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OldBob
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Looking for clarification on how the Mass Cavalry trait works. 

1) Does it allow a cavalry formation to ignore converting to the withdraw status and continue its attack against the same target? 

2) Does it allow a cavalry formation to attack a new formation if it wins a combat during the combat phase?


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David
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Posted by: @oldbob

1) Does it allow a cavalry formation to ignore converting to the withdraw status and continue its attack against the same target? 

2) Does it allow a cavalry formation to attack a new formation if it wins a combat during the combat phase?

No to both.

What the Mass Cavalry Trait allows is an exception to the limitation on Conversions in the Combat Phase. So, normally, during the first Combat Phase of a turn, any Formation with a valid Conversion may perform it. However, that may trigger an additional Combat Phase. During that additional Combat Phase, only Formations that participated (i.e. Converted, or were contacted by the enemy, or contacted the enemy) are allowed to Convert – This obvious cuts way, way down on the number of valid Conversion options during "additional" Combat Phases of the same turn. Cavalry Formations led by a Commander with the Mass Cavalry Trait ignore this limitation and may Convert… which in turn could trigger an additional Combat Phase… and so on.

That make sense?

-David


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OldBob
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To clarify, a Cavalry unit that has a Mass Cavalry commander, that did not convert to Attack during the first combat phase convention step can convert to an attack order in a second conversion phase. This is true even if this is the first attack for the cavalry during the turn.

 

Is this correct?


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OldBob
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Situation: The Russian player has an infantry unit in front of a French cavalry unit. The infantry unit is supported by a Russian cavalry unit. During the combat conversion phase, the French cavalry converts to an attack directive with the infantry as the target of the attack. Can the Russian cavalry also convert to an attack targeting the French cavalry, if it has enough movement to reach the French cavalry?

Can the Russian cavalry convert to attack if it does not have enough movement to reach the French cavalry at the beginning of the conversion phase?

If the Russian cavalry cannot or does not convert at the beginning of the conversion phase, can it convert to an attack after the French cavalry has fought the infantry, or does it need the Mass Cavalry trait to do this attack?


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David
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Posted by: @oldbob

During the combat conversion phase, the French cavalry converts to an attack directive with the infantry as the target of the attack. Can the Russian cavalry also convert to an attack targeting the French cavalry, if it has enough movement to reach the French cavalry?

If the Russian Cavalry Formation can reach the French Cavalry Formation before the anyone has moved, yes (5.1.3). Conversions occur (Conversions being the flipping of the active Directive from one to another) prior to the movements being performed (5.1.1).

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Can the Russian cavalry convert to attack if it does not have enough movement to reach the French cavalry at the beginning of the conversion phase?

No (see above).

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If the Russian cavalry cannot or does not convert at the beginning of the conversion phase, can it convert to an attack after the French cavalry has fought the infantry, or does it need the Mass Cavalry trait to do this attack?

You said this occurs during the Combat Phase, so either the Russian Cavalry Formation may Convert during an additional Combat Phase if its Commander has the Mass Cavalry Trait, or it would have the opportunity to Convert during the next turn's Movement Phase.

-David


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