neosonichdghg wrote:I only read a few pages of responses, so maybe someone already suggested this...
But what if it's not the Pliers? I mean, I know they help. But as several people have pointed out, this is a huge amount more powerful than we've seen the hammer being.
On the other hand, a lot of units got croaked by that volcano trick. What if Wanda got experience for all of them?
We've already seen Wanda mass-uncroak, so it's not a stretch to believe that the pliers are just augmenting the existing spells.
However, we know that Wanda left the area, and if you disengage, you don't get XP.
It's also a safe bet that, as a mechanic, no one gets experience from a death caused by traps (unlike combat experience), and the volcano was considered a massive dirtamancy trap.
Comparing the tools -
The hammer: Levitation, Lightning, Dwagons.
The pliers: Augments existing uncroak spells so that the units gain "No Decay" and retain all other specials they had prior to croaking.
Placed side by side, I'd have to say that, in general, the hammer is a better tool.
However, in the hands of a master-class Croakamancer who's standing over the graves of probably the largest single extermination event in recent memory, the Pliers are definitely better in that one case.
But the singular nature of this event prevents it from being exploitable. It's just a really, really lucky one-time occurance.
However, for those that say that Wanda has to be in the heat of battle to use the pliers, remember that bodies can be moved, and they don't disappear if you move them.
If you send out waves of dwagons with orders to kill and return with corpses, you could easily mass-produce units from a single hex each turn as your dwagons (or whatever) collect bodies for you.
In game terms, I assume 'move the corpses' means 'transport them between hexes'. Misty was buried, not "moved", so her body has vanished.