So, if you are playing basic Master of Magic, the best starter strategy is to play Life magic (white) with the Warlord trait. Take Halflings as your starting race, tech up to Slingers, and use your magical buffs on the Slingers. When possible, attach a hero with Leadership to your Slinger armies, and you will eventually want the spell Incarnation to summon Torin the Chosen.
A stack of 8 fully buffed Slingers accompanied by Torin will basically annihilate any unit that isn’t immune to ranged attacks. However, they are so tough and lucky that they can march up to most of those threats and end them with their tiny hobbit fists.