New Client Rollout - Phase 1 Starting Soon

By Cactopus

Four weeks ago, we shared our plans for rolling out the new client. Tomorrow, we’re going to start Phase 1 of this plan by rolling out the new client to a small number of players. This is important for us to ensure that players with a wide variety of system specs and connection quality are having a good experience before we move everyone off the legacy client for good.

We’ve put together an FAQ to address some questions you may be having right now:

  • Why are you doing this?

    While we’re confident the new client update is ready for prime time, we want to make absolutely sure everything's working as intended before moving players off the legacy client for good. So, instead of just switching everyone over all at once, we're going to spread the update process across phases, each of them a patch or two apart. We’ve identified Russia and Oceania as ideal regions to start due to a variety of factors such as system specs and playing habits. This is important for us to ensure that players with a wide variety of system specs and connection quality are having a good experience.

  • Who will be upgraded?

    We're randomly selecting players in some regions to participate in this rollout. If you’re selected, next time you launch League, you’ll see a new screen that will highlight the upgrade process. Once the upgrade process is complete, when you click on “LAUNCH," you’ll launch into the new client.

    Barring any issues, we will continue rolling out the updated client to more and more players while keeping you updated on our plans as we move forward.

  • Can I go back to using the old client during Phase 1?

    Yes. You can launch the old client by clicking on the “Launch legacy client” text on the login page. However, to ensure we get good feedback, we recommend you give the updated client a fair try before going back to using to the old client.

  • What’s the big deal about the new client anyway?

    The updated client has been built from the ground up to use newer technology that allows us to develop features faster. Most importantly, it gives League a strong foundation it can stand on for many years to come—because we will support League for a LONG time. The client also features the new visual style of League, Hextech, making the entire client experience visually consistent and easy to grok. Since the beginning of open beta, we've shipped two big new features on the updated client: Practice Tool and Replays.

    There are also a slew of quality of life improvements:

    • Ability scaling info on champ detail pages

    • Pop out the message window, move it around wherever you want, and resize it freely

    • Automatically hide mobile or offline friends in a group on your friends list.

    • Drag'n'drop to rearrange rune and mastery pages

    • Shift click to assign 9 runes at once

    • Ability to change in-game settings from the client

    • More control on sound settings tunings than in legacy

    The work on the client’s not done yet. We’re hard at working on performance and stability improvements as well as new features. When we’re confident that it offers a better experience than the legacy client, we’ll upgrade all players to use the new client.

    Check out our latest beta update to learn more about why we're replacing the legacy client and our future plans for rolling it out.

  • I gave it a try before and it was too laggy / slow, why should I try it again?

    Performance and stability has come a long way since the beginning of the year. We’ve also introduced a Low-Spec mode that automatically detects your specs and defaults to recommended settings to ensure a smooth experience. If you had trouble before, we're confident you'll have a better experience with our latest patch.

  • I liked item sets—why isn’t the item set creator tool in the new client yet?

    Initially, due to the low use of item sets, we hadn’t planned to bring it back with the new client and focus on making other areas better instead. However we’ve heard a lot of feedback and reconsidered our decision. We now intend to rebuild the item set creator tool, but haven't yet started development work on it, so it could take quite some time even after we replace the legacy client. Of course, replacing the legacy client still comes first. In the meantime we still totally support item sets in-game (you don't lose your existing item sets when you update your client).

  • I have feedback to share, how do I submit them to Riot?

    You can share your feedback with us by submitting a ticket or hitting up the Client Discussion boards.

    If you run into technical issues / bugs, please use the icon at the bottom right of the client to submit a bug report.

  • What’s next?

    Assuming Phase 1 goes well, we will continue rolling out the updated client to more and more players while keeping you updated of our plans as we move forward. Expect another beta update in two weeks where we’ll talk about how Phase 1 went and our plans for Phase 2.


8 months ago