How much hours have you put in the game OP?
I would say enough to be able to see the truth. He is saying that MAA is not balanced in a 1v1 situation and he is correct. Especially against a knight. There should be no reason whatsoever for a MAA to lose to a knight. The dodge ability completely trumps the knights high-stamina-drain medium-reach weapons. MAA doesn’t even need to worry about stam drain from blocking a knights weapons because…well…it can dodge them completely for a fraction of the stam loss.
A vanguard might be slightly more tricky if they have a polearm or spear but other than that, no - it’s not balanced in 1v1. I haven’t even mentioned the superfast 1H sword stabs up until now and they are a whole different story of BS.