I prepared few PVP tips and hints which I use.
1) Best or Worst?
I usually use only stone/iron sword. You have to choose: will you risk whit the best armour/sword/potions you have or wear/use something cheap. When using the best you have to be careful if there is someone better than you (You can think you have the best, but there is always somebody better than you, in strategy or weapons).
I usually see some people (noobs) that carry all looted items around and lose everything when killed. To prevent this (if you have something valuable like enchanted sword/armour, diamond etc.) I do /exit and leave the loot in ender chest at Games spawn.
3) Planning and Strategy
It is never good to go full-frontal attack on player running whit your sword in you hand at him. Maybe there is some stronger player/sniper behind him waiting for somebody to come there. Always stop for a moment (only if not in the middle of the fight) and take a better look at the situation.
Make your own strategy! Maybe team up whit your close friend who is going to sit in the ambush whit a bow. Here are some my strategies:
-Stand on a solid block so in front of you is "sea" of sole sand (which slows enemies)
-Find a good "sniping spot" (e.g. on a top of a tower)
-Listen for other player's footsteps
-Never pick-up fights you can't win...
3a) Here are few actual tactics
1)Round and round
-This basic tactic can help you avoid some damage from your enemy. Instead of standing in front of him just circle around him and hit him.
2)Hit and run
-If you are using a bow don't stand still! Target an enemy whit bow and shot it. While arrow is flying quickly move to next spot and fire again. This will hopefully disorientate your enemy making him an easy prey.
-In Minecraft you can deal more damage if you hit something (or someone) while jumping. Find a low "bridge" in PVP and wait for someone to pass. When he is close jump at him a strike him. This tactic is used good whit Spectre tactic.
-This is also a tricky tactic requiring a good knowledge of terrain around you. You will also probably need a speed potion. Hide in a cave or hole near the path where players tend to pass. When someone passes by get out of cave run at him (whit CTRL) and hit him. Then hide in other cave while your weapon restores. Hopefully player won't know what happened and won't be able to find you. Then repeat the process again.
-Another hypothetical tactic, although it is possible. You will need a weapon whit knockback for this. Stand near a lava lake or a very deep hole and wait till the player charges on you. Then move aside and "push" him into the lava. You won't get a kill, but who cares you will kill someone (just joking about that caring part).
-I don't think this works on server, but never mind. So this is a bit risky because you can get hurt too. Hit a pigmen and lead the horde to other player/s and then quickly run away. No kill again, sadly.
-Doesn't guarantee to work. Be careful! Throw an valuable item on some place which is not easily accessible (like top of a hill whit vertical slopes) and wait for a player to try to reach it. While he climbs or walks to it just attack him whit something ranged.
-Similar as Spectre only here you use chorus fruit to relocate. Watch out if you have lava nearby.
Pigmans are mobs that can be found in PVP. If you don't have good weapons don't fight a group of pigmans (especially if they have enchanted swords). If you have good weapons, of course, you can kill them (you even maybe win their enchanted word, if they have).
5) Teaming Up
This can make your life much easier or much harder. Never team up whit people you don't know well (they ask for team in global chat, send random messages...) cause they may turn on you when you get something valuable. Team up whit a close friend or somebody you know very well and who helped you before.
6) 1.9 & 1.10 Changes to PVP (Noob Corner)
The two new version of Minecraft bring a huge changes to way players fight. Here is a PVP changelog:
-All weapons now have attack speed
-Axes and swords have new attacks (sweep attack & crushing blow attack)
-Sword's sweep attack can deal damage to multiple mobs/players.
-Axe's crushing blow deals more damage and disables shields.
-Added shields which can protect player from damage done my attacks.
-Items can be hold in both hands (using "F")
-Added elytra (used for gliding and some sort of "flying")
-Added chorus fruit which can teleport you to random location near you when eaten
-Added auto-jump option
-Added new arrow types
6) PVP Commands (Noob Corner)
/portal-opens up portal where you can select PVP world (Diamond sword)
/exit-Gets you out of PVP (you must stand still for 5 seconds)
-Post more commands in comments if I missed any-
I hope this helped you,
Edited by SkyCapitan, 15 October 2016 - 12:13 PM.