The lack of riposte and shield up/down time is already very punishing. The stamina drain is a brutal handicap.
There’s nothing you can do in a 1Vx with shield because of no riposte and shield block timings. YOU’RE JUST TOO SLOW! I can’t believe the complaining people have done over the swing animations for shields because in practice, actual fights, shields are incredibly slow.
I’ve won a few 1Vx with shield but only because my opponents were not being careful or were noobs and because I was using really good footwork.
Against two decent players, you have to block, retreat as best you can and hope that a teammate comes to save you. With no riposte, you have very few answers against two aggressive, smart opponents except to be stammed out without being able to even land a hit.