Every League of Legends setting: Explained

September 23 2021

Every League of Legends setting: Explained
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What if I told you that your settings could make a huge difference in League of Legends?

You’ve probably heard the expressions ‘Jungle difference’, ‘Mid difference’, and even ‘team comp difference’. But what about a settings difference?

Chances are, a lot of League veterans never went through their in-game settings. I’d never tumbled further than the video settings until a few years ago, and I’ve played League of Legends for seven years.

Players who are not aware of these in-game setting changes are at a disadvantage. They are missing out on crucial gameplay improvements and accessibility that are merely a few clicks away.

This list will go over every setting from graphics to sound and beyond. This guide is written for you to follow along, so feel free to open up your League client as you read! Dive into this list and unlock your very own setting difference.

I. Graphical Settings for League of Legends

Before going a step further, we first need to address how the game performs.

Unlike other esports titles, League of Legends is a low-spec friendly video game. What that means is the game can run perfectly fine on any PC. Riot Games has put in a lot of effort to optimize the game for both high-end and low-end systems so you can enjoy the game without significant delay. However, there are advantages to playing the game with a specifically set configuration.

⚙To access video settings, you must launch into a custom game (or practice tool).

General

Let's start with the most basic options.

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained

Resolution should always match your monitor. Thankfully, the game already does that for us. If you see a star sign next to a resolution option, select that one to match your monitor. While you’re at it, go ahead and select Borderless under Window Mode. It helps you to tab out faster.

Below the resolution, you can see Color blind mode. With this option on, the game makes specific colors more visible. For example, green will turn yellow, which distinguishes your health bar apart from the dark green theme of Summoner's Rift. It is a neat setting to turn on, even if you're not colorblind. Sometimes that slightly heightened contrast will give your game the edge needed to push your team to victory! Try it out, see what you think.

Okay, what about eye candy? Eye candy is the animation of Summoner's Rift, the wind, the motion of the lake, those little details that the dev included to make the game more realistic. While eye-candy does not stress the performance, it adds no value to the gameplay and can potentially put tension on your eyes during dragon pit skirmishes. Therefore, eye candy should be turned off.

Screen shake should be disabled as it can distract the eyes.

Relative team colors are the same colors as your minions and structures, no matter what side. I don't turn it on because it confuses me with blue minions on the red side.

Graphics

Performance is the driving force behind smooth gameplay.

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained

Now, you might think this is obvious. Any gamer knows that reducing the video quality will result in increased performance. Please stick with me here, because I am going beyond performance. I am going into clarity and visibility, what you can see, and how we can use this to our advantage.

A contrast between high character definition and low-quality environments allows the eyes to capture spells and characters better because they do not blend together.

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained

High effects quality brings further clarity to spells. You can see how Ezreal's Q looks more distinct and clear, compared to a badly-rendered white blob.

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained Before
Every League of Legends Setting, Explained After

Now, we can take a step further by enabling Character Inking.

Character Inking highlights the outlines of both you and your enemies, which allow champions to stand out more from the environment.

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained No ink
Every League of Legends Setting, Explained With Ink

Framerate

If you want consistent gameplay throughout every match, you have got to put a cap on the frame rate.

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained framerate

The cap must match your monitor's refresh rate. Your monitor cannot process frames that are higher than the refresh rate. Those wasted frames then contribute to lowering your PC's performance.

While you're at it, don't forget vertical sync. I went into detail about vertical sync in my Rainbow Six Siege lag-fix guide, so give it a read if you are interested in learning more.

If you want to skip the shenanigans, go ahead and disable Vertical Sync, it makes the gameplay more consistent on low-end PCs.

II. Sound Settings for League of Legends

According to research, people recognize and process sound much faster than visual. If you can use sound to your advantage, you're already one step ahead of your opponents.

⚙You can access sound and other settings under the In-Game tab.

Enhance Audio Cues

Music, character's dialogue lines, and sound effects all overlapping one another act as a significant distraction. It would help if you could hear what is happening on the Summoner's Rift. Therefore, it’s important to be selective with which sound settings we leave on. Here’s what you need to turn off:

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained, Sound

Ambient sounds are relaxing and all, but they can distract you from hearing distinctive sound cues such as champions' ultimate indicator and spells. If you mistake an incoming Sion's Unstoppable Onslaught for the waterfall sound effect, you’re in big trouble.

Jokes aside, music and voice lines are distractions. Therefore, make sure to mute them before your next game.

III. Hotkey Settings for League of Legends

Let's dive into the meat of this list.

Hotkeys are the most critical settings in League of Legends. A proper hotkeys set-up will allow you to take advantage of every assistance that the game has to offer.

Quick Cast

When it comes to casting, you need to find what fits your playstyle. However, I would recommend giving quick cast a chance and trying to work with it as it will benefit your casting time for the future. 

Majority of the high level players prefer playing with quick cast due to its casting speed. It allows you to cast your spells without delay, and the reaction time becomes more and more important as you advance through the ranks. 

On the other hand, normal cast has its benefits as well. Using the indicator will help you use your spells in a very precise manner, and it’s especially useful when playing champions like Rumble. 

To have the best of both worlds, you can use your quick cast with the indicator. If you prefer to go even further, you can go down the pro route. Many professional players use quick cast and assign key bindings to enable normal casting, if needed. 

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained Quick Cast

Whatever playstyle you choose, it will require a lot of practice. So, give yourself time to practice different casting options to see what works best for you.

Enable Smart Ping

Smart Ping is in the game for players to communicate with one another more effectively.

