With sure steps, the heroic paladin dashes over the open field. Her exotic build and glowing eyes mark her as one of the noble race of Draenei. And her heavy plate armor embedded with crystals further denotes her as a paladin. Across the expanse, the paladin charges to a fallen comrade. She kneels down and quickly casts a healing spell upon her ally. The figure stirs as it’s wounds begin to heal.
But the enemy is not gone! With a bloodthirsty shout, the orc raises it’s axe to behead the righteous paladin. The draenei swiftly raises her arm, but instead of a protecting shield like usual, she carries a rather useless tome. The orc’s axe carves right through the book and into the paladin and she is slain.
“Back again?” The spirit healer questions.
“Yeah,” answers the draenei glumly, “I can’t take any hits anymore without dying.”
“While I might not be an expert, I would really recommend investing in a shield,” offered the spirit healer.
“Yeah, but this book has got such better stats! It’s even Warforged!” counters the draenei.
“Honey, Holy Paladins just aren’t meant to use books. Ignore the stats and go back to your shield. You’ll thank me later,” the spirit healing wisely advised, “Or rather, you won’t because you and I will barely ever meet.”
“Thanks for the advice Mrs. Spirit Healer!”
“Any time Fussypants.”
The draenei returns to the living world. But before she charges once more into battle, she pulls out her trusty shield and returns it to her arm where it belongs. With a satisfied smile, Fussypants once more ventures forth to heal her allies.
There are very few stipulations I have when I play Warcraft. I’ll play every race and almost every class. I’ll play any faction on any realm. I’ll play any role and any part of the game. But what I will not do, is wield an offhand other than a shield on my holy paladin.
It’s just not right. Holy paladins are the protectors of the light and of the injured. And we can’t go about protecting when we’ve got some pathetic lantern dangling at our side. A holy paladin needs her trusty shield. That shield saves her life while she saves the lives of others.
But Fussypants, you might be thinking, paladins use Librams which are books! Surely you can transmog a book offhand! Yes it is true that paladins carry librams. However, if you remember back, the libram didn’t replace the shield. It was alongside of it. Paladins can carry books, that I don’t care about. But they have to carry that shield. Book or no book, the shield must be there.
And if you are thinking about the BC cinematic as an example of a paladin libram, let me point out to you that that is Maraad, who is a ret paladin. I honestly don’t care what those good for nothing but face smashing melee boys are up to, I speak only about holy paladins. And holy paladins must use a shield.
The stats are of no importance to me. If it ain’t a shield, I ain’t wearing it. This is why, to the chagrin of my guild, I continue to wear my ilvl 670 shield instead of the 691 offhand that I have. I cannot disgrace my holy paladin with that disgusting offhand.
Holy paladins are meant for shields, just like peanut butter is meant for for jelly. Sure you can have them apart, but they aren’t as good. And you certainly can’t pair mayonnaise with peanut butter, it’s gotta be the jelly. Just as holy paladins can go offhand-less (not as good) but they can’t use a book (nasty). With the shield, paladins become an amazing juggernaut of healing power!
This is where I draw my line and not even the Naaru can move me. Holy Paladins must have shields. In order to heal those we care about, we must be able to protect ourselves!
(Yes, I wrote this whole thing to validate keeping my shield on my paladin. Sometimes I don’t get why my guild still keeps me on the raid team :P)