First of all let me tell you about me, I have played nearly every single PVP mode in every MMO in the last 20 freaking YEARS! I have more than 1000 pvp games in lost ark and currently I am at the diamond tier, so I know one thing or two about mmo pvp. I keep hearing people crying about how unbalanced and how terrible lost ark pvp is, I know it is not perfect (no game in the universe is) but let me show you some points that make lost ark pvp ONE of the best in all mmo pvp history!
1- Lost ark is one of the VERY FEW successful mmos where all gear and stats are equalized in PVP. If you truly like pvp you know that is such a insanely POSITIVE point! Just take a look at games such as world of warcraft and black desert, you need to play at least 2-4 months to get top tier gear to finally start playing pvp with the same chance of winning. I remember playing WoW wrath of the lich king and because I was able to “Nolife” the game i was able to get shadowmourne and every other bis item there was really fast, and even though I was TERRIBLE at pvp I was winning the majority of matches just because my equips where insanely superior than my opponents, and a GAME where a BAD player wins many matches in pvp is BAD GAME, after all isn’t the official rule of fair play “may the best player win” ?.
2- In lost ark class nerfs/buffs don’t “destroy your life” do you know why? If a class you play is nerfed to oblivion you can always EASILY switch to another class because of two factors, 1- you don’t need to grind gear to play pvp. 2- you don’t need to grind XP to play pvp (there are tons of isnta 50 lvl mechanics, and even if you don’t want to boost a char, you just need to lvl it to 26, ant that just takes a few hours at most). I remember getting my bloodelves passive nerfed in wow and ALL the hundreds of hours grinding XP and equips were wasted. So if your class is nerfed you can nearly instantly create one of the other 15 classes and play with it.
3- “Lost ark pvp is unbalanced” oh my…. Have you EVER played any other mmo pvp? Just look at the wow wotlk 2x2 leaderbords, at least 80% of the top 20 are ARMS WARRIOR AND HOLY PALADINS! And even if you sincerely believe one or three classes are overpowered, you always have the option to nearly instantly create one of those “overpowered classes” and show everybody how easy is to win with them right tough guy? I have seen people achieve high ranks with every single class in lost ark, and usually in the top 20 of every server there is quite a range of different classes represented, I can assure you that the diversity of classes at the top leaderbords in lost ark is one of the biggest in ALL mmo pvp gaming history!
4- Since you don’t need to grind xp or equips you can play all classes in pvp and TRULLY understand them, its hard to understand a class just by reading about their skills or watching videos. Take my example, I was struggling against death blades, but after I created one and played a few matches I got a really good understand about the class, and now I know their cooldowns, super armors, etc and I can bash their heads. Few games give you the opportunity to play every single class in pvp without grinding xp/equips like a maniac, do you have any idea how many weeks do you have to play to get all classes max lvl and full pvp gear in world of warcraft? It takes YEARS! And when you finally do it there will come a new patch/expansion that will render all your gear obsolete.
5- I can’t overstate how amazing is playing in even fields due to the stats equalization system is, like when I am playing berserk and another berserk destroy me in a 1x1, I KNOW that I lost the duel because HE WAS BETTER THAN ME! I can’t use a generic excuse like “hey that no life nerd had better equips/stats than me! That is not fair he only won because of that!” I lost the duel because I was outplayed and that is a fact! every single mechanic/skill he had access I also had access! That gives me such a peace of mind that even when I lose, I can’t get really pissed at the game because I know that deep down a good part of the blame for losing is mine.
6- The game has insane outplay possibilities, and the best way to prove that is to see the elimination mode, where it’s not uncommon to see a guy playing death blade beat 3 other death blade players in row!
Now, Let me give you some decent tips about PVP in lost ark and that also can be applied to many other mmo pvps.
1- Know all types CC (crowd control) and all types of super armor. I am sorry but if you don’t know the difference between paralysis immunity and push immunity you really can’t complain about losing! You need to master the “super armor X crowd control game” when the enemy launches a stagger attack you use your paralysis immunity skill, when he launches a push skill you use your push immunity skill, its like a rock paper scissors game, and if you lose it’s quite likely that you will get hit with a high damaging combo.
2- Keep track of the enemies Cooldowns, specially their roll, get up, super armor and hard CC skills.
3- Don’t try to reinvent the wheel! Use the skills that are in the meta, or do some little changes. There a plenty of places where you can find the meta builds, and remember, the meta exist for a reason… and it exists in every single pvp game ever! You can win with a completely unique and custom offmeta build? YES! But trust me its going to be harder.
4- Keep your enemies at the left and right of your screen, because it allows you to be hidden. And remember to set the 21:9 Aspect Ratio if you want to abuse this. You can essentially “off-screen” someone from their field of view if done correctly
5- there are plenty of guides out there that show crucial details about every class, or if you want just go ahead and make a new char and play with the classes you don’t understand.
If you just want to have some fun, get extra honing materials, etc just play the pvp normal mode…. But if want to compete and climb high in the excruciating pvp ranking ladder… prepare to truly study the game! You need to know every single pvp skill in the game, the cooldowns, the cc types, super armors, class combos, positioning etc and that is just the tip of the iceberg! And the golden rule for all high tier pvp players is “do you wanna win? THEN CARRY your team or die trying!” if you were not the match mvp or at least your team mvp you can’t really blame others…. Flaming will never help your, you need to OWN your mistakes and try to improve, I know there will be games that your team will be so bad that it will be impossible to carry them, but I can guarantee that at least 80% of matches are possible to win if you can carry hard enough.
Overall in my point of view lost ark pvp has some flaws, speacially when talking about MMR… but it is clearly one of the best mmo pvp systems EVER created!
*sorry for the bad English, not my native tongue.