I think I started playing a little bit before that era hit. I wasn't playing nearly as much as I do now as a PoR. So that's why I might be a little bit biased.
Would you trade any of the cheap mechanics from back then that we have now? Because my experience thus far is that it has increased tenfold.
Which imo hasn't increased anything gameplay wise except maybe hassle and acting as a speed bump at the same time.
Without a doubt goblins or rockworms were the worst,lol. Not to mention stale, but I would in-fact trade for those mechanics. I never had a problem beating either one though. They created a stale pvp 100%, agreed.