Well at SL 400 or so, magic and dexterity are popular combinations, because the crystal buffed falchion is such a good weapon. GoA is only good if you have a lot of str, dex, mag, AND faith. At 400 its better to have two really good stats, and high endurance and vitality. Also, its kinda suprising, but most pvpers wear light armor at that level, or whatever looks cool. Theres a saying: vainity over usefullness (or something like that)
Isn't level 300 around the area where the Greatsword of Artorias is the strongest though? It seems like the worst place to PvP, not only because it's near dead, but because most players are going to have the stamina to wear full Havel's and still backflip.
I prefer Demon's Souls because it ditches poise and has hyper armor instead, but Dark Souls has so much more diversity. It's pretty annoying being turtled by Scraping Spear wielders, and last time I played I got invaded by a guy with a Mercury Uchigatana and a Baby's Nail. Very discouraging encounters.
Ha haha! Yeah, claymores and zweis gallore! But the falchion is mainly seen in the higher levels of PvP, you know, where lightning zweis are joke weapons. If you ever go into NG++++++ or so and PvP at soul level 400, you'll see a lot of enchanted or crystal falchions. And pretty much everybody wears the coolest looking armor at that level, like the witch set, ninja set, and pretty much anything bad a looking. No more burger king giants
I'm actually doing PvP at SL 70 to have better matches, so I'd have to stay away from Murakumo since I'm gonna basically gouge Dexterity for max cast speed(45). But just about all of those others seem fine. Too bad non great-scythe halberds have extremely similar movesets.
To be honest though, I didn't know the Falchion was cookie cutter. It seemed like one of those viable, yet unappreciated PvP weapons. But then again, 90% of the weapons I saw were Lightning Claymores or Washing Poles wielded by burger king giants, so I don't exactly have much experience in variety.
Well, there's always The Black Bow of Pharis, a godsend in PvE, but for PvP you might wanna go with Murakumo. The only drawback is the 28 or so strength needed to wield it. Rapiers are good, especially Ricards. It is soooo fast. And you can use it with your shield up. Speaking of that, spears are pretty handy as well. The falchion is another cookie cutter for dex builds, as it is fast and doenst use much stamina to attack. (You can attack about 16 times at maxed out stamina, with the ring of favor) The Bandit's Knife is pro, if you can parry like a boss, use it. Period. This thing will wreck 60 hp tank builds. (you can take off about 70% of their hp ona parry with hornets ring) The great scythe and lifehunt scythe are awesome for any build, especially dex since they get a B in scaling. The movepool is great on the scythes as well. Other than that, the claymore works at low levels, even with a dex build since you only need 16 strength. The katanas are cookie cutters for a reason, they are pretty OP in the dex world. But anything I mentioned above is great.