How to get your minions to push the lane.

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Telitha

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11-10-2010

Ever had one of those games where it seems like every 30 seconds your minions have lost the fight in the lanes and you're having to send team members to stop minions from backdooring your turrets? The following is a description for how to get the minions to put pressure on the other team for you. This guide is for later in the game when team fights are common and most lanes are empty of champs.

The key to getting your minions to ball up and push the lane for you is to cause enough damage to make sure your minions will win the fight but making sure at the same time that your minions will stop for a while in the lane while your next wave moves in closer. Here's how you do it.

When you see an enemy minion pile and you head out to wipe it out slow your damage output as there gets to be only a few minions left and move with your next fresh wave until it meets the next fresh enemy wave. Then kill any 3 of the enemy minions and then leave letting your minions finish the fight and to reduce the incentive for the other team to come and gank you. Your minions will win against the remaining 3 minions but it will take them a few seconds so that by the time they run into the next fresh wave they have a reinforcement wave right behind them and they will win again and the snowball will grow with each wave until a tower is reached or an enemy champ intervenes.

DO NOT WIPE OUT THE FIRST INCOMING FRESH ENEMY WAVE!!! (unless your team intends to push the lane) If you wipe it out some of your minions will have taken some damage and as soon as you leave them alone the next fresh wave they find will beat them and the snowball will run the wrong direction and you'll end up having to go clean it up again possibly losing a team fight because you had to leave or you'll lose towers to the ball.

If you do it properly the enemy will either have to let minions roll through their towers or send someone to clean it up which will give your team a chance to win a team fight while they are shorthanded.

This seems really obvious to me but it drives me nuts to see how often people wipe out a fresh wave and end up having to go back to clean up a minion ball again literally a minute later. So apparently getting minion advantage is not as obvious as i think it is.


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X Widow Maker X

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11-10-2010

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Temlam

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11-10-2010

the general issue is people dont want it to push.
allowing snowballing gives the enemy a large wave of gold to free farm close to their turrets, and since you do not last hit all of the minions to intentionally push, you lose out on gold. It is very effective for pushing but oftentimes people would rather get the gold/level advantage.


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Telitha

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11-10-2010

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Originally Posted by Temlam View Post
the general issue is people dont want it to push.
allowing snowballing gives the enemy a large wave of gold to free farm close to their turrets, and since you do not last hit all of the minions to intentionally push, you lose out on gold. It is very effective for pushing but oftentimes people would rather get the gold/level advantage.
So it's late game, everyone is level 16+ a team fight is going to happen mid any second and you want two enemy minion snowballs rolling down top and bottom lanes? That's insane. If you get your own snowballs rolling the enemy team are going to have a hard time grabbing those minion waves without allowing you a 5v4 or 5v3 which, if you can't win you probably were never going to win in the first place.

It takes very little time for those minions to get to enemy towers and if their tower is killing your minions they're not getting any xp or gold off them either. The idea is that you have to get the ball rolling then present a legitimate threat to another lane if they leave to go deal with it.

The point of the original post was that even when you do want minions to push for you most people have no idea how to make it happen.


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ReadInPeace

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11-10-2010

Hmmm, I could see this as rarely useful. Never really thought about it. Thanks.


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Hypopyon

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11-10-2010

I love it when the enemy does this. While the turret is taking its sweet time pounding one minion at a time, you've got plenty of opportunity to farm like mad as a post above says. Anivia's ult is particularly hilarious here. Only useful in some occasions during endgame.


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Polymath

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11-10-2010

This is good information and situationally useful. I don't think you want to do it all the time because yes, it does provide free farm if they're all back playing it safe, but if you're doing a split push or something that would be an excellent time to use this.


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11-10-2010

It does provide free farm. But that's also when you push up some other random lane and destroy because it's now either a 5v5 while your minions level a tower or a 5v4 because you forced someone to leave so that your minions don't level their tower. If you get aced, you prevent the enemy team from pushing that lane afterwards as well. Using this provides your team with the freedom to roam, and if you siege up their team at a tower, it's even more beneficial for you. Using this also ensures you can't have your towers suddenly bum rushed by Yi or whatever.