League Of Legends Patch 5.19 Introduces Kindred

On Thursday past, the League Of Legends World Championship Series 2015 kicked off, running League of Legends [official site] on its 5.18 patch. For those not taking part in the annual spectacle, patch 5.19 is out now, ushering in a host of largely superficial changes but also, most importantly, the two-for-the-price-of-one new champion Kindred.

To those less committed to the League Of Legends cause, the World Championship Series, or ‘Worlds’ as it’s better known in insider circles, can seem a bit daunting. If that’s you, fear not! Pip’s got you covered in her rather extensive guide – informative but pleasantly chillaxed, as she puts it – that details just about everything you need to know. As far as patch 5.19 is concerned, here’s what Riot needs you to know:

Welcome to Patch 5.19, the one where we take a step back from all the big changes we’ve made to the game recently and buff Miss Fortune. So take a load off, relax and enjoy a light patch to catch your breath while we take head-count and make sure everything’s tidy before the new season comes around.

For those of you that aren’t interested in Miss Fortune buffs (the heathens), we also have a slew of impactful bugfixing and a complete rework of the jungle leashing system. Now you’ll have an inkling of why the blue buff you invaded to steal decided to walk back as the enemy team descends to feast upon your failure, but hey, you knew the risks going in.

What’s more, jungle-dwelling Kindred is in fact two units rolled into one: a masked hunter-type fellow named Lamb, and a steadfast companion named Wolf, known collectively as the Eternal Hunters. Howl at this pretty cool concept art, courtesy of the League Of Legends website:

Although patch 5.19 is out now, Kindred have a tentative release date of “later during patch 5.19.”

11 Comments

  1. RedViv says:

    We are up to 15 releases without the bigbobbs now. GG rito.

    • Senethro says:

      But how will players identify female characters from a nearly vertical perspective?

      • RedViv says:

        It’s a mystery we will never solve. It is very important that they clearly read girl, so this can be considered a complete tragedy.

      • Lord Byte says:

        Do you need to see your character’s ginormous penis to identify yourself with it?

      • LionsPhil says:

        a masked hunter-type fellow named Lamb

        Apparently they won’t!

        What a terrible tragedy of inaccurate language this hath wraught.

  2. Aeiou92 says:

    I was hoping this would’ve caught your attention already but worse than just “being inspired by” Dota 2 designs/other MOBA games Riots stellar team of “unique and talented” employees decided that completely ripping off an independent artist was acceptable, to the point where her artwork is now being considered LoL fanart.

    The details have been compiled onto link to imgur.com

    I think it’s important to not let a talented unique artist get swept aside as some random fanartist for an increasingly horrible developer.

    • Asurmen says:

      The only thing that looks similar to me isn’t even the design but the wolf/human relationship and that certainly isn’t unique.

    • Relnor says:

      From your very own link:

      “I caution others to say League “rips off” other stories because these references are why League is so popular amongst gamers who understand the references.”

      The entertainment industry runs on iteration and “ripping off” as people like to say, someone at Riot may or may not have been inspired by this art, and they made something similar – and if I scour the internet enough, I’m sure I can find other ghostly art with a girl and her pet wolf.

      It sucks that random people will think this artist’s art is LoL fanart, but does it matter ? There are no finances at stake on her side (as your link says) and the ones who are informed enough to care will know the truth.

      Honestly, I think you have ulterior reasons to “hate” Riot and this just gives you more validation.

      • Relnor says:

        (Why is te edit button gone =( )

        After looking around a bit more, it seems the OP of the imgur post is only using Riot’s concept art, the final design/splash art looks like this: link to l3cdn.riotgames.com

        It goes from sort of similar (concept art) to nothing like the supposed “ripped off” art at all, not to mention that one has bunnies all over it while here we’re talking about wolves/lambs.

        In other words, anyone who is losing their shit over either side of this is trying too hard.

    • mukuste says:

      “It breaks my heart that if nothing is done, the masses will end up thinking Chiara based her characters off of League of Legend”

      I’m sorry, but… hyperbole much? It’s conceivable that the concept art was inspired by said artist’s work, but it’s definitely not ripoff territory. And if this quote represents the worst possible outcome of this situation… meh. This is the kind of thing the Reddit masses will be all over correcting people about anyway in that “I know my references better than you” kind of way, so I wouldn’t worry about the originality of her work being disputed.