The set does have some downsides. The shield is pretty unremarkable and the weapon, despite having an inherent 50% Deadly Strike modifier, still has the potential for low damage. Its Attack Rating bonus tends to be pretty moot around Act 5 Normal difficulty. The knockback modifier on the gloves can be quite annoying if an opponent isn't close to a wall.
On the other hand, the full set grants 35% chance of Crushing Blow, a useful modifier for boss fights. The 6% mana leech is helpful in keeping skill use more constant. The inherent 25% slowdown is helpful, and if an opponent is near a wall, the knockback modifier will make them unable to attack while the wearer deals damage with impunity.
Partial Set BonusEdit
+50 Defense (2 Items)