Byronic said:No, the real question is how do you subdue someone with a fireball. Or with Witchfire. I'm sure you can gently burn out his mind...
You just don't. Ranged and area have enough benefits over melee. Melee is IMO the only way to subdue unless there are some spells that fit it.
As for ranged arrows/bolts/stones well you could say they were leg shots or a bonk on the head.