Can I be an effective tanking Monk without a Shield at higher difficulty levels?
Currently I am a level 39 Monk in the middle of Act II on Nightmare. My items and build right now are fine, but I'm starting to notice enemies getting more difficult. As of right now I run with two one-handed weapons (to proc The Guardian's Path passive skill) and the Mantra of Evasion to boost my dodge chance up to around 45%.
My dilemma is this; a friend of mine that has been playing since launch advised that I pick up a shield instead of the second weapon. This would free up a passive slot (to replace The Guardian's Path), give me more armor, and give me a chance to block...but at the cost of DPS (loss of a weapon) and dodge% (loss of The Guardian's Path proc). Dodge blocks all oncoming damage for that attack whereas blocking only removes X amount of damage. When I brought this up, he just told me to 'Do it and see what happens'.
So. As I move towards the Hell and Inferno difficulties, would it be worth dropping a weapon for a shield?