I suggest staying as far away from other players as possible until you can catch them off guard, then you suprise them and kill them and loot their items. If you can get a bow, own them from a sniper's hideout or from behind some blocks. Another idea is to lead them to lava, and push them into it.
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Don't worry about Creepers blowing up anymore! I tamed them all with TNT! Oops... KABOOM! Crap, my house!
Having Knockback combined with a Fire Aspect is useful as it continually does damage to them while simultaneously preventing them from getting close enough to do damage to you. Like Oulette said, it's annoying (but effective!).
The best tools for PvP are the one's you wouldn't neccesarily remember or expect. It's great to be good with a bow, and know to block with a sword, but some of the best strategies are those that no one remembers or uses, because they're so sudden and unexpected.
1)Unorthodox weapons. Lava buckets are the best; run away and then plop down some lava, picking it back up later. Water also works to impede attackers' progress. Flint and steel works in the same way, if you run out of lava buckets.
2) Enderpearls. One aspect that's severely underrated is using enderpearls. Throw it behind the enemy, and they won't expect a thing when you start wailing at them from behind, so much so that it will make up for the damage you take when you use it.
3)Potions. Use potions a lot. Splash potions are much better in every way: if you want to use a potion on yourself, such as a potion of instant health, then throw it at your feet, when the enemy isn't right there. Always have a splash potion of poison available at the start.
4)Selection bar. Make sure your selection bar is strategized. You want to have the right combination of items, sure, but you also want to have them in the right order. If your potions of health are 4 spaces away from your sword, then it could cost you if you need to quickly use it. Instead, have your potions 1 space away from the items you use, so that you can scroll easily to them.
5)Wolves. With a small pack of puppies, you can really take down any opponent in seconds.
6)Traps. If you're defending, you can make use of tripwires really well. They won't notice a thing. Again, tripwires are the ultimate defensive tool. Hook them up to TNT, dispensers (arrows, water, or lava), pistons with holes, skeletons in minecarts. You can have so much fun with tripwires in this way. Just make sure to place them strategically.
7)Enchantments. Make sure your bow and sword have good enchantments. Fire aspect is really good, plus knockback is even better.
Anyways, that's all I can think of right now. Hope this helps!
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I'd advise not moving backwards when attacking someone head-on. Lag results in them hitting you instead of you hitting them. Instead, you should always move forwards and attempt to knock them back with several series of chain hits, resulting in less damage taken and more damage dealt.
If the server has mcMMO use unarmed to disarm them, then take their sword while using yours to kill them. Unarmed's disarm skill can make them drop anything so you can disarm them while they use a bow and get a few hits off them. Also, remember to strafe and never bring anything you won't need, because if you die, it's gone. The best things you can bring are, about 10 pieces of cooked meat, a few golden apples, a lava bucket, a water bucket, poison potions, an enchanted sword, bow, and axe, and some diamond armor. The best enchantments for swords are, fire aspect, sharpness, and knockback. All of the bow enchantments are good for pvp. None of the axe enchantments are that good for pvp uses. The only armor enchantment that is good for pvp is protection IV. I like to have my inventory in this order.
Basic knowledge is potions. They ignore armor, and tier II instant harming potions can kill anyone in two hits. Best not to use poison, because if they're prepared, they'll have milk. If potions aren't available, bunny hop, circle strafe, and parry-hit. Also, start to charge your enemy and hop to their side just outside of hitting range to get a few extra hits.
Don't underestimate the level 1 enchantments, it only takes 1-2 monster kills to get to level 1 (or 3-4 animals)
Just as a small guide, +1 protection enchantments on full iron armor reduces damage from all sources (except ones that ignore armor) by about 30% and knockback enchantments can be given on swords at only level 1.
Just a few other tips:
1. Sprinting and jumping at the same time is a bit faster than just sprinting (but it uses twice the food)
2. To block-attack left and right click AT THE SAME TIME, not alternatively! (it'll slow you down in a chase)
3. When being chased, NEVER LOOK BACK, if you really need to know if the coast is clear, turn towards a flat patch of land (so you don't need to jump) and press f5 twice while still holding W, this will turn your camera backward but maintain your controls, press f5 again to go back to normal view.
1) Don't underestimate your gear. - Sure, wood swords are the weakest weapons in the game, but they do an impressive amount of damage to someone who has no armor. And if used with enough skill, you can end up winning, and getting better gear!
2) Don't get cocky. - One of the worst things you can do is to get cocky, especially with diamond armor. If you start battling someone with iron armor, don't let them attack you for a while and then attack back. Getting hit disorients you aim, and knocks you back, so they might end up having the upper hand.
3) Protect yourself! - Unfortunately, there are no shields in Minecraft, but there is armor! Even if you only have a small amount of armor, that still reduces damage. Even if the armor didn't protect you well, and you ended up with half a heart, you can live to mine another day.
4) Watch your flanks. - A big amount of deaths in Minecraft is getting sneak-attacked. Always look behind you and to your sides to see if someone is following you. Doing so may give you enough time to run, or to prepare for battle.
5) Always have a sword at hand. No matter where you are, whether it's just out for a stroll, or mining, always have a sword in your hotbar for quick access. A good tip is to have your sword in the first slot in your hotbar. That way, you can just press 1 and know your sword is there.
I can keep going, but I think that the forums will not allow me.
Please note: The following tips don't apply to 24/7 vanilla survival servers, as people can just raid you while you are logged out. This is assuming that you are playing on a factions server or a server with limited uptime (such as mine).
In one-on-one combat, it's a good idea to constantly step left and right to confuse your enemy. You should sprint towards them, jump, then stop sprinting right before you hit them so that they aren't knocked far away. If you knock them far from you, if gives them time to recover and makes it harder to continue hitting them.
In group combat, it's all about formation and placement. Try to form a curve with all of your people facing the same way, as this makes it far more difficult for your target to dodge or run. If you are facing an enemy formation, form a "spearhead" shape and charge straight into the enemy formation. Leave a few people off to the left and right to take out the stragglers.
Archers are usually underrated, as most people are poor at it. The thing about archery in Minecraft is that it requires a lot of natural skill, and even more training. Bows are incredibly powerful damage-wise, and have range on their side as well. Stand on a high point, such as a tree, hill, or tower, where it is difficult to reach you.
When it comes to base defense, you need to remember that no structures are invincible, and are easily torn down in mere seconds (Obsidian is exempt from this, as an obsidian structure is difficult to damage beyond usability).
The smartest thing to do is create structures that either:
a.) Encourage your enemy to go in a certain direction as opposed to digging to you. This won't work too well against an informed enemy, as they will already have a plan created that usually involves burrowing. Against uninformed/panicked enemies, however, this works very well.
b.) Make it impossible for your enemy to burrow.
The second one is superior to the first, as it works against even informed enemies. The easiest ways to do this are by using a floating base (the new height limit makes these feasible), or by making towers with long, thin stairways that are difficult to navigate quickly. Since the enemy can't dig to you and is forced to fight under your terms, they are incredibly hindered and will be more easily dispatched. If you are not worried about their drops, you can just poor lava down the staircase.
Even if they pillar up to you, they will be screwed because you can just shoot arrows at them and knock them off of their pillar.
Just be careful who you challenge.Some diamond people may be donators with god swords..... GOOD LUCK!
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