Can you think of any video games that took the industry to the next level? I can think of a few from the past decade alone: games like Minecraft by Mojang and Fornite by Epic Games. And, of course, the behemoth known as League of Legends or LoL.
Inspired by a Warcraft mod called Defense of the Ancients, League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) that’s become the go-to model for the genre. Its popularity is unparalleled: so much so that it continues to be the most-watched game on Twitch, despite being 10-years old.
Thanks to that long-standing success, LoL’s developer, Riot Games, is finally expanding development to new LoL titles across various genres. New titles in the franchise include innovative hits like Team Fight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra. But even with new these new games, the Riot team continues to update and refine League, meaning it’s not going away any time soon.
If you’ve ever wanted to feel the glory of taking out an opposing team’s Nexus, read on for the best League of Legends settings to get up to speed in a heartbeat.
Best League of Legends PC Settings
Like many long-standing titles, LoL has both benefits and drawbacks for being an older game. Even with consistent updates, you’ll begin to notice that many of the best settings have been staples for pro players and streamers over the last few years. Still, there are enough changes being made that you should make adjustments every now and again.
The following sections cover the best mouse, keybinds, controller, video, and sound settings for PC in 2022.
Note: Settings may vary based on your PC, accessories, and chosen champion. Start here and adjust depending on playstyle and individual requirements.
Best League of Legends Mouse Settings for PC
Unlike competitive shooters, MOBA’s are all about maximizing your clicks to move and reposition your champion as quickly as possible. You’ll also need to take care of the direction you aim your clicks when executing moves; otherwise, you may send your attacks in directions you never intended. It’s this need for intricate and effective mouse movement that means you should spend more time than usual optimizing your mouse settings.
Mouse Acceleration: Off
Leaving mouse acceleration on will lead to random increases and decreases in mouse speed depending on the extent of your movement. Switch this off to avoid inaccuracy with your mouse while assuring that you’ll be able to refine your movement over time.
Mouse DPI: 1200 – 1600+
What is the best DPI for League of Legends? For most players, between 1200-1600 DPI is ideal. You want it to be fast enough to target anything on screen, but slow enough that you don’t misclick the wrong target. Precision is everything.
LoL is one of those games where using an incredibly high DPI setting can actually be a benefit. This means that you’ll be able to pull off moves and clicks much quicker, while sacrificing accuracy. Still, the name of the game here is speed, and we recommend starting with a relatively high setting and adapting it to your liking.
Mouse Speed: 20 – 25
Keep your in-game mouse speed at a lower setting to offset the effects of higher DPI. This should help you maintain control even at higher speeds.
Camera Move Speed (Mouse): 15 – 20
Keep this speed similar to your movement settings to avoid confusion when adjusting the camera.
Camera Move Speed (Keyboard): 55 – 60
Set the camera movement keyboard setting higher than your mouse’s to scope out and zoom across the map in a pinch.
Best League of Legends Keybinds for PC
You’ll find that the hot keybinds remain somewhat similar between different champions. The goal here is to keep everything within your fingers reach.
Abilities: Q, W, E, R
Summoner Spells: D, F
Items: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, C
Quick Casting: Quick Cast All
Self Cast: Alt + Key
Auto Level Up: CTRL + Spell Key
Target Champions Only: ~
Client Settings: Enable Low Spec Mode
Before you start adjusting in-game video settings, one of the first things you’ll want to do is turn on Low-Spec Mode within LoL’s launcher. The steps to set this up are:
- Start the game and go to settings
- Choose general settings
- Click enable low spec mode
The benefit of opting into this setting is that your client will use less power, which allocated more resources towards running League and maximizing your settings.
Best League of Legends Graphics Settings for PC
If you have a high-performing PC at your disposal, you’ll be able to maximize visual quality without suffering FPS dips. But even less powerful machines can handle League’s graphical load fairly easily.
If you’re seeking a reliable starting point, check out the following settings to ensure maximum performance.
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Stick to the industry standard here and opt for 1080p resolution. You can push this up to the maximum setting, but it may lead to screen tearing.
Windowed Mode: Borderless or Full Screen
Either option is great for maximizing on-screen real estate, and the ideal solution depends on your personal preference.
Start at low or very low for a noticeable performance boost. Once you adjust the next setting (character quality), the game will switch you over to custom automatically.
Character Quality: Medium
This affects the visuals of in-game character models and should be kept at medium to distinguish between characters while avoiding dips in frame rate.
Environment Quality: Low
While the map environments can be awe-inspiring to look at, it doesn’t help your gameplay. Set this to Low for a decent performance boost.
Effects Quality: Low
Effects Quality determines the overall quality of effects like flames, spells, and other GFX. Set to low for maximum performance.
Playing on a 2D plane means that shadows are virtually worthless to you for competitive gameplay. Keep this off to avoid performance dips.
Character Inking: Off
Displays a black border around characters. Unnecessary for most players, and unchecking provides a significant bump in performance.
Advanced Graphics Settings
Frame Rate: Uncapped
Set this to uncapped to take advantage of every frame you can get. By doing so, it will automatically match your monitor’s refresh rate.
Keeping this off will lead to jagged graphical edges, but the FPS boost is well worth the tradeoff.
Vertical Sync: Off
You’ll only notice the effects of this being on if your FPS drops below the monitor refresh rate. And believe me, you’ll notice it and wish you’d turned this setting off to save frames.
Best League of Legends Interface Settings for PC
This part is really up to your personal preference but if you’re unsure where to start, try out these settings.
HUD Scale: 100
Keep this at 100 to assure everything is visible and front-and-center
Cursor Scale: 50
Minimize the cursor just a bit to make sure it doesn’t block gameplay while maintaining visibility.
Chat Scale: 65 – 75
Keep this a bit below the maximum size to ensure you can read incoming team chats while avoiding any unnecessary distractions.
Minimap Scale: 100
You’ll want this maxed out so you can quickly find yourself (and others) on the map.
Death Recap Scale: 75 – 100
This is up to you and how much value death recaps have on your gameplay and strategy.
Best League of Legends Audio Settings for PC
There are mixed reviews regarding the importance of audio in LoL. Some find it extremely vital, while others find that optimization does nothing. Still, we’ve found that many stick to settings that resemble other competitive titles.
Try out the following audio settings and tweak based on the amount you chat and the in-game audio you find essential.
Master Volume: 75
Music Volume: 0
Announcer Volume: 85
Voice Volume: 75
Sound FX Volume: 50
Ambiance Volume: 25
Pings Volume: 100
As you can see, you’ll want to push the announcer and ping volume above all other audio to quickly react to in-game directions. Be sure to minimize sound effects and ambiance, and eliminate music to avoid any distractions.
Putting it to Practice
LoL may have passed the decade mark, but optimized settings are just as important as ever. While much of it is relatively simple when compared to modern games, it’s easy to see how this has come to define some of the common best settings for professional PC gaming.
You may find yourself tweaking various visual and mouse settings depending on your go-to champion, but this should still offer a great starting point. From there, it’s up to you to hone in on those fast clicks and identify the best speed and keybind combos.
So what are you waiting for? Jump into a match and put your new settings to the test!