"You belong in a museum!"
Spectator Mode' once known as the summoner spell , is a mode in League of Legends that allows a player to watch, but not physically take part in a game. It was first introduced at the Season One Championship but since it's release it has seen little use. On November 10, 2011, it was reintroduced to custom games for beta testing, and has since been implemented into normal games but with its limits to prevent any cheating among players.
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, see
Ghosting is a term coined by definition when a summoner observes a stream in an attempt to gain advantage against an 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 about the basics of League of Legends gameplay, or for those who wish to commentate over live competitive play.
Taken from the Spectator FAQ page. Outdated information is noted in italics.
Spectator Mode UI
Team Fight User Interface
With the introduction of Patch V3.11, a new interface has been developed for 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.|
|— Chris 'Pwyff' Tom|
- 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