>people unironically saying shield combos
Shields are the equipment of the knight, the warrior, the soldier. Not the Hero. The Hero doesn't hide, doesn't take blows. He dodges, he parries, he's always active.
The shield is the item of someone constrained by common sense, by reality. That's not the most HEROIC loadout. That's just the best loadout in general. No, you need to be hot blooded! To charge forth with reckless abandon at the first sign of adventure! Of glory! You are one who grapples monsters, challenges gods and performs feats of strength to change the world.
So leave your goddamn common sense at the door and pick up a goddamn giant sword and cut a Dragon's head off with it to take back the Sun and Moon it stole from the Sky.