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How To Last Hit Minions - For Dummies
07-12-2011 04:20 AM
(This post was last modified: 07-12-2011 04:41 AM by Phasic.)
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How To Last Hit Minions - For Dummies
Last hitting minions is the cornerstone to any good league of legends player.
But how exactly do you perform this action of "last hitting"
Well, read this guide and I'll show you.

*Abbreviations and common LoL terms used in this guide*
AP:Ability power( enhances magic damage )
AD:Physical damage
CS:Creep Score= Minion kills
Farming:The continuous accumulation of minion kills.

The Art of Last Hitting

Zoning: Here is a video with a cute girl showing how zoning can affect your game play in general, I found this video very useful as it highlights how an enemy can take advantage of his own "zone"




What is Last Hitting?
Last hitting is timing your attack on the last second of the minion's death thus giving you the kill. If you do not get the last attack on the minion you will get no gold for that kill which in the long term can hamper how early you get your items. This also applies to neutral creeps in the jungle such as: Wraiths, Ancient golem(blue buff),Wolves, Lizard Elder(red buff), Dragon etc.

Why is Last Hitting Important?
It's important because as a player you need to get your items as quickly as possible thus giving you the advantage over other players. Last hitting is especially important for when you are playing an AD carry such as: Ashe, Caitlyn, Miss Fortune, Corki etc.This is because carries like the ones i just mentioned are very ITEM DEPENDENT(yes those caps were necessary l0l) this means they require farm and decent items to keep up with the game. This is incredibly rewarding in the fact that the better the items that you get, the more likely your team will win simply because you do more damage then their carries.

Why Auto Attacking is a good/bad thing in the lane
Auto attacking is the action of right clicking the mob and your character automatically attacks the mob with consecutive attacks until the unit has been deceased. If you auto attack while laning you are killing the minions faster than your opponent which eventually pushes your lane. Why is this a bad thing? well, if you push your lane then you are susceptible to ganks from other lanes or more commonly ganks from the jungler on the opposite team. Also, when you are auto attacking you don't 100% guarantee that you'll get the minion which in most cases, bad. Although, pushing your lane can also serve to put pressure on your lane which can make their carry screw up his farming system or make them tower hug so this can be both good and bad depending on the situation. This takes a bit of practice and common sense to realize what solution, last hitting or auto attacking would be best suited for the situation.

How to Last Hit
Yes finally we get on to the important bit of the guide. In order to last hit you must recognize your own characters "attack animation" this might seem a bit silly but the way your character attacks minions can determine how easy it is for you to last hit. Take for example Anivia's attack animation, she has to literally move her entire body in order to attack while Leblanc's animation is just a flick of the wrist. You have to get use to the speed of the projectile and the movements of your character in order to perfect and master last hitting. The minion's health bar is also important to note when you're playing because you can estimate how long it will take for the minion to die thus preparing you for when it reaches below 15% hp. You must also get out of the habit of auto attacking because when you auto attack 1. you're pushing your own lane which might not always be an ideal situation especially if there's a jungler involved and 2. 7/10 you will MISS that last hit. What I like to do is to stay in the radius of the minion and just move from side to side until the minion reaches low hp really, its that simple.

How to put pressure when the enemy goes for a last hit ( for experienced players)
Now this is a little trick that only people with decent game mechanic experience should practice. When you see that a minion is close to dying, the enemy will try to get that minion simply because its human nature and that he wants that minion. When he does this, move towards that minion then he will be forced to do one of three things:
1. Get the minion but suffer damage from you.(common)
2. Leave the minion alone but instead, attacks you.
3. Goes back as he sees you coming in. If this 3rd option happens then congrats, you've just denied your enemy a minion.
Once again this technique takes weeks of practice to do and most of the time you should just concentrate on the farming alone and nothing else unless of course your life is in danger.

Character types and last hitting
There are some characters that simply don't need minions kills but simply just support the people that do. These types of champions are what are known as supports, their job is to babysit the carry and let them get all the minion kills while the supporting character gets absolutely none. Examples of character types can be found here This is used quite a lot in competitive play and it works rather well because AD carry just sits and farms while the support shields/ heals the carry.

Tanks also need minion kills but not as much as the DPS characters do simply because they're less reliant on items and can adapt their build to whatever the opposing team consists of.

Here is a scale of 1-10 on who needs CS the most
AD carry:10
AP carry:9
Tanks:5-7
Jungler:6-8
Support:0-1


Well there you have it. If you have any suggestions or queries please comment down below and give me a reply. Also, English was never my strong point so please forgive me if i have made any grammar errors.

TY FOR READING Biggrin


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07-12-2011 05:13 AM
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Nice job doing this.
We should try to get more noobish people here, so posts like these could really help em. Maybe we should make another accounts and promote the page, so the low level summoners have a place where they can learn how to be awesome



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Demacia is the place he was raised
If you listen to me you'll be quite amazed
To learn why he's the king of the Rift
The enemy, they're all scared stiff
The heart of a team on mid lane pushes
The reason your foes stay out of the bushes.
The heat of a battle, Garen appears
Down the top lane runs a river of tears
A beacon of light, watch his enemies run
On his back eighteen cloaks of the sun
The lane seems clear but it's hard to say
Is he in the bushes, is he MIA?
It's team fight time, he'll lead the charge
His scarf is long his sword is large.
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Shurelia and her permacold.
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07-12-2011 05:13 PM
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(07-12-2011 06:12 AM)Cheekbones Wrote:  Shurelia and her permacold.
Permacutecold.

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Permacutecold? what is dis


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07-12-2011 09:29 PM
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Excellent guide for those that want to learn how to do the last hit strategy! Good job!
Excellent guide for those that want to learn how to do the last hit strategy! Good job!



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07-13-2011 05:23 AM
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I´ve always sucked at last hittin´
Drago saw it, I´m a horrible carry



Lock in your characters and let me explain
The tale of a man who's caused so much pain
Demacia is the place he was raised
If you listen to me you'll be quite amazed
To learn why he's the king of the Rift
The enemy, they're all scared stiff
The heart of a team on mid lane pushes
The reason your foes stay out of the bushes.
The heat of a battle, Garen appears
Down the top lane runs a river of tears
A beacon of light, watch his enemies run
On his back eighteen cloaks of the sun
The lane seems clear but it's hard to say
Is he in the bushes, is he MIA?
It's team fight time, he'll lead the charge
His scarf is long his sword is large.
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07-13-2011 06:44 PM
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(07-13-2011 05:23 AM)Joshua Wrote:  I´ve always sucked at last hittin´
Drago saw it, I´m a horrible carry

lol dw as long as you practice doing it then you'll be pro in no time.


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Haha yeah.



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