Do you feel like the shield is viable off hand weapon? for both guardian and warrior?
(a topic on the official forums made me think about this issue)
does the 91 extra toughness (when traited...) really make any difference?
how many times you thought, "well I like the shield, I want my character to wield a shield..."
but instead taking mace or focus? because they just perform better?
we all have a good shield in the backpack, to use sometimes... or just to wear when we standing in lions arch... but does anybody use the shield as his main off hand?
what is the PVP state of shield?
it feels like everyone running GS or hammer (except the healway guardian who use sword/focus, yet no shield)
what is the PVE state of shield?
just to read the majority of the posts here (like 'how to properly build a warrior' etc...)
you can learn that tanking / support builds are a big no-no in high level content and DPS is the way to go, and shield is tanking/support weapon.
(personally I love the tanking /healing builds but I am under lvl 20 in fractals so my opinion might not count... and i still dont use shield as a main offhand)
what I think:
warrior shield 4 is inferior to mace 5, both have the same CD (20 sec traited)
mace 5 have 1200 range, its AOE and two seconds knockdown.
shield 4 has 300 range (one quarter!) and its just interrupt (I don't know what else you can call a 1 sec stun... )
would like to see it with longer leap range (600) or longer stun duration...
shield 5 is OK, 3 sec block and missile reflection when traited and doesn't root you.
but still feels situational... cant say really why... either the short block duration , or the long skill CD... or the lack of any offensive component in the skill... fixing any of these will make the skill more attractive.
shield 4 is good AOE Damage, the protection component is kind of uncomfortable, as it is a short cone in front of yourself, in order to be efficient you must position yourself facing your group when the enemies are between you. lets say it "requires skill" to use it properly.
would like to see the protection buff a AOE circle instead of a cone.
shield 5 is niche skill... the knock back is nice in WWW, but the skill roots you in place for four seconds! unless you detonate the shield, then you heal ... nothing... because everybody else doing their thing paying no attention to your shield.. and protect nothing...
the shield itself is only missile protection... too long CD, 4 sec root, no block (missile absorption only)..
focus 5 is just superior, same four seconds, block everything not only missiles, doesn't root you, explodes for high damage and blast finisher on activation!
would like to see either the shield reflect missiles, or block everything (like mini sanctuary utility) or doesn't root you in place so you can retain your mobility while using this skill.
what do you think?
lalangamenaMember Since 17 Aug 2012
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