“League of Legends” developer Riot Games announced a new champion on Tuesday. Kindred is a dual-spirit Lamb and Wolf marksman jungler -- and it is very over powered.
“Kindred prowls through camps, marking enemy champions for death and permanently growing in strength if they’re able to carry out the promised sentence,” says a blog post from Riot. “But just as Kindred brings death, so can they delay it.”
To do this Lamb creates a large "blessed zone” that delays death by a few seconds; this is called Lamb’s Respite and is Kindred’s ultimate skill, also known as an ult. The most important part of this ult is that it can counter enemy team’s burst champions, which is a huge deal and could help turn a game -- but it isn’t even the best thing about Kindred.
The duo’s design is really well done, like a dark twisted version of a fairytale. Lamb stands on two legs, Wolf is an ethereal spirit that circles Lamb, and they both have masks and glowing blue purple eyes.
Kindred’s passive is Mark of the Kindred, and allows it to mark any "League of Legends" champion on the map for death; by killing or assisting a kill on that champion Kindred gains a permanent stackable bonus to its basic attacks.
Kindred has three abilities that it can use against enemy champions or jungle camps. Dance of Arrows allows Lamb to dash in a direction before firing at up to three nearby enemies. When active Wolf’s Frenzy allows Wolf to split from Lamb temporarily and attack whoever Lamb attacks, or his closest enemy, he also creates a spirit zone around himself that reduces Lamb’s Dance of Arrows cool down, as a fully stacked passive it allows Kindred’s next basic attack to steal a flat amount of health. Kindred’s third ability is Mounting Dread and slows an enemy before allowing Kindred to attack quickly three times.
The one major downside to Kindred is that it has low HP, or health points, making it much easier to take down. But thanks to the stacking debuff that slows enemies, its short dash and ult, Kindred should be able to get out of most sticky situations when paired with another champion from its team.
So basically Kindred can be very strong in the right hands, or with a bit of practice. Riot has not yet announced when Kindred will be available in-game, but did say that it was “almost ready,” which could easily mean the next patch.
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