I picked the race of man, mainly for the extra 3k heal that you get at level 35. I don’t use it too often because of the hour cool down, but it is wonderful backup to have if both your LM heal and pots are on cool down. It has saved me quite a few times. At lower levels the +20 will trait is pretty nice for the power boost too.
I play a Human Lore-master, and the man-heal is definitely a plus. Along with Wisdom of the Council, that makes two "oh ****" buttons for you to draw on in times of crisis. It's saved me a couple times in difficult fights.
However, I've heard people praising Eldar's Grace, the elf racial which gives a 75% parry chance for 10 seconds. Thinking back on the number of times I've died because I'm being swarmed and can't get any inductions off, I can definitely see how this could be handy.
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The Elven stealth skill is also far from useless. It has a mega-cooldown that makes it unusable as a regular fighting instrument the way burglars use it. But it does enable you to sneak into some particular area for a quest or other every now and then. Again, this is particularly good for Scholars.
The human's upper-cut is useful when fighting mobs that can disarm you. You just punch them on the chin. Very satisfying.
Elf: stealth, port to rivendell, Eldar's Grace (parry skill)
Man: in-combat heal (comes in handy as a backup if WotC is down), port to Bree
In retrospect, I'd probably rather have the Elf's stealth & Eldar's Grace since WotC is a pretty short cooldown -- I can count on one hand how many times I've actually saved myself with the Man racial heal (it HAS happened, just not a lot, and surely not more than I could have used stealth).
Put me in the Elf group. I have been playing my Elf LM Scholar for almost 2 years now, and I use my stealth quite a bit. I would probably have used the manheal if I had it, but only in dire straights, where as I use the stealth as part of my normal play planning, especially if I am running with my lynx.
Strictly speaking stat-wise. I play a human LM and I currently have more Will than I know what to do with. I've been window shopping to replace gear for a little more Fate and a lot more Vitality. (already have my virtues set up for Fate and Vitality)
I've been window shopping to replace gear for a little more Fate and a lot more Vitality. (already have my virtues set up for Fate and Vitality)
This is a pretty good reason to pick Elf as a race (and especially if your LM is also a scholar, a very common combo apparently (was mine too ), as the +20fate trait is handy, seeing how much will LMs get. Probably offset by the 2% sword bonus (men) vs 1% sword bonus traits, though.