We will see next week when the pally, monk, etc. gets released because according to the devs the preview will be slightly different then what people have seen for monk or pally on lammania thus far. The fighter defender does appear to be mostly for shield, but then again dwarves can get that so perhaps this is some sort of balancing on dwarves. Doubt it, but until they release the previews which say shield bearer only for the paladin class as well then keeping open mind. Currenly have a drow lt armor shield bearing tank 18 paladin 2 monk which I would not mind switching back to two weapon fighting so keeping an open mind.