When elevating a game into a competitive level attention must be paid towards the mechanics of said game and how balanced it is to make sure that one side does not have an unfair advantage over the other.
AOC has a balance, it isn’t perfect, but it is there, mainly in small scale 6v6 group pvp. A balance that will never be achieved in duels. This is largely due to the many differences displayed by all the classes. When participating in duels there will always be the classes that reign supremee. Then there are the rest that play a game of rock, paper, scissors where you are the rock looking to battle the scissors, but always avoiding the paper, for the obvious reason that defeat is near guaranteed by the hands of any moderately skill player.
For this reason duels will never be competitive. Merely a distraction, and a hollow pursuit by those feigning it as a final arbiter of skill in Age of Conan.
So comes to the issue of premades and balance. AOC has the same flexibility that class based shooters have where guilds can run certain set ups based on their playstyle to create an optimal team. This combined with player skill creates the potential for a rich competitive enviroment, had we ever received Funcom support it would have been a boon to the pvp player base, bringing in a lot of new blood into the ageing game, sadly that was never the case.
Regardles we as a community have to come to a consensus on banning class stacking of certain types and more prevalently items. As we continue with premades we need to be honest with ourselves and those participating in coming with a consensus on class limits. That is one that will constantly ebb and flow as the meta changes. A meta that admittedly has grown stagnant due to the lack of developer efforts. Yet still a meta is there. The competitive spirit will bring out the best in people. I will remain an optimist on that regard.
We can begin this dialogue with the most prevalent issue I have noticed in pvp in Age of Conan. And that is the four hour pots found in store and in rare loot chest. A clear and present edge given to any player that uses it. I motion that it should be banned in the premade scene. But we as a community must agree to this.