The DPI settings are a personal preference, and what you set them at is entirely up to you. However, we’re going to go over what we feel would be the best DPI settings for League of Legends. When we first started playing LoL, we started out with low DPI settings, and about a year later, we decided to mess around with the DPI settings and make them higher, and to our surprise, we did so much better.
We all want to do our best on League of Legends, right? If your PC gaming is lacking behind, then it might not be your skills that need improvement; it could very well be your DPI you need to improve.
Your Mouse Could Be Holding You Back
It’s sad to think that your mouse (the thing you hold in your hand every day) could be holding you back. Those of you who aren’t familiar with DPI stand for “dots per inch.” This is a term used to refer to how precisely your mouse is able to move. When a mouse has a higher DPI, it doesn’t take a lot of movement to cover a lot of screen space.
Does DPI matter in League of Legends?
For shooter games, DPI isn’t talked about because we already know that they are about precision and speed. DPI matters a lot in League of Legends. If you pay attention to professional players, they will have their DPI settings turned up.
Turn Your Windows Mouse Acceleration off
If you have never really looked into the mouse settings on your PC, then you probably still have mouse acceleration turned on, and you don’t even realize it. So, before we move forward, let’s go ahead and switch it off.
When you have mouse acceleration on, it alters the mouse’s behavior when it moves, and this isn’t good because in LoL, and any other PC game, you want to have full control over your mouse.
Windows upped the mouse acceleration to help individuals with pointer precision while performing daily tasks, such as browsing the web. Sure, this comes in handy for basic tasks, but when you’re playing a game like League of Legends (mechanically intensive one), this can make a big difference…a difference between winning or losing in a match.
When you turn mouse acceleration off, this will prevent Windows from messing with your mouse while playing the game. Your aim will be left up to you instead of your computer.
How to Switch Mouse Acceleration off:
- Open up your Windows search bar and type “mouse settings”
- Choose “Change your mouse settings”
- Click on “Additional mouse options”
- Choose the tab that says “Pointer Options”
- Make sure to uncheck the box that says “Enhance Pointer Precision”
- Click “Apply”
- Click “Okay.”
Finding the Best DPI Settings that are Suitable for You
If your mouse is compatible, you will be able to change your DPI settings. If you’re using the type of mouse that comes with the PC, or one that doesn’t have any special external software or side buttons, then you’ll want to get yourself a gaming mouse.
You really shouldn’t buy cheap ‘gaming’ mouses as they tend to have low DPI.
Like we previously stated, DPI will determine how many pixels your mouse covers with each movement. Let’s say you have a DPI setting of 400 – to click on an enemy; you’d have to swipe your hand across the mat. However, if you have your DPI settings at 1200, you’ll only have to move your hand for a bit to achieve the same movement gently.
Now, you’re probably wondering why someone would go for a lower DPI setting if a higher one doesn’t take as much effort.
Indeed, a person will want to go for a higher DPI setting so that they don’t have to move their mouse much, right? Well, not always. Honestly, it all boils down to personal preference – higher and lower DPI settings have their own advantages and disadvantages.
High DPI (1000-3000+)
High DPI ranges from 1000 to 3200. If you put your settings above 3000, you’re getting into an insane territory, but if this is something you prefer, we’re not here to judge you.
When you have a high DPI, this means all you have to do is flick your wrist, and you’ll be across the screen – you don’t have to sweep your arm like you do when you have low DPI settings. However, in the process, you’re going to sacrifice accuracy.
Low DPI (400-800)
When you have a low DPI setting, often, you’ll need to move the mouse across the entire map in order to be able to click on your target. Low DPI settings start at 400 and work their way up to 800. When you have a low DPI setting, it works wonders for precision and accuracy.
While precision and accuracy are great, the downside would be that it will take longer and more work to reach your destination. With all the broad arm strokes, while you’re playing LoL, you could lag behind.
When it comes to the best DPI settings for League of Legends, it’s hard to tell you that “you need to set your DPI this way,” because, for every single player out there, the setting won’t work. Again, the DPI setting is all about your personal preferences. If you value accuracy above everything else, then you’d go for a lower DPI. If you want a faster response time, then you’d go for a high DPI setting. It would be good to give both settings a try and see which one you like the most.
With all of this in mind, we would recommend a slightly higher DPI. LoL requires a lot of clicking…an insane amount, really. So we’d rather not have to sweep our arm to reach the target location continuously.
Playing LoL for an extended period of time with increased accuracy could cause wrist and hand strain, so keep this in mind. When you’re playing LoL or any other PC game, keep your wrist, arm, and hand movements as relaxed as possible, regardless of your DPI setting, and make sure you take regular breaks.
In the comment section below, let us know which DPI settings you prefer, and why.