If you’re confused by the title, which some people may well be, a nice little explanation is embedded below.
have one’s cake and eat it too is a popular English idiomatic proverb or figure of speech, sometimes stated as eat one’s cake and have it too or simply have one’s cake and eat it. It is most often used negatively, meaning an individual owning a thing, and still attempting to benefit from or use it. It may also indicate having or wanting more than one can handle or deserve, or trying to have two incompatible things. The proverb’s meaning is similar to the phrases, “you can’t have it both ways” and “you can’t have the best of both worlds.”
This proverb covers my thoughts exactly about 2 handed DPS tanks moaning about potentially losing guard. I know I’ll annoy people, but in my eyes it’s not a career defining ability, it’s one you should be specialising in or be restricted to by equipment. When I think tanks and what it is to be a tank, I see hulking lumps of metal, best armour, with the ability to soak up and handle threat while drinking a skinny latte. If you want to do more damage, then there has to be some sacrifice.
When I see people guarding others, I expect to see a bloody shield in hand, protecting you assigned target, not merrily twirling away with a 7 foot lump of god forged steel. You make your melee/ranged more durable and you still manage to smack people around. Where’s the downside? There isn’t one. Hence the title of this post.
There’s always pain, when you feel you’re being unjustly robbed, but I’ve got to be honest Mythic dropped a bollock when they didn’t put any restrictions on guard. When I’m on my KOTBS and I’m guarding my target, there’s a shield in my hand since that’s my roll, otherwise it’s grab the great sword and step back, subtly goes out the window.
I also think it makes the tanks roll just a bit to over powering when inserted into a melee assist train, with a 2 hander. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned when I don’t expect my characters to be able to take down the Celestials, in their Destroyer armour.
Edited: Just to fix some spelling mistakes and a sentence that was naff.