LoL New Hextech and Chemtech Dragons for Preseason 2022: Effects, Soul, and Map changes

Riot Games officially confirms that two new dragons named Hextech and Chemtech will make their debut in the Summoner’s Rift in the 2022 Preseason.

Preseason has always been Riot’s testing ground to introduce new meta-defining changes in League of Legends. Over the last few years, there’ve been some major updates like the Elemental Rifts changes in season 10, new item changes in season 11, and some others.

As Season 11 is about to end next month, it is also the time of the year for Riot to reveal their plans for season 12’s preseason or 2022 preseason.

In August, Riot teased some of the changes including the dragons where they said there’s room to expand the possible “unique environments.”

And now, in the latest Preseason 2022 video, Riot has confirmed that they are going to add two new dragons in League of Legends: Hextech Dragon and Chemtech Dragon.

Hextech Dragon

Hextech Dragon
Hextech Dragon via Riot Games

Hextech Dragon is the first new dragon to be added to the Summoner’s Rift. Here are some of the details:

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 a 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.

Map Changes Hextech Dragon
Map Changes Hextech Dragon
Map Changes Hextech Dragon

Chemtech Dragon

Chemtech Dragon
Chemtech Dragon via Riot Games

The second dragon joining the Summoner’s Rift is Hextech Dragon’s darker sibling the Chemtech Drake. Here are some of the details:

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

Zombie State

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.

Map Changes Chemtech Dragon
Map Changes Chemtech Dragon

Riot however did admit that these new dragons are in fact more “impactful” than the current ones. But Riot will be ready to adjust them based on feedback.

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