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Spectator Mode is a mode of League of Legends that allows a player to observe, but not play in a game. It was first introduced at the Dreamhack Season One Championship, but has seen little use, even at the following tournaments. On November 10, 2011, it was reintroduced to custom games for beta testing.


League of Legends enables players to observe games in progress in Spectator Mode. Spectator Mode is different from a normal player's perspective in a number of ways. For starters, a spectating player has no champion to command or team affiliation. Instead, he is able to jump to the perspective of either team, following the action as they see it. A spectator can even choose to remove the fog of war altogether for a global view of the battlefield. Additionally the spectator will be able to quickly and easily access information on either team such as in-game stats, item builds, gold totals, and ability cooldowns.


For the summoner spell, please see Ghost

Ghosting is a term coined by definition when a summoner observes a stream in an attempt to gain advantage against a opponent. There are many methods of doing this, with some of the most popular including having a friend open the stream and relay the information by mouth or over TeamSpeak, a low CPU-usage gaming program that allows summoners to communicate vocally during matches. Another widely-used method includes running a Smurf account on a separate computer and having the stream open and viewable. Despite having an initial 3-minute delay, it is possible to view the match(es) live, thus the introduction of Ghosting.

Spectator mode can be an excellent tool for those players interested in learning more of the nuances of League of Legends gameplay, or for shoutcasters interested in commentating on competitive play.

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League of Legends - Spectator Mode

General FAQ

I want to spectate a game. How can I access Spectator Mode?
Spectate Game

Spectating friends'games

When you are browsing for a custom League of Legends game you will now have the option to join that game as a spectator. Alternatively, you can elect to become a spectator after joining the game lobby as a player. You may also spectate a friend's game by right clicking on their name in your friend list, and clicking 'Spectate game'.

What games am I allowed to spectate?

You are able to spectate Custom Games, your friends' matchmaking games, and random matchmaking games from the front page of the client. Note that for friends' games, you must wait three minutes before the option becomes available, in an attempt by RIOT to prevent initial ghosting.

Is there a penalty for leaving a game as a spectator?

There is no penalty for leaving any match as a spectator. Additionally, spectating carries no obligation to reconnect to a game once you have left.
Game In Progress

Game In Progress screen

If I disconnect, can I reconnect to a game that I am spectating?
If you disconnect from a match that you were spectating, you will be given the option to reconnect or quit from that match.
Will spectators be able to see what champions both teams have picked in Champion Select?

Yes, spectators will see the players' choices in Champion Select for both Blind Pick and Draft Mode.

Will it be able easy to compare team stats in Spectator Mode?

Yes, team gold, team kills, and tower kills will be prominently displayed as part of the Spectator Mode heads up display.

Will I earn XP or IP for spectating a game?

No, you will not receive XP and IP for spectating a game.

Will the addition of spectators into a game cause performance issues for the other players?

No, the players in game should not experience performance related issues based on problems the spectators are having.

Spectator Mode Operations

How can I view individual player statistics and information?

To view an individual player's items and statistics, you can click on that player to select them.

Is there a way to compare the stats of two players?

Pressing Tab or the 'O' key will bring up a scoreboard showing the individual stats of all players on each team. This includes: kills, deaths, assists, minion kills, current items, personal score, current gold, and total gold.

Will I be able to lock the camera on a player that I want to follow?

Yes. There is an option to lock the camera on your current target through a variety of methods: You can double-click the champion, select it and press “Y”, or directly follow it through the menu at the bottom left corner

Will I be able to quickly jump from one player's perspective to another?

Yes. You can easily jump from observing one player to another by clicking on the appropriate portrait on the left or right side. Alternatively, each player can be selected from the drop down menu in the bottom left corner.

Will I have the option to remove/activate the fog of war while spectating?

Yes, you will have the option to view the game from either team's perspective, to view from both teams' combined perspectives, or to remove the fog of war completely.

Will I be able to access the shop to look at items while I am spectating a game?

Presently, spectators do not have the option to browse the shop in game.

Spectator Interaction

Will I be able to view player chat while spectating a game?

You will be able to view chat that was sent to "all" by the players. However, you will not see team-specific chat.

Can I chat with the players while I am spectating a game?

No. Communication with the players is not permitted.

Can I chat with the other spectators while I am spectating a game?

No. Spectator to spectator chat is currently not supported. Spectators may still chat with their friends in PVP.net by sending a message with the chat command '/msg [USERNAME] [MESSAGE]'.

Will I be able to ping the map or view player pings while spectating a game?

Yes. As a spectator, the blue team's pings will appear blue and the purple team's pings will appear purple. A spectator may also ping the map, but their pings are intended as a tool for shoutcasting and will not be viewable by the other players in the game.

Allowance of Spectators

How many players are allowed to spectate a single game?

There are currently four spectator slots available in each custom game of League of Legends, though that number is subject to change.

Will spectating players be able to tell my opponents what's happening?

No. There is a three-minute delay built into Spectator Mode to prevent observing players from being able to provide intelligence to the competitors. See Ghosting

Am I able to kick a spectator from the game lobby before the game starts?

Yes. If you are the game owner and do not want a player observing your game you are free to kick or ban them from the game lobby.

Will there be privacy settings that I can use to restrict who can spectate my games?

Game hosts have the option to allow or disallow spectators. Players also must join your game as a spectator through the custom game lobby. If you are not comfortable with a player spectating your game, you will have the option to kick or ban them from the lobby before the game starts.

Spectator Mode UI

Team Fight User Interface

With the introduction of Patch V3.11, a new interface has been developed for usage within spectator mode.

We’ve developed a new Team Fight UI for spectator mode that minimizes and concentrates the UI so that it’s easier to focus on the action during team fights. With this change we’ve optimized the display of battle information in team fights, including who’s involved in the fight, who’s winning, and how many people have died on either team.
― -Riot Pwyff
  • Some of the new features of the UI include:
    • While spectating, press 'A' to toggle the Team Fight UI
    • Minimalist UI mode that focuses on presenting information relevant to on-screen conflicts
    • Team health bars communicate the momentum of the fight and impact of AoE damage
    • Crowd control indicators visualize the power of crowd control abilities
    • Pentakill counter tracks progress towards double, triple, quadra and pentakills
TFUI Bottom Guide

Components of the new Team Fight User Interface

Standard Spectator Mode Interface & New Team Fight User Interface

Standard Full TFUI Full

Spectator Mode Controls

Spectator Mode Hotkeys

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