Dr Grant wrote:
I agree with Lord Elrond, it makes so much more sense this way, in the movie you see all the elves armed with one thing or the other - the archers actually step out of the way to let the spears through - so all it does it remove the power-gamer/tournament optimisation option and instead give the player more of a choice about the way he wants to play the game.
As for the new elves sucking - nothing could be further from the truth, the jump from D4 to D5 is absolutely huge - the fact that your whole army is now either D5 or D6 gives you big bonuses against both S3 and S4. The defence boost has helped Thranduil's Halls FAR more than the loss of a bow+spear option has hindered them. I took a fluffy Thranduil's Halls list to the Warhammer World GT last week (Thranduil, Leggy, 10 Palace Guard, 12 Mirkwood Elves, 2 Knights), probably the most competitive and filth-heavy event in the UK. They won two out of their three games and came damn close to winning the third against absolute filth (Shadow Lord on Fell Beast, spectre, Golden King, taskmaster, Reavers with axes, spear supports) - Thranduil's Halls is now an incredibly versatile and effective army list, the idea that they have been somehow nerfed into oblivion is hilarious!
Nobody said they were nerfed to oblivion that's an extreme statement. I don't think Polywags was totally serious.
Yeah they're definitely still very good. I used one warband of them with Thranduil and they were potent alone.
The problem with your movie example is that is not how it works in the game. Your guys cannot walk through each other's bases nearly grazing ear to ear and slide into position. That would be great but it's not how it is.
I'm not too upset with the lack of spear support but I do see some players as you exemplified probably pairing them with other things.
Lord Elrond has a cool idea with the rangers. That gives them a special something to represent their skill set.