Windows deprecation in League of Legends

Already from wednesday February 21st 2024 (patch 14.4), Riot updated its minimum system requirements which no longer be supports Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 for all League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics games.

“In order to continue maintaining and improving the stability and performance of League, we sometimes need to stop supporting legacy Operating Systems that don’t have very many players on them, so we can focus our efforts elsewhere,” Riot said.

“If you’re one of these players playing on these versions of Windows, please consider updating to continue playing. Please see our League of Legends minimum spec support page for more details.”

LoL patch 14.2 includes MMR and matchmaking changes

Riot is reducing the amount of games of demotion protection from tier boundaries (eg. Gold to Silver). The developer said this should only affect people who seed/promote into the bottom of a rank tier (eg. Gold 4) and then lose many games in a row.

Here are the LoL Patch 14.5 patch notes

It will make no difference if you’ve been in the rank for a while.

Riot also fixed a bug where players who would be seeded into Iron IV were seeded into Iron II with negative LP gains.

A bug where a small number of Diamond 1 players would sometimes receive negative LP gains (losing more LP on losses than gaining on wins) has also been resolved.

“Unfortunately, while we cannot immediately resolve this issue for existing accounts, the problem will resolve itself with some games,” Riot added.

Vanguard anti-cheat diagnostics check

In a few weeks Riot will be introducing Vanguard, the dev’s proprietary anti-cheat software that will be required for all League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics games, as first announced in the LoL Season 2024 announcement earlier this month.

Starting patch 14.2, Riot will run a diagnostics check to see if players’ computers are ready for this update.

If not, Riot is asking players to review its troubleshooting guide or reach out to Player Support.

“If you originally failed the check, it will re-run at a later point or you can manually re-run it by clicking on the settings icon on the top right and “Check for Compatibility” under General > Vanguard System Check,” Riot said. “This will not mean that Vanguard is active or being used for League yet, this is just to give players ample heads up and opportunity to be ready before it’s a requirement. For more information please check out our support article on Vanguard.”

LoL Clash dates and schedule for 2024

Riot’s first Clash tournament of the year, the Noxus Cup Clash, sees registration open on January 22nd 2024 at 11am local time, with tournament dates on January 27th and 28th. (4-7pm local time, varies by region).

The full Clash schedule for 2024 is below:

Noxus Cup 14.2, team formation starts January 22, tournament days January 27-28
Shurima Cup 14.4, starts February 19, tournament days February 24-25
ARAM Cup 1 14.6, team formation starts March 18, tournament days March 23-24
Piltover Cup 14.7, team formation starts April 8, tournament days April 13-14
MSI Clash 14.9, team formation starts April 29, tournament days May 4-5
ARAM Cup 2 14.12, team formation starts June 10, tournament days June 15-16
Demacia Cup 14.14, team formation starts July 15, tournament days July 20-21
Shadow Isle Cup 14.15, team formation starts August 5, tournament days August 10-11
ARAM Cup 3 14.17, team formation starts August 26, tournament days August 31-September 1
Zaun Cup 14.22, team formation starts November 11, tournament days November 16-17
ARAM Cup 4 14.24, team formation starts December 9, tournament days December 14-15

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