Something I've never noticed before I know it's crazy to max block with Spirit shield, but let's just say we're going to do it:smiley:. Now we all think that Spirit should only be made in Monarch, because the str requirements of the other two possible 4os shields are too high. Actually I just realized that Ward has str requirement 185, but with 44% blocking. As a comparison, Monarch has str requirement 156 with 40% blocking. For max blocking at lvl99, we need 387 dex for Monarch and 353 dex for Ward. So as you can see, even though you need 29 more points in str to use Ward, you actually save 34 points in dex! The break-even point is around lvl85; above that, max-blocking with Ward actually requires less points than Monarch. Maxing block with Spirit isn't very realistic after all, a better case might be some melee build using Dream/Dragon/Phoenix shield and targeting for 65% block, the break-even point is just at lvl99. So basically the higher block you target for, the lower the break-even level, and vice versa. But consider how cool it is for a sorc to use Ward, it might be worth some extra points:wink3:. P.S.: for the rich, eth Ward can be used, which should be cheap as dirt.