Yeah I got an Operative friend, just looking for a place to duel.
Will definitely be able to test Internal, Energy, and Kinetic. I'll see if I can find a sorc for Elemental.
This doesn't just suck for PvP, it sucks for everything. There is a LOT of other damage going around. Not to mention ST's reliance on what is already a pretty mediocre mechanic.
Well, for PVE tanking, there is probably a fair amount of Shield-able damage, which would make it worth equipping a Shield and taking the associated Chance and Absorption talents.
I was surprised that Shield didn't work against Kinetic in our testing. My assumption would have been that the Armor mitigatable damage types would also be Shielded. But that's not the case.