In an effort to give as much information as possible in my last post, I couldn't really go into too much detail. This time I'll be focusing on my favorite part of Midkemia: the PVP! There have been a few new changes recently that have drastically altered PVP, but the changes are definitely for the better. In the future I'll show my old analysis writeup in this blog that I posted on MKO's forums, but for now - the changes are definitely for the better.
Currently, Nomi's still a Magician / Bard and can still stand toe to toe with anyone in the game (and sometimes 1v2, 1v3, etc. depending on who they are, of course!). Certain afflictions such as prone and entangled used to prevent you from attacking at all until they were cured, but now they just make the attack balance cost a little longer. This means in Midkemian group PVP, you can't just have someone spam earthbind, grab, etc. and hope for the best - it encourages thoughtful PVP with a strategy and a goal, not just mindless keyboard-slamming that might as well be PVE.
The changes are most noticable in group scenarios and in timewarp, an interesting PVP mechanic that no game that isn't hosted by IRE has (not even WoW!). Timewarp introduces a second long delay on everything you do, which leads to some really interesting strategic combat. Previously in timewarp, any newbie warrior+mage combos with the impale ability could kill any magician in timewarp, with no skill involved at all. One spams earthbind, the other spams impale. Absolutely nothing the magician can do. But now, if we can start the attack before the impale/earthbind hits, we can still get something in.
Why am I telling you this? Someone made Nomi angry by insulting Killian (one of the Goddesses of Midkemia, Nomi is in her Order), and she wasn't happy. Unfortunately for the target, she isn't afraid of groups of people. She locked him down in timewarp and started stealing from him, but then one of his allies jumped in. Immediately, she disoriented him and got him incapaciated, and then a third ally jumped in. She was able to incapaciate the third ally as well, and by the time she was ready to kill all three of them - a fourth joined in. Knowing the second fighter was about to finish healing, she ran away and beat the fourth PvPer down alone. He's one of Sar-Sargoth's best fighters, and it was fun to see how he stacked up against an angry little gremlin of a goblin. He fled back to the group, and Nomi was able to set up a trap that killed one of them. While she was trying to kill another, two got her at a bad time and ended up killing her (even though one almost died).
I might just start enjoying Magician PVP more than Bard PVP. I will bring some logs next time so I can show you all what I'm talking about (and how awesome Midkemia PVP is!) But until then, don't take my word for it. Come see what you're missing! I'll even give you a link. Riiight... here! To Midkemia with you!