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Being able to pledge clans to other clans. I call it clanception!Next we'll have umbrella clans, shell clans...
My understanding of that situation is that the elemental degrades over time after the initial binding, sort of like its being absorbed. Someone with some Lore-thority might need to confirm this, though.Which elemental bit? Do you mean the brands?Yup
Is EQ crown necessary for 1v1? I hear consensus that this is the case for upper tier viability.EQ crown will be necessary if you want to be a top tier pvp combatant. But this is true for any EQ class.
Is Archivist even any good in 1v1?It's a new class (the newest) and its not very heavily used in PVP at the moment, so the nuisances are still being worked out. It has a few issues, but like all classes, these are constantly being ironed out through the classleads process.
How do you mitigate damage? The class looks like it has very little defensive options.The class is extremely strong defensively. Being able to wield a shield in combat, wear average strength armour, split damage between health and mana, passively cure afflictions, and HoT.
How important is INT as a stat for the class?INT determines your mana (used for abilities, and mitigating damage), as well as the damage caused by your main attack. It's a fairly important attribute.