Originally Posted by Legendary League
However, the F or D bless is strictly inferior to the effects of thug items, so even if it only fires on-hit, it's a downgrade in their power.
Yes, I agree. In that situation Rytek was playing Helheim and wanted a lich pretender with high D magic and also to make heavy use of valks so being able to get something out of brand use with thugs was a plus.
Assuming an F/D 9 bless is a good one for the nation's troops, I guess the decision comes down to whether the troops or the thugs are a more important aspect of the nation/gameplan.