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Champion Sneak Peek: Shen, the Eye of Twilight

By ByronicHero [3]

Ever since Gangplank Gangplank joined the League of Legends, we have been weathering a virtually constant influx of nepotism complaints from organizations in a certain clandestine industry. The exact source of these complaints has been difficult to verify, however, due to their reclusive and mysterious natures. Luckily, our talented public relations department (with the help of a few favors from some friends in the CIA) has managed to pinpoint the exact source of this criticism, and we have decided that it is a demographic that we cannot afford to ignore. For those who haven't yet devised the identity of this group, I am, naturally, talking about: ninjas.

In an effort to keep ninja public opinion on our side, it is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of the Riot Games Design Team, am empowered to introduce: Shen Shen, the Eye of Twilight. For those of you who have been waiting with bated breath to sport your ninja pride, courage! Just don't let us catch you gaming in an outfit that looks anything like this.


Champion Update: Shen

Shen Shen's a bit of an odd duck. He's a ninja who likes to be punched in the face (spoilers: that's not changing), and while bits of his kit are Shadow Dash.png super unique and Stand United.png impactful, he also sports two Vorpal Blade.png painfully Feint.png generic abilities. He's been suffering from a pretty severe case of old-schoolitis, basically, making him a prime candidate for some champion update TLC. So we've given him some. Alongside brushing up the big guy's model so it's closer to his awesome splash, we've also spent a bunch of time updating some of his abilities. Now Shen's power manifests as a Ki Barrier.png ki blade he controls with his abilities, for example. Here's his new kit: [4]
Abilities

Ki Barrier
Ki Barrier

After casting an ability, Shen gains a temporary shield. The shield has a relatively long cooldown which is significantly reduced if one of his abilities affects an allied or enemy champion.


Twilight Assault
Twilight Assault

Shen calls his Ki Barrier.png spirit blade, Twilight Assault Weak empowering his next three basic attacks to deal damage based on a portion of his target's max health. If his spirit blade collides with an enemy champion on its way to him, Shen deals Twilight Assault Strong increased damage and gains greatly increased attack speed. All enemies struck by the returning blade briefly suffer Slow icon reduced movement speed when moving away from Shen.


Spirit's Refuge
Spirit&#039;s Refuge

Shen's Ki Barrier.png spirit blade creates a protective barrier that allows Shen and his nearby allies to dodge all basic attacks for a few seconds. The ability triggers when there are allied champions in the zone - if there are no allies are in the zone, it waits to start until one gets close enough.


Shadow Dash
Shadow Dash
  • Passive: Shen recovers a flat portion of energy whenever he deals damage with Twilight Assault.png Twilight Assault or Shadow Dash.
  • Active: Shen dashes in a target direction, dealing damage to all enemy champions in his path and Taunt icon taunting them briefly.


Stand United
Stand United

Shen channels as he prepares to teleport to an allied champion anywhere on the map. As he channels, he grants his target a Stand United Shield shield, and once he arrives, he brings his Ki Barrier.png spirit blade with him.


Shen VU Screenshots

First things first: Shen's staying largely faithful to his original design. He's still a tanky energy-based champ, and his Shadow Dash.png E and Stand United.png R are pretty much identical. You'll still be able to pull off your last-second Stand United.png ults to Stand United Shield save a teammate from death, and still surprise your enemies with those fancy-pants Shadow Dash.png taunt -> Flash.png Flash -> Shadow Dash.png taunt moves. Or y'know, accidentally Flash.png Flash -> Shadow Dash.png taunt absolutely nothing -> spill drink over keyboard, if we're being real.

Then there are Shen's other abilities. We wanted to put into effect a pretty fundamental change to his combat patterns by giving Shen and his opponent more things to do and think about during each game. His Vorpal Blade.png old Q had some neat interactions with other champions, but ultimately it was basically a point-and-click damage ability with some bells and whistles attached. Feint.png Feint - his Feint.png old W - had aged even worse, and was basically a pretty bland shield (because practically no-one built AP on Shen) that just interfered with his otherwise precious energy pool. We quickly identified both abilities as prime candidates for the champion update team's efforts. Basically, we're fine with Shen engaging in extended one-on-one duels, but we want those fights to be a bunch more engaging and skill-based than they were.

So how're his new abilities different? Well, his Twilight Assault.png new Q - Twilight Assault.png Twilight Assault - completely changes how and when Shen wants to fight. He's purely melee now, obviously, so can't Vorpal Blade.png bully or last-hit from range. Instead, he's all about positioning, maneuvering around his opponent so his Twilight Assault.png Q casts pull his Ki Barrier.png spirit blade through his enemy. His opponent wants that to not happen, obviously, resulting in the two tangoing around their lane for positional advantage. Shen can force the issue by Shadow Dash.png Shadow Dashing in, landing the taunt, then pulling the Ki Barrier.png spirit blade through. This gives him a pretty big Twilight Assault Strong boost to his damage, and opens up Spirit&#039;s Refuge.png Spirit's Refuge to parry his opponent's reply. His Spirit&#039;s Refuge.png new W has serious implications in teamfights, too, giving his entire team the means to dodge incoming basic attacks. Again, this all requires positional smarts, and the ability's cooldown means he'll only really get one shot with it per late-game fight. It's a strong ability, basically, but only when it's used properly. Finally, Shen's Ki Barrier.png new passive shield is a key part of the big man's repertoire, particularly come late game. Past level 16, his Ki Barrier.png shield literally has no cooldown when he lands his abilities on other champions, meaning smart and dextrous Shen players get to morph into mighty unkillable supertanks.

Shen VU skins

That's about it for Shen's changes. We’re kicking out a couple of his Vorpal Blade.png old Feint.png abilities and replacing them with Twilight Assault.png more interesting Spirit&#039;s Refuge.png tools that should give him clearer goals during each game. At the same time, we're brushing up his visuals, refitting him with a new model and better particle effects across the board. So jump onto the PBE now and let us know your thoughts on Shen's new kit. We'll Shadow Dash.png Shadow Dash back in a couple of weeks for the big guy's release!

Shen VU Divider

The Shen Update

This week, we sit down with Champion Designer Mark 'GMang' Sassenrath – join us as we chat with him about childhood game design, his work at Riot, and the upcoming Shen Shen update.

Media

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