Shields arent broken at all. The simplest way to counter them isnt to kick at all, just kite them out. Bait an attack out and just hit them during recovery. You can also jump stab around a shield if the user is a noob. Most of these "x is OP" threads just stem from people not having enough time ingame to learn the core mechanics, shields simply punish bad footwork. Spears are often called OP by new players for the exact same reason.
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