League of Legends: Guide to Bottom Lane

Updated on October 21, 2018

Duo Lane Intro

For the noobs out there, bottom lane is always the 2v2 lane. Primarily this consists of an attack damage carry (ADC) and a support but recently could consist of a mage such as heimerdinger, swain, malzahar, galio or even other champs like yasuo or darius. Sometimes cheese strategies can work! The support is there to assist the carry, helping them to stay alive, maximize gold/experience, and scale into becoming a terrifying threat. Supports generally should have high utility, ideally some survivability, and be effective without too much gold. The meta varies from time to time, sometimes healing/shielding supports are in, sometimes engage or cc supports, sometimes damage.

Responsibilities: Dragon, Mid, Jungle

Even though bot players generally roam less than a mid lane, they still have a few key responsibilities.

Dragon Control: It’s up to bot lane to help maintain control around the dragon. You generally want vision of the dragon, deny enemy vision of the dragon, or make a play to take dragon with your jungler should all the variables line up. For more tips on dragon control check out my other article.

The more time your enemy spends not knowing if someone could be on dragon, or the more time you know they are not on dragon, the better off you’ll be. It limits the junglers ability to roam top as you could make a play for dragon. It also prevents them from trying to sneak a dragon.

Mid:

If you get lane priority(you are pushing towards them), your opponent will be pushed underneath turret where they will be forced to farm fairly slowly in order to not miss gold. This gives you an opportunity to roam mid. Primarily this would be an offensive support with crowd control like Alistar or Thresh. This could let your dominance in lane spread to another lane and help you take control of the game. A kill at mid, could potentially lead to a dragon or turret, so pay attention to the map and look for an opportunity. However, be careful, if you roam to mid, you risk getting caught out, getting pushed back in, or just wasting time.

Jungle:

In line with above, it’s also your job to maintain vision control. At least cover the river so you know if you’ll be ganked, but ideally you need to see if the enemy jungler is near your lane. Preferably this means warding their bottom buff. Be sure to grab their blast cone on the way. Establishing this vision and knowing where the enemy jungler is or isn’t will let you make plays, either in your own lane, or roaming to another. It will also help prevent them from making plays against you.


All of the above 3 points are best executed with strong vision control, which means be sure to buy 1-3 control wards when you’re at shop! These are critical in creating ganks, preventing enemy ganks, and cleanly taking a dragon. I cannot emphasize this enough!


General Laning

Know your lane: Consider your match up and your win condition. If you’re playing early aggressive champions and need an early lead. Take aggressive vision control, push for lane priority, and try to set up clean kills or at the least force them to farm under turret so you can deny them cs or roam elsewhere for kills. Likewise, if you need to play defensively, consider how they will try to push on you and try to set up a gank, or at least scare them from full engaging, by clearing vision. You should also consider how to itemize, particularly your starting item, in these scenarios (Doran’s shield v. Doran’s Blade for example). I find it particularly helpful to use online tools to check champion synergies and match-up win rates when considering how to play your opponents.

Priority: Decide when you need priority versus when you should let them push in, or consider freezing the lane. Carefully watch the wave and plan. If they are pushing in and have no summoner spells, let them do so and tell your jungler you’ll be an easy gank soon. Similarly, pushing in and taking lane priority lets you get vision to start/prevent plays, get healing in the river, roam and get kills elsewhere, and is generally the right call when in doubt.

Farming: Learn what it takes to keep farming properly. For example, a turret shot will bring a ranged minion fairly low, but not low enough for 1 base auto attack to kill. This means a support should hit a ranged minion once so that an adc or other carry can last hit the minion after the turret shot.

Vision: Refer to the image for some tips on where to ward. The deeper the better, however how deep you can go depends heavily on your lane priority and confidence in the location of enemy champions. Be careful! However, a short river ward often isn’t enough vision to prevent your team from dying to a gank so don’t be lazy.

Another quick tip, use the bushes to your advantage! If your abilities are on cool down and they have a ranged attack damage champion coming after you, hop in a bush so they can't hit you or they lose targeting or might miss a skill shot. This is particularly useful if you are able to move back behind your minions so the minions will chase them and do damage to them or take a skillshot for you. Always use minions and bushes to your advantage!


Lastly, deep wards in lane can also open up opportunities for your teammates to teleport in for a gank if your opponent is continually pushing to tower. Be sure to let your teammates know several minutes in advance so they can plan around this.


Conclusion

Hopefully these basic tips help you get the hang of playing bot lane. If you’re looking to climb ranked, check out my article on getting out of elo hell.


Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        otherperson 

        10 months ago

        I feel a few of these words were understood.

      • profile image

        somebody 

        12 months ago

        There are a few words written here of which I understand

      • profile image

        someone 

        12 months ago

        Some of these words were understandable.

      • profile image

        noone 

        4 years ago

        I understand some of these words.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://levelskip.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)