I know that Focus, and to an extent I guess, Torch, is the preferred DPS offhand for a Power DPS build. But way back when I created my Guard, I remember thinking: "No, he wears heavy armor, is basically a paladin or knight, if his going to use an offhand, it will be a shield, not some wishy-washy focus or flaming stick."
I was new to the game when I made him, but to this day, I'm still very much a fan of the shield.
Shield #4 was a great way to give Aegis to party members in a fractal, and as I used to run Core Guard, an extra way to apply Aegis to myself helped to maintain Unscathed Commander
Shield #5 I've always found very useful. At it's least, I can get a quick heal on demand. But while many would look at the projectile defense as it's main advantage, I've found using it to push enemies back (which also acts as interrupt) can be very useful. I've used it to deal with the spawning shaman in the 1st Shaman fight in Volcanic, as well as the spawning Elementals in Snowblind.
Things have changed a lot since then though, as I now have way more resources at my finger tips, so I could easily get myself an ascended focus or torch. My question is though, is it worth it? I'm not really looking to break DPS records or anything, so unless there is a huge DPS bump, that isn't what drives me.
What do you like about Focus or Torch for OW PvE / Fractal play? What are their advantages?