Focusing on GW2 spvp for a second. I share an account with my wife, so I let her do all the pve content, and my characters exist purely in the Mists. I've played every class in spvp sans Necromancer, and I've noticed some stupid trends that I've come to hate while playing World of Warcraft (and is part of why I quit WoW) While playing a Theif, I get called all kinds of names, simply for doing what a theif does: Stealthing around, backstabbing people, running away when my hp gets too low, and being generally annoying to clothies and low toughness plate wearers. Eventually the hate got to me and I went over to Warrior. Again, my Warrior is a Frenzy HB warrior, (Named Bursty as Hell) and the hateful comments ranged from pathetically sad to rude, to racially offensive (I make all my characters dark skinned, like me).
I never got hated on as much as I do when playing glass cannony characters as on my other toons. (Elementalist, Engineer, Guardian). But it seems that every time I drop somebody they have some choice words, perishing the fact that even though I'm bursty, I'm a one trick pony. It just saddens me that to add injury to insult, they scope me out (Calling target on me) and once three of them are done eating me alive at once, they feel the need to add: "Scrub" "Nub a** warrior," etc after I've died. Of course when I rez up I make sure to save Bullrush and Frenzy just for them, but I'm at my wits end with some of these people.
When I die and someone kills me (especially in a 1v1) I consider it a reality check and a learning lesson. I know when I've been beaten and respect players that actually do outplay me....but....
Everyone seems to have an idea of what should be balanced and what shouldn't. After the Heartseeker/Pistol Whip nerfs to Theif, people still complain and complain about them. Not realizing that thieves, when caught unawares, get blowed up super fast (unless they're toughness/cond spec). Everyone wants Hundred Blades nerfed not realizing they can just move the hell out of the way of it.
But the worst spvp community offense so far is the amount of elitism that happens outside of the actual spvp battlegrounds.
For example: I asked about Warrior weapons, trying to find something comparatively bursty to Greatsword. A few people made some suggestions, but after I revealed that Rifle was my alternate weapon, some warrior thought that he would derail the entire discussion just to let me know that I was a fail warrior for using a Rifle, and that in tournaments, nobody uses them, and that his guild makes fun of warriors that do.
I don't know why, but this brings me all the way back to BC when I wanted to be Destruction, and killed people fairly well in BGs or 2v2, and people who got killed complained that I wasn't SL/SL and was fail for not killing them that way (probably because they're specced to counter SL/SL).
I'm still going to play my warrior, but the community is starting to take its toll on my enjoyment of structured PvP. I guess as a mostly solo player this gets to me more than people with huge or very active guilds, but as a lone wolf, I just don't spec myself for playing with others.
In any case, Guild Wars 2 is taking a disturbing turn in its spvp department. I really hope that there will not be much of a metagame for tournaments aside from maybe tactics. I enjoy trying out different things and honing those skills to be competitive with them. However, if the community continues this trend, we're going to see our favorite professions watered down into whatever is the Flavor of the Month being viable and nothing else, and I will be done with PvP at that point.