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When I have the shield (E on self) active, I get knocked back by melee attacks and arrows. Is that just a drawback of the shield, or is there some way to avoid this knockback?

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It's the drawback of the shield. All you can do is drop the shield and risk the damage.

Alternately, you can eat the knockbacks and spam weaker spells - Area spells are particularly good for this because they tend to not be channeled. I find that keeping a shield up and spamming arcane/earth/fire area spells can be quite effective against large numbers of softer hitting enemies that like to hit a lot of knockbacks (see: Goblins).

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You could also put up an external shield to block incoming projectiles long enough to channel some elements if you need to do something more complex.

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