In Heroes IV one playing Academy must choose between the Genie and the Naga. But I have never actually bothered with Nagas.
- Naga is slow on the adventure map, which means that I can make less in one move than if I have chosen Genies.
- Genies can cast Create Illusion, finish many battles with the Ice Bolt very quickly, all without spending Hero's mana, and even one Genie can switch entire stacks off with Song of Peace. They are versatile, they can do everything. Naga, at the same time, can only melee, this makes taking battles without losses a lot harder.
- Because Naga is slow on the battle map as well, some ways to transport them are needed, such as the Teleport spell. It's not good.
- After all, Naga can be cloned if you need them and somehow get at least one in your army, or enemy army. Anyway, they are not even the nearly the best creature to be cloned.
But I have never actually played competitively, so I would like to know if there is any sense in choosing the Naga over the Genie. Any specific economical situation? Any specific enemies? Something else?
When you describe any situation where you consider Nagas good, please also tell me why do you consider them to perform better than Genies in such a situation.