Patch 5.18 + Kindred

As season five rapidly approaches its end (the World Championship is coming up very soon) we’re getting what is presumably one of the last patches before we start the next preseason. There’s a good chance we’ll see another, but then again this could be the last major patch before the season ends. Either way, this patch is primarily a bunch of tweaks and bug fixes, as is to be expected, mainly because Riot has a pattern of lesser patches right before a season’s end, as they don’t want to tweak too much during the course of Worlds, and bigger sweeping changes usually happen during the latter part of the year during the preseason. You can read the full patch notes here. If you don’t feel like reading, here’s a handy TL;DR version of the patch notes from Blakinola, a youtuber who has been doing this for a long time, and makes the patch notes a bit more easily digestible. Shit’s funny too.

The other big League of Legends news outside of this patch and the upcoming championship, is that a new champion has been revealed. It hasn’t been that long since Tahm Kench was released, and here we are again with another new champion. There was a teaser a while back though I can’t remember if I mentioned it here, on Twitter or what (can’t seem to find any mention). Either way there was this swirly symbol and speculation. We finally know that the new champion is called Kindred, and is actually two individuals that work in synergy with each other, in a sort of yin and yang symbolism. Here’s what they look like:


The white character is a “sheep” and the black character is a “wolf” though they are both clearly spirit like. There hasn’t been a champion spotlight put out just yet, but there is a page where you can check out their kit and lore. Another League Youtuber known as Brofresco that I enjoy has some more of the inside scoop from the PBE, so you can check out the champion in action and have the kit broken down into the easiest to understand language:

Kindred looks to be a jungler the way riot describes them, but I can see a use in any lane really. That kit is ridiculous, and the ult looks hard as hell to use properly, but I think once we get the proper champion spotlight we’ll be able to see its intended use more accurately. I look forward to learning more!

Got stuck with Rogue again, and that means IDPD every damn level, as if things can’t already get crazy enough! Needless to say, I died on world 3.