if you are a human, there are a few orc mages; if you are an orc, there is even less human mages on now days.
I have the def arrow pads and they do work! I would suggest you get some because the archers are annoying (specially if you are human). Also, I would suggest you to get some more weapon def such as club and spear; you will need them.
Finally, if you use the lobo you may have a higher hp than the HA, however I like the extra ac that you get from the HA since there are not too many mages.
see you at RLB!!