I remember breaking into the 100+ bracket when all I had was a transmitter to my name, I got crushed, could barely survive deathmatchs and somehoe I could aid in the dom matches by running around and capturing.
Because I never bought a second ship up to that point, on the first week of my second month of playing the blade ship went up for sale and I picked it up. (I took the advice from higher levels to heart)
Though It took me all the way to level 110 before I started cracking into it, my first dm victory after entering the bracket came at level 115 I believe.
Though by the point I reached level 120 I was already pretty competent at it, no longer being easy prey to the juggernauts that were pete and baba.
The main difference between the brackets is that the competent people doing the 100+ all run at least 50% all resist, they maxed their elite techs on their ship stats and on their 5 weapons used to pvp.
It's just the barrier to entry, it's the grind apart from the number shown to the side of your name.
If you really want to crack into the pvp then you have to do the homework required.
Ingame isn't really good for getting advice unless you got a private line to a high end player or if your clan is willing to dish out good advice on the setups.
I've rambled enough, here's the question: Do you want to get into pvp matches to the point you actually enjoy them?
I'm assuming you're on a hard spot for flux, so here's the 4 budget (sort-of) ships that can perform well on pvp:Bionic Larva
: This is one of the harder ships to use, it's a reward from a long mission chain and only gets any usefull after you complete the mission chain.Medic C2
: This one an easy thing to use, somewhat good durability and the keystone of many flat setups. Don't worry about the -30% to all damage when it packs the +75% rof couple with a decent durability and an affordable price point.Assassin T29
: This one is on the paper side, with a strong weapon and the ability to cloak, as long as you can cloak outside of the enemy's view range you have the element of surprise, sure it's not as strong as the shadow, but it's considerably more durable and is a bit more than half the price.Nexar Blade
: You just complained about how you're supposed to compete with those and here I am suggesting you to pick up one for yourself. The blade is one of the kings of PvE and a really effective PvP ship with the right weapons. Main problem with suggesting this one is that the ship only goes up for sale once per 4 months, last sale was last month.
You should save up the flux and consider a new ship, the eagle eye isn't gonna hold a candle in the 100+ bracket.
Meanwhile, yes, you should continue trying to pvp, get the daily, that extra pod will be worth it and getting 1k pvp points will net you an extra 300 flux at the end of the month.
Not much else I can add here, I've lived through the struggle you're currently on. There's no shortcuts and I'm glad that the bracket is as large as it is, can you imagine the folks who deliberately stay at level 99 then moving to level 119 and eventually killing that bracket off as well?