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League Patch 10.9 to feature Wukong nerf, Fiddlesticks buff, more

Published: 21/Apr/2020 1:49 Updated: 22/Apr/2020 1:19

by Andrew Amos

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League of Legends Patch 10.9 is set to be a small one, however the chances are still just as crucial. Wukong will be toned down after his rework was deemed too powerful, while Fiddlesticks will be seeing the reverse happen to him.

The next update for League of Legends will have a heavy focus on the top lane and jungle. After the last couple of patches brought the bot lane back in line, Riot are looking at evening out the other areas of the Rift.

Recently reworked champions Wukong and Fiddlesticks are also on the change list once again, however for vastly different reasons.

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Wukong will be nerfed once again in League Patch 10.9.

Wukong, Trundle, and Karthus have been tearing up the jungle in both pro play and solo queue.

The jungle XP changes in Patch 10.8 helped them out a little bit too much, so their kits are being touched up to bring them back in line with other champions.

Supports are also on the chopping block in Patch 10.9. Bard and Nami have been deemed too strong, and as such, will have some power taken away.

Buff-wise, some out of favor top laners are about to get a nice present. Gnar, Cho’Gath, Quinn, and Lissandra are due for some buffs, to help balance the meta out as new champions like Jayce and Kennen break their way back into the top lane.

Fiddlesticks is getting a targeted support buff in Patch 10.9, so you can expect some changes to his E as his primary in-lane utility.

Lastly, Kayn will be getting a buff in the jungle. While Kayn has been a solid pick in solo queue in the past, he’s struggled to maintain relevancy. Sanguine Blade is set for a buff too, but players will be hoping it’s not to the level of the item’s power back on release in pre-season.

Surprise Party Fiddlesticks splash art for League of Legends
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Fiddlesticks mains are in for a surprise in Patch 10.9, as more buffs are on the way.

The next update will also mark the arrival of the FunPlus Phoenix Worlds 2019 skins, commemorating the Chinese squad’s triumph in Paris last November. Gangplank, Lee Sin, Malphite, Vayne, and Thresh will be getting cosmetics in their honor.

League of Legends Patch 10.9 is expected to arrive on April 29. You can find the full patch preview below.

League of Legends Patch 10.9 preview notes

Buffs

Cho’Gath

  • E damage: 22-70 > 22-84

Fiddlesticks

  • E damage: 70-190 > 70-210

Gnar

  • Mega Q cooldown refund: 60% > 70%
  • Mega E damage: 50-190 > 80-220

Kayn

  • Q cooldown: 7-5 seconds > 6-4 seconds
  • Q bonus damage now applies to minions
  • W slow: 70% > 90% decaying

Lissandra

  • Q cooldown: 10-4 seconds > 8-4 seconds

Quinn

  • Q near sight duration: 1.5 seconds > 1.75 seconds

Nerfs

Bard

  • W movement speed: 50% > 30%
  • W cooldown: 12 seconds > 14 seconds
  • E cooldown: 18-14 seconds > 22-16 seconds

Karthus

  • Movement speed: 335 > 325

Nami

  • Base health: 489.32 > 475
  • Base mana: 277.24 > 265
  • Passive movement speed: 60 > 45

Trundle

  • R cooldown: 100-60 seconds > 120-80 seconds

Wukong

  • Armor: 34 > 31
  • Q damage: 30-130 > 20-120
  • W clone damage: 40-60% > 35-55%
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Sneaky reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS in 2021

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:36

by Andrew Amos

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It’s early days in the League roster shuffle, but one of the biggest moves could be just around the corner. Veteran AD carry Zach ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi could be making his triumphant return to the LCS, with the star reportedly in talks with Dignitas.

Could Sneaky be making his return to the LCS? The two-time champion has been out of the limelight for 12 months now after being dropped from the Cloud9 roster ahead of Spring 2020.

He marked his intentions to return back in August, and now, those dreams could be realized. After “actively looking for a pro play opportunity,” Sneaky could have snagged a spot back in the LCS to make his triumphant return.

Sneaky playing for Cloud9
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Sneaky was absent in 2020, but is ready to return in 2021.

Sneaky is reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS for Spring 2021. Travis Gafford reported the rumor in an October 23 video ⁠— but it’s just that for now, a very big rumor. He would be coming in to replace 2020 rookie Johnson ‘Johnsun’ Nguyen.

The move could send shockwaves through the North American League scene, given Sneaky’s prestige on both a domestic and international level. He made 339 appearances for Cloud9 from 2013 to 2019, and won two domestic titles.

On the other hand, Dignitas has had a less-than-stellar 2020. While they technically made it to Worlds in 2019 under Clutch Gaming, they were unable to make it a repeat appearance, coming seventh and eighth in both LCS splits this year. The organization is still yet to win an LCS title.

However, Sneaky’s rumored return to the LCS also comes at a time where fans are asking for more fresh blood. After NA’s disappointing performance at Worlds 2020, there’s been calls for dramatic reform of the LCS.

This includes buying into more academy talent, and bringing in fresh faces instead of constantly recycling players between teams.

Johnsun playing for Dignitas in LCS Spring 2020
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Sneaky would be replacing Dignitas’ rookie AD carry Johnsun.

Sneaky’s return could be seen as flying in the face of such reform. However, if there is a veteran AD carry you want to bring onboard, you could do much worse than the former Cloud9 star.

Sneaky and Dignitas are yet to confirm the rumors. We will update you once more information arises. In the meantime, be sure to check out our League off-season rostermania hub for the latest transfers as they happen.