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Reading the skill it seems like it should absorb both types of damage.

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Sion's shield (like most other damage shields: Shen's, Janna's) absorb damage from any source.

Only Morganna's black shield specifies a damage type (in this case, magical).

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As Michael Hopkins notes, Morgana's black shield blocks magic damage, not physical damage. –  Steven Oxley Nov 4 '10 at 16:57
    
Whoops. That's a typo for sure. –  Raven Dreamer Nov 4 '10 at 17:09
    
This includes true damage too, on things such as ignite. –  theorise Mar 9 '11 at 12:39
    
Also important to note that Morgana's shield blocks magical effects, the most common being crowd control. No regular shields like Sion's do this. –  Sadly Not Sep 15 '12 at 1:25
    
Morgana's shield is basically a spell shield like Banshee's Veil combined with the magic-damage-only shield from Hexdrinker/Maw of Malmortius –  Katustrawfic Jan 25 '13 at 21:01
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Just wanted to note that Morgana's black shield absorbs magical damage, not physical damage.

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