(if the title made you angry please read to the end
With the coming update in mind... This question might sound totally weird but:
How viable is it to field lots, 6+, of heavy cavalry with Bretonnia ? Specifically, at high, tournament level and in hard match-ups.
I can't tell personally, but it looks like at high level, lots of cav is more a luxury to stomp easy match-ups rather than a high-skill strategy to deal with the toughest ones. Like if infantry-based builds (say, 3- cav, huge numbers) were the ultimate answer to difficult fights, while lots of cav were funny variations when facing elves.
We may end up with heroic knights being used to smash faeries, but when scary monsters come it's the peasants who do the tough work. Petty knights doing only the easy work is actually quite funny from a class struggle perspective, but maybe not what we look for here :-P
I wish to see one day such a build, or use it myself given enough practice: a huge army of knights smashing into Chaos lines and actually having a chance with enough skill and ability timing.
It is very possible I'm totally wrong and it is already the case, then any video featuring that in a high-level tournament would make me happy and make me hope I can one day do the same!
Otherwise, it would mean that Bretonnia simply needs some high-skill "Prayer to the Lady" army ability that helps support large numbers of cavalry, probably map-wide like a mini-waahg or Orion's horn, a very short duration buff, 10 seconds where you have to perfectly time a collective charge to benefit from that ability. A short buff means enemy cav can dodge that buff. If people agree on the principle but not details it can be tuned.
This is not to move away from infantry play, it should remain viable, just opening options. And this not saying that Bretonnian cavalry is not good - but rather that its cost-effectiveness is leveraged to buy more peasants. This is not about overall power, personally I would rather see Bretonnia weaker overall, even a faction-specific de-buff (-25% MA when facing WE, whatever), as long as they allow for more varied play styles in bad MU. A struggle that e.g. the Dawi share.
(all these precautions meaning, to some, please don't derail this thread with exclusive dialogues, bias calling, rhetoric that leads nowhere etc etc thaaaaanks - love - peace)