Some friends and I were dueling with a Myth, Storm, Life, Balance combo of wiz tonight. After the duel and the usual rudeness dispensed by the more stunning team... I "statted" their myth wizard. I was more than a little shocked to see 48% resist all myth gear!!!!!!!!!!
The best outfitted Ice I know has about 55%! Maybe it's possible to set up more than that for ice gear but I've not seen it yet.
I have to admit it's frustrating to be the "tank" class and not actually be a tank compared to bigger hitting classes. What's good for Myth is certainly good when they get together with storm it seems. Frustrating that the health/shielding isn't really working for ice with pierce stat and the pierce that comes with accuracy boosts. And that's just on the shield side... a lot of the wizards now have roughly the same health as Ice. In the old days Ice had at least 30% health on most of the schools. Now it's lucky to have 5%. But the sadness doesn't stop there... the main damage schools are hitting harder percentage wise as well with incredible tough plus and insane critical. This leaves ice in the dust in several statistics where ice's shielding would usually put it on par or close footing.
Critics would say the big per-pip ice shields are the balancing factor, but with pierce, and the other shield breakers readily available and quake and readily available, steals etc, you can't keep them on for long. (believe me, I've tried)
Something to ponder if you're about to start an ice wiz with the intent of growing him up for arena. Other schools are almost as good at tank and hit way harder.
p.s. This last post is a lot of frustration talking. I'm frustrated in general with PVP at the moment. Death weakness spam seems to be the staple of 3v3 and 4v4. Paired with a storm to throw Siren that makes all your blades go away and hits you for an insane amount and put a fizzle on everyone. I've also been gearing up for a rant about insane life dispel casting as well but that's another story. Maybe in time I'll see some way around the spam, but for now I'm leaning toward bringing back the wall of shame that I used to have for chainers. I'm not going to say who was spamming tonight but his name rhymed with Jeffrey Dragonbunter ;D Thanks Jeffrey for reminding me to speak up about a growing problem.