Originally Posted by treegun
W is useless for anything but very predictable damage such as karthus's Ultimate. Having 1 rank early does not set you back too far and, to be honest, it has saved me a few times during an escape. Also, having Feint at max rank does not necessarily mean that it will absorb max damage, for the most part it is going to be absorbing poison dots and ignite tick's, which again, is why i do not level untill late game but i do pick up an early rank
Lool. All damage is predictable. An auto-attack is predictable. Ashe's volley is. Any ability with a cooldown (all) is. The point is you just need forethought. This game has cast animations and if you are too slow to react to those, then you shouldn't be playing Shen. He can bait like a Pro which leads to his excellence as a Tank. 1 Rank of Vorpal is personally what I get for the use of early game last-hitting and serving as essentially your Regen item. Proper use of feint is frankly where you see the separation from the bad and good Shen's.
The rule of thumb is to level it to keep it on par with the most threatening Nuke/ability. Usually spells out getting around rank 2-3 and then leveling Dash before maxing Feint. With a 2 second duration and a 3 second cooldown it's quite easy to cast Feint, then Dash for an Auto-attack absorb and wait for the taunt to wear off and just pop your next Feint. The typical and rational reaction is to respond with your nuke, which is absorbed by your next Feint. Another fantastic ability that Shen has is to be able to Dash in front of skill shots with Feint up for teammate saves.
Saying Feint is useless is perhaps the most ignorant statement I have read today.