You can, IIRC, get the shield up to an absorption rate of 40%, make it resistant to explosive damage, or immune to corrosive damage by save scumming for the right affixes. It's worth looking at the shield from that perspective. On the other hand if you plan on playing multiple alts you can get both eventually, and save scum your way to the "perfect" one(s) of each, so it's not a major concern in the long run.
Stop complaining. I could have done this more painfully. - Dryad from Sacred 2.