After a bit of testing i've concluded that Shield Bash and Blessed Shield DO seem to scale with increases in block % outside of the shield's own value. I tested this by removing my Hold Your Ground passive and Not proccing Punish, and seeing what numbers I could get with both abilities. Then I tried it again with Punish procced and the passive enabled, and saw a significant increase in damage.
Whether this is intended or not I do not know but it does explain why I've had such success with Shield Bash.
I have basically been using this since I started playing but tend to use Iron skin with Reflective Skin instead of Akrat. At barely 8k thorns damage you can reflect for 6m crits when you get to around 14-16k thorns you reflect for 11-14m. Iron skin alone will melt most elite packs or rare spawns unless they run and hide or cast slowly.
Even in groups with WD/Wizards mowing down things quickly I provide great group buffs via Judgement/Valor and great burst with Provoke/Ironskin(thorns) and spamming Shield Bash(Shattered Shield)
I disagree with Holy Cross tho I feel like it misses too many mobs that it should be hitting. I can watch the animation go through mobs around me and see no numbers. Really flaky rune IMO. Armory for reference below.
Holy Cross could use a few improvements, I agree. As far as your provoke/ironskin build goes, It does indeed do amazing damage when you pop ironskin, but for the rest of the fight it's kinda lacking. The cooldowns on ironskin and provoke are simply too long and the duration too short.
Aside from that Judgment freeze mobs in place, unabling any melee mobs not right next to you to hit you, so that ability seems kind of counter intuitive for this setup.(apart from buffing your teammates of course)
Its a cool build nonetheless, maybe with some CDR or akarat's active the CDs can be lowered enough to warrant it's use. I have experimented very little with provoke and ironskin mainly because of their cooldowns. I'm really looking forward to what Crusader skills Blizzard plan to address first, but these should definitively be on their list.
judgement i would replace with provoke rune hit me and heres why first of all gain 50% chance to block which makes your defense go higher for 4 seconds because of the passive and forces the mobs to come to you so you activate condemn and then use provoke it works great and you use shield bash which the damage will increase because of the 50% chance to block
and passive i would of taken righteouness off since you got 15% attack speed as it is from punish so your attack speed is ok and you can generate wrath nicely i would of put divine fortness its an insane boost of toughness
i hope they fix this damn bug tomorrow i want to return to this build so badly
I've been looking all over for that item, because I really like blessed shield but lack the ability to spam it enough to make it worth it. That item can also free up an item slot as you can use blessed shield as a primary and put another dps cooldown or utility spell on your bars.
Not depending on having wrath for your damage is probably the best way to go around the current problems we have, where we spend too much time building wrath and very little time spending it (Except in the case of blessed hammers).
it dropped from an unique boss in A1 Ieoric's manor / highIands ( can't remember exactIy ) . gave me a socket too
good point, I was using bIessed shieId on secondary + hammers on my bar (as a 2nd spender, since my 1st is free). what do you recomend? bIessed shieId as primary/ hammers secondary and Punish/roar on the bar (so it is easiIy spammed once every 5 seconds)?
because sincer punish is on primary, i tend to over or underspam it
I'm not sure what to recommend, I'd have to play around with it myself first. I'll say this though, I'd probably make space for Laws of Valor and Steed Charge on my bar at the same time. This leaves me with 3 more slots to fill, I love Akarat's Champion and Heaven's Fury so I'd probably get those, and then I'd try putting Condemn in my last slot and get a lot of CDR items. This build might be messed up and feel entirely wrong if I actually got to try it but that's the first thing I'd try.
Having Punish does buff Blessed Shield's damage but I'm not sure it buffs it enough to warrant it's use once you don't really need a builder. I'll just say again that all this is purely speculation, but give it a try, and whatever you end up with, give us an update. This legendary changes the entire feel of the Crusader and there might be spells and possibilities I've overlooked entirely.