"Freezing" a lane?

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202halffound

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01-15-2012

When laning in SR I often find that my minions end up at the enemy tower so the enemy ends up just farming the minions at his tower with nothing I can do.

I was told that I need to "freeze" the lane, but I have no idea what it is, or how I was meant to accomplish something like that.

What is freezing a lane, how is it accomplished, and when it the right moment to do it?


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oogabuga

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01-15-2012

I am not sure about the term 'freezing' but you need to try to not push your lane. Don't just auto attack minions. Try to last hit them (takes practice). And be cautious about harassing enemy champs since that will push your lane too.


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TwistWrist

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01-15-2012

Freezing the lane is last hitting so the lane stays exactly the same. If they push the minion wave, then you push back. If they last hit, then you last hit.


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Kirielis

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01-15-2012

What I do is walk around until a minion gets to last hit range, then take the last hit on it for the gold. Otherwise I don't attack at all. If the opponent is attacking, good, the lane pushes to my side a little and I can get a few whacks in on him while he's attacking my minions.

Then I freeze the lane in an advantageous spot.

As for right moment to do it, I would say freeze the lane at about 1/3 from your tower and 2/3 from theirs. This way, they're slightly overextended. Easier for your side to get ganks, if someone comes up, and if you harass enough you have a longer distance to chase for the kill before they get to the safety of their tower.

This translates to just outside the wall, if you do things graphically. Right next to the river bush if you're blue side top, just past the wall if you're mid. Any closer and you risk being shoved under your own tower and missing last hits.

There are exceptions to the rule. If you're a really bad laning champ, say Poppy, you'll probably end up under your tower. It's fine. Learn to last hit there. If you're a hardcore pusher, say Heimerdinger, better ward - and then deny them gold because the tower's taking their last hits. If you're a lousy pusher, no AOEs, freeze it in the middle so it's harder for them to push to your tower, because you simply can't push back if/when they decide to.


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ocnus

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01-15-2012

the point is to cause as little damage as you can to the enemy minions, meanwhile get the gold from the minions by last-hit.


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Slumber Jack

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01-15-2012

Due to all the variables present in a laning situation- ie you're constantly in a tug-o-war with the opposition- effectively "freezing" a lane really only happens if they've pushed down your first tower and you want to farm safely at your second tower so you don't over extend (but the opponent would have to over extend to get to you). This has two purposes:

1. It's safer, as a single ward in the jungle adjacent to you is usually enough to see any future disruptions.

2. When the opportunity presents itself, you'll have actually created a pretty big wave to push with, and when you choose to push as fast as you can you'll be able to either deny the enemy a lot of experience by throwing all these minions at their tower, OR simply push down the tower with the aid of this large pile of minions. As a result, Sivir and Miss Fortune by far make the best candidates for freezing a lane, as when they decide to push they can wipe out minions waves extremely quickly.