First of all, I assume and hope the leaderboards will revolve mainly around objective PvP (minigames, sieges, festivals, arena duel kills. (Im not gonna mention bori, as I hope that is completely removed)) and less about kills and deaths*
With that said, a couple of things I fear.
When you add a leaderboard, and incentivize around it, people go to greater lengths to get that rank, meaning:
- Group arena in the festivals can pose an issue with how the flagging/team system can be abused.
- Bori should absolutely get removed** (as anyone remember at its release it is only a player-numbers game).
- Exploiters going to the outskirt of a Solo Arena to trade kills to exploit a win, making any effort futilie for the other parttakers.
- Signing tournament mode with 12 friends trading wins for the vanquisher quest and mini tokens (or more benefits if the mode is engaged in the leaderboards or saga questline)
and the only way to counter this easily would be to put GMs on more of an active duty to catch these guys, and discourage some of this behaviour (as petitions never catch them in time).
*kills and deaths oriented system will stimulate lame playstyles at times (such as people becoming too afraid to die, or healers neglecting their healing duties to make kills instead. Not that K/D shouldn’t add to the leaderboard at all, for the sake of open world PvP, as Biglouis mentions.
**bori removal could be a good selling point for people to try out AoC PvP, as bori has been quite the meme over the years over how sad it turned out.
PS. wicked overall news @AndyB !!!