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The armor never breaks, but is crappy, however...it never breaks; whereas non-guard/staff armor does.
According to the minecraft wikia: http://www.minecraft....net/wiki/Armor , (I am disregarding armor protection because I do not understand the mechanics and math. Biggest rock best rock)
Full chain gives 12/20 armor points.
Full diamond gives 20/20 armor points.
Obviously from a first glance, full diamond > full chain.
However, full diamond on non staff have durability of helmet: 364, chestplate: 529, leg: 496, boots: 430.
A non-staff pvper would be at a major disadvantage should one not carry additional armor AND if their armor breaks. Protection, as far as I know, does not prevent an item from losing a durability; as only unbreaking does that.
So if the diamond helmet or boots break, the pvper would only have 14/20 armor points; of which is only 2/20 better than full chain.
And when the armor breaks, the damage taken goes up, even if it is slightly; but sometimes, a 1/2 heart or 1 heart damage can mean victory or defeat.
Staff armor will never break, which means that the staff will take consistent damage over time (Again, ignoring damage modifiers.) and not have to worry about re-equipping armor.
In the heat of battle, one might forget to reequip armor (But that could also be the player's fault); thus, the non-staff pvper might be pvping without full diamond and eventually even reach the same armor points as a guard with regards to protection or less. (but they usually dies before that or takes a jail)
So where do we go from here?
Well, a guard mindset would be to exterminate the threat, worry about health, and [add something here if I am forgetting or missing something].
A non-staff pvper would have to exterminate the threat, worry about health, worry about armor, and worry about prison rules should they wish to avoid a jail.
What does a guard have to lose? Their enchanted sword (if they choose to carry one), and any other items besides spawned potions.
What does a free have to lose? Sword, armor, and any other item.
A free risks slightly more than what a guard has to risk, but I am not saying either is not risking anything at all besides the guard(s) who spawns with just the default equipment.
Obviously you can feel free to disagree as I am not a world renowned pvper or some title like that, although I do believe that a good pvper does not equal to an overpowered pvper.
I do not believe someone hacked it, I think the owner re-claimed their account.
Im saying our armor which is protection IV is worse than the diamond armor of the frees. It is nice not to have to worry about losing armor to damage thoughBecause the diamond armor is almost always prot IV or Prot III