Grant would have loved to order a drone strike on Richmond.
That isn't military strategy. That's military technologies. The concepts and strategies behind "drone" strikes are the same as the concepts of archers, just more remote.
In ten thousand years the night elves never got the idea for !@#$ing gunpowder. Let that sink in for a bit. Ten. Thousand. Years.
It's fantasy. Of course they haven't. It doesn't make bows less powerful though. It's just makes them not gunpowder. Speaking of Fantasy, while they were still using "bows" they were also using mechanized glaive throwers. As in, electronics. They also built boats that dwarfed what humans were capable of, according to Lord of his Pack.
. Bearing in mind that in those ten thousand years they had outlawed arcane magic and had most of their druids asleep, so the entirety of long ranged combat was done with bows.
Starfall, moonfire (which yes, Tyrande has used), the fog the Priestess used. In addition to that, the Keepers of the Lore and the other anciets, as well as the Mountain Giants, were throwing massive stones.. And then the Ancients in Darkshore that had heavy duty long ranged attacks. They did fine.
but even in WCII we saw them innovating in unique ways like the creation of paladins.
Wait, so the plate wearing, holy magic wielding, warrior is unique, despite them existing for 10,000 years?
See, the humans and orcs adapted because they were running into things they have not seen before. The closest thing the Night Elves have run into on that count has been the Magnataur, and even then, their defenses against giant creatures were left out for plot.
Cenarius may have "introduced" druidism, but humans didn't learn magic themselves either. Nor did Orcs. All their innovation was introduced through human culture ala Thrall. Their mechanical understanding? The Legion and goblins.
Stop looking at the world like it's our world, because it doesn't play.
The dragons did the heavy lifting in that war, if I recall.
You recall wrong.
But, to be fair, that wasn't even the Night Elven governments fight. It was Fandral, who was, at the time, the Night Elves cortez. An imperialistic dude grabbing more land for the Night Elves.
The fact is, Night Elves strengths are being ignored, and their weaknesses are being highlighted. It's a bogus story.