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The 12 Best PvP MMOs In 2021

The 12 Best PvP MMOs In 2021

As Conan said, crushing your enemies is one of the best things in life. The other one is finding the Best PvP MMOs that allow you to do that.

MMO games implement PvP in different ways so you have plenty of choices. Whether it’s arenas, open-world, battlegrounds, or large-scale PvP wars, you will never run out of options to establish dominance over other players.

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Guild Wars 2

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Hands down, Guild Wars 2 has one of the best – if not THE best – PvP MMO systems.

Unlike other MMORPGs that require players to unlock PvP content by completing PvE activities first, GW2 allows you to jump into the action early on. Players are automatically scaled to max level 80 and they have access to all of their class skills and abilities. Experience and practice do matter but you get the chance to develop your PvP prowess as soon as you create a character.

On the matter of balance, some classes are more powerful than others but they don’t have unfair advantages.

World of Warcraft / World of Warcraft Classic

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Whether you are a retail or Classic player, WoW offers so much in terms of PvP.

If you prefer open-world PvP from early levels, take your chances on a WoW Classic PvP server. It’s a gank fest most of the time and it’s not always fair play but that’s part of the fun. Some high-level players delight in killing newbies that don’t stand a chance.

Retail PvP is more organized and structured with many battlegrounds that feature various scenarios. Arenas are popular as well. With the introduction of war mode, PvP fans can once again take part in open-world PvP and receive rewards for defeating fellow players that made the mistake of joining the other faction.

Black Desert Online

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Open-world PvP in Black Desert Online is WoW’s war mode with a twist. Players can flag themselves for PvP and gank each other to their hearts’ content. The twist is that they can attack those who aren’t flagged as well. This is where the karma system comes into play as there are penalties for those who engage in PvP with unflagged players.

There are also open-world arenas where players can gather and attack anyone who is not a member of their party. For large-scale PvP, BDO offers guild versus guild wars and castle sieges where one guild assaults the other’s headquarters.

Warhammer Online: Return of Reckoning

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Warhammer Online in 2021? Yes! Warhammer Online has shut down years ago but a handful of dedicated fans decided they won’t take no for an answer. And so, Warhammer Online: Return of Reckoning was born. It’s a private server that has been running since 2014. It has an active player base of mostly Warhammer Online die-hards.

Considered one of the best PvP MMOs, Warhammer Online features large-scale realm versus realm PvP. It’s a complex system that includes battlefield objectives, siege weaponry, and keeps. PvE content exists but RvR is the main reason why players are still interested in this MMO that’s more than 10 years old.

Albion Online

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Several elements make Albion Online a unique MMORPG. It’s one of the few isometric games of this type. It has sandbox gameplay and it focuses on PvP. There are no classes, the economy is player-driven, and it features an open world.

The PvP system allows players to adventure into color-coded zones with different rules. The red and black zones are where the fun’s at as you can lose all of your stuff when you die. In Albion Online, players drop loot just like mobs and others can take it. A penalty system is in place to punish those who abuse the PvP system.

Planetside 2

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Planetside 2 is a 2012 MMOFPS by Daybreak Game Company. It has a Guinness World Record for hosting the largest FPS battle with more than 1,100 players on a single battlefield. It has Very Positive reviews on Steam and an active player base.

Planetside 2 has PvE but it’s the PvP content that keeps players engaged. It has team-centered PvP that rewards players when working together to achieve objectives. It’s not all about personal achievements and scoring kills. The gameplay hides a deep level of strategy. The trick is to find a group of buddies and enjoy the game as a team.

EVE Online

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Ask 1,000 players about EVE Online PvP and you’ll get 1,000 different answers. Some will say that it’s pointless, others will say that it’s unfair, and some might even call it fun. Your EVE Online experience depends on the interactions with the other players. Solo PvP is unbalanced and it won’t get you far. Alliance PvP, on the other hand, is a different experience.

The game is known for its large-scale long-lasting PvP wars. Learning how to PvP in EVE Online takes time and a stable group of like-minded players that help each other.

Blade and Soul

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Blade and Soul is the gem of free-to-play MMOs. While most free MMOs focus on either PvE or PvP, Blade and Soul do both.

The game has open-world PvP and arenas. Taking part in world PvP is just as easy as putting on your faction’s costume. Open-world has no penalties so it’s a gank fest. Arenas support team-based PvP fights. PvP in Blade and Soul is fun because the game’s combat system is action-based and fast-paced.

High-ranking PvP players get exclusive rewards, including costumes, to show off their accomplishments.

Conqueror’s Blade

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Conqueror’s Blade PvP is similar to Blade and Soul in the sense that it’s great and entirely optional. What’s good about this system is that it has something to satisfy all PvP tastes. Open-field battles, duels, deathmatch, capture points, siege battles, free battles, and more are available. PvP quests allow players to boost their gains.

Territory Wars are considered the end-game PvP content. Houses and alliances fight to claim land that can ultimately be upgraded. Territory Wars take place twice a week.

Gloria Victis

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Gloria Victis is built from the ground up to be a PvP MMO. The PvP system is centered on a three-nation conflict. Midlanders, Ismirs, and the Sangmar Empire compete for territories and resources.

All these battles are fought in the open world. Gloria Victis PvP is the most rewarding when players cooperate. Penalties for abusive PvPers create a fair environment for everyone.

New players start in safe areas where they can learn the game before discovering the ruthlessness of the three-nation war. Other PvP modes include tournaments and duels.

Elder Scrolls Online

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Elder Scrolls Online features a large PvP map and smaller-scale PvP battlegrounds. The three-alliance war takes place in Cyrodiil, a zone that becomes available at level 10. Players that enter Cyrodiil before max level gain temporary attribute boosts.

The ESO PvP system features campaigns that players can join. Each campaign has different rules and rewards.

Battlegrounds arrived in Elder Scrolls Online in the Morrowind chapter but have been included in the base game so anyone can access them. Battlegrounds support 12 participants divided into three teams. Five scenarios, including deathmatch and domination, are available.

Old School Runescape

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You know it’s hardcore if it starts with old school. OSRS is an MMORPG that’s not missing intense PvP action. Also known as PK (player killing), the act of ganking fellow players takes place on dedicated servers.

Those looking for a challenge are invited to try the Deadman mode. The death penalty in Deadman includes losing half of the total XP and the most valuable items in your bank.

Last Man Standing is a seasonal tournament hosted on a PvP server. Unique rules are in place during the competition.

daocfan4life

Sunday 29th of August 2021

How on earth could you compile a Best of PVP MMOs article and fail to include Dark Age of Camelot?? You included Warhammer Online which was inspired by DAOC, but leave out DAOC?

yes

Friday 20th of August 2021

Terrible article. WoW? WoW is in its WORST state for pvp. Players dying in 1.5 seconds even through defensives among other insane things. "Retail PvP is more organized and structured". Really? Play the game and you'll see just how "organized" it is. DPS healing to full in .5 seconds from 1% health (druids), healers doing less healing than hybrids and cant keep up with damage, and even dot classes dealing unhealable damage. BnS is dead and Albion I hear is heavily controlled with clans

MMOCult

Saturday 21st of August 2021

We know that WoW is not in the best state right now and haven't been for a while but still feel it deserves to be on the list. If you have any better suggestions, feel free to let us know and we might add them to the list.

That one guy

Friday 6th of August 2021

If you're gonna put up blade & soul on the list, might as well include Aion... it's heavily pvp focused if you ask me and isn't much more dead than B&S.