So anyone else notice that Sword and Board is being nerfed in this pass? I guess it's just too uber? DOS has bonus PRR for equipping a shield (this is in addition to the PRR you get for being in stance). The new version not only requires wearing a shield to get the stance, but eliminates the bonus for merely using a shield.
In other words when they decided to make shield use mandatory they figured they could eliminate the incentive bonus...
BTW shield use requirement for Defender stance, means that all those Pali's using a THF weapon as a "DPS mode" no longer can be in stance with their DPS option.
Net effect is the weakest playstyle in the game is massively nerfed for no explicable reason... They lose PRR and when they put the shield away and try to contribute more than being a cockroach who's the last one to die in a wipe, they do less DPS than before, and have less HP's while they do it.
No point in rolling such a character, they are already no fun to play on Live, take away the THF DPS mode and a chunk of PRR and they are even less fun, less fun than no fun LOL.