15+ Unexpected Settings for LoL Pro Players use

Although League of Legends is no Counter-Strike, there are still a few key settings to improve your gameplay. Most of the settings have no hardware requirements, so you can replicate Settings for LoL that Pro Players use.

Video settings

Window settings

The default behavior here would be sticking to full screen. Some pros, however, prefer to play in window mode. Supports often utilize that to track summoner spells in the notepad. Besides, reducing the size of the gameplay window makes it easier to look around the screen. It could be salvation for many people that struggle to keep up with the minimap and the game at the same time. 

Borderless mode generally catches flak in the gaming community, as it sometimes adds input lag. There have been no reports of that for League, but some players have traced occasional FPS drops to Borderless. As a result, our basic recommendation is to stick with full screen or window, although you can experiment with borderless at your own risk.

V-Sync settings for LoL

This one is pretty simple: disable V-Sync. It forces the game to match your screen’s refresh rate. The fault lies with implementation: your client buffers excessive frames to stay at the same pace. It leads to input lag, as you get to see gameplay-relevant frames later than you would. 

Frame Cap settings for LoL

Now, this is podracing optimization. You should cap the frame rate to your monitor’s refresh rate, as this prevents frame skipping and jitters. Riot Games themselves advise pro players to keep cap their frame rates at 144 (144Hz monitors were the esports industry standard at the time). After all, older games do not always handle high-end machines of today well, and League comes from 2009. 

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Graphics settings for LoL

This comes down to personal preference, as long as you can maintain the capped frame rate. Most pros tend to use Medium or higher. Unlike with some first-person shooters, you don’t really murder the quality to increase visibility in League of Legends.

Resolution settings for LoL

Pros are limited to 1920×1080 on stage, but there is no limit for you. You should, however, prioritize smooth performance over extra “real estate” to dodge and throw skill shots over. If your game behaves oddly on 4K, try lowering the resolution down a bit. Riot Games warn that 4K and above could be unstable.

Interface settings for LoL

Element Size

Minimap is the name of the game, so you should make it big and consider shrinking other elements to free up space. Pros always have the minimap at 100 and tend to have lower HUD size, while chat size is a personal preference.

For non-desktop fellows, my settings (15” laptop, mild myopia) are HUD=2, Chat=21, Minimap=100. This makes the items and the chat just big enough for me to glance at without losing focus on the game. If chat hurts you more than helps, feel free to lower the size all the way to 0. 

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Information

You absolutely want those time stamps on. Utilize them to track Summoner Spell and ultimate cooldowns based on the Alt+Left Mouse Button presses from the team and even yourself. If you’re playing in the windowed mode, use the notepad to the side of the screen to avoid scrolling the chat.

Also, showing spell costs helps a lot. I may know my costs well since I stick to about five champions, but if you play multiple roles and/or like to spice things up, this setting is a life savior. 

Distractions

Disable summoner names. Disable /all chat. Disable enemy emotes and Eternals. 

Hotkeys & Game settings for LoL

Casts

You play quick cast without indicators. This is not negotiable. The extra button press with the default setting is often costly. Now that I think about it, so is leveling up abilities with the mouse instead of Ctrl+[ability button]. 

This recommendation also concerns Attack Move. If you put it on smart cast, you can attack the nearest target by just pressing A on the ground. This makes kiting much easier.

Mouse Speed settings for LoL

Be it in-game mouse speed or the hardware DPI, you want this as low as you can handle. It is no secret that esports athletes (especially in CS:GO) use gigantic mousepads to play on low DPI for precise aim. 

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Team SoloMid’s Bjergsen was notorious for going down all the way to 200 DPI. He did it to take the stress off his wrist before his injury progressed further. Using lower DPI may help you take it up a notch and prevent an injury, as this setup should force you to utilize the arm and not the wrist. 

Camera Lock settings for LoL

Normally, you don’t ever lock the camera. If you or a newbie friend struggle with that, then semi-locked is the way to go. It allows the camera to pan out while still sticking to the player’s champion.

Auto Attack

The pro tip here is to enable auto attack, as you can use the setting to see if a brush is warded (you’ll try hitting the enemies). Alternatively, few players keep it off to avoid awkward positioning mistakes in team fights, even though this is hardly the cause in premier leagues.

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by Simon Kaastrup-Olsen
April 07, 2020

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