Most of the outcomes in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang matches are determined during the laning stage. It is how seasoned players press their advantage against novices and therefore you’ll see some games ending with a stomping result.
During the laning stage, there are many mechanics and quirks that you need to be aware of and it can get quite overwhelming for new players. No worries though, as we are here to walk you through some of the easiest tips you can pick up to make your laning stage much easier!
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1. Prioritise Last Hitting
Last hitting is one of the most basic mechanics of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang but it is also one of the hardest to master during the laning stage.
For carry Heroes, last hitting is your priority and expect to be farming under pressure as the enemy’s Support will not make it easy for you to farm at all.
Sometimes, you might be tempted to go for a kill. But unless it is a guaranteed kill, it would be better to just continue farming and get your core items as soon as possible.
Last hitting also requires impeccable timing and is different for different Heroes. Practice makes perfect and once you get used to the Hero’s attack animation, we are sure you will be timing those last hits to perfection!
2. Be Aware of Your Positioning
Getting out of position can cost you your life during the laning stage. This is even more true if you are playing squishy Supports like Kaja or Rafaela.
Therefore, always look to position your Hero in a way that makes it difficult for enemy Heroes to approach. When they do, they will suffer for it by either taking some damage or giving you enough time to react to their attacks.
If you are new to the game, we recommend picking tanky Supports like Akai and Franco. This is because even when you are caught out of position, you will have some leeway in tanking some hits but it would still do you well to watch where you are positioned to avoid unnecessary damage.
3. Harassing and Your Enemy Heroes
This tip is specifically for Midlaners and Supports. Harassing your opponent is perhaps the most efficient way for you to apply pressure to their lane.
Harassing in lane essentially means making the lane unbearable for the opponent. If done correctly, you will be damaging his economic growth as they will not be last hitting confidently.
And if you have harassed the enemy Hero well enough, they will be zoned out of the lane, meaning that they will be out of the experience range and then their Level growth will also suffer greatly.
Strong early-game pokers of the lane that we recommend are like Estes and Gord.
4. Smart Map Movements
Many players seem to think that the laning stage is static and is set in stone. This is very much false as good players will know when to make a move around the map at the right time.
For instance, if you are a Midlaner and you are destroying your opponent, you should consider taking that momentum with you and assisting other lanes that might not be doing so well.
On the other hand, if you notice that the Hero matchup is against you and you are being countered in your lane, switching lanes might not be such a bad idea.
Remember, making changes when necessary can never be wrong. Just make sure to communicate with your teammates and let them know that switching lanes might benefit both of your Heroes.
5. Understand Creep Equilibrium
Knowing when to push or block the lane is the hallmark of a good player. Generally, you would want to block the creep wave at the start so that you can manipulate the movements of your creeps to meet with the enemy creeps at a certain point where it benefits you. This “point” is usually a position where it is near your Tower as when there is danger, you can immediately retreat behind it for safety.
As the game progresses, if you want to create an opportunity for a gank—given that you have an advantage over your enemy—you would want to push the lane and have your creeps attack the enemy Tower.
This opens you to a gank opportunity as the other enemy Heroes will be too occupied with defending their tower. Usually, if they are defending a Tower, the Carry player will not join and this gives you the perfect opportunity to go set up a gank on them.
6. Pick Strong Early Game Heroes
If you are worried about getting the lane mechanics right, one of the easiest ways to get away with it is picking Heroes that are strong during the laning stage.
Esmerelda, a Hero who boasts super high damage early on and has good sustainability is one you could try.
Thamuz and X-Borg are also strong candidates for lane domination due to their insanely high damage output during the early game. And if you are looking at crowd controlling Heroes for your lane, Aurora is here for you with damaging spells and reliable CC.
However, it is important to note that most early-game-centric Heroes tend to fall off during the later stages of the game, so it would be best to not have 5 early game Heroes because you will need to also be prepared for the late game as well.
7. Pick Heroes That Can Combo in Lane
At the end of the day, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is a team game and teamwork will always triumph. Work with your teammates and discuss how both your Hero choices can gel together to dominate the lane.
Franco and Selena are examples of a good pair. Using Selena’s arrow to stun a target will ensure a guaranteed hook from Franco which would usually spell death for the enemy Hero caught in it.
In the lane, this will put tremendous pressure on your enemies as they will always need to be on their toes as one misplay can cost them their lives.
And that’s about it! We hope that these tips will help you understand the laning stage better and more importantly, help you make it through this early stage of the game!