This return of the Chemical Dragon and related map effects in the 2023 Pre-Season is expected to be more successful than the debut.
The Chemical Dragon was released during the 2022 Pre-Season period of League of Legends and existed for a period of time at the beginning of the season. However, it brought too many problems for the balance team from the Dragon Soul effect to the Chemistry Map.
Not long after that, Riot had to officially announce the indefinite lock of the Dragon Chemistry skill to fix the bug. After nearly a year of research and finding a way to fix it, the League of Legends design team is confident to bring back the Dragon Transformation Technique and its signature map in the 2023 Pre-Season.
The Enchantment Dragon buff will grant “5% Effect Resistance and 5% Shield and Health Heal per stack”. Meanwhile, the Dragon Soul effect will be “When below 50% health, take 10% damage reduction and damage dealt increases by 10%”.
These are considered strong stats, but they are not as haunting as the “zombie transformation” effect in the previous season. Therefore, Riot is very confident in this comeback and also gives reasonable reasons for bringing back the Dragon Transformation.
“Dragon Transformation was created based on effects from the film Arcane. At that time, people were very interested in the underground city of Zaun and related things. However, its launch is causing a bit of trouble as we can’t control it.” Riot Phroxzon shared.
“I think the Elemental Dragons and related maps will offer a variety of gameplay in each game, even in terms of aesthetics. Therefore, the return of the Dragon Transformation Technique this time will really give players more options.”
The Chemical Dragon will return with a series of other changes of the 2023 Pre-Season in the upcoming 12.22 update. It is expected that this version will land on official servers from November 16.