Tallis - I would not count her due being rather temporary, but she has some pretty OP anti-magic stuff that isn't even needed much in that DLC, excluding the terrible Cult of the Sky battle. Also, are we rating specs by lore or gameplay standards? I guess Shapeshifter and Templar skills are notably different then.
I'm guessing stats from both end game
@Silver Warden I was referencing Fenris's Templar-like abilities.
^Fenris's abilities are templar-like? I've never thought of them that way. He does get his power from lyrium, and can inflict spirit damage. But nothing about his abilities work specifically against mage or demons. Well, except for some passive resistance to magic.
I agree that DA 2 has two Templar types.
^^ That could be my misunderstanding. The page on his specialization says it's similar to the Templar specialization, so I made the assumption.
I say the DA2 guys have a good shot. After all they have Fenris and Anders. But that would only work if they stopped fighting themselves
What do you think?