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LoL Pre-Season 2022: New Hextech and Chemtech dragons will allow players to teleport across the map and momentarily return to life respectively, new items and bounties also revealed

Riot Games has spoken about League of Legends 2022 pre-season, with its planned changes including new dragons, items, systems and more.

New Hextech and Chemtech dragons

Riot is adding two new drakes to the game: the Hextech Dragon (left) and the Chemtech Dragon (right).

Defeating the Hextech Dragon will grant additional ability haste and attack speed, and spawn portals around the map, allowing players to teleport to different parts of Summoner’s Rift.

Getting Hextech Dragon’s soul will grant the team with ‘a chain slow, that works kind of like Statikk Shiv’s passive’.

Killing the Chemtech Dragon will let players deal increased damage when their HP is low, and ‘create camouflage zones in fixed locations’ across the map.

And getting Chemtech drake’s soul will grant players with a Sion-like passive when they die, bringing them back to life momentarily where they are able to use their abilities for a few seconds before dying.

“These dragons might seem more impactful than the current ones, and well, they are. Our goal is to add more unique encounters and unique strategy to the mid and late game.”

Riot Brightmoon

Jeremy ‘Brightmoon’ Lee, Riot’s lead gameplay producer for League of Legends, explained: “These dragons might seem more impactful than the current ones, and well, they are. Our goal is to add more unique encounters and unique strategy to the mid and late game.

“That said, these are some pretty big changes and we’re ready to adjust if they’re making too much or too little impact. You can expect to see all of these changes on the PBE in a couple of weeks and we’ll be looking for your feedback in the months ahead.

You can see more in Riot’s pre-season 2022 video here. There’s been a mixed reaction to the update, with 24k upvotes and 12k downvotes on the YouTube video.

New items for tanks, mages and assassins

Two new mythic items, a support tank items ‘perfect for champions that want to get aggressive and charge into the middle of a fight’.

Riot Brightmoon said: “When you immobilize an enemy champion, all nearby enemies will take increased damage from your team for a short period of time.”

The other new Mythic item is for mages who are looking for a bit more survivability.

“It grants damage reduction that lingers for a few seconds after you get hit, and while the protection holds, you’ll also get ability haste,” Riot Brightoom added. “We think it’ll be particularly good for longer range mages who need a Mythic that helps them survive a dive rather than pile on extra damage.”

Riot said it’s also improving Legendary items for mages, assassins and tanks.

Assassins will get a new Legendary item that gives them ability haste and also refunds a portion of their ultimate’s cooldown with enemy takedowns.

Tanks will get an item that grants bonus health based on total mana, and also burns some of it to create a shield whenever they immobilize an enemy.

The new mage Legendary will grant magic penetration against recently shielded enemies.

Rune update and objective bounties

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Losing teams will be able to come back into the game in a new way

The Inspiration rune tree is also getting some tweaks, including changes to Glacial Augment, and Lethal Tempo is getting tweaked too.

Riot is adding a new type of bounty too – objective bounties. These offer extra gold to the team who is losing when they take map objectives like turrets or the Baron. Gold will be split between the whole team.

New Challenges system aims to help LoL players better ‘express their progress’

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Riot also said it’s adding more ways for players to ‘express their progress’ beyond ranked borders, champion mastery and Eternals stats, with a new Challenges system.

“Challenges rank up over time, showcasing your increasing mastery and legacy across a bunch of different systems, modes and gameplay, making it a little different than just a standard achievement,” added Riot Brightmoon.

“We want to highlight not just your rank and champion mastery, but also your inventiveness, breadth of playstyles and everything else in-between.”

For example, if you’re an ARAM god or great at CSing in the first ten minutes.

Challenges hits the PBE (Public Test Environment) in November 2021 and the full system will launch in 2022.

Riot also said the Ultimate Spellbook mode did well, so that will be coming back and with a bigger ulimate pool than before.

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