There are four pings: Danger, On My Way, Assist Me, and Enemy Missing. You can assign each ping to a specific button, or hold Alt and drag your mouse to the corresponding ping.

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained Ping

Additionally, you can assign a ping that indicates a warded area (default is disabled).

Assign Hotkey for "Attack Champion Only"

This hotkey is useful when you are diving your opponents under the tower. During those moments, precision is of the utmost importance. If you misclick the last auto on the turret and your enemies live with 15 health, I guarantee you’ll stay up late, unable to stop thinking about that awkward moment.

IV. Interface Settings for League of Legends

A couple of settings to help you stay focused during a match.

Interface Size

HUD and mini-map size should be up to preference. They should be big enough for you to obtain information quickly, but not too large that they obstruct the screen and prevent you from observing your surroundings. Play around with it and see what works best.

Health and Resource Bar

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained Health

Health bars are mandatory, so they stay on. HUD Animations are personal preferences. I like it enabled so I can see my health bar flowing - very visually pleasing.

Enable Champion Names

Summoner names can be distracting. They can prevent you from knowing what champions you are dealing with at the moment. With skins coming out every patch, it is harder to track who is who, especially if you are a new player. Even returning players have trouble identifying the champions from time to time, and I don't blame them for that.

You can select Champion Name under Show Names Above Healthbar to better identify your opponents.

Notifications

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained Notifications

Both Screen flash on damage and loss of control should be enabled. These settings help to alert you of receiving damage when the camera is not on your champion.

Champion Highlight is a neat feature to let you quickly know the position of your champion and your allies.

Ability and Attack Display

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained Ability

Attack Range and Spell Costs are essential features because they display necessary information while you are playing. Knowing your champion's attack range will allow you to poke more efficiently while staying out of range.

Target Frame on Attack is an option to enable the yellow highlight of the champions that are winding up their attack animations on you, so you can see which hit you are about to receive. While not necessary, it is a helpful feature.

Mini Map

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained Minimap

Mini Map is such a powerful tool that I would be a fool not to include it in this guide. These settings are enabled by default, but give it a check to see if they’re off, and turn them back on if so. Neutral Camps are icons of jungle monsters. If you’re skilled enough, you can guess the approximate location of the enemies' jungler by observing which neutral camps are gone.

Minimap Movement allows the game to track champions' location in real-time with the mini-map. You can use it to extract information and form plans on the fly.

Learning the mini-map remains the best way to improve your macro gameplay. If you haven't, check out this guide on becoming a better League of Legends player.

Chat

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained Chat

If words tend to get to you, I would recommend disabling All chat. It makes the game more enjoyable if you come across toxic players.

Timestamps help you track enemy summoners' spells such as Flash, Heal, and Exhaust. Knowing when these spells will be available allows you to make better decisions about incoming fights or plays. Though, it would only work if you pinged those spells first so they can appear in chat. 

V. Game Settings for League of Legends

This section is where you can tweak your mouse sensitivity and camera movement, along with a few game changes.

Every League of Legends Setting, Explained Control

Disable Camera on Revive

Do you notice your camera shifts to your champion every time you respawn?

If so, it is better to turn that feature off so it doesn't interrupt you while trying to observe a fight, or setting up a teleport flank. It can be frustrating to spam your teleport on a ward only to find yourself staring at the fountain when your character respawns, missing that one opportunity entirely.

Enable Smooth Camera

Some League players play the game with high mouse sensitivity. A smooth camera allows a slow scroll and reduces motion sickness if you are sensitive to fast movements.

Camera Lock Mode

Camera lock mode sets your champion in the center of the screen at all times. It can be beneficial if you want to spot yourself in the middle of a chaotic team fight or if you are a high mobility champion.

ℹ️ There are three lock modes: Per-Side Offset, Fixed Offset, and Semi-Locked.

Fixed Offset - locks the camera to the center of the screen, where your champion is.

Per-Side Offset - locks the camera slightly right to the center to enable a better view of your lane opponent.

Semi-Locked - allows you to span the camera around in a limited box. The camera never goes farther than your champion.

Semi-Locked provides the most view compared to other modes. I have found this mode uncomfortable to use, but to each their own. Feel free to choose the mode that suits you best.

Once selected, you can lock and unlock the camera in-game by clicking the icon (near the mini-map), or pressing Y. You can also hold the spacebar for the locked screen and release it when you are done.

Enable Movement Prediction

Movement prediction is an interesting feature introduced by Riot Games to improve high-latency and packet loss.

Movement prediction works similarly to a client-side prediction technique in a way that it reacts to user input before the server receives and updates the packet.

If you experience high ping (~80ms), this setting might help to alleviate the network lag. However, many people report having worse network latency when this feature is enabled since the client cannot predict real-time data.

You should therefore run tests to make sure your network does not get affected negatively.

Enable Attack Move on Cursor

This is an advanced setting for ADCs and champions designed to deal damage with basic attacks. When executing an attack move, your champion will hit the enemy closest to you, no matter if it is a minion or a tank. With this setting enabled, you will attack the nearest enemy to your cursor.

VI. Conclusion

Settings are often the most overlooked part when players are searching for ways to improve. No one thinks about how technical aspects can impact their gameplay. That is why tweaking with settings can create advantages that people often overlook. 

I hope you learned something from the list. If you enjoy this content and would like to read more guides, check out our League of Legends section. Other than that, enjoy your improved gameplay!

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Bryan Wurz

Bryan Wurz
Bryan Wurz

Excellent mechanics do not win tournaments, teamwork does. Work together to win!

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