How to Get Better in the Laning Phase?

Do you wonder why no matter how many times you kill the enemy in the laning phase, they seem to be able to end up as strong as you who have been farming?

During DOTA 2 Back to Basics Online Coaching Session 2, “Lane Management”, we covered what it means to win/ lose/ draw in lanes, strategies to get resources during laning and how to manipulate creep waves to your benefit.

To help you improve your laning, we decided to share some tips from our session.

Definition of Laning Phase

The starting phase of the game is when all heroes are at its weakest – referring to HP, skill and damage. This phase lasts for eight to twelve minutes – until the hero gets sufficient resources to move on to the next phase. The indicator is usually when the hero reaches level six and/or gets their first early-game core item.

In order to have a fighting chance past the laning phase, we need to know what is our “bottom line”, also known as our losing condition.

Losing Condition

How do we lose in the lane? Simple, by not gaining any resources, gold and EXP, during the laning. This means that by getting EXP during the laning phase, even though you are not winning but at least you are “not losing” the lane.

This applies to the enemies as well. Even if they die multiple times but end up getting EXP out of the lane, they are “not losing” because they managed to get some resources. That is why they can still keep up in the game despite the deaths in the laning phase.

Getting the Most Out of the Lane

With this in mind, here are three tips to help secure the lane:

    • Control the Creep Wave
      Make sure you keep your creep waves nearer to your tower. This way enemies will think twice before approaching the creeps. After killing your enemies, remember to pull back the creep waves.
    • Practice Creep-Pulling
      If you are playing at the side lanes, pulling neutral creeps (NC) is a good way to quickly pull the creep waves. However, if you miss the timing, you might end up pushing the waves instead! Practice pulling from both NC camps and not forgetting the double-pull.
    • Make Use of Creep Aggro
      When playing against a strong lane, try using creep aggro to attract creeps to yourself. This gives you a chance to get creeps nearer to you while resetting the creep wave equilibrium.

Remember to focus and prioritise on the resources your heroes need while keeping in mind the losing condition. With this, go ahead and win some lanes!

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