I'm in the process of building a pure Fighter and while I'll be very tough against physical damage, I expect elemental damage to be a significant problem.
So, in an effort to mitigate for this I'm considering getting Shield Deflection to gain a 40% chance to completely ignore elemental effects, while blocking.
This leaves me with 3 initial questions -
1) If I "tumble" forward while shield blocking, am I still blocking during that small hop? ie: Would Shield Deflection work for this?
2) Is the Shield Deflection description accurate? It reads that it gives you a % chance to COMPLETELY ignore elemental damage. I just don't want to get it to find out that "completely ignore" really means completely ignore the % of the damage stated in the description.
3) Do high level elemental damage spells often give out audio/visual queues so that I'll have time to block some of these huge nukes? Currently, at level 4 the majority of elemental spells are nearly instant and come with no audio warning.
However, I did the Inlet quest on elite and the Kobold cook used what I assume to be Icestorm which I could have thrown up a block for. Do other higher level spells act more liek this or more like melf's/MM/scorchers?