One word, Domination, who cares about the useless dragon horde, were talking about a potential army of FREE archmages here. Nuff said. Last game as clan I had 4 archmages with Domination and walked away with 8 sons of the inferno. They were all lvl 7-10 GGGGGGGG OH and then I taught them to Dominate people.... Good times. Also remember if you can get your hands on an Ice mana and use the level 3 spell they wont be able to do anything but sit in their town and look pretty. Ignore archeron until late game because most civs arent going to be able to touch him for a long time.