For me, this means that the game is completly unbalanced.guardian helmet is pretty solid but it competes for the slot against a couple of other really strong items.
this game is rock paper scissors, some of my builds i dont care if they have a guardian helm, im more worried about killing myself from a reflect if i dont purge in time.
other builds of mine it counters, because it can clear debuffs. looking at you infernal staff...
as others have said it is in a strong but good place.
i also see a lot more hunter hoods than guardian helms these days.
Unfortanetely, some skills unviable 100% some weapons. When this happens, opponent dont have a chance against you.
Break an "E" easily is OP. This happens with purge against whispering bow, for example. But, same time, forge hammers has immunity to purge. Why?
The fact you can win easily an 1h curse with that helmet, turns that helmet broken for that situation. And in my opinion, as player, we should chase broken things and fix it.
Albion would be much more enjoyable if we have things 100% balanced.
"guardian helmet is pretty solid but it competes for the slot against a couple of other really strong items."
It makes no sense. Helmet slot competes with every helmet at same time, and Guardian helm is good enough to be chosen(and broken for that situation). It is broken if you use something that can win for sure a battle against other weapon.
The current meta at good players is ..inspect..swap..counter build..profit
If you play e.g. normal bow you are strong vs noobs, but a lame duck vs mage robe / fin chowl build
If u play 1 h curse and enemy switches guardian helmet you have to win twice
Good players not count on luck but cheat luck and have all the swap with you
SBI has yet to do a statement if their vision of the game is a .. inspect..run..counter..comeback..or if they want skill based play..not counter build based