Sometime 3 days ago a skin teaser was posted on the Chinese LOL site featuring this image:
Now, we as a community are used to getting skin teasers for legendary skins or huge events, and a teaser like this with just a weapon is very reminiscent of many legendary teasers we've seen before:
Many of these are vague and people can only guess what champion they could be for. Some, people have no idea (Mecha Zero Sion in the 4th image) while some are more obvious (Pulsefire Caitlyn). Teasers are meant to hype you up for a skin that is coming, and you show something that is either very vague or gives you an idea as to what to expect. That's what teasers do.
This teaser, however, has many issues:
Let's list the issues:
1: The sword has the identical shape and very similar eccentric design as Shen's 'spirit sword.' Here is an image for reference:
The blades are similar in length and float in the exact same way. The handle-to-blade ratio is perfectly identical. There's even a ribbon on the sword leading off-screen and towards the screen (it's blurred) that looks like the would-be tether between Shen and his sword (and if you think about it, it would be kick-ass because you're standing between Shen and his sword, meaning you're in trouble). Even the shape of the hilt is very similar, and has just enough differences to warrant it being a skin. This would likely cause some confusion, but in a land of magic and people who use it, a floating sword can belong to anyone, right? Except we get to the second issue.
2: The whole teaser is reminiscent of Shen's spiritual energies and how he is portrayed. Let's take a quick look at Shen's splash art:
Do you see the similarities between the bottom of his ultimate channel and the ground beneath the sword? _There are even identical energy droplets rising upward in the exact same fashion!_ Not to mention that if you look closely again at the bottom of the sword:
There is a circular spiral of energies, and beyond that ripples of energy. Just like you-know-who's energy rings when he ults. It's so similar that one has trouble NOT thinking it's a Shen skin. Jumping to conclusions is bad, yes, but this was baiting to a whole other level.
3: The teaser looks more like Shen's blade than the actual thing.
You can make the comparison for yourself.
"So, Mell, why does this matter? Salty much?"
Salty? Kinda. But this does matter because, as I see it, a teaser shouldn't blatantly point you in one direction so sharply that you basically know who it is FOR SURE. It also most certainly should not do that then turn everything on your head and completely make the group of people that were excited for it feel hurt and betrayed.
Teasers, I realize, are not canonical announcements and I can't say "you HAVE to be more clear!" But it would be nice if this never happens again with any other teaser, by any channel of media by Riot Games. I won't poo-poo the skins because they look nice, but I might have been happy to see them if this lingering bitterness wasn't overpowering the sweetness of it.
That's just my two-cents on it. Thank you for reading this far.