Dark Elf Summoner
Summoners as a profession are amazing, their basic summon the Quasit is not just a builder but a very competent node raider and fighter. Dark Elf heros can also get the racial ability "Dark Rituals", which boosts your casting ability for summoning very cheaply. With a summoning circle, summoning mastery and some points into intelligence/magery, can spawn 18-24 elite Quasits at about 10th level summoner which can swarm and kill heros, wipe out node clusters and even kill 1-2 towers.
I use her with Dark Elves or Undead
Undead have very strong early-game aggression and can increase resource output using zombies, I found them great for grinding those early levels. Skeletons, while absolute chaff in combat, are quick marchers and their ability to morph on the fly gives the undead the versatility to raid without committing resources, then morph to respond to threats opportunistically. Combined with the summoner's quasits, you easily sieze map control in a 1v1 without needing to upgrade past tier 2 fortress.
Dark Elves are a bit weaker in the early game. Their skeletons can't morph, but they're decent enough against towers. Spiders seem to be more effective in melee. Spider queens are great for shutting down tough infantry rushes at tier 2.
Dark Elves easily outmatch most races at tier 3 fortress with their sorcerers however - upgrade them with black bolt and you've got your doom squad with 6 or more, and their pillar of fire spell melts all but the toughest units. I love sorcerers so much I always keep 2 of them in my retinue for when I feel like playing Undead. . Ancient wisps are extremely necessary for getting the sorcerer rush going on higher difficulties, I've found. The Dark Elf economy doesn't fully come online until 3rd tier with their thralls. At this stage, mass skeletons become very viable just to take the fire off of your sorcerors, mixing some dark infantry in can also make the infantry blob more effective in melee, especially against dwarfs (all t1 elven infantry do triple damage vs dwarfs)
Also love my Barbarian Druid, with his summoned unicorns for healing, supporting hordes of barbarians at tier 3 with spear of ank, works similarly to the dark elf sorcerors but much cheaper and more spamable.
Post edited October 18, 2019 by SophieSnow