OK, here's the situation.
PH says a warlock gets Edrich Blast only.
One of the miniatures/cards created the option of Eldrich Stike (which was never picked up by Arcane power or any of the other printed material I've found, though it is in the character builder) instead of Eldrich Blast. Or a human could have both for whatever reason.
Heroes of Shadow has ShadowClaws.
Could that be used instead, or is that a Binder-only basic?
(which could than be taken as the Human Extra at-will)
Has this ever even come up before?
So, Shadow Claws cannot be used as a basic attack/substitute.
So, does that mean that the Binder build has no basic attack?
Sorry if this seems like a rehash, but it is one of the many questions the format of HoS book caused (and really, any decent editing/proofing/playtesting should have raised the question).
Phased differently: Why is Shadow Claws (which has no pact association) not the same as/interchangable with Eldrich Blast/Strike?
Because the binder doesn't fill the same role as a regular warlock - they're controllers, not strikers, so they don't actually need a basic attack.
There's almost never a situation where they wouldn't be using either an encounter power or an at-will rather than a basic attack, so they don't really need an at-will that counts as a basic attack. (Shadow Claws is meant to be a controller power rather than a striker power - sure, the damage is nice, but you don't actually need to hit with it, since the control aspects of the effect happen even if you miss.)
If a binder finds themselves in a situation where they're in a position to make an opportunity attack against an opponent, they've gotten far too close to the main body of the combat.
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