Okay, so I'm going to break from my normal routine here, and ask some opinions about 'broken' spells in 3.5 edition.
Now, as some of you may already know, I don't typically address 'broken' rules in my games until those rules somehow affect my games. If something is broken, but we're still having fun anyways, then I'm not one to mess with it. However, I do want to have a better idea of what to keep an eye out for ahead of time. I'd also like to gather ideas about how to handle different situations before they come up, so I'm not trying to make a ruling on the fly in the middle of combat.
Some 'rules' about this thread, (at least as far as what I'm looking for and what sources I have available to me).
* 3.5 edition. I have the update manuals, so if a broken spell in 3.0 has been fixed by being updated to 3.5 it's not one of my concerns, (such as the 3.0 Heal, Harm or Haste spells). Not every 3.0 rule was updated, so if it's not in the update manuals or reprinted in a later book, then I do use the 3.0 version. I also have all the errata.
* I have PHB2, and intend to use the updated Polymorph rules. If there's an issue with the Polymorph spells that this update fixes, it's not one of my concerns. If there's an issue that this update creates I'd like to hear about it. If you've got a solid argument against the updated Polymorph rules, I'd like to hear it. I have all the Monster Manual books, so the changes made to Alternate Form and related abilities are also in effect.
* Assume I have access to all books, although I don't tend to use material found in campaign setting expansions. I do use the 'core' campaign setting books for Forgotten Realms, Eberron and and Dragonlance, as well as Magic of Faerun and the 3.5 update Players Guide to Faerun.
* Book of Vile Darkness/Exalted Deeds. I do consider strict alignment RP as a prerequisite for all material in those books. I understand that if handed out freely, much of the material in those books is overpowered. In my games, "you'd better have a darn good reason for casting this spell" is a component as much as the verbal, somatic and material components are.
* Pathfinder. I have the SRD bookmarked, but that's it. Spells that can be directly dropped into 3.5 without adapting other rules are great. Spells that reference or require other changes made to the system, (such as Black Tentacles), may be more trouble than they're worth to me.
*House Rules. Currently, I don't have any house rules that directly affect or reference spells or spell casting.
I know I'm calling this thread a 'heated debate' because this isn't my first day on the internet. I full well expect people to disagree about 'broken'. I want to hear both sides of this issue, and I honestly hope that we can keep it civil and prevent from needing the ORCs to intervene.