League of Legends Preseason Changes Include Elemental Rifts Coming in Season 11

League of Legends preseason changes were announced Tuesday evening as part of Riot Games' massive 10-year celebration of its flagship title.

Riot Games traditionally releases major changes for the next season in a preseason ahead of time. It's the biggest time of the year for gameplay changes in League of Legends.

Elemental Rifts are at the forefront of the changes affecting how the dragon pit and other areas of the map will operate in Season 11.

League of Legends Preseason Changes: Elemental Rifts

Here's everything you need to know about the new Elemental Rifts, according to Riot Games' post:

Infernal Rift

  • The Infernal Drake sunders the Rift, creating new pathways through buff camps and burning away their brush. In addition, the dragon pit itself becomes the Infernal Drake’s molten domain, crumbling the walls at the mouth of the pit. New paths make opportunities for a quick flank or sidestep that your opponent isn’t expecting.

Ocean Rift

  • The Ocean Drake brings new life to the Rift, causing existing brush to expand, fresh patches of brush to grow around the dragon pit, and the environment to flood with pools of water. In addition, Honeyfruit plants sprout up in each jungle quadrant. Sneak around the jungle or look for a new ambush opportunity.

Cloud Rift

  • The Cloud Drake’s power spawns air currents flowing through the jungle and dragon pit, speeding up champions in the vicinity. Dodge skillshots or make a swift collapse on your enemies trying to sneak a far away objective.

Mountainous Rift

  • The Mountain Drake triggers a seismic shift throughout the Rift. Bluffs of rock erupt from the earth, making for some scary new choke points and ambush locations, most notably across the mouth of the dragon pit itself. Extra tight spaces give opportunities for big AOE wombos and create some interesting new hiding spots with fog of war.

For more information on Elemental Rifts and other preseason changes, or other announcements such as Project A, head to the League of Legends website.

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