Later today, we begin our giant rollout of end-of-the-year awards, a series I both love and hate – love because it’s fun, hate because it’s a tremendous amount of work. But one award you won’t be seeing make a return this year is the award for the best PvP experience. There are lots of reasons for this, but the main one is that it was the least-attended award, both for our writers and our readers. It also seemed weird given that our PvE awards – for crafting, housing, and events – were much more specific. How exactly do you compare arena PvP and battleground PvP and guild warfare to battle royale modes and survival sims and free-for-all gankfests? It wound up being a bit of a throwaway award and not worth formally doling out again.
However, it still makes for an interesting question. Which MMORPG offered the best PvP experience in 2018? Is the best MMO PvP experience even found in an MMORPG at all?