I've noticed since the market has globally crashed, people have gotten more powerful in pk. This is due to uniques being cheaper. ROLs, +8, +9 weapons, armour etc are common merchant items now. People have more health, more ac, more resists and hit harder. Granted, those who are low in coins don't get any stronger but those who have profited from the pre market crash with tons of gbs are living it up.
This could be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. On one hand, non 'baba shoppers' have a chance to catch up, but on the other hand, makes the game now more of who has what items (well it sort is that way anyways