League of Legends Preseason 2022 – What’s Coming

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League of Legends Preseason 2022 won’t be out for another few months. However, a video published on the official League of Legends YouTube channel teased some of the coming changes. The video showed League of Legends’ lead producer of gameplay, Jeremy “Brightmoon” Lee, teasing some of the changes to come. Among the new changes coming in League of Legends Preseason 2022 are new items, rune changes, and new dragons.

New Items

The first change teased by Brightmoon was new items coming in League of Legends Preseason 2022. The 2021 season introduced a massive overhaul of the game’s item system. This overhaul was supposed to increase item diversity and give players more build options. The item overhaul worked for some champion classes, but left other champions with more limited item choices. In order to address this issue, Riot is introducing two new mythic items in the preseason.

First up is a mythic item for supportive tanks. When champions with this item immobilize an enemy champion, all nearby enemies take additional damage. This item sounds like an improved version of Abyssal Mask and sounds like it will synergize well with champions like Leona or Alistar who excel at starting fights and engaging the enemy team. Following this is a mythic item that improves mages’ survivability. Mages wielding this item take reduced damage for a few seconds after they get hit. Additionally, they get ability haste while this protective buff is up. Artillery mages will find this item useful when facing assassins or other champions with high burst damage.

The League of Legends dev team is also planning on improving legendary items for mages, assassins, and tanks. Assassins will be getting a new mythic that grants them ability haste and refunds a portion of their ultimate ability’s cooldown whenever they score a takedown. Mana-hungry tanks can look forward to a new legendary item that grants them bonus health based on their mana which also grants them a shield whenever they immobilize an enemy. The final new legendary item teased grants mages additional magic penetration against enemies that receive shields recently.

Objective Bounties

The preseason will introduce a new comeback mechanic to the game in the form of objective bounties. This new change rewards struggling teams stage a comeback through proper map and objective control. Teams get an objective bounty as their opposing team’s lead grows, and they can cash this in by securing map objectives like towers or baron. Unlike champion bounties, the objective bounty gold will be shared with the entire team regardless of who cashes it in. However, Brightmoon states that they’ll be watching this new comeback mechanic closely so teams that are clearly better don’t get punished severely from this new mechanic.

Still, it’s good to know that teams that prefer playing a more controlled style will be rewarded more since the game’s current comeback mechanics is more rewarded for teams that are better at skirmishing relative to their opponents.

New Dragons

Last among the changes teased in the coming League of Legends Preseason 2022 is definitely the biggest change to come – new dragons. Two new dragons will be hitting Summoner’s Rift in the coming preseason: Hextech Dragons and Chemtech Dragons.

Hextech Dragons

Hextech Dragon

Hextech Dragons are the first new dragon coming in the preseason. Defeating these dragons grant each member of the team slaying it bonus ability haste and attack speed. Claiming this dragon’s soul gives players a chain slow effect that works similarly to an item currently removed from the game — Statikk Shiv.

Like the currently existing dragons, the Hextech Dragon’s arrival drastically changes the map if it’s the third dragon to spawn. The Hextech Dragon changes Summoner’s Rift by introducing Hextech Gates that can transport players to set locations around the map. Pictured below is some concept art for the Hextech Gates that will appear in a Hextech Dragon rift.

Hextech Dragon Map

Chemtech Dragon

League of Legends Preseason 2022 - Chemtech Dragon

Following the Hextech Dragon is its darker, edgier sibling — the Chemtech Dragon. Securing this dragon grants champions increased damage when their HP is low, making it helpful for turning around close team fights or helping champions make their dreams to win a 1 v 5 come true.

The Chemtech Dragon’s soul further helps them accomplish this fantasy. Teams that secure the Chemtech soul will get a similar passive to Sion’s, where they’ll revive and they can fight on for a few seconds after death. Those who’ve played the Ultimate Spellbook RGM during the Ruination event earlier this year will be familiar with this effect, because it looks like it’s an exact copy of the Ruination Dragon’s soul effect.

If the Chemtech Dragon spawns third, it will putrefy Summoner’s Rift and create camouflage zones in certain areas of the map.

Chemtech Dragon Rift

The bonuses of these two new dragons are significantly more impactful than any of the other dragon’s effects at the moment and it will be interesting to see how their inclusion will shape League of Legends’ meta in next year’s season.


This wraps up the preview of the most significant changes coming to Summoner’s Rift in the League of Legends Preseason 2022. We’ll keep you updated on any further teasers or changes coming in the future.

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