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As a newcomer to WFB, I am trying to get my List building head together. Because I am not aware of most enemy army’s capabilities, I need some advice please. So …
1). Apart from Dwarves, which other enemy armies have good immunity or resistance to Magic
2). When making a tournament level list, is building a 1,500-2,000 points list with lots of Magic a viable choice.
It would be helpful if, in the answer to this question, you could mention why.
Please don’t post just saying “It depends….” As that won’t help me, or others reading this post. Please say “it depends on ……”
As I'm not a WoC player, I can only answer your first question:
High Elves USUALLY have great magic defence, due to the mandatory +1 to all dispel attempts and the fact that their magic is pretty defensive and well used. They also have an extra spell called drain magic that raises the casting value of all spells by three. This spell may be cast more times than one if your oponnent have more than one mage. In addition they have cheaper dispel scrolls than the other armies.
Lizardmen often use alot of magic and so they have a lot of magic defence. The same goes for Vampire Counts.
I hate to say so, but it DEPENDS on what kind of playstyle your oponnent prefers. Also keep in mind that there are few armies that don't bring at least two dispel scrolls to battle.
5000p. High Elves
Dark Elves and all in one item, the RING OF HOTEK. can effectivly put you off using any magic as casting within 12" of the ring, or spells cast on any unit within 12" of the ring, if any doubles are rolled count as a misscast.
Oh i hate that ring so much! i make a point of hunting any character with it, i dont care if i lose the battle as long as that guy dies.
At the moment with the current lists it seems you either go full magic or no magic, half and half seem to struggle, then so does no magic in my experiences. Each army has its magic strengths and weaknesses. The main ones have been said, High Elves, Dark Elves and lizardmen, Dwarves dont tend to be that great any more as the people i play against dont like maxing out on Runesmiths and Runelords.
AS for your second question i would say yes making a magic heavy list is viable and a must in my opinion to stay competative against the current line of new armies books. Deamon Prince of Tzeentch all the way!
From what I know certain armies generally have great magic defense
Vampires, Tomb Kings, Dwarfs
Some armies usually do or CAN if they buy a killer item/unit
High Elves, Chaos, Dark Elves, Wood Elves
And the rest are just ok. to poor
Armies: Ultramarines 2nd Co.
(coming soon) Wood Elves for my final army.