THis is my second time playing through FE6; the first time was several years ago, around 2006 or 2007. In my first run, my MVPs of the first half of the game were Rutger, Alan, Lilina, Oujay, Thany, Wolt, and (somehow) Lot. Dieck wasn't great the first time around, so I successfully replaced him with Oujay. When I picked up Geese Howard and The Great Gonzo last time they were both okay for taking down wyverns, but not as good as Lot. Yes, I realize that I probably had the best Lot ever, because nobody likes Wade or Lot on forums for whatever reason (pro tip: the reason is that their stats are awful and I got lucky and won the Lot-tery).
This playthrough is totally different, with Rutger and Thany underwhelming, the two axe fighters both sucking it up, and Dieck turning out so well that I don't think Oujay is worth it. I didn't use any armor knights my first run through FE6, and that's probably happening again. I've only had her for maybe 1.5 chapters, but Fir is having the same damage problems that Rutger has (her Str growth is worse than his, so it makes sense), so I'll probably have Roy, Dieck, Alan, Lance, and maybe a promoted Nomad or Pegasus handle sword duties (I don't have any promoted yet). I plan to pick up both potential Berserkers and I'm going to raise them as carefully as possible, even if I have to use savestates to give Gonzo an extra point of Skill or Res. I'm still using Alan and Wolt, but they're just being mediocre and not hitting the awesome levels that Lance is. Seriously. Lance had 18-20 in Speed, Skill, and Str before promotion and his Def/Res was a totally reasonable 11/4 before promotion. His HP is all right and his Luck is maybe right around or a little below Lance's average. I've played FE7 and FE8 multiple times and I've never had an early-game Cavalier turn out so well. I'm going to try and roll the Ilia route in the late game and give Lance the best lance, heh.