Jul 28th 2009 2:37PM I did find mana shield quite handy for one thing: exploring new territory while I was at a low-ish level. I'd pop it on, and if I kept running, I could get to where I was going without dying on the way. It was great for that first long, long run from Hillsbrad to Kargath. However, I haven't used it since I got Ice Barrier (and a mount). And since they're giving us mounts at ever-lower levels, that reduces the useful life of mana shield even further.