Monika ... in all the battles Laurel fought with and against Monika, there was NEVER any abuse of some items unknown to vast majority of Gen-population, "very special" skills/abilities, etc.
I remember how I met Monika the first time and she was described to me "In combat, she's fast like a shark!" (comming from an old Ranger I miss nowadays) and that's exactly what I experienced later as well - this guy relied on his quickness (similar to Tarax's "quick reaction" aka hunting trigs ... maybe, but never experienced it as such) that was legendary; Ravenrage and Epzilon once checked Monika's reaction time (counted in splits of seconds) and it was astonishing ... especially in times of lag
what was the name of the knight who later coded the first mercs? M-something? Laurel also fought him quite a few times and learned to respect him as a foe (especially when with GGs and Kit's sabre) - still no relying on some cheat teleport wands, strange items unknown to others, etc.
RR + Epzi - it was a funny team ... RR using the fire axe from Kabal to maul with it in PvP
always felt safe when going out with those guys
Mariuz - mr. Daddy Cool ... he was the teacher for Laurel in terms of PvP'ing Rangers back in the BDA
Gector - the dude who impaled ... Laurel aspired to his legend back in the DA days and later learned to NOT engage RDA after all (significantly more dangerous and tougher then BDA) - at least as non-Ranger
truth to be told - I miss those guys and those fights, where everybody knew the other's skills and approximate stats, the gear the enemy used; you knew - you engage a knight you usually get blocked, so learn to fight in rooms with more than 1 exit ... etc. etc. etc.
BRUTE FORCE was the way in those days afaik - when the enemy happened to be on a ship or fighting Viridian ... well, lucky we! there was also the fatique poison dagger backstab tactics ... but only used on Laurel 3-4 times and usually without great success
however Zoirenna+Peridot+Nitramin raiding Sanction ... that was an epic battle for Laurel to participate in (as BDA) - drop brawls firing off at every corner, BDA lacking the awareness to see them sneak/hide, Rangers using ebony-bladed daggers to keep abundant DA forces in safe-locations, blinded DAs running around and trying to get to safe rooms (in times of very limited ZMud usage afaik) ... EPIC
still - noone used any "swords you have to _know_ how to obtain with utterly idiotic commands in stupidly chosen locations", scrolls, etc. first item to start the avalanche for me was the ring that put the whole location into "peace loc" ... then the teleport and healing wands started to be used, then the "friends only" swords, then Lordgradif showed Laurel (in PvP situations) how to abuse certain "herbs" that were best in healing-class and required NO herbalism skill to "pick" ... and the avalanche rolled down to whole guilds being coded with friends-supporting solutions/skills/abilities
I miss brute force battles - I hate "perks for friends" usage ... I hate it to the core