Countering with a Gaxe is infinitely more fun, rewarding, and lovely. Plus, the extra damage mitigation of the shield isn't necessary with a WHM behind you.
Frejan - Ragnarok
SCH 99 PUP 99 WAR 99 RDM 49 NIN 49 SAM 49
Windurst Rank 10, ZM+CoP: The Last Verse, ToAU: Eternal Mercenary, WotG Champion of the Dawn.