PvP Players like Ninshu & SashEx shouldn't be used as examples to define the PvP Meta, as both have no clue of what ground rules mean. Are these two really good at all-out, guerrilla warfare, yes, they're exceptional, are they any good at Arena Settings? That remains to be seen. The reason I bring this up, is because changes in landscapes & Arenas are part of Terraria, building is just as much part of the game as swinging a sword. If these two did more Arena PvP, their perspective on balance would be welcomed, but their play styles are extremely polarizing because they somehow bully every person they fight into taking on EoL while having a 1 v 1 duel, that's cool & everything, but it's certainly not the Meta.In post moonlord, or PVP, there is no point playing any class besides melee. You could fight Ninshu, SashEx, etc, and as long as you had a Zenith and they didn't, you'd have a small chance of winning. If neither of you had a Zenith, you'd lose.
Again, these two aren't the authority on what good PvP is, because they don't care about it. Good PvP is about evolving the Metagame by implementing limitations, because at a certain point, you wanna be sure that fights are strictly skill based & that the potential for growth is constantly evolving, having a stagnant Meta is a disservice to everyone playing, which is why servers have bans on certain items. That style of play is just as valid as guerrilla warfare, only, it ensure that the Meta can evolve, by removing a LOT of the gimmicks that later gear promotes, with weapons like Starwrath & Last Prism.That isn't what ruins pvp. NinshuEx has stated that servers ruin pvp. Servers can't handle a weapon so they ban it, or servers can't handle the raw power of a player and bans them. Melee would be alright if there were final weapons for all classes. Melee is strong enough as it is, does it really need a weapon that deals 12k base dps? No other class can reach that, melee shouldn't either.
P.S. I don't wanna expose these two, so please don't try to start spreading lies & rumors, I have screenshots & receipts.