^^^ It depends on context within your list. As my prior dissertation attempted to explained the main problem is: BoTWD more easily ran and S9 is greater than S6, hence P.G are better. Furthermore to be honest, Spears don't even see the field for competitive lists until 2,400 points, and even then, if I'm buffing spears then I'm doing something wrong (like not getting my mage out in time, throwing them into a combat that I underestimated, already down a ton of V.Ps, etc. . .). In addition, like you even mentioned in your post, W.L's would need LoL/LoH to keep them alive correct? Well there is nothing in either of those lores to buff core troops anyways, there is in Shadow however, thus I can have multiple combats going on, and not have to worry about the "Rule of One" with H.E target priority and can get those spears withtering for them. In H.E case, our best defense is most often a good offense, their like the Philly Flyers, they have Bryz in net (T3) but score like it's the 80's (ASF S3>T2).