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Still good power - will use most of the time
Has some uses - will use some of the time
Not very good, but situational - will use rarely
Useless - will never use
With the added killyness of Close Combat, and the changes to the magic phase: Is it worth the extra 15 points on a Vampire for the +1 on Inovocation of Nehek and the ability to raise above starting.
My personal opinion is in this edition, it will be more about starting big and managing your losses, than it will be about starting smaller and building up the force above its initial starting number. Also a +1 is not what it used to be since you will normally be casting IoN on 2 dice, instead of 1, in order to stop yourself from failing a cast.
Therefore I am of the mindset that the summoning powers are a waste of points because they stop your Vampire from taking other, more useful powers and would only show their worth on that spare last die cast of IoN.
Thoughts and opinions?
Ive played against Vc a couple of times under 8th rules and opponent making ghoul units bigger is just plain nasty still. all those poison attacks still count in numbers. We we did find that summoning small zombie units was not as effective against big units.
A lot of times my vampires will get short ranged spells so I always liked being able to used the time our armies closed in to boost my numbers, even if I already have a good amount its nice to make the enemy work that much harder to get VP's. I haven't tried a game in 8th yet, but I think I'm still going to take 1 vampire with lord of the dead. Used to take two though.
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Will still use unless i need the points for something else. Being able to raie above starting strength is still just as good, if not more so with supporting attacks and the +1 to cast is useful if you have a dice or 2 left over at the end of the phase. Even if you're 2 dicing it it's still +1 to cast so +1 to what your opponent has to roll to dispel.
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