The problem with classic Ballista was that it ran on a defined schedule, and if the scheduled match didn't have enough people, it just didn't happen.
They made the entry barriers for the other variation, Brenner in Abju-tab whatever it was called, far too high for a casual to participate. If you weren't already part of a Ballista group, you were out of luck. They also gave it a terrible name no one could spell.
Pankration aka FFXI Pokemon was about as fun as chocobo racing. That is, it wasn't that much fun. About the only time I can recall having fun with Panky stuff was when one of our pullers took a picture of Tzee Xicu Idol in Dynamis right before he died. That was pretty lulzy - and after that we made a rule about not taking hanky panky pictures of the boss in Dynamis when you were supposed to be killing the boss. (Stats were meh from them anyway.)
I hope that the designated group PVP zones or however they do it is easy to get involved in, easy to access, and just good clean silly fun. Like you enter a zone, randomly get assigned "red" or "blue" upon entry, and just go have a slugfest on the enemy team. Getting KO'd boots you out of the arena with a five minute cooldown. Give it insane conditions randomly, like some of the dumber floors of Nyzul Isle ("For this round, white magic is restricted!" "For this round, the weather is cloudy with a chance of meatballs!")
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck: Retired December 2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest and Taprara Rara on Lamia Server - Member of The Swarm Curator of the XIV Wallpapers Tumblr
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.
and the XIV Fashion Tumblr