Toxicity in Wurm PvP has gotten worse over the years, because the primary non-toxic people have long quit and the consequences for acting like a prick in a kingdom are almost none, whereas in the past on Wild you could be killed and ostracized by your own kingdom for repeatedly being a prick. On epic it depended where you were, but it was never that bad we all kinda sorta got along.
Also local smack talk used to not be a thing, at all and typing in local was considered sacrilege.
Black Light on Wild even made it an official rule, and it carried on forever. "DON'T TALK IN LOCAL"