Sword and board or dual-wield battle axes?
I got used to dual-wield shields…but if I had to choose, I would pick “sword and board”. Balanced weaponry is essential. Staying alive comes first. Defeating your opponent comes second. Having a shield is important because you can also use it to attack and even to unbalance your enemy by pushing or stunning.
The problem of focusing too much on attack is that if your opponent is faster…you’re ruined. If you have a shield, you can always protect yourself, slow a fast opponent down and you’ll still have a sword to counter.