League of Legends is a multiplayer game where awareness and vision play the most crucial roles. Knowing when an attack is coming can help you win an entire fight before it even begins. To achieve this excellent vision, you would usually utilize wards (which we’ve spoken of in our ward guide) and map awareness.
But some players have taken a… different route. You see, there are players out there with monitors too big to justify and have decided to use them in League of Legends. This ultrawide League of Legends experience is certainly unique, but is it worth it? What are the pros and cons of using so big of a screen? Well, we’re here to answer just that.
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First off, let’s start with the Pros.
You will have perfect peripheral vision when using a 21:9 or 32:9 screen aspect ratio in League of Legends. This will allow you to see someone coming from a mile away, having more than double the vision of a regular 16:9 full HD player.
This peripheral vision makes you situationally aware at all times and gives you an insane view of almost your entire part of the map. On the Top Lane, you’d be able to see the enemy jungle tri-bush and river, which can be tremendously helpful.
For players in the lower Elo divisions, this can be great. They’re not really used to paying attention to the map or using traditional means of vision. Most lower Elo players will keep their eyes focused on what is in front of them – never genuinely paying attention to anything broader than that.
However, this is not true for higher levels of play. Keep reading to see why.
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The cons are many, and first, let me start with the UI. The UI has to follow suit when you stretch out the screen so much. Even at the maximum setting, the map, the items, and everything else will be tiny. Not only that, but on a screen that big, the minimap will be so far away in the corner that paying attention to it becomes a severe issue.
If you weren’t map aware on a regular screen, the ultrawide setting would make you even less so.
It gets eye-straining to have to look at things so tiny, and I advise against it. Now, the other big issue is the higher level of play. You see, in higher Elo, proper and traditional vision are crucial to winning. You will have to be map aware, ward, and be genuinely careful when playing. Advancing in League of Legends is a meticulous, detailed, and thoughtful process and having a big screen defeats the purpose.
Not only because it goes against improving you in these critical elements, but it is actually impossible to do so since everything becomes small, unusable, and obsolete. You will have to rely solely on your peripheral and immediate vision, which is terrible for a multiplayer game where you have to be informed on everything around the map.
The verdict is: don’t use ultrawide with League of Legends. League of Legends is a MOBA, where having big screens and beefy graphics isn’t the primary concern. Ultrawide monitors are best suited for office work and for casual gaming. Single-player games with excellent visual fidelity benefit most from the ultrawide monitors. I honestly suggest you invest in a good 1080p or 1440p monitor instead of wasting money on an ultrawide one. That is if you only want to play League of Legends.
I sincerely advise against it, but it’s your call.
I hope you’ve found this article informative and fun to read, and I wish you all the best on the Summoner’s Rift.