I'm sure I'm not alone in my opinion that we shield-wielding classes could have REALLY used new high end shield recipes with Great River. Simply put, almost all of the high end shields (crafted or otherwise) I've come across in my travels have required some serious compromises stat-wise. I feel it's this way with a LOT of the high end armour, to be honest (why make a guardian choose between tons of might or tons of vitality, for example? Why not moderate amounts of each?).
Anyway, I have yet to investigate any potential for improvement when RoR launches. I'm keeping my fingers and my smithing hammer crossed though.
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