League of Legends is working on a seasonal model where developer Riot Games starts a new year with many changes to the competitive game. This upcoming preseason is no exception, and fans can expect big changes to Summoner’s Rift on PC.
On Thursday, Riot posted a video titled “Preseason 2022 and the State of the Game,” in which the developer discussed the new champion balance – and admitted that some of the youngest champions had a few too many tools in their belts – as well new mythical and legendary items, changes to the rune system, new bounties for objectives and towers, and the star of the preview: some wild new dragons.
Dragons are a powerful map target. They spawn in the river pit on the lower side of the map and can appear in one of a few elemental variants. Each Elemental Dragon alters the terrain of the map and offers buffs when killed, which makes prioritizing a priority for teams.
The 2022 preseason adds two new dragons. The Hextech Dragon features gates on the map that allow teleportation. The Chemtech Dragon grants players extra damage when their health is low, and when they die they get a second chance to kill their enemies with a short-lived ghost form. In addition, the Chemtech dragon creates camouflage zones around the map to hide teams. Sneaky!
The 2022 preseason will be available in the game’s test environment in a couple of weeks, and Riot will roll back these new changes if they disrupt the game a little too much. At the moment, League of Legends eSports teams compete in the game’s annual Worlds tournament. Arcane, a television series exploring Hextech and Chemtech in the cities of Zaun and Piltover, will hit Netflix in November.