i think archers are pretty solid, especially in higher difficulty FE's due to their anti air. i can only imagine how useful Virion will be in lunatic/lunatic+ against enemy wyverns or pegasi (the latter of which will have enough speed to double pretty much everyone i'm sure..)
Most of the hate stems from the inability to attack and yet they have so much more for benefits. FYI, if you are playing the "everyone for themselves" game, you are indeed doing it wrong.
-They are consistently faster than most units. -Their defenses are adequate and decent enough to survive hits from both sides. -They are strong vs flyers. -They are better equipped to fight at range and are more map friendly. -They are one of the best magekillers classes. -Unaffected by any weapon triangle.
Of course there is the other thing, namely that bows are not unique to Snipers. But they tend to not come with the same benefits.
Personally, I want a bow general.
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