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Dealing with Archers can be a challenge, certainly. I tend to adopt different tactics depending on whether I play Melee or Ranged Heroes.
Ranged - I fight from a corner / cover. If no cover is available and I know Archers have got me zeroed... I tend to spam-strafe left/right (so it looks like I'm stood still), and watch their arrows fly off to the sides (doesn't work 100%, but it helps).
Melee - I tend to rush behind them and take them out, as they usually don't turn around. This can be a problem with other minions then coming up behind you, but you have to work fast.
As it's been mentioned - I don't know why they seem to target barricades from a different elevation. Surely if they wanted to target barricades then they'd be attacking them constantly? I don't see why the barricade should suffer collateral damage when the Archer is shooting at the Hero. What I assume is happening is that the Archer has partial line of sight to the Hero, shoots AT the Hero, but hits a barricade that's between him and the Hero. I'll have to test this properly.
Obviously, using Decoy traps also works - although GOOD placement of Decoys needs a little thought.1