12/04/2012 10:29 AMPosted by SaitharisBasically. The Runeblade (even though we have rune axes, maces and warhammers in the hands of players) is the iconic Death Knight weapon. When a Death Knight is created, he's given a runesword to seal the pact, or whatever. It's the focus he channels his power through. A 'Rune Shield' wouldn't fit with their image.
The Warhammer is the paladins iconic weapon of choice. Why can't paladins use warhammers to heal or tank. Back in Strat, at least during Vanilla, Dathrohan dropped a 2-H healing hammer. It'd be nice for that itemization to come back.
And I think Death Knights minimize damage and uses what pain he feels to empower his or her strikes, and as a consequence, self heals. The block would reduce these self-heals and make the Death Knight a less efficient tank overall.