This week I’d like to explain the importance of “last hitting” and “denying” creeps, which is a core skill in being a successful at DotA. Newer players tend to simply auto attack the creeps, causing you to push the lane too early and put yourself and lane mate at risk by being close to the opposing tower too often.

How to last hit

Last hitting and denying refers to timing your attack to hit a creep that has a red life bar and laying the killing blow to gain gold(if you last hit an opposing creep) or deny experience and gold(if you deny an allied creep). By default, life bars aren’t displayed, but you can change it in game by changing it in the game play options.

How to deny

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