By | on 2014-07-18 |

What is zoning?

Your zone is the area you are able to control with your 英雄. Zoning is the act of controlling your enemy的 positioning 和/or making them afraid of entering your zone. Zoning occurs when you push enemies back from minions by making them fear your zone. This is benificial because they will have a much harder time funding 道具 mid- 和 late-game due to not being able to last hit minions for gold. Additionally, by pushing enemy 英雄 far back enough, you can even deny them experience from dying minions. Both of these things together can be extremely advantageous throughout the game, as your opponents can be both undergeared 和 underleveled.

How can I zone?

Successful zoning requires your opponents to be afraid of being inside your zone. There are several ways to do this, some of them include: putting out more damage than them 1-on-1, hiding in the 草叢, 和 making them fear a gank (either from a jungler or fellow laner that can travel quickly). Some tactics are more effective than others 和 combining them can be very effective. For instance, if your enemy laner knows that you can kill them if you get within 範圍, your zone is limited to the 範圍 of your attacks 和 技能. But, if you are hiding in the brushes, your zone covers virtually the entire lane, as your enemies don’t know what part of the brush you are in. Certain 英雄 are better at zoning than others, 和 certain combinations can be very effective. For example,  趙信 is an excellent zoner. His  E[一騎當先] has a moderate 範圍 和 it slows, preventing enemy escape for a few 秒. His  Q[三重爪擊] makes it even more difficult to escape him with its Knock-Up. All this combined with decent damage output 和 a fellow laner can quickly take out an enemy. All this makes Xin a very proficient zoner. Coupling him with a  拉克絲 can almost assure a kill with proper coordination. However, note that most 遠程 英雄 have the advantage in zoning over melee 英雄. You can also zone by gradually shifting their movement from one side of a lane to another. This can be useful when setting up a gank. For example, if you are on the Blue Team (bottom left of map) 和 in bottom lane, your jungler will more than likely be coming from the river during a gank 和 will typically hide in the brush to wait for the right moment to strike. To increase the chances of successfully ganking a squishy or low health enemy, moving your 英雄 to the right side of the lane can force the enemy to go to the other side, near the river. This makes it much easier for the ganker to get the jump on the enemy.

Strong zoners

Crowd control 和 high damage output are the main components of zoning. For melee 英雄, a gapcloser can also be very beneficial. Any enemy的 sustainability in the lane can be used to counter virtually any harass 和 allied sustan can be useful to leave the enemy zoned for longer as the enemy will probably have to poke back to regain position in lane. Some potentially strong zoners are listed with explanations: