The techno-chemical dragon and the Hextech, which are the subject of a lot of curiosities, can finally be tested on the PBE with all the other changes that are scheduled for 2022 on the MOBA.
How will the competition be upset by the changes in 2022? That’s the question many players are asking themselves as League of Legends Season 11 nears its end. The first elements of response can be discovered today. A new update brought the changes from the 2022 preseason to the Test Server (PBE), where it is possible to register here.
Dragons at the heart of the changes
The addition of 2 new dragons is the change that has caught the community’s attention the most. Especially because their effects are perceived as very powerful. On the one hand, the techno-chemical dragon gives a bonus damage against tanks and above all, its soul offers a “second life” in case of elimination. This bonus can, on paper, change the course of a game. So it will be interesting to see how it got implanted in the Rift. Finally, the dragon ground will offer areas of camouflage that counter the wards … just that.
The other dragon, the Hextech, above all has an interesting terrain effect: it creates teleportation portals around the map. This effect could, again, have a particularly strong influence on the meta. Its standard buff, meanwhile, grants attack speed and skill boost, and its soul a target slowing skill that can be used by all players on the team.
Give back a place to comebacks
The other aspect that will get significant changes will be the pace of the game. In the current meta, some pro players have mentioned that snowball leaves little room for comeback in a game, which lacks balance. Riot Games seems to have noticed this too, as the developers added a post-midgame comeback tool: objective bonuses.
They are only available to the team that is late and give 250 to 500 gold. (250 for a turret and 500 for a Baron or dragon) in addition for the team which is behind, without giving a bonus to the one which is ahead. Obviously, the team that has the lead will be able to see which are the objectives that will give a bonus. This is to give them the opportunity to defend them. This could give rise to more clutch moments which change the course of a game, especially since the bonus is quite substantial.
Again, on paper, it’s a mechanic that could have significant consequences on the meta. So it will be interesting to see the feedback from the community and the balances that will adjust it before the 2022 season. Finally, players on the PBE can test new mythical items. And others that have been changed (such as the very popular Turbo Chemtank), as well as rune changes.
Players will have one month to test the 2022 preseason changes to the PBE. And this before others can discover them on the live servers before the end of the year.