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Trying to decide what lore to use for an archmage in my High Elf army, and Im pretty sure I've narrowed it down to light or death. Both laws have a reasonably good mix of direct damage and support, with death's support more in the way of opponent psychology.
My opponent will be empire.
I'm gonna have to say Death. Make 'em take those Psych tests.
Hmm votes for death are 4-0, I thought it would have been a bit closer. When I compared the two, they seemed pretty even.
Both have a d6 s4 standard magic missile, death also has a more powerful 2d6 version. Light has Pha's illumination, which I wouldn't use. Both have a healing spell, with light's being easier to cast but death's taking a wound from an opponent model. Both have the most powerful spell effecting everyone within 12". Both have a psychology spell, death's to reduce opponent leadership and light's to rally/immune to psych your own units. Then death has one to caue fear while light's has the same effect as an already failed fear check, WS1 in combat.
If it had been against Undead or a Chaos Daemon army, Light would obviously be the better choice, but against Empire, one of their biggest weaknesses is their relatively low Leadership. By combining Doom & Darkness and Walking Death (on fast cav) you can seriously damage the Empire's battle lines - afterall the LD of the standard foot trooper is only 7 (8 for the "tough" guys) - if you can panic a regiment (as opposed to a detachment) you can start a serious collapse.
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Death is better at disruption, light is better at keeping your own guys on the board. Its really a matter of personal preference. Against low leadership armies like empire, goblins and such it is a better idea to disrupt their troops. Also those armies will generally outnumber you and disrupting their lines will allow you to fight fewer of their troops at once.
Aight, the poll hasn't got any new posts in about a month so I'm going to nail this shut. Strewart, if you want this reopened, send me a PM and I'll reopen it to try to generate some new conversation on it. Until then...