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League of Legends’ Chemtech and Hextech dragons get buffed next patch

There are some buffs coming up for League of Legends' two new drakes, and a nerf for the Chemtech dragon's soul

If you’ve caught our League of Legends patch 11.24 notes, you’ll know that Riot Games has now given us an early idea of what’s coming in the way of balance changes for the first big rebalancing patch of 2022’s Preseason. While there are no specifics on exact tweaks just yet, we know there’s a smattering of balance changes coming – and League of Legends’ new Chemtech and Hextech dragons are in the studio’s sights for some buffs.

Developer Riot Phlox has posted the early 11.24 patch preview on Twitter (below), revealing that the two dragons – which came to League of Legends as part of its big new batch of Preseason 2022 changes and content – are getting some TLC. It’s not clear exactly how much Riot will be dialling up their prowess on the Rift, but it looks like the changes won’t be major, with the early preview noting the changes as a “Chemtech mini dragon buff” and “Hextech mini dragon buff”, respectively.

It looks like the changes coming up will be balanced out to an extent by a nerf coming to the Chemtech dragon’s soul, though. This soul gives your champion a buff in the form of a brief second life if they die, being able to revive where they’re stood and make use of their auto-attack and abilities before dropping.

It’s not clear yet how this feature will be nerfed, given it has a pretty absolute gameplay effect, but we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out. The early patch previews typically land on Twitter a day or so before the more detailed rundowns get posted, at which point the changes hit the testing servers, so we should get an idea of the Chemtech and Hextech drake changes very soon.

There’s been some chatter in the MOBA game’s community about the role the new dragons and their souls have been playing as part of League’s meta since their recent arrival, with some mixed feelings about whether they’re fine as-is or need a little rebalancing. However, with this being the first big pass on balancing since the Preseason 2022 content came to the live game, it’s to be expected that the new additions will need a little fine-tuning as a follow-up. Hopefully these changes will help get the dragons in just the right spot for when 11.24 goes live.

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Elsewhere in the early patch preview, Riot’s detailed some direct buffs and nerfs coming to Ivern and Camille, respectively, along with some other tinkerings for the game’s systems. You can check these out above, and keep an eye on our patch notes to see the changes in detail soon – when they hit the PBE, we’ll pop everything you need to know in there.