UPDATE: Kindred has been delayed! In a post on the forums Riot Iniquitee, Associate Product Manager announced the unfortunate news:
Despite being in the 5.19 patch notes and just having their champion spotlight released, I have to share the very sad news that Kindred will not be enabled until 5.20.
We found an important, gameplay-impacting issue that we can't release, specifically related to Kindred. Rather than rush a fix out the door, we are going to take due diligence to maintain the integrity of the game and release Kindred (all fixed up) next patch, once it has had adequate coverage. Until that time I hope Worlds can sustain your hype train. We really can't wait to get this champ in your hands and see what you can do with them. They are (still) coming!"
Riot has revealed a new champion Kindred, the Eternal Hunters!
This duo functions as a single marksman, meant to roam the jungle and surprise laners with their high damage ganks.
"We’re almost ready to breathe life into League’s next champion, a marksman designed for a life in the jungle. Kindred prowls through camps, marking enemy champions for death and permanently growing in strength if they’re able to carry out the promised sentence. But just as Kindred brings death, so can they delay it. Should their allies meet deadly force, Lamb - one of Kindred’s two spirits - can create a large blessed zone that, for a few valuable seconds, denies the ever-creeping and inevitable clutches of death."
Passive: Mark of the Kindred
Lamb marks an enemy champion - anywhere on the map - for death. After a delay, the mark activates - if Kindred kills them, or assists in their death, they gains a permanent stackable bonus to their basic attacks. In addition to Lamb choosing an enemy champion for the Mark of the Kindred, Wolf automatically hungers for large enemy jungle monsters from time to time. All champions can see targets that are marked for death.
Q: Dance of Arrows
Kindred dashes in a target direction before firing at up to three nearby enemies.
W: Wolf's Frenzy
Passive: Kindred builds stacks of Hunter’s Vigor as they move around. Once fully stacked, Kindred’s next basic attack steals a flat amount of health.
Active: Wolf temporarily splits from Lamb, creating a large spirit zone around him and attacking whoever Lamb attacks, or his closest enemy. Lamb can cast Dance of Arrows with a greatly reduced cooldown while inside Wolf's Frenzy.
E: Mounting Dread
Kindred initially slows a targeted enemy. If they’re then able to attack their crippled target three times in quick succession, the target suffers a burst of percent max health damage.
R: Lamb's Respite
Kindred creates a large but temporary zone beneath itself or a targeted ally. While active, Lamb's Respite prevents ALL units within its boundaries from dropping below critical levels of health. Finally, Lamb's Respite applies a flat heal to all champions still inside as it ends.
For more information, including video previews of Kindred's abilities, make sure to check out the Champion Reveal!
We've finally reached Worlds as players from around the globe arrive in Europe to begin the competition. While we don't have a site takeover this year, we still do have our hub and will be consistently updating and plugging this post to keep you up to date with everything you need to know!
Click on the matches to be brought to the official Match History page.
Forget solo queue, duo queue is what it's all about!
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The PBE updated tonight with three new skins: Demon Vi, Cosmic Reaver Kassadin, Spiritfire Brand. These skins come just on the cusp of an announcement that OCE as a region would get a special skin to celebrate: Cosmic Reaver Kassadin! He'll be 50% off for the region as a sale.
This year's World Championship is just around the corner with less than a week to go until the opening ceremony. That's on October 1 at 7:00 AM PDT for the record. Over the span of the proceeding 24 hours, each and every team has their first match of the Group Stages. Check the chart below for a quick reference of who's opening against who and to make sure you don't miss the premiere of your favorite team!
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Big matches include Fnatic vs. Invictus Gaming, which should give us a preview as to who might come out of the group on top and Cloud9 vs. AHQ, as one of these two might have a shot at stealing second place in their group.
The rest of the schedule can be found on the LoL Esports webpage. Action concludes on Sunday, October 11 at which point the top two teams in each region will advance and be sorted into the Bracket Stage.
For our thoughts on all sixteen teams, check out our news post. If a preview of each group is more of your thing, we also have that.
Hard to believe the League of Legends merchandise store launched so long ago. It feels like just yesterday that everyone was hyped that Riot was finally going to sell their own swag. Well it's almost Worlds again and since then the number of champion figures in their store has increased drastically. All you have to do this week is play three games as one of your little chibi pals!