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How to Reduce Lag in League of Legends

League of Legends is quite literally the most played game in the world. With 27 million players logging onto Riot servers daily, it’s no wonder that some of us experience that pesky League of Legends lag we all know too well.

What is Lag?

There are a number of variables that can cause lag on the Rift. In a game with a fast and stable internet connection, when you tell your character to move, your PC sends that information to the game server. The server broadcasts this movement to the other players, and then the other players see this movement in real time with no noticeable delay. But in a game where latency [ping] is high, you might start to see your character and others jumping around the map. Ping is the amount of time it takes to send a packet (a piece of data) and receive a response from your PC to a game server, or vice-versa. Packet loss is the percentage of packets that don’t arrive at their destination within a set amount of time. Jitter, or ping spikes, is  the fluctuation of ping over time (standard deviation). For the best in-game experience, ping, jitter and packet loss should all be as low as possible.

Step One: Switch to Ethernet

If Riot, the creators of League of Legends said it, you know it has to be gospel: WiFi is inferior to Ethernet for gaming! WiFi can provide unpredictability and suffer from interference that can degrade your connection to the Riot servers. Connecting to the internet via Ethernet provides a more stable link between your PC and the game servers with less likelihood for interruption. While it’s not always possible (or practical) to connect an Ethernet cable to  your router, a common work around such as an Ethernet over powerline adapter could be a less tangled option.

Step Two: Optimize Your PC for League

League of Legends is not new to the PC gaming scene. Considering it was released in October 2009, it doesn’t require the most modern gaming rig, but it is always ideal to have a correctly working and fully updated operating system. Additionally, you should verify that your graphics driver is up to date. You can also help your PC operate more efficiently by closing background applications that aren’t essential to League of Legends. Websites, downloads, and video or music streaming all cause unnecessary strain and take up valuable computing resources. Let your computer focus on running the game so you can focus on winning.

Step Three: Change LoL Game Settings

Making changes in the graphic settings in League of Legends is another way to give your game more speed. Assuming you meet the minimum requirements for League, you can reduce all visual settings to find the “sweet point”, cap your FPS, and turn off shadows for optimized performance in-game.

Step Four: Install Haste

Haste is new technology that can reduce lag, jitter and packet loss in League of Legends.

Unlike other lag-reduction solutions that use VPNs (virtual private networks), Haste relies on its specially designed, patent-pending network technology to give your game the best possible connection. Using multipathing to connect your PC to the Riot servers, Haste reduces packet loss, jitter, and ping. Our custom network infrastructure is monitored in real time meaning the more you use Haste, the more Haste will learn about your connection to ensure you have the best available routes. You can read more about Haste’s technology here, or watch SoloRenektonOnly demonstrate how Haste lowers his ping in League of Legends. Haste is free to try, so why not create an account and see the difference today!

These steps to optimize League of Legends should make a positive impact in your game performance. There’s no better time to try Haste to see how it stabilizes your connection to the Riot servers, lowers your ping, and gives you a competitive edge.

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