OOOOOOOH! It makes sense now, you want her to use her shield and sword less. That doesn’t mean she’s not powerful though, it’s just more logical that she’d use a sword and shield, because she’s a warrior. Classic just had a different approach, different fighting style.
Again I get your perspective and do agree with the fact that they need to amp up her power levels, but at the same time I would still like it if she carried on using the shield and the sword. DC do need to balance it better, that’s undeniable.
But she was a more skilled warrior AND a big powerhouse before the sword and shield. When the sword and shield get all the attention, and most of the damage she causses is because of them. It does make her look weaker without them. Makes her more of a super human warrior woman instead of a powerhouse. And there needs to be a balance between warrior and diplomat like classic WW. Especially for somebody that holds back because she tries to avoid killing as much as possible. It doesn't make sense to have a sword as the go to move.
Since the sword and shield appeared. Part of her essence is lost. Her power is lacking compared to classic WW. She is too passive and never has any WOW moment. I don't read WW to see a super human xena. I read WW to see a badass and super powerful amazon and peace ambassador, embarking in epic adventures.