cheated and teamed with **** clans like pot to compete until you picked up enough members to become relevant, where you then started the scummy ddosing/hacking because you couldn't beat anyone decent legitimately.
From personal experience in nme: youd lose in F2p consecutively for about 2-3 months even while using mains. Then started the same in p2p after saying how bad we were in the server. your battlescape warlord/callers got clowned so you had to call frozen fury to help you vs a 70% F2p clan. Claimed superiority when all of nmes relevant leaders quit the game.
You were good at doing everything you could to win / pissing people off which seemed bad back then but in retrospect I don't really care, it was a **** computer game.