Despite being a highly team-focused game, sometimes your teammates just drive you crazy in League of Legends. Maybe you’ve been paired up with random players who keep spamming the chat, or maybe you always go with the same people and go for voice chat instead.
Therefore it’d be very handy if the game had some option to turn off allied chat, the same way you can for all chat messages. According to League of Legends lead gameplay designer Mark Yetter, League of Legends will soon get this exact option – only 10 years after the game came out.
While we’ve had the patch notes for League of Legends update 9.14 earlier this week – which is currently live on the PBE and is due to go live with the game proper on Wednesday, July 17 – the team are adding this new option for allied chat to that already rather large patch. It’ll show in the game’s settings alongside the current option for “show all chat” already there, except it’ll be specifically for Allied chat.
Mark Yetter posted about the new chat setting for patch 9.14 on Twitter. While currently players can mute allies on their team by individually clicking the option on the match’s scorecard, this obviously has to be done every match – which is annoying if you do it all the time. This new option will take the hassle out, and will carry on across all games – until you uncheck the option, of course.
We're adding a new interface option in 9.14
"Show [Allied] chat" which will work very similarly to the "Show [All] chat" option that we already have (but for ally chat)
If you're a /mute all regular, this will persist from game to game
— Mark Yetter (@MarkYetter) July 11, 2019
However, while it will mute all allied players across all consequential matches, it won’t disable chats in pre- or post-game lobbies. In a follow-up to the tweet, Yetter also mentioned that by default the option will be checked when it goes live – so you may have to turn it off when patch 9.14 goes up.
Don’t worry about being reported for not communicating with your team, either, as Riot is already aware of this – anyone who is reported and has the new mute function on won’t face any reprimands. “We don’t want to force anyone to chat with their team,” adds Yetter.
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As for the rest of League of Legends patch 9.14, even without this new addition it’s already proving to be a sizeable update. Amongst other changes, it’ll add a revamped Death Recap, ’80s-style Demacia Vice skins for Garen and Lucian, and some major improvements to Akali, Blitzcrank, and Cassiopeia.
It’s still possible that Riot will sneak in more changes before the patch goes live next week, so keep your eyes peeled.