Preseason 2022 PBE preview changes revealed

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League of Legends’ Preseason 2022 is set to hit the game’s PBE soon and a preview of the upcoming changes has been released. In a previous article, I wrote about some of the changes expected to come in Preseason 2022. These changes included new items, objective bounties, and two new dragons being revealed. Now, Riot has published a guide with more details of the upcoming changes. The Preseason 2022 PBE preview includes detailed descriptions of the changes players will be seeing and trying out soon.

New dragons hitting the PBE in Preseason 2022

The Chemtech and Hextech dragons are coming to Summoner’s Rift in Preseason 2022. Similarly to existing dragons, these dragons provide various benefits to teams that slay them. These include a standard buff and a more powerful buff to teams that claim their soul. Also, these dragons also change Summoner’s Rift if they’re the third dragon spawning in a game. Here are the more specific details of what these new dragons do:

Chemtech Dragon

  • The standard buff grants bonus damage against enemies with more current health than you, up to a 5% increase in damage per stack.
  • The dragon soul gives players a buff which briefly reanimates them after they die.
  • The Chemtech terrain spawns four gas zones in four jungle locations. These gas zones will camouflage any champion within the zone, hiding them from regular vision wards. However, champions camouflaged in these zones are revealed by Control Wards, Scryer’s Blooms, and other things that grant sight of invisible units.
Preseason 2022 PBE Preview - Chemtech Dragon

The Chemtech Dragon. Image Credit: League of Legends (https://www.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/news/game-updates/preseason-2022-pbe-preview/)

Hextech Dragon

  • The standard buff grants 5% attack speed and 5 ability haste per stack.
  • The dragon soul gives teams a chain lightning that slows when they land a basic attack or ability. However, this chain lightning effect has a moderate cooldown.
  • The Hextech terrain makes pairs of Hex-gates appear across the rift. Champions can use these to travel quickly across paired locations. Champions can activate these gates after channeling briefly, but they can be interrupted by damage or crowd control.
Preseason 2022 PBE Preview - Hextech Dragon

The Hextech Dragon. Image Credit: League of Legends (https://www.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/news/game-updates/preseason-2022-pbe-preview/)

Objective Bounties – A new comeback mechanic

Objective bounties give teams that are behind a new way to regain their footing in a game. However, this new mechanic will activate only when a team is sufficiently behind. Furthermore, objectives with bounties are highlighted for both teams on the minimap. When a losing team claims an objective with an active bounty, each member of the team gets the objective bounty gold. This gold is split amongst them.

Four factors determine objective bounty calculations: Gold lead, XP lead, Turret lead, and Dragon lead. The following is the base amount of additional gold a team gains when claiming an active bounty:

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

These base amounts can increase by up to an additional 60% as a losing team falls farther behind. There is a 15 second warning period for an objective bounty to come online and a 15 second lingering duration when falling off. The losing team can extend this time frame by remaining in combat with an active objective bounty.

Items coming to PBE for Preseason 2022

Next on the list of changes coming to the PBE are new items. The following are the new items arriving in the Preseason 2022 PBE update.

Crown of the Shattered Queen 

  • 70 Ability Power
  • 250 Health
  • 600 Mana
  • 20 Ability Haste
  • You are Safeguarded, reducing incoming damage by 50%. Safeguard persists for 1.5 seconds after taking damage.
  • While Safeguarded, gain 10-40 Ability Power based on level.
  • Regain Safeguard if you haven’t taken champion damage for 40 seconds.
  • Mythic Passive: Grants all other legendary items 1% Move Speed & 50 Health

The first new item revealed in the Preseason 2022 PBE Preview is the Crown of the Shattered Queen. This new item grants its wielders added protection from burst damage and grants them bonus stats while they possess the Safeguard buff. Because of this, this item is good on long range mages who need additional protection against assassins.

Evenshroud

  • 200 Health
  • 20 Ability Haste
  • 30 Armor
  • 30 Magic Resist
  • Repentance – After immobilizing champions or being immobilized, cause that target and all nearby enemies to Repent. Enemies with Repent take 12% increased damage for 5 seconds.
  • Mythic Passive: Grants all other legendary items 5 armor and magic resist.

Evenshroud is the second new mythic item coming into the PBE. Based on the stats it provides, it looks like this item is the mythic item replacement of Abyssal Mask. Beefy champions who like starting fights for their team will find this item useful.

Winter’s Approach

  • 400 Health
  • 500 Mana
  • 15 Ability Haste
  • Awe: Gain bonus health equal to 8% mana.
  • Mana Charge: Striking a target with an attack or ability consumes a charge to grant 3 bonus mana, doubled if the target is a champion. This item grants a maximum of 360 mana at which point it transforms into Fimbulwinter.

Fimbulwinter

  • 400 Health
  • 860 Mana
  • 15 Ability Haste
  • Awe: Gain bonus health equal to 8% mana.
  • Everlasting: Immobilizing or slowing (melee only) an enemy champion consumes 3% of current mana and grants a shield for 3 seconds, absorbing damage. The shield value is increased by 80% if more than one enemy is nearby.

Winter’s Approach and Fimbulwinter are the tank items of the Tear of the Goddess line of items. Players who’ve played League of Legends: Wild Rift will be familiar with this item, since it first debuted there. This item gives mana hungry tanks more resources to spam their abilities and grants them shields whenever they apply crowd control onto enemies.

Axiom Arc

  • 55 Attack Damage
  • 10 Lethality
  • 25 Ability Haste
  • Refresh – Whenever a champion dies within 3 seconds of having damaged them, refund 25% of your Ultimate Ability’s total cooldown.

Assassin itemization has been fairly lackluster throughout the 2021 season. Axiom Arc gives assassins like Zed who rely more on their ultimate abilities to score kills more uptime on their ultimate ability if they can secure kills, making this a powerful item for snowballing.

Shadowflame

  • 80 Ability Power
  • 250 Health
  • Damage to champions benefits from 10-20 Magic Penetration based on the target’s current health (Max value at 1000 or less health, Min value at 2500 or more health).
  • Gain the max penetration value if the target was recently affected by a shield.

Shadowflame gives burst mages higher burst potential when facing teams that feature a lot of shielding.

Runes

Finally, the last changes included in the Preseason 2022 PBE preview are the runes. There are three rune changes coming to the PBE.

Lethal Tempo

  • Gain attack speed for 6 seconds when striking at least one enemy champion with each attack. This effect stacks up to 6 times.
  • While this effect is at its cap, also gain attack range and increase your attack speed cap up to 3.0.

Glacial Augment 

  • Immobilizing an enemy champion will cause 3 glacial rays to emanate from them towards you and other nearby champions, creating frozen zones for a few seconds that slow enemies for 40% and reduce their damage by 15% against your allies (not including yourself).

First Strike

  • Damaging an enemy champion with an attack or ability before they do so grants 5 bonus 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) of that damage dealt as gold.

Note: First Strike will be coming to the PBE a little later. Stay tuned!


This wraps up the current changes coming to the PBE in League of Legends Preseason 2022. It’s going to be exciting to see how these changes will affect the game’s meta when it hits live servers. Stay tuned for more updates to come towards the end of the year!

 

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