But the reverse is also true. Sometimes you don't want to risk damaging the items.Following the theme of a "Fighting/War Wizard" (one of my favorites), Physical.
I can't damage or destroy physical objects with Mental/Stun magic, and combat isn't always about targeting living targets. Having the ability to destroy an opponent's possessions could even have greater psychological impact than "zapping" their brain. The Physical spell gives me more options, and therefore, I have a better chance of "winning" in disparate situations.
If someone is ransacking a church, fireball is destructive but synaptic static leaves the church and its various art and relics intact.
it also doesn't leave a 40ft burn ring, create an audible "whoomph" noise to panic animals or a flash of light that can be seen for miles at night where everyone knows "oooh, wizard cast a fireball there"