The openworld PVP and griefing is no where near as bad as it was in the begging or as it is in other games imo (thinking of Archeage). Also, the very good thing with BDO is that there is an upper cap for the gear and no elite raid requirements. If you get Tri on your gear you will be competitive... and if you keep playing, even taking it slow then you will get this. Playing consistently you are guaranteed to get the same gear as the PVPers. You will just arrive there a bit later.
They have even introduced a shard system for the world bosses to get your end-game weapons. If you collect 100 shards then you can turn those in and get the weapon.
They have also made the Olivia channels for new and returning players who are not leveled. The channels give you a 200% experience boost so that you can catch up. Other players who are leveled cannot enter these channels, so you will not be competing with overleveled players at the good grind spots for experience. It is a very good system imo :)
» Edited on: 2016-12-01 20:29:04