Creep control techniques
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Last-hitting is a technique where you (or a creep under your control) gets the 'last hit' on a neutral creep, enemy lane creep, or enemy Hero. This is the only way to get gold from creeps apart from Hand of Midas, Devour, Death Pact, or Demonic Conversion, and gives much more gold than otherwise when done to towers or Heroes.
Creeps are your 'safest' bet on using last hits to gain a good chunk of gold. This is the primary source of gold in Dota 2. It is always desirable to get a last hit on a creep, although when laning with a partner it is often polite to give them some last hits, and is quite important when they are a carry. Supports should focus on harassing enemy Heroes and denying your own creeps.
Auto-attacking refers to the usually less desirable technique of simply letting your Hero attack at will. Since this rarely results in getting the last hit, this has very few benefits. In the late game, however, Heroes often do enough damage to simply auto-attack and still gain all the last-hits. Auto-attacking can be useful in any case if you wish to push a lane forwards, since it kills enemy creeps faster. This is especially useful for killing towers. In the early game, however, pushing towards an enemy tower is considered dangerous, as it leaves you far from your own towers and makes it much easier for enemies to gank you.
Heroes also give gold when you kill them. Everyone who did damage to an enemy Hero within 15 seconds of their death gets an assist. If you were the Hero who delivered the last hit you will get the kill and the bonus gold for it. If your tower or one of your team's creeps gets the last hit on an enemy Hero, the gold is split between all Heroes who got an assist. If only one Hero hit the enemy before your tower or creep killed them, that Hero gets the credit (and the gold) for the kill. If no allied Heroes assisted in the kill, the gold is split evenly among all five Heroes on your team.
Towers give a global bonus of gold when destroyed, but they also give a hefty amount of bonus gold to any hero who manages to get the last hit on one.
Denying is the act of preventing enemy Heroes from getting the last hit by getting the last hit yourself. In most cases this prevents your enemy from gaining the full bounty of gold and experience from the kill.
 Denying Creeps
You can deny creeps by forcing an attack command on them when they are under 50% health.
- A denied creep divides 18 exp to enemy heroes within 1200 range. A melee\ranged creep would normally give 62\41 exp in 1200 range respectively.
- Enemy melee heroes gain double the amount of experience from a denied creep.
 Denying Towers
Towers can also be denied once they drop below 10% health. Enemy Heroes will gain far less gold from a denied tower. It is nearly always beneficial to deny a friendly tower if at all possible and as soon as possible. In some cases it can even be worth the death of a single allied Hero, since it prevents the entire enemy team from gaining gold, although generally it is not.
 Denying Heroes
Heroes can also be denied under specific circumstances. Most Heroes can only deny an allied Hero by attacking them when they are under the effects of certain spells and under 25% health. Always consider this option, but be careful as you don't want to deny a teammate that would have otherwise survived. Denying a Hero will prevent the enemy from gaining any experience or gold from the kill, but your ally will still lose gold upon death.
The 3 abilities that currently allow a Hero be denied in this way are:
It is also possible to deny yourself granted that you have access to at least one of the following methods.
- Bloodstone's active, Pocket Suicide, will immediately kill the wielder. This is treated as a suicide and allows the item holder to deny themselves at will.
There are also some hero abilites that deal lethal self-damage and, as such, can be used to commit suicide. These Heroes/Abilities are:
Bane's 'Nightmare' and Bloodseeker's 'Bloodrage' can also be cast on allies, which allows these two heroes to deny teammates as well as themselves.
Some heroes, such as Slark or Centaur Warrunner, have non-lethal forms of self-damage. Under the effect of Ancient Apparition's Ice Blast however, they are also able to commit suicide just as the above heroes can.
Lastly, you may deny yourself by running into a neutral camp (or Roshan's pit) at low health, and letting them kill you. This will prevent enemy heroes from getting experience from killing you.
- This is not technically a deny, enemies will still get assist gold if they are within 1000 range of your death.
 Attack animations and missile speeds
It is important to not push your lane too much, but try to keep the lane creeps fighting in approximately the middle of the lane so you never are too far from the safety of your tower. Creep equilibrium is generally maintained by balancing last-hitting and denying, and on occasions attacking your own creeps before the deny point or attacking the enemy creeps to push. This technique is also known as static farming. Creep pulling can also help maintain equilibrium.
This is always situational though being pushed might be a bit safer but if the enemy lane is able to slowly chip away at your tower you should push harder. Also access to the side shops might be hinderance on occasions.
 Creep Blocking
Creep Blocking is a tactic that makes the equilibrium of the lane lean towards your side. This is accomplished by physically blocking your creeps' path with your hero so they take longer to reach the middle of the lane. Since your creeps move more slowly, they will meet closer to your tower, making it safer for you to farm, and more risky for the enemy.
Pushing is the act of damaging enemy creeps through auto-attacks or through abilities. Pushing is used to move the creepwave towards the enemy tower, or simply away from the allied towers. Late-game, pushing is used to move creepwaves towards the enemy base to win the game.
 Roles and last-hitting
Depending on your role in your team you should focus on different things.
Carries should focus most of their attention on getting last hits.
Supports should focus on denying creeps and harassing enemy Heroes so that their carries can last hit without being harassed. Do not throw away the lasthitting entirely as a support, because there are some last hits which are impossible for a carry to get (for example, the creep is being killed faster than a carry could possibly get in the attack range).
Supports can also creep stack to help their carry farm.