You're doing it wrong. I played destro for all my of time in DFO, RoA alpha and beta, and I destroyed above average mages all the time. Armor should be the LAST thing to focus on in your pvp gear. WEAPONS are the real game changers for a destro, specifically your melee weapon. This was my standard pvp gear set: Justicebringer (r60 GS) Silverbranch (r70 bow) Plate set with stamina efficiency Yes, you read that right. I would use r60 and r70 weapons in a PLATE SET. A keened Justicebringer will kill a mage in bone set in 6-7 back hits. Your WEAPON is what makes you a threat, this is what makes your stickybacks so deadly. Better armor only allows you a higher margin of error, allowing you to miss more bow shots as you close in to melee range. If you get a good stickyback off, you could be NAKED and kill a mage in 5 seconds, as long as you are using a good weapon. Your priority for building a gear set should be: weapon > arcane jewelry > stam efficiency enchant > armor NEVER wear a FP set unless you have an r60 melee weapon. Preferably with keen. Save your selentine for SILVERBRANCHES, until you have a good stockpile of them built up. Don't even think about wearing a full plate set until you have atleast r60 weapons, arcane jewelry, and stam efficiency enchant on your chest.