Did you forget how awful Glad's Bane was... and Wiz Spike, and Schaefer's Hammer, and B-Star, and Lightsabre... and a ton more I'm forgetting. These were all things you just left on the ground, now most of them are end-game items
The only decent ones were Windforce, Eaglehorn (to a lesser extent), Stormshield, Grandfather, Doombringer (arguable), Veil of Steel (SP only), and Arkaine's Valor (SP only)... Windforce being the only real end-game item.
... wonder what ever happened to Dreamflange and Demonspike Coat....
Ah that's the one alright...didn't think it was veil of steel, but how the hell am I supposed to remember a name like that, when I only ever ID'd it once after discovering the trick to using it for a dark mage (the correct term for which I can't remember, but playing with -x light radius so monsters can't see you and stocking up on infrared scrolls).
+170-220% Enhanced Defense (varies)
+250-300 Defense vs. Missile (varies)
+10-15 To Strength (varies)
+10-15 To Vitality (varies)
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
+40-50 Maximum Stamina (varies)
+1-2 To Offensive Auras (Paladin Only)
At first glance you are thinking heh not bad at all what is this fool talking about... Then you may notice the 232 str requirement! Holy crap! You show me a paladin with 232 str and still have enough life to actually live untill lvl 74 lol. Even if you do just stick to nm baals to equip this piece of crap, the 2nd you fight a hard enemy in hell that 700-800 life is not gonna cut it. Even getting more than 120 str is getting risky with a pally since you need all the extra life you can get!
Simple answer to that problem: -15% req jewel the thing. Should be 198 strength requirement giving you about 34 base points you can soak into Vita before 74 and then begin maxing out the strength and Hel rune the thing to be worn whenever you get the 232. Other than that - Max Damage LC's of Strength.
My most hated item in all of D2X is the stupid Harlequin Crest. Thing is not all that rare, is regarded as the best helm for a sorc, and has absolutely no enhanced defense or any base resistances, but gives a whopping +2 to all attributes. That's just foolish in my opinion.
I can play privates whenever I want.
I can't mod Naj's Light Plate to be good for an ACoWPB mage rather than a tank >_<
Unless I played open/SP.
Infact that'd kill two birds with one stone.
But then I couldn't have a dead char at #1 on the sin ladder.