Playing with a high ping in any online game can be very frustrating, and the same goes for League of Legends. Here’s how you can potentially lower your ping.
League of Legends is a game where quick reactions and keeping track of different things are key parts of succeeding. Without being able to make quick movements, cast a quick spell combination, or keep an eye on opponents and teammates, it’s very hard to succeed in LoL and climb the ranked ladder. This is why ping is a crucial factor when playing. A high ping will result in big disadvantages that will ultimately hurt the game experience for any player.
These methods will help to handle a high ping and to avoid playing with a high ping to begin with.
Ping is also commonly referred to as latency. The ping tells something about how much time it takes for a data set to be sent from your device to a server and then back to the device once again. The ping, therefore, refers to a two-way latency, since it’s basically doing a round trip. This can be any action in an online game like League of Legends, such as casting a spell or just moving around the map.
Having a good and stable ping is luckily very easy to keep track of. While playing a game, players enable the ping to display on the screen at all times to make sure it’s not too high. Simply navigate to the settings, click on “display”, and enable the “toggle FPS display” keybind function.
When enabled, the ping will always show in the corner of the screen while also showing while in the loading screen as always. So what is a good ping? What players find normal is very different as it’s possible to get used to playing with different pings. In professional games, players are playing with a ping at around 1, but that is very hard to reach while playing on official servers online. On a server like EUW, a ping from 10 to 70 is considered normal and good. Everything above might feel laggy to some. In the North American server, pings can be higher since data sometimes have to travel further. This means that depending on location and internet speed, some players can have pings at over 100 at a regular basis.
These methods should hopefully help you to lower your ping in League of Legends.
Note that a high ping can also be caused by other factors that players can’t do anything about. It can be because of Riot Games’ servers, or specific internet providers in a user’s area. In these cases, players must wait it out until the ping is back to normal, or pursue a solution with their ISP.