First post here.
So. I was mopping up a (theoretical) victory on Expert, having wiped out all but Pariden on a medium map (Curgen's whatever). I had destroyed the bulk of her armies and she had...lol...sued for peace. She was down to about 5 cities, and was hiding all her champs in one of them (I had killed them all recently).
I have 5 full Deadly/Epic armies marching down several of her last 5 cities when suddenly BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM some combo of spell hits EVERY ONE of my armies, and over a course of three turns--during which I could do absolutely nothing, since ALL of my troops had been scattered/immobilized by Tornadoes on EVERY turn--they were utterly annihilated.
My question is, obviously, how the heck did this happen? This includes killing a 240-health dragon in two turns, with nothing but strategic spells. As far as I can tell from the descriptions, there's nothing that could possibly do that much damage, especially since she couldn't have had more than a couple of any given type of shard. I can buy that she had enough heroes to cast that many Tornadoes--which in itself is a bit OP, to be able to just spam it multiple times every turn for a mere 45 mana each--but I just can't figure the damage. And that's even assuming she had piles of mana to cast all that, which I'm guessing she did as Pariden, even though she had already pulled a less extreme (but still painful) version of the combo over two turns about ten turns earlier (my armies had recovered/been replaced by the second combo).
It's even more disturbing because there's absolutely NOTHING you can do to defend against it, other than just stay out of her land and go for a Master Quest victory, which I didn't want to do.
P.S. I had Spell of Making victory disable for this match, and was going for Conquest since I've never bothered to fully complete one.