League of Legends 2022 Preseason Patch 11.23 Notes: New Changes, Release Date, and More

League of Legends 2022 Preseason Patch 11.23 is just around the corner with new dragons, adjusted runes, new Mythic items, and much more.

Preseason has always been Riot’s testing ground to introduce new meta-defining changes in League of Legends. However, unlike the last couple of preseasons, season 12 preseason will not have any significant changes; instead, Riot will improve the existing game system.

The main spotlight of the 2022 preseason is the introduction of the new Chemtech and Hextech drake. In addition to that, Riot is also adding a couple of new Mythic and Legendary items while changing some of the existing ones.

Here’s everything you need to know about League of Legends 2022 Preseason Patch 11.23.

LoL Preseason Patch 11.23 Release Date

According to Riot Games, Season 11 Ranked season is going to end on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 12:01 AM local server time. However, Master and above will lock on November 15, at 11:45 PM.

And with the end of Season 11 Ranked, League of Legends Preseason Patch 11.23 is going to release on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

LoL Patch 11.23 release time and server maintenance:

  • NA: 3:00 AM PT
  • EUW: 5:00 UK time
  • EUNE: 3:00 CET

New Dragons

Hextech Dragon

Hextech Dragon
Hextech Dragon via Riot Games

Standard Buff

Grants attack speed and ability haste to the team that delivers the killing blow (5 Ability Haste and 5% Attack Speed per stack).

Soul

When a team obtains the Hextech Dragon Soul, they gain a unique ability that adds chain lightning slow to their basic attacks and abilities, with a moderate cooldown.

Terrain

When the terrain transforms for the Hextech Drake, pairs of Hex-gates appear across the map which allows champions to quickly travel from one location to the paired counterpart. Hex-gates are 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.

Chemtech Dragon

Chemtech Dragon
Chemtech Dragon via Riot Games

Standard Buff

Grants bonus damage against enemies with more current health than you (up to a 5% increase in damage per stack).

Soul

When a team obtains the Chemtech Dragon Soul, they receive a buff that grants them a brief second life after they die.

Terrain

When the terrain transforms for the Chemtech Drake, gas zones emerge in four jungle locations. Gas zones camouflage any champion within the zone. Camouflaged enemies are not revealed by regular vision wards, but are revealed by Control Wards, Scryer’s Blooms, and other things that reveal invisible units.

Check out more details on the new Chemtech and Hextech drake.


Preseason 2022 Items

New Mythic Items

The introduction of Mythic items in season 11 preseason was game-changing for League of Legends. It not only brought new stats but also helped diversify build paths for all the champions.

Now, in season 12 preseason, Riot is adding two new Mythic items for mages and tank support champions.

New Legendary Items

In the 2022 Preseason, Riot is also adding four new Legendary items.

Existing Item Changes

Frostfire Gauntlet

  • 350 Health
  • 25 Armor
  • 25 Magic Resist
  • 20 Ability Haste
    • Immolate: Taking or dealing damage causes you to begin dealing 12 + 1% bonus magic damage per second to nearby enemies (increased by 25% against minions and 150% against jungle monsters) for 3 seconds
    • Snowbind: Attacks create a frost field for 1.5 seconds and deal magic damage to all enemies in the area. Enemies that move across the field are slowed
    • Mythic Passive: Grants all other Legendary items 100 Health and 6% size

Turbo Chemtank

  • 350 Health
  • 25 Armor
  • 25 Magic Resist
  • 20 Ability Haste
    • Active – Supercharged: Grants 40% move speed towards enemies or enemy turrets for 4 seconds. Once near an enemy (or after 4 seconds) a shockwave is emitted that slows nearby champions by 50% for 1.5 seconds (90s cooldown)
    • Refuel: Moving and dealing damage fills up the Chemtank. At 100 stacks, your next basic attack deals magic damage to all nearby enemies (increased by 25% against minions and 175% against jungle monsters)
    • Mythic Passive: Grants all other legendary items 5 ability haste and 50 health

Cosmic Drive

  • 60 Ability Power
  • 250 Health
  • 30 Ability Haste
  • 5% Move Speed
    • After damaging champions with 3 separate Attacks or Spells, gain 30% Move Speed (decaying to 15%) and 40 Ability Power until leaving combat.

Horizon Focus

  • 110 Ability Power
  • 150 Health
    • Now also includes Slows to trigger Horizon Focus. (Rylai’s Crystal Scepter also works)

Demonic Embrace

  • 60 Ability Power
  • 450 Health
    • Dealing Ability damage burns enemies for 2/1.2% max Health magic damage every second for 4 seconds.
    • Convert 2% of your bonus Health to Ability Power

Seraph’s Embrace

  • 80 Ability Power
  • 860 Mana
  • 250 Health
    • Gain Ability Haste equal to 1.3% bonus mana
    • Restore Health equal to 40% of Mana spent, up to 25-50 +10% Ability Power per cast
    • (Toggles can restore the same amount per 1 sec)

Force of Nature

  • 350 Health
  • 70 Magic Resist
  • 5% Move Speed
    • Absorb: Taking magic damage from enemy Champions grants a stack of Steadfast (max 6). Enemy immobilizing effects grant an additional 2 stacks.
    • Dissipate: While at 6 stacks of Steadfast, take 20% reduced magic damage and gain 10% increased Move Speed

Knight’s Vow

  • 400 Health
  • 10 Ability Haste
  • 150% Base Health Regen
    • Active – Pledge: Designate an ally who is Worth
    • Sacrifice: While your Worthy ally is nearby, redirect 10% of damage they take to you and heal for 8% of the damage dealt by your Worth ally to Champions. If they have less than 30% Health the damage reduction is increased to 20%

Abyssal Mask

  • 400 Health
  • 30 Magic Resist
  • 10 Ability Haste
    • Unmake: Curse nearby enemy champions, reducing their Magic Resist. For each cursed enemy, gain 7 Magic resist

Preseason 2022 Runes

In the 2022 preseason, Riot Games is reworking Lethal Tempo and Glacial Augment. Moreover, a new rune called First Strike will also make its way as well.

New Rune – First Strike

First Strike
Image: Surrender at 20

Damaging an enemy champion with an attack or ability before they do so grants 5 gold and First Strike for 3 seconds, causing your attacks or abilities to deal 12% extra damage against champions, and granting 100% (70% for ranged units) of that damage dealt as gold.


Preseason 2022 Objective Bounties

League of Legends’ new Objective Bounties activates only when a team is sufficiently behind and are highlighted on the minimap for both teams. If the losing team takes an objective with an active bounty, every member of the team receives the objective bounty gold, split amongst the team.

According to Riot, Objective Bounties are calculated based on four factors: XP lead, Gold lead, Dragon lead, and Turret lead.

Here are the base amounts of additional gold gained by taking an objective with an active bounty:

  • Baron/Elder Dragon – 500g
  • Dragon/Rift Herald – 500g
  • Outer Turret – 250g
  • Inner Turret – 400g
  • Base turret – 400g

However, if the team falls farther behind, these base amounts can increase by up to an additional 60%.


Rift Scuttler Changes

Riot believes the first Rift Scuttler spawn is too impactful in deciding the outcome of the early game. Therefore, they are reducing its importance and resolving the encounter more quickly.

In the 2022 Preseason, The first Rift Scuttler will now have 35% reduced health, grants 80% reduced XP, and has been slightly reduced in size to match its lower value.


Preseason Patch 11.23 Balance Update

According to League of Legends’ Designer on the Summoner’s Rift team, Riot Phlox there will be no champion changes in patch 11.23.


Caitlyn ASU

Caitlyn is finally getting her long-awaited update with improved animations, character model, and tweaked splash arts. Caitlyn’s ASU is officially releasing with the season 12 preseason on November 17.

Caitlyn new voice lines:

Caitlyn Updated Splash Arts

Base Caitlyn

Base Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Resistance Caitlyn

Resistance Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Sheriff Caitlyn

Sheriff Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Safari Caitlyn

Safari Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Arctic Warfare Caitlyn

Arctic Warfare Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Officer Caitlyn

Officer Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Headhunter Caitlyn

Headhunter Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Pool Party Caitlyn

Pool Party Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Arcade Caitlyn

Arcade Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Prestige Arcade Caitlyn

Prestige Arcade Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Arcane Caitlyn

Arcane Caitlyn
Image: Riot Games

Patch 11.23 Skins

Cafe Cutie Annie, Soraka, Vladimir, Gwen, Bard, & Sivir skins are making their debut in Season 12 preseason. All the skins are going to release on Thursday, November 18, 2021. And they will be costing 1350RP each.

Here are the splash arts:

Cafe Cutie Annie

Cafe Cutie Annie
Image: Riot Games

Cafe Cutie Soraka and Sivir

Cafe Cutie Soraka and Sivir
Image: Riot Games

Cafe Cutie Vladimir

Cafe Cutie Vladimir
Image: Riot Games

Cafe Cutie Gwen

Cafe Cutie Gwen
Image: Riot Games

Cafe Cutie Bard

Cafe Cutie Bard
Image: Riot Games

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