As for the rest, as long as it works in your organization there is no need to change because of what some dude on the internet says. From personal experience continuing to update a single golden image renders the image very messy and a bit bloated over time. But if it works for you, then there is no need to change.
Don’t get me wrong- I know that’s not an optimal way to work long term and we’re working on other solutions. I’m not disagreeing with that, I just don’t think there’s an actual problem with the MFT specifically. I’m not an expert on imaging or NTSF by any means though, so I could be wrong. I’m not trying to be hostile, I just want to understand since the MFT seems well below normal tolerance for Windows.