League of Legends patch 10.9 notes – FPX skins, Volibear teaser, Nami nerf, Kayn buff

League of Legends gets five new FunPlus Phoenix-themed skins for Gangplank, Lee Sin, Malphite, Thresh, and Vayne!

League of Legends FPX skins splash Gangplank Vayne Thresh Lee Sin Malphite

Another second Wednesday, another batch of exciting League of Legends goodies on the way to eyeball. LoL patch 10.8 has gone live, bringing nerfs to some familiar faces from the Champions roster (we’re looking at you Aphelios and Senna) and gorgeous new coven skins for LeBlanc, Morgana, and Zyra. That means one thing – it’s time to get a good look at what’s in store next update for LoL patch 10.9!

First up, there are five new Champion skins to come this patch celebrating the winning team from last year’s LoL Worlds 2019, Chinese squad FunPlus Phoenix (FPX). Gangplank, Lee Sin, Malphite, Thresh, and Vayne each get FPX-themed skins this patch, with outfits and VFX inspired by the champion team’s red, black, and gold colour scheme and logo. Sweet!

“FPX came out on top as the 2019 World Champions last year,” Riot Games says in an update post about the new PBE goodies. “Each of these upcoming skins honours a player from the 2019 FPX roster!” Take a look at these in the Champion skins section below.

While there’s no in-game footage to get a look at just yet, it looks like that Volibear rework has hit the PBE, too, with some files for a teaser – including a new character model. Plus, a Cho’Gath VFX rework has accidentally hit the PBE! Check both out further down the post.

In addition, as usual there’s a sizeable batch of Champion balance changes to pore over, with the next update bringing buffs for Kayn, Lissandra, and Cho’Gath, and nerfs for Wukong, Karthus, Nami, and more. You can take a look at these below, and be sure to keep checking back for more updates as they arrive before they go live next week.

In the meantime, read on for all the latest changes scheduled to drop into the live game when LoL patch 10.9 lands.


As reflected in the 2020 League of Legends patch schedule, LoL patch 10.9 will go live on Wednesday, April 29. Maintenance times have now been confirmed, and they’ll begin at 03:00 AM PT for NA servers, 05:00 UK for EUW servers, and 03:00 CET for EUNE servers. Maintenance wil last for approximately three hours.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 10.9 Volibear Rework Teaser

Take a look at the new, reworked Volibear character model files that have just hit the testing servers below (via Moobeat on Twitter):

League of Legends patch 10.9 Cho’Gath VFX Changes


Champion Changes

Bard – nerfed

Caretaker’s Shrine (W):
Cooldown increased to 14 from 12
Movement speed decreased to 30% from 50%
Magical Journey (E):
Cooldown increased to 22/20.5/19/17.5/16 from 18/17/16/15/14

Cho’Gath – buffed

Vorpal Spikes (E):
Damage increased to 22/37/52/67/82 from 22/34/46/58/70

Fiddlesticks – buffed

Reap (E):
Damage increased to 70/105/140/175/210 from 70/100/130/160/190

Gnar – buffed

Boulder Toss (Mega Q):
Amount of cooldown refunded by ability increased to 70% from 60%
Crunch (Mega E):
Damage increased to 80/115/150/185/220 from 50/85/120/155/190

Karthus – nerfed

Movement speed decreased to 325 from 335

Kayn – buffed

Reaping Slash (Q):
Cooldown decreased to 6/5.5/5/4.5/4 from 7/6.5/6/5.5/5
New! “Deals 40 bonus physical damage to minions and monsters”
Blade’s Reach (W):
Slow effect changed to 90% decaying from 70%

Lissandra – buffed

Ice Shard (Q):
Cooldown decreased to 8/7/6/5/4 from 10/8.5/7/5.5/4

Nami – nerfed

Base mana decreased to 365 from 377.24
Base HP decreased to 475 from 489.32

Quinn – buffed

Blinding Assault (Q):
Valor’s vision reduction effect increased to 1.75 seconds from 1.5 seconds

Trundle – buffed

Subjugate (R):
Cooldown decreased to 120/100/80 from 100/80/60

Wukong – nerfed

Armour decreased to 31 from 34
Crushing Blow (Q):
Damage decreased to 20/45/70/95/120 from 30/55/80/105/130
Warrior Trickster (W):
Damage from clone decreased to 35/40/45/50/55% from 40/45/50/55/60%

Item Changes

Sanguine Blade

Total cost decreased to 3000 from 3100
Combine cost decreased to 1000 from 1100
AD increased to 55 from 50


Champion skins

FPX Gangplank (honouring GimGoon) – 1350 RP
League of Legends FPX Gangplank skin
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FPX Lee Sin (honouring Tian) – 1350 RP

League of Legends FPX Lee Sin skin

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FPX Malphite (honouring Doinb) – 1350 RP

League of Legends FPX Malphite skin

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FPX Thresh (honouring Crisp) – 1350 RP

League of Legends FPX Thresh skin

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FPX Vayne (honouring Lwx) – 1350 RP

League of Legends FPX Vayne skin

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FPX Gangplank, Lee Sin, Malphite, Thresh, and Vayne all share one epic splash – take a look below:

League of Legends FPX skins splash Gangplank Vayne Thresh Lee Sin Malphite

FPX Chromas

League of Legends communications lead Ryan K. Rigney has announced on Twitter that there are also some “exclusive chromas inspired by the FPX team jersey” as part of the ‘signature edition mega bundle’. Take a look below:

That’s all we’ve got for LoL patch 10.9 right now, but be sure to keep checking back in the next couple of week to make sure you don’t miss any of the new updates Riot’s got planned ahead of the update’s launch.

In the meantime, get a look at LoL patch 10.8 to see what’s just gone live in-game, as well as our LoL tier list to keep you up-to-date with the best League of Legends Champions you can be playing in each role right now. There’s also a LoL skins and Champions sale on this week, in case you’re in the market for a new character or style.