0beron wrote:I see some people complaining that Croakamancy is too much of a one-trick pony compared to Turnamancy. But take a moment to think about it. Croakamancy is capable of providing you with FREE units en-mass. Turnamancy speeds up the production of units that cost you upkeep, turns the occasional single unit at a high juice cost, and makes self-powered vehicles at also an apparently high juice cost (if they were cheap, why wouldn't there be more of them?). So yes, Turn does more things, but none of them are as powerful as croakamancy. It's a quality vs. quantity disparity.
Other disciplines are also capable of giving you free units, en-masse. Dirtamancy can turn your crap into golems (combined with yellow dwagons, you get tons of free units), dollamancers make cloth golems, turmanancy can make other troops your own troops, dittomancy can double your troops.... casters making units is not limited to the uncroaked. And the argument wasn't just against Turnamancy, but against any other discipline that we have seen a decent amount of use of. There are a lot of disciplines that we haven't seen a lot of and have no idea what the extent of their capabilities are, but the disciplines we have seen tend to have a large amount of flexibility. Croakamancy pares down to "focus on one croaked unit to make a really good uncroaked unit that decays slower" and "mass uncroak poorly made units". Every time we see Wanda use something other than that, it is attributed to a different discipline. She sensory deprivation was attributed to Foolamancy. The pain touch was attributed to Shockamancy. The hunger/thirst was attributed to Foolamancy. No upkeep units are just a band-aid for your ranks. They fall apart even without enemy engagement, and require a constant source of freshly croaked to maintain your army. So Croakamancy's one trick has very specific needs. Basically, we have as much information about Croakamancy (which we have seen from the beginning of book 1 and in every book since then) as we do about Luckamancy (which we just have Clay's explanations to work from, so we know that's not the complete picture), and that's speculalted as the worst of all disciplines.
Wanda is just a bad example of a Croakamancer, because she has talent in so many other disciplines that we have no idea what is Croakamancy and what is something else. We need a Sizemore version of a Croakamancer, so then we'd know that when it used a Headache spell, it was Croakamancy and not some other discipline.