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Pikes were never meant to take a cavalry charge it was origionally fought troop against troop in the phalanx and alexanders and philips successess were mainly by deploying the cavalry to hit the flanks of an engaged phalanx. the pikemen work better against low armoured stuff like skaven, orcs and gobbos and ogres and really upset fragile elf players that are daft enough to charge and many players don't know what the pikes can do so are more likely to make mistakes
 

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but as i said pikes were origionaly used against infantry although i'll concede that they were later adapted for cavalry warfare. the main reason for this was the number of cavalry used at once was usually smaller and was heavily armoured thus slower than its hellenic counterpart and less able to outmanouver the pike blocks
 
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