Throughout the course of levelling and raiding in World of Warcraft, it's safe to say that each character goes through enough weapons and gear to arm two small armies. From ridiculously oversized maces, sexy swords, daggers, or gigantic, hideously dangerous looking axes, there are a plethora of awesome weapons.
And there is nothing more satisfying than bashing your enemies face with your favourite one.
I gave this topic a lot of thought. I get emotionally attached to my characters, and especially to their appearance. In thinking about it I realized that I did have a favourite weapon, and even though it is one that you can't put Crusader on it's great fun to bash people in the face with it.
I was really disappointed when Blizzard took Shield of the Righteous away from Holy Paladins and made it only for those silly Protection Pallys. During Wrath of the Lich King I tried to heal every heroic boss in melee range so that I could whack him in the bum with my giant, spiky piece of arm candy once in a while. It was very satisfying.
I learned that I had a fondness for shields when I got to Northrend with my Warrior and decided to try out tanking. I loved the way that Protection played, even during questing. The noise that Shield Slam made was the sound of distilled awesome. I bashed and devastated my way all the way to level 80.
I turned out to be a lousy tank, but my warrior is still Protection, simply because I enjoy the playstyle and the fact that I get to wear a shield. There is nothing cooler looking than a two-and-a-half foot Gnome carrying a six foot tall chunk of wood.
|Equipping this shield gives +100 Awesome|
I have this shield on my Paladin main, Thosif. I levelled Thosif as a Retribution Paladin, but I armed him with the Battleworn Thrash Blade and a shield. In terms of levelling efficiency, spec synergy or common sense it didn't really work, and frankly I'm not sure why I didn't just pick up a Protection spec and go to town on 10 mobs at once.
But damn, Thosif looked cool.
In order to get this shield I spent the vast majority of levels 50-60 in Arathi Basin, farming Honor points. I hate PVP with a passion, but I really wanted this shield so I sucked it up and spent a lot of time watching the Resurrection timer in The Stable graveyard. I finally got it, and I kept it equipped for most of Outlands until I finally switched to Holy. It is still in my bank, and it's one of the few items that I keep purely for sentimental reasons.
Luckily, Holy also gets to have a shield. Probably my most thrilling drop of WotLK was when the Lost Pavise of the Blue Flight dropped off of Sindragosa, and one of the weirdest moment of Cataclysm so far was when I replaced it with a rather boring looking off-hand healing sceptre.
I'm now using the Elementium Stormshield, which has awesome stats but doesn't look anywhere near as cool as the Grand Marshal's Aegis or the Lost Pavise.
But I just wish I could bash someone in the face with it.