When you pick a carry hero, one of the most important parts of the games is in the beginning stage, and making sure you get enough adequate farm to get the correct items you need to kill the opposing team. Sometimes you might get stuck with a teammate that doesn’t know how to support you very well in your lane, or maybe they just picked a bad laning hero and the enemy heroes are harassing you so much that you can hardly stay in the lane and get any farm. The first thing you need to learn to do is to control the creep equilibrium. This is more important in the mid lane than any other lane but it’s still extremely important when you’re playing as the safe-lane carry.
When the game starts always try to creep-block your creeps to make the enemy creeps end up fighting your creeps close to your tower (not under the tower though, otherwise you will start pushing into their lane). If you want to bring the enemy creeps closer to your tower because you can’t hit them without getting harassed, then what you can do is, stay a little bit behind your creeps and attack the enemy heroes, this will cause the enemy creeps to move past your creeps and start attacking you (also making them come closer to your tower, which will make them easier to get the last hits on).
Pulling is another effective way to get the enemy creeps closer to your tower. Hopefully your support will do this for you, but, if you’re not getting any farm from your lane, sometimes it’s best to pull the lane yourself (you can either stack and pull, or you can do a double pull and pull both the creep camps that are closest to your tower). Be careful if you do the double pull as if the enemy team has any experience at all they can come and try to harass you or steal some of the neutral camps that you pulled. The stack and pull method is the best way to pull but takes a little longer to setup as you have to stack first before you can pull.
Depending on your hero, if you aren’t getting great farm in your lane, it’s important to watch the mini-map and pay attention to any enemy heroes (especially squishy support heroes) that have low health and can easily be finished off with one of your skills or with your ulti). Be careful though because if you leave your lane too much you will lose out on valuable experience in the lane and you have to have a good balance of gold and experience to be effective in the late game. Staying by the tower and pulling the enemy creeps closer to your tower to get last hits is often the best strategy so you can soak up experience, but is not always the case (especially if you’re going against a tri-lane and they’re making farming impossible for you).
The last way to get really good farm, is getting some lifesteal and heading to the neutral camps. The most ideal situation is your supports will buy wards for you so you can farm the neutrals without getting ganked, but when you get into the higher MMR games, you need to sometimes ward yourself (if your teammates aren’t doing it for you) as the supports on the other team will most likely be warding and dewarding your territory so they can try to gain control of the map.
Remember farming is just half the battle, paying attention to what the enemies items are and building the most effective items to win the game is the other half of the battle. Give your team the biggest chance of winning by giving yourself as much gold as possible is the first half to winning the game. Item prioritization and knowing when to join the battle and also what heroes to take out first is the other part to helping your team win the game.
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