I found this watching some ladies 100 or so part walkthrough of dungeon lords on youhoo video. No I didn't watch them all haha. Seems she played DL even more than me. Her battle tactic was to hit twice then back off with shield up. Repeat. I tried it myself and I killed the enemy faster because none of my attacks were interupted. WAAY more effective on mages. Difficult to use in massive battles but you can do it for 1 or 2 cycles as you kite and charge outliers. Its really like night and day with this tactic. I have noticed that dual wield it is better to just bumrush everything because its easy to interupt them and the special moves deal a lot of damage. But with practice you can mix tactics with dual wield. I am still learning but I have improved a lot with this tactic. Watch her video if you don't understand this. Another nice thing is that gas is blocked by shield.