OP, you listed alot of interesting things, a number of which I can agree with. Most especially the point that the KDF & Feds were once very different in playstyle. But that was long ago, in a galaxy far, far away... Well, I'll list this as the one thing I miss the most from old STO PVP.
Widespread participation. From Lieutenant to the then Lv40 level cap. Every tier, you could pop in PVP and find competition. Remember, early on, there was no FvF. For a KDF player, it was pretty easy to level. Just PVP. There were SOOOOO many Feds looking for a fight but not enough KDF players. You could finish one fight, load back into Qo'nos, queue up right away, and within a few seconds, ticking into another match.
I enjoyed leveling my Fed & KDF toons from T1 to level cap mostly from PVP. And it's pretty sad to see when you roll a new toon now that PVP below Lv50 is nonexistent.
Edit to add: I remember the lolz when there was no hull hp% before being able to use Ramming Speed... back then, Cruisers could, and did, run over Escorts with glee
"HAHAHA! I have more HP than you!"
Unfortunately, I think it goes well beyond just what do we miss of Old STO PvP...to what do we miss of Old STO in general, eh? Cryptic has been telling us for years that the game is intended for puppies that ride the short bus to Petsmart and play on their iPhones - but we've been stuck in memories and delusional hopes...
Originally Posted by scurry5
Being able to gear up a toon in a single weekend. That's the main thing.
Heh, I do miss the leveled and geared in less than a week.
I miss the simplicity of pvp back then. There were only a handful of ships, they all filled their own roles nicely, they were fairly easy to equip, and with some tips from other members, you could just roll into a match and have fun. Not like today, where it takes months just to get competitive gear, all the grinding needed, all the micromanagement, the math sheets to tally up dps, min/maxing, etc. Ugh.
Almost every single thing mentioned here, I miss. This was the very first game that drew me to pvp. It was exciting fun and different than any type of gameplay I had ever experienced. Most of all, I miss all of the fun people that became my game friends through pvping (usually against them lol). Around New Year's Eve I had my moment of clarity, this just isn't fun anymore.