Here are some of RiotStatikk's thoughts on Shen and how to improve him.
- RiotStatikk, QA Analyst, via the official forums.
I like the idea of bulking up Shen's ability power ratios a bit. Being an energy based tank with low ratios, Shen has a very few gear paths. Item's like the defensive Frozen Heart and Banshee's Veil, as well as the offensive Rod of Ages, are very popular amongst tanks who have mana but are either not viable or are cost ineffective for those without mana. Factoring this and his very poor ratio's together leave him to little in the way of gear choices outside of HP/Regen items. By buffing up Shen's ratios, hybrid defensive/offensive items like Abyssal Scepter, Haunting Guise, and Rylai's Crystal Scepter could possibly become viable or staples in Shen's gear line up.
I also like the idea of Feint doing something interesting. Newer champions, such as Rumble and Orianna, have built in shields with interesting and fun secondary effects that give them a bit more of a unique play experience. My ideas for sprucing the ability would be something like a small group buff when it pops or an energy boost / reduction if the shield is depleted before the duration runs out. I s'pose a complete revamp could be plausible as well. Maybe something that akin to Garen's Courage ability or a shield that grows in strength based on the amount of enemies around you.