Bulwark of the Royal Guard
Binds when picked up Off HandShield7960 Armor
+100 Stamina Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +6 Stamina
Durability 120 / 120
Requires Level 80
Item Level 232Equip: Increases defense rating by 32 (6.51 @ L80).
Equip: Increases your parry rating by 39 (0.79% @ L80).
Equip: Increases the block value of your shield by 101.
I'm thinking about using the Royal Guard because, gemmed and enchanted, I get 28 more stam at the risk of losing 349 armor, and ~1% dodge but gain ~1% parry.
Very, very close. 349 armor slightly outweighs 28 stam, in most situations, and then when you factor in the small amount of everything else you gain (strength, avoidance, block value) the Crystal Plated Vanguard wins out by a tiny tiny bit.
I agree that the heroic version of Bulwark kicks the crap out of regular CPV (and Neverending Winter too, for that matter).