The loss on previous settings with shields runs about 1,100 to 1,600+ on certain setups.
That is not a 'benefit'
Originally Posted by ZeroniusRex
I checked with Captain Gecko for some clarification.
Previously, the consoles granted shield HP directly. Now they update the Skill, which in turn grants shield HP. The benefit to this is that it makes it easier to see the benefits, because they will show up in your passive stats.