Playing Liu Bei on VH-VH, and have a great chance to win my first TW3K on those settings due to attracting many of the best fighters in the game.
Liu Bei, of course, starts off with Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, two masters of the duel. Then I adopted two female generals and married Lu Bu and Ma Chao into my faction. Later I popped the event to get Zhao Yun and was able to grab Xiaohuo Dun when he appeared in the candidate pool after Cao Cao's destruction (by my hand).
Three armies, each with two great fighters. I'm taking down other armies with twice as many men easily.
Not wanting to celebrate too soon, but dang, once you learn how to nab the biggest names you really can dominate.