A fellow guild mate who started this game in March and has now hit adv lvl 115 since. With 2x XP, you be 95% functional in PvP by farming tears for a few days. This new trials system is fantastic and will get peoples feet in the door. I called for this 2 years ago. SOTA is no different then any game I have played recently that is not dedicated to PvP, the evolution of these designed has bared out over the past 20 years. Instanced arena PvP was the staple in WOW and millions of people played it fine. Even vastly more modern games like SWoR had instanced PvP. Sure, its not for everyone but a lot of people will play it. This really isnt a surprise in this game, anyone worth their salt in PvP would have known this. Its not like the game was specifically designed for large PvP like you saw in games like Warhammer, DAOC or guild wars. Instanced arena style PvP is really the only way this game can go with its design. It just took our devs far to long to understand it.