Originally Posted by motionmatrix
I am not sure this is a Tier 3. Maybe 2.
My only real concern is that with two Battle Arts (martial artist and greater) you now have made monk almost completely useless.
The Battle Scion has a d12 hit die, great saves, better base attack bonus (which is enhanced further by other Battle arts), and can make up for the monk acrobatics, jumps and speed buffs with other battle arts.
There is very little this character cannot outdo a monk, or barbarian at. Just a matter of the right battle arts.
I think it can take on the pathfinder fighter as well, being dwarfed only by casters.
It will dominate the battlefield next to fighters and paladins until the average group level is high enough for the casters to take over.
You ever heard of the tier system or Tome of Battle? The higher the number of the tier, the worse a class is. Fighter is tier 5, barbarian is tier 4, monk is tier 5 according to JaronK, but tier 6 according to the majority. Tome of Battle classes, on the other hand, are tier 3. This class is made to be tier 3.
This is made to be one of the answers to "casters dominate high level play, mid level play, and while we're at it, let's throw in Grease and Sleep so they dominate low level play".