You are one funny dude! I really enjoyed watching some of your videos.
I was just wondering why you would pick "Melee Battlegrounds" and "Reign of Kings" above Warband for skill based?
Looks like Melee just has a few more swing directions without any other classes. No game play or anything to be found about fighting or blocking or anything. Warband has clan matches and weekend cups with tons of strategy in mind. Also keeping in mind what to buy to beat opponents. Like in a 8 vs 8 clan match where the other team has 6 cav its a players skill to either get good with throwing javelins or have knowledge how cav work and use a spear or pike. Then there are different game modes within Warband that makes you get a different mindset in order to become better and hence changing you approach on skill. Melee Battlegrounds does not feature any of this...
Reign of Kings
Again a game with maybe more eye candy but from what I saw it just has a few more features to offer. Are there things like feints, counters, chambers, weapon speed perks, weapon lengths, ... that can alter how a melee fight is going down? Very curious how this game takes 1st based on skill.
Great questions man, and totally valid. I've been in the Melee Battlegrounds closed dev alpha for a while now, there is indeed 8 attacks and 8 blocks, and they have some new modes which are very exciting. I think to be completely honest here, Mount & Blade could be #1 on the list, but I do believe when a new game comes out or is coming out, sometimes it's good to put it up high on the list as to get people talking, discussion as well as critique as to why it "should be #1".
I think at this point in time, Melee Battlegrounds has a huge amount of potential so that's why it's up high on the list. When Bannerlord comes out, Warband and Bannerlord will most likely be in the top 3, but again the list here is really about skill based player vs player combat and I believe all 3 titles, Melee, Bannerlord and Warband are doing it right.
As for Reign of Kings, it's really Chivalry combat with Minecraft/Rust building elements. Why Reign of Kings takes the cake for April is A. It's a new release with very brutal PvP scenarios and B. There are some very cool and brand new features in this game which have not been seen in any other game, ie. taking over the throne, reigning as king, taxing the server, bullet time arrows, hanging players, beheading players, capturing players & putting them in player built cages, just a lot of hardcore griefing that again is skill based at the end of the day. I don't think Reign of Kings will be #1 forever, but for this Month, in my opinion at least it definitely takes the cake.
Last but not least, yes, Reign of Kings has Feints, counters, chambers, weapon speeds and lengths, its very skill based, but the combat just takes a bit of getting used to. It will be similar to Chivalry where you use the mouse wheel for a top-down swing or thrust. I hope this helps a bit in answering your questions.