The game mechanics are great adn the combat is very enjoyable and on top of that the fan service is great in game! I do enjoy the Blade And Soul Gold dugeons, etc of all lvls. This is the 3rd client i play (Japan, RU) so for me im kinda bored of the story. However by no means this is a “next gen” since a lot of the concepts are pretty dated for a MMO! kill 15 of these, etc the crafting system is pretty simple, wardrobe is NOT account bound. You dont have shared banks and you have to mail in stuff between character! The daily dash once you reach your goal then it just stops and you have to wait until next month for a new one!
Also for Pvp you must be lvl 45. Is true a lvl 20 could and i emphasize “COULD” beat a lvl 45 but that must of been a really bad player and noob to begin with but its possible. But by no means i would suggest you to doPvP until you are max lvl and had experimented with your class learn the combos, movements, etc.
Weather you like it or not do you will put yourself for some Open world Blade & Soul Items Pvp like factions where you need crystal to upgrade your weapon and soul shields. So you cannot completely scape Pvp in that sense. Again the great thing about Blase and soul is that you do have a sense of progression and the stats in game actually make a difference.