May 19, 2013

High Elf Magic combos

One of the things I'm struggling with in terms of the new book is how to make best use of the Loremaster & the other magic options.  When I heard the LM was a L2 mage my assumption was that he would be a Hero choice, not realistic I know but there you go.  As a Lord his base cost is 230pts which makes him an expensive L2 despite his access to all 8 Signature Spells, it also makes my usual practice of leading a High Elf army with a L4 Archmage a questionable proposition.  Then there's the need for a Dispel Scroll caddy, typically a L2, and of course my desire to take a Dragon Mage for the hell of it. So what to do - assuming all lists are aimed at 2400pts?

The 'Keep it the same but add the new bits' list
Archmage - 285pts
w. Level 4, High Magic, Book of Hoeth, Golden Crown
Mage - 170pts
w. Level 2, Dispel Scroll, Ring of Fury

The 'Lets use the guy holding the Octopus' list
Archmage - 285pts
w. Level 4, High Magic, Book of Hoeth, Golden Crown

Loremaster - 305pts
w. Dispel Scroll, Armour of Caledor

The 'Who needs 4 levels list'
Loremaster - 315pts
w. Dispell Scroll, Armour of Caledor, Golden Crown
Mage - 150pts
w. Level 2, High Magic, Ring of Fury, Dragon Bane Gem

The 'Lets max it out list'
The Everqueen - 350pts
w. High Magic, Lore of Life
Archmage - 250pts
w. Level 4, High Magic, Earthing Rod
Mage - 145pts
w. Level 2, Dispel Scroll, Ring of Fury, Lore of Life

After working through lots of lists the L4 Archmage with Book and Crown seems to be the optimum build for getting the most points efficient character, others might disagree.  Taking the Loremaster though means having to trade off between:
  • Using a Lord choice as your scroll caddy.
  • Effectively doubling the amount of points I would normally spend on casters by using him with a L4.
  • Losing two magic levels by running the Loremaster solo with 1 or 2 L2's.  
  • Spending points on casters that could be spent on combat units.
Its a dilemma as I would prefer to take the Level 4/LM combo but if you do thats 230-300pts that you lose from your other choices effectively a single combat unit and when HE only really get 2-3 combat units outside of core at 2400pts thats a big call.

So maybe you just go Loremaster solo with a Scroll and thats it or the Archmage/Everqueen solo without a scroll caddy - and do you really need a caddy when you have the Banner of the World Dragon?

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