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Bara, this is what im trying to get some discussion on, there is no reason to use a shield currently.
currently there really is no way to mitagate dmg on a high scale not bound to a skill/rune on a timer, you have to build your toon to be as offensive as possible and stack LS LOH as high as possible.
Edited by Cakes#6385 on 3/6/2013 8:18 PM PST
How about special legendary shields that can occasionally cast skills, but mainly defensive ones, such us
Smoke Shield: smoke screen (DH skill) for 1s
Spiritual Shield: spirit walk (WD skill) for 2s
Crystall Shield: crystal shell (Wiz skill) for 2s
Painless Shield: ignore pain (Barb skill) for 2s
Holy Shield: serenity (Monk skill) for 1s
...whenever hit but no more than once every 180s
Ice Shield: slows down melee attackers within 5 yards by 10%
Some weapons already have some ads such as "protected by lightning", "casts inner sanctuary", which would make good sense on a shield.
I like also the idea of the shield casting a visible aura for that. :)
Let shields also deal with arcane beams (not the center of it, just the beam). It doesn't need to block it completely, but a part of it. To dodge it partly should be possible, too, imo. Hey, it's just a beam you could jump over, right?
And if a shield should/could include some damage, than this way (apart from main stats and cc):
Reflector Shield: reflects part (maybe 5%) of all the damage back to the attacker
Phoenix Shield: flames come out of the shield and do some additional damage
The designs of the shields could look according to the special skill that it grants.
LS I wouldn't really include, but maybe some LoH and life regen.
(All numbers are just examples and not seriously thought over. I just used them to make my idea clear.)
Edited by Forelle#1338 on 3/6/2013 8:51 PM PST
They took a page out of EAs playbook. Why provide new content when you can recycle the old? Much easier to just remove features, blame the new system for it, then readd everything you've already had in the past over time for more $. Makes developing a game much easier.
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