League’s 2022 Preseason is set to bring a raft of exciting changes for the metagame, as new mythic items will be added into the game, offering plenty of opportunities for new team compositions.
However, the biggest changes coming in this preseason will be the addition of two new Dragons into the game, also bringing with them interesting twists into the Summoner’s Rift once their effects are in place.
Here is everything you need to know about the new Chemtech and Hextech Dragons.
Chemtech Dragon: Effects and fog zones
Starting with the Chemtech Drake, this toxic neutral monster will grant bonus damage against enemies with more current health than you as part of its Standard Buff, with up to a 5% increase in damage per stack.
Their Dragon Soul effect will also be interesting, as once your team obtains it, they will receive a buff that grants them a brief second life after they die.
In other words, after you and your teammates secure the Chemtech Dragon Soul, all will receive Sion’s passive for the remainder of the game, with the difference that you can use your auto-attacks and abilities before actually dying, just like Karthus’ passive.
The effect of the Chemtech Dragon on the Rift’s terrain will make emerge gas zones in four jungle locations, which will camouflage any champion within them.
Camouflaged enemies can't be revealed by regular vision wards, but are revealed by Control Wards, Scryer’s Blooms, and other mechanics that reveal invisible units.
Hextech Dragon: Effects and Hex-gates locations
This new technological Drake will grant attack speed and ability haste to the team that delivers the killing blow, giving you and your teammates 5 Ability Haste and 5% Attack Speed per stack of its Standard Buff.
The Dragon Soul effect of the Hextech Dragon will grant you a unique ability, that adds a flash of chain lightning that slows enemies hit with your basic attacks and abilities, with a moderate cooldown.
The effect of the Hextech Dragon will be unique as pairs of Hex-gates will appear across the map, allowing champions to quickly travel from one location to their paired counterpart without wasting resources or spells.
Hex-gates can be activated with a brief channel (that can be interrupted by stuns or damage) before rapidly transporting a player across the map to the corresponding Hex-gate.
As you may have noticed, both of these neutral monsters are based on the regions from the new animated series, Arcane, featuring details and lore from Piltover and Zaun in their designs and terrain changes.
The new Chemtech and Hextech Dragons are scheduled to be available in League’s PBE for patch 11.23, on 17th November.
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