Psyght Posted April 8, 2013 Report Share Posted April 8, 2013 (edited) Hello everyone, my name is Psyght, I have played AOS for a long time, since around late 2.X-3.X and ive played ever since. At the start I wasn't very good, and no where near the competitive level, but now, in the last 6 months or so, I've elevated my game by paying attention to little things I see the higher tier players do. I would like to start writting semi short guides to help the lesser skilled players understand why the high tier players do what they do. To be clear, I myself am not that amazingly good, but I have very good game knowledge and semi high mechanic levels. The first thing that I really think that a ton of medium to even high level players need to understand is something that is often referred to as freezing the lane. There are a couple of times in the game that this can be extremely effective, and recognizing these opportunities is the key to understanding how to/ when to freeze your lane. first we need to understand what your goal in freezing the lane even is, when refereeing to freezing the lane we are talking about 'freezing' the experience in that lane. When your doing this, your only goal is too last hit every creep in the lane, meaning both last hits for money, and denies, but thats it, you do not want to damage their creeps anymore than they are being damaged by the creeps on your side, in this your can achieve all the experience that you usually would, BUT the person who isnt in your lane isnt getting any exp at all. So now, to identify the times to use this method. im just going to make a list 1. when you force someone to go back to shop/heal. 2. your facing a roaming lane, that is constantly ganking. 3. they are farming neutral creeps. (this one is extremely situational, in alot of cases you do want to be pushing the lane.) 4. to stay safe in a lane your having problems with, in a 1v1 or 2v1 situation. 5. different style of freezing, but still applies. when they are boss fighting, and you cant stop it for whatever reason, You want to push the creeps to the tower and get rid of as many of your creeps as possible, while staying safe, and damaging the tower as much as possible. Now let me say, that a couple of these times you arent gonna want to only last hit, your gonna want to damage your creeps more than theirs, as soon as you see them under 50% health your gonna want to start denying your creep, so that you can remove as much xp from the lane before they can return to claim it. anyways, for a recap, freezing the lane properly, at all stages of the game, in any lane, can prove to be a very good way to get ahead of someone in your lane, in both last hits and xp. I will try and get some replays demonstrating a few different things, but this guide is on going and i will continue updating. -cheers edit, i rethought some of the scenarios and removed a few, i think that pushing the lane is more important in some scenarios Edit2: added a different way of 'freezing' the lane Edited April 9, 2013 by Psyght Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